Long haul for the new year

WETRAVEL2, an offshoot of Topflight, are promoting a range of long-haul destinations for the coming year.

In each destination, star categories range from three-and-a-half to five-star, and the company says it will create an itinerary for any given budget.

The portfolio of destinations include Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Maldives, Mauritius, Dominican Republic, Antigua, Aruba, Malaysia and Thailand, flying with airlines such as Etihad, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Malaysia Airlines.

WeTravel2 also offers cruises, including Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Alaska with cruise partners such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, MSC, Celebrity and Princess Cruises. Details from www.WeTravel2.com

- ETIHAD Airways and Etihad Golf Club, in conjunction with Tourism Queensland, have come together to offer six golfers the trip of a lifetime to Australia.

In a competition that runs until January 17, the concept builds upon the highly successful ‘Best Job in the World’ campaign run by Tourism Queensland in 2009.

The competition is open to members of Etihad Golf Club. Entrants need to upload a short video on YouTube explaining why they should be a part of this ‘once in a lifetime’ golf holiday, then register the video link and other information on www.etihadgolfclub.com.

- THERE’S still time to sample Christmas cheer at the other side of the border, with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board making available accommodation deals to cater for short-term visitors over the coming days into 2011.

The NITB website also highlights such holiday attractions as the Christmas Story Ride in Streamvale Open Farm and the Christmas Curling Capers, a curling match with a team of “penguins” battling it out with “snowmen”, a fun version of the Olympic sport which runs every Saturday and Sunday until January 9.

There is also a choice of two pantomimes in Belfast at the Waterfront Hall and the magnificent Grand Opera House right through to January.

Families wishing to explore 300 years of Belfast’s history should go on the Historic Belfast Walking Tour from the Belfast Welcome Centre. En-route people can savour Victorian architectural gems such as the City Hall and Belfast’s very own leaning tower, the Albert Clock, as well as learn about the wonder and the tragedy that was the Titanic.

For further information, contact 1850-230230, visit NITB’s Tourist Information Centre in Suffolk Street in Dublin or check out www.discovernorthernireland.com.

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