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The Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance, (NITA) has been established to act as a representative body for all of the Northern Ireland tourism industry. It will provide a single, strong body to champion the industry, push tourism higher up the Government agenda, and create a more favourable climate for growth and success. The Steering Group which, at the...
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Migrant Activity Guidance for Coach Operators 

UK Border Force has issued a reminder to coach operators that there could be increased migrant activity in the weeks leading up to the summer holiday break and increased numbers of trips to the continent. A copy of the guidance can be found here; We have already issued guidance on international journeys to you all...
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12 Day Rule

Just to let you know that the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee of the European Parliament (EP) approved the extension of the 12-day rule to national coach travel during its meeting on 4th June 2018 in Brussels. The MEPs agreed that national coach journeys of a total duration of 12 days with one...
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Belfast Rapid Transit / Glider – Update

The Department and Translink are continuing to hold public information events across Belfast in the run-up to the September start of Glider services on the Belfast Rapid Transit  (BRT) Network.  These events allow everyone the opportunity to board the new Glider vehicle and find out more about the many features and characteristics of this exciting...
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M1 and M2 Busways

We recently met with DFI regarding their proposals to extend and upgrade the existing city bound hard shoulder bus lanes on the M1 and M2 motorway networks. On the M1 motorway, an existing hard shoulder bus lane operated between Ballyskeagh Bridge and Junction 1 Broadway. DfI proposes to extend the hard shoulder bus...
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Driver CPC – Important Reminder

With 9th September looming, those members who have not already done so, need to complete their second block of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) periodic training. For drivers who were given 'acquired rights', the deadline to finish the next block of periodic training is 9th September 2018 for those who hold a Category D licence.   Read more

Package Travel Directive 2015

Member States have to transpose The Package Travel Directive 2015 it by January 1st 2018 and it will be applicable from July 1st 2018. The definition of package has changed but it remains a requirement that the service must cover more than 24 hours or include overnight accommodation. Package organisers will still be responsible for all the elements...
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Prepare your business for the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR

As previously advised, GDPR will apply from 25th May 2018 across all European Union markets. This includes the UK, despite its plans to leave the European Union.  Even if your business is not in the EU, you will still have to comply with the regulation if you collect, share and use personal data of EU citizens. For...
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