• 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%...

  • Kevels Floating Houses at Ty Nadan in Brittany

    The 4-star Camping Le Ty Ladan holiday centre in South Brittany, which is 20 minutes from Lorient Airport with direct flights from Ireland, is offering new and unusual accommodation in 2012 – Kevels floating houses that accommodate five people with separate bedrooms and toilet. A 15 sq m terrace with a proper...

  • Shannon – Bodrum with Wings Abroad

    Wings Abroad is to operate a weekly charter service from Shannon to Bodrum, Turkey, commencing on Monday 18th June. Managing Director Tayfun Gokpinar said: “Wings Abroad has a large following in the Shannon and Munster region and now to be able to offer our customers there a direct service is fantastic. “Holidaymakers...

  • BA to Resume Flights to Libya

    British Airways plans to resume flights from London Heathrow to Tripoli from Tuesday 1st May 2012, following a thorough security review in conjunction with the UK Government and the Libyan authorities. The airline will fly to and from Tripoli three times a week.

  • ITOF Optimistic on Holiday Bookings

    Irish tour operators are seeing a positive trend in outbound holiday bookings for this coming summer holiday season, according to the Irish Tour Operators Federation. “Our advance bookings are very encouraging, and once again confirm that Irish holidaymakers regard the bonded holiday package as very good value and providing security and peace...

  • TA Licences for Sunshine Cruise Holidays and Wings Abroad

    The Commission for Aviation Regulation has issued travel agent licences to Salford-based Sunshine Cruise Holidays (TA 0715) and to Wings Abroad Holidays (TA 0716).

  • Irish Travel Industry is Optimistic

    Enquiry levels for summer holidays have been strong in January all over the 32 counties of Ireland and bookings are on a par or slightly up on last year – but most consumers have to be cautious about how they will pay for their holiday. Consequently, all-inclusive pricing, exceptionally good value, low...

  • Etihad Buys into Air Seychelles

    Etihad Airways is to acquire a 40% stake in Air Seychelles. Meanwhile, the Etihad Guest loyalty programme is offering members a way through PointsPay to convert Guest Miles into cash to spend anywhere, anytime.

  • Win a Fam Trip to Disneyland Paris with Air France

    Air France is offering nine places to Irish travel agents on a fam trip to Disneyland Paris in May in its latest competition from 23rd January to 6th February. It is simple to enter the competition. All Air France long-haul ticketed bookings are valid for entry. The more bookings you make the...

  • Malaysia Airlines Appointments

    Malaysia Airlines has appointed Shane Nolan as Interim Commercial Director and Al-Ishsal Ishak as Senior Vice President for Marketing & Promotions. These follow the appointments last month of Dr Hugh Dunleavy as Executive Vice President, Network, Alliance, Strategy & Planning, and Shihaj Kutty as Senior Vice President, Revenue Management. Shane Nolan will...