Author: Sharon Comrie

Oceania launches Travel Partnership Hub

Oceania Cruises has launched a new UK Travel Partnership Hub where agents can be rewarded, do their online training and create customisable marketing collateral, marking a milestone in Travel Agent support and recognition in the cruise line’s 15th anniversary year. The Travel Partnership Hub comprises of two new trade initiatives, the reward scheme OLife Choice Rewards and online training platform Recipe for Success, as well as Marketing Portal, a one-stop-shop marketing tool which was launched earlier in the year. OLife Choice Rewards gives travel partners points based on confirmed bookings made. The amount of points earned on each confirmed...

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Major international hoteliers looking at Edinburgh Marina

Edinburgh Marina Holdings is in advanced negotiations with a major international hotel partner for its new Edinburgh Marina hotel which form’s a key component of the wider £500 million waterside development. The new Edinburgh Marina Spa & Conference Hotel will comprise 187 rooms with 21 suites including an exclusive 1,000 sq. ft Presidential suite. Hotel guests will have access to a variety of facilities, including a 20,000 sq.ft. state of the art health spa and fitness centre, a 10,000 sqft Conference & Banqueting Centre, restaurants and bars. The hotel overlooks the new 340 berth Edinburgh Marina. This luxury new hotel together with the new Edinburgh Marina, will form the centrepiece of the development and is a major component of Edinburgh Marina Holdings’ commitment to deliver over 400 permanent employment opportunities for the local...

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DFDS completes substantial fleet investment and acquisition

Following a successful first quarter in 2018, ferry operator DFDS has unveiled a substantial ship investment programme to drive continued growth in both trade and travel and acquired the Turkish shipping company U.N. Ro-Ro. DFDS has engaged in a substantial fleet renewal programme with seven ships on order. The programme began last year when two new ro-ro ferries were delivered from the Flensburg shipyard in Germany for services between Rotterdam and the UK. The ships will be the largest in DFDS’ history with space for 450 trailers and will be deployed from 2019 in their ro-ro freight markets. This includes the North Sea, where trade and other markets are expected to grow in the future, despite Brexit. DFDS is also investing in two ro-pax ships to cater for growing volumes in its Baltic route network from 2021. Additionally, DFDS has signed an agreement for the charter of a new ship for the English Channel, U.N. Ro-Ro operates five freight ferry routes connecting Turkey with Trieste in Italy and Toulon in France, with 12 freight ferries and its own port terminals in Istanbul and...

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Caledonian Sleeper unlocks Scotland’s islands

Londoners looking to experience the tranquillity and beauty of Scotland’s islands and the West Highlands this summer can now benefit from a new travel connection to Oban. Caledonian Sleeper, the overnight train which transports guests between central London and Scotland, has launched a dedicated coach service which lets adventurers reach the coast and beyond. Taking guests directly between the train station at Crianlarich and the coastal town of Oban, the service will unlock the gateway to the isles, including Mull, Islay, Lewis and...

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Traveltek sales management restructure

Traveltek has announced a sales management restructure as the company looks to embark on its next phase of global expansion. It also follows the departure of the firm’s Global Sales Director, Peter Whittle, who over the past 12 years, has played a significant role transforming the business into the success story it is today. Cruise industry veteran Francis Riley has already been appointed SVP Sales for the Americas, based at Traveltek’s US headquarters in Miami, while Paul Millan has been promoted from Regional Director to SVP Sales Asia Pacific and will divide his time between the company’s Singapore, Sydney and Hong Kong offices. The third regional head, who will be responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), based on their vast experience in similar roles with big travel industry brands, will join the firm in...

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