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Volume 17. Issue 78. 15th September 2017. View Online
New York State team in Dublin and host trade

The New York State team are in Dublin to promote all things New York State has to offer Irish visitors, especially on the new Norwegian flights from Dublin, Shannon and Cork.

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Mitch Hawes (Sales Manager UK & Ireland Norwegian) Declan Power (Shannon Airport) Markley Wilson (Executive Director of Tourism, New York State at Empire State Development) and Martin Court (New York State UK & Ireland)
Mitch Hawes (Sales Manager UK & Ireland Norwegian) Declan Power (Shannon Airport) Markley Wilson (Executive Director of Tourism, New York State at Empire State Development) and Martin Court (New York State UK & Ireland)
Air Canada launches new Shannon Toronto & Dublin Montreal flights

Air Canada has announced expanded seasonal services to and from Ireland with new non-stop flights from Shannon to Toronto and between Dublin and Montreal from June 2018.

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Declan Power (Shannon Airport) gets the picture!
Declan Power (Shannon Airport) gets the picture!
Happy Enkutatash! And good luck to Michael Yohannes and welcome to Meseret Tekalign

Ethiopian Airlines Dublin invited trade and media guests to celebrate Enkutatash which is New Year in Ethiopia.

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Tony Flynn (Sales Manager Ethiopian Airlines) and Travel Counsellors Karen Pugh and Annette Mc Cann
Tony Flynn (Sales Manager Ethiopian Airlines) and Travel Counsellors Karen Pugh and Annette Mc Cann
Winner of Hurtigruten/KLM competition on Travelbiz

The winner of a place on the upcoming Fam with Hurtigruten and KLM is Elaine Massey (Killiney Travel), who won her place on this week’s Travelbiz competition. The fam will fly from Dublin to Bergen, where they will stay overnight, before embarking on newly refurbished MS Nordnorge to sail up to Trondheim. The trip departs on the 25th October and will last for 4 days. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to experience what KLM and Hurtigruten have to offer your clients.

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Strong Irish Ferries Presence at Keel Laying Ceremony

A delegation of senior Irish Ferries officials attended the keel laying ceremony for a new €144million, 55,000tonnes cruise ferry being built on behalf of the company in Flensberg, Germany. Due to be delivered next July, the new vessel will be the largest and most luxurious ferry ever to sail on the Irish Sea.  It will enter year-round service on the Dublin Holyhead and Ireland France routes.

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Dermot Merrigan (Head of Passenger Sales Irish Ferries)
Dermot Merrigan (Head of Passenger Sales Irish Ferries)
Local Marketing.ie Golf Classic 2017

The Local Marketing.ie Golf Classic teed up for its second year in Dundalk Golf Club with six finalists from this year’s qualifiers. Clem Walshe (MD Local Marketing.ie), Peter O’Hanlon (MD Travelfinders), Don Shearer (CEO Travelbiz), Dermot Merrigan (Head of Passenger sales Irish Ferries), Declan Power (Head of Aviation Development Shannon Airport) and Ray Scully (SHG/TUI) battled it out on a sun drenched Dundalk golf club with Team Peter O’Hanlon and Don Shearer coming out of top on the day.  The turning point in the match was Peter O’Hanlon’s amazing front nine which included a memorable fourth hole. Clem Walshe (MD Local Marketing.ie) and Siobhain Mulholland (Commercial Director Local Marketing.ie) put on a great day and night’s hospitality featuring the delights of down town Dundalk.

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Dermot Merrigan (Irish Ferries) Clem Walshe (MD Local Marketing.ie) and Ray Scully (SHG/TUI)
Dermot Merrigan (Irish Ferries) Clem Walshe (MD Local Marketing.ie) and Ray Scully (SHG/TUI)
Royal Caribbean's sales team hits the road!

The Royal Caribbean team of Jennifer Callister, Holly Wilkinson and Michaela Banks revved up their shiny 4x4's and hit the road for their third Ireland Road trip where they plan to visit up to 120 agents. If you see them out and about, make sure you say hello!

Royal Caribbean’s Jennifer Callister, Holly Wilkinson and Michaela Banks
Royal Caribbean’s Jennifer Callister, Holly Wilkinson and Michaela Banks
SATOA Trade workshop in Dublin

Take a look at the recent Allure of Africa workshop in Dublin featuring interviews with key trade partners.

Hertz Ireland Agent Training Blitz

Jason Kearns (Hertz Ireland) completes agent training with Ben Greene from Arrow tours in Drogheda. “We have ongoing training on the Hertz product, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if any staff wish to attend,” said Jason.

Jason Kearns (Hertz Ireland) completes training with Ben Greene (Arrow)
Jason Kearns (Hertz Ireland) completes training with Ben Greene (Arrow)
Travelbiz goes to the Proms in Castle Coole with Tourism Northern Ireland

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) had the pleasure to attend the final night of the BBC Proms, hosted by Tourism Northern Ireland. In a new departure from Belfast, Proms in the Park 2017 was broadcast live from the elegant environs of Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Castle Coole is in the capable hands of the National Trust and what more refined and celebratory venue for this classical extravaganza.

A highly ambitious broadcasting event (with huge demand for tickets), this special evening is now in its 16th year. BBC Proms in the Park forms part of the UK-wide celebrations which emanates from the Royal Albert Hall (with a live link to all venues) to include Northern Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales. Supporting this year’s proms, Tourism Northern Ireland proudly showcased the stunning local scenery of the Fermanagh Lakelands embracing the delicious cuisine highlighting local produce, unique attractions and, of course, the wonderfully warm welcome from the local people.

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Fiona Cunningham (ROI Manager Tourism Northern Ireland) David Brophy (Orchestra Conductor) Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz)
Fiona Cunningham (ROI Manager Tourism Northern Ireland) David Brophy (Orchestra Conductor) Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz)
MSC Lip Sync

Take a look at the latest Video Entry from the Fabulous Travalue Crew! MSC Cruises, Aer Lingus and the Miami CVB bring you the biggest and most fun competition of the year! The winner of the live grand final will win direct flights to Miami with Aer Lingus, 4 nights in Miami and a 7 night all-inclusive Cruise in the Caribbean on the MSC Seaside!

Get your MSC lip sync Videos in now to be in with chance to win this amazing prize!

Norwegian to open new pilot base in Dublin

Norwegian will open a new pilot base at Dublin Airport later this year to support the airline’s growing international operations, including the new transatlantic routes from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Belfast. Recruitment is now underway for new pilot positions for the Dublin base. Earlier this summer, Norwegian launched 24 weekly transatlantic flights from Cork, Shannon, Dublin and Belfast serving the New York, Boston and New England areas on the U.S. East Coast, with the routes served by brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. To help support the transatlantic operations and future growth in Ireland, Norwegian will open a new base at Dublin Airport later this year. The base will initially include approximately 40 pilots but Norwegian is also exploring options for further pilot and cabin crew positions at the base next summer.

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The Freddie Mercury Tailfin
The Freddie Mercury Tailfin
Shannon Backing Munster - Fly Shannon it’s Easier

Shannon Airport has announced that it has come on board as Munster Rugby’s ‘Official Airport Partner’ in a three year commitment. The partnership is a timely boost for the commencement of the 2017-‘18 season and formalises a long standing relationship between the province and Shannon, with the airport having hosted some unforgettable and emotional Munster homecomings over the years, not least following the 2006 and 2008 European Champions Cup Victories.  The partnership, which makes Shannon the exclusive airport partner to Munster rugby, will see the Shannon logo positioned on the players’ shorts.

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Emirates Award certificates to Irish Agents

The Irish Emirates Team are out in full force this week on their annual sales blitz awarding certificates to thank the agents for all their support in the last 5 years on the Dublin to Dubai route.

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Nisha Leelakrishnan (Emirates) Bepi Gaidoni (BCD Travel) and Filippo Rocchi (Emirates)
Nisha Leelakrishnan (Emirates) Bepi Gaidoni (BCD Travel) and Filippo Rocchi (Emirates)
Worldchoice Fam takes off to Dubai and Jacinta is onboard!

Taking to the Skies with Turkish Airlines.

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) brings you exclusive reports for the Irish Travel Industry from Dubai in United Arab Emirates. The usual superior hospitality and warm welcome from Onur Gul (Sales & Marketing Executive Turkish Airlines) greeted the happy group at Dublin airport as the Worldchoice group repaired through Fast Track to the VIP lounge to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, coffee and chat.

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Jacinta McGlynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) Peter Friedrich (TravelCube) Onur Gull (Turkish Airlines) and Carol Ann O'Neill (Worldchoice)
Jacinta McGlynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) Peter Friedrich (TravelCube) Onur Gull (Turkish Airlines) and Carol Ann O'Neill (Worldchoice)
Europe’s Newest Aircraft Lands at Cork Airport

Norwegian’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8, one of the world’s newest commercial aircrafts, landed at Cork Airport this week. Norwegian is the first European airline to receive and fly the new aircraft. Following a highly successful and historic transatlantic route launch from Cork Airport in July, the MAX 8 will now operate the direct Norwegian service to Boston Providence. Norwegian fly three times weekly to the state capital of Rhode Island up to the end of October and twice weekly for the winter season through until the end of March.

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Norwegian’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8
Norwegian’s new Boeing 737 MAX 8
Ryanair new Shannon Barcelona Reus route

Ryanair has launched a new Shannon route to Barcelona Reus, with a twice-weekly service commencing in March 2018, the first of its Shannon summer 2018 routes. “This new Ryanair service from Shannon to Barcelona Reus is very welcome news for the airport. We know that this will also be welcome news for our passengers as Barcelona Reus is not only a popular sun destination, but this new service opens up the European City break market for people in the region providing direct access to the beautiful city of Barcelona which is less than a 90 minute journey by train and bus from the town of Reus – only 10 minutes from Reus Airport. In addition, we are sure that the service will be welcome news to many football enthusiasts out there as this offers them the opportunity to watch FC Barcelona in action,” said Andrew Murphy (MD Shannon Airport)

Discovering Amazing Thailand in Partnership with Turkish Airlines!

Tourism Thailand is holding a series of unmissable evenings of discovery. This is your opportunity to find out more about Amazing Thailand with Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Turkish Airlines scheduled flight details to the region. The evening will be an informal event including house wine, soft drinks, nibbles, presentations from Tourism Authority of Thailand and Turkish Airlines and plenty of opportunity to find out about the hidden gems of this magnificent country and Turkish Airlines. At the end of the presentation, there will be a draw to win one spot for our mega Fam trip

Your Car Hire sign up Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty in the USA & Canada

Your Car Hire, represented in Ireland by Alan Sparling’s ASM, have announced the sign up of Dollar, Hertz & Thrifty for car hire in USA/Canada. “As a trade car hire broker, Your Car Hire already offer a wide choice of suppliers including Alamo, National, Europcar, Sixt and Green Motion for USA/Canada, now bring even more choice with three new suppliers signed up. We are the only trade car hire broker with access to all of these suppliers,” said Alan Sparling.

Alan Sparling (ASM)
Alan Sparling (ASM)
SKAL lunch

The regular SKAL lunch was held recently in the Conrad Hotel attended by Francis Brennan.

Ewan Plenderleith (GM Herbert Park Hotel) Nora Cronin (Cronins Coaches) with Francis Brennan (SKAL International Councillor)
Ewan Plenderleith (GM Herbert Park Hotel) Nora Cronin (Cronins Coaches) with Francis Brennan (SKAL International Councillor)
Win one of 4 €100 M&S Vouchers with Classic Collection Holidays

Luxury specialist operator Classic Collection Holidays are running a four week promotion throughout September when agents can win one of 4 €100 M&S vouchers. Each week they will email agents with four simple product related questions. Agents can submit their answers via the link on the competition email. To make it even easier they have provided a link to the relevant hotel on the competition email, what could be simpler? The winner of week ones’ competition was Michelle Cullen (Icon Travel Waterford).

Mary McKenna (MD Tour America) Completes 600KM Charity Cycle

Raising €4,360.00 for Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Mary Mc Kenna (MD Tour America) completed her charity cycle from Barcelona to Valencia averaging 120km a day with inclines as steep as 14%! Mary would like to thank all sponsors for their amazing support raising much needed funds for Crumlin Children's hospital. Well done from the Travelbiz team on a life changing personal achievement.

Time to book that Athens city break!

Aegean has announced new promotional fares starting at €49 one-way or €119 return (P class), including airport and security taxes but excluding checked baggage. There are a limited number of seats available at this fare between 14th and 20th September for travel between 1st November and 20th December 2017. Aegean will operate a twice weekly direct service from Dublin to Athens from 30th October 2017 through to 8th January 2018. Flights will depart from Dublin on Mondays and Fridays and will be daytime flights.

Matchmaker Willie Daly set to ‘star’ in popular Australian TV show

Images of Lisdoonvarna and Co Clare will be beamed into the homes of some 700,000 Australians, in an episode of a popular Australian TV show called The Living Room. The show airs on Network Ten today and will feature an interview with matchmaker Willie Daly, as well as footage of the spectacular Co Clare scenery. Filming took place here last autumn and was supported by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

The Living Room is presented by Dr Chris Brown – an Australian veterinarian, TV personality and author, famously known as the ‘Bondi Vet’. In tomorrow’s episode, viewers will see Dr Chris chat with matchmaker Willie Daly in the famous Matchmaker Bar in Lisdoonvarna. Dr Chris and his team also visited the Cliffs of Moher during their time here. They enjoyed dinner in the Roadside Tavern and an overnight stay in the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna. Gosh the Irish get everywhere!

The Living Room filming in Lisdoonvarna
The Living Room filming in Lisdoonvarna
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