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Volume 17. Issue 85. 9th October 2017. View Online
Intrepid Travel & Finnair China Fam

The group were met at Dublin Airport by a bright eyed and bushy tailed Martin Whelan (Sales/GSA for Finnair) at Terminal 1.

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Catherine Grennell-Whyte (GSA Finnair) with Brendan White (Tropical Sky) at the Finnair hub in Helsinki
Catherine Grennell-Whyte (GSA Finnair) with Brendan White (Tropical Sky) at the Finnair hub in Helsinki
Aer Lingus Inaugural Miami VIP Fam

Don Shearer (CEO Travelbiz) joined the trade and media VIP guests on the Aer Lingus Inaugural Miami Fam trip from Dublin Airport.

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Jenny Rafter (Head of Business Development Leisure Sales Aer Lingus) with the crew
Jenny Rafter (Head of Business Development Leisure Sales Aer Lingus) with the crew
Near, Far, Wherever You Are!..and the winner of MSC Lipsync is...

With her Lip Sync of Celine Dion’s Classic theme to Titanic, Alison Larkin (TUI Travel Shop Clarehall), won the live final of the MSC, Aer Lingus and Miami CVB Lip Sync

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The winners: Alison Larkin (TUI Clarehall) wins the MSC, Aer Lingus, Miami CVB Lip Sync Grand Live Final with her husband.
The winners: Alison Larkin (TUI Clarehall) wins the MSC, Aer Lingus, Miami CVB Lip Sync Grand Live Final with her husband.
Turkish Airlines/G Adventures Fam to Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) reports on the super mega Fam trip with Turkish Airlines and G Adventures

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John Grehan & Alper Sean Hackett  taking to the skies with G Adventures & Turkish Airlines - all aboard
John Grehan & Alper Sean Hackett taking to the skies with G Adventures & Turkish Airlines - all aboard
In the Air with American Airlines Homebound on the all new B787 Dreamliner

The Final leg of what was a memorable Bookabed Floridian Experience was all about experiencing the all new (brand spanking new) B787 American Airlines Dreamliner from Chicago to Dublin

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In their brand new business class B787 American Airlines business class seats en route from Chicago to Dublin is Gillian Purser (Marble City Travel) and Lee Osborne (Bookabed)
In their brand new business class B787 American Airlines business class seats en route from Chicago to Dublin is Gillian Purser (Marble City Travel) and Lee Osborne (Bookabed)
Aer Lingus Expansion plans are fantastic...Philadelphia new route

At the Press conference Aer Lingus announced a whole raft of new plans for the future.

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Dara McMahon (Head of Marketing Aer Lingus) Yvonne Muldoon (Director of Sales Aer Lingus) and Jenny Rafter (Head of Leisure Aer Lingus)
Dara McMahon (Head of Marketing Aer Lingus) Yvonne Muldoon (Director of Sales Aer Lingus) and Jenny Rafter (Head of Leisure Aer Lingus)
China Southern host Irish Agents in Chapter One

China Southern Airlines (represented in Ireland by APG) hosted their top agents (& Travelbiz) at their annual lunch in Chapter One.

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David O'Grady (eTravel) Qi Luo (Club Travel) Paul Nolan (APG) Nick Newman (China Southern) Helen O'Flaherty (WTC) and Jeff Collins (Best4Travel)
David O'Grady (eTravel) Qi Luo (Club Travel) Paul Nolan (APG) Nick Newman (China Southern) Helen O'Flaherty (WTC) and Jeff Collins (Best4Travel)
Virgin Atlantic/Bedsonline/Worldchoice Fam Trip to California

Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) reports.......

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Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) and Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice)
Thomas McNally (Bedsonline) and Carol Anne O’Neill (Worldchoice)
Good Morning Vietnam...on the G Adventures/Turkish Airlines Fam

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) reports exclusively directly from South East Asia to give you the full lowdown on our amazing experiences in Vietnam. With Turkish Airlines super smooth and comfortable flights via Istanbul, we land in Ho Chi Minh City or, if you prefer to be romantic, the former Saigon. What an assault on the senses - heat, humidity, riotous colour, pure cacophony of sound, 42 million motorcycles (I kid you not and it’s like they all travel at the same time!), exotic food aromas and market smells and a G Adventure ahead of us! Vietnam, situated on the South China sea, is an utterly beautiful country with a compelling history, so this intrepid troupe of travellers is set to go. With Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines) and John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) at the helm, our hardy group of adventure seekers (all the way from the Emerald Isle) is ready for action. Let’s hope South East Asia is ready for us!

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Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines) John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) get into the Viet style!
Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines) John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures) get into the Viet style!
Atlantic Travel win €22,000 Royal Caribbean store makeover

Royal Caribbean International has announced that Atlantic Travel Worldchoice, based in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, has won the £20,000 (approx. €22,000) store makeover with their Harmony of the Seas Ultimate Abyss entrance design, in the competition run in partnership with TTG. Atlantic Travel Worldchoice was the only Irish travel agent to reach the final round of the competition, with the four other shortlisted agents located across the UK. Emma McHugh of Atlantic Travel Worldchoice travelled to London, where she presented her idea to a panel of expert judges before it was selected. The winning design was then announced on stage at the TTG Travel Awards by Amanda Darrington, Royal Caribbean Sales Director.

Emma McHugh (Atlantic Travel Worldchoice) receives her prize
Emma McHugh (Atlantic Travel Worldchoice) receives her prize
Icelandair to Operate New Dublin Reykjavik Service

Icelandair announced that it will commence a new six-times weekly, year-round service to Reykjavik from May 2018.The new service, which will also have connections to and from 20 gateways in North America, will operate six days per week. “Iceland is a very popular destination for short breaks and is on many people’s bucket list. Dublin Airport warmly welcomes today’s announcement from Icelandair, which further strengthens the connection between the two countries,” said Vincent Harrison (Dublin Airport Managing Director). “We are excited to provide a service to Dublin, also known as one of the friendliest cities in Europe,” said Birkir Holm Gudnason (Icelandair Chief Executive).

Emirates award Munster agents

Emirates called on Munster agents to award certificates from Helena Sweeney, in recognition of their support over the last 5 years.

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Stephanie Nagel – Limerick Travel
Stephanie Nagel – Limerick Travel
Tourism Australia in Dublin....and they met Travelbiz

Tourism Australia were in Dublin recently and Gerry Benson (Publisher & Editor Travelbiz) met with Phillipa (Pip) Harrison (Executive General Manager of International (Sydney based) and Denise von Wald (Regional General Manager of the UK and Northern Europe for Tourism Australia (London based). Joining them was Irishman James Treacy (Senior PR Tourism Australia). It was great seeing them in Dublin and chatting about the Australian market. "Ireland is important to us with over 60,000 Irish visitors, and we want more!" said Pip. "Now with the fantastic choice of flights from Dublin we are looking for the higher end tourists who want to spend time in Australia. Of course the VFR market is also important," added Pip. Travelbiz will be working with Tourism Australia to help the Irish trade promote and sell Australian holidays, so watch this space.

Irishman James Treacy (Senior PR with Tourism Australia) Phillipa (Pip) Harrison (Executive General Manager of International - Sydney based) and Denise von Wald (Regional General Manager UK & Northern Europe Tourism Australia - London based)
Irishman James Treacy (Senior PR with Tourism Australia) Phillipa (Pip) Harrison (Executive General Manager of International - Sydney based) and Denise von Wald (Regional General Manager UK & Northern Europe Tourism Australia - London based)
Classic Collection & Your Car Hire Christmas Hampers Promotion

Classic Collection Holidays and trade only broker, Your Car Hire have teamed up for an agents’ promotion where they can win one of two fabulous hampers, just in time for Christmas (Oh no not Christmas competitions already!). Simply make a booking with Classic Collection Holidays that includes car hire and you will be entered in the draw for the two hampers. The draw will take place on December 15th and no doubt Santa’s two helpers , Alan and Niall will deliver the hampers personally.

Mekong Delta Cruise on G Adventures/Turkish Airlines Fam

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) reports directly from South East Asia from this mega trip, co-hosted by Alper Sean Hackett (Sales & Marketing Turkish Airlines) and John Grehan (Ireland Manager G Adventures). A wonderful meal last night, hosted by G Adventures, saw us on the 14th floor in Lemon Grass restaurant, which is voted amongst Asia’s top 101 restaurants. The adventure continues this morning with a boat trip on the Mekong Delta as we pass through villages and float by islands to see and experience local life and colour. A cruise on the Mekong is truly an iconic experience.

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Angela Walsh (Travelfox Cork) Philip Airey (Sunway) Sharon Harney (Cassidy Travel)
Angela Walsh (Travelfox Cork) Philip Airey (Sunway) Sharon Harney (Cassidy Travel)
Bookabed BA/AA Agents Mega Fam to Orlando and Tampa

Following a record breaking 14 roller coaster and Virtual Universal rides in one day, the Bookabed, British Airways and American Airlines group made their way from their base, the amazing Loews Portofino Bay Hotel to the NBC Sports & Brew bar and restaurant. The group were hosted by Mike McGaffigan (Resorts Sales Manager Universal Orlando) and George Bullukian (Sales Integration Associate Representative Universal Orlando) to great food and wine before heading for a night of Karaoke and dancing in the City Walks rising Karaoke bar.

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Lee Osborne (Bookabed) at the American Horror Show
Lee Osborne (Bookabed) at the American Horror Show
Wendy Wu Wunder Nights

John Booty (Sales Manager Wendy Wu Tours) and John Warr (Global Sales Director Wendy Wu Tours) welcomed trade members to their Wunder nights in Dublin’s Trinity Hotel where they showcased their all new Tours for 2018. There was some really exciting news for all agents from the Emirates team. Anita Thomas (Sales Manager Emirates) and Lisa Rabbitte (Sales Executive Emirates) announced an amazing offer of an upgrade to business class on Wendy Wu Bookings from Ireland starting at only €399 euro!

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John Warr (Global Sales Director Wendy Wu Tours) and John Booty (Sales Manager Wendy Wu Tours)
John Warr (Global Sales Director Wendy Wu Tours) and John Booty (Sales Manager Wendy Wu Tours)
AWTE Ireland host third development session of 2017

AWTE Ireland held its third development session of 2017, and over 30 members of the AWTE attended the development session which was held in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Presented by Debbee Dale Development, the event was entitled “Presenting YOU” and focused on sharing some tried and tested methods to help with attendees presentation skills. This interactive session, sponsored by Etihad Airways was designed to help AWTE Ireland members with top tips in presenting the very best of themselves when speaking in public.

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Yvonne Muldoon (Director of Sales Aer Lingus), Niamh Waters (TravelMedia.ie), Debbee Dale, Beatrice Cosgrove (GM Etihad Ireland), Karen Maloney & Val Murphy (both Ethiad) and Lorraine Quinn (Celebrity Cruises)
Yvonne Muldoon (Director of Sales Aer Lingus), Niamh Waters (TravelMedia.ie), Debbee Dale, Beatrice Cosgrove (GM Etihad Ireland), Karen Maloney & Val Murphy (both Ethiad) and Lorraine Quinn (Celebrity Cruises)
Irish Ferries call new cruise ferry W.B.Yeats

Irish Ferries has chosen W. B. Yeats as the name for its new €144million cruise ferry now being built in Germany for service on routes between Ireland, UK and France. The name was chosen after it had drawn strong support from the public in an online competition that attracted nearly 100,000 entries. When built, the W. B. Yeats will have space for 1,885 passengers and crew, 1,200 cars and 440 cabins including luxury suites with their own private balconies. Other facilities will include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, á la carte and self-service restaurants, cinema, shopping mall, choice of bars and lounges, exclusive areas for freight drivers, and dedicated facilities for pets.

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The W.B.Yeats
The W.B.Yeats
Hotelbeds Group confirms position as a leading distributor of hotels to the travel trade

Hotelbeds Group, a global bedbank and business-to-business provider of services to the travel industry, has confirmed following the closure of the customary regulatory and legal procedures, GTA has officially joined the Group.   A strategic integration plan is now underway to integrate both GTA and Tourico Holidays, which joined the Group in June,  into Hotelbeds Group in a phased approach.  In the future, both hotel and ancillary partners, as well as travel intermediary clients, of all three companies will have access to an integrated and enhanced range of services, products and technology solutions drawn from the combination of all three.

Lift-off for €15m Shannon Airport Runway project

Shannon Airport and Lagan Asphalt Group have announced the completion of a €15m resurfacing project on Ireland’s longest runway eight weeks ahead of schedule. The refurbishment work on the main Shannon runway, which commenced in May of this year, included the full rehabilitation of 2,400m of runway surface, the replacement of runway edge and centre line lighting with energy efficient LED lighting, ducting and other associated works. A team of 90 people and 70 vehicles worked on the runway at night to avoid disrupting flights to and from Shannon Airport. At the peak of construction project, the Lagan Asphalt group laid the equivalent of one football pitch of refurbished runway surface each night.

Looking over the runway plans
Looking over the runway plans
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