TRAVEL Extra Sunday Supplement: Is Ryanair really the WORLD’S ‘favourite’ Airline or is it just Michael O’Leary scoring a point off Willie Walsh?

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View from Johnny's Hill, Cloghaunmore, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, August 2016

View from Johnny’s Hill, Cloghaunmore, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, August 2016

  • Jennifer Callister appointed head of Ireland by Royal Caribbean
  • Etihad return to single daily Dublin-Abu Dhabi from Sept 15 using B777
  • Some travel companies report August bookings 30pc ahead of last year
  • Family fun day today at Wanderers RFC
  • Blackstone doublin’ their money at Dublin Doubletree by Hilton
  • Hotel behind Clery’s gets go-ahead from Bord Pleanala
  • Bow Lane Social is Irish pub of the year
  • TUI order two new expedition ships for Harpag Lloyd
  • Uniworld announces news ship, itineraries for 2017 
  • Finnair maintains 9w for Dublin for summer 2017
  • Dubliner Tess de Kretser launches hotel in her native Sri Lanka

Travel Extra TV

  • Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 05.27.11It was a busy week as always in the oceans. A jetski rider has a close encounter with a shark. Watch here.
  • A seal scrambles on board a boat to escape orcas. Watch here.
  • …while this friendly orca put on a show for spectators. Watch here.
  • And rescuers free a young humpback whale from shark nets. Watch here.
  • Just in case you weren’t sure if Pokemon Go is still a thing, it is in Taipei. Watch here.A captain’s view of London City Airport. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s guide to where to stay around the country. Watch here.

paul hackett h&s copyBehind the Headlines

So farewell then, August 2016, a month when prices were high but agents reported they started off with little to sell but in the end saw a lot of special offers in late August and a new run of Leaving Cert bookings. Average selling price for a holiday is close to the August 2015 at around €520. The TUI-owned Falcon found July/August storng and demand continued into Sept/Oct with some of those who came looking for a late holiday booking early for 2017. Tony Collins’ Topflight say load factors were consistently in the high 90s and September is in good shape too.  Paul Hackett’s Cickandgo anticipates that August will end up 30pc on 2015 and reports very strong demand across all sectors, sun, city, USA and cruise since the end of July. The charge to the Algarve was substantially ahead of  second placed Lanzarote, with another big gap back to Costa del Sol followed by New York and Tenerife. Leading European citybreaks were 1 Prague, 2 Budapest, 3 Rome and 4 Krakow with Berlin, Madrid and Paris tying fifth place. The Row NYC Hotel was their lead accommodation.

wilie walsh michael o'leary copyAs IATA released the figures on international air passenger travel from 2015, Michael O’Leary claimed once again Ryanair is the world’s favourite airline, deliberately using a British Airways slogan from the 1980s. See story here. With 101m passengers in 2015, Ryanair is the fifth largest airline in the world by passenger numbers, behind American (147m), Southwest (145m), Delta (139m) and China Southern (109m, and, indeed, the Lufthansa group should they be counted as one airline with 108m), Figures released by IATA confirm Ryanair has more international passengers  than its bigger rivals. Only 27m of American’s 147m passengers fly on their international routes. BA used the slogan until 2001 when Lufthansa proved that they had been carrying more international passengers than BA and therefore were the world’s “favourite” airline. IATA figures began to show Ryanair has more international passengers in 2009 and Ryanair adopted the slogan for their website, in a nod to BA;s marketing coup of 1989. Watch here the parody of the Flower Duet ad campaign by cabin crew members Nicola Keen and Jan Hartley.

Manoj Silva and Tess de Kretser at the Olcote Launch in House, August 22 2016

Olcote in Ceylon hotel launched earlier this summer, a new hotel in Sri Lanka with a strong Irish accent. See report here. Sri Lankan Irish entrepreneur Tess de Kretser, whose celebrity lifestyle included a marriage to Cathal Ryan, launched her boutique hotel in Colombo, Olcote in Ceylon, at an event in Dublin. The hotel is 40 minutes outside the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, and within easy reach of Sri Lanka’s the

Tess de Kretser speaking at the Olcote Launch in House, August 22 2016

heritage sites. Guests at the hotel can have their children looked after by Tess’s personal nanny, Kavitha Sellathurai, who is also the housekeeper. She was joined at the launch by Manoj Silva, her business partner, and his family, Renuka, Rishitha, Minoshaand and Shevon. See www.olcoteinceylon.com. Watch here  Tess de Kretser interviewed about the service levels in her new hotel
Watch here Tess de Kretser public speech about her new hotel near Colombo sat the launch for the travel trade in Dublin. Listen here to Tess de Kretser speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

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Travel trade

funday2The 2016 Travel Fun Day in which takes place on Sunday 28th August 2016 at Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. So far €40,000 has been raised. There are 16 teams (4 Groups) in this year’s 5 A Side. There must be one lady on the team of 5 and 2 substitutes. Trainers only. A new 9 hole mini-golf is being added together with more inflatables and games. The committee are calling on more support from the Travel Industry to sponsor this year’s event as the target is €70,000 and there are many worthwhile charities. they would like see more of the industry get behind this event which is the only dedicated charity event across the industry. Silver Sponsorship is only €1,500 and Headline sponsorship is €3,000.

Suzanne Reynolds from Cassidy Travel, Dundrum, winner of Topflight's holiday for two to Sorrento!

Suzanne Reynolds from Cassidy Travel won Topflight’s Sorrento prize. Next week;s prize is the Grand Hotel La Pace in Sorrento. See here

Real Caribbean’s Club Royal is offering a five nighter in Cape Town & Port Elizabeth on which 15 Club  Royal members will travel. Royal Caribbean’s Club Royal (website) members are invited to play a series of daily games to win points  with the top 15 scores overall winning a space on a five-day holiday to South Africa.

Audrey Headon, of Headon Representation, with Mr Pedro Garcia, Managing Director of Viajes Euroamerica, during a recent visit to their office in Torremolinos.

Audrey Headon’s Headon Representation has been appointed representative in Ireland of Spanish destination management company Viajes Euroamerica. See here.

Registration opened for Worldchoice Conference at Seafield near Gorey on Saturday November 19. See story here. Worldchoice last staged an Irish delegates conference and awards in Ashbourne in 2013, having previously staged conferences and awards ceremonies in Mount Wolseley, Tullow in 2011, Dunboyne in 2009, Lyrath in Kilkenny in 2007 and Citywest in 2006 and 2002.

Jennifer Callister of Royal Caribbean before Harmony of the Seas pre-launch event in Southampton, May 19-20 2016

Royal Caribbrean's Irish team, Holy Wilkinson, Jennifer Callister and Michaela Banks, August 2016

Jennifer Callister has appointed Head of Ireland by Royal Caribbean. This is a newly created role by Royal Caribbean, who previously designated their Irish chief as head of sales for Ireland. She will report  into London-based Sales Director, Ben Bouldin, and sit on his leadership team. Royal Caribbean were the first cruise line to open an Irish office back in 1999. See here.

The Commission of Aviation Regulation says 3,040 customers (see here) have submitted claims against Low-cost, the group which went into administration in July. Customers have four more weeks to submit claims. Low-cost’s administrators shut down  the company’s ‘manage my booking’ facility on Friday.

Thomson cancelled some cut-price holiday bookings, blaming a system error.

Strange World

bus boughtDavie Little, a DJ from Durham in England woke up horrified to learn he splashed €33,400 on a bus during a night out in Ibiza. He later took to Facebook to say he hasn’t actually payed for the bus yet, because he’s attempting to wriggle his way out of the terrible deal.

  • Polish hiker Michal Witoszynski earned international notoreity by pithcing a deckchair on Trolltunga in Odda.
  • The Arctic Snow Hotel in Finland (constructed of ice and snow) is looking to hire an Aurora Borealis monitor.
  • A woman tricked into having a massage by a pervert at Center Parcs opened her eyes to find him completely naked as he told her: ‘It is okay, I am a professional.

Hotels

Michael McElligott, Damien Gaffney and Glenn Valentine of Tetrarch at the Citywest hotel

Tetrarch Capital got the go-ahead from An Bord Pleanála for a 158-bedroom seven storey €16m boutique hotel behind the former Clerys department store, converting Sackville House into the new hotel. Tetrarch Capital owns the Marker hotel in Dublin and the Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow.

Trivago reports that London hotel prices are at their lowest since March, at €168 per night, down 16pc from July and 15pc on August 2015. Edinburgh hotel prices are 41pc more expensive than London.

The  Curran Court Hotel in Co Antrim was put on the market by the receiver.

TravelMag.com claimed Venice has Europe’s most exensive city hotel. See here.

Doubletree by Hilton hotel Dublin

The imminent €180m sale of 399 room DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly Burlington) hotel to German asset manager DekaBank will mean owners Blackstone will double their money, they paid €67m for the hotel in 2012 and spent €20m on refurbishment.

France, despite hosting the 2016 UEFA European Championship from 10 June to 10 July saw hotel occupancy fall 5.5pc to 68.2pc, ADR decline 7.5pc to €138.43 ($156.71) and RevPAR drop 12.6pc to €94.34 ($106.79). Turkey saw occupancy fall 23.9pc to 51pc, ADR decline 17.2pc to 271.85 Turkish lira ($92.34), and RevPAR drop 37pc to 138.55 Turkish lira ($47.06).

  • The July 2016 Pipeline Report from STR Global shows 148,483 rooms in 966 projects under contract in Europe, up 13pc on July 2015. Europe reported 63,353 rooms in 424 projects in construction for the month, up 18.4pc. Greater London reported the most rooms in construction with 5,400 rooms in 32 hotels.
  • Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Olivier Chavy as its new CEO.
  • Marriott International has opened its second Moxy hotel in Germany, the 176-room Moxy Frankfurt Eschborn, which is owned by Vastint Hospitality and operated as a franchise by Nordic Hospitality AS.
  • The 225-room Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam, which opened August 15, has joined 25 canal houses from the 17th and 18th centuries  located on the city’s Prinsengracht canal. Formerly a part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s Luxury collection, the independent property is now affiliated with Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings has signed its second hotel in Lithuania, with the news that it has struck up a franchise agreement with Vičiūnai Group for the 175-room DoubleTree by Hilton Vilnius City Center, which will open in 2019.
  • Madrid-based Room Mate Hotels has opened two boutique properties in Barcelona, the company’s flagship 81-room Room Mate Anna, located on the famed Passeig de Gràcia, and Room Mate Carla, an 88-room property on Calle Mallorca.
  • InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a franchise agreement with Bathroad Corp Sarl for a dual-branded development close at London Heathrow Airport. The two properties in the development will be a 433-key Holiday Inn and 190-key Staybridge Suites and will open in 2018.
  • IHG  has signed an agreement with developer UBM Development AG to bring a Holiday Inn to Gdansk, Poland, which will open in 2019 with 236 rooms. It will be the sixth property in Poland for IHG, and there are another six Polish assets in its pipeline.
  • Airbnb now has a disruptor of its own: The Wall Street Journal reports that a new San Francisco-based startup could simplify the process of regulating Airbnb for cities and municipalities. The startup, named Host Compliance, helps cities “crack down on Airbnb abuses by rooting out rental listings that violate local laws” by compiling data on listings and providing reports on those that might violate law regulations.

Katie Farrell

Jason Burdock joined Lynda Booth’s Blackrock Cookery School from Mulberry Gardens and Delahunt. Shonagh Byrne joined The Key Collection as front office manager of Handels Hotel. Niamh Donegan joined An Grianan in Co. Louth as interim GM from Dunbrody House. Anthony Donohue joined the Irish Whiskey Museum on College Green as operations manager from the Coach House in Gorey. Niamh Eagan joined CIE Tours to head up reservations for their bespoke chauffeur driven tours of Ireland. Katie Farrell has been appointed director of sales at The Westbury. Sarah Flavin joined Clontarf Castle hotel as deputy GM  from the Clarion in Cork and Limerick. Sean Foley joined Dromhall Hotel in Killarney as GM from the Strand Hotel in Limerick. Palmerstown House appointed Sinead McGoldrick as weddings and events manager from Trim Castle and Ballymagarvey Village. Mate Szakacs joined the Sandymount Hotel as senior duty manager from The Spencer Hotel. Vickie Whelan joined Mount Wolseley Resort from the Dolmen Hotel.

International

Istanbul’s third bridge over the Bosphorous opened, the $3bn 1,408m Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. It features 10 lanes, including two rail lines. Officials say the bridge’s 322m high  towers are  the tallest in the world.

A car blast outside the Southern Hotel in Pattani triggered more travel advisories by western governments. The DFA also updated its advice on Italy

From September 30, Canadian citizens with dual citizenships will only be allowed to fly into the country if they have a valid Canadian passport.

Tha gathering on Today with Sean O'Rourke, Noel Whelan, Gerard Howlin, Eoghan Corry, Mairead McGuinness and presenter Keelin Shanley, August 26 2016

In the week the a woman in a headscarf was photographed on a beach in Nice removing a long-sleeved top while surrounded by armed police Gathering on RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke featured the burkini debate and the world of ticket reselling. Listen here to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry speaking on the issues. Read here Sheryl Garratt‘s powerful argument about the criminalisation of clothing. Read here an interesting insight from Huda JawadThe burkini ban is misogynistic – and Western feminists are turning a blind eye. Separately  Listen here to Eoghan Corry speaking on Today with Sean O’Rourke on travel trends for the summer.

  • Destination DC saids that Washington’s tourism industry supports 74,000 jobs as it reported 2m international vistorsi 2015, led by China (360k) followed by England, Germany, Australia and France. Curiously, the total of 2 million doesn’t include visitors from Canada or Mexico because the Department of Commerce doesn’t collect the same data at land borders.
  • Yellowstone employee 21 year old Estefania Mosquera died from a cliff fall early on Friday during a social gathering at the park.
  • The Daily Express flagged a Google Maps secret function that they say will CHANGE the way you holiday forever: open up Google Maps and type in the location, when the correct place appears, click the tag to expand the location fully, then hit the save button, denoted by a star, so you wil have a record of it the next time you go on holiday.

Food and Beverage

Krystle, the nightclub on Harcourt St will undergo a €1m refurbishment during September.

  • The Vintners Federation said a 204,000 job industry faces a threat from the proposed 15pc increase in alcohol taxes, already l€1.42 of a €4.64 price of a pint is tax.
  • Craft brewers increased their market share in ireland to 2pc, according to a report from the Brewers Association.
  • The Sky Bar of the Year was Geoffrey Nordell’s Bow Lane Social in Dublin. Tom Cleary’s The Temple Bar won tourist pub of the year. See winners here.
  • SuperValu’s Food Academy Village returns to Waterford Harvest Festival, September 9th to 11th.
  • Dalkey Lobster Festival returns this weekend
  • Rob Krawczyk RAI Best Chef in Leinster 2016, from Tankardstown House’s Brabazon Restaurant in Slane has created a Tuscan-influenced five course menu.
  • Ireland’s craft beer festival returns to the RDS for its 6th year from September 8th-10th.

AviationEtihad Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner now daily to Perth

Etihad will return to single daily on Dublin to Abu Dhabi from September 2016 and throughout 2017. The last double daily service will be on September 15 2016.The airline will offer a daily 380-seat B777 service instead of double daily 262-seat A330. Etihad operated single daily since January 2016 but returned to double daily service from Dublin to Abu Dhabi on June 15.

Ryanair have scheduled an announcement for next Thursday, with most attention on their winter routes from Dublin airport.

Aer Lingus first flight to Newark takes place on Thursday next. There is still no sign of their overdue trans-Atnbaltic noucnement for 2017. “The announcement will come when Stephen is ready,” an Aer dingus insider put it.

In-flight food review website inflightfeed.com gave Aer Lingus 9/10 and said that “all meals offered great value for money, have been well thought out and give you a taste of Irish dishes inspired from around the country”.

Finnair will fly 9w between Dublin and Helsinki as of March 27 2017, up from the the 6w winter schedule, using a mix of Airbus A319 and Embraer E190 aircraft during the 2017 summer season with a schedule to connect onto Finnair’s 12 destinations in Asia and the Far East, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Seoul and seasonal services to Krabi and Xian.The Dublin-Helsinki service commenced in 2014 and was raised to 9w for summer 2016.

alan joyce screen_8510Alan Joyce reported the best results in Qantas history, as he called them. Bookings for the first Qantas Dreamlinerflights are to open before Christmas. Qantas announced underlying profits before tax of $1.53bn for the 12 months June 30, 2016 – the best result in Qantas’ 95-year history and up 57pc on the previous year.  See results here. See Alan Joyce’s speech here. See Sydney Morning Herald editorial here: Alan Joyce’s courage under fire steers Qantas to record-breaking profit

US aviation authorities fined Alaska Airlines $40,000; American Airlines  $45,000; Southwest Airlines  $40,000; and United Airlines $35,000 for giving inaccurate information about how much compensation they should get for being kicked off an overbooked flight or having their luggage lost or damaged.

Delta Airlines is to use Radio Frequency Identification chips on luggage to make sure it doesn’t get lost.

Sri Lankan Airlines suspended the license of a pilot who failed an alcohol breath test in Frankfurt on Friday, moments before he was due to take off with 274 passengers and crew on board.

AMDAR Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay was touted as the secret to avoiding turbulence on aircraft.

A bummer. The developer of the Airlander, the world’s largest aircraft nicknamed ‘The Flying Bum’ says the blimp-shaped airship “sustained damage” after it made a bumpy landing on its second test flight in eastern England. The aircraft was initially developed for the US military for use in surveillance in Afghanistan. Did those on board experience the bum rush as it crashed?

Afloat

A Chinese woman who fell overboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas was rescued by a fishing boat crew, but not before spending 38 hours in the Pacific Ocean without a life jacket. he swam, treaded water, floated, and even caught some shut-eye before attracting the attention of a fishing boat’s crew who pulled her aboard. She was exhausted and suffered from sunburn and jellyfish stings.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ordered two expedition ships, one for German market & one for English speakers, to join the fleet in 2019. Hapag-Lloyd expeditionTwo identical 240-passenger vessels are to be built by Vard in Norway for Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for launch in April and October 2019.

Sharon Jordan and John Grehan of Uniworld

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will name its next 128-passenger river ship SS Joie de Vivre, in March 2017, the line’s first “super ship” to sail on the Seine and will be able to dock in the heart of Paris.

Construction began on Crystal River Cruises’ new Rhine-class Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler at a keel-laying ceremony at MV Werften shipyard in Wismar. The 110-passenger Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, due summer 2017, will be the first new-build vessels introduced to the line, with a focus on sailings on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Crystal Mozart,  the largest river ship afloat on Europe’s rivers,  launched in summer 2016 as the line’s first river vessel. has marked the start of the building process for vessels.

Liverpool City Council approved a €1.1m feasibility study which could see the construction of a larger two-story cruise terminal in the city. The proposed new terminal  at the site of Princes Jetty at Princes Parade in Liverpool Waters would have the capacity to handle up to 3,600 cruise passengers and include a new passenger and baggage terminal containing passport control, a lounge and cafe, bathrooms, a taxi rank, a coach pick-up and drop-off zone, a vehicle pick-up point and a car park. The number of cruise ships visiting Liverpool has risen from 31 to 61 annually since 2012. The increase has seen passenger numbers passing through Liverpool up from 38,656 to 78,000 annually, which has generated an estimated £6.5 million for the local economy through onshore spending.

cruise ship bartons bus_0491MSC Splendia calls to Dublin on Tuesday. Dublin will sees 27 more cruise ship calls during September: Aug 28 Queen Elizabeth & Prinsendam, Aug 29 Mein Schiff I, Aug 30 Hebridean Sky & MSC Splendida, Sept 4 Clio & Aidavita, Sept 6 Saga Pearl Ii  Sept 8 Magellan & Oriana  Sept 9 Mein Schiff 5 & Silver Whisper, Sept 11 Amadea  Sept 14 Albatros  Sept 16 Clio  Sept 17 Nautical, Sept 23 Hamburg, Sept 24 Clio, Sept 25 Norwegian Star, Oct 4 Marco Polo, Oct 13 Boudicca, Oct 16 Marco Polo  Oct 17 Boudicca, Oct 17 Balmoral, Dec 20 Marco Polo, Dec 27 Black Watch.

Ireland

Eoghan O'Mara Walsh and Paul Gallagher of ITIC

The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation pointed out that one person in every nine in Ireland works in the Tourist industry and called for more government investment in the tourism sector.

This weekend sees the arrival of 2,200 overseas participants in Citywest for the World Junior and Cadet Kickboxing Championships supported by Fáilte Ireland, who estimate the week-long event will boost revenue by €1.7m. Fáilte Ireland say 25 events will bring 45,000 international participants and revenue of €32m over the next five years.

Minister Seán Kyne with Úna Galligan, Marie Duffy and Marie McKown, all Tourism Ireland, at the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Picture shows Minister Seán Kyne with Úna Galligan, Marie Duffy and Marie McKown, all Tourism Ireland, at the annual Milwaukee Irish Festival. The 36th annual Milwaukee Irish Fest – the largest celebration of Irish culture and heritage in the United States – took place in Wisconsin. With a huge audience of about 150,000 visitors, the four-day festival was an ideal opportunity for Tourism Ireland to showcase the island of Ireland.

  • Enrollment began at the Wizard School of Ashford Castle.
  • The government is reportedly seeking an adviser to help boost midlands tourism.
  • DublinBikes reported 15m trips since 2009
  • Malahide residents are opposing a forest adventure area in Malahide Demesne.
  • Minister Michael Ring says negotiations on Westport House are at a ‘sensitive stage’.
  • An invasive water lily species was recorded in Kerry.

Deal Watch

BA fare sale runs until September 21: New York from €459 return

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Bahia Feliz, Monte Feliz, Gran Canaria from €499pp, depart September 2. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Iagotel, Playa De Muro, Majorca from €449pp, depart September 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Santa Eulalia, Casa Luis, Ibiza from €399pp, depart September 22. 7 nights B&B 3* Sellas Hotel and Apartments, Sidari, Corfu from €559pp, depart September 23. 4 nights all inclusive 4* Be Live Costa Los Gigantes, Playa De La Arena, Tenerife from €699pp, depart November 29. 3 nights self catering 3* Broncemar Beach Aparthotel, Costa Caleta, Fuerteventura from €589pp, depart December 3. 7 nights b&B 4* La Isla Y Mar, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote form €1,019pp, depart December 24. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Gran Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Mexico form €1,729pp, depart June 7 2017. NRG offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Deya, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €279pp, depart Shannon September 3. 8 nights self catering 3* Deya, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €289pp, depart Cork September 3. 7 nights self catering 2* Ekati, Kavos, Corfu from €479pp, depart September 9. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Caribe, Portaventura, Costa Dorada from €799pp, depart Shannon September 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Sun Club Apartments, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €559pp, depart Cork September 13. 7 nights self catering 3* Silver Springs, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €439pp, depart September 19. 7 nights half board 5* Sensimar Lagos, Lagos, Portugal from €699pp, depart September 25. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Hotel Atlantica Portobello Royal, Helona Beach, Kos from €799pp, depart September 17. 7 nights self catering 3* Nimar Villagio, Afandou, Rhodes form €399pp, depart September 14. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Mandi, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife form €469pp, depart September 23. 7 nights full board Treasures of the Med cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,059pps, depart September 27. 7 nights self catering 3* Labranda Oasis Mango, Los Cristianos, Tenerife form €1,139pp, depart December 23. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Ocho Rios, Jamaica from €2,019pp, depart June 15 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 8 nights all inclusive Marrakech and Agadir holiday from €1,429pp, depart December 15. 7 nights self catering 2* Villa Florida Apartments, Fuerteventura from €299pp, depart September 3. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Menorca from €299pp, depart September 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaimo Tropical Apartments, Tenerife from €299pp, depart September 3. 7 night self catering 2* Eirasol Apartments, Algarve from €349pp, depart September 2. 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apartments, Gran Canaria from €369pp, depart September 3. 7 nights self catering 4* Vistamar Aparthotel, Costa Del Sol from €399pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Saboia Estoril Hotel, Lisbon Coast from €549pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Meridiana Hotel, Lake Garda from €549pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Londra Hotel, Sorrento from €539pp, depart September 3. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 236 6800.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights 3* accommodation, Montréal from €1,599pp incl. return flights, transfers, excursions, taxes and charges, depart May 1 2017. Call 01 637 1600.

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Tullylagan Country House Hotel, Co Tyrone form £89 per couple incl. complimentary bottle of bubbles on arrival, call 028 8676 5100. 2 nights 4* Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry from £105pps, call (028) 71 349279. 1 night B&B 4* Dukes at Queens, Belfast from £135.95 per room incl. 3 course evening meal and passes for Belfast City sightseeing tour, call (028) 90 236 666.

Emirates is offering flights to the Dubai for the Dubai Rugby Sevens from €472, travel December. Bangkok from €670. Johannesburg from €619. Perth from €890. Singapore from €587. Visit emirates.ie.

Royal Caribbean offers: 8 nights Adriatic and Italy cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas from €999pp, depart October 28 2017. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Freedom of the Seas from €1,099pp, depart October 15 2017. 7 nights Greek Isles cruise on board Jewel of the Seas from €1,259pp, depart July 16 2017. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

ITAA offers: 7 nights half board Ski Holiday, Andorra from €677pp incl. return flights, transfers, 20 kg baggage, depart June 8 2017. 7 nights 4* Samokov Hotel, Borovets, Bulgaria from €699pps incl. return flights, ski package, return transfers, 20 kgs checked baggage and taxes, depart March 4 2017. 7 nights family ski holiday in Andorra from €1,375 2+2, depart January 15 2017.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Alto Lido, Funchal, Madeira from €529pps, depart September 1. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €539pps, depart September 1. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bagli, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €519pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Villa Linda, Giardini Naxos, Sicliy from €569pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 4* La Isla y El Mar, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €899pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 5* Hotel Villa Vik, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €1,149pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 2* Hotel Montebaldo, Torbole, Lake Garda from €519pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sogno del Benaco, Limone, Lake Garda from €699pps, depart September 24. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Sorrento from €899pps, depart September 4. 7 nights half board 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €469pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Miami, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €549pps, depart September 3. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Classic Resorts offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Naiboa, Dominican Republic from €1,179pp, book by September 21, depart May 1 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Lupita, Mexico from €1,099, book by September 20, depart December 1. 7 nights B&B 4* Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Barbados from €1,269pp, book by September 21, travel May to June 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Antigua from €1,399pp, book by September 21, travel May to June 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Rendezvous hotel, St Lucia from €1899pp, book by September 21, travel between May 20 and June 20. 10 nights B&B Havana and Varadero Beach, Cuba from €2,099, book by October 31, travel February to March. 7 nights all inclusive Ariba from €3,099pp, book by October 31, travel February to March. Visit classicresorts.ie or call 01 874 5000.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Best of Germany tour from €2,019pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart September 30. Visit nsightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day Bordeaux vineyards and chateaux river cruise on board the River Princess from €2,299pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • Feb 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • Mar 22 2017 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Hall 3 RDS Main Hall Complex
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
March 2016: Awards issue
February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue

TRAVEL Extra Sunday Supplement: The third friendliest city in the world

Hiking to Mullaghcleevaun and Black Hill, Co Wicklow, August 16 2016

Hiking to Mullaghcleevaun and Black Hill, Co Wicklow, August 16 2016

  • A silver medal we do NOT want: Dublin hotels now second most expensive in Europe after Oslo
  • Why you should always book your cruise on a Thursday
  • 13.5-9=45,260. Jim Power’s maths lesson
  • Dublin-Hartford advert features a pier in Maine 200 miles away
  • Commission for Aviation Regulation issued three new licences to Bravonext SA

Travel Extra TV

video of week aug 21 2016Hate selfies? You’ll love our short ‘n’ sweet video of the week. Watch here.

  • …you’ll also enjoy see this man losing his phone while bungee jumping (at least the GoPro survived).Watch here.
  • Enjoy a rollercoaster from the comfort of your VR headset. It still doesn’t stop the screaming. Watch here.
  • Take a 360º tour of Doha’s Hamad International Airport with Qatar Airways. Watch here.
  • See Aer Lingus surprise Fingal Ravens under 14s with a training session with Dublin’s senior panel. Watch here
  • Olympic boxing got the Foil Arms & Hog treatment.

Behind the Headlines

Britta Bernhard

You should always book a cruise on Thursdays. CruiseWatch.com analysed 600,000 cruise price and say there are twice as much price drops on Thursdays than on the slowest day, Sunday. Wednesday seems to be the day of price hikes. It is by far the single day with the most price increases for cruises. Thirty-four percent more price hikes happen on a Wednesday than any other day of the week. Weekends, on the other hand, are generally quiet. There are significantly less price drops or price hikes happening on Saturdays and Sundays, with Sunday being the quietest day.

Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

A report for the Restaurants Association of Ireland by economist Jim Power said that 31,000 direct jobs and 14,260 indirect jobs have been developed in the food and hospitality sector since the VAT rate was reduced from 13.5pc to 9pc in July 2011. Drawing on employment data from the CSO, the report examined the effects the reduced rate of tax has had on tourism related services and goods. The reduction is a temporary measure and the Department of Finance sources have hinted that the rate will be increased to 13.5pc again in the budget for 2017.

old orchard pier maineThe Hartford Courier pointed out that the Aer Lingus ads in Dublin airport marketing their Hartford route due to commence September 28 feature a photograph of a site 200 miles away that is not even in Connecticut, the famous pier at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. Aer Lingus say they are selling the new route as an entry to all of New England.

Condé Nast Traveler named Dublin and Galway two of the world’s friendliest cities. Dublin was listed third, while Galway came in sixth. The capital came in behind Charleston, South Carolina and Sydney.

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Travel Trade

Aviation Commissioner Cathy Mannion

The Commission for Aviation Regulation issued three new licences to Bravonext SA registered in Chiasso, Switzerland, trading as Lastminute.ie, Great Rail Journeys registered in York, England, trading as Rail Discoveries, Great Rail Journeys and GRJ (Independent), Premier Irish Golf Tours based in Tralee, and two new trading names, Sunrise Travel added to Prime Marketing and Gohop Group to Travel Management Solutions. A new tour operator licence was issued to Map Travel.

Mukesh Sharma, an industry leader in the travel trade in Belfast, will be stepping down as managing director of World Travel Centre in Belfast to launch an independent consultancy. Mukesh was MD for seven years, originally of Thriftaway Travel, which was purchased by WTC.

Sinead Reilly, Catherine Brennan, Tara Hynes and Joanne Madden of event sponsors Travelport at the TIGS captain’s day outing to Carlow, September 3 2015

The Travel Industry Golf Society Captain’s Prize, hosted by captain Tanya Airey, will be sponsored by Travelport. On Tuesday, Septembe 6r. Venue will be  Killeen Castle, Dunsany Co Meath and the format will be singles (Stableford) Ladies & Gents, playing in fourballs. Tee Time is 11.30am with a shotgun start:

  • Cost: (Golf & Dinner) Members:  €55. Guests: €80
  • Complimentary refreshments will be served beforehand.
  • Tee requests by email.

Easyjet re-signed with Amadeus.

conor mcmahon by lineConor McMahon (pictured) is now a reporter at Fora, TheJournal.ie’s business website that focuses on entrepreneurship and SMEs. Read here Conor’s weekend feature on business travel, which includes insights from Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry and FCm Travel Management Solutions MD Valerie Metcalfe on trends in the corporate travel market. Catch up on his other articles here.

Agent Promotion

Sandra Gonzalez mercy o'callaghan copySandra Gonzalez from J Barter Travel, in Cork was the first winner in Topflight’s current travel agent promotion. She won a holiday for two to Lido di Jesolo resort on the Venetian Riviera. Picture shows Sandra accepting a congratulatory bottle from Topflight’s representative in Cork Airport, Mercy O’Callaghan. Next week’s Topflight prize is a holiday for two to the 4 Star  Grand Hotel La Pace in Sorrento. Agents can enter by booking a Topflight summer holiday in Topflight’s End of Summer Clearance Sale to Italy, Lanzarote, the Algarve or Madeira, and you will be entered into the weekly draw.

Strange World

  • San Diego’s Stone Brewing company will open a 100,000 sq ft beer-themed hotel in 2018. The $26m Stone Hotel will be located beside the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station and will include a bar-style lobby where guests can enjoy complimentary beer on arrival.
  • unlce Ötzi 001iThe remains of garments fond on a 5,300-year-Tyrolean Iceman found mummified in the Italian Alps two-and-a-half decades ago, are made from a mixture of at least five different species of animal. Studies by a team of Irish and international scientists found that the pelts used by Ötzi were leather that came from a roe deer, which was used to make his quiver, and brown bear fur that was used in his hat.
  • An art activist group created an unflattering nude sculpture of Donald Trump in a piece called  The Emperor Has No Balls.
  • Hailing an Uber car in Pittburgh? Check to see if it actually has a driver. If it doesn’t, don’t worry — the ride hailing app is testing out self-driving cars in the city.

Hotels

Jim-Murphy-PREM group copyJim Murphy‘s Premier Suites Plus, part of the Prem Group, are to open a 115-room serviced aparthotel in Amsterdam.

HEI Hotels, which operates Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt, confirmed that it was hit by a data breach discovered at point of sale systems in 20 hotels in 10 US states. The hack was discovered in June and dates back to March 2015.

Research by global hotel sales channel for business customers  HRS has revealed Dublin’s average hotel room rates have risen by 70pc to €195 between Q2 2015 and Q2 2016. This means that Dublin rates are on average €17 higher than London, which has seen a 7pc drop during the same period. Oslo is the most expensive European capital city to stay in at €222 per night also up 70pc on last year. Dublin takes the number two spot with London dropping down to third position in rankings.

hrs world july 2016HRS say the cities that experienced the largest decrease in hotel room rates are Sao Paulo and Rio de Janerio. This is likely to have been impacted by the heavily media-covered Zika Virus, which has deterred many people from travelling to South America. New York retains its position as the most expensive city in the world with an average room per night setting the purse strings back by €235. Rates dropped 12pc on last year’s Q2. San Francisco continues to record strong rates with an average room costing travellers €218, and Tokyo coming in third with hotel owners setting their rates at €180 per night.

Hotel room rates increased across major capital cities globally compared to Q2 2015, reflecting an overall uplift across the global marketplace despite recent terrorist events heightening safety concerns.

hrs europe july 2016HRS say hotel prices across Europe have risen 50pc. Highest percentage rise for average hotel room rates was shared by Dublin and Oslo (70pc), followed by Stockholm (15pc) and Helsinki (14pc).

Istanbul has suffered the most with the highest decrease in hotel room rates, showing an almost 20pc decline and an average night’s stay costing just €75. Moscow and Milan aren’t far behind with average rates dropping 16pc and 14pc respectively. Buenos Aires and Cape Town recorded the highest increases in average room rates for hotel stays. Rates in Buenos Aires have spiked by 20pc to €113 per night, whilst travellers to Cape Town will be set back €116 – 15pc higher than Q2 in 2015.

citi hotelThe company that operates the 27-bedroom Dublin Citi Hotel was declared insolvent and unable to pay its debts by a Dublin court. A report presented to the court said if certain steps were taken, the company had a reasonable prospect of survival as a going concern. Justice Caroline Costello appointed Tom Murray as interim examiner to JJ Red Holdings Ltd, owners of the hotel which includes the Trinity Bar & Venue at Dame St, Dublin.

London-based hotel company Chototel will open a budget hotel in Nagothane, India with rooms priced between $2 and $5 per night. The 60-room hotel is fitted with LED lighting, a 100 sq ft study and dining area, a 30 sq ft bathroom, pay-per-use Wi-Fi, a communal kitchen, on-site infirmary and children’s play area. Bicycle hire is available from 18c per day.

Hollywood actor Robert De Niro was given the green light to open an 83-room boutique hotel in Covent Garden, London.

Sean Foley has been appointed GM of The Dromhall hotel, Killarney,

International

  • London’s mayor Sadiq Khan launched the night services on the Central and Victoria tube lines.
  • A zipline opened at Niagara Falls. The Mistrider runs along four lines facing the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. For $50, riders zip from a 200 ft height along a 2,200 ft line, reaching a top speed of 70 kph.

Food & Beverage

beef and lobsterOliver Dunne, of Bon Appetit in Malahide and Cleaver East and a Michelin starred chef for seven years, opened Beef and Lobster in Dublin city centre with just four items on the menu.

Rob and Dave Kearney, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland.

Lemon & Duke opened at the junction of Dublin’s Lemon Street and Duke Lane Upper by the team behind the recently extended Ballsbridge bar The Bridge 1859 with interior by O’Donnell O’Neill. Stand out dishes on the lunch menu include Shrimp Po’boy on Hoagie Roll €10.

full irish beerThe 2016 World Beer Awards country winners were announced at the Hilton London Olympia. Irish winners were: Amber: McGargle Granny Mary’s Red Ale; Belgian style tripel: Dungarvan Brewing Company Seaweed Saison; Bitter below 5pc: Brú Rua, Bitter above 5pc: Dungarvan Brewing Company Helvick Gold; Dortmunder; Long Arm Export; Flavoured stout/ porter Rascals Ginger Porter; German style pale Rising Sons Sunbeam; Gluten Free: BRÚ Lager; Gose: Franciscan Well Brewery Spring Saison; Helles: Brú Lager; Imperial stout: Rising Sons 100 Years On; IPA: Eight Degrees Brewing Full Irish Single Malt; Stout Eight Degrees Brewing Knockmealdown Irish Stout; Witbier Belgian style Rising Sons Grainu Ale; Wood aged: Franciscan Well Brewery Jameson Pale Ale.

Ireland’s first 72oz steak eating challenge will be among the highlights of the Ireland Butchery Expo, supported by Dunbia, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan on September 28-29.

Galway’s Loam restaurant, run by Michelin-starred chef Enda McEvoy was awarded a Three Star Food Made Good rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association following a review of their practices, one of four in Ireland after Ashford Castle, KSG in UCC  and Harvey Nicholls First floor restaurant in Dublin.

Burren Food Trail 2Ten locations have been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland for the best foodie destination in Ireland, to be announced on September 29. Two of those shortlisted for the award, which started out life as a “foodie town” award are towns. Four are counties, and four are regional entries from producers’ groups. Boyne Valley in Meath, Cong in Mayo, Derry City, a North Dublin entry from Howth, Malahide and Skerries, the Burren and Loop Head Peninsula in Co Clare and counties Kilkenny, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo were included on the shortlist

Philippe and Michèle Renaut‘s Le Petit Pois in Galway was August winner of Just Ask Restaurant of the Month.

Lisa Jameson is the new general manager of the visitor centre at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

Aviation

Saad Hammad in a new look Flybe Bombardier Q400 Dash 8

Flybe is to fly 6w from Dublin to Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport from October 30, 2016, the day before Stobart Air ends its service on the route. Dublin-Doncaster was pioneered by Thomsonfly and Ryanair in 2005 and was an Aer Lingus Regional route operated by Stobart Air since 2015. Stobart is also scheduled to withdraw from Dublin-Cardiff and Dublin-East Midlands on October 31 leaving the airline with 15 routes, seven to England, three to Scotland, two domestic, one each to Channel Island and France (both seasonal), and the Isle of Man.

Pat Byrne (speaking, on right) and Cathal McConnell of Cityjet

Stobart Air and CityJet will operate as two separate entities for at least the time being when the €80m sale of Stobart to CityJet enters endgame next week. Cityjet have secured backing from investment company Falko, which financed Cityjet’s acquisition of new Sukhoi Superjet aircraft and is supported by affiliates of funds managed by Fortress Investment Group. CityJet, headed up once again by founder Pat Byrne, is preparing to base aircraft at London Southend Airport, which is owned by Stobart Group.

The deal will be structured that will see Stobart Air acquire the shareholdings of existing investors and the separate leasing firm that acts as a holding company for some of the airline’s fleet.

ryanair bergamo mapRyanair is to allocate an additional 10 aircraft to the Italian market, open 44 new routes and grow traffic locally by 10pc to 35m passengers next year and spend €400m on boosting its market share in Italy. This follows a decision by the country’s government to reverse a €2.50 municipal tax increase The tax was due to commence in September. Ryanair’s current market share is 26pc, making it the country’s largest airline ahead of Alitalia and Easyjet. The growth could increase market share to around 37pc.

Stormont first Minister Arlene Foster, Tourism NI chairman Terence Brannigan and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

United’s Belfast to Newark route is safe after the Stormont administration agreed to a subsidy of the equivalent of €161 per return ticket last week. The move means United Airlines keeps operating the service for the next three years, a route the airline was due to cancel next month. Ministers agreed by an extra €10.3m in funding.

Kuwait are to fly directly to JFK from the end of October, ending their stop-over in Shannon.

Bjørn Kjos

Norwegian Air International received a boost of €13.2m from its parent, the Bjørn Kos led Norwegian Air Shuttle NAI made a €53m ($60m) loss last year, according to accounts recently filed here. It generated revenue of $719m in 2015, which included ticket and ancillary revenue of $577.7m and revenue from wet lease operations of $141.2m. Norwegian Air Shuttle put $50m into its its Dublin-based subsidiary February, followed by another $25m in April Filings at the companies office show a further payment of $15m in July.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation is conducting a consultation on a process for considering a supplementary capital expenditure (capex) allowance to its determination of airport charges at Dublin Airport. This paper provides information

Aercap Holdings announced the delivery of a new Airbus A350-900 to Ethiopian Airlines, after it delivered the first Airbus A350 XWB to be leased to an African carrier to Ethiopian Airlines in June.

Pekka Henttu chair of EASA

European Aviation Safety Agency published recommendations to keep better regulation of cockpit crews following a deliberate crash in the French Alps last year caused by a co-pilot. The authority had softened a previous recommendation that two people should always be in the cockpit, following talks with industry representatives. Instead it says companies should determine on a case-by-case basis whether one person should be left alone at the controls.

Avolon delivered a B737-800 to Nok Air.

Qatar Airways announced a code-share partnership with Vueling Airlines.

Domhnal Slattery of Avolon

Dómhnal Slattery’s Avolon is among the contenders to acquire $12bn of aircraft assets being sold by US financial group CIT. US-based CIT is selling its aircraft leasing division, which has its main office at George’s Dock in the IFSC, in Dublin and operates in 50 countries, and its portfolio of 350 aircraft. A decision on second-round bids are due next week after first round bids reportedly came in at $4bn.

British Airways will no longer serve two meals to economy passengers on flights under eight and a half hours and premium passengers on flights less than seven hours.

Aer Lingus celebrated its one millionth transatlantic passengers, Ciarán Foy and Olwen Kelleghan.

Dublin Airport had its business month ever last month after handling 2.94m passengers, up 9pc. So far this year, the airport has handled 16m passengers. Overall growth is running at 12pc.

embraer-phenom300-exterior-1Surf Air, the Netflix of air travel, is extending its operations to Europe in October. For €3,200 per month, members can fly as often as they like on the daily flights to and from London Luton, Cannes, Geneva and Zurich.

Afloat

Ponant expedition ship, the Austral in Dublin

Ponant’s L’Austral, which visited Dublin recently, reports that 23 passengers were rescued when an excursion boat used for a shore tour sank at Ilulissat Icefjord off the coast of Greenland.

Celebrity Cruises will have shorter four and five day sailings in the Caribbean, starting in early 2018. Celebrity Equinox will sail the Caribbean from Miami year-round, beginning summer 2017

Cruisescapes and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines launched fares for their KIllybegs to Canada cruise, depart September 7. The 14 night cruise visits three provinces in Canada before return to Ireland and disembarking in Belfast. Oceanview cabins available from €1,789pp. Single occupancy with oceanview is available from €2,689. Prices include coach transfer from Belfast to Killybegs after the cruise.

A woman reportedly fell overboard on a Royal Caribbean cruise from Japan to China. She survived after floating in the sea for over 38 hours.

Andrej Malic bartender

Andrej Malic bartender onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Millennium won the battle to become the best bartender on the ocean at the Diageo 396 Bar in Miami. Judged by a panel of the industry’s elite experts including Julio Cabrera, David Molina, and Marcy Rudershausen of Diageo. The 27-year-old Bosnian Andrej prevailed with his showmanship, creativity and technique, and his signature serve ‘Old Spice Fashion’ featuring Bulleit Bourbon. He will now go forward to represent cruise liners at the Bartender of the Year Competition in Miami on September 25 – 29 against 59 of the world’s best bartenders.

Ireland

Brigitte Brew and Liam O'Brien of Doolin Ferries

Clare County Council secured a High Court injunction restraining the use of a portacabin office at Doolin Harbour for the sale of ferry tickets on the grounds that it had been erected without planning permission. Justice David Keane granted the order on Thursday and placed a one-week stay on the injunction coming into effect to allow sea and coastal ferry-owners Dick Grant and his company, Sarahfenn Limited, and Liam O’Brien and his company, Baid Farantoireachta an Chosta Teoranta, to secure another location.

Fáilte Ireland’s events team produced a promo teaser for the Irish Kennel Club for a bid to host the World Dog Show in Ireland in 2021. Watch here.

Figures from NISRA showed overseas visitors to the north up 8pc in the first quarter of 2016 and revenue up 10pc to €108m while Tourism Ireland predicts 2016 will be another record year for visitors to the north. Click here to see press release.

titanic belfast 3 millionThe Titanic Centre had a record number of visitors for a single day on August 9, with 4,200 visitors. This week it hosted its three millionth visitor this week since it opened in 2012. Kathy Jefferson from Telford, England is pictured with Belfast mayor Brian Kingston, Titanic Belfast chief executive Tim Husbands and Tourism Ireland’s Vanessa Markley.

Deal Watch

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights self catering Elkomi, Malia, Crete from €379pps, depart September 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Sunclub Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €649pps, depart Cork August 30. 7 nights self catering 2* Rebecca Park Bungalows, Playa Del Ingkes, Gran Canaria from €419pps, depart September 1. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Villa Dorada, Salou, Costa Dorada from €669pps, depart September 2. 7 nights half board 5* Grecotel Kos Imperial, Thalasso, Psalidi, Kos from €829pp, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Delfin Azul, Alcudia, Majorca from €759pps, depart September 6. 7 nights self catering Family Life Playa Feliz, Bahia Feliz, Gran Canaria from €489pps, depart September 8. 7 nights self catering 3* Hoel Son Boulo, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €649pps, depart Cork September 10. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Villa Dorada, Costa Dorada from €639pp, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Villa Dorada, Salou, Costa Dorada from €769pp, depart September 2. 7 nights full board Moorish Delights cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,039pp, depart September 6. 7 nights half board Hotel Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €1,329pps, depart December 24. 14 nights all inclusive ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios, Jamaica from €1,909pps, depart June 8 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Colina Village Apartments, Carvoeiro, the Algarve from €279pp, depart August 26. 7 nights all inclusive Club Med Da Balaia, the Algarve from €1,449pp, depart October 9. 4 nights 3* Stratosphere hOtel, Las Vegas from €569pp, travel November. 7 nights 3* Hawaii Sheraton Princess, Oahu, Hawaii from €2,179pp, travel February 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Le Mauricia, Mauritius from €1,345pp, travel May 2017. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Poseidon Apartments, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €449pps, depart August 29. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Bellevue Club, Puerto de Alcudia, Majorca from €639pps, depart August 30. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Hotel Pioneer & Santa Ponsa Park, Majorca from €689pps, depart August 31. 7 nights self catering 3* Sun Beach Resort, Rhodes from €599pps, depart August 31. 7 nights half board 3* Best Cambrils, Costa Dorada from €609pps, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Bellevue Club, Puerto de Alcudia, Majorca form €639pps, depart Shannon September 3. 7 nights self catering 3* Hotel Palazzo, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €339pps, depart September 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical Hotel, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife form €479pps, depart February 3. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,689pps, depart June 7 2017. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Freedom of the Seas from €1,089pp incl. return flights and transfers, depart May 7 2017. 11 nights Italy, Malta and Spain cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,479pp incl. return flights and transfers, depart April 19 2017. 14 nights Mediterranean Beaches cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €2,009pp incl. return flights and transfers, depart July 15 2017. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Click and Go offers: 3 nights 4* The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel, New York City from €615pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel November. 3 nights 4* Row NYC Hotel, New York City from €565pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel January 2017.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Western Med cruise on board MSC Splendida from €599pp, depart December 2. 7 nights Western Med cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas from €1,089pp incl. transfers, depart May 21 2017. 7 nights Arabian Coast cruise on board Celebrity Constellation from €999pp incl. transfers, depart December 10. 7 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Norwegian Epic from €1,449pp incl. drinks package and $50 on board spend, depart October 10. 10 nights Panama Canal cruise on board MS Zuiderdam from €1,699pp incl. 1 nights pre cruise stay and return flights, depart November 19. 10 nights Eastern Caribbean cruise on board Silver Wind from €3,999pp incl. 1 nights pre cruise stay, return flights, all inclusive champagne, wines and spirits, gratuities and butler service, depart December 11. 7 nights 3* accommodation, Orlando from €579pp, depart October 11. 4 nights Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas from €679pp, depart October 19. 3 nights 4* Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €579pp, depart January 26 2017. Visit touramerica.ie.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Aparthotel Duas Torres, Funchal, Madeira form €559pps, depart August 25. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Alto Lido, Funchal, Madeira from €659pps, depart September 1. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €599pps, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Sabbie D’Oro, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €669pps, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Jable Bermudas, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €569pps, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel los Fariones, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €759pps, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B  4* La Isla y El Mar, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €969pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 2* hotel Montebaldo, Torbole, Lake Garda from €569pps, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Eden, Torbole, Lake Garda from €499pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sogno del Benaco, Limone, Lake Garda from €699pps, depart September 24. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Sorrento from €789pps, depart August 28. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve form €599pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Trvi, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €599pps, depart September 3. Visit topflight.ie or call  01 240 1700.

ITAA Christmas markets offers:  3 nights Hilton Brussels City, Brussels from €200pp incl. return flights. 4 nights B&B accommodation Krakow from €249pps incl. return flights ex Shannon and insurance, depart December 5. 3 nights B&B Holiday Inn Express Berlin city centre from €259pp incl. return flights, depart December 3.

Cassidy Travel offers: 7 nights Costa Dorada from €199pp, depart September 17 or 19. 7 nights Algarve from €149pp, depart Cork September 30. 7 nights Algarve from €185, depart October 2. 7 nights Algarve from €185pp, depart Knock October 6. 7 nights Costa del Sol from €189pp, depart October 15. 7 nights Malta from €169pp, depart February 4. All prices include flights and accommodation. Visit cassidytravel.ie or call 0818 332500.

Insight Vacations is offering a 9 day tour of Puglia and the Neapolitan Riviera from €2,149pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart October 1. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Danube river cruise on board the River Princess from €1,939pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions, depart November 9. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • Feb 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • Mar 22 2017 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Hall 3 RDS Main Hall Complex
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
March 2016: Awards issue
February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue

TRAVEL Extra Sunday Supplement: Delta shuts down, so who forgot to put a nickel in the metre?

HEADLINESAGENT PROMOTIONS – AVIATIONAFLOATFOOD & BEVERAGES – HOTELS – INTERNATIONAL – IRELAND – DEAL WATCH – TRAVEL TRADE – EVENTS – STRANGE WORLD – TRAVEL MEDIA

White Strand, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, August 9 2016

White Strand, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, August 9 2016

 

 

  • Agents hosted on four cruise ships
  • Delta outage brought down 1,170 flights
  • DFA urges high degree of caution after Thai tragedy
  • Ireland’s 13pc tourism growth
  • Ross distracted by doping

Travel Extra TV

video of the week august 14 2016Lots of headlines generated from footage of a passenger jumping off a disconnected gangway and running across the tarmac to catch a Ryanair flight in Madrid. The man, who was allowed board the flight, was arrested on arrival at Gran Canaria and issued a fine. The footage was captured by baggage handlers. Watch here.

  • Looking for some thrills? Why not skateboard on top of a Hong Kong high-rise building? Watch here.
  • If that doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping, try some rooftopping. Watch here.
  • Still not pumped? Go cliff jumping in Vermont (obviously, don’t try any of these daredevil feats at home). Watch here.
  • The windy weather in Scotland sent this kite flyer airborne. Watch here.
  • Nibbles the duck enjoys a dip in a paddling pool. Watch here.
  • Fishermen in San Diego capture the incredible moment a hooked shark jumps through the air. Watch here.
  • Next in Ryanair’s humorous airport athletes series, the kayaker (watch here) and the weightlifter (watch here).
  • See Aer Lingus’s promotional video for Connecticut. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland briefs visitors on the Irish weather. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

oceania visitTravel agents were hosted on four cruise ships this week, part of a roster of 22 cruise ships calling to Dublin this month. HL, Celebrity, Fred Olsen and Oceania Cruises entertained agents at separate events. See more pictures or connect with the album on Facebook.

Who did not pay the light bill at Delta? A power outage brought down 1,170 flights, we were told. Then Delta revealed that a fire at Atlanta headquarters took down the carrier’s flights globally and the new CEO apologised for itineraries run amok. the Dublin and Shannon flights were unaffected but customers had to be rerouted.

paulhudsonPaul Hudson of private consumer group Flyersrights claimed that the Delta outage is only one out of many suffered by USA airlines due to ageing computer systems—and warned that there are more to come. A critical piece of equipment failed at the airline’s Atlanta headquarters, the airline said. The wait for passengers to talk to a representative was two hours at peak on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Two Thais died and seven foreigners were wounded after four bombs exploded in a popular night-life section of Hua Hin, a resort 117km south of Bangkok. Two were said to be from England but the nationality of the others is unknown. Two bombs hidden in plant pots 50 metres apart were detonated using mobile phones. There have been other bombings on Patong beach, the most popular of the 17 sandy beaches on the island of Phuket and the southern provinces. One man was killed and five other people were injured when a bomb went off in Muang district in Trang on Thursday. There were further reports of explosions in Surat Thani, where one person was killed, and a number of blasts in Phang Nga. Irish visitors are advised to exercise a high degree of caution. A statement on the DFA website said: There are no indications of any Irish casualties. Any Irish citizens in Thailand should avoid the affected areas, monitor the media, follow the advice of local authorities, and let people back home know you’re safe.

passports landscape2Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs received 503,596 applications for Irish passports up to the end of July, up 10.7pc from 454,931 in the same period in 2015. The biggest year-on-year increase came in May largely from soccer fans travelling to support the Irish soccer team at Euro 2016. Applications in May 2016 rose 21.4pc to 91,056 from 75,016 in May 2015. There was a 63pc increase in demand for Irish passports from the North in July, as the implications of the British referendum vote became apparent. Applications in Britain rose 73pc from 4,070 in July 2015 to 6,638 in July 2016. Overall July was the first month when total applications fell for the first time compared with the corresponding month in 2015.

shane ross tourism ireland_6067When Minister for Tourism Shane Ross arrived for his first tourism appearance to talk to media about Ireland’s 13pc tourism growth in 2016, he was best with questions about Olympics doping and tickets. Niall Gibbons retrieved the situation with some video. Éist anseo le Eoghan Corry, eagarthóir Travel Extra ar Raidio na Gaeltachta ar na statistici. After the King’s Road was damaged by Storm Gertrude, here is the video about the restoration. Watch here Dublin film, which Tourism Ireland been sharing via our social channels. Watch here the video about Ireland’s Ancient East. See more pictures on Facebook.

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Travel Trade

sunway Philip and Tanya Airey and Jim Furlong cakeSunway celebrated its 50th birthday on the Celebrity Silhouette. Picture shows Philip and Tanya Airey and Jim Furlong marking the occasion. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The ITAA Conference on board Uniworld SS Antoinette has sold out . The river cruise line, headed up in Ireland by Sharon Jordan, will be hosting 154 passengers at the conference.

Travel agents report that August has been a slow month with high prices and low availability curtailing bookings.

The next ITAA board meeting will be held in Cork on September 8 with agents getting together on evening of September 7.

ITAA is warning members of increased instances of cyber fraud and advising members to guard against or insure against breaches of their security system.

Blue Insurance Polo Magnifico July Winner - Mandy Walsh 03July winner of the Blue Insurances monthly draw for a chance to win a car was Travel Counsellor Mandy Walsh. June winner. June winner was Claire Mulligan from ClubWorld Travel. May winner was Rose Kane from Kane Travel in Longford, celebrating 60 years in business this year and April winner was Helena Kilduff from Skytours. Agents win an iPad Mini and are invited to the Grand Final in Dublin in April 2017 to compete for a Volkswagen Polo Magnifico. Blue Insurances reminds agents to have their own unique login to make bookings count for their monthly draw, every five Blue Insurances policies sold each month automatically generates an entry. Agents can win a bonus place at the final by posting, to Facebook or Twitter, a humorous picture or videos featuring themselves with a car with the hashtag #DontRenewUnlessItsBlue. See here.

fun dayThis year’s travel industry fun day target is €70,000 on Sunday August 28 2016 at Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. The committee say would like see more of the industry get behind this event, which is the only dedicated charity event across the industry. Five-aside football teams wishing to compete should register now at as there is a limit of 16 teams in four groups. There must be one lady on the team of five and two substitutes. Trainers only to be worn. Silver sponsorship is €1,500 and Headline sponsorship is €3,000. In addition to the usual games, a new nine-hole mini-golf is being added, together with more inflatables and games.

charlotte brennerFalcon Holidays say demand for their summer 2017 programme, which went on sale at the end of April, almost two months earlier than last year, has been consistent across all booking channels. Charlotte Brenner of Falcon says: It is not just families. Our platinum/premier range is strong. Falcon say feedback form their long haul programme to Cancun and Montego Bay which ended last week has been excellent and weddings and honeymoon booking are going well now for next year’s programme.

caminoCamino de Santiago specialist CaminoWays.com sponsored the Galicia GAA team at the Etihad Airways GAA World Games.

As previously reported by Travel Extra, the third annual Irish Travel Industry Trade Show will take place at Hall 3, RDS Main Hall on March 22 2017.

Outbound trips were up 12.8pc in Q1 with 1.5m foreign trips taken by Irish citizens, according to CSO data.

Adventure travel company Exodus Travels, which concentrates on solo travellers, says bookings are up 39pc this year. Abbey Travel is Exodus’s agent in Ireland.

Agent Promotions

Madeleine Roast, Graham Balmforth and Wendy Cameron of Superbreak at Holiday World in RDS

Travel agents can win a €50 gift card by liking SuperBreak‘s agent’s Facebook page for Ireland, which has just been set up to inform agents on product developments and short break ideas.

In order to join agents can either click ‘like’ on the Facebook page SuperBreak for Travel Agents – Ireland, or email with their agency name and account number and SuperBreak will add them. A winner will be selected by lottery at the end of August.

Travel Media

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Travel Extra‘s Eoghan Corry appeared on Today with Sean O’Rourke, presented by Katie Hannon, to talk about the Thai attacks, booking a cheap holiday and other travel market news. Listen here.

A German think-tank poured cold water on Dublin’s hopes of becoming a major financial centre post-Brexit. Conor McMahon reported on the issue for Fora.ie, The Journal’s business website.

Strange World

  • chinese passportA passenger at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China was caught trying to smuggle his pet turtle past airport security by disguising it as a KFC chicken burger.
  • A man was killed on the Gatwick Express after he stuck his head out the window and was struck by an oncoming train. Despite some news reports, inspector James Tyrrell from London Transport Police confirmed that the man was not decapitated.
  • A small monkey was discovered in the cabin of a Frontier Airlines flight from Columbus to Las Vegas. A passenger snuck the monkey onboard in a duffel bag and said it was an emotional support animal, but failed to inform the airline.
  • Twycross Zoo in England granted free entry to visitors with red hair to mark World Orangutan Day.
  • A Chinese tourist whose wallet was stolen spent a week at a refugee camp after accidentally filling out an asylum seeker’s application instead of a police report.
  • The head of Poland’s computer emergency response team, Przemek Jaroszewski, created a fake QR code boarding pass to gain entry into the Turkish Airlines lounge in Istanbul. He filmed the hack, which you can view here.

Hotels

  • sirbnb projectIs Airbnb building a hotel? No—it’s building a “communal housing project” in Japan. The purpose of the project is to create a community centre in rural Japan where travellers can stay while the local residents could serve as hosts to the tourists.
  • Room prices in Paris have halved as visitor numbers dropped after the recent terror attacks in France. The occupancy rate in the capital was 32pc in the second half of July, according to junior tourism minister Matthias Fekl.
  • The hospitality group that operates the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Ampleforth, reported an 80pc in profits last year.
  • Lemeul’s bar opened at the Conrad hotel as part of an €8m renovation plan.

International

Surin Putsuran former head of ASEAN speaking at TTM Plus in Chiang Mai, June 8 2016

The UNWTO has supported Indonesia’s grant visa-free travel to citizens from 169 countries, including Ireland. The visa-free policy allows for a maximum stay of 30 days and has no restriction on the number of visits per year.

The move is seen as the first step towards a common visa for the ASEAN countries. Visa facilitation in ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) is projected to increase tourist arrivals by 10m  in the upcoming years, thus increasing tourism revenue by US$12bn, suggests UNWTO/WTTC Report Impact of Visa Facilitation in ASEAN Member States

  • The Canary Islands Statistics Institute predicts that 14m people will visit the Canary Islands by year-end. 13.3m visited the archipelago in 2015, inclusive 457,000 Irish tourists. Over 238,000 Irish tourists visited in the first six months of 2016, up 8pc.
  • SeaWorld Entertainment shares dropped 14pc to its lowest level ever. Attendance is down 7.6pc.
  • Disney World Florida started building a wall around the lake where a toddler was tragically killed by an alligator last June.
  • Holidaymakers in St Ives, Cornwall were warned not to get too close to a group of seals swimming in the harbour.
  • New York’s Independent Drivers Guild, which represents Uber drivers in the city, launched an online petition calling for an electronic tipping function to be added to the app.
  • Vienna Zoo celebrated the birth of a rare giant panda, born to mother Yang Yang and father Long Hui.
  • Mount Rushmore turned 75 this week.

Food & Wine

Pamela byrneA prohibition order was issued to a Waterford restaurant by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. The authority served a prohibition order under the EC Regulations 2010 to Kearney’s Restaurant, Main Street, Tallow. Closure orders were issued against four restaurants and three take-away businesses last month. A butcher in Longford and a wholesaler in Donegal were also issued with closure orders and Cork pub was forced to stop its food production, handling and storage due to the FSAI order.

dylan mcgathDylan McGrath’s Fade Street Social was one of 12 venues ordered to close on Friday July 15 but re-opened the following morning after a drainage issue was resolved.

A report commissioned by the Support Your Local campaign, and written by Tony Foley, lecturer in Economics at DCU, stresses tourism’s dependence on  the hospitality and drinks sector. The report states that Brexit will potentially have a negative effect on possible growth on tourism, and that the sector should be supported appropriately so that it can contribute to this growth. According to the report, the pub was mentioned as a positive distinguishing feature of Ireland by almost one in three visitors surveyed, in 2015, and that ‘listening to Irish music in the pub’ was the top-ranked experience.

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with (from left) BBC broadcaster Nigel Barden; Tourism NI chairman Terence Brannigan; Laura Briggs of BBC Good Food magazine and Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell at the launch of the Tourism NI year of food and drink in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, January 14 2016

Tourism NI selected August to be ‘Love NI Meat’ month as part of its Year of Food and Drink campaign.


Aviation

  • Dublin Airport PassengersThe Irish Aviation Authority reported a 9pc increase in traffic handled by Irish air traffic control in July to 109,806 flights. Commercial terminal flights at Dublin were up 7.6pc to 650 average daily movements. Cork up 14.4pc to 68 average daily movements. Shannon down 1.3pc to 68 average daily movements.
  • American Airlines launched its renovated arrivals lounge at London Heathrow T3.
  • Virgin Atlantic is rolling out live TV on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with Sport 24, BBC World News and CNN International available. Live TV is accessed via passengers’ own devices using onboard WiFi.
  • Monarch extended the cancellation of its services to Sharm el Sheikh until February 2017. It is offering refunds for bookings.
  • AerCap reported earnings of $1.46 on revenues of $1.23bn in their Q2 results. The company posted earnings of $1.73 on revenues of $1.34bn for the same quarter of last year.
  • The world’s longest aircraft was brought out of the hangar for the first time. The aircraft, the Airlander 10 (nicknamed the Flying Bum) took 10 years and $43m to develop and build.

Afloat

  • aida cruises china marketingAIDA Cruises launched a marketing campaign in China ahead of AIDAbella’s deployment in China from April 2017, operating all year round in cooperation with Costa Asia.
  • Crystal Cruises scrapped plans to renovate the SS United States ocean liner, calling barriers to restoring the ship “insurmountable”.
  • An elderly Princess Cruises passenger was left behind in Juneau, Alaska after getting lost on a day hike.
  • P&O Cruises cancelled Azura’s call at Funchal because of a wildfire in Madeira.
  • Carnival Cruise Line added an election-themed educational programme to its Seuss at Sea programme. Activities include face painting and the for chance to vote for their favourite Dr Seuss book.
  • Seaborne announced a spa experience in partnership with Dr Andrew Weil.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society members will no longer be offered discounts on balcony cabins or suites, starting from September 1.

Ireland

  • Fáilte Ireland estimated that the GAA World Games generated €600,000 in revenue and brought 7,000 visitors to Dublin. Fifty-six teams from 20 countries participated in the week-long competition.
  • CSO figures for H1 2016 show a 13pc increase in overseas visitors to Ireland. Visitor numbers from Britain were up 16pc, North America up 15pc and Mainland Europe up 11pc. Domestic trips were up 1.2pc to 2m trips in Q1 2016, according to the CSO’s latest Household Travel Survey.
  • Ireland's Ancient East Orientation Sign at Wicklow Gaol (7)Fáilte Ireland began the first phase of rolling out signs along Ireland’s Ancient East with signs installed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, New Ross, Wexford; Ferns Castle, Wexford; and Wicklow Gaol.  Another 80 signs are expects to be in place by year-end.
  • David McGowan, the man who hauled a Boeing 767 from Shannon to Sligo, said he is looking to refurbish a helicopter as accommodation at his Quirky Nights Glamping Village.
  • AN INDIAN SUMMER FOR IRELAND – AS TOP TOUR OPERATORS PAY A VISITSeven Indian tour operators visited Ireland this week as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI. Picture shows Lyandra D’Souza of Tourism Ireland with the group at Adare Heritage Centre, Co Limerick.
  • Maureen Cournane, Killarney Cycling Festival, Gleneagle Hotel, with Fionnbar Walsh, LiveLife Foundation, Adam King, Champion Hammer Thrower and Neilie Fitzpatrick, Ballinscelligs, at the launch the Killarney Cycling Festival
  • The Killarney Cycling Festival on Saturday August 27 offers two routes for cycling enthusiasts: The Wrong Way Round and the Hard Way Round, so there’s no winning. The Wrong Way Round is 160km, from The Gleneagle Hotel through Molls Gap, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, Glenbeigh, and Killorglin. The Hard Way Round is 180, and diverts from the Wrong Way Round by going through the heart of Kerry to Ballaghoisin, and around the Skellig Ring. The Donal Walsh LiveLife Foundation is the official charity of the festival.

Deal Watch

Sunway offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,449pp, book by August 19, depart March 14 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Bayside Apartments, Algarve from €399pp, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaimo Tropical Apartments, Tenerife from €399pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apartments, Gran Canaria from €429pp, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* San Fermin, Costa Del Sol from €449pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €449pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 3* Oasis Dunas Apartments, Fuerteventura from €469pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €449pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Minorca from €479pp, depart August 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Bellevue Apartments, Majorca form €499pp, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Turkey from €559pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 4* Clube Do Lago Apartments, Lisbon from €559pp, depart August 27. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1833.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Fiesta Tanit Hotel, Cala Gracio, Ibiza from €869pp, depart August 25. 7 nights half board 3* Aeolos Beach, Lambi, Kos from €569pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 3* Ouratlandico Apartments, Praia D’Oura, Algarve from €629pp, depart August 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Golden Bay, Gournes, Crete from €489pp, depart August 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Hotel Palazzo, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €299pp, depart September 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Calypso, Salou, Costa Dorada from €529pp, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Hotel Pioneer and Santa Ponsa Park, Majorca from €679pp, depart Cork September 3. 7 nights self catering 2* Sun’s Gardens, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €569pp, depart January 7 2017. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 2* Ekati 2, Kavos, Corfu from €449pp, depart August 26. Lapland day trips from €659 per adult and €559 per child, depart December 10, 16 or 17. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Tequila, Playacar, Mexico from €1,839pp, depart June 14 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Tamanaco, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €469pp, depart September 1. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Villa Dorada, Salou, Costa Dorada from €769pp, depart September 2. 7 nights half board 5* Grecotel Kos Imperial, Thlasso, Psalidi, Kos from €829pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Elkomi, Malia, Crete from €399pp, depart September 4. 7 nights self catering 2* Rafael Studio, Lindos, Rhodes from €409pp, depart September 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Family Life Coma Gran Sa Coma, Majorca from €629pp, depart Cork September 9. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Villa Dorada, Salou, Costa Dorada from €639pp, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights full board Moorish Delights cruise on board Thomson Majesty, depart September 6. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Cataonia Oro Negro, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €1,219pp, depart December 23. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call  1850 45 35 45.

TDactive Holidays and Dublin Photography School are offering 3 nights photography tour in Tuscany with demos and tutorials by Stewart Kenny from €799pp incl. B&B hotel accommodation, return flights, transfers, excursions, taxes and charges, depart March 25 Yoga Dublin Studios are also offering 5 nights yoga holiday in Lake Garda with Emma Burke Kennedy from €799pp incl. 3* B&B hotel accommodation, return flights, transfers, taxes, charges, twice daily yoga sessions and half day boat excursion, depart September 14 2016. Call 01 637 1600.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Greece and Croatia cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas from €1,279pp incl. return flights for first and second guests and transfers, depart July 29 2017. 12 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Brilliance of the Seas from €1,429pp incl. return flights for first and second guests and transfers, depart May 1 2017. 12 nights Canaries Adventures on board Independence of the Seas from €1,649pp incl. return flights for first and second guests and transfers, depart May 15 2017. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Cruisescapes offers: 8 nights Norwegian Fjords cruise on board 4* Boudicca from €1,349pp, depart Belfast April 30 2017. 8 nights Lochs of Scotland cruise on board 4* Boudicca from €1,479pp, depart Belfast May 8 2017. Call 01 294 1000.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Ambassador Suite Hotel, Riva, Lake Garda from €699pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Garda, Riva, Lake Garda from €1,029pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €669pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 4* Vila Gale Marina, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €939pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Portofino, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €769pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Tysandros, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €669pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Sant Alphio Garden, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €699pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €659pps, depart August 21. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €1,199pps, depart August 21. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and rep service. 7 nights Outsider Magazine hiking trip, Ehrwald, Austria from €749pps incl. half board accommodation at Sonnenburg Hotel, return flights, return transfers, baggage, welcome drinks and snacks, and guided hikes and excursions, depart August 21. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

ITAA offers: 2 nights B&B 4* Hotel Senator Gran Via 70, Madrid from €359pps incl. category C match tickets to see Real Madrid v Real Sociedad, depart January 29 2017. 1 night hotel stay, Liverpool from €299pps incl. mate ticket to see Liverpool v Chelsea, depart February 1. 2 nights B&B accommodation, Barcelona from €229pps incl. match ticket to see Barcelona v Alavés, depart September 10.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • Feb 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • Mar 22 2017 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Hall 3 RDS Main Hall Complex
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
March 2016: Awards issue
February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Green sweep, FIVE of the 25 nominees for Routes International aviation awards are from Ireland

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Today expected to be the 2nd busiest day in the history of Dublin Airport with 99,500 passengers passing through

  • Four Irish airports and Tourism Ireland nominated for World Routes awards
  • Parents that travel with children on Ryanair forced to purchase €8 reserved seat
  • Air France warns of last-minute cancellations and delays
  • Outbound travel from Ireland is up 7pc
  • Aer Lingus operating profit for H1 was €42m

Travel Extra TV

video of the week july 31 2016Video of the week: This French bulldog is a superb little swimmer — too bad there is no water in the pool. Watch here.

  • Amazing footage of a tiger shark attacking a hammerhead shark. Watch here.
  • See the Gauteng tornado sweep towards Kempton Park in South Africa. Watch here.
  • This frightening footage captures the dramatic moment lightning struck a Chicago train line. Watch here.
  • Cork Airport posted its launch video for the 2016 Global Startup Gathering. Watch here. Now check out AirCam Ireland’s footage of Cork Airport from above. Watch here.
  • See shocking footage of a delayed passenger attacking airport police at a check in desk in Frankfurt airport. Watch here.
  • Here is British Airways’ funny guide to beach etiquette in Brazil. Watch here.
  • Introducing London Heathrow’s own Mr Men character, Mr Adventure. Watch here.
  • Richard E Grant explores the Wild Atlantic Way as a guest of Tourism Ireland. Watch here.
  • July was Seas, Rivers and Loughs month in N Ireland’s Year of Food & Drink. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

The headline on the Ryanair press release on Thursday went: Ryanair cuts the cost of reserved seats for passengers travelling with children (under 12) as fares fall 10pc (€4) in 2016. Of course, this being Ryanair there was a catch. Every parent who travels with a child will be forced to purchase an €8 reserved seat.

Siobhan McManamy accepts the overall Routes 2015 award on behalf of Tourism Ireland.

Four Irish airports and Tourism Ireland have all received nominations for the 2016 World Routes Awards to be announced in Chengdu on September 26. The World Routes awards are voted by airlines worldwide and are divided into four categories based on airport size. Dublin Airport has been nominated for the 2016 World Routes Award in the 20m-50m passengers per year category for the third year in a row.

The four other nominees in the 20m-50m passenger category are Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airport, Munich Airport and Vancouver International Airport. Three Irish airports are nominated in the under 4m passenger category, Belfast City, Cork and Shannon Airports (for the fourth year in a row), alongside Aruba and Halifax in Nova Scotia. In the destination category Tourism Ireland is nominated alongside Algarve Tourist Board, Nassau Paradise Island.

Poland’s Tourist Organisation and Tourism Queensland. Nominees in the over 50m category are Amsterdam Schiphol, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Dubai, London Heathrow and Singapore Changi while the nominees in the 4 to 20m passenger category are Athens, Auckland, Calgary, Cape Town and Mactan Cebu in the Philippines.


AirFrance-Boeing777-300ER-YUL-2009Air France
 operated 90pc of long haul flights, 70pc of medium-haul flights and 80pc of domestic flights to and from Paris – CDG yesterday in the face of industrial action by two of the three trade unions representing cabin crew, SNPNC-FO and UNSA-PNC. Air France warns there may be last-minute cancellations and delays in the third day of a stoppage that continues until Tuesday, August 2. This is the worst hit day of operations so far, compared with the 25pc of medium haul flights lost on Friday. A proposed change in the number of crew on medium haul flights is at the core of the strike action.  Difficulties with crew compositions may also limit the number of passengers per flight. Air France flights operated by an aircraft of other airlines, including HOP, KLM and Delta, are not affected by this strike. Irish passengers affected are being routed through Amsterdam where possible.

Outbound travel from Ireland is up 7pc in the first half of 2016 compared with 2015, from 3,233,600 to 3,453,000. Travel in the second quarter (April to June) was 1,975,300, the busiest second quarter since 2008 when 2,050,800 travelled abroad from Ireland. Figures from the CSO show 4.4m overseas visitors to Ireland for January to June, up 13pc on 2015. North America was up 15pc, England up 16pc and mainland Europe up 11pc. The increase for the second quarter was slightly slower at 10.8pc. Important markets like Italy (up 12pc), Spain (up 13pc), France (up 6pc), Germany (up 5pc) and the Benelux countries (up 28pc) showed strong growth. Scandinavia was up 2pc, but Australia showed the only decline, 4pc, largely as a reduced of one-stop air capacity.

aer lingus tailAer Lingus operating profit for the half year to June was €42m, according to International Airline Group accounts and before exceptional items. Group half year profit, which includes BA, Iberia and Veiling, was €710m (2015: operating profit €555m), up 27.9pc but lower than expected. Last February IAG forecast profits would grow 2016 profit by 40pc or arund €990m Aer Lingus recorded an operating profit €68m in the second quarter, a constituent of IAG’s second quarter operating profit of €555m before exceptional items (2015: operating profit of €530m).

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Travel Trade

ray scully john devereux copyRay Scully, a man synonymous with Crystal Holidays, has moved to TUI’s Specialist Holiday Group. The Crystal Ski and Summer brands will stay with Tui/Falcon with Orla Markey managing the product reporting into Chris Logan. I have moved fully into the specialist business as Commercial Director SHGI. Al Fresco will not move over to Tui/Falcon. TUI is selling other non core brands as originally planned such as American Holidays, headed up in Ireland by John Devereux (pictured with Ray Scully).

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 01.26.03The final fling for Gonzalo Ceballos, departing director of the Spanish Tourist board in Dublin, took place at Keogh’s of South Anne Street and Eden restaurant on Monday evening when a small group of friends from the trade gathered to wish him well. The final meal was a lively occasion, with marinated grilled prawns and pan fried sea bream and mussels. Teresa Gancedo Nieto arrives as new director of the Spanish Tourist board in Dublin in the coming weeks. Gonzalo who? Watch here Travel Extra‘s tribute to Gonzalo.

  • Turkish Airlines is recruiting an assistant corporate sales manager and/or marketing manager Turkish say the candidate should have a minimum two years experience in corporate sales or, preferably, travel related fields interacting extensively with customers and that fluency in French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese would be an asset. Apply to: General Manager, Turkish Airlines, Terminal One, Dublin Airport, Co Dublin
  • Skal Dublin cancelled a visit to a cruise ship in Dublin Port at the end of August “due to the current security situation”.
  • Travelport announced a long term agreement with Netherlands-based OTA Travix. Traveport appointed Guy Snelgar as commercial director for its sales and account management teams in Britain.
  • The Australian owned Flight Centre Travel Group will open a retail store in Dublin on August 3. Flight Centre’s Dawson Street outlet will be managed by John Appleby, who will also oversee the company’s expansion in the Irish market. The group promises opening discounts of €500 for holidays booked in-store. Flight Centre Travel Group offers across the Flight Centre brand, including its Journeys and Escapes holiday ranges and Flight Centre Business Travel.
  • Classic Collection Holidays have extended their offering of free airport executive lounge access to Cork and Shannon . The luxury operator, headed up in Ireland by Niall McDonnell, launched in February this year and initially offered holidaymakers free access to the Anna Livia lounge at Dublin Airport, now extended to include both Cork and Shannon.
  • Spanish travel technology company Amadeus says solid organic growth and the acquisition of Navitaire were behind strong first half results which show travel agency bookings up 5pc, to €279.3m. Amadeus now offers 80 low cost and hybrid carriers and bookings from this sector grew 17pc in the first half of 2016. New offerings include Ryanair’s business plus fare which became available on the Amadeus system in the past year.

Agent Promotions

  • Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 01.27.53Winner of the River Cruise competition with Travel Extra and Alan Lynch’s Cruiseescapes was Niamh Byrne of Ask Susan Travel.
  • Jennifer Mulligan of American Holidays was presented with an Air France / KLM / Delta Goodie Bag, having won the recently held in-house AFKLDL Booking Incentive.
  • Olive Taaffe. Aoife Carbin. Caitriona Toner and Tania Crinion were hosted by American Airlines at Beyonce.

Strange World

  • geneva airportA woman caused a major security alert at Geneva Airport after making a hoax bomb threat to stop her husband form boarding a flight.
  • A Chinese safari park was temporarily closed after a woman was mauled to death by a tiger. The shocking CCTV footage of the incident went viral on social media.
  • Austria’s road safety board is offering workshops on how to cross the road for Pokémon Go-playing pedestrians. Last week, Conor McMahon wrote about how marketers hope to capitalise on the game’s hype.
  • A seven-year-old girl was tragically killed after an elephant threw a stone at her with its trunk.
  • A survey by Gatwick Airport found that ‘what is the WiFi password’ is the top foreign phrase that holidaymakers wish to learn before going abroad.
  • The Sun reported that traces of cocaine were discovered at the Peppa Pig theme park in England.
  • A drunken passenger was thrown off a Ryanair flight from Alicante to Liverpool — after burping on a passenger and falling onto a small child.
  • World Animal Protection has asked the travel industry to discourage tourists from taking selfies with tigers. World Animal Protection’s new report estimates the number of tigers in captivity in Thailand has grown by a third in the past five years, up to 830. Tiger selfies exposed: a portrait of Thailand’s tiger entertainment industry estimated that there were 830 tigers in captivity at  places where tourists can be photographed with tigers up close compared to 623 in 2010.

Hotels

K Club CakeThe most anticipating hotel opening of the year takes place on Tuesday when Il Sereno opens its doors on the banks of Lake Como will open on Tuesday.The K Club commissioned a birthday cake by NF Cakes, Dublin to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Picture shows Michael Davern, CEO and General Manager, Natalja Michejeva of NF Cakes; John Mitchell, Director of Finance (holding a framed picture of the original staff 25 years ago), Sharon Smurfit, Director of Golf, Finbar Higgins, Executive Chef and Irina Volkova of NF Cakes.

Carton House is 10 years old and celebrates with a very special month long festival of offers this August from complimentary upgrades, special B&B rates plus free activities, including golf.

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts have opened their first hotel in Tokyo, designed by the Rockwell Group Europe, the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel is situated in the heart of Tokyo’s Kioicho neighbourhood.

Slow corporate transient was blamed for dragging down Hilton’s Q2 earnings.

jurys inn charityJurys Inn staff at 36 hotels raised €82,000 for charity through its various annual fundraising events. Jurys Inn Cork hosts a sports day, Galway pedalled on stationary bikes, Belfast pushed a bed through the city and the hotels in Dublin and head office hiked around Howth Head (pictured).

The Westbury partnered with the Dublin International Pinao Competition to host performances by John O’Conor, Kevin Jansson and Joe O’Grady in The Grafton Suite.

Marriott International launched its fourth M Live marketing studio in its European headquarters in London. The studio is designed to “interact with guests in a more personalised way” through “one-to-on conversations on social platforms”.

Accorhotels launched a partnership with Hertz, offering discounted rentals, upgrades and complimentary additional drivers to Le Club and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members.

Starwood is to open a 176-room Aloft property in Melbourne in 2019.

Ifty Finn is the new GM of Howth Castle having previously worked as Waterways Ireland visitor centre manager before opening her own project management company. Katie Buckley is new Recruitment Manager at The Shelbourne. Katie Farrell has been appointed as director of sales at The Westbury Hotel.

Airbnb forecast that August bank holiday demand for their Dublin product will be up 59pc on last year. Airbnb claims to have 3,000 Airbnb hosts in Dublin and say a typical host could make up to €548 over the weekend, compared to the August bank holiday last year, when average income was €438.

International

The Department of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice after the first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the US mainland appeared in Florida. Some ironic comment followed the news that Zika had arrived in Rory McIlory’s home state.

Andrew Pinnington, CEO of Hailo and Tim Arnold Hailo Ireland’s General Manager.

Taxi hailing apps Hailo and Mytaxi announced a merger this week. Hallo operates in Ireland, Britain, Singapore, Japan and Spain, while Mytaxi operates in Austria Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Together, they will have 100,000 drivers across 50 cities in nine countries. Picture shows Andrew Pinnington, CEO of Hailo, and Tim Arnold, Hailo Ireland’s General Manager.

Entebbe airport

Uganda is to turn away visitors who arrive without e-Visas from tomorrow, August 1. The parallel system of both e-applications and manual processing on arrival will cease on Monday and airlines have been told to deny boarding to any passengers heading to Entebbe unless they can show proof of having applied for a visa and obtained one in advance. Last week Uganda reversed a decision taken a year ago when the country raised single entry visa fees to US$100, resulting in a downturn of arrivals. The revised visa fee has been reduced once more to US$50.

The Muppets will star in a new show at Disney World Florida. The Muppets presents Greatest Moments in American History opens at the Magic Kingdom in October.

Lama Development proposed a €7bn plan to turn the former Hellenikon airport complex in Greece, which currently serves as a refugee camp, into a seaside town of hotels, residences and shops.

Skiwelt is undergoing a €27m investment this winter with a new Salvenmoos 10-person gondola in Hochsöll and another new lift on the agenda.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has entered the New Zealand market with its first location at the Queenstown Airport. Franchisee Redspot Car Rentals will operate the office as part of the Enterprise Holdings global network, which includes the Enterprise brand as well as National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car. As a result, the new Enterprise airport location also will be able to serve Redspot, National and Alamo customers with the friendly service they have come to expect from these brands.

After severe delays at the border last week, holidaymakers traveling from Dover to France this weekend were urged to bring plenty of food and water.

An auction of rare antique travel posters takes place at Swann Galleries, New York on October 27.

A survey by motoring solutions specialists, Easytrip suggests that the top five most forgotten items by Irish holiday makers are: 1 Travel adaptor, 2 Toothbrush, 3 Mobile phone charger, 4 Teas bags / book, 5 Driving license.

Food & Beverages

  • bewleys coffeeBewley’s tea and coffee company was awarded 29 gold stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016The top 50 products will be announced on Saturday August 6, from 3,539 products of which 430 are based in Ireland. The regional Golden Fork awards will be announced in September 5th. Nominees include include the Tipperary Kitchen’s 3-star Holycross Original Butterscotch Sauce, which was said to be “beautifully made and executed perfectly” to create “heaven in a bowl”, Old Bank House, awarded a gold star at the Great Taste award for its orange marmalade, Nobó’s “creamy and attractive” vegan and dairy free Irish Salted Caramel Ice Cream and an “unctuous and moreish, squidgy and moist” Irish Handmade All Butter Sticky Toffee Pudding from Dunnes Stores. Details of this year’s winners can be found here.
  • Two food stalls in Singapore were each awarded Michelin stars this week.
  • Steven Lamb of River Cottage hosts the second Taste of River Cottage cooking, curing and smoking weekend at Croan Cottages, Co Kilkenny, September 23 to 25.
  • Fergal Kelly has joined Irish Ferries as Catering Services Manager. Ashika Kaur has moved from Wexford to join the Castleknock Golf Club as Head Chef. Mark McDonagh has joined The K Club as Food and Beverage Cost Controller. Atilla Pecsi is Restaurant Manager in the new Fishbone restaurant. While in Nishal Chennigadoo becomes Restaurant Supervisor at the Camden Court. Lir Restaurant in Kilkee Golf Club has appointed Seamus Gillespie as Front of House Manager and Diarmuid O’Callaghan as Head Chef.
  • Sheen Falls Lodge are hosting a French Fine Wine & Dining evening taking place on Saturday, September 24, in Kenmare, on the Wild Atlantic Way. This package is priced from €425 based on 2 people.

Aviation

Today will be the second busiest day in the history of Dublin Airport when 99,500 passengers pass through, over 60,000 of them through Terminal 1. This is just short of the 100,312 handled by the airport on June 24. There are 388,113 passengers expected to travel through airport this August bank holiday weekend.

shannon charity cycleOver 160 cyclists competed in the Aer Lingus Charity Cycle out of Shannon Airport. Participants from Clare, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Wicklow completed the 110km trip and raised €10,000 for Shannon Group’s chosen charities, Irish Children’s Arthritis Network and Abalta Special School. Another 100 participated in relays on static bicycles at Shannon Airport to help raise additional donations, among them airport employees, passengers and local businesses.

Armed police are conducting extra security checks at Amsterdam Schiphzl Airport, the fifth busiest airport in Europe. A security threat has led to military police searching every car approaching the airport. Police are highly visible at Dutch train stations.

London city plans copyLondon City Airport has received planning permission for a £344m/€408m expansion from the Westminster Government, which will enable the airport to handle 6.5m passengers by 2025. The City Airport Development Programme privately funded investment that includes plans for seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and passenger terminal extension. The airport, which opened in 1987 and was once owned by Dermot Desmond, handled a record 4.3m passengers in 2015.

Avolon delivered a B787-9 aircraft to Hainan Airlines.

FLY Leasing purchased five aircraft: three B787-8s and two B737-800s.

Miguel Albuquerque, presidents of Madeira regional government, announced that Madeira International Airport is to be renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Airport after one of the city’s most famous sons.

Dublin Bus launched a new Airlink service to Dublin Airport to serve the southside of the city, starting at Camden Street with stops including St Stephens Green, Merrion Square, the Docklands and the IFSC before heading into the Port Tunnel.

Ryanair recruitment partners Dalmac is now seeking new cabin crew on recruitment days in Dublin on August 13 and 26 and Cork on August 26.  Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in various Airports across Europe. No previous cabin crew experience is required, applicants must be over 18 years of age to apply and it helps if you are hard-working, flexible, outgoing and have a lively personality.

Quickpark launched their €5 Premium Parking service which costs the same regardless of how many days you are parking, and offers drop off at the reception area, check in your keys and head straight for the bus.
On your return your car will be waiting for you, no need to remember where you parked. Just collect your keys and go. bookings made on quickpark.ie receive free admission for one adult for a night at the dogs worth up to €10.

cara magazineAer Lingus’s in-flight magazine Cara is to be published by the Cedar agency. The contract will see Cedar open offices in Dublin and Madrid. The magazine was previously published by Image Publications.

Turkish Airlines issued a statement after a purge of 211 airline employees, in the aftermath of the attempted coup against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government. Turkish Airlines chief financial officer Coskun Kilic will be replaced by Murat Seker, head of investor relations and financial institutions at state-owned TC Ziraat Bankasi AS, Turkey’s largest lender. Turkish is 49pc state owned, said the staff were fired for “attitudes and behaviour” conflicting with the best interests of the company and country. The government has a controlling vote on the board of Turkish Airlines, which employs more than 16,000 people and flies to 200 destinations worldwide, including Dublin. Turkish Airlines inability to assist passengers during this attempted coup of July 15-16 2016 was widely reported on social media.

AerCap announced they had completed closure of an $0.7bn secured credit facility. The facility will primarily be used to acquire new narrowbody and widebody aircraft as they deliver from Boeing and Airbus through 2017.

Cork Airport rolled out a no drone zone campaign to clamp down on rogue operators. Drones are illegal to operate within 4.5km of the airfield.

Afloat

norwegian joyNorwegian Cruise Line commissioned Chinese artist Tan Ping to design the hull art for the Norwegian Joy, which is slated for summer 2017 and will homeport in Shanghai and Beijing.

Fred Olsen Lines cruise ship MS Braemar became the first cruise ship to visit Rosslare Europort in 20 years. The visit follows the establishment of a Working Group led by the General Manager Rosslare Europort John Lynch, including representatives of Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland and supported by Visit Wexford, which has been working on developing the cruise business at Rosslare.

The launch of two Crystal River Cruises ships has been delayed by a year to cater for an itinerary change and a redesign to make them larger as a result. The Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel were supposed to sail the Seine, Rhode and Dordogne rivers in France, starting in June and August 2017. Instead, they will will sales the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers in Germany. Crystal said this was “to prioritise its offerings in the German/Austrian region in order to meet travellers’ demand.”

Seabourn extended its smoking ban to cabin balconies and the Observation Lounge. The updated policy will go into effect later this year.

Guy’s Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse will be added to Carnival Vista, Carnival Dream and Carnival Breeze in 2017. The restaurant, a joint venture between Carnival and celebrity chef Guy Fieri, is currently on board Carnival Magic.

Carnival Cruise Line’s second Vista-class ship will be called Carnival Horizon. Carnival will roll outs its Hub app, which allows cruises to search for board events and chat with other passengers, to Carnival Imagination, Carnival Valor and Carnival Victory.

Norwegian Getaway will serve as a floating hotel in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Scenic river cruise line will redesign its France-based “space ships” in 2017, reducing capacity from 167 to 155 passengers and adding two Royal Owners Suites. Scenic will also install a pool, expand the wellness centre and create a culinary centre for cooking classes.

Ireland

Minister Officially Opens Revamped Derrigimlagh Discovery PointMinister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan opened the revamped Wild Atlantic Way discovery point at Derrigimlagh. It marks the site of the world’s first commercial transatlantic wireless station and the landing site of the first non-stop transatlantic flight.

Italian broadcasters Emerson Gattafoni and Valeria Cagnoni were in N Ireland this week to film for the travel programme Dreams Road, with support from Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI. The show follows the presenters as they explore destinations by motorbike. Filming took place at Derry’s city walls, the Causeway Coastal Route, Belfast and the Ards Peninsula.

An Bord Pleanála upheld planning granted by Longford County Council for the development of Center Parcs Longford Forest holiday village near Ballymahon.

Picture, Tony O'Connell Photography.

Bus Éireann is offering online fires for GoBé coaches connecting Dublin city, Dublin Airport and Cork City of €9.99 for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

golf journalists niGolf journalists visited N Ireland this week to attend the NI Open at Galgorm Castle as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI. They played a round at castle, at the Strand Course in Portstewart Golf Club and at Portrush.

Tourism Ireland held its July board meeting at The d Hotel in Drogheda.

The new IHI Council Members appointed at the recent AGM in: th Conrad Hilton Hotel are; President Martin Mangan GM of The Conrad Hotel, Frank Byrne of Keystone Hospitality, Margaret Byrne of Red D, Martin Cassidy of Cassidy’s Hotel, Oonagh Cremins of The Innovate Room, Dominic Dilane DIT, Helen Fahy of The Doyle Collection, Brian Fahy Action Recruitment, Stephen Hanna of The Camden Court, Joe Higgins and Mark Long of The Guinness Storehouse, Majella Mulhall of Griffith Collage, Matt Fuller The Abbey Court Hotel, Vincent O’Gorman of The Westbury, Ewan Plenderleith of The Herbert Park Hotel, Sharon Power Cowley Net Affinity, Philip Smyth of Shannon College of Hotel Management and Edward Stephenson from Druids Glen Resort.

Guided tours of the Magazine Fort at Phoenix Park will commence on Sundays and Fridays, starting today at 10am, 12pm and 2.30pm. Tours commence at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on a first come, first served basis with a shuttle bus to the Fort. Participants MUST visit the centre first, and will be then bussed to the fort. Only those who have been ticketed can join the tour.

Commuters in Barcelona are seeing ads for Ireland’s Ancient East (or “El Ancestral Este de Irlanda”) on trams and trains operating around the city. Tourism Ireland has ‘wrapped’ the trams and trains in giant Ireland’s Ancient East ads, to boost travel to Ireland this summer.

Tourism Ireland is to launch its autumn marketing campaign in 23 markets across the world, including a €4m promotional campaign in Britain. Our aim will be to boost late season travel and maintain the strong growth momentum.

The Ireland’s Olympians exhibition at Croke Park’s GAA Museum recently opened. It celebrates the nation’s Olympic medalists, with a special emphasis on medal winners from 1924 when Ireland first competed as an independent nation.  It also celebrates the GAA’s long history with athletics.

The 2016 Ukulele Hooley By The Sea in Dun Laoghaire on August 20-21 will feature the Ukulele Hooley are Belgium’s Winin’ Boys, Ukulele ZaZa, Minnie & The Illywhackers, Del Rey, Andy Eastwood, Peter Moss, Ukulele Uff & Lonesome Dave, Janet Klein, France’s Les Poupees Gonflee, Fred Sokolow, Shine (from Spain), Gus and Finn Trio, Ukulele Red & Li’l Mamie Brown, The East River String Band, Ireland’s West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, Ukeristic Congress and Aisling Goes Walking, UK’s Hot Potato Syncopators and many other fine artists and groups.

Swimmers and beach users were reminded of the venomous weever fish sting which has been found in Ireland when four year old Maisie Lagan from Dungiven was stung at Benone beach in Derry. Most weever stings occur during the month of August which Irish Water Safety says reflects the greater numbers of bathers rather than the number of weevers, as sea temperatures peak for the year.

  • An Post released a set of stamps featuring images from the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Eric Kuhme, the architect behind the Titanic Belfast visitor centre, died this week aged 64.
  • Tourism businesses and other traders in Kinsale protested against the local authority’s ban on all sandwich advertising boards from the town’s footpaths.
  • Wicklow Country Tourism launched a €20,000 marketing and PR campaign, #WakeUpinWicklow.
  • The 30th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival will take place on Duncannon Beach in County Wexford from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7.

Deal Watch

Sunway offers: 6 days Trafalgar escorted tour of the Northern Lights of Iceland incl. the Blue Lagoon from €1,974pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, hotel accommodation, 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners, hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees, local taxes and travel by coach. 7 nights Mediterranean cruise on board MSC Splendida from €589pp incl. flights, full buffet dining, taxes and fees, depart January 27 2017. 7 nights full board Greece and Croatia cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas from €829pp incl. return flights, taxes, fees, airline baggage and return transfers, depart June 3. 7 nights full board Croatia and Italy cruise on board Norwegian Jade from €939pp incl. taxes, charges and ultimate drinks package, depart October 23. 10 nights full board Greece and Turkey Eastern Med cruise on board Celebrity Reflection from €1,929pp incl. taxes, fees and classic drinks package, depart September 30. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Travel Department offers: 13 nights B&B/half board Aztec Empire and Cancun holiday from €2,799pp incl. return flights, internal flight, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart April 27 2017. 13 nights Argentina and Brazil holiday from €3,299pp incl. return flights, hotel accommodation, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart May 3 2017 or September 1 2017.

Travelvalue.ie is offering a 7 night B&B group trip to the Camino from €795pp incl. return flights, transfers, en route accommodation and 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Santiago de Compostela, single supplement is €140, depart October 4. Visit travalue.ie or call 1890 289 255.

Thomson offers: 7 nights self catering Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from €449pps, depart September 1. 7 nights self catering SunClub Apartments, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €569pps, depart September 2. 7 nights self catering Protur Atalaya, Cala Millor, Majorca from €519pps, depart September 7. 7 nights half board Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €699pps, depart September 9. 7 nights self catering Zante Atlantis, Laganas, Zante from €449pps, depart September 13. 7 nights half board Hotel Belvedere Salou, Costa Dorada from €499pps, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights B&B Heperia Lanzarote, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €699pps, depart Shannon August 29. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: Lapland day trip from €659 per adult and €559 per child, depart December 10, 16 or 17. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Fiesta Tanit Cala Gracio, Ibiza from €799pps, depart August 25. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Los Zocos, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €789pps, depart Shannon August 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Royal Sun Apartments, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €449pps, depart August 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Kassandra Apartments, Ialyssos, Rhodes from €469pps, depart August 31. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Haiti, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €599pps, depart Cork September 6. 7 nights self catering 3* Bellevue Club, Gran Canaria from €469pps, depart September 29. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 3* Palazzo Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €349pps, depart August 29. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights 5* Senator Banus Spa Hotel, Estepona, Costa del Sol from €399pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel November. 7 nights B&B 4* Playaluna Hotel, Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Almeria from €319pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel September. 2 nights 4* WestCord Hotel, Amsterdam from €199pp inc. return flights, taxes and charges, travel August. 2 nights 4* Ramada Hotel and Suites, London Docklands from €179pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel August. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 2 nights B&B Bishops Gate Hotel, Derry from £165pps incl. one evening dinner, one traditional afternoon tea and choice of spa treatments, available until December 31, call 028 71 1140300. 1 night B&B 3* Jurys Inn, Belfast from £109 2+2 incl. family bass to Belfast Zoo, available until August 20, call 028 90 533500. 1 night B&B 4* Burrendales Hotel, Co Down from £119pps incl. evening meal and 90-minute spa treatment, call 028 43 722599.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights France and Spain cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from€1,049pp, depart October 15. 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,449pp, depart December 19. 13 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €1,789pp, depart September 19. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America St Patrick’s Day offers: 3 nights Boston from €579pp incl. return flights, depart March 16. 3 nights Chicago from €639pp incl. return flights, depart March 16. 3 nights New York from €679pp incl. return flights, depart March 16. Visit touramerica.ie.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering €1,000 per couple flying with Emirates from Dublin. Offer of 2 nights extension to Cambodia on select tours of Vietnam and 2 nights extension to Hong Kong on select tours of China, Burma and Japan ends tomorrow, August 1. Visit wendywutours.ie or call 0818 776 380.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel San Pietro from €768pps, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €949pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bolivar, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €829pps, depart August 6. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Torre Barbara, Sorrento from €829pps, depart August 7. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Bristol, Riva, Lake Garda from €729pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 4* Vik Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €969pps, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Los Fariones, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €720pps, depart September 3. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €629pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Bagli, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €629pps, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 4* Four Views Baia, Funchal, Madeira from €779pps, depart August 11. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Manzoni, Montecatini Terme from €859pps incl. return train tickets to Florence, guided excursions on 3 days to Florence Pisa and Siena, depart August 11. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and Topflight resort rep service. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

ITAA offers: 3 nights B&B 3* Yes Hotel, Rome from €250pp incl. return flights, ticket to audience with the Pope and Rome food tasting by bike tour, depart December 5. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows, Lake Garda from €499pp incl. flights, transfers and 15kg baggage, depart September 17. 7 nights half board 4* hotels Sicily tour form €1,099pp incl. guided tour of Agrigento’s ancient Greek Valley of the Temples, Piazza Armerina and Monreale’s medieval cathedral and day trips to Palermo, Taormina, Mount Etna and Siracusa, depart October 1.

Insight Vacations is offering 8 days Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley from €2,198pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart August 27. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Danube river cruise on board the River Beatrice from €1,879pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals, beverages and all shore excursions, depart October 30. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Cassidy Travel Algarve offers: 7 nights from €1,165 2+1, from €1,960 2+2, from €2,750 2+3, depart August 9 or 10. 7 nights from €1,425 2+1, from €2,239 2+2, from €2,915 2+3, depart August 15. 7 nights from €945 2+1, from €1,285 from 2+2, from €1,869 2+3, depart Cork August 19. 7 nights from €1,310 2+1, from €1,649 2+2, from €2,375 2+3, depart August 22. Call 0818 332500.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • Feb 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • Mar 22 2017 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Hall 3 RDS Main Hall Complex
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
March 2016: Awards issue
February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Trade takes a €400,000 hit & Aer Lingus looks west again

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The new 51st and Green lounge at Dublin airport which opened Monday last

The new 51st and Green lounge at Dublin airport which opened Monday last

 

  • Aer Lingus looking west but when and where
  • Best yet to come at Bray air show
  • Lowcost debacle, trade will pay for a long time to come
  • Spacious, well-lit, near the runway: Dublin Airport’s new lounge
  • Tourism Ireland briefs on post-Brexit British market

Travel Extra TV

video of the week july 23Air New Zealand launched a series of Hollywood-inspired safety videos. Watch here our video of the week.

  • Airbus uploaded a 360º video from inside an A380 flight demo at the Farnborough Airshow. Watch here.
  • Terrifying footage of a man slipping off a homemade waterslide did the social media rounds this week. He sustained a broken humerus bone, fractured ribs and multiple lacerations, but didn’t need surgery. Watch here.
  • A kayak tour group was approached by an injured humpback whale looking for help. Watch here.
  • Viviana Guzmán also attracted the attention of a humpback whale while she was out paddleboarding. Watch here.
  • Fishermen taking part in a tournament off the coast of Chatham, Massachusetts spotted a great white shark in the water. Watch here.
  • See this amazing footage of a lava flow burning a patch of the Kipuka forrest, Hawaii. Watch here.
  • Meet Emirates captain Ashley Klinger, part of a YouTube series. Watch here.
  • Dublin Airport uploaded a timelapse video to show how busy the airport is between 6.00am and 8.00am. Watch here.
  • Ryanair uploaded a montage of travel videos submitted by customers. Watch here.
  • The English Guardian uploaded footage of the massive queues at Dover port after French customers upped their security yesterday. Some passengers waited more than 12 hours to pass through. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

aer lingus tailFriday next, IAG Q2 report day, is the new announcement date for Aer Lingus, flush with trans-Atlantic expansionist zeal having secured two extra Airbus A330-300s for the summer 2017 season on top of the two being delivered this year. This will bring its A330 count to 12 from the pre-expansion total of seven, Talks have been re-entered with several north American airports, of which the most enthusiastic include Miami (whose lobbying activities included the IATA summit in Dublin), Dallas, Philadelphia, Detroit and Charleston. There are more in the mix: Aer Lingus has spoken to nearly 100 different airports in their search for new direct destinations from Dublin. Smaller US airports are showing a lot of interest in the performance of the Hartford route, due to launch in September. Aer Lingus are anxious to bed this route and the new Newark service down for 2017 before next summer’s expansion. Willie Walsh recently flirted with the possibility of looking to Boeing’s successor to the 757 (MOM, the “middle of market” jet sized between current single- and twin-aisle offerings) instead of the nine Airbus A350s on the order books for three deliveries a year between 2018 and 2020. Aer Lingus executives including Wiliie Walsh and the current and previous CEOs believing the A350 has two long a range for Aer Lingus’s requirements. Airbus has been good to Aer Lingus with some bargain end-of-line purchases, so talk about a switch to Boeing may be premature. What is clear is that the extra order book options promised by Willie Walsh in the aftermath of the IAG takeover are coming to pass. Another pattern that is developing is the use of morning slots for Aer Lingus aircraft and evening slots for American codeshare partners, something that may happen if Aer Lingus joins the Philadelphia route as expected. Delta’s reduction of services to London in the wake of the British referendum also opens up the possibility of Dublin-Detroit, a route that almost came to pass in Northwest days.

US preclearance lounge 1813The 51st and Green Lounge for business class customers of four airlines that use American pre-clearance at Dublin Airport opened last Monday, spacious, well-lit and so near the runway that you expect an aircraft to drive over it at any stage. Travel Extra was among the media who were brought to sample the a la carte menu provided by the Compass group (because it is past customs, US border control and most importantly the US Department of Agriculture checkpoint no pork, beef or lamb is served, just poultry and fish), some cocktails and most importantly, the Andantino Sangiovese and Chilensis Cabernet Sauvignon on offer. A buffet (no charge) and a menu of three hot food options (about 10) are on offer for guests and modern lounge basics such as showers and charging stations feature in the Newgrange shaped glass walled structure. The lounge is available to transatlantic passengers travelling with Aer Lingus, Delta, United and American Airlines holding a business class ticket and airline club cards. Watch here a first look at the lounge and watch here Siobhan O’Donnell of Dublin Airport speaking about the lounge. Picture shows Philip Bolger, John Sisson, Suzanne Tormey and Cathy Burke of Dublin Airport at a preview of the passenger lounge after US Preclearance in Terminal 2. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The Red Arrows display over RAF ScamptonItaly’s Frecce Tricolori and England’s Red Arrows have arrived to participate in the Bray Air show today. The Breiting wingwalkers are among the 27 jets, 46 aircraft and pitots, 50 support crew and 20 volunteers participating. Today’s lineup include Patrouille Tranchant from Brittany flying Fouga, the Triggs Vintage glamour and dynamic close formation flying of two Pitts Special S-1D biplanes, The Irish Air Corps, CityJet’s new SuperJet SSJ100, Black Knights Irish Defence Forces Parachute Team, Irish Historic FlightFoundation flying IOLAR and three Chipmunk aircraft, the Ravens A formation aerobatic display team ,Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration , the Red Arrows, the ‘Swedish Air Force historic flight flying Viggen, the Blades A display team of former Red Arrow pilots, Irish Parachute Club and new Aer Lingus 321.

paul evansThe cost of the Lowcostbeds debacle is still being counted by the Irish travel trade and will be counted for months to come. Travel Agents have been refunding the 20pc of clients to booked with Paul Evans‘ (pictured)  bedbank, an operation that has cost the travel trade in Ireland an estimated €400,000, more than half of it paid out by two major retail chains. Smaller agents have been facing routine bills of €3,000-€5,000. “If it was €15,000, it could have closed me down,” one rural agent said this week.

The tour operator and bedbank handled 90,000 bookings and about €50m of business from Ireland a year, and while the bond of €1.25m with the Balearic government is clearly inadequate to handle compensation from international clients, less well known fact is that the Irish bond with the Commission of Aviation Regulation is also under pressure, which means the legacy bond may be called upon.

Eoghan Corry on Marian Finucane copyCredit card companies are also facing a call back of several hundred thousand euro. Apart from the customers who were caught out abroad by angry hoteliers demanding that they pay again for their holidays, often at a higher rate than the original price obtained from Lowcost (some hoteliers’ rates are double the original cost), there are also clients who have not yet travelled who will have to forfeit their holiday or purchase it again at a higher rate. There will also be a knock-on affect from other bedbanks who purchased stock from Lowcost. None of the questions that have been raised are likely to be answered soon about the inadequacy of a bonding system designed in 1984 to bring home stranded chartered flight customers or about the complex commercial arrangements of the gloriously unbonded bedbank sector. Instead travel agents can likely expect further demands on guarantees and increased service charges from credit card companies. Crowdfunding website GoFundMe said that a number of pages were set up to raise money for holidaymakers affected by the failure of the Lowcost Group. Around 140,000 customers have lost out . The ITAA said current travel legislature is out of date and called on the Government to introduce new laws to protect consumers. Pat Dawson said the ITAA has requested a meeting with minister Shane Ross. A scheduled meeting with the commission of Aviation Regulation on September 1 is also likely to be dominated by the bedbank issue. Karl Tyrrell circulated the trade pointing out that agents who pay BookaBed by SEPA Direct Debit in Ireland have further protection, under the rules of the Core SEPA Scheme our customers can recall a direct debit payment taken within eight weeks of it being paid in the event of a failure. Listen here to Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry speaking about Lowcost on the Sean O’Rourke show on RTE 1. Listen here to Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry speaking about the week in travel on the Marian Finucane show on RTE 1.

erdogan on cnn turkThe Department of Foreign Affairs restored Turkey’s status as an “exercise caution” destination in time for the Sunway and Aer Lingus charter to Izmir last weekend and the Falcon Holidays flight to Dalaman. Turkish airlines extended their rebooking facilities to August 18 for anyone affected by last weekend’s events. The speed with which Turkish Airlines had their services back up and running, including their twice daily Dublin service, was remarkable after last weekend’s attempted coup, although the fact that the airside aprons had been invaded by passengers delayed FAA clearance. The airport information services broke down on the Friday night and economy class passengers in true revolutionary spirit invaded the Star Alliance lounge.

kimpton joe tully_2633Cindy Brewster of Kimpton Hotels hinted that they will be opening a hotel in Dublin sooner than expected when they hosted the Irish travel trade at Chapter One on Monday evening. Watch here Cindy Brewster of Kimpton Hotels speaking at the event and watch here an interview with David Powell of Bill Kimpton’s original hotel in San Francisco at the event. Picture shows Judy McCluskey, Greg Evans, prize winner Joe Tully, Marie Jacques Lopes, and Cindy Brewster at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

niall gibbonsAs the fallout from Brexit rumbles on, Tourism Ireland hosted a briefing and update on the British market. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, (pictured) said it was too early to predict the long-term implications of Brexit for Ireland’s tourism sector. “The British market will remain of significant importance for all of us in the short, medium and long-term,” he said. “We have committed to continued monitoring of developments over coming months.  But, for now, it is very much business as usual.  Tourism Ireland’s €4m promotional campaign will continue to roll out in Britain from now until the end of the year.” Oxford Economics analysis presented at the briefing predicts that outbound visits from Britain will decide by 2.4pc in 2017. Currency movements will make holidays more expensive for British visitors to the Eurozone, especially in the short term. Tourism Ireland reassured that it sees no short-term changes to either the Common Travel Area or the joint visa schemes with Britain.

glasgow two_2162People make Glasgow hosted the Irish travel trade in Dublin with news of the world pipe band championship on August 8-14 which will include two Irish contenders among the front-pipers, Laurence O’Toole from Dublin and Field Marshall Montgomery from Belfast. Scottish international trips were up 20pc in the first three months of the year. Domestic trips were up 5.9pc to 1,187,000 but visits from England were down 5.6pc to 1,247,000. Scotland gets 2.6m international visits per year and another 4.5m from England and 4m Scottish domestic trips. Watch here Gordon Boag of Glasgow Life speaking about the 2016 Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow, August 8-14 2016 and watch here interview with Elaine Dickie of People Make Glasgow. Picture shows Elaine Dickie and Alison Fleming.. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Lipsync final 1003Brenda Murray Flynn of Travel Counsellors won the MSC and Emirates lip sync competition in Bad Bob’s in Dublin, hilariously compered by Peter O’Hanlon of Travelfinders. Picture shows some of the guests at the event.

sandra corkin 001Oasis Travel won the regional award at the 2016 Travel Weekly Achievement Awards, picture shows Lucy Huxley of Travel Weekly, Angela Day, chief executive of Affordable Car Hire, the category sponsor; Sandra Corkin of Oasis and English TV personality Stephen Mulhern, the Awards host.

fiveaside trophyThis year’s travel industry fun day target is €70,000 on Sunday 28th August 2016 at Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. The committee say would like see more of the industry get behind this event, which is the only dedicated charity event across the industry. Five-aside football teams wishing to compete should register now at as there is a limit of 16 teams in four groups. There must be one lady on the team of five and two substitutes. Trainers only to be worn. Silver sponsorship is €1,500 and Headline sponsorship is €3,000. In addition to the usual games, a new nine-hole mini-golf is being added, together with more inflatables and games. Picture shows Philip Airey and Ciaran Mulligan launching the event.

  • Amadeus distribution channel recorded record profits for the first half of the year for merchandising.
  • The ITAA Benevolent Fund website was revamped by the Association.
  • Travelport signed a long-term full content agreement with Aeroflot.

Travel Media

Conor McMahon_byline 2Monday’s edition of the Irish Examiner includes a feature by Conor McMahon (pictured) on how marketers are capitalising on the Pokémon Go gaming craze. The augmented reality game features a version of Google Maps that players use to search for prized Pokémon. In a bid to entice gamers to congregate at their shopfronts and boost footfall, savvy retailers are already using in-app “lures” to increase the number of Pokémon characters in an area for a set period of time. In the report, it is suggested that tourism brands could benefit from running Pokémon Go campaigns since the game encourages players to explore their surroundings.

Strange World

japanese passportOnly 5pc of Japanese people aged 18 to 22 had a passport in 2015, according to data from the Japan Tourism Agency. Worries about security and language barriers are the main reason for the decline in overseas travel for young people. As a result, Narita International Airport Corporation and the Japan Association of Travel Agents are running a joint campaign through to mid-January 2017 where they are giving away ¥10,000 to the first 500 18 to 22-year-olds who obtain or renew a passport.

  • A Duck Tours boat in London had to call rescue services after it got stuck in the mud at the bottom of the Thames. Twenty-eight passengers and two staff were on board. Four fire brigade crews were sent to rescue the vessel after it was stuck between Vauxhall Bridge and MI6 HQ.
  • A court in England heard that a man en route to Malaga bought and downed duty free wine at Bristol airport and got so abusive onboard the aircraft that the flight had to turn around.
  • A Cathay Pacific flight was delayed for three hours after a passenger tore off a part of the ceiling, mistaking it for an overhead luggage compartment.
  • Western lowland gorillas at London Zoo were given blocks of frozen fruit tea and hazelnuts to cool off in the hot weather. See the cute pictures here.
  • An American surfer was left in a serious but stable condition after he fended off a large crocodile with his bare hands at a tourist beach in Costa Rica.
  • Trouser snakes? A man was arrested at a Jakarta Airport after security discovered 10 baby snakes hidden in his trousers.

Hotels

  • Travelport and OYO announced a hotel content deal.
  • Dallas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts reported that some of its properties’ point-of-sales-systems were attacked by unauthorised malware.
  • Catherine Fitzgerald, the wife of actor Dominic West, plans to turn her family’s ancestral home, Glin Castle in Co Limerick, into a boutique hotel. She had initially planned to sell the house, which was on the market for €6.5m. It has been to the Fitzgeralds for 700 years.
  • Online customer reviews are driving changes in the hotel and leisure industry, according to a report by Barclays. Four-fifths of Irish companies surveyed said online reviews were a major driver for increases in turnover.
  • Marriott International extended its partnership with the National Basketball Association in the US.
  • Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton, great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton of the Hilton chain, is set to open her own collection of luxury hotels. Three properties are planned for Dubai, New York and Las Vegas. his comes after she opened a series of nightclubs in the Philippines.
  • Premier Inn is to abandon plans to expand in India and South East Asia. It will focus on Germany in the Middle East instead.
  • Capsule hotel chain Yotel has rebranded its airport hotels as Yotel Air.

International

  • The third annual 2017 Global Travel Price Outlook by the Global Business Travel Association and Carlson Wagonlit Travel provides global, regional and country-by-country projections for air travel, hotel, ground transportation and meetings and events prices in 2017.
  • Listen here to a discussion on art galleries abroad with Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry, Barbara Dawson director of the Hugh Lane Gallery and cousin of Pat Dawson and Anne Hedge who is the curator of print and drawings at the National Gallery.
  • Sony has partnered with sustainable swimwear label AURIA to create the world’s first travel collection made out of redundant headphone wires.
  • The US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery have requested that smartphone users refrain from “catching” Pokemon when they are visiting.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashton Kutcher and Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert are scheduled to speak in November at a three-day event sponsored by Airbnb in Los Angeles. Last year, the Airbnb Open drew 5,000 hosts from 110 countries.
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says nearly 400 diamondback terrapin turtles have laid eggs and built nests in the area around the airport this year.
  • Prague joined Barcelona in introducing a ban on segways, starting in August.

Food and Beverages

  • Applications for Foodie Destinations 2016 are now open.
  • Vintners Association Support Your Local campaign claimed excise tax on a 750ml standard bottle of wine in Ireland is €3.19, while excise on a standard bottle of wine in France is €0.03.
  • Ballymaloe Cookery School is offering a five day course from August 29. It will include demos and cookery classes and a lesson on how to milk cows. Participants will learn how to sow sees and make cheese. The course runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, and costs €1,450. Visit cookingisfun.ie.
  • Bord Bia launched an interactive map featuring 65 award-winning restaurants across the country as part of its Just Ask initiative.

Aviation

Busy Dublin Airport 2[1]Having handled a record 100,312 passengers in a single day on June 24, beating at last the record of 96,931 set on Sunday August 6, 2006, Dublin airport is looking at three extremely busy weekends in the coming weeks. For the first time in airport history the 22,000 parking spaces from DAA filled as well as the 6,000 Quickpark spaces. Long term red holds 7,000 spaces, blue 8,600 and green 2,400 while T1 short term holds 1,900 and T2 short term 2,100.

Dublin airport traffic in June was up 2.7m or by 9pc, Europe was up 8pc, England/Scotland/Wales 848,000 up 13pc, Transatlantic up 11pc, ME/Africa down 3pc and domestic up 26pc (off a small base). Passenger Numbers are up 13pc in the first six months at Dublin Airport suggesting 28.2m will go through the airport in 2016 if this growth is sustained.

aer lingus skytraxAll awards have their confrontations with credulity, Skytrax World Airline Awards (website) more than most, at which Emirates succeded Qatar as the world’s best airline award winner. While it is perennially controversial, it is the least Eurocentric of the aviation awards. Ratings are controversially weighted towards Asia where Skytrax does consultancy work. Eight airlines won five star status, all of them in Asia or Australia: ANA All Nippon Airways Japan, Asiana Korea, Cathay Pacific Hong Kong, EVA Taiwan, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan China, Qatar and Singapore Airlines. Aer Lingus rose to 39th place from 61st this year, were second in the most improved category (is Travel Extra alone in suspecting this more about awareness, thanks to the hubbing of Dublin, than any improvement in their traditionally high service standards), moved from three to four star status and earned their highest ever finish in the trans-Atlantic category, at tenth. Ryanair, who are rated two star and have never finished with sight of a Skytrax gong, finished fifth in Europe’s best low cost (won by Norwegian). But in the European regional airline top ten (won by Aegean), the two Irish based are nowhere to be seen. Turkish were the highest finishers for Europe but also won coveted awards for best business class dining and lounge dining, justifying their decision to go it alone with their catering systems, rather than rely on Gate Gourmet like everyone else (Aer Lingus also persists with their own catering). Travel Extra’s inbox has been filled with overblown press releases from who received awards, while Aer Lingus dedicated Monday’s press conference, originally intended for a route announcement to their 39th place. As Jack Charlton mused when he saw the welcome home ceremony from Italia 90: what would have happened if we actually won something. The top ten were (last year in brackets) 1 Emirates (5); 2 Qatar (1); 3 Singapore (2); 4 Cathay Pacific (3); 5 ANA (7); 6 Etihad (6); 7 Turkish (4); 8 EVA Air (9); 9 Qantas (10); 10 Lufthansa (12); Airport Services ANA All Nippon; Airline Alliance Star; Inflight Entertainment Emirates; Cleanest Cabins Cathay Pacific; Transatlantic Lufthansa; Transpacific EVA Air; Leisure Airline Thomson; Most Improved Thai; Regional Bangkok; Cabin Staff Garuda Indonesia; Low-Cost AirAsia; Independent Airport Lounge 1 Plaza Premium Lounge T2 LHR. First Class Etihad; First Class Airline Lounges Cathay Pacific; First Class Seats Etihad; First Class Catering Etihad; First Class Lounge Dining Air France; First Class Amenities Air France; Business Class Qatar; Business Class Lounges Qatar; Business Class Seats Singapore; Business Class Catering Turkish; Business Class Lounge Dining Turkish; Business Class Amenities EVA Air; Economy Class Asiana; Economy Class Catering Asiana; Economy Class Seats Asiana; Skytrax list of 600 world carriers nominated North Korea’s airline Air Koryo the world’s worst airline for the fifth year in a row.

Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year, Dublin Airport, Terminal 1 (pic 2) copyThe Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition is now on display in Cork Airport.

Egyptair flight 804 appears to have broken up in midair after a fire. Travel Extra was unusual (almost alone) in discounting the terrorist attack theory that dominated news coverage of the event. See report here based on information from the Airbus A320’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. Listen here to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry discussing the incident at the time on RTÉ Radio 1.

Pictured welcoming Cardinal Sean O Malley, Archbishop of Boston, to

The first trans-Atlantic pilgrim flight from Boston arrived at Knock this week. Pictured welcoming Cardinal Sean O Malley, Archbishop of Boston, is John Keogh, Head of Group Travel and Charter Flight Sales with Aer Lingus.

  • Emirates introduced what it called the world’s first interactive amenity kit in economy class
  • A YouGov survey of 9,000 passengers at London City Airport, including 1,000 from Ireland, found that the Irish are most likely to buy gifts, with 78pc making a purchase for family or friends.
  • Belfast City Airport awarded NATS their air traffic control contract.
  • IdeaWorksCompany’s latest ancillary revenue report, sponsored by CarTrawler, found that the top ten airlines surveyed generated between $1bn and $6.2bn in ancillary revenue last year.
  • It was reported this week that Muslim man Mohamed Ahmed Radwan was removed from an American Airlines flight after a flight attendant announced over the tannoy system his name, seat number and said she would be watching him. The incident allegedly took place last December and came to light when the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a complaint to the Department of Transportation.
  • London Heathrow showcased its first TV ad campaign, First Flight, to mark its 70th year. The ad was launched on social media channels and is to David Bowie’s song, ‘When I Live I Dream’. Watch here.
  • Aircraft lessor SMBC Aviation Capital saw profits up 22pc to $530m last year. Group revenues exceeded the billion euro mark for the first time, up 15pc to $1.05bn.
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle ordered 30 Airbus A321LRs for its trans-Atlantic services. Norwegian will take delivery of ht first aircraft in 2019. It has 300 Airbus on order since June 2012.
  • Research conducted by Skyscanner found that passengers would only play $8 per hour to shorten long haul travel. Those surveyed said they would only play $1-$2 to reduce travel time on short haul flights.
  • Qatar Airways renewed its partnership with FC Barcelona until June 30 2017.

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Ben Bouldin of Royal Caribbean hosted the trade and reported that the Irish ocean cruise market rebounded at a higher rate than the English market up 14pc to 35,972 in 2015 (all cruise lines). The Mediterranean accounted for 60pc of the Irish market in 2015, 21,475 passengers (up 28pc) ahead of the Caribbean 8,022 (up 3pc), Baltic/Scandinavia 2,389 (down 11pc), Greenland/Iceland 1,278 (down 14pc), Middle East 1,186 down 6pc, Alaska 535 down 14pc, Far East/Australia 464 down 25pc, Britain 441 and Panama 262.

  • Aqua Amazon Exterior ViewAqua Amazon, a luxury river cruiser, sank in the Amazon after an explosion on board. At least two people died in the tragedy with five still missing.
  • Celebrity Cruises announced that the Celebrity Equinox will sail year-round eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Miami in 2017.
  • A Norwegian Breakaway crew member tragically died during a routine safety drill when a lifeboat fell and injured three others.
  • Costa Cruises announced that it will base a ship in Mumbai for its inaugural season in India. The weekly service is slated to start as soon as December and will be the first major cruise line sailing from Mumbai to Male.
  • Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Celebrity Cruises were among the cruise lines to alter their itineraries to calls beyond Istanbul following last week’s failed coup by the Turkish military. All three lines have replaced calls at Kusadasi with ports in Greece. Celebrity cancelled a visit to Bodrum, opting for Sicily instead.
  • Seabourn is offering South Pole excursions on select Antarctica and Patagonia itineraries for the 2016/17 season. Passengers on board the Seabourn Quest can extend their cruise with one of two packages that include a trans-Antarctic flight.
  • Fred Olsen Cruise Line launched its kids’ club, Little Skipper, on board its fleet.

Ireland

Galway International Arts Festival expects an increased attendance this year form the USA. Attendance last year was 230,000 with overseas visitors making up 27pc of that figure. England and US are the most important international markets for the festival and this year visits to the festival website is up 35pc from the US.

expressway 39Bus Éireann will run a shuttle service to and from Galway racecourse from Eyre Square to Ballybrit Racecourse and back, starting on Monday, July 25th through to Sunday, July 31st 2016 every 15 minutes up until 17.00 with buses departing from the racecourse on demand, up until 21.30 for €6 single, and €9 return.

Fáilte Ireland published Tourism Facts 2015, a report on how tourism fared last year including overseas market performance, regional spread, holidaymaker behaviour as well as information on the domestic market. It found that overseas tourist visits to Ireland were up 13.1pc to 8m in 2015. Expenditure was estimated to be €5.9 billion for the year. Mainland Europe was the largest source market in terms of seen at €1.6 billion. Unsurprisingly, Britain is the biggest source market accounting for 42pc of inbound traffic. Irish residents took 7.5m domestic trips in 2015, spending an estimated €1.5 billion.

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh of ITIC interviewed General Manager of the GPO Witness Experience Aline Fitzgerald to find out more about a new and exciting tourism product. See here.

Erris Head Loop on the Wild Atlantic Way, Melifont Abbey in Ireland’s Ancient East and Howth Head in Dublin can now be accessed in Street View.

Clare County Council said 7,129 visited Loop Head Lighthouse between April and June, up 5pc compared to the same period last year.

Top international journalists from Australia, Canada, Belgium and Germany were in Strandhill enjoying surfing, as part of a visit to the Wild Atlantic Way Surf and Bay Coast, which was organised by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland. Pictured are Francois Laurent, Belgium, MelissaGreer, Canada, Julia Baehr, Germany and Brenda King, Fáilte Ireland. [Photo: James Connolly]

Journalists from Australia, Canada, Belgium and Germany visited the Wild Atlantic Way as guests of Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland. Their itinerary included a surfing lesson at Strandhill with Tom Hickey of Perfect Day Surfing, horse riding with Ursula Schweiger of Island View Riding Stables, a coastal walking tour with Auriel Robinson, and a visit to Martin Feeney’s farm for a sheepdog demonstration.

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Fáilte Ireland also hosted seven US golfing media on the Wild Atlantic Way. The trip, organised in conjunction with Tourism Ireland, included visits to Connemara Championship Links, Ballyconneely, Galway; Lahinch Golf Club in Clare; Westport Golf Club and Carne Golf Club, Mayo; and Enniscrone Golf Links, Sligo.

Crew from Indian TV channel TravelpxHD visited the Wild Atlantic Way as guests of Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland to film four episodes of a lifestyle programme.

Deal Watch

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co Antrim from £90pps incl. round of golf at the Galgorm Castle Golf Club, available until December 31, call 028 2588 1001. 1 night B&B girls night party package, Marine Court Hotel, Co Down from £60pps incl. four-course evening meal, cocktail making lesson and VIP entry to Calico Jacks residents bar, available until December 17, call 028 9145 1100. 2 nights B&B Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast from £170pps incl. four-course evening meal on one evening with bottle of house wine and two entrance tickets to Titanic Belfast, available until December 31, call 028 9044 2080.

Sunway offers: 7 nights full board Croatia/Italy Med cruise on board Norwegian Jade from €969pp incl. flights, taxes, fees and ultimate drinks package, depart October 23. 7 nights full board Western Med cruise on board Norwegian Epic from €1,069pp incl. flights, taxes, fees and ultimate drinks package, depart May 7 2017. 7 nights full board Christmas cruise on board Norwegian Spirit from €1,139pp incl. flights, taxes, fees and ultimate drinks package, depart December 20. 10 nights full board Baltics Capitals cruise on board Norwegian Getaway from €1,499pp incl. 1 night pre stay in Copenhagen, taxes, fees and ultimate drinks package, depart May 15 2017. 7 nights all inclusive La Palmyre Atlantique, France from €797pp, depart September 12. 3 nights 3* Stratosphere Tower Hotel, Las Vegas from €625pp, depart February 16 2017. 5 nights 3* Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver from €925pp, depart May 10 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,439pp, depart April 13 2017. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Falcon offers: 7 nights half board 2* Hotel Polyusi, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €499pps, depart August 29. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Haiti Hotel, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €689pps, depart August 31. 7 nights self catering 3* Jardin Del Sol Apartments, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €479pps, depart September 1. 7 nights self catering 2* Portofino Sorrento, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €589pps, depart September 3. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Zafiris Apartments, Sidari, Corfu from €699pps, depart September 9. 7 nights self catering 2* Iris Hotel, Kos Town from €439pps, depart September 10. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights self catering Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from €449pps, depart September 1. 7 nights self catering Nimar Villagie, Rhodes from €399pps, depart September 7. 7 nights self catering Zante Atlantis, Laganas, Zante from €459pps, depart September 13. 7 nights self catering Can Sanso Apartments, Santa Eulalia, Ibiza from €459pps, depart September 22. 7 nights self catering Nimar Village, Rhodes from €419pps, depart August 31. 7 nights half board Natura Palaca, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €689pps, depart Shannon August 29. 7 nights Protur Atalaya Apartments, Cala Millor, Majorca from €499pps, depart September 3. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Meridien Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €439pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in September. 7 nights half board, over 50s 4* Royal Al Andulas Hotel, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol from €339pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes, charges and wine with evening meals, travel in October. 3 nights 4* Oxford Hotel, Rome from €199pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in November. 3 nights 5* Real Palacio Hotel, Lisbon from €199pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in December. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering discounts on 200 Emirates departures from Dublin for 2016 in China, southeast Asia and India, with savings from €100pp to €500pp. Visit wendywutours.ie or call 0818 776 380.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 night Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,549pp, depart December 19. 13 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,499pp, depart September 18. 14 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €2,479pp, depart August 13. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

ITAA offers: 3 nights B&B 3* Tryp Madrid Gran Via hotel from €265pp incl. flights, depart October 9. 3 nights B&B 4* Bellevue Park Hotel Riga from €339pps incl. airport transfer, morning tour of Riga, checkin in bag of 15kg per room booked, depart September 26. 3 nights B&B 4* hotel, Bruges from €469pp incl. return flights, taxes, checking bag, return coach transfers, guided walking tour of Bruges, visit to chocolatier, visit to Ypres and tour of WWI battlefields, travel November.

Topflight offers, sale runs until July 29: 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel San Vincenzo, Letojanni, Sicily from €699pps, depart July 30. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Villa Linda, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €599pps, depart July 30. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €719pp, depart August 6. 7 nights half board 4* Vik Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €899pp, depart July 30. 7 nights self catering 4* Happy Camp Butterfly Village, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €669pps, depart August 6. 7 nights B&B 4* Vila Gale Ampalius, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €969pps, depart August 6. 7 nights self catering 4* Garda Village, Sirmione, Lake Garda from €599pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 4* Four Views Baia, Funchal, Madeira from €749pps, depart August 11. Prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and rep service. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Cassidy Travel offers, €50 deposit on select departures for 2016 and 2017: Orlando from €555, Miami from €683, Las Vegas from €523, New York from €598, Boston from €645, New Orleans from €807, San Diego from €740, San Francisco from €790. Visit cassidytravel.ie or call 0818 332500.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering 2 night stays in Cambodia on select trips to Vietnam and 2 night stays in Hong Kong on select trips to China, Burma and Japan. Visit wendywutours.ie or call 0818 776 380.

Classic Resorts offers, book by August: 10 nights all inclusive 4* Occidental Punta Cana Resort, Dominican Republic from €1,579pp, travel September. 10 nights honeymoon in 4* Patong Merlin Resort, Phuket, Thailand from €1,079pp, travel September. 14 nights B&B 4* Le Canonnier Hotel, Mauritius from €1,955pp incl. champagne and fruits on arrival, two-course lunches during stay in select restaurant, one candlelight dinner and gift voucher for the Beachcomber boutique. Visit classicresorts.ie or call 01 874 5000.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • February 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
March 2016: Awards issue
February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: A week of blows to the international travel industry

HEADLINES –  AVIATIONAFLOATFOOD & WINE – HOTELS – INTERNATIONAL – IRELAND – DEAL WATCH – TRAVEL TRADE – EVENTS – STRANGE WORLD

Promdenade des Anglais in Nice has reopened to tourists after Thursday's attack

Promdenade des Anglais in Nice has reopened to tourists after Thursday’s attack

Things to know in travel this week:

  • Lowcost group goes into administration
  • Agents say clients turned away because of unpaid bills
  • Turkey’s tourism trade dealt another blow
  • DFA advises Irish citzens against non-essential travel
  • A night of confusion for Turkish Airlines staff
  • Yes pray, but also travel for Nice
  • Aer Lingus’ trans-Atlantic plans are bigger than we thought

Travel Extra TV

video of the weekHave you got the nerve to handle our video of the week? Glide down the mountains of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland with these wing suit base jumpers. Watch here.

  • A humpback whale gets up close and personal with a group of jetski riders. Watch here.
  • Two keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo rescued a baby seal that fell out of the water. Watch here.
  • Airbus pays tribute to the A350 XWB, A380 and A400M flight crews for their performances at the Farnborough International Airshow. Watch here.
  • See Cork Airport’s launch video for the Global Startup Gathering 2016. Watch here.
  • Learn how to make a fire with sticks and a coconut. Watch here.
  • Tourism New Zealand recruited Avatar director James Cameron for its latest marketing campaign. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Paul EvansLowcostbeds, the bed bank based in Majorca and headed up by Paul Evans (pictured), went into administration along with its consumer facing operation, lowcostholidays. Irish travel agents have been reporting that clients have been turned away at hotels where they have been booked in recent weeks because of unpaid bills. An advertising campaign offering supposed savings of 60pc had also driven consumer sales in recent weeks.

The failure has financial implications for travel agents in Ireland, where lowcost does €50m worth of business, of which only the tour operator turnover of €35-40m will be bonded, and for the bonding system which does not cover bed bank failures.

A web notice from lowcostbeds stated: If you are already on holiday you will be in possession of your flight tickets which remain valid. You may be asked by the hotel suppliers, transfer suppliers and car parking suppliers (if you have booked these services) to pay them locally which you may have to pay and reclaim against.

beverleigh-lee-300x214Bookabed launched a rescue service for lowcostbed clients and extended their opening times. The Irish Travel Agents Association advised holidaymakers who booked holidays with lowcostholidays to contact the Commission for Aviation Regulation.

Turkey’s tourism trade was dealt another blow in the early hours of Saturday morning after a failed military coup led to the deaths of more than 160 people, including many civilians. This comes just weeks after the militant attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement advising Irish citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Turkey: The Department of Foreign Affairs and our embassy in Ankara are monitoring the evolving situation in Ankara and Istanbul where a heightened security presence and some incidents of violence are reported. The situation is unclear, and Irish citizens considering travel to Turkey are advised to delay travel until the situation becomes clearer.

Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said “member agents are striving to keep customers informed and facilitate anyone who needs to change their travel plans.” The ITAA advised those concerned about family or friends in Turkey to call the Department of Foreign Affairs on 01 418 0200. Around 100,000 Irish people visited Turkey last year, and Sunway Holidays sends about 20,000 Irish visitors to Turkey each year. The tour operator has stressed that it still sees strong repeat business from customers to the country.

Ataturk airport

Confusion worse confounded. Istanbul Ataturk airport was in chaos on Friday night with virtually no information available to passengers. A notice at 3am from Turkish Airlines directed passengers to a website that contained no information, as yet. Turkish staff in Dublin had no information on whether Saturday’s flights were still due. As it happened the morning flight was cancelled. Turkish will offer refunds and accept rebookings for journeys up to July 31.  At Ataturk, the airline came under criticism for failing to pass information on to passengers.

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Yes pray, but also travel for Nice, writes Conor McMahon. France is yet again in mourning after the horrific attack in Nice on Bastille Day, which left at least 84 people dead and 200 injured. One Irish man was left in a critical condition but has since stabilised. The motive for the attack is still unclear, even though ISIS has claimed that it inspired it. There have been contradictory reports about the assailant, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who is not thought to have been radicalised. So far, there is nothing to verify that this was an extremist attack. His intention was to kill as many people as possible, but probably not on behalf of any militant organisation.

Regardless, his actions will be a cause of alarm for security officials. Even in France’s state of emergency, which has been extended by at least three months, the nature of the attack was unprecedented. Weaponising a truck infringes grossly on our freedom to travel and celebrate public events in other countries.

Security will become more of a hassle than it already is for tourists, with heightened levels of anxiety and more pressure on already overworked gendarme and military officials. Armed police will have a more visible presence, which will unsettle some visitors. It will be enough to convince many people to defer their travel plans and stay at home—even Irish citizens, who are among the most well-travelled in Europe. But who benefits from that kind of reaction? We must defy barbarism by properly evaluating risk. We should not let fear unnecessarily dictate our freedom to explore the world.

french flagAround 200 Irish people die abroad each year. Even in light of Thursday’s awful tragedy, travellers are still more likely to die from things that would have killed them at home anyway, such as underlying heart conditions, rather than murder. We should travel with the same amount of precaution as ever: Follow travel advice given by the Department of Foreign Affairs; be aware of local laws and customs; have an emergency contact for the nearest Irish or EU embassy; and make sure you have bought travel insurance. According to UNWTO figures, France is the world’s most popular travel destination. And rightly so. There is so much to love about France, so why should we let an act of hate control our desire to visit it?

stephen kavanagh skytrax announcement

How big are Aer Lingus‘ trans-Atlantic plans? Bigger than we thought, apparently, after the traditional July routes announcement was hurriedly rededicated to another purpose on Monday. A brief corporate statement from IAG explained that two A330s on the group order book were to be allocated to Aer Lingus for summer 2017, fulfilling the capacity promise Willie Walsh made during the Aer Lingus takeover. That opens up the possibility of a third A330 daily service to JFK and three or four new destinations with up to 3w service. Dallas, Miami and Philadelphia are high on the wanted list.  Willie is more enthusiastic about expansion than Stephen Kavanagh, but Aer Lingus might look to Iceland which has 17 trans-Atlantic services with a smaller inbound tourism or indigenous population. Picture shows chief executive Stephen Kavanagh announcing the airline’s four star rating from Skytrax. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

  • skal functionPicture shows J Collins, Nicky Logue and Michael Byrne at Skal’s recent function at The Gibson Hotel.
  • Representatives from Glasgow’s tourist board met the travel media in Dublin this week. Elaine Dickie spoke to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry about the new slogan, People Make Glasgow (watch here). Gordon Boag spoke about two world piping band championships coming to the city (watch here).
  • Thirteen Travel Centres agents visited HAL’s Prinsendam cruise ship when she visited Dublin port.
  • Screen Shot 2016-07-16 at 18.12.13The trade bid farewell to Gonzalo Ceballos last week as director of the Spanish Tourist Board in Ireland.
  • Travel Partners Group announced a number dates for its next leg of trade roadshows: Ballinasloe September 13, Newbridge September 26 and Dundalk September 29. Venues TBC.
  • Steve Williams left Royal Caribbean to join MSC as sales director for Ireland and Britain.
  • BCD Travel launched a partnership with Airbnb for Business to provide corporate travel clients with a security and risk management system that can track the location and trip patterns of business travellers who book Airbnb listings.
  • Avis launched a car rental app, Avis Now.

Strange World

sheep camThe Faroe Islands tourist board uploaded a 360º sheep-cam video calling on Google to help fix some of the problems they have been having adding footage to Street View. You can watch it here. Their timing was a little off with whaling hunting season underway, prompting environmentalists to renew calls for a ban on the tradition.

Barcelona, which is already dealing with the effects of 27m visitors a year, has banned seaways from the city’s seafront for the summer months following complaints from residents of Ciutat Vella.

Augmented reality video game Pokémon Go has become the latest tech phenomenon, with an estimated 15m downloads since it launched last week. The game has generated hundreds of wacky news stories, with reports of gamers discovering a corpse and listicles of strange places Pokémon characters have shown up. A taxi driver in Mexico “kindly” offered to drive customers around in search of the creatures—for a hefty fare, no doubt.

A brown bear highjacked a vehicle in Jefferson County, Colorado—but somehow managed to lock himself inside, prompting police officers to come to the rescue.

Swedish police are investigating reports of a viking re-enactment at Foteviken that went wrong. A female visitor was allegedly captured by actors at the park who then put her up “for sale” at the museum marketplace.

dont feed the monkeysHere’s why you don’t feed the monkeys. The photograph uploaded to Reddit shows a tourist overwhelmed by dozens of primates.

A 26-year-old man was charged for urinating on passengers as he left a flight at Edinburgh Airport.

LuvByrd, a dating app targeted at skiers and other adventure types, was launched in the US.

South Korea has set up a task force to tackle embarrassing mis-translations on restaurant menus. Research in Seoul found that a number of Chinese-language restaurants in the city offer dishes such as “roast grandmother” and “chicken asshole house”.

Spanish pole-vaulter Didac Salas was forced to pull out of the Rio Olympics after Vueling lost his pole in Amsterdam.

Hotels

  • Katie Farrell westburyKatie Farrell (pictured) was appointed director of sales at The Westbury. With over 10 years hotel experience, Katie has worked for the Millennium in New York and The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Peter Brennan has was appointed GM of the Osprey Hotel + Spa in Naas, Co Kildare.
  • Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is reportedly seeking expressions of interest from firms to operate a floating hotel or “flotel”.
  • Travelport and Indian hotel room aggregator OYO signed an agreement to add 6,000 hotel properties to Travelport’s travel commerce platform. Travelport launched an online hotel booking tool for travel management companies with Groupzie.
  • Universal Orlando opened its fifth on-property resort, the 1,000 room, Caribbean-themed Loews Sapphire Falls.
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts debuts its upmarket W Hotel brand in India with the opening of a property in Goa on September 29.
  • Accorhotels acquired Canadian hotel management company, FRHI Hotels and Resorts, and its three brands: Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel.

International

health appBrazil’s Ministry of Health launched a smartphone app, Guardioes da Saude (Guardians of Health), which users use to indicate their health conditions on a daily basis. It is similar to Saude na Copa, which was used to monitor disease outbreaks in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Twenty-three people died and 52 were injured in a head-on train crash on a single track between Andria and Corato in Italy’s Apulia region.

TUI Travel predicted this week that the printed glossy travel brochure will cease to exist by 2020. As the entire print publishing industry undergoes a major transformation, Conor McMahon met Canada’s La Presse newspaper and learned how they have shifted from paper to tablet. “Tablet fills the gap between print, mobile and web,” said Pierre-Elliott Levasseur, chief operating officer of La Presse. Read more here.

One man was gored in the leg and seven others experienced minor injuries in the seventh bull run in this year’s San Fermin festival in Spain. Overnight rain made the streets more slippy than usual.

Food & Wine

Sprout & Co opened a second branch on Dublin’s Lower Mount Street.

Dublin Airport was highly commended in two categories at the 2016 Airport Food and Beverage Awards: Wrights of Howth in Terminal 1 and 2 for airport food to go offer of the year and Marquette in Terminal 1 for airport food court of the year.

Aviation

Busy Dublin Airport 2[1]Dublin Airport had its busiest day ever on June 24 when it handled over 100,000 passengers.

Figures from the Irish Aviation Authority indicate that traffic handled by ATC was up 8.1pc in June to 106,076 flights.

Boeing released its annual Current Market Outlook at the Farnborough International Airshow. The report projected an increase in demand by 4.1pc over last year, with an estimated value of $5.9 trillion for the new aircraft.

IAG announced that it will convert two A330-300 long haul options to firm orders for Aer Lingus. The aircraft will be delivered in 2017.

WOW air announced the purchase of four new A321 from Airbus. Two of the aircraft will be delivered in 2017 and the remainder will be delivered in 2018. WOW air is an all Airbus operator with 11 aircraft in its current fleet. This is expected to grow to 17 by the end of next year.

Boeing celebrated its 100th birthday at the Farnborough Airshow. The aircraft manufacturer announced a number of new orders at the show, Egyptair’s deal for nine next generation B737-800s and Air Europa’s order for 20 B737 Max aircraft.

solar powered flightSolar Impulse 2 became the first solar-powered aircraft to successfully cross the Atlantic. The flight from New York to Seville lasted 70 hours cutting the expected arrival time short by 20 hours.

A man died on board an Aer Lingus flight from Boston to Ireland.

DAA will renew its offer to buy 40 houses in the path of noise generated by the planned second runway.

TripAdvisor launched a flight review function on its website.

A survey by Honeywell claimed that three out of four air passengers would switch airlines to have access to faster and more reliable Wi-Fi connection.

Afloat

  • anthem-seasAn eight-year-old boy died after he fell into a swimming pool on board Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas.
  • NCL suspended shore excursions to Nice and introduced increased security for all ships operating in French ports. P&O Cruises cancelled shore excursions to the city. Royal Caribbean canceled two calls at Nice. MSC Cruises gave passengers the option to cancel or change their excursion plans, while HAL said it would continue to monitor the situation.
  • MSC Cruises announced that the second of its Seaside-generation ships will be named the MSC Seaview. The ship will set off on her maiden voyage on June 10, 2018, from Genova, Italy.
  • pepper robotCosta Cruises’s Costa Diadema introduced five Pepper robots to its crew. Pepper bots are able to recognise a number of human emotions and interact with their surrounding environment.
  • Low water levels caused by limited rainfall on the Elbe River affected some river cruises this week.
  • Crystal River Cruises christened Crystal Mozart, at a ceremony in Vienna.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Frank Del Rio said the cruise line is close to getting permission to sail to Cuba.
  • Carnival opened the Arison Maritime Centre, a €75m cruise safety training facility in Almere, the Netherlands.
  • Avalon Waterways cut short an Amazon River cruise after their ship was raided.
  • Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was reportedly spotted on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, sailing from New York to Southampton.
  • Next month, Celebrity will debut a wine-blending pilot programme, Blendtique, on board the Celebrity Solstice. Passengers will be given the chance to make a personalised wine blend.

Ireland

galway culture capitalGalway was chosen to host the 2020 European Capital of Culture alongside Rijeka, Croatia. With competition from Limerick and the Three Sisters (Waterford-Wexford-Kilkenny), Galway was one of three Irish candidate bids that were shortlisted. Watch here the reaction to the announcement.

The European Travel Commission reported a 17pc growth in Ireland’s tourism business.

A grant of €896,000 was awarded to Galway County Council for the Connemara Greenway and a grant of €225,000 was given to the OPW towards phase one of a new visitor facility on the Great Blasket Island from Fáilte Ireland’s Capital Grants Allocation.

google trekkerMore images from around Ireland were added to Google Street View. The images were collected last year when Fáilte Ireland used the Gogle Trekker to document remote areas. Among the locations now available to view are Erris Head Loop, Melifont Abbey and Howth Head.

DOWN TO BUSINESS FOR THE WILD ATLANTIC WAYEight tourism companies travelled to Britain to take part in a Meet in Ireland roadshow to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way to business tourism buyers. The three-day even was organised by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland and saw Irish companies network with 70 MICE buyers. Picture shows Gillian Griffin, Adare Manor; Ann Shanahan, The Brehon, Killarney; Joyce McElroy, Tourism Ireland; Tom Shanahan, Dromoland Castle; Allan O’ Connor, Killarney Park Hotel; Becky Hargrove, Kerry Convention Bureau; Rachel Walker, The Malton, Killarney; Karen Brosnahan, Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau; and Ruth Vaughan, The Savoy Hotel, Limerick.

STRENGTHENING BUSINESS LINKS BETWEEN CALIFORNIA AND IRELANDMembers of the California Legislative Irish Caucus visited Dublin this week as guests of Tourism Ireland. Picture shows Finbar Hill, Honorary Consul General of Ireland, Los Angeles; Assemblyman Bill Brough, Co-Chair of the California Legislative Irish Caucus; Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the welcome reception.

SAY CHEESE! TOURISM IRELAND AND CONTIKI TEAM UP ON PHOTO SHOOT IN IRELANDWith support from Tourism Ireland, Contiki held photo shoots around the country to capture images to promote its Ireland itineraries. Picture shows Caroline MacCormac, Tourism Ireland, with models Matt Mantalvanos, Colleen O’Reilly, Aisling O’Reilly and Brian Rozo; and Rachel Storey and Ed Askey, both Contiki, during the photo shoot at the English Market in Cork.

Tourism Ireland and Guinness Storehouse jointly launched a marketing campaign to promote Dublin to markets in Italy, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

Deal Watch

Sunway offers: 3 nights 3* Arabian Park Hotel, Dubai from €579pp, travel September. 7 nights 4* Old Phuket, Thailand from €819pp, travel September. 10 days Discover Vietnam tour from Hanoi to Saigon from €1,899pp incl. mixed meal plan, travel May 2017. 3 nights 3* Circus Circus, Las Vegas from €585pp, travel September. 3 nights 3* Wyndham New Yorker, New York from €599pp, travel February 2017. 3 nights 3* Courtyard Marriot Downtown, Toronto from €649pp, travel March 2017. 7 nights half board 3* San Fermin Hotel, Costa Del Sol from €699pp, depart Dublin, Cork or Shannon August 6. 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi from €559pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Bayside Apartments, Algarve from €609pp, depart August 5. 7 nights self catering 2* Villa Florida Apartments, Fuerteventura from €579pp, depart August 6. 7 nights self catering 2* Playa Blanca Apartments, Minorca from €739pp, depart August 7. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Meridiana Hotel, Lake Garda from €769pp, depart August 6. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

travel department deal watchTravel Department offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa, Albufeira, the Algarve from €749pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes and charges, depart August 22. 7 nights half board 4* Mellieha Bay Hotel, Ghardira Bay, Malta from €719pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, return coach transfer from Belfast to Dublin Airport available on select dates, travel September to April 2017.

Falcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Hyde Park Lane, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €509pp, depart February 19 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Fiesta Tanit Hotel, Cala Gracio, Ibiza from €719pp, depart August 25. 7 nights self catering 2* Iris Hotel, Kos Town from €569pp, depart August 27. 7 nights half board 4* Villa Romana, Salou, Costa Dorada from €699pp, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 2* Stefania, Stalis, Crete from €519pp, depart August 28. 7 nights half board 2* Hotel Polyusi, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €589pp, depart August 29. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Cala Font, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €539pp, depart Shannon August 26. 7 nights self catering 4* Pueblo Marinero Apartments, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €559pp, depart Cork August 25. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 2* Mika, Piskopiano, Crete from €399pp, depart August 28. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Grand Riviera Princess, Cancun, Mexico from €1,869pp, depart June 7 2017. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive San Miguel Beach Club, Ibiza from €639pps, depart August 25. 7 nights self catering Mayflower Apartments, Tingaki, Kos from €529pps, depart August 27. 7 nights half board Hotel Majestic Beach, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €699pps, depart August 29. 7 nights half board Hotel Cala Bona, Majorca from €549pps, depart August 30. 7 nights self catering Cosmos Maris Lardos, Rhodes from €399pps, depart August 31. 7 nights full board Spanish Sunsets cruise, Costa Del Sol from €989pps, depart August 28. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 9 nights Greek Isles cruise on board Jewel of the Seas from €1,539pp incl. return flights, depart May 5 2017. 12 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Brilliance of the Seas from €1,609pp incl. return flights, depart May 1 2017. 14 nights Mediterranean Beaches cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €2,009pp incl. return flights, depart July 15 2017. Visit royalcaribbean.ie  or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Rosen Inn International, Orlando from €649pp incl. return flights, depart April 11 2017. 2 nights San Francisco, 2 nights Santa Barbara and 3 nights Los Angeles from €999pp incl. inclusive car hire for five days and return flights, depart April 13 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,189pp incl. return flights, depart April 12 2017. Visit touramerica.ie.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa, Olhao, the Algarve from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel November. 7 nights B&B 4* Playaluna Hotel Aparthotel, Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Almeria from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel October. 7 nights B&B 3* Windmills Apartments, Protaras, Cyrus from €449pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in August. 2 nights 4* Coredon Vitality Hotel Amsterdam from €179pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in August. Cyprus offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Windmills Apartments, Protaras, Cyprus from €449pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel August. 7 nights 4* St Nicolas Elegant Residence Apartments, Paphos, Cyprus from €559pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel July. 7 nights B&B 5* Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus from €989pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel August. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

ITAA offers: 7 nights 4* Hotel Baia Cristal Beach & Spa Resort, the Algarve from €559pp incl. flights and 1 checked bag pp, depart August 28. 7 nights B&B The Grand Hotel Park, Dubrovnik from €899pp incl. return flights, depart July 27. 7 nights Protaras resort, Cyrus from €1,759 2+2 incl. return flights and airport transfers, depart August 10.

Topflight offers: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sporting Baia, Sicily from €769pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Portofino, Lido di Jesolo from €719pp, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €599pp. 7 nights self catering, 4* Bella Italia, Lake Garda from €369pp, depart September 24. 7 nights half board VIK Hotel San Antonio, Lanzarote from €949pp, travel August. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, Portugal from €599pp, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bagli, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €599pp, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €639pp, depart August 18. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and 20kg baggage pp. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

irish ferries deal watchIrish Ferries is offering a midweek summer fare on sailings to Britain from €119 each way for two adults and a car. Valid Tuesday to Thursday on night sailings from Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke from July 19 to December 16. Additional adults from €35. Visit irishferries.com or call 0818 300 400.

Classic Resorts offers: 14 nights B&B 5* Le Canonnier Hotel, Mauritius from €2,079pp, travel September. 14 nights B&B 4* Le Mauricia Hotel, Mauritius from €1,975pp, travel September. 14 nights B&B 5* Shandrani Resort & Spa, Mauritius from €2,249pp, travel September. 14 nights B&B 5* Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa, Mauritius from €3,149pp, travel September. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Riu Lupita, Mexico from €965pp, book by August 2, travel between December 1 and March 31. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,169pp, book by August 2, travel between December 1 and March 31. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Secrets Silversands Riviera & Spa, Mexico from €1,679pp incl. $400 resort vouchers for honeymooners, book by July 31, travel between December 1 and March 31. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Beach Palace Cancun, Mexico from €1,719pp incl. in-resort credit of $1,400, book by August 2, travel between December 1 and March 31. Visit classicresorts.ie or call 01 874 5000.

Insight Vacations is offering a 10 day holiday to Budapest, Vienna and Prague from €1,995pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Book by July 31, depart September 30. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day river cruise along the Rhine on board the SS Antoinette from €2,328pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions to four countries. Depart October 23. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Cassidy Travel last minute offers: Algarve from €335pp. Lanzarote from €379pp. Majorca from €395pp. Costa Del Sol from €369pp. Salou from €399pp. Tenerife from €395pp. Malta from €435pp. Gran Canaria from €365pp. Corfu from €375pp. Ibiza from €409pp. Fuerteventura from €369pp. Bulgaria from €399pp. Benidorm from €409pp. All prices include flights, transfers, accommodation, taxes and charges. Visit cassidytravel.ie or call 0818 332 500.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • July 18 Kimpton Hotels event
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • February 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
March 2016: Awards issue
February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: NCL rolls out euro pricing for Ireland

Storforsen waterfall, Swedish Lapland, July 8 2016

Storforsen waterfall, Swedish Lapland, July 8 2016

Things to know in travel this week:

  • Aer Lingus 2017 trans-Atlantic routes not announced yet
  • Dublin airport carparks fully booked for first time ever
  • Insight Vacations say 2017 prices will be down 16pc
  • Boarding passes more easily managed after Aer Lingus upgrade
  • At last, Norwegian Cruise Line launches euro pricing for Ireland

Travel Extra TV

video of the week july 10 2016Video of the week: In anticipation of the Farnborough Air Show, which opens tomorrow, Boeing and ANA Airways uploaded this video of a spectacular B787 Dreamliner air display. Watch here.

  • TAP recruited Portugal’s national Olympic committee to help deliver its inflight safety video. Watch here.
  • Two months make a difference. Watch this Samoyed puppy’s growth from eight to 16 weeks. Watch here.
  • Tourists play real life Hungry Hippos. Watch here.
  • A spear fisherman and his catch gets chased by a nurse shark off the coast of Florida. Watch here.
  • A shark snags a fisherman’s line with a backflip. Watch here.
  • Aer Lingus shows how to make a booking on its updated mobile app. Watch here.
  • Koko, the gorilla that can speak American sign language, celebrated her kittens’ birthdays. Watch here.
  • See Discover NI’s roundup of the Door of Thrones campaign. Watch here.
  • Ryanair at the 2016 Euro championship. Watch here.
  • Swan Creek sailors rescue a racoon in troubled water. Watch here.
  • Airbus uploaded a video to promote the A350 XWB. Watch here.
  • See Emirates’ timelapse painting of an LA Dodgers A380. Watch here.
  • First officer Christine performs a stunning night landing at Toronto on Air Canada’s A321 from Montego Bay. Watch here.
  • How do you get to Skellig Michael? Watch here Tourism Ireland’s video.
  • A black rhino begs for more treats. Watch here.
  • Spectacular slow mo footage of two tiger cubs taking part in a friendly battle at Dreamworld on Australia’s Gold Coast. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Aer Lingus  called a press conference at Dublin Airport tomorrow, originally on the premise that the 2017 trans-Atlantic routes will be announced (an announcement originally scheduled for July 4). There are questions, however, is whether the deal will be finalised in time. It is likely to be realigned for another announcement, such as the long sought after Skytrax validation should the routes not be finalised.

ncl euro pricingNorwegian Cruise Line has launched euro pricing for Ireland.  The cruise line says euro pricing is part of a robust roll-out plan that focuses on education of Irish travel trade partners. Until now Norwegian had relied on their Irish wholesaler Sunway to get over the cost and technological challenge of offering prices in euro. Many Irish partners are already taking part in training sessions through webinars or face-to-face workshops. Picture shows Christian Boell, France Riley, Andy Stuart and Harry Sommer of NCL hosting a press conference.

Dublin airport’s car parks were all booked out, as was rival Quickpark, this week for the first time in the history of the airport.

insight vacationsInsight Vacations say that their 2017 prices will be 16pc down on 2016 for their premium coach tours. Speaking at a launch in Dublin Sharon Jordan said that South American product would lead the way in a brochure that is full of “bucket list” experiences. Picture shows John Grehan, Egle Godliauskaite and Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation/Insight Vacations. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

aer lingus appAer Lingus mobile app, available for Android and Apple iOS mobile devices. has been updated to allow boarding passes to be stored on wallet.

Travel Trade

Nessa Hurley, Bernie Whelan, Cathy Burke and Ciara MacConnell from Travel Counsellors Ireland Head Office

Travel Counsellors partnered with developer Apadmi to develop its first consumer app, my TC, which is available from the Apple Store and Google Store. It provides leisure and corporate customers with instant access to travel information, itineraries and travel documents, and constant contact with the customer’s Travel Counsellor. Picture shows Nessa Hurley, Bernie Whelan, Cathy Burke and Ciara MacConnell from Travel Counsellors Ireland head office.

  • The Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin organised a barbecue at The Church pub in Dublin to celebrate “San Fermines” fiesta.
  • Amadeus has partnered with MasterCard and Ixaris have partnered to simplify virtual payments for travel agencies
  • Riviera Travel launched escorted tours to Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga and also to Malaysia, Borneo and Singapore.

Strange World

  • Angkor Wat templeFrom August 4, visitors to the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia will be expected to cover their knees and shoulders if they are exposed. This is after a series of nude photographs taken at temples last year.
  • English security group DS-48 launched Overwatch, an app that tracks users every three minutes to within eight metres so that a emergency response team can be deployed if a traveller gets in trouble, from natural disasters to hostage situations. The future of travel safety looks grim.
  • Fundamentalist Christians, rejoice. A 51-foot by 85-foot Noah’s Ark opened in Williamstown, Kentucky—it is built according to the dimensions dictated in the Bible.
  • Twelve people reportedly died from dehydration and exhaustion in a three-day traffic jam in Indonesia.
  • Thousands gathered to see Kumo the giant mechanical spider in front of Nantes cathedral. Watch here.
  • A 6ft man was discovered in a suitcase by Swiss border control. He was trying to enter Switzerland from Italy.

Hotels

doyle collectionDoyle Collection have unveiled the remodelled public spaces at The Kensington, including the lobby, drawing room, new Town House restaurant and The K-bar. They have also revamped the hotel group website (see here) to drive direct bookings and act as a gateway to the group’s picture gallery and blog, which it says “offers current and future guests insight into each hotel and its neighbourhood.” The Doyle Collection says a rebrand to celebrate its 50th anniversary will introduce a new look “that reveals each hotel’s font and colours.” The new look can be viewed here. The group recently unveiled plans for a €40m investment programme at The Bloomsbury and The Dupont Circle, where the architecture and design were overseen by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The hotel group’s origins go back 50 years to founder PV Doyle and the connection is retained through his daughter Bernie Gallagher (pictured). It follows a €200m investment in the hotels over the past seven years.

notenotteWork has been completed on the €5m refurbishment of Frankie Whelehan’s 4-star Montenotte Hotel, the third largest in Cork. Key improvements include: A six metre outdoor covered terrace providing what they describe as one of the best views of Cork city and a new bar and restaurant, Panorama.

king sitricThe King Sitric on Howth harbour, a member of Ireland’s Blue Book, has completed a refurbishment of eight en-suite guest bedrooms.

Sri Lankan native Tess de Kretser, who has lived in Ireland for 34 years, has launched a new boutique hotel Olcote in Ceylon near Piliyandala.

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel appointed Joseph Scott Lennon as duty manager.

CarTrawler announced a partnership with Hotels.com, offering partners of both companies to sell car hire, private transfers and hotels.

OFF Seine, a 58-room floating hotel, opened near the Gare d’Austerlitz, Paris.

International

Gary Franklin at the launch of the Belmond Grand Hibernian Irish-based train

Belmond’s eighth luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer, is coming to Peru in May 2017. The new train is set to travel along one of the highest rail routes on earth traversing the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa. Belmond Andean Explorer joins Belmond Hiram Bingham in Peru, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe, Belmond Royal Scotsman, and Belmond Grand Hibernian which is expected to launch in Ireland in summer 2016. Picture shows Gary Franklin at the launch of the Belmond Grand Hibernian Irish-based train.

  • European Health Insurance CardA survey by GoCompare, carried out before the EU referendum, found that 23pc of English holidaymakers felt worried that a Brexit would mean they would lose valuable medical protection provided by the European Health Insurance Card.
  • Travel dating website and app for solo travellers, TourBar.com, says 12.6pc of members named USA as their top spot for a sightseeing visit followed by Britain (10.6pc), Spain (10.3pc), Thailand (9.1pc), Australia (6.6pc) and Italy (5.7pc).
  • Philadelphia hosts 5,000 Democratic Party delegates at the Wells Fargo Centre between 25 and 28 July, the first time that Philadelphia has hosted the event for the Democrats since 1948.
  • Sicily’s Verdura Resort showcased its fitness product.
  • liberty-parkAn elevated park that offers a new view to visitors at the World Trade Centro has opened in New York. The one-acre Liberty Park, a $50m project, overlooks the memorial to those who died in the September 11 attacks. Liberty Park is modelled after Manhattan’s High Line – the abandoned railroad tracks that were transformed into one of the city’s most visited green spaces.
  • Tanzania introduced an 18pc VAT tax on tour services with just a week’s notice.
  • English operator Anatolian Sky, which specialises in tours to Turkey and North Cyprus, ceased trading shortly after last week’s Ataturk Airport tragedy.
  • Mentalist Derren Brown collaborated with Thorpe Park, England to launch a VR Ghost Train ride.

Food and Wine

Heineken partnered with KLM to launch the “mile high pub”, a beer keg and dispenser that works at 35,000 feet.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland launched the 2016 Foodie Destination initiative. Applications will be accepted from July 14 to August 11.

Aviation

self-service-kiosk-copyDublin airport unveiled 18 self-service bag drop units in T1 check-in Area 13 for use by Ryanair and three further self-service bag drop units in check-in Area 7 for common-use by other airlines. This is in addition to the 42 self service kiosks in T1 for Aer Lingus passengers which comprise 32 self-service kiosks and 12 self-service bag drop units. The 12 self tag units for Aer Lingus T2 customers are touchless bag drop kiosks, which remove the need for the passenger to interact with the machine beyond depositing the bag. The machine will automatically detect the tag and assess the weight of the bag.

  • Jet2 announced a capacity increase of 25pc in its winter programme from Belfast.
  • Ryanair kept fans in the soccer mood going by announcing launched Dublin – Bratislava on Nov 11 at 11:05hrs and Bratislava – Dublin on Nov 13 at 15:15hrs.
  • Gatwick Airport opened a next-generation security area in North Terminal, the terminal Ryanair use.
  • Flybe started operating a fifth daily weekday flight between Belfast City and Leeds Bradford.
  • British Airways launched a new in-flight meditation channel on the airline’s long-haul routes, claiming former monk, Andy Puddicombe’s Headspace is packed with content designed to help travellers unwind in the air, by practicing simple meditation and mindfulness exercises.
  • TAP Portugal commenced daily operations from Lisbon to the Jetblue terminal in JFK. TAP and JetBlue recently established commercial ties, which include a code-share.
  • Air Transat increased checked baggage allowance on all new bookings for travel from November 1st.
  • Emirates are to sponsor the UTV Business Eye Awards in Belfast, which celebrate their 10th anniversary this year
  • Finnair will take over four of Norwegian’s nine weekly flights to Helsinki starting 26 March 2017. Norwegian will also extend Helsinki to year round from October, operating twice weekly.
  • Hainan’s Manchester route is going from 7w to 10w with suggestions that the three extra flights might go on to Dublin.
  • Ryanair June traffic was up 11pc with 10.6m. Load factor was up one percentage point to 94pc.
  • IAG group traffic was up 13.6pc in June.
  • Avolon is to acquire a portfolio of 45 aircraft from GECAS. Avolon appointed Lynn Guiney as head of EMEA, former MD of aviation finance at Standard Chartered. Avolon delivered an A321-200 to Frontier Airlines and an A320-200 to Air Berlin.
  • Santry Residents’ Association objected to additional night flights at Dublin Airport during refurbishment of the main runway.
  • CityJet took delivery of its second SSJ100.
  • AWAS delivered the first of two planned A330-300s to Hong Kong Airlines.

Afloat

fly cruiseRoyal Caribbean launched free flights to selected 2017 European Sailings for the first and second guest of Royal Caribbean cruises including free transfers. Irish passengers who may prefer to sail from Ireland can enjoy free port parking in Southampton. Book before September 5 for travel between Apr 19 and Nov 17 2017.

  • Lee’s Travel are to charter Jewel of the Seas on June 11 2017.
  • Irish Ferries and Haven Holidays say they are offering ‘generous discounts’ on 7, 4 and 3-night stays at any of the Haven Holidays resorts in Britain. Book by July 18 and travel July 1-25.
  • Silversea expanded its silver select promotion to voyages In 2017
  • MSC Cruises’s second Seaside ship will be named MSC Seaview. It is expected to enter service in June 2018.
  • Asian cruise line Dream Cruises announced that China’s Got Talent will provide entertainment on board the inaugural Genting Dream cruise ship.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line said that as of July 15, passengers are not allowed bring bottled water and soft drinks on cruise ships.
  • Fred Olsen Cruise Lines cancelled the next departure of the Black Watch after last week’s fire in the engine room.

Ireland

Tourism Ireland created a new online film showcasing ten Dublin attractions including areas outside the city such as Howth Head and the Phoenix Park. Tourism Ireland uploaded an online film to promote Galway International Arts Festival

Fáilte Ireland Host Spanish Media on Back of New Route to CorkFáilte Ireland and Iberia Express hosted Spanish journalists on the Madrid-Cork flight and an itinerary including Cork city, Blackrock Castle Observatory, English Market, Food Trail walking tour, Shandon Bells of St Anne’s Church, Rising Sons Craft Brewery, Kinsale and attractions such as Desmond Castle and Charles Fort Sumer Cove, Fota Wildlife Park with head warden Willie Duffy, Cobh and St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh Heritage Centre and Titanic Experience Cobh. Picture shows Ciara Sugrue and Kevin Cullinane, both Fáilte Ireland, with the group and Iberia rep.

DISCOVERING THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY BY HORSEBACKPhotographer Florian Wagner, from Bavaria, is travelling on horseback through the West of Ireland, from Mizen Head to Malin Head.

ITIC met with Lisa Kennedy, Chief Executive of ITAS, to hear more about the assistance granted to tourists. See here.

Deal Watch

Summer sales were announced this week by airlines including Emirates and South African.

Norwegian Cruise Line seven-day sale,offered up to €200 savings per stateroom on booking between July 6-12 for travel between July 13 2016 and March 31 2017.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Diverhotel Lanzarote Hotel, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €469pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes and charges, travel October. 7 nights self catering 4* Estrela do Vau Aparthotel, Praia do Vau, the Algarve from €319pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel September. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Costa Tropical Aparthotel, Fuerteventura from €459pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel October. 2 nights 4* The RE London Shoreditch Hotel, London from €179pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel August. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights full board Hellenic Classics cruise from €1,199pps incl. flights, depart July 29. 7 nights half board Hotel Golden Donaire Beach, La Pineda from €779pps, depart Knock August 16. 7 nights B&B Roda Oasis, Corfu from €469pps, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering Nirides Beach, Psalidi, Kos from €429pps, depart August 27. 7 nights half board Hotel Majestic, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €699pps, depart August 29. 7 nights self catering Katerina Palace, Argassi, Zante from €399pps, depart August 30. 7 nights half board Belvedere Hotel, Salou, Costa Dorada from €499pps, depart Cork August 30. 7 nights self catering Cosmos MarisLardos, Rhodes from €349pps, depart August 31. 7 nights Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €629pps, depart March 11 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €559pps, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €379pp, depart August 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €469pp, depart March 12 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, depart Shannon August 29. 7 nights half board 3* Cala Font Hotel, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €519pp, depart Cork August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Emerald Studios, Lardos, Rhodes from €379pp, depart August 31. 7 nights self catering 3* Loulas Village, Psarras, Corfu from €439pp, depart August 30. 7 nights self catering 3* Smaragdi, Lambi, Kos from €399pp, depart August 27. 14 nights B&B 3* Marvel Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €549pp, depart August 29. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Jewel Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €2,219pp, depart June 15 2017. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 2* Odysseus, Kavos, Corfu from €449pp, depart August 5. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 5 nights Western Caribbean cruise on board Brilliance of the Seas from €1,773pp incl. return flights, depart March 25 2017. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Freedom of the Seas from €1,609pp incl. return flights, depart May 14 2017. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €2,409pp incl. return flights, depart August 7. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Travel Department is offering 12 nights full board Mediterranean cruise from €1,629pp incl. B&B board in Venice, transfers, taxes and charges. Depart April 20 2017.

Sunway offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Costa Tropical Aparthotel, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €749pp, from €2,089 2+1, from €2,679 2+2, depart July 16 or 23. 7 nights B&B 4* Briza Beach Resort, Khao Lak from €969pp, travel September. 7 nights 5* Gems of South East Europe AmaWaterways river cruise from €1,734pp incl. shore excursions, depart August 28. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Tour America offers: 5 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €699pps, depart October 6. 4 nights Marriott Hotel Downtown, New York from €799pp. 7 nights all inclusive Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,269pp, depart October 15. 7 nights Caribbean cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas and 3 nights Doubletree by HIlton, Orlando from €1,059pp incl. car hire for port transfers, depart September 20. Visit touramerica.ie.

ITAA offers: 3 nights 3* Kyriad Disneyland Resort Paris from €199pp incl. flights, depart November 2. 3 nights Francuski hotel, Krakow from €319pp incl. flights, transfers and excursion to Auschwitz and salt mines, depart Shannon October 28. 4 nights B&B Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland from €618pp incl. return flights, airport meet and greet with tour leader, transfers and 20kg checked baggage pp, depart November 3.

irish ferries deal watchIrish Ferries and Haven Holiday are offering €60 off 7 night stays, €35 off 4 night stays and €25 off 3 night stays at any Haven resort in Britain booked by July 18 for stays until July 25. Visit irishferries.com/haven or call 0818 300 400.

Topflight offers: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Malcesine, Lake Garda from €999pps, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 3* Apartments, Fariones, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €829pps, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Astoria, Sorrento from €749pps, depart July 24. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €1,199pps, depart July 31. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €899pps, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Eddy, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €649pps, depart July 16. 7 nights half board 4* Four Views Baia, Funchal, Madeira from €719pps, depart July 21. Prices include return flights, transfers and 20kg luggage allowance. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

bus eireann deal watchBus Éireann reduced fares on its X7 Expressway return service from Dublin Airport—Dublin city—Kilkenny—Clonmel. Visit buseireann.ie.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering a 2 night B&B extension in the Angkor Holiday Hotel, Cambodia on selected tours of Vietnam incl. sightseeing in Angkor and return transfers, and a 2 night stopover in the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Hong Kong on selected group tours os China or Burma incl. half day city tour and transfer. Book by August 1 for travel August 16 to November 30, December 29 to March 31 2017, or April 17 2017 to May 31 2017. Visit wendywutours.ie or call 0818 776 380.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days highlights of Poland from €1,899pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart September 16. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering Enchanting Danube river cruise on board the River Beatrice from €1,988pps incl. flights, transfers, meal and beverages and shore excursions, depart October 30. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • July 8 Gonzalo Ceballos farewell
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • July 18 Kimpton Hotels event
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • February 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

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