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Volume 17. Issue 41. 7th June 2017. View Online
Christening of MSC Meraviglia (8th wonder of the world) and the Irish trade were there!

Don Shearer (CEO Travelbiz) was in le Harve at the weekend for the christening of the MSC Meraviglia with key travel trade partners from Ireland.

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Steve Williams, Erica Oglesby and Antonio Paradiso (UK & IRL Managing Director MSC Cruises)
Steve Williams, Erica Oglesby and Antonio Paradiso (UK & IRL Managing Director MSC Cruises)
Centre Travel win week 3 of Aer Lingus Hartford Connecticut competition

Centre Travel has won the third week of the Aer Lingus competition, highlighting the Aer Lingus service to Hartford Connecticut direct from Dublin.

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Karen Fagan, Joanne Conlon, Katie Nolan, Siobhan Brannigan (Centre Travel Worldchoice) and Ivan Beacom (Aer Lingus).
Karen Fagan, Joanne Conlon, Katie Nolan, Siobhan Brannigan (Centre Travel Worldchoice) and Ivan Beacom (Aer Lingus).
Bookabed and partners host Munster trade

Bookabed in conjunction with American Airlines, British Airways, SeaWorld Parks and Do Something Different hosted 120 agents

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Declan Power (Shannon Airport) and Tara Magee (BA) meet their match!
Declan Power (Shannon Airport) and Tara Magee (BA) meet their match!
Discover Travel launch new Asia & Indian Ocean brochure

Discover Travel have launched their new Asia and Indian Ocean brochure

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New brochure
New brochure
Balkan Ski announces major expansion for Ski Season 2017/18 from Dublin

Balkan Ski, part of the award winning tour operator Travel Solutions, has launched their winter season brochure for 2017/18 from Dublin

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Balkan Ski Brochure
Balkan Ski Brochure
IPW (Pow Wow) opens in Washington....and the Irish trade are there

International Pow Wow (IPW) is taking place in the host city of Washington DC and a large contingent of the Irish trade is attending.

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Gillian Young (Executive Director) and Dee Burdock (Chairperson) both Visit USA Committee Ireland
Gillian Young (Executive Director) and Dee Burdock (Chairperson) both Visit USA Committee Ireland
What Would You Do with €1,000? Asks The Travel Corporation

The Travel Corporation (TTC) has announced the launch of their new summer agent incentive ‘What Would You Do with €1,000’?

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Sharon Jordan (GM TTC Ireland)
Sharon Jordan (GM TTC Ireland)
Hilary Murphy Travel client wins €2,500

Janet Tobin Martin was the lucky recipient of a €2,500 cash contribution towards her holiday to Orlando this summer with Sunway Holidays, which she booked through Hilary Murphy Travel in New Ross.   The agency is a members of Travel Centres and the consortium ran a 10-week advertising campaign in the Sunday Times earlier this year in conjunction with seven of their preferred suppliers: Celebrity Cruises, Riviera Travel, Wendy Wu, Sunway, Insight Vacations, Royal Caribbean and Breakaway Tours/Disney.

Veronica Culleton (Hilary Murphy Travel), Janet Tobin Martin (winner) and Deirdre Murphy (Hilary Murphy Travel)
Veronica Culleton (Hilary Murphy Travel), Janet Tobin Martin (winner) and Deirdre Murphy (Hilary Murphy Travel)
Delta host trade on Boston Fam

To celebrate the new nonstop Dublin to Boston seasonal Service, Delta Air Lines and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, got together to arrange a super trade Fam trip to Boston.

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At the JFK Presidential library
At the JFK Presidential library
New Swiss Route to Zurich Takes Off From Cork Airport

The Swiss Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mrs. Marie-Claude Meylan was at Cork Airport to mark the inaugural Swiss International Air Lines route to Zürich together with the newly appointed Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Cork, Mrs. Anne-Kristine Kjelsen.    Swiss, Cork Airport’s newest airline partner, launched the new twice weekly service that will operate Fridays and Mondays throughout the summer through to 2nd October next.   The new route will see an additional 9,000 seats from Cork Airport this year.

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Darragh Hanratty (Head Aviation Marketing Cork Airport), Andreas Koester (Lufthansa Group Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland, Niall MacCarthy (MD Cork Airport) and Helen Fyfe, Key (Swiss Key Account Manager Ireland)
Darragh Hanratty (Head Aviation Marketing Cork Airport), Andreas Koester (Lufthansa Group Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland, Niall MacCarthy (MD Cork Airport) and Helen Fyfe, Key (Swiss Key Account Manager Ireland)
Kristen picks up her Blue Insurance car

Blue Insurance is delighted to announce that Kristen picked up her brand new Volkswagen Polo Car.    The dramatic final of Blue Insurance’s yearlong promotion ‘Polo Magnifico’, took place three weeks ago.   After a nailing biting finale and game play, Kristen Skinner (American Holidays) was crowned the overall winner.   Kristen picked up her brand new Volkswagen Polo at Frank Keane Volkswagen in Liffey Valley and the excitement was palpable!   “A very worthy winner, happy driving for many years to come Kristen”, said Ciaran Mulligan (MD Blue Insurance).

Kristen Skinner (American Holidays) picks up her car
Kristen Skinner (American Holidays) picks up her car
Ryanair introduces 60 day check-in for purchased seats

Ryanair has announced that customers who purchase an allocated seat for their flight can now check-in up to 60 days in advance, the latest improvement delivered under Year 4 of its “Always Getting Better” programme. All Ryanair customers may select and purchase their preferred seat online; both on the Ryanair.com website and mobile app, from the time of booking right up to 2 hours before their scheduled departure, and in turn can check-in online and on the app, from between 60 days and 2 hours before their flight. Customers who don’t wish to purchase an allocated seat can check-in between 4 days and 2 hours before their flight and will be randomly allocated a seat free of charge. 

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Kenny Jacobs (Ryanair)
Kenny Jacobs (Ryanair)
Silver Whisper in Dublin....and Travelbiz on board

Silver Whisper (Silversea Cruises) was in Dublin and Gerry Benson (Publisher & Editor Travelbiz) as well as a group of the trade were invited on board to see the ship, and enjoy lunch.   “The Silver Whisper is just back from a Round the World cruise, and of course our brand new ship Silver Muse is now cruising the Med, before going across the Atlantic”, said Amanda.    Joining Amanda was Lynda McCorry, who both gave a full run down of the Silversea ships and routes.   The trade viewed several of the great suite cabins before going on to a super lunch.   Silversea are truly one of the top cruise companies.

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The Cassidy Travel team with Lynda McCorry (Silversea)
The Cassidy Travel team with Lynda McCorry (Silversea)
9th Annual Aer Lingus Viscount Awards

Seven of Northern Ireland’s most ambitious companies and two outstanding individuals have been honoured at the ninth annual Aer Lingus Viscount Awards in London.   The awards, held in the exquisite surroundings of the Institute of Directors’ headquarters and in association with Ulster Business, have grown to become one of the most respected events on the business calendar, reward organisations and individuals that represent the absolute best in their respective fields.

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Declan Kearney (Head of Communications Aer Lingus) presents Business Person of the Year  to John Toner (WIS Group)
Declan Kearney (Head of Communications Aer Lingus) presents Business Person of the Year to John Toner (WIS Group)
Tour America wins Social Media Award

Tour America has won another award!   Mary McKenna’s Tour America has won Best Use of Social Media at the Social Media Awards last week.   Tour America is the only travel agent to win this award.   Well done to Mary and her team.

‘Golf Sixes with Rory’ in association with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation is teaming up with VOX Golf and Rory McIlroy to offer golfers a truly unique experience ahead of the prestigious Rolex Series event, which takes place from 6th to 9th July.   ‘Golf Sixes with Rory’ is a six-hole competition launching on Friday 2nd June throughout the island of Ireland, with the qualifying events running until Wednesday 28th June.   The lucky winners of a six-hole competition, throughout the island of Ireland, will walk six holes inside the ropes with Rory McIlroy during this year’s tournament.

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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
Fly Through Security Screening At Dublin Airport with these Top Tips

This summer is set to be the busiest ever on record at Dublin Airport.   More than 1.3 million seats have been added across the airport’s route network this summer season, representing a 6% increase in capacity over last year.   Dublin Airport has recruited more than 200 extra staff over the past 12 months to cope with growing passenger numbers and will have almost 1,000 security screening staff working on a 24-hour shift basis this summer.   A total of 33 security screening lanes located across both terminals will ensure all passengers are cleared through security within 15 minutes, 98% of the time.

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Going through security
Going through security
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