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Volume 18. Issue 31. 21st May 2018. View Online
Seamless to Seattle

Jenny Rafter, John Keogh, Ivan Beacom, Dermot Lee and the rest of the Aer Lingus team were at The Dean to update the travel trade on the new direct service taking off on 18th May from Dublin to Seattle.

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Seamless Direct Service to Seattle - Aer Lingus Launches in the Dean Hotel
Seamless Direct Service to Seattle - Aer Lingus Launches in the Dean Hotel
Bookabed and Emirates Dubai ‘game changer’

Lee Osborne (Bookabed), Olwyn Mc Glynn (Emirates) along with Colleen Butler and Emma (both Bookabed) joined their lucky group of agents in Dublin Airport for the Emirates flight to Dubai

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Marike Nolan (Douglas Travel) loves Emirates Business Class.
Marike Nolan (Douglas Travel) loves Emirates Business Class.
RCCL Independence of the Seas is back

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) sailed away for a year and a day (well, 2 days actually) on Royal Caribbean’s magnificent vessel Independence of the Seas.

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Bernie and Dominic Burke (Travel Centres) with Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel).
Bernie and Dominic Burke (Travel Centres) with Carmel Hayes (Strand Travel).
Visit Orlando Dublin roadshow

The most visited US destination, Orlando Florida, in association with its partners at Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® and Universal Orlando® Resort returned to Dublin

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Barry, Carl and Martin taking the Micky.
Barry, Carl and Martin taking the Micky.
Arriving in Dubai

Arriving in Dubai on the Emirates B777 business class night flight enabled the group to kick start their Dubai experience

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Olwyn, Colleen and lee host agents in Dubai
Olwyn, Colleen and lee host agents in Dubai
Let’s talk about Andalucía

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) attended the Spanish Tourist Office celebration of all things Andalucian in the salubrious surrounds of Trinity College.

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Kathryn Mc Donnell (Spanish Tourist Office) and Cristina Fuentes (Junta de Andalucia)
Kathryn Mc Donnell (Spanish Tourist Office) and Cristina Fuentes (Junta de Andalucia)
Flying High in Dubai

The Bookabed and Emirates Fam reached new heights with Colleen Butler (Bookabed) and the loveable Hasan (The Sand Man).

Colleen Butler (Bookabed) and Hasan (Sandman)
Colleen Butler (Bookabed) and Hasan (Sandman)
Travelbiz TV - United Airlines & Choose Chicago prize draw

WATCH To See Who Won!


Following a hugely successful Travelbiz exclusive competition in partnership with United Airlines and Choose Chicago, Martina and Brian from United drew the lucky winner of this amazing prize.

eTravel Win Royal Caribbean’s best overall 2017 performance

David O’Grady’s eTravel won best overall performance by a trade partner in Southern Ireland in 2017 at the relaunch of Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the seas in Southampton. There are a 100 million reasons why you must try the Independence of the seas. There could be a song in that!

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Dave O’Grady with Jennifer Callister (RCCL)
Dave O’Grady with Jennifer Callister (RCCL)
hoppaGo unveiled as new B2B brand for A2B Transfers

Global ground transportation specialists A2Btransfers.com announced a rebrand to hoppaGo alongside a new website and an updated technology platform offering a wider choice of capacity around the world and better connections to integrate and sell ground transportation. With the rapid development of digital solutions in the travel industry, in response to changing consumer demands, hoppaGo has been developed to offer greater choice to agents via its updated technology, expansive global network and service promises.

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hoppaGo unveiled as new B2B brand for A2B Transfers
hoppaGo unveiled as new B2B brand for A2B Transfers
Bow to the Don

 

 

Bookabed and Emirates Dubai Fam delegates take time to honour the Don. Sure when you’re good you’re good. Look out for Travelbiz the movie.

Bookabed and Emirates agents love the Don.
Bookabed and Emirates agents love the Don.
Jacinta collects new car

Senior Travelbiz reporter Jacinta Mc Glynn was delighted to collect her new Travelbiz company car on board Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the seas. “Now how do I get this car on the road?” I think Jacinta will have to stick to the Bizcopter!

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz) with her new company car
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Travelbiz) with her new company car
Cunard's Queen Victoria in Dublin Port

The Cunard Cruise Liner Queen Victoria made a call into Dublin Port as part of its 13 night tour of the British Isles which included a visit to Cork and will make her maiden voyage into Killybegs Co Donegal as part of the itinerary. Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) was one of only four media guests invited to tour the ship followed by dinner.

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Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) with Capt. Tom Connery (Master Queen Victoria)
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) with Capt. Tom Connery (Master Queen Victoria)
Irish trade on the Rocky Mountaineer.

Michelle Ryan (TravelMedia.ie), Barry Hammond (Sunway) and Linda Parkes (American Holidays) were lucky enough to spend a week on an amazing learning journey with Rocky Mountaineer, venturing through British Columbia. They had the most fantastic time, thanks to their wonderful host Sarah Revell (Rocky Mountaineer). Covering over 600 miles from Vancouver to Calgary, including an amazing two days on board the incredible Rocky Mountaineer train, the guys experienced a day in both the Gold Leaf and Silver Leaf carriages. The service was nothing short of top class, whilst taking in stunning scenery and a rare view of extremely elusive grizzly bear who had just come out of hibernation!

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.Irish trade on the Rocky Mountaineer with Michelle (Travelmedia.ie)
.Irish trade on the Rocky Mountaineer with Michelle (Travelmedia.ie)
Magical Thailand with Etihad

A number of lucky Irish agents decided to relax in style on the Magical Thailand Fam hosted by Etihad and Thailand Tourism. The ladies were spotted heading into the Etihad First & Business Class Lounge in Dublin for a quick bit of ‘relaxation’ before jetting off to Abu Dhabi on route to Bangkok, the city of lights. The lucky group included, Alyson McIlroy (Oasis Travel), Lorraine Rabbette (Travel Counsellors), Leanne Mulcahy (Limerick Travel), Louise Canny (Lee Travel), Louise Brennan (Club Travel), Emma Arnott (Tourism Authority of Thailand) and Elaine Massey (Killiney Travel) winner of the Magical Thailand Fam competition with Travelbiz.

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Etihad First & Business Class Lounge in Dublin.
Etihad First & Business Class Lounge in Dublin.
Love the Shades

Don Shearer (Travelbiz) with Lee Osborne and Colleen Butler (Bookabed) love their new shades in magical Dubai on the Bookabed & Emirates Fam.

New band formed ‘The Dubai Shades’
New band formed ‘The Dubai Shades’
Murty in pink

No Jim, I said Aft, not Daft! Jim Murty (Irish Daily Mail) giving it socks - for research purposes, of course!

Caribbean Tourism Organisation Roadshow 2018

Caribbean suppliers including the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jewel Resorts, St Lucia and Tobago visited agents in Dublin, Galway and Cork. They enjoyed great support and feedback from the trade who made a great effort to gather all the information and updates on each destination. The suppliers thanked all attendees by giving away a grand total of ten Fam trip places to the lucky agents who came along. The lucky winners included Pamela Brownlee (Fly Away Travel) who is off to Barbados, Shane Coburn (Donabate Travel) who is heading to Grenada and Claire Somers (Hayes & Jarvis Ireland) who will be travelling to St Lucia.

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Caribbean Tourism Organisation Roadshow 2018
Caribbean Tourism Organisation Roadshow 2018
CAPA Airline Leader Summit

The CAPA Airline leader summit opened in the Powerscourt Hotel and Travelbiz took the opportunity to meet with senior executives along with fellow trade media partners from all over the world for an exclusive dinner in the Glencree and Roundwood room. The Summit brings CEOs from all regions and business models for high level panel discussions delivering perspectives on the outlook for airlines globally along with new insights into strategy options. Travelbiz will bring you all the updates and reports from the summit over the coming days.

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Chris Boba (EMEA Communications Manager)
Chris Boba (EMEA Communications Manager)
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