Groups, meetings and events

Scapa Flow on the Orkney Islands

Its been a hectic summer at Avocet Travel Management.  Three substantial groups have gone out all within days of each other keeping us all busy.

The first was a small bespoke group wishing to see George Stephenson’s locomotive the “Rocket” plus other bits and pieces of railway interest.  So beginning of August it was off to  York and the National Railway Museum, followed by a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby.

Then travelling to London and on to the Science Museum with a tour of London and a day trip to the Sussex countryside and a visit to the Bluebell Railway.

Then we had a group of 30 Singaporeans visiting the UK.  All they wanted to do was to go around Britain and see as much as they can so we embarked on a tour taking in Guernsey, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Orkney Islands, Inverness, Edinburgh, Le Havre (I know its not the UK!) and London  before returning to the office for a day.  It was then off to Swindon for a meeting we had set up for 12 business people including an afternoon of sailing and pottery!

All in all a great August so thank you everyone for booking your groups through Avocet Travel Management.

 

USA check-in times (from 18th July 2017)

The US Department of Homeland Security now requires airlines to implement additional security checks for flight operating into and over their airspace.

There will now be enhanced screening for those carrying large electronic devises.

In view of this the time taken to pass through security is expected to substantially increase and the airlines are recommending a 3 hour check in time for these flights.

Gatwick Airport terminal swap

Easyjet consolidates its operation to the North Terminal Gatwick

This Wednesday (25th January 2017) sees the final major changes to the terminals at Gatwick.

British Airways are moving all their operations to the South Terminal with Virgin Atlantic moving to the North.  Leaving Easyjet (which currently operates from both terminals) to consolidate its operation around the North terminal.

 

Deltic Preservation Society 40th Anniversary Event

2017 is the 40th Anniversary of the foundation of the Deltic Preservation Society (which Avocet Travel Management sponsor).  In conjunction with the National Railway Museum/KOYLI Group, Beaver Sports and our hosts the Bluebell Railway we would like to announce a special event at the Bluebell Railway on Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October 2017.

D9009 seen after its Avocet Travel Management sponsored repaint.

The event will feature 4 working Deltics, D9002, D9009, 55019 and 55022 and we are working on a surprise visitor and will be a DELTIC only event.  We are at the early planning stages at the moment but some of the ideas we are following include at least one dining train on the Bluebell and if possible another on the main railway network organised by Avocet Travel Management, anybody who would like to express an interest in this would they please contact Neil at enquiries@avocettm.co.uk . Jason Cross at the East Midlands Photographic Society has been asked to organise an event on the Friday evening.

Please watch the five parties relevent webistes for further updates.

Mike Hallum-Rudd

DPS Director

New route for the West Country

Why not visit Blarney Castle and Gardens?

Newquay Airport has announced a new seasonal route to Cork.  Operated by Aer Lingus Regional the twice weekly summer only service commences operation on 6th May 2017.

Close to Cork airport lies Blarney Castle and Gardens and why not stay in the coastal town of Kinsale just a short drive from the airport?  The town of Cobh is close by.  This is where the SS Titanic set sail on its ill-fated maiden voyage and of course you have the City of Cork.  And not forgetting the Jameson Experience in Midleton.

The possibilities are endless so why not contact your Travel Partner to find out more?

 

Banyan Tree signs innovative partnership with Accor

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Banyan Tree Holdings has announced that it has entered into an agreement with AccorHotels designed to allow the French hospitality giant to design and manage Banyan Tree branded hotels around the world. AccorHotels will invest an initial €16 million in Singapore-based Banyan Tree and both parties will then co-develop the brands owned by Banyan Tree.

Article from Breaking Travel News Friday 9th December 2016

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Virgin Atlantic to add new Los Angeles flights from Spring 2017

Beginning May 2017, Virgin Atlantic will fly three times a day between London Heathrow and Los Angeles, creating greater choice of flights for customers during the peak summer travel season. All three services on this route will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft – Virgin Atlantic’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, offering three cabin classes, including fully flat bed and aisle access seats in Upper Class.

To book your flights from London to LA call Avocet Travel Management.

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