• Alex Gisbert Joins Low Cost Travel Group

    The Low Cost Travel Group has appointed Alex Gisbert as International Managing Director. Alex has a strong travel industry background and joined the group on 1st July from his previous role as Director of Online Partner Marketing for Expedia in Europe. He joined Expedia in 2007 as Regional Director Strategic Accounts from...

  • Alex Gisbert Joins Low Cost Travel Group

    The Low Cost Travel Group has appointed Alex Gisbert as International Managing Director. Alex has a strong travel industry background and joined the group on 1st July from his previous role as Director of Online Partner Marketing for Expedia in Europe. He joined Expedia in 2007 as Regional Director Strategic Accounts from...

  • Gill O’Sullivan Wins Trip to Abu Dhabi

    An ecstatic Gill O’Sullivan of Joe Walsh Tours was last night’s winner of the prize draw for...

  • Free Gig Tickets in Ibiza

    Lowcostbeds.ie is offering free gig tickets for 7-night self-catering stays at the 2-star Ibiza Rocks Hostal in San Antonio at €38pppn based on 2 people sharing. The gigs are: AUGUST: 3rd – Chase, Status, Labrinth; 10th – Example, Sub Focus; 17th – 2manyDJs; 24th – Special Guests; 31st – Magnetic Man, Katy...

  • $6,000 Cash Rewards with Crystal Cruises

    Crystal Cruises is rewarding its loyal guests with a new bonus ‘Referral Rewards Programme’. Crystal Society guests – whether planning to travel or not – can now earn up to $6,000 cash for referring new guests on all cruises through to the end of 2011 and 10 cruises in the first quarter...

  • Ryanair / Samsonite Guaranteed Carry-on Bag

    Ryanair and Samsonite have combined to launch a Samsonite designed hard-shell carry-on bag that is guaranteed to meet Ryanair’s carry-on bag dimensions and to fit the airline’s bag sizers and luggage compartments. It costs €99/£89 (a 33% discount on the RRP), including delivery anywhere in Europe.  

  • Where’s Wally? On Irish Ferries!

    Four children’s books, including one from the popular ‘Where’s Wally’ series, will be given to every family taking a seven-night Irish Ferries Haven Holiday package on 19th and 20th August (bookings must be made by 8th August). With savings of up to €156, a seven-night stay at Hafan y Mor, Pwllheli, North...

  • American Orders 460 Narrowbody Aircraft

    American Airlines, which announced the closure of its international reservations office in Dublin on Tuesday with the loss of 130 jobs, has placed orders for 200 Boeing 737 and 260 Airbus 320 aircraft – with options on an additional 465 aircraft. Its statement concluded: “Today’s announcement will deliver important benefits to our...

  • August Specials from Wings Abroad

    Turkey specialist tour operator Wings Abroad is offering 14th August departure late deals for seven nights in Kusadasi, based on Dublin-Bodrum or Cork-Izmir flights – both are Sunday departures.  

  • DAA Airport Club Goes Public

    As previously announced in May by Business Travel (see page 7, Summer Issue, on www.biztravel.ie for details), the Dublin Airport Authority has now publicly launched its DAA Airport Club that it has been trialling over the past 2.5 years with 500 frequent business travellers.  

  • American Daily Dublin-Chicago Flight Continues

    American Airlines’ daily scheduled flight from Dublin to Chicago O’Hare is not affected by the airline’s decision to close its international reservations office in Dublin, with the loss of 130 jobs, after 15 years of operation. The airline said: “American Airlines has posted significant losses in recent years, particularly compared to its...

  • Boscolo Hotels Join Autograph Collection

    Marriott International’s Autograph Collection brand today announced that six luxury Boscolo Hotels in Europe will join the collection, bringing the portfolio to 26 hotels globally. Four Boscolo hotels in Rome, Venice, Prague and Budapest will join in September 2011. The Boscolo Exedra Roma and Boscolo Milano will join by January 2012.  

  • Two New Travel Agency Licences

    The Commission for Aviation Regulation has issued two new travel agency licences. Way 2 Go Travel in Maynooth, Co Kildare has licence 0710 and IntoIndia of Roscrea, Co Tipperary, has licence 0711. James McManus, who set up his group adventure travel company in 2007 and now offers 20 destinations, told ITTN: “Our...

  • Dublin and Cork to Newquay Flights to End

    Air Southwest services from Newquay to Dublin and Cork will end on 30th September. All passengers booked after this date will be fully refunded. The airline has taken a decision to cease all its Plymouth services from 14th September – the Newquay flights were reviewed, but are not viable on their own...

  • Qantas Disappointed by Pilot Action

    Qantas has been informed by the Australian and International Pilots Association that long-haul pilots will take industrial action from this Friday, including making union announcements inflight to passengers. Qantas, which is assessing the implications of the work bans, says: “At this stage we don’t expect any flight delays or cancellations.” In a...

  • Don’t Forget the Teabags and Toilet Paper

    New research just released by UK website lowcostholidays.com reveals that the most important home comforts British holiday makers pack when heading abroad are tea bags and toilet paper. Surprisingly 25% of the 1,061 respondents also pack an alarm clock, which may be to give them a head start with the poolside beach...