Breaking News: Joe Walsh Tours Ceases Trading

A devastating blow for the Irish travel industry: the directors of Joe Walsh Pilgrimtours Ltd., which also trades as Concorde Travel, today announce a cessation of trading of its operations. Commenting on the decision today to cease trading, the directors said: ‘The decision that has been made is in the best interest of all concerned. We…

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Tokyo in Lockdown But Olympics Still On

With the rescheduled Olympic Games only three months away, Tokyo and Osaka have been placed under ’emergency orders’ due to rising cases of coronavirus – but organisers insist the games will still go ahead. The lockdown is timed to coincide with Japan’s ‘golden week’ holiday period and is meant to keep people from congregating in…

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Ryanair Calls for Scrapping of “Pointless” Mandatory Hotel Quarantine

Ryanair has called on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to scrap Ireland’s defective hotel quarantine for certain EU countries, and to deliver a roadmap for the re-opening of EU air travel in time for summer holidays. The airline labelled mandatory hotel quarantine for EU arrivals an “absurd measure” as Ireland has a 500km open land border with the…

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Seabourn to Extend European Pause

Seabourn has announced that it is cancelling more of its European sailings as it doesn’t anticipate receiving approval for its planned itineraries in time. Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Encore were scheduled to resume service in early July, but the luxury cruise company confirmed yesterday, April 22, that their prolonged lay-up would continue. Seabourn Encore will…

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Disney Guest Blows Hot And Loses a Cool $15k

A man who paid $15,000 for a family holiday to Disney World was arrested and removed…because he refused to let staff check his temperature. 47-year-old Kelly Sills, from Louisiana, was confronted by Orange County police outside of the Boathouse restaurant in Disney Springs. In the video shot on the police bodycam, you can hear him…

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ITTN Photographer of the Year 2021 – Send in Your Photos!

ITTN Photographer of the Year 2021, sponsored by Emirates, celebrates pets throughout April. Send in your favourite picture of your beloved pet – or pets – and the winning entry will be in the draw to win two flights anywhere on the Emirates network while the runner-up will be sent on of ITTN’s limited edition travel…

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British Airways Offers Discounted Covid Test

British Airways customers can now avail of a discounted price for PCR tests. The airline is working with test provider Randox Health to offer customers home PCR tests from £60. Randox Health is offering a rapid turnaround service, which means the test is convenient for pre-departure and arrivals testing, which requires results taken no more…

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Dalata Group Appoints Carol Phelan as Group Chief Financial Officer

Dalata Hotel Group plc, the largest hotel operator in Ireland, has announced the appointment of Ms Carol Phelan as Group Chief Financial Officer effective 1 July, 2021. Ms Phelan’s appointment follows the announcement on 2 March 2021 that Dermot Crowley, Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Business Development & Finance is to succeed Pat McCann as…

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ITAA Expresses Disappointment at Timing of Cork Airport Closure

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has expressed its disappointment that runway upgrades at Cork Airport are only being carried out now, and will see the airport closed for 10 weeks. The Association believes that this work could have been undertaken earlier in the year, while the airport was operating a reduced flight schedule as…

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World’s Most ‘Powerful’ Passports: How Does Ireland Fare?

All passports are equal, but some are more equal than others: the latest rankings of the world’s most powerful passports is out, and Ireland is way up in the rankings. The Henley Passport Index determines the power of the passport by its ability to allow the holder to travel freely throughout the world with minimum…

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