• United Completes Economy Plus Roll-out

    United is now offering Economy Plus seating on all long-haul international Boeing 757-200 flights, providing 15.2cm (6”) of extra legroom. With the reconfiguration, the aircraft have 16 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst, 45 seats in Economy Plus and 108 in Economy. The 41 aircraft principally operate between New York/Newark and 21 cities, including Belfast, Dublin and Shannon, and between Washington/Dulles and...

  • Malaysia to Host Asia Golf Tourism Convention

    Tourism Malaysia will host the first ever IAGTO Asia Golf Tourism Convention at the Mines Resort and Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur, on 22nd – 25th April 2012. For three days, 150 golf tour operators from 38 different countries will be brought together with a plethora of golf resorts, courses and hotels to...

  • Patrick Andersen to Lead Carlson Wagonlit Travel UK & Ireland

    Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced that Patrick Andersen has been promoted to Executive Vice President UK & Ireland, Nordics and Eastern Europe, effective 1st February 2012. He replaces Andrew Waller, who was recently promoted to President Europe Middle East & Africa, and Global Partners Network, CWT. Patrick will lead CWT UK &...

  • Emirates to Upgrade to a B777 in July

    Now that Emirates have come online from Dublin to Dubai with seven flights a week, and Etihad continue with 10 flights a week to Abu Dhabi, there are now 17 flights a week from Dublin to the United Arab Emirates, equating to 4,279 seats per week or 222,508 seats per annum. Meanwhile,...

  • Etihad Recruitment Drives in Cork and Belfast

    Etihad Airways is holding a recruitment drive in Cork this Thursday 2nd February at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island – and another in Belfast on Saturday 4th February at the Hilton Hotel, Lanyon Place. Etihad Airways employs more than 90 Irish staff at Dublin Airport, its Dublin line maintenance...

  • Now 335 Avis Car Rental Locations in UK

    Avis now has 306 car rental locations in UK towns and cities and 29 at UK airports – four times the number it had one year ago. There are also 46 pick-up locations at rail stations, offering a taxi service to the nearest rental location. Avis is the number one car rental...

  • Delta Announces US$1.2bn Profit for 2011

    Delta Air Lines has reported financial results for the December 2011 quarter. Key points include: Net income for the December 2011 quarter was $379 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, excluding special items. This is a $221 million improvement year over year. Net income for 2011 was $1.2 billion, excluding special items,...

  • Spanair Suspends Operations

    Star Alliance carrier Spanair stopped all flights last night and this morning a message on its website says: “We inform you that as far as we can Spanair will remain their sales offices in the airports open.” The Barcelona-based airline has agreed “special fares” to certain destinations with other Spanish carriers Air...

  • Malaysia Fam Trip for Five Top Irish Agents

    Ireland’s five top counter staff for bookings to Malaysia in 2012 will be heading off to visit the country for themselves in an incentive soon to be launched by the Malaysian Tourism Board. In the January issue of Irish Travel Trade News – published this week – News and Features Editor Neil...

  • Niki Airlines to Fly Shannon – Austria this Summer

    Niki Airlines, part of the Air Berlin group, will begin weekly direct flights from Shannon to Austria (Vienna, Linz, Graz) from May to September 2012. Started in 2004, Niki describes itself as “a relatively low cost airline”, is based in Vienna and has formed an alliance with Air Berlin. Titus Johnson, Country...

  • Consort to Have Epic Conference in April

    This year’s Consort Travel Group conference will be held on board Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Norwegian Epic cruise ship, departing Barcelona on 25th April for four nights around the Mediterranean. Consort Board members Doreen McKenzie of Knock Travel and Sandra Corkin of Oasis Travel told Irish Travel Trade News: “Usually about 75...

  • Follow Your (Client’s) Bag – and Get Commission

    What could be simpler? Follow Your Bag collects your client’s bags from their home in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland and delivers it to their cruise cabin – and you get paid commission. Directors Adrian Gundy and David Rogers told ITTN: “Our European hub is in Amsterdam, while in Ireland...

  • Grand Prix Tours with Travel Solutions

    Belfast-based tour operator Travel Solutions is offering short breaks to some of the most prestigious Formula 1 Grand Prixs in Europe – and pays 10% commission to agents, working with Celtic Horizon Tours in the Republic of Ireland. Valerie King, Sales & Marketing Manager, told ITTN: “We have been offering package holidays...

  • Louise and Tara Offer TLC!

    Louise Jordan and Tara Flanagan, both formerly of Sunway Holidays, have launched TLC Marketing, a consultancy company offering marketing, PR and representation services. Although travel and tourism is their core industry, TLC Marketing is also working with companies in the hospitality and fashion industries. “We recognised an opportunity to offer consultancy services...

  • 1STS Says “Namaste!” with Indian Spices and a Bollywood Night

    To celebrate the launch of their new India brochure, Insight Vacations are spicing things up and sharing some great Indian recipes with Ireland’s travel trade. There is a choice of three spices: Garam Masala, Paprika and Cumin. One Stop Touring Shop will also soon be hosting a Bollywood-themed night and promise that...

  • Wendu Wu Tours for China, Tibet, Hong Kong and Nepal

    London-based Wendy Wu Tours has been offering specialist guided tours of China to the British market for the past 14 years – and for 2012 its tours to China, Tibet, Hong Kong and Nepal are also being offered to Irish agents – with through fares available from Belfast or Dublin and 10%...