CaminoWays.com has launched its official Camino de Santiago stamp for the Camino pilgrim passport. Those walking the Camino de Santiago can now visit CaminoWays.com's offices in Dublin and get the first passport stamp for their journey to Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrim passport is the progress book for those taking part in the Camino de Santiago and travellers must get the right number of stamps along the way to receive their 'Compostela', the religious certificate proving they have completed the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
Visitors to Stockholm must have a niggling feeling that something is missing on visits to the city, could it perhaps be something to do with ABBA? Many Stockholmers can hardly believe that the museum has become a reality because the project has been beset by problems ranging from one of the backer banks biting the dust to where it should be housed. But now that’s all in the past and Thomas Cook is offering packages from Dublin with SAS. It’s not cheap but it’s worth it at €455pp for 2 nights.
TBEX is the largest travel bloggers conference in the world and is coming to Dublin next October. There were over 1300 travel bloggers at TBEX Toronto and Michael Collins (TravelMedia) attended. “Travel blogging is becoming very big and I believe has a great future”, said Michael. TravelMedia.ie is the Dublin TBEX official media partner.
Expedia TAAP agents can earn commission on bookings made using the award winning Expedia App which recently won the highly prestigious “Webby Award” hailed as the Internet’s Highest Honour. Expedia has long been renowned as the tech leader of the Travel Industry and the roll out of the App for use by Expedia TAAP agents is further proof of that. The Expedia TAAP programme is represented in Ireland by ATTS Travel Representation Solutions.
Jennifer Kearney (Usit Travel Aston Quay in Dublin) is the lucky winner on the recent e-quiz competition on the new Air France / KLM / Delta and & Alitalia Trade website. Jennifer won 2 economy class tickets anywhere on the KLM network. Well done Jennifer, enjoy your trip.
The Ireland rugby squad beat Canada (40-14) this weekend in Toronto and Tourism Ireland will be pulling out all the stops to capitalise on the tourism potential of the game. Thanks to the large exposure and ‘hype’ about Ireland in the Canadian media this week, the game has provided Tourism Ireland with an excellent opportunity to highlight Ireland as a holiday destination, as well as a top location for sporting events. The IRFU and Leinster Rugby are also doing their bit for ‘The Gathering’ this year when over 500 international players from 50 teams are expected to ‘gather’ in UCD this August.
London City Airport has been named the best airport of its size in Europe at the 9th annual ACI Europe Best Airport Awards which took place in Istanbul. London City was announced as the winner in the 1-5 million passenger category for the 2nd year running. Declan Collier (CEO London City Airport) said, “It is an honour to win this award for the 2nd second consecutive year which demonstrates how hard the London City team work to deliver consistently high standards and implement new initiatives”.
The Travel Department held an intimate tapas evening with food writer and restaurant critic Paolo Tullio who is leading a Barcelona Tapas Tour with The Travel Department in October.
United Airlines now features 180-degree flat-bed seats and personal on-demand entertainment in the premium cabins on all scheduled long-haul international flights from the airline’s eight North American hubs. United is the only U.S. carrier to exclusively provide flat-bed comfort to premium cabin travellers on scheduled long-haul flights from continental United States. United is also offering satellite Wi-Fi and they expect to have more than 200 aircraft outfitted with satellite Wi-Fi before the end of the year.
The Portuguese National Day was celebrated at the Ambassador’s Residence in Knocksina in Dublin attended by people from the trade.