Travel Extra Sunday Supplement: Sharm gets the all-clear and ITOF reports a tough year

The weekly Wednesday flight from Dublin to Sharm El Sheikh will resume after the DFA changed their travel advisory on Monday to say it is now safe to travel to the Red Sea resorts. Lead in prices to Sharm El Sheikh for December 26th start from €799pp for seven nights’ All inclusive. Tour operators Falcon Holidays and Thomas Cook share the charter. The Belfast charter continues as it has without interruption to the service.

The Commission of Aviation Regulation came out fighting on Wednesday to defend the licensing system which has come under threat from EU legislation (which was first flagged to the trade in last week’s Sunday supplement). CAR pointed out that the current round of licensing will be unaffected by the proposals which require Ireland to open barriers of entry allowing tour operators who are licensed abroad to operate in Ireland without having to obtain an Irish license. Ireland’s labyrinthine bonding system currently requires travel agents to lodge 4pc of their turnover and tour operators 10pc of their turnover before being allowed to trade. The European Commission requested that Ireland respect the principle of free movement of services as regards travel agents and tour operators (Article 56 TFEUArticle 16 Services DirectiveArticle 3 e-commerce Directive). ITAA CEO Pat Dawson has proposed a single tax on every ticket sold to replace the current system. Former ITAA President and Travelbiz editor Gerry Benson pointed out that travel may be the only industry where suppliers have the bear the full cost of protection for consumers and proposed bonding be abolished altogether.itof itaa palma cathedral

John Devereux of American Holidays was re-elected president of the Irish Tour Operators Federation. He said the year had been a tough one for Ireland’s tour operators, mitigated by strong early sales but that the late business was not there. Charter capacity was up but sales were down. The upside was that there have been strong early sales for summer 2014, up[10-25pc on the same period last year. The Federation and Irish Travel Agents Association are no closer as a result of last week’s meeting (called here the Camp Gonzalo peace accord) in Palma, but common ground was marked out and there was an official acknowledgement from the tour operators that the travel trade was “still key to their business.” The talks between the ITAA and Aer Lingus which followed were reported as “highly successful” with the highest level of cooperation between the airline and the trade since the heyday of commission and charter services. Picture shows Irish Tour Operators Federation and Irish Travel Agents Association delegates and travel media who were hosted by the Spanish Tourist Board in Majorca, pictured in Palma Sept 30 2013. Pat Dawson CEO of the ITAA, Ray Scully of Crystal, Philip Airey of Sunway, Helen Caron of Falcon Holidays, Gerry Benson of Travelbiz, Clare Dunne President of the ITAA, Martin Skelly of Navan Travel Treasurer of the ITAA, John Devereux of American Holidays President of  ITOF, Con Horgan of Abbey Travel and the ITAA, Michael Flood of Irish Travel Trade News, Joan Scales of the Irish Times, Gonzalo Ceballos of the Spanish Tourist Board.. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.IMG_3993

Blue Insurances celebrated their tenth birthday in style at the Guinness Storehouse on Friday night. The turnover of the company risen from just over €15m to just under €19m with a further increase in both turnover and profit for 2013. They now employ 32 people in their Blanchardstown offices and staffing will increase to 50. Ciaran Mulligan recently announced that he was buying out his co-founder Rowan Devereux. When asked what the best decision he made over the ten years of growth, Ciaran Mulligan says it was brining his technology inhouse when he recruited Dave Moore from it4u (pictured with Ciaran). A series of new launches are planned, the most important being their entry into the home and motor insurance markets in the new year, gadget insurance ii the USA, multitrip.in holiday insurance in India and a price comparison site, comparequotes.ie & co.uk. Ciaran says that there has been a big take up on his white label sites from agents and he urges other agents to consider using them. The various Blue Insurances sites will be responsive from the end of this year.

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Picture shows the Blue Insurances team: Ciaran Mulligan, Dinesh Dahiya, Suzanne Mulfaul, Sorcha Geraghty, Sinead Snow, Philippa Tyrrell, Barbara Witek, Maeve Slamon, Jason Whelan, Jackie Coughlan, Alberto Diaz, Del Campo, Tracy McCormack, Paul Kealy, Ruth Bracken, Tara Browning and Brian Geraghty. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.mary mckenna birthday cake

Mary McKenna of Tour America hosted suppliers and customers in Dublin in advance of her Annual Sale Day which will have 38 exhibitors at The Red Cow Moran Hotel on today Sunday October 6th, 10am -6pm, including Orlando, Las Vegas, New York, Royal Caribbean and NCL Prizes include a holiday for two to Orlando. Admission is free. Mary was presented with a birthday cake at last night’s dinner. She denies that the annual event, now in its 13th year, was designed to coincide with her birthday. Listen here to an audio of Mary McKenna’s thank you speech to the trade and suppliers.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

travel department groupTravel Department launched its holiday show in the Radisson St Helens, due to be held in the Ballsbridge Hotel on October 18-19 where savings of up to €378 per couple booking can be had. The show already has 2,000 online pre-registrations. The company plans to launch an undiscovered Italy series of tours. Picture shows Brendan Breen MD of Travel Department, Travel Department customer Nuala Carey, Clodagh O’Connell, marketing director, tour leaders Paolo Tulio, Frances MacDonald, Teena Gates, and Bob Haugh owner and founder of Travel Department at the launch. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.Don Shearer

Don Shearer was confirmed as new CEO of Worldchoice Ireland. He will take up the position on October 14th and will be working from a new office based in Malahide Travel at the Dublin Airport Business Park. The Worldchoice board decided that the CEO position should be based full time in Dublin ruling out Garry Zancanaro, who is based in East Galway, and has worked part time for Worldchoice. Gerry says: “these are exciting times for Worldchoice and I’m very sorry to be leaving and that I won’t be involved long term. However, Don is vastly experienced and I’ve no doubt he will do an excellent job, and will be making contact with you in due course.” Gerry will continue to be point of contact until December.turkish group

Turkish Airlines and Silversea Cruises jointly hosted 18 travel trade on a trip and ship visit to Istanbul including a visit to Turkish Airlines training facilities and partner catering company DO&CO. Picture shows: Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines, Sean Healy of Lee Travel, Sharon Harney of Thomas Cook, Tony Brazil of Limerick Travel, Amanda Middler of Silversea, Linda Millar of Bryan Somers Travel, Lynsey Joy of Oasis Travel, Chandra Rowan of Feherty Travel, John Galligan of John Galligan Travel, Christopher Donnelly of Barrhead Travel, Karen Ray of Travel Broker, Deirdre Byrne of CTM, Martin Hannigan of Travel Mood, Tara Fitzgibbon of Club Travel HRG, Breda Justin of Justin international PR, Jennifer Pearson of World Travel Centre. Front row: Jon Knight of Silversea, Ann Marie Dalton of Turkish Airlines. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.tom randles group

Sunway and the Los Angeles based chairman of AMA Waterways Jimmy Murphy entertained agents in Cork at a river cruise breakfast (Jimmy began his travel career with Leslie Harris Travel in Harcourt Street). Sunway launched a 144-page brochure in association with Ama Waterways earlier in the year, featuring luxury river cruises in Europe, Russia, Africa, Cambodia and Vietnam. Picture shows Jimmy Murphy with Tom Randles of J Barter Travel and Marie Claire at Sunway Holidays River Cruise Breakfast Morning for their top Cork agents. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.aoife gregg

United Airlines hosted agents in Limerick and Cork to highlight their services from Shannon and Dublin to Newark and Washington DC and onward connections. Picture shows Kathy Staunton and Aoife Gregg of United at the function in Limerick. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.Liberty travel letterkenny

The One Stop Travel Shop finished its nationwide tour of giving out goodies in its Facebook competition in Letterkenny. Picture shows Paul Hueston, Donna Friel, Margaret McGaughey and Carolyn Davis of Liberty Travel, fourth week winners of the 1STS Facebook competition. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.Thomas-Cook-New-Logo

Thomas Cook launched its new logo and new sunny heart brand. The ‘Don’t just book it Thomas Cook it’ tagline has been ditched in England. Simon Calder asked if the new look would entice people to book. Exactly 140 years ago in the September of 1874 Thomas Cook ran their first Dublin package holiday from Dublin, a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Paray-le Monial.atlas india cropped

KLM/Air France, Atlas Travel/Gohop and its ground handler Travelite hosted a fam trip to India’s Golden Triangle including visits to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Joe Tully of Tully’s Travel, Andre Migliarina of Atlas/GoHop, Declan O’Connell of Lee Travel, Kay Bourke of McDermott Travel, Front row: Claire Rochford of FCM Travel, Martina Coogan of AF/KLM/Delta, Jennifer O’Brien and Mandy Walsh of Travel Counsellors,

There were new strike fears at Aer Lingus as the SIPTU accused the airline of “deliberately frustrating the resolution of the pension process by multiple means” and being “insulting and disingenuous”. Aer Lingus hinted at cabin crew lay-offs in its response to the threat. There is a separate issue on the staffing of the 757s which Air Contractors are supplying for the changes in trans-Atlantic next year, including the Shannon services and the new route to Toronto.cel

Gillian Purser from Kilkenny’s Marble City Travel won an ipad 4 from Celebrity cruises in their latest agents promotion, she is pictured with Jennifer Callister of Celebrity Cruises.

Minister Michael Noonan signalled once again that VAT in the hospitality sector was likely to rise in the Budget back to its pre-2011 levels, Leo Varadkar repeated his support for keeping the lower (9.5pc) Vat rate rather than allow the 13.5pc rate resume in January. Noonan acknowledged employment increased by more than 13pc between the second quarter of 2011 and the same time this year, representing an increase of 15,000 jobs.Waterford Airport New CEO 1

Waterford Airport has appointed Desmond O’Flynn (pictured) formerly of Aeroport de Deauville-Normandie, as new CEO.

Leo Varadkar said the Gathering would be repeated in seven to 10 years. This led to some cheer-leading for the Gathering across the media and another supportive editorial in the Irish Independent, Politicians responded to the latest CSO figures by claiming the 20pc increase in US figures was ALL as a result of the Gathering, something they had resisted doing earlier in the year. ITIC pointed out there was no evidence that the Gathering is driving the growth in this year’s visitor numbers. Brendan O’Connor suggested the Gathering may have shifted some of next year’s and the year after’s tourism into this year. Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry said that the growth from the USA was due to the big increase in air capacity and not the Gathering despite the politicians’ claims (while the USA is growing, there was no impact of the Gathering on Britain where visitor numbers are flat), but added that the Gathering had managed to re-energise an interest in tourism among local communities that had waned over the previous decade. This, rather than the massaged figures, could be the real impact of the Gathering. Arrivals for the first 8 months are up 6.5pc compared to the same period a year ago. Irish tourism looks set for annual volume growth in visitors of about 5pc for 2013.

The 600 Bloggers who attended the TBex convention in Dublin were not as influential as the pre-publicity claimed and turned out to largely from the USA rather than worldwide, but they did include Mattew Long of Landlopers.com and Chris Gray Faust, former travel editor at USA Today. The mainly American-based bloggers were hosted by Tourism Ireland at an opening party in the Guinness Storehouse on Thursday night. Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality for budget accommodation firm Air bnb, was the opening keynote speaker for the event. Foynes aircraft museum was the surprise for two of the visitors.irish passports

A survey by Henley Global showed that Ireland is the 11th (joint with seven other countries) most advantageous passport to have for visa-free travel on the planet. We can visit 170 of the 219 countries in the world without obtaining a visa. Finland, Sweden and England are top with 173, Afghanistan bottom with 28. Citizens of Iraq can visit only 31, those of Pakistan and Somalia can visit 32. Nine out of 10 of the top countries are EU members. The imbalance between ease of access for citizens of rich nations and the lack of openness displayed by those countries was revealed in a World Tourism Organization report. Three-quarters of the world’s population requires a visa ahead of travelling to Europe.

  • As Dublin commemorated the centenary of the 1913 Lockout, the United States recreated their own 2013 version, the furlough, closing down 401 national parks in the process. All 17 Smithsonian museums in Washington DC are closed indefinitely. New York, Liberty Island – location for the Statue of Liberty – will be off-limits for the duration of the shutdown. Tourists face disruption after much of the USA’s federal workforce was put on indefinite leave. To date immigration facilities have not been hit, and the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida is unaffected, although the bus tour of NASA property has been curtailed.
  • Ryanair carried 8m passengers for second month in a row. Aer Lingus passenger numbers were down 4.4pc year on year, having taken out capacity by a further 4.6pc. Long haul was up 11.3pc and short haul down 6.5pc on last year, 4.5pc when a 13.9pc increase in Aer Lingus Regional traffic (some of it diverted from the main-line) is taken into account. Long haul Load factor was 86.7pc long haul and 77.7pc short haul.
  • Michael O’Leary told RTE’s Prime Time that the Ryanair website is very clunky, it’s very frustrating and difficult to get through, Ryanair said it would continue its winter service from Kerry to London while Ryanair blamed an IT glitch for the Farranfore-London service disappearing from its system.
  • Ryanair agreed to put an email address on its website as a result of representations from consumer groups (will the emails be answered”).
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  • Aer Arann/Aer Lingus Regional were awarded ‘Airline of the Year’ 2013/14 Bronze Award by the European Regions Airline Association at their awards in Salzburg in Austria. The airline was commended for its rebirth over the past year and its innovative management strategy to grow passenger numbers. CEO Sean Brogan is pictured with the award. Other award winners were: Silver: bmi regional, Gold Binter Canarias, Airport: Budapest.individual: François Debost, deputy VP fleet management, HOP.
  • Travel Department and Clickandgo founder Bob Haugh is to launch a new product, Groupleader at WTM next month.
  • Stormont first minister Peter Robinson caused the €21m EU funding for the peace centre in Libsurn’s the Maze to be withdrawn, suggesting he is coming under increasing pressure to beocme more hardline in a bid win his East Belfast seat back from, the moderate Naomi Long of the Alliance Party.
  • Sunway have announced Barbara McKenna as Agency Sales Representative
  • Sunway appointed Barbara McKenna as Agency Sales Representative
  • Harry Segal of Mintel claimed that just a quarter of business travellers are fully reimbursed for business trips.
  • Jack MacGowan said that Aer Rianta International can double its profits in the next five years. Jack MacGowan spoke to The Moodie Report as the company hosted its 25th anniversary celebrations.
  • Aer Lingus indicated the configuration on their B757 service would be 12/165.
  • Irish pilots were among those who expressed relief that proposals to harmonise pilots working hours across the EU have been rejected by an EU Parliament transport committee by 21 to 13. The motion for rejection will now be considered by the European Parliament plenary session. Eamon Brennan of IAA told the Eurocontrol seminar on aviation safety that European air traffic management industry’s 2012 safety performance was the best in history and that delays as a result of air traffic management were reduced by 40pc. A coroner claimed that airline pilots are becoming overdependent on technology and are in danger of losing the basic skills of flying a plane.
  • Ryanair‘s Shannon to Gatwick service is being cut back to 5 flights from 7 from mid-Jan 2014 with Tuesday and Thursday flights to go.
  • The Aereps Americas Roadshows in Dublin & Belfast on tomorrow and Tuesday, October 7th and 8th, are fully booked out. Suppliers include Aer Lingus, Atlantic City CVA, Belfast International Airport, Blue Insurances, BookaBed, Fitzpatrick Hotels NYC, Hotel Metro, NYC & Company, The Palazzo Hotel Resort & Casino Las Vegas, Philadelphia CVA, Simon Shopping Destinations, The Venetian Las Vegas and United Airlines. There will be a Grand prize giveaway of a three night stay in New York City.”
  • The 501-room Burlington hotel has formally changed its name to DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin – Burlington Road and is scheduled to open in the spring following renovation work. Doubletree is introducing a dedicated floor featuring 18 conference suites and meeting rooms, each capable of holding 100 delegates. The hotel has 2,100sqm of banqueting and ballroom space and conference facilities for up to 1,400 delegates. Every guestroom is being upgraded with a 42-inch flatscreen television. John Greenleaf, global head of DoubleTree by Hilton, said: “Visitors to Dublin are already familiar with DoubleTree by Hilton’s famous warm welcome and freshly baked chocolate chip cookie at check-in, thanks to the successful opening of The Morrison, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on Ormond Quay. “With a fantastic location and boasting 41 years of prestigious history, this hotel is an outstanding addition to our portfolio.
  • Worldchoice have appointed Flexible Car Hire as preferred Car hire broker to replace Holiday Autos. Worldchoice have also signed an agreement with self catering and villa specialist, Interhome.
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  • Emirates, Blue Insurance and FM104 gave out one of the best prizes of the year: VIP tickets to a Bruno Mars concert at the O2, staying the night at the luxurious Gibson Hotel in Dublin, business class flights with Emirates to ‘Dubai, a 4 night stay at the seven star Jumeirah Burj Al Arab Beach Hotel and 5,000 Dirham to spend, business class tickets to Sydney for 3 nights, staying in a 5 star hotel with AUD$2000 to spend, 51 contestants made it to the final which was won by Taleen Avaklan, seen here accepting the prize from Ruth Bracken.
  • Pierse Lyons and Kingsley Aikens were the keynote speakers at the Irish Pubs Global Gathering Event  when 600 Irish pub enterprises from 21 countries  got together. 30th September to 1st October,
  • Azamara Club Cruises unveiled its 2015 itineraries, 52 sailings ranging from 5-nights to 18-nights Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest will visit a total of 203 ports in 62 countries, including 16 maiden port calls.
  • Agents can win a night out greyhound racing with their branch on DoSomethingDifferent.com by booking €200 worth of Do Something Different ticket sales.
  • The Irish Association of Barbershop Singers are hosting their 24th Annual Barbershop Convention in WaterfordOctober 4-6 2013.
  • BookaBed are offering online flight, hotel and transfer dynamic packaging to long haul destinations like Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, UAE and the USA. IT flight prices can be reserved with a €300 deposit per person and normal payment policy for the hotel element of the booking. karl@bookabed.ie
  • Brittany Ferries says business has shown a positive increase in both Irish and French markets over 2012.
  • Irish Ferries launched their three Premium Suites on board the Oscar Wilde.
  • PortAventura launched this year’s Halloween season with the new REC Experience, an attraction/show that brings to life some of the best moments of the terror series’ three movies.
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  • Jean Maxwell of the ITAA presented the Travel Fun Day committee with a cheque for €1,100 sponsorship raised through weekly training sponsors during the 5k fun run training.
  • Miriam O’Callaghan was confirmed as MC for the Irish Travel Industry Awards 2014.
  • BA is to launch a new daily service from Gatwick to Malta in March, re-entering a Ryanair-dominated market it exited five years ago.
  • Nicky Kelly of Surf holidays finished a trip to Morocco and the surf town of Taghazout and will start offering it as one of our new destinations from mid October
  • Dublin Airport Authority will be tweeting for Godot over the next three weeks to support its sponsorship of the 2013 Dublin Theatre Festival.
  • United Airlines expanded the premium beverage menu at United Clubs.
  • Celtic Link ferries are transporting caravans Free of charge between now and Christmas.
  • Ryanair made its mobile app free to download from iTunes and Google Play Store on Tuesday, allowing customers to make flight bookings including priority boarding and checked-in baggage, and add optional services such as priority boarding and checked-in bags to existing bookings but not yet to use a boarding pass on their smartphone.
  • Emirates launched flights to Clark in the Philippines, via Dubai; a new A380 service into Brisbane and a Milan to New York route. Click here to see the video of a JFK landing from an Emirates pilot’s perspective.
  • solar flare caused the northern lights to be seen as far south as Donegal on Tuesday night.
  • Killiney hotelier, Eithne Scott Lennon, was appointed as Chairperson of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company by Minister Varadkar.
  • American Holidays launched their 2014 Florida brochure.
  • Thomas Cook announced Cunard and P&O 2015 World Cruise offerings and a Weddings at sea package.
  • Ethiopian won the African Business of the Year award at the African Business Award 2013.
  • Crystal Ski Holidays have an open day at the Ski Centre, Sandyford today Sunday, October 6th for the annual Crystal Ski Holiday Open Day with free ski lessons (advanced booking essential) holiday packages deals and offers and holiday check list and equipment advice from snow+rock.
  • Travelport launched a new video to get agents started on Travelport Rooms and More.
  • SAS is to fly its last McDonnell Douglas 80 into Dublin on October 24th. The MD 80 was the backbone of the fleet since the 1980s and now goes into retirement.
  • FastJet, the African airline backed by easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, warned that it would have to raise more money to keep flying as it dived to a first-half loss of $41.9m.

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  • Tourism Ireland and German cruising tour operator, Le Boat, hosted a group of German journalists in Leitrim and Roscommon this week and on a River Shannon cruise: Anne Kohlick of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Uwe Peter of Sächsische Zeitung, Johanna Stöckl, freelance journalist, Katja Meinken-Wiedemann of Le Boat, Anne Lehr of WE Women + Economy website, Alexandra Bersch of Amicella.de website; Andreas Trapp of Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz, front: Ruth Repp, Tourism Ireland; and Dr Peer Schmidt-Walther, freelance journalist.
  • England’s Civil Aviation Authority’s new price cap on Heathrow allows the airport to increase its passenger charges by the rate of inflation over the next five years instead of the RPI minus 1.3pc rate it had proposed in the spring. Amid predictions of a £1bn fare hike, Willie Walsh said: “It is a bad day for our customers who have been let down by the CAA” and warned that BA will consider a future outside Heathrow. The CAA’s final proposal will now go out to consultation for the next month with a final decision due to be made in January 2014.
  • Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado, the hotel made infamous by Stephen King’s The Shining has announced plans to excavate a neighbouring pet cemetery to make room for a wedding pavilion.
  • Junior Tourism Minister Michael Ring went to Cong to unveil a bronze statue of the characters from ‘The Quiet Man.
  • Requests for escort services and plant sitting were among the strange demands placed by holidaymakers on OTA Lastminute, while someone else requested an update on the sea temperature off Marrakesh. One holidaymaker emailed to ask for the phone number of a woman he met on his trip. The trouble was, he couldn’t remember when or where. In a list of options available for tourists, it was revealed that modern air travellers can pet a “therapy dog“, attend a concert, or have their teeth whitened.
  • Airbus has announced a new lower weight variant of the A330-300 with more seats and less galleys.
  • The winter Olympics torch was lit in Greece to commence the journey to Sochi 2014.
  • It was claimed that this short film about a paraplegic surfer, showing at the Adventure Travel Film festival, may be the most moving surfing video you will ever watch. Check out this video of the Omidvar Brothers, Iran’s forgotten explorers, also from the adventure travel film festival.
  • Ryanair is to discontinue services from Edinburgh to Barcelona and Stockholm from next month.
  • Kenya criticised the United States for issuing a warning over travel following the Al-Shabaab attack on Westgate mall.
  • A plane toppled and skidded off the runway as it landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport after its landing gear malfunctioned during a thunderstorm, slightly injuring around 10 people.
  • China issued a guide to its citizens travelling abroad, as the number of overseas trips by Chinese nationals rose from 5m in 1997 to 83m in 2012 an 64-page guide was launched warning Chinese tourists against icking their noses, limp hand-shakes, and taking aeroplane life jackets.
  • DAA is to relandscape a car park in Cork airport for which it had no planning permission.
  • Delta has taken delivery of its first B737-900ER
  • Etihad launched the first commercial flight between Abu Dhabi and Ho Chi Minh City operated by a two-class A330-200. Emirates launched three daily flights between Milan and JFK New York, home to the largest Italian community in the USA
  • Finnair are to open a Premium Lounge at Helsinki Airport, available to Finnair Plus Platinum and Gold members and their guests, and frequent flyer cardholders with equivalent status at a Oneworld airline.
  • LAN Colombia joined Oneworld alliance and will be followed by TAM on March 31, after which all passenger airlines operated by the LATAM group will be part of Oneworld.
  • Liverpool’s Cunard Building where many Irish emigrants once began their journeys, could become a cruise terminal if a proposed relocation programme put forward by Liverpool City council goes ahead.
  • Lonely Planet’s five expert tips for starting out in travel writing urged aspirants to construct a portfolio presence online, nurture a niche, start small and know the point of your piece.
  • Mozambique bound holiday makers were warned against travel to Nosy Be following the murder of two Europeans.
  • SIA will resume seasonal services to Athens after having suspended the route in 2012.
  • USIT recorded pre-tax profit of €32,778 on turnover of €6.2m in the year to the end of October, 2012. The group employs 84 people
  • A former Thomson Travel trainee was jailed for 16 months for conning £70,000 out of Thomson and another travel agent in a ‘jetset’ fraud.
  • EasyJet raised its profit expectation for the year ending September 30 from guidance of between £450m and £480m to £470m to £480m. It said revenue per seat at constant currency for the six months to 30 September 2013 is expected to grow by around 6pc thanks in part to strong demand in July and August. Low-cost carrier easyJet is on course for full-year profits at the top of expectations and said it expected fourth quarter revenue growth of about 6pc. The London Telegraph noted that EasyJet outflew Ryanair on profits.
  • Reclining seats were back in the news, nine in ten plane passengers would like to see reclining seats banned, according to a new survey.
  • The London Telegraph launched a quiz on the US states and on English counties. Nick Trend argued that, in an ever more unstable world, there are ever more reasons to put your trust in tour operators. The London Telegraph also highlighted the places that influenced some of history’s most notable poets.
  • Gambia braced itself for a backlash in withdrawn passenger bookings by English tour operators following its decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth, with some declaring the decision deranged, while others argued that there would be no impact on holiday bookings,
  • Wanderlust magazine announced the winners of its annual World Guide Awards, honouring the very best tour leaders from across the globe.
  • A tour operator launched what it describes as ‘the ultimate US road trip, a one-off tour visiting all lower 48 states in 80 days.
  • Aer Lingus launched the big take off sale, travel between 30th Sept ember and 9th October 2013 for travel from 1st November 2013 through to 31st March 2014.
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