• 20 Rescued after 18 Hours in German Cable Car

    Emergency helicopters have rescued 20 people who were trapped in a cable car in southern Germany for over 18 hours. The passengers were stuck overnight after a paraglider tandem flight crashed into its cable on Friday and strong winds hindered the rescue. The 19 tourists and one cable car operator were hanging...

  • Serious Design Flaws in Chinese High-speed Trains

    The high-speed train crash in China that killed 40 people was caused by serious design flaws, the country’s safety chief has said. Luo Lin, who is heading the inquiry into the crash, said the accident near Wenzhou was “completely avoidable”. He did not say whether the flaws were in the trains, or...

  • TO Licence for WTC

    The Commission for Aviation Regulation has granted a tour operator licence to World Travel Centre of Dublin, number 256, which expires on 31st October 2012. The CAR has also issued a travel agency licence, number 712, to Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland Ltd.

  • Athlone to Dublin Airport in 1h 20m

    Clients travelling from Athlone to Dublin Airport can save money by taking Bus Éireann’s daily services from Athlone to Dublin Airport on its Expressway Route X20. The direct service takes only 1 hour and 20 minutes, which means customers don’t have to worry about driving early in the morning or late at...

  • UK Apprentice Speaker and Social Media Programme at WTM

    One of the advisors on the UK ‘Apprentice’ show will speak at this year’s World Travel Market seminar ‘Talk Business: Fight to Survive’. Karren Brady will be joined on the panel of guest speakers by Steve Byrne, Chief Executive of Travel Counsellors; David Jones, Chief Executive of European Tourism Action Group; Chris...

  • 13/8/2012 to be Busiest Day Ever at London Heathrow

    Advise your clients that Monday 13th August 2012, the day after the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, is set to be London Heathrow Airport’s busiest day ever: 218,000 bags are expected to leave the airport, compared to 160,000 on the previous busy day. Around 15% of the bags will be...

  • PATA Analyses Asia Pacific MICE Sector

    The Pacific Asia Travel Association has published a 24-page analysis of the meetings, incentives, conference and exhibition (MICE) industry in Asia. The report, in the latest edition of PATA’s Issues & Trends, shows that Asia accounts for 16% of total meetings worldwide. The next edition by PATA’s Strategic Intelligence Centre will provide...

  • London Airports Road Restrictions on Sunday

    Parts of London’s M25 and other major roads serving London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports will be closed or have restricted use for most of Sunday (14th August) due to the London-Surrey Cycle Classic race, an Olympic test event. A map of the affected area is on www.tfl.gov.uk.

  • Travelport Launches Smartpoint App

    Travelport today launches Travelport Smartpoint App, a new add-on application for the Galileo Desktop, which represents a significant advancement in Travelport’s graphical, point-and-click technology. The application infuses the cryptic environment (Focalpoint) with a hybrid of native and point-and-click navigation, plus graphical user interfaces to speed up the reservation process, reduce call-handling time...

  • Irish Ferries Dublin Swift Sails on Alone

    In fast ferries, Irish Ferries’ Dublin – Holyhead Dublin Swift will have the sea to itself from mid-September, the first time this has happened since it entered service 12 years ago. From 14th September onwards, it will become the sole fast ferry service operating between Ireland and the UK after Stena Line...

  • Aer Lingus Website Now Offers “The Complete Holiday Solution”

    Scroll down to the bottom of the Aer Lingus website homepage and click on “Holidays” and you are now presented with online booking of sun holidays, city breaks and escorted holidays from ClickandGo.com and TheTravelDepartment.ie under the banner of ‘The complete holiday solution with Aer Lingus’. Adding salt into the wounds of...

  • New Boeing Aircraft and Business Class Seat for Cathay Pacific

    Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it is has agreed to purchase four new Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft and eight Boeing 777-200 freighters. The airline is also developing a new Business Class seat and building a new cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport, which is due to begin operations in early...

  • New Surfing Safety Campaign

    The opportunity to enjoy Ireland’s breathtaking beaches is too often tempered with news of tragic aquatic fatalities. Irish Water Safety has partnered with the Irish Surfing Association to proactively address the safety of surfers nationwide by producing a key safety resource – a ‘Stay Safe on the Surf’ poster. The free poster...

  • Monarch to fly to Sharm el Sheik

    Monarch the Gatwick based UK airline have announced that they start a new route to Sharm el Sheik in Egypt. The flights will commence with effect from November 2011.

  • Spanish Baggage Handlers Threaten Strikes – Yet Again

    The three unions representing Spain’s baggage handlers have threatened walk-outs on Thursday 18th and Friday 26th August, following the sacking of four workers are Barcelona’s El Prat Airport (three have been rehired). However, the baggage handlers have threatened strikes that never happened several times before.

  • Budget Travel Disneyland Paris Sale

    Budget Travel is offering 30% off Disney hotels and passes at Disneyland Paris for bookings made by 16th August for travel between 22nd August and 7th November 2011. Children under seven go free.