Stena Line Has Been Voted The Top Ferry Company In Northern Ireland For A Record 16th Time

Stena Line was presented with the accolade of the ‘Best Ferry/Shipping Company’ at The Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards.

Northern Ireland Travel News has been organising the awards for the past 17 years, and this year’s ceremony was held in the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle and presented by broadcaster Craig Doyle.

Paul Grant, Stena Line’s manager for the Belfast to Stranraer ferry route, collected the glittering Tyrone Crystal trophy.

“I am absolutely delighted that Stena Line has won the Best Ferry Company title for the 16th time and all of us at Stena Line feel honoured that the work we undertake to provide the best service for our customers has been recognised once again,” said Paul.

“To win this accolade is recognition that the high standards we set ourselves have impressed our customers and indeed the awards judges. We are particularly pleased to have won this title as it comes on the back of receiving the Star Ferry Company title for an amazing 12th consecutive year at the Travel Bulletin Awards in London,” he added.

Stena Line is the market leader for ferries on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes from Ireland to Britain, including Belfast to Stranraer, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Port to Holyhead, Rosslare to Fishguard and Larne to Fleetwood ferry routes. The company carries over three million passengers on its Irish Sea routes each year, more than its rival ferry operators combined.

About Stena Line:
In the UK alone, Stena Line offers over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland including ferries to Belfast, Larne, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Rosslare as well as two daily ferries to Holland on its Harwich to Hook of Holland route, providing fast and efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

Stena Line’s route network consists of 18 strategically located ferry routes throughout Europe including ferries to Northern Ireland. Stena Line has a modern fleet with a total of 34 vessels including fast ferries (HSS), traditional combi-ferries, RoPax-ferries for freight and passengers, and pure cargo ships.

Stena Line’s rail and sail product to Ireland offers customers a seamless service from various train stations to destinations in Ireland including Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Rosslare by joining forces with Arriva, Virgin Trains and First Great Western. Trains stop just a short walk away from the ferry check-in desks and are timed to connect to selected ferry services.

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Villaplus.com Has Helped Over 1000 Clients Who Were Affected By The Recent Collapse Of The Uks Third Largest Tour Operator XL Leisure Group

VillaPlus.com, the independent tour operator, has successfully helped over 1000 people affected by the collapse of the XL Leisure Group, which incorporated XL Airways UK Limited.

In an effort to ease disruption caused to travellers following the dissolution of XL, the VillaPlus.com overseas representatives were at the airport to assist clients being repatriated to the UK by the Civil Aviation Authority and also visited those clients already in the resorts who were due to fly home within the days and weeks preceding the collapse. In the UK, the VillaPlus.com reservations team manned the phones, helping hundreds of clients who were due to fly out with XL Airways to find alternative flight arrangements.

Many of the VillaPlus.com clients who were affected by the collapse of XL have praised the company’s professionalism and the high levels of customer service provided in helping them find alternative flight arrangements.

David McGeever, a VillaPlus.com client who was due to fly out to Corfu with XL Airways commented; “I would like to praise the staff of VillaPlus.com for their hard work and professionalism in trying to re-organise flights for our holiday to Corfu. From our first enquiries to booking our holiday until the unfortunate events of 12th September, I have been very impressed by the professionalism and excellent customer care shown by VillaPlus.com staff.”

VillaPlus.com‘s ATOL (Air Travel Organisers Licensing) Licence protects any clients who book a package holiday, which includes flights from a potential collapse or the insolvency of an airline such as XL.

The Director at VillaPlus.com commented: “It is the dedication of our staff as well as our commitment to the continual improvement of our villa facilities which makes VillaPlus.com different from other tour operators. We have a highly experienced UK based reservations team representing over 250 years of travel industry experience whilst our overseas team is dedicated to providing clients with the ultimate villa holiday experience by working closely with our villa owners to help ensure the expectations of our clients is met. This means that our clients can book their VillaPlus.com holiday in the utmost confidence knowing that we can be trusted to help even in a crisis.”

About VillaPlus.com
VillaPlus.com is an independent tour operator that has been providing villa holidays for over 21 years to the best locations in Europe, providing holiday villas to rent in Cyprus, the Algarve, Costa del Sol, Mallorca, Menorca, Corfu, Costa Blanca, Kefalonia and Lanzarote.

VillaPlus.com has extensive experience and the independent operation means that they can offer ATOL protected air inclusive holiday packages that are genuinely tailored to individual client requirements.

In the late 80s and early 90s VillaPlus.com were the first villa company to try to install into every villa, basic items such as washing machines, dishwashers, satellite TV, microwaves, safes and alarms. These items were later followed by further upgrades such as PlayStation 2, stair gates, pool tables, table tennis, brick barbecues and sun bed mattresses.

VillaPlus.com have a highly experienced and dedicated team based in the UK and overseas who work hard to provide clients with the high levels of professional service required to ensure that the VillaPlus.com holiday experience is enjoyable and hassle free.

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Stena Line Has Found That The Biggest Worry The British Public Have Is Not Having Enough Time To Do What They Want

Stena Line revealed that not having enough time to do what they want is the main concern of the British public. The new research from the UK ferry operator found that 49% of people cited lack of time as their biggest gripe while health concerns scored a low 9%.

Looking at antidotes to stress, Stena Line found that far from dreaming of fame and money, it is the simple things in life that we really yearn for. 28% of those surveyed said that a simple short haul holiday would reduce stress, whilst 25% wanted more time to listen to music and 21% wanted to read more.

The survey also revealed that a short haul holiday causes its own woes – with 39% citing the dread of completing their work before going on holiday as the most stressful. 39% also found air travel the most stressful with 1% citing ferries as a stressful mode of transport.

Lars Olsson, Stena Line’s general manager of travel for the UK, said, “With the increasing stress, crowds and queues involved in air travel we’re delighted that more people are turning to ferry travel to allay their stress.”

“Stena Line’s ‘dutchflyer‘ rail and sail product is becoming increasingly popular as it combines with overnight crossings, allowing workers to minimise time out of the office and finish assignments before heading to the port by train from London or East Anglia after work, sailing in one of our refitted cabins.

“With the credit crunch taking a real hold we expect that ‘dutchflyer’ will gain further popularity, as the cabins included in the fare eliminate the need to pay for an extra hotel night.”

Notes to Editors:
In the UK alone, Stena Line offers two daily ferries to Holland on its Harwich to Hook of Holland route as well as over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland (Stranraer to Belfast, Fleetwood to Larne, Holyhead to Dublin, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard to Rosslare) providing fast and efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

Stena Line’s rail and sail dutchflyer product includes rail travel from any National Express East Anglia rail station including London Liverpool Street and onward travel to any NS Dutch rail station. Dutchflyer fares from any National Express East Anglia station start from just £29 per person one-way.

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