Friday, 26 August 2016

The Great Bank Holiday Getaway 2016


abta-logo-300x120ABTA City breaks are a popular option for the bank holiday getaway and many families will be heading to the beaches around the Mediterranean. Spain is a top choice, with temperatures expected to hit the low thirties over the weekend, and Malaga,

Mallorca and Barcelona are some of the most popular short haul destinations. Further afield, the US has proved popular, with Orlando, New York and Las Vegas firm favourites.

Peebles chef puts Borders on the map in Great British Menu


unnamed (31)A chef from Peebles in the Scottish Borders will represent his country on the popular Great British Menu TV Show next week.

Ally McGrath, 43, chef and owner of Osso restaurant in Peebles was one of three chefs selected to represent Scotland on the BBC programme which starts at 7.30pm on Monday 29th August.

Spotlight on Northern Ireland in Florida


REPRO FREE 26 August 2016 – Eight (8) tourism companies fromthe island of Ireland travelled to Florida this week, to take part in a sales blitz with Tourism Ireland. First stop was the annual Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) in Fort Lauderdale. Then it was on to Sarasota, to take part in Tourism Ireland’s ‘Jump into Ireland’ event, where the tourism operators had the opportunity to meet, and do business with top-producing travel agents and influential travel journalists. PIC SHOWS: (l-r) Carmel Flynn, Parknasilla Resort & Spa; Róisín Wallace, Manor House & Irish Country Hotels; Ruth McCarthy, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa; Carol Hinch, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel; Siobhan Byrne Learat, Adams & Butler; Assumpta O'Neill, Titanic Belfast; Anne Marie Cassidy, Belle Isle Estate; Hillarie McGuinness, Tourism Ireland; Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland and Paul Shortall, Lough Erne Resort, at the ‘Jump into Ireland’ event in Sarasota.  Pic – Tourism Ireland (no repro fee) Further media info Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland, 07766527719Titanic Belfast; Belle Isle Estate, Lisbellaw; Lough Erne Resort and five other tourism companies from the island of Ireland travelled to Florida this week, to take part in a sales blitz with Tourism Ireland.
First stop was the annual Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) in Fort Lauderdale – a three-day, appointment-only event targeting influential travel advisors from North America.

International Conference Headed For The Gold Coast


gold-coast-convention-centre-logoThe City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), part of the Star Entertainment Group, have been chosen to host the 2017 IEEE International Communications Energy Conference,

the premier forum for science and engineering of energy systems for Information and Communications Technologies.

Millions to go for roadtrips during the great Bank Holiday in UK


UK bank_holidayAround a 13 million drivers will start taking roadtrips between 26th August and 29th August, during the great bank holiday in the United Kingdom.


It is estimated that Saturday, 27th August will be one of the busiest days for the road travellers.

Gunmen attack a beach restaurant in Mogadishu, 10 dead several others held hostage


MogadishuA beach restaurant in the capital of Mogadishu, the Somalian capital has been attacked and killing 10 people and seizing hostages amid fierce battles with security forces.

The standoff started Thursday when attackers detonated a car bomb outside the restaurant , according to Bishar Abshir Ghedi, the Mogadishu police commissioner.

Pokemon Go player travels to Australia, Asia, Europe to catch ‘monsters’


Eric Finkelstein, Pokemon Go playerA 28-year-old Pokemon Go player named Eric Finkelstein has been putting his Pokemon-earned points to good use by flying all across the world in search of the elusive ‘monsters’ of the virtual reality game. Most people aspire to go for a world trip but this Manhattan resident is enjoying a nine-day trip as a part of winning this popular smartphone app game.

China Airlines’ first A350 XWB ready to start ground and flight tests


Planemaker AirbusThe first A350 XWB for China Airlines (CAL) has rolled out from cabin furnishing & engine installation at the Airbus Toulouse Final Assembly Line. The aircraft is now ready to proceed to further ground and flight testing. This first A350-900 for CAL is scheduled for delivery in Q3 2016.

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Slump in arrivals from the strait closes down Hong Kong based travel agency


Hong KongA travel agency in Taiwan that caters to visitors from across the strait has closed, the island’s tourism bureau said on Wednesday.

It is the first travel agency affected by the drop in mainland visitors amid cooling cross-strait ties since the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party came to power in May.

Attacks, strikes and floods crumpling tourism industry of Paris


Tourism hit by terrorism in ParisRepetitive attacks, numerous labour strikes and flooding caused the ever beautiful Paris to experience a gradual decline in the number of foreign tourists.


A recent report issued in August by the regional tourism office revealed the exact figures for the first half of 2016. According to the report, Paris experienced a drop in the number of Japanese, Russian and Chinese tourists. Tourism to Paris represents almost 7% of the entire economy of France.

Emerald Destiny will replace fire-damaged cruise ship


Emerald DestinyA new cruise ship called Emerald Destiny is all set to replace a cruise ship, ‘Emerald Belle’ that had been destroyed badly in a fire during the month of February. The incident occurred a few weeks prior to its debut. The Australian company did not repair the cruise ship.

Instead, it decided to continue the voyage with a brand new cruise ship.

Woman falls 40 feet from zip wire to her death at US adventure park


US adventure parkA 59-year-woman died after falling 40 feet from a zip wire at Lums Pond State Park in Delaware on 24th August, Wednesday. The lady Tina Werner fell from the Go Ape zip wire, while she was trying to complete her bucket list challenge.


The lady was taken to a nearby hospital, right after plunging almost 40 feet from the zip wire. The park authorities gave her initial treatment at the scene, but the hospital authorities pronounced her to be dead afterwards.

Butlin’s evicts family from park after three year old daughter threw up


Butlin'sMcDonall family claimed that they were evicted from a Butlin’s resort and forced to cut short their £1,500 holiday after their toddler was ‘a little sick’ on her sheets.

Catherine McDonnell, 27, and her husband Francis were enjoying a week-long break at the Skegness site with daughter Elisabeth when the three-year-old was sick.

Ace Hotel owners have opened a forest hotel


Suttle Lodge & BoathouseThe owners of the Ace Hotel that is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, US, has now opened a new hotel in the forest, named the Suttle Lodge & Boathouse.

Currently, this lodge is accepting reservations for stays starting from overnight. The rates range from $125 per night for the camp cabins and $275 every night for the lodge rooms.