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Edition No. 168

Date:- 18 September 2004

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport gets three new routes

WIZZ AIR, the Hungarian based European low cost airline announced that they will be adding three new routes to Liverpool John Lennon Airport as part of their latest European expansion programme.

Flights will operate to Budapest in Hungary, and Warsaw and Katowice in Poland from December 7 and follows the success of the Airline's services to London Luton, the only other UK destination that they currently serve.

This will be the first time that Liverpool John Lennon Airport has featured services to Eastern Europe and will be the only services from the North West to both Budapest and Katowice. With fares from only £24.99 one way to/from each of the destinations

RECRUITMENT GETS HARDER AS SOUTHPORT UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS

EMPLOYERS are finding it harder to recruit the right staff in the local area in the light of the recent employment boom. That's the conclusion from today's statistics, issued by the Office of National Statistics, showing that in Southport and Sefton, the number of people looking for work has fallen by 814.

Jamie Swain, director of Bluefire Consulting, welcomed the fall in unemployment but warned that it was becoming increasingly difficult for employers to fill vacancies:- "Employers in Southport are looking for staff in a shrinking pool of available labour. We're finding that many people looking for work are not always after a '9 to 5' job but instead, want something that fits in with their home life, particularly if they are looking after children or caring for relatives.

In the last 12 months, over 40,000 jobs have been created in the service sector across the north west. The sector is known for offering some of the most flexible jobs and this is clearly what candidates want."


Set up in Liverpool in 1996, Bluefire supplies specialist personnel on a permanent, contract and temporary basis. The company has witnessed the region's economic boom which has brought falling unemployment to the region. 

MERSEY PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF TOURISM

THE Mersey Partnership has appointed Martin King as its new Director of Tourism. He joined the organisation on Monday 13th September from his role as Managing Director of Alexandra Palace, one of London's leading exhibition and event centres. 

As the newly appointed Director of Tourism his role will be to influence the future direction of Liverpool and Merseyside's tourism industry. Mr King will work with and represent the tourism industry across Merseyside through the 350 plus members of The Mersey Partnership tourism group. On behalf of members he is tasked with delivering the Tourism Strategy and Vision launched in June 2003. 

Working at national, regional and local levels he will actively engage key strategic partners including Visit Britain, the Northwest Regional Development Agency, Local Authorities and the Liverpool Culture Company.

Thomas O'Brien, Chief Executive of The Mersey Partnership said:- "I'm delighted to welcome Martin to his new role with The Mersey Partnership. His wide experience in the tourism and leisure industries working with both the public and private sectors make him an outstanding candidate for this post. Our Members will be encouraged by his track-record in creating award winning tourist attractions and developing a variety of tourism destinations. I'm confident that he is the right candidate to drive our campaigns forward and attract even more visitors to our City Region"


Neil Pakey, Chair of The Mersey Partnership Tourism Board and Managing Director of Liverpool John Lennon Airport said:- "We were very impressed with the high calibre of candidates for this post. Martin's national and international experience bring a new dimension to our tourism marketing and development and I look forward to working with him."

Martin King said:- "I'm delighted to take up this post in what is a very challenging and exciting time for Liverpool and Merseyside as we build towards 2008 and our year as European Capital of Culture. I believe that my commercial and leadership skills will add value to what is an exciting time for the City Region. I can't wait to get started in my new role and build on what has already been achieved!"

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