Routes Europe will return to the United Kingdom in 2017 when the 12th annual event takes place on April 23rd-25th 2017 in Belfast at the Waterfront Conference Centre. The venue is expected to complete its state of the art £30 million extension in the summer of 2016 ahead of the event. Routes Europe, which is the largest regional Routes event, will be hosted by Invest Northern Ireland and Visit Belfast and supported by a wide range of stakeholders including; Tourism Northern Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Belfast City Council, Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport.
One of Europe’s largest airline groups, Air France KLM, is to commence operations from Northern Ireland. George Best Belfast City Airport is the only airport in the UK or Ireland included in expansion plans announced today by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines who will commence a daily service to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from May 2015.
Air Passenger Duty on direct long-haul routes from Northern Ireland airports is to be cut. The direct long-haul rate of APD will fall to the lower short-haul rate - £12 per passenger in economy and £24 for business and first class passengers, chancellor George Osborne confirmed earlier.
The Northern Island Tourism Board is to provide £9 million to support the building of a new visitors’ centre at Giant’s Causeway. The previous centre at the causeway – the most popular attraction in Northern Ireland - was destroyed by fire in 2000, with temporary facilities in place since.
Breaking Travel News interviews Simon Gregory, Director Band Development & Markets, Tourism Ireland at World Travel Market 2007 on the promotion of the whole island’s tourism product as well as the growing interest in Northern Ireland.