• Google to Integrate Google+ into Search Results

    Travel agents and supply companies should note that Google has revealed it will imminently be integrating Google+ into its search results, to deliver search results that better reflect preferences and also incorporate content shared by people in Google+ Circles. Andreas Pouros of search engine marketing agency Greenlight said: “This is perhaps the...

  • Hyho Launches One-Stop-Shop for Travel Needs

    Hyho, Hyho, it’s off to hyhohotels.com we go for beds, visas, sims and phones, foreign currency, insurance, car hire, sports and theatre tickets, and … Irish-owned online company Hyho Hotels has just launched its new site for booking worldwide hotels that offers the best hotel prices on the web in a unique...

  • Boeing to Showcase Dreamliner in Dublin

    Boeing will this month begin the second segment of its 787 Dream Tour, including a stop in Dublin on 25th – 27th January to visit airline customers, leasing companies, financiers and other stakeholders. “The all-new 787 Dreamliner continues to generate tremendous enthusiasm everywhere it flies,” said Scott Fancher, Vice President and General...

  • Portugal Entertains at the Mansion House

    Welcoming the invited travel industry and media to the magnificent Oak Room in Dublin’s Mansion House last night, José Nogueira Ramos, Director of ICEP – Portuguese Trade and Tourism Board, Dublin, stressed the excellent value that Portugal still offers for Irish holiday markers in 2012. In these difficult trading conditions, he urged...

  • Thomas Cook Cruise Programme Includes Cunard and P&O

    Thomas Cook Ireland is now representing Cunard and P&O, so the new 2012 Cruise brochure includes the services of two of the most famous names in the business. Highlights include an iconic transatlantic voyage on the Queen Mary 2 – a cruise experience like no other – from just €1,829, departing 27th...

  • EasyJet Introduces £9 Booking Fee

    EasyJet has introduced a new flat-rate £9 ‘admin fee’ for all bookings, which is charged once per booking, irrespective of the number of flights purchased, and is shown as part of the fare on the first stage of the online booking.

  • Ryanair Introduces €0.25 ETS Levy

    Ryanair will introduce a €0.25 levy per passenger for all bookings made from Tuesday 17th January to “cover the costs” of the EU’s new ETS tax, which the airline claims will cost Ryanair passengers €15m – €20m during 2012.

  • Etihad / Airberlin Codeshare Flights Now on Sale

    Etihad Airways and airberlin, Europe’s sixth biggest carrier, have started the sale of joint codeshare flights. It follows last month’s announcement that Etihad Airways would become airberlin’s largest single shareholder. Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, airberlin will operate four flights a week between Berlin and Abu Dhabi from 15th January. Etihad Airways...

  • Etihad Named World’s Leading Airline

    Etihad Airways was named the World’s Leading Airline for the third year in a row at the World Travel Awards in Doha, Qatar, last night. James Hogan, President and Chief Executive, said: “2011 was a fantastic year for Etihad Airways, during which we began to reap the full benefits of financial and...

  • Capacity Constraints at Heathrow Damaging UK Economy

    The UK risks falling even further behind in coming years as continental hubs expand further, according to Colin Matthews, Chief Executive of British Airports Authority. “As the UK’s only international hub airport, Heathrow is central to developing our trade links with fast-growing emerging markets,” he said. “Capacity constraints are damaging the UK...

  • Holiday Enquiries Good, Bookings Still Cautious

    Irish travel agents and suppliers are generally pleased with the level of holiday enquiries to date and bookings are on a par or slightly up on last year – but low deposit levels, payment plans and really good value are proving to be key factors in clinching sales. So too are all-inclusive...

  • Emirates President Envisages Double-Daily on Dublin – Dubai

    As reported on www.ittn.ie on Monday 9th January, when Emirates commenced its three-class A330-200 daily Dublin – Dubai service, the airline’s bookings are producing 90+% load factors for the first few months and a B777 may be introduced “fairly soon” and quicker than the planned 18 months time – but President Tim...

  • We’re (Almost) All Going on a Summer Holiday, Claims Falcon

    A recent survey completed by people on Falcon Holidays’ online database and social media showed that 98% of them plan a holiday abroad in 2012 – and two-thirds of those surveyed might take two or more breaks away during the year. The survey results were announced at the launch of Falcon Holidays’...

  • Royal Caribbean Launches Dedicated Irish Brochure

    Royal Caribbean International has launched its first ever stand-alone brochure for Ireland as a key element of its strategy to strengthen its position as the market leader and to work closer with the trade. The 16-page brochure is packed with 2012-2013 holiday itineraries focusing on the sun-seeker destinations popular with Irish holidaymakers, including...

  • Air Canada Achieves 81.6% Load Factor in 2011

    Air Canada has reported a system load factor of 81.0% for December, compared with 80.8% in December 2010 – and 81.6% for the full year. Traffic in December increased 3.0% on a capacity increase of 2.8%. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity. “For the month...

  • Ryanair to Serve Girona from Cork and Knock

    Ryanair has announced 19 new routes from Girona to Aarhus, Bydgoszcz, Cagliari, Cork, Doncaster, Düsseldorf, Gdansk, Ibiza, Knock, Krakow, Madrid, Malmo, Nador, Perugia, Poitiers, Skelleftea, Stockholm, Thessaloniki and Turku from March 2012. It will also open its 50th base at Paphos in Cyprus in April 2012, with two based aircraft and 14...