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  • Oberammergau 2020

    Jun 28, 2017

    Once every 10 years, more than 1,500 residents of the German town of Oberammergau re-enact the Passion of Christ in a world-famous performance known as the Passion Play. Oberammergau has been performing the play every decade since 1634, honouring an oath its villagers took in return for God sparing them from the bubonic plague that was ravaging the town. The five-hour show goes on five days a week from May through October, in an open-air theatre that seats almost 5,000 people.

  • Can you bag the best airfare by booking at a particular time?

    Apr 27, 2017

    Booking 7 weeks in advance is the optimum time to secure a low fare, according to data crunched by a global flight search website. After analysing millions of flights out of Ireland they found November is the cheapest month in which to fly from Ireland, with savings of up to 14pc to be made against average price flights. There is no golden rule, however there are some rules of thumb. Generally speaking, based on several surveys, one to four months out seems to be the most reliable window for booking cheaper airfares. Midweek is a cheaper time to fly, as you avoid rush hour periods for both business and leisure travellers. Whatever about the best time to buy a flight, the worst thing you can do is wait to the last minute. Not only is it stressful, but most people booking at the eleventh hour have no flexibility with their arrangements, and they pay handsomely for it.

  • In movies the line 'is there a doctor on board?' is always delivered in panicked tones.

    Mar 15, 2017

    But in reality, it needn't be, because most of the time a doctor is actually on board a flight, a new study has revealed. There’s a 92 per cent chance of a trained physician being on board – or on 11 out of 12 flights - according to the research, meaning that a plane is a good place to fall ill. These statistics emerged after Gatwick analysed how often and where people in jobs travel for business. Management consultants flew on business most – with more than half (53 per cent) jetting off at least 12 times a year. The next most-frequent flyers were finance professionals (44 per cent), followed by sales people (43 per cent), media workers (38 per cent), IT workers (36 per cent), engineers (32 per cent), marketing professionals (26 per cent), doctors (23 per cent) and scientists (20 per cent).

  • Business travellers swap limos and room service for Uber and Airbnb

    Mar 14, 2017

    Business travel buyers are planning to cut costs this year by reducing spend on luxury hotels and transfers. The latest survey by the Business Travel Show found that although 32% of business travel buyers will have more money to spend in 2017, 41% intend to spend less on five-star hotels.   They intend to use mid-range and budget hotels, serviced apartments and Airbnb and other home-stay companies instead.   Of the 178 buyers who took part in the survey, 87% said they intended to use more mid-range hotels, 60% said they would use more budget hotels and 17% said they would use more Airbnb.   They are also looking for more affordable transfer options, swapping from chauffeur-driven limos to taxis, Uber, car rental, car pool services and train travel.   In fact, 84% said they planned to use more trains next year, while 61% said they favoured greater use of taxis, 56% will spend more with Uber and 52% on car rental.

  • Thailand to spend USD11 billion to upgrade airports

    Mar 9, 2017

    The Thailand government has earmarked about THB400 billion ($11 billion) for a nationwide airport development programme over the next 10 years to keep up with demand for air travel.   The government wants to make Thailand a larger regional aviation hub and increase capacity to about 277 million passengers a year, said Kobsak Pootrakul, vice minister at the Prime Minister's office.   Thailand welcomed 32.6 million travellers in 2016 and has set a target for more than 34 million this year. Tourism receipts now account for more than 10% of Thailand's GDP

  • Viking Cruises announces first Asian itineraries

    Mar 9, 2017

    Viking Cruises has unveiled itineraries for its first foray into ocean cruising in Asia Pacific.   After its 2018 launch, Viking Spirit arrives in the region on a 21-day sailing from Athens to Mumbai in August 2018, followed by a 16-day Mumbai-to-Bangkok sailing.   It will also offer sailings between Hong Kong and Beijing and Hong Kong to Bangkok during the autumn of 2018.   Cruises will also call at Bali on itineraries from Sydney or Bangkok during the 2018-2019 winter season. The Asia sailings are part of a raft of new itineraries announced around the world over the next two years.

  • Air India introducing women only seating after groping incidents

    Mar 9, 2017

    Flag carrier Air India has taken the unusual step of designated a row of seats for lone female travellers after reports of groping incidents on flights.   From January 18, the third row of six seats in economy will be reserved for women only if they are travelling alone.    The move was sparked by two recent incidents involving groping.

  • Trump travel ban has double impact

    Mar 6, 2017

    Donald Trump's on-off travel ban has hit outbound travel from the US, not just inbound, according to data released today. According to ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 16 million flight bookings each day, US bookings for travel to the Middle East collapsed in the wake of President Trump's travel ban. Its data shows US bookings to the Middle East three weeks before the ban were up by 12% on last year but in the four weeks following the ban they were down 27%. "It is interesting to note that the travel ban has not only impacted travel from the seven affected countries to the US, as one would expect; it has also affected travel in the opposite direction too," said CEO Olivier Jager.

  • The Impact of Trump's Travel Ban

    Mar 6, 2017

    Total international travel to the US fell by 6.5% in the wake of Donald Trump's executive order. When the courts intervened the following week to suspend the ban, there was a short recovery but bookings slumped again when Trump promised a new ban. Looking ahead at forward bookings for March-May, ForwardKeys found a significant stall in bookings from the US to the Middle East and South Asia. Forward bookings for total international arrivals in the US during the next three months are currently 0.4% behind where they were at the same time last year. Jager added: "Donald Trump's on-off travel ban has created a rollercoaster ride for the travel industry. Some passengers do not know where they stand as they await President Trump's promised new order. It's not at all clear when that will come. In the meantime, uncertainty reigns and the presidential rhetoric appears to be deterring visitors to the USA."

  • USA Citizens who have not paid their tax may not be able to travel abroad.

    Feb 10, 2017

    A new law could see many having their passports revoked for failing to pay their taxes. The move will also affect Americans living abroad. Details of the new law, which was passed in 2015 and signed by President Obama, have just been added to America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website.

  • US travel ban causes uncertainty and fear among travel buyers.

    Feb 10, 2017

    Over 250 travel buyers were surveyed by Association of Corporate Travel Executives who voiced their concern about President Trump’s immigration ban on travellers who have citizenship in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The ban also closed U.S. borders to all refugees from around the world for 120 days and halted immigration of Syrian refugees indefinitely.

  • Tourism Boost for Ireland

    Feb 9, 2017

    Ireland is poised for a massive tourism boost after US President Donald Trump confirmed he has no objection to plans by a budget airline to enter the transatlantic market.

  • The WOW factor!

    Feb 9, 2017

    WOW air, the Icelandic low-cost carrier, is set to launch a new 'business class' as one of three tiered seating options. The airline, which offers a direct service from Dublin to Reykjavik and will begin flying from Cork this May, will roll out the options from June 1. Sale fares start from €48.99 each way.

  • Viva Las Vegas!

    Feb 3, 2017

    Aer Lingus have announced that they will commence direct flights to Las Vegas this winter!

  • Reducing the cost of your flights and getting paid to travel!

    Feb 3, 2017

    The CEO of Wow, said he's experimenting with a new way to harness technology in which air-ticket buyers will transparently see the cost of their flight go down as they purchase other services through the Wow website. In addition Wow plans to begin paying people for postings on social media that lead to purchases at the airline.

  • New VAT refund law for foreign tourists in Argentina

    Jan 31, 2017

    The VAT refund for accommodation services is aiming at improving the competitiveness of Argentina as touristic destination on an international level. VAT will not be included in the hotel rate for future bookings for foreign tourists!

  • The Irish love to travel...

    Jan 24, 2017

    Between January and November 2016, Irish residents made 6.9 Million trips abroad.

  • Work in the USA for the Summer!

    Jan 24, 2017

    Did you know? You don’t have to be a student to travel to the USA on a J-1 visa. Non students over 18's and under 35's can work as Camp Councillors for the summer . See www.j1.ie

  • Flying via Gatwick

    Jan 24, 2017

    If you’re flying via Gatwick airport give yourself extra time as a number of airlines have changed terminals recently.

  • Always dreamed of living and working abroad?

    Jan 24, 2017

    TEFL and Internship in China and Colombia - Premier TEFL, represented in Ireland by Shandon Travel, are offering very interesting paid internships in China and Colombia. Call Shandon Travel on 021 4277094 or visit www.tefl.shandontravel.ie

  • Onboard BA's shorthaul flights

    Jan 24, 2017

    British Airways passengers flying economy on short haul flights will no longer receive complimentary drinks or snacks; tea/coffee € 2.65 ; beer € 4.59; payment by credit card , no cash.

  • Fraud Warning!

    Jan 24, 2017

    A warning has been issued in the UK about the risk of booking with fraudulent online travel companies after seeing websites, online scams and travel companies that do not offer any financial protection; travel fraud is up 425 % year on year. In Ireland it is safe to book with a CAR licensed Travel Company.

  • Destinations from Cork Airport

    Jan 24, 2017

    Cork Airport continues to add new destinations and over a 12 month period will have flights to 14 UK and 26 European destinations, not forgetting the new services to the USA.

  • EC Consumer Centre warns of holiday scams

    The European Consumer Centre in Ireland (ECC Ireland) has warned Irish holidaymakers to watch out for unscrupulous traders in popular destinations such as the Canary Islands. ECC Ireland regularly receives complaints about holidaymakers being scammed by traders using various manipulative tactics, with the elderly being especially targeted. In the last few weeks we have had reports of holidaymakers being scammed and sums of money ranging from €200 to even €7,000 taken from their bank accounts and credit cards. Further information about the scams, the tactics used, and some examples of cases, contact The European Consumer Centre Ireland | MACRO Centre, 1 Green Street, Dublin 7, D07 X6NR. Tel: (01) 8797643 +353-1-8734328

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