News | The latest information from Travelweekly 60 1 2583 38731 15 Number of couples marrying abroad rises by a fifth Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:30:00 GMT An increasing number of UK couples have booked weddings abroad to date in 2015, than in the same period last year, according to a survey from Love Holidays. 53381 Irish Ferries parent boosted by buoyant Irish tourism Phil DaviesThu, 05 Mar 2015 09:50:00 GMT The parent company of Irish Ferries described 2014 as a successful year with increased carryings and revenues on the back of an improved tourist market to Ireland. 53379 Fred Olsen to base Balmoral in Newcastle in 2016/17 Hollie-Rae MerrickThu, 05 Mar 2015 09:49:00 GMT Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will increase its capacity out of Newcastle by 45% by basing flagship Balmoral there during the 2016/17 programme. 53378 CroisiEurope to add four vessels Phil DaviesThu, 05 Mar 2015 09:46:00 GMT French river cruise operator CroisiEurope is to add four new vessels by 2017. 53377 Florida sees 3.9% visitor rise in 2014 Phil DaviesThu, 05 Mar 2015 09:44:00 GMT Florida attracted 97.3 million visitors in 2014, an increase of 3.9% over the previous year as the state recorded its fourth consecutive year of record growth. 53376 Marriott to expand Moxy brand across Europe Phil DaviesThu, 05 Mar 2015 09:40:00 GMT Marriott International plans to open 150 mid-range Moxy hotels across Europe by 2020. 53375 Strike grounds Norwegian flights for second day running Phil DaviesThu, 05 Mar 2015 09:36:00 GMT Budget carrier Norwegian has been forced to ground all domestic flights in Norway today (Thursday) in the face of a second successive day of strike action by pilots. 53374 Flybe to create Cardiff airport base Phil DaviesThu, 05 Mar 2015 09:33:00 GMT Flybe is to create a base at Cardiff airport in a long-term agreement which will see a raft of new routes. 53373 Budget airlines' numbers reveal mixed fortunes Phil DaviesThu, 05 Mar 2015 09:29:00 GMT EasyJet flew an additional 6.1% more passengers last month over February 2013. 53372 Screen-scrapers face double threat Lee HayhurstThu, 05 Mar 2015 08:41:00 GMT The days of travel agents selling flights without agreement from airlines could be numbered thanks to a technology expert who advises Ryanair. 53370 Godmother named for CMV's Magellan Phil DaviesThu, 05 Mar 2015 08:32:00 GMT TV personality Gloria Hunniford has been confirmed as godmother to Cruise & Maritime Voyages new ship Magellan. 53369 Opinion: Recognise the power of an engaged audience Andy FreethThu, 05 Mar 2015 08:24:00 GMT What have watching a boy getting his finger bitten by his little brother and goats that yell like humans got to do with selling holidays? Travel 2's Andy Freeth explains I am writing this after spending an enjoyable three minutes laughing for the umpteenth time at the famous online video ‘Charlie bit my finger’. According to YouTube, more than 300 hours of footage is uploaded to the site every minute. That is a heck of a lot of funny cats and stupid stunts that are being pumped into the ... 53368 Hotelbeds confident of good 2015 after 22% growth Phil DaviesThu, 05 Mar 2015 08:19:00 GMT Tui Group-owned bedbank Hotelbeds is on track to outpace the industry this summer with an estimated 22% growth for global room night sales. 53364 Thomas Cook chief dismisses talk of airline disposal Ian TaylorThu, 05 Mar 2015 08:18:00 GMT Thomas Cook head of airlines and hotels Christoph Debus has dismissed a recent report that the group discussed selling its airline and defended the record of former chief executive Harriet Green. 53367 New tour operator accredited bodies set to emerge Lee HayhurstThu, 05 Mar 2015 08:16:00 GMT New Atol accredited bodies are set to emerge for small tour operators, according to the CAA’s head of consumer protection group David Moesli. 53366