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Volume 18. Issue 20. 6th April 2018. View Online
Symphony of the Seas

It was a symphony on the seas on the Pre-Inaugural VIP Symphony of Seas sailing from Malaga to Barcelona.

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A Symphony of the Seas
A Symphony of the Seas
TUI Ireland Summer 2019 on sale now!

TUI Ireland launched its summer 2019 programme this week, revealing ambitious growth and even greater choice for Irish holidaymakers.

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Antoinette Young, Charlotte Brenner and Belinda Vazquez (TUI Ireland)
Antoinette Young, Charlotte Brenner and Belinda Vazquez (TUI Ireland)
Bookabed, British Airways & Miami CVB. It’s Wynwood, for me!

Beverleigh Fly, Lee Osborne (Bookabed), Keith Chutter and Tara Magee (British Airways) along with their VIP Trade delegation spent the last night of their Miami Fam in the funky and culinary haven that is Wynwood.

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Culinary delights with Mirka
Culinary delights with Mirka
Aer Lingus Launch Dublin Philadelphia service

Jenny Rafter, John Keogh (Aer Lingus) and Julie Greenhill (Philadelphia CVB) welcomed trade and media guests to a breakfast briefing on all things Philadelphia

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Barry Hammond  (Sunway Holidays) with Jenny Rafter McCann (Aer Lingus)
Barry Hammond (Sunway Holidays) with Jenny Rafter McCann (Aer Lingus)
Shannon to Barcelona here we come!

The summer has begun for outbound holiday makers from Shannon for sure with the launch of its new service to one of Europe’s favourite sun destinations – the Barcelona region of Spain.

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Malaga - More than you imagine

Don Shearer (Travelbiz) spent two days in magical Malaga recently. This Andalucían gem has so much to offer.

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Malaga: More than you imagine
Malaga: More than you imagine
Discover Jordan with Turkish Airlines

Dublin 24th April Radisson Blu. Cork 25th April Imperial Hotel.

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Martin Hannigan Leaves American Holidays

After almost 25 years with American Holidays, the very popular and highly regarded Martin Hannigan is moving on.

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Symphony of Smiles

The Pre-Inaugural launch of Symphony of the Seas from Malaga to Barcelona was made all the more special by the fantastic 2,200 staff who will crew the largest cruise ship in the world. It was smiles and amazing service all the way.

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Travelport appoints new country manager for Ireland

Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), the leading Travel Commerce Platform, announced the appointment of Riona McGrath as country manager for Ireland.

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Bookabed & A2B Transfers - Agents appreciation lunch

Beverleigh Fly, Lee Osborne, Colleen Butler (All Bookabed) and Mathew Dakin (A2B Transfers) hosted agents and trade partners in Sophies at the Dean Hotel as a mark of appreciation for their support as 2018 has got off to a fantastic start.

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Beverleigh Fly, Lee Osborne, Colleen Butler (All Bookabed) and Mathew Dakin (A2B Transfers)
Beverleigh Fly, Lee Osborne, Colleen Butler (All Bookabed) and Mathew Dakin (A2B Transfers)
Sunway and Spain – A Marriage made in Menorca

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) had the pleasure of enjoying Dublin’s newest upmarket restaurant, Glovers Alley, courtesy of Irish owned tour operator Sunway, who joined forces with the Menorcan Tourist Board to promote this beautiful and lesser known Balearic Island. Menorca is magical for families with great properties tailor-made for kiddies and parents and even adult only hotels and apartments to satisfy those who prefer their holiday enjoyment without the little darlings! Prices for holidays in Menorca are surprisingly reasonable, so everyone can visit.

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Teresa Gancedo (Director Spanish Tourist Office)with Philip and Tanya Airey (Sunway)
Teresa Gancedo (Director Spanish Tourist Office)with Philip and Tanya Airey (Sunway)
Portuguese Tourism introduce new Director for Ireland Susana Cardoso

Susana Cardoso was introduced to the trade last week as the newly appointed Director for the Portuguese TB in Ireland. Celina Tavares, who recently took up her new role in New York passed on the following communication to all trade partners in Ireland; “Just a quick note to say how much Antonio and I have appreciated working with all of you for the past couple of years. It has been a true honour to count on all of you as our partners, promoting and developing business to Portugal. Thank you for everything that you’ve taught us and shared with us. And, mostly, thank you for always making us feel welcome and part of the travel industry family, as only the Irish can. Ireland will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you all once again, it was a true honour and pleasure to be a part of the Irish Travel Industry. We will miss you all."

Turkish Airlines ‘Strike a Rugby Pose’ Winners!

Turkish Airlines recently ran a competition for the trade to send ‘striking a rugby pose’ pictures to win tickets to see Leinster VS the Saracens.  Here are the winners!

Dermot Nestor (Map Travel)

Bruno Campos (Club Travel)

Avril Murgatroyd (Travel Leaders)

Darren Griffin (Cassidy Travel)

Sharon Martin (Club Travel)

Gabrielle Gilmartin (FCm)

Sonya O'Keeffe (Abbey Travel)

Louise Mc Mahon (BCD Travel)

Tom Kiernan (Ask Susan)

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Bruno Campos (Club Travel).
Bruno Campos (Club Travel).
It’s a rough Landing for Tom and the guys

Captain Tom Britton (Marble City Travel) got it all wrong on his approach to Wynwood international Miami on the recent Bookabed, British Airways and Miami CVB VIP trip to Miami. The guys made a speedy exit to the nearest bar in Wynwood as Tom left to buy a new jumper which he sported on the beach the following day.

More Smiles in Miami

Lee Osborne (Sales Director Bookabed) with our Culinary delights expert Mirka in Wynwood on the recent BookaBed, British Airways and Miami CVB VIP Fam trip.

United culinary classics of Chicago

United Airlines and Choose Chicago recently hosted an evening of culinary delights. Paul from Choose Chicago was in Dublin with United Airlines hosting a cookery evening in Cooks Academy. United Airlines have its headquarters in Chicago and fly from Dublin to Chicago daily from 10th April to 27th October.

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United culinary classics of Chicago
United culinary classics of Chicago
ANA – All Nippon Airways win ATW Airline of the Year 2018

The CEO of ANA, Mr Yuji Hirako came to Dublin to receive the award at the 44th Annual ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards held at the Mansion House. This is the first time the ATW awards were hosted in Ireland. Alan Sparling (ASM &GSA ANA) was on hand to take care of ANA CEO and his team when they arrived in Ireland and ANA CEO wanted to thank the Irish Travel Trade for their tremendous support. Yuji Hirako commented, “ANA help travellers experience new levels of luxury, humanity and service no matter who they are or where they sit on an ANA flight. TRUSTWORTHY; HEARTWARMING; ENERGETIC; is the motto and guiding principles for Japan’s largest and only five-star airline and the ANA team delivers on all three, every day.

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Alan Sparling (ASM) holds ATW Airline of the year award 2018. Pictured with ANA CEO Yuji Hirako and the ANA team
Alan Sparling (ASM) holds ATW Airline of the year award 2018. Pictured with ANA CEO Yuji Hirako and the ANA team
Croatian Capital Direct From Dublin

Croatia Airlines will commence direct flights from Dublin to Zagreb this year, with a twice-weekly service to operate from 3rd May until 25th October. To mark the occasion, Croatia Airlines and Zagreb Tourist Board hosted an elegant event at 25 Fitzwilliam Place.  Both the Ambassador of Croatia to Ireland, Mr Ivan Mašina and Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia as well as members of the trade and media marked the occasion with Croatian wine and canapés from the region.

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Maja and Zora (Croatia Tours) with Irma McHardy Croatia Airlines
Maja and Zora (Croatia Tours) with Irma McHardy Croatia Airlines
Ross wins 2 premium Level Taylor Swift Seats with American Airlines

Ross Herandes O' Brien (Tour America) was the lucky prize winner of 2 Premium Level seats for the Taylor Swift concert in Croke Park in the recent American Airlines Booking incentive.

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‘Bizcopter’ AFD 18 takes to the Skies!

Whilst the four wheel Hive takes a well earned rest, Travelbiz has entered into an exclusive deal with AFD18 COPTERS. Don Shearer (CEO Travelbiz) revealed the exclusive co-branding deal in the sky this morning at the inaugural flight of the TravelBizcopter over the skies of Dublin and Waterford. Don Shearer completed his 70th hour of flying last week in Barcelona and will pilot the AFD18 to events and launches in Ireland and the UK throughout 2018. The Biz "eye in the sky" initiative is part of a global deal with three world leading brands who have signed a co-branding deal with Travelbiz for worldwide distribution. Onwards and Upwards. Note the registration AFD 18 J

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Symphony of the Suites

Don Shearer (Travelbiz) was one of the VIP guests on the pre-inaugural sailing of the biggest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas from Malaga to Barcelona. Ahead of the trade event this weekend Don has the opportunity to see the amazing accommodation Symphony has to offer from its luxurious state rooms, lofts and suites. Take a look! WOW.

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Symphony of the Suites
Symphony of the Suites
Travelbiz Pics of the Week!

Take a look at some of our top pics of the weeks from an amazing street artist in Malaga City, Shots of the Easter celebrations in the city, smiles from the launch of Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the seas and happy Hasan with some Turkish Delights.

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Street artist in the streets of Malaga City
Street artist in the streets of Malaga City
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