TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: French Air Traffic Control turn up the heat for Euros

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Emirates senior cabin crew memeber Ciara Whelan from Castlknock mans (womans?) the business class bar on the Emirate A380 on Flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai, May 27 2016, the A380 is likely to be used on the morning flight form Dubai to Dublin as soon as Dublin Airprot is fitted out for the aircraft.

Emirates senior cabin crew member Ciara Whelan from Castleknock mans (womans?) the business class bar on the Emirate A380 on Flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai, May 27 2016.

 

Things to know about travel this week:

  • French ATC unions have Euros in their sights
  • Win a Bordeaux River Cruise with Croisi Europe & Travel Extra
  • Ireland v England travel trade match at Mount Juliet
  • Behind Ryanair’s stunning results
  • Basque-ing in gastronomic glory, Bilbao hosts the trade
  • Lady Elliot enchants international travel writers
  • Hoist the blue flag: Spain beats record, Ireland gets 85
  • Abu Dhabi pushes its family image
  • Aer Lingus adds 6 extra autumn flights
  • It’s official: There are 7,193 pubs in Ireland

Travel Extra TV

video of the week may 29 2016Video of the week: This couple awoke in Khiding pan Mabuasehube Transfrontier Park, Botswana to find two lions licking the water off their tent following a heavy downpour. Watch here.

  • Kayaker Aljaž Čuček posted spectacular footage of his friends’ trip on the Soča. Watch here.
  • To promote the launch of Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean filmed freerunning champion Pip Andersen exploring the ship. Watch here.
  • These adventurous divers found themselves surrounded by sharks. Watch here.
  • Much to the delight of Ireland’s tourism chiefs, Star War’s Chewbacca visited Kerry this week. Watch here.
  • See this American Airlines A319’s low takeoff from Maho Beach, St Maarten. Footage was captured from two angles. Watch here.
  • Emirates cabin crew took over a stadium yet again. This time, they entertained the crowds at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. Watch here.
  • Hostelworld recruited rapper 50 Cent to give an MTV Cribs inspired tour of a hostel in Barcelona in this spoof video. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

ryanair figuresRyanair’s stunning results produced some small figures, and some big ones. The important one was the average fare, down marginally to €46. The big ones were the profit, up 43pc to €1,242m and the passenger numbers, up to 106m thanks to another 5pc increase in load factors. Read more here.

French Air Traffic Control caused eight cancellations on Thursday and then announced three more days of strike action on June 3, 4 and 5, this time in opposition to changes in French Labour law. The Euros are due to start on Friday of next week, June 10. Ryanair called on the EU to allow neighbouring countries ATC direct overflights of French air space in the event of strike action. Éist anseo le Eoghan Corry, eagarthóir Travel Extra, ar Adhmhaidin ar Raidio na Gaeltachta.

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Martin Dempsey (41 points, playing off 12) and Ann Byrne (28 points, playing off 24) were the winners at the TIGS May outing, sponsored by Turkish Airlines at Mount Juliet Golf Resort on Thursday 26th May. The event attracted 70 golfers, including the team England players who were defeated 6-0 by their Irish colleagues in a match organized by team England captain Greg Evans, who described it as “a bit of a whitewash.”  Ireland’s captain was Pat Dawson with Volker Lorenz set to step into his golf shoes for next year for what both sides hope will be an annual event. Picture shows John Bowden and Colin Brodie of Team England with Martin Dempsey and Martin Skelly from Team Ireland. Team Ireland shirts were sponsored by Amadeus and Team England shirts were sponsored by Atlantic City and Expedia. For TIGS event and prize giving See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. For Ireland v England see more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Pete Mathers and Beatrice Cosgrove copyIrish visits are up 41pc to Abu Dhabi, Pete Mather of Abu Dhabi tourism told Irish travel media at an event this week. He said it is increasingly being seen as a stand alone destination. The season is year round with special children events and festivals organised for the school holiday months of July and August. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was the rated the second most popular landmark for 2016 by Tripadvisor ahead of the Taj Mahal and Ankor Wat. Beatrice Cosgrove attended on behalf of Etihad, which is counting down to the new Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal opening on July 7 2017 which will bring airport capacity up to 60m. She described a family holiday she had taken in Abu Dhabi with her children. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

vilbao gonzaloHiria, Ura y Natura (city, water and nature) was the theme when Bilbao and Bizkaia hosted the trade at Andrew Rudd’s newly-opened restaurant, Medley, on Dublin’s Fleet Street East. The Irish travel trade met with DMC Romotur, Bilbao Paso a Paso, Bitravel, North Incoming Service, STI, and Gobasquing; accommodations with 4 and 5-star ratings such as Gran Hotel Domine, Aranzazu Hotels, Ercilla Hotels, Zenit Hotels and the Ilunion Hotels; country home provider Nekatur; Bilbao Tourism Board and Bizkaia Tourism Board. Gastronomy specialities on offer included Txakoli wine and Pintxos, tapas style bites prepared by Daniel García and Jabier Gartzia, two of Bizkaia’s many Michelin-starred chefs. There are 29 Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque region with nine in Bilbao. Picture shows Joseba Ugarte, Territorial and Economic Development Department, Bizkaia Provincial Government, and Gonzalo Ceballos, Spanish Tourism Office Dublin at the event. See report here. See video hereSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. See website of tourist board.

group fraser islandQueensland Tourism hosted travel writers on a tour of Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island in the aftermath of Australian Travel Exchange. Watch here. Watch here a trip to Fraser Island with Colin Anderson and Gary Gaz Pearce. Picture shows group during a post-fam on 75 mile beach in Fraser Island: Eduardo Alves dos Santos of Mapa-Mundi in Rio de Janeiro, Brooke Hargraves of Fraser Coast Tourism, Jim Byers from Toronto, Nicole Cavazzuti from Milan, Graham Howe from South Africa. Front row: tour guide Gary ‘Gaz’ Pearce, Eoghan Corry, editor of Travel Extra, Brad Nardi of Fraser Coast tourism. See more pictures of Fraser Island here or connect with the album on Facebook. The group moved on to Lady Elliot island and saw the signature manta rays before diving and snorkelling the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef. See more pictures of Lady Elliot island here or connect with the album on Facebook. Watch here interview with Brad Nardi of Fraser Coast Tourism. Watch here interview with Maureen Murphy of Fraser Coast Tourism. Watch here interview with Ben Suddaby of Aquaview water activities. Travel Extra stopped by on NSW central Coast afterwards. Watch here a sunrise swim on Jenny Dixon beach. Watch here a cycle around Budgewoi Lake.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFour of Ireland’s most renowned beaches lost their blue flags as 85 were awarded to Ireland’s beaches and marinas. See the full list on the Travel Extra website. Spain was awarded 577 blue flags, beating their own world record of 573 in 2014. One in five Spanish beaches will fly a blue flag this year. Tenerife achieved 15 Blue Flags. Algarve in Portugal won 88 blue flags. Europe’s annual bathing water report claimed that 96pc of monitored bathing sites in the EU meet minimum standards and bathing water quality has improved. See the full list of Ireland;s blue flags here.

croisi europe 005 copyWIN: Croisi Europe have a great prize in the print edition of Travel Extra, a Bordeaux River Cruise with the Travel Extra June edition, agents have an opportunity to cruise and discover the Bordeaux Region and it’s vineyards, on board Europe’s finest River cruise line, CroisiEurope, by checking out this link and answering three simple questions (T & Cs apply)..

Travel Trade

Topflight Winner Liz Kerr Sheila Deasy copyPicture shows Liz Kerr, Topflight Representative in Cork Airport and Sheila Deasy of Lee Travel, the fourth winner of the Topflight family holiday competition, a holiday in the highly sought after four star Bella Italia complex in Pescheira, Lake Garda. Next week’s prize for the final week of Hello Summer family holiday giveaway will be Madeira. Travel agents who books a Great for Kids property during the week will be entered into a draw to win a family holiday to four star Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel in Funchal.

The inaugural winner of the ‘Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year’ will be announced on Tuesday in the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar, Dublin 2. There are 10 photographs in the running following the public vote which took place on the Topflight Facebook competition page. See here link to the 24 images.

emirates enda kenny at irish open1 copyPicture shows Rebecca Mules and Enya Barry of Emirates Cabin crew,  James Finnegan of the European Tour, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ireland country manager of Emirates Enda Corneille, model Rosanna Davison and Danniella Sermons and Viridiana Carleo of Emirates cabin crew at the Irish Open in Straffan.

Pennsylvania & American airlines 001 copyPicture shows Pennsylvania and American Airlines group who hosted the trade and media in Dublin at separate events, Mara Sultan of Discover Lancaster, Svetlana Yazovskikh of Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Michael Chapaloney of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Fiona Noonan and Caitriona Toner of American Airlines, Greg Evans of The Greg Evans Consultancy Limited, David Thomas of American Airlines, Ann Pilcher of the Pocono Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greg Edevane of The Countryside of Philadelphia, Audrey Bialas of Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau and Marc Kaminetsky of the Countryside of Philadelphia

GEAROID MANNION HEAD SHOT copyGearóid Mannion joined Travel Counsellors having closed the Ennis based travel agency founded by his father has closed after 52 years in a move that Travel Counsellors described as “franchise” See here.

cork catalan eventPictured at the Catalan Tourist Board Spanish Themed evening at the Sternview Gallery at Nash 19 Restaurant in Cork hosted by Cork Airport were: Sean Healy of Lee Travel and Anita Gackowska ofCork Airport.

cisocunt mukesh awardMukesh Sharma of World Travel Centre, received the Aer Lingus “Outstanding Contribution” Award at IoD Headquarters. Picture shows Sherry Freeman of Aer Lingus Cabin crew, Mukesh Sharma of World Travel Centre, Andrea Hunter, Business Development Manager, Aer Lingus and Wendy Austin of BBCGroup mauritius copy

Mauritius tourist arrivals are up by 12.5pc in the first quarter of 2016. John McKibbin of Getabed and Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines hosted a group of agents on a fam trip to Istanbul and Mauritius:: John McKibbin of Getabed, Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines, Jayne O’Shea of Limerick Travel, Ciara Kilpatrick of Classic Resorts, Jennifer Kearney of Gohop Tropicalsky, Roisin Carbery of Tropical Sky, Michelle Lyons of Fahy Travel Worldchoice, Orla Barcoe of Manning Travel, Helen Blackmore of WTC, Angela Heather of Oasis Travel, Karen Kelly of Feherty Travel, Jean Collins of Chaka Travel, Aneta Kwiatkowska of Heffernans Travel and Donna Olohan of Travel Counsellors, See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs has drafted in 227 temporary clerical workers to help clear 68,281 passport applications. There is currently a backlog of 13.5pc – 9,217 applications.
  • Affordable Car Hire secret shopper is offering agents €50 cash. See here
  • Ryanair Schools Travel service has been granted a travel agent’s licence by the Commission for Aviation Regulation, ahead of its launch in September,
  • Travel suppliers were invited to join some international travel media at Australian Tourism Exchange for a discussion on storytelling in the digital age. Listen here.
  • Croatia Tours Summer Agent Incentive is offering a €30 voucher for any shop for a two-centre or multi-centre package booking. Email to Sharon@croatia.ie
  • Aeroméxico and Travelport agreed on a partnership including new digital services with MTT. Travelport launched a new XML solution with Movida liveamadeus mobile
  • Boston Consulting Group and Amadeus launch a new itinerary management app, see here. Amadeus Ancillary Services has signed 108 airlines and 75 carriers.
  • Aoife Delaney, Director of Global Sales of Ovation Global DMC was given the Pacesetter Award 2016 by the Convention Industry Council.
  • Travel company employees were targeted in a phishing scam.
  • Tour America’s Deirdre Grant co-hosts a travel show on the Keep It Country Music Channel. It airs Mondays at 2pm with repeats on Fridays at 4pm.
  • Wendy Wu Tour is offering agents to change to earn a €50 One4all voucher for every booking made during May.

Hotels

Dalata went back on the acquisition trail paying €22m per acre for one Dublin development site and €8m for another city centre hotel site.

  • Kimpton opened two new properties in Washington DC and Winston-Salem and plans two more in 2017 for Charlotte, North Carolina. See here.
  • Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel is searching for Ireland’s best young garden designer, aged 14 and under, to create a flowerbed themed around their 40 years in business and N Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink. Email before June 30.
  • Isola Beach Club at Blue Palace Resort and Spa in Crete opens in July 2016.
  • A Trivago.ie survey showed prices in Lille for Ireland vs Italy averaged €559 and fans can save 300pc by staying in Kortrijk in Belgium rather than Lille.
  • Hastings Hotels launched a Summer Spa Experience at the Slieve Donard in Newcastle, Co Down.
  • Jet2 holidays rolled out a resort check-in service.
  • Dublin footballers Alan and Bernard Brogan, along with their father Bernard Brogan Snr, reportedly paid €8m for the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne.
  • Accor Hotels said it hopes to double its presence in India by 2020.

International

  • Ramadan begins on Monday after next weekend, which will mean curtailed alcohol service in lounges in the Middle East. Airline service continues as normal, although cabin crew will discreetly ask passengers if they are fasting in advance of the flight. Those who are fasting will be given lunch boxes if it is late in the evening.
  • Denyse Woods (aka Denyse Devlin) from Inniscarra, Co Cork, won the contest to write in Ernest Hemingway’s Key West Studio from an entry of 2,100 in the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest. See here.
  • The internet hissed with the story of Attaporn Boonmakchuay, the Bangkok man who got bitten on his penis by a 10 foot python while sitting on the toilet.
  • Massachusetts officials posted warnings for bicycle riders throughout three popular state parks about “wire cable being maliciously strung” to snare cyclists passing through.petra klaus_4277
  • Germany reported an 8.9pc increase for visitors from Ireland in the first three months of 2016. Should Michael O’Leary’s attempt to increase market share in Germany be successful these numbers are going to go one direction. Watch here interview with Klaus Lohmann at Germany TM. Hier zuhoeren to Patra Hedorfer’s comments about low coast airlines and the benefit of point to point routes for German tourism. Picture shows Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board and Klaus Lohmann director of the Ireland and Britain office of German tourism.
  • Irish visitors to Portugal in March were up 14,9pc on march 2015 and overnight stays up 16pc. Algarve was up 41.6pc in guests and 58.1pc in overnight. Madeira up 8.5pc in guests and up 5,2pc in overnights, Azores was up 90.5pc in guests and up 194.5pc in overnights and Alentejo up 17.9pc in guests. Portugal Centro was up 16.1pc in Irish guests and up 16.4pc on overnights, Ireland is the third fastest growing market after Spain and Italy. Porto was up 33.4pc in guests and 24.9pc in overnights.
  • The head of security for the US Transportation Security Administration has been removed from his position in an attempt by the agency to address the issue of long airport queues
  • According to the Greek Statistical Authority Irish visitors to Greece in 2015 were 72,654 compared to 69,532 in 2014, an increase of 4.5pc.
  • sandra chipchase eoghan corryVivid in Sydney opened this week with the opening ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art. See here. Picture shows CEO of NSW tourism and director of Vivid Sandra Chichase with Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra at the launch.
  • SITA said at the Air Transport IT Summit in Barcelona that its blockchain technology could speed immigration process through use of biometrics.
  • Disney World in Orlando honoured a woman’s unused ticket from 1994, the ticket was issued when she was just four.
  • Gosford Classic Car Museum on NSW Central Coast is to become home to the world’s largest classic car museum, a collection of over 400 cars and motorcycles, including Vintage classics, supercars, modern classics and military, all housed in a display space just under 11,000sqm. See here interview with Leanne Dyer of Central Coast Tourism.
  • American Express acquired SMT, a subsidiary of Finnair.
  • An English tourist was hospitalised after downing 75 shotes as a dare in a bar in Magaluf said he is going straight out drinking again.

Food and Wine

tony foley dcuResearch by DCU economist Tony Foley (that was funded by the drinks industry) suggested the combined drinks and hospitality sector supports 204,000 jobs across Ireland. See here. He enumerate 7,193 pubs in Ireland.

The Westbury partnered with the National College of Art and Design to create an Afternoon Tea designed by the college’s fashion design students.

Hail to the chef: President Obama dined with Anthony Bourdain.ncad westbury afteroon tea

Lough Derg foodPictured at the launch of A Taste of Lough Derg 2016: Catherine Lewis of Lakeside Hotel, Nuala Kilkenny of Nuala’s Bar & Restaurant, Jana Mannion of The Boathouse at Annacarriga Estate, Patricia Farrell of Wilde Irish Chocolates, Peter Ward of Country Choice Nenagh & The Milk Market, Limerick, Anna Manley of Tuscany Bistro Ballina Killaloe, Ger English of East Clare Coop, Eashan O’Flynn of Tuscany Bistro Ballina Killaloe and Marie O’Brien of East Clare Tourism.

Aviation

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Pat Byrne
and Cathal O’ Connell took delivery of CityJet‘s first Superjet SSJ100 at a ceremony in Venice. CityJet will lease 15 Superjet SSJ100 aircraft with an option for an additional 16.

Aer Lingus have put back (second time) the relaunch of their Frequent Flyer Programme.  The change over from the Gold Circle Club to the new AerClub has now been differed till the end of 2016.

Ryanair turned in their best margin since 2005 and a record profit of €1,242m, up 43pc. Average fare was down marginally to €46  Passenger numbers up 18pc to 106m Load factor was up 5 points to 93pc. Unit costs were down 6pc (ex-fuel was down 2pc)  See here for Travel Extra analysis of Ryanair’s stunning financial result. Joe Gill of Goodbody stockbrokers, the analyst seen as so close to Ryanair management that he occasionally serves as a spokesman for the airline, described the transition of the airline as something far more profound than moving from nasty to nice.

Lanzarote_5644 copyAer Lingus announced six extra autumn flights a week and 13,000 aditional seats to Malaga and the Canaries. Lanzarote goes daily from 5w, Las Palmas Gran Canaria grows to 5w from 4w, Tenerife grows to 6w from 5w and Malaga grows to 19w from 17w. Picture shows Kathryn McDonnell of the Spanish Tourist Board and John Keogh of Aer Lingus  Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh said he expects to upgrade Los Angeles to daily from 4w and upgrade San Francisco is an A330-300.

  • Swords-based ASL Aviation acquired TNT Airways (Belgium) and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas (Spain). The airlines will be renamed ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines Spain. The addition of 35 aircraft brings the ASL fleet to 130 cargo and passenger aircraft. ASL now have 2,500 staff from 51 nationalities
  • The management of Oslo-Rygge decided to close the airport from November should Ryanair pull out as they have threatened to do in November.
  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were lobbied by opponents to the Norwegian Air International Cork and Shannon startup to Boston, still waiting approval. See Noregina’s video here.
  • Dublin Airport recorded 2.2m passengers in April up 10pc increase on April 2015, which included Easter.. Britain was up 11pc to 812,000, transatlantic up 19pc tp 196,000, international routes 5down 6pc to 8,000 due to reduction in Etihad capacity and domestivc up 16pc to a negligible 7,500,.
  • Aer Rianta International net profit grew 19pc to €22m in 2015,
  • Jet2.com and Jet2holidaysadded 58 more flights to fantastic destinations from Belfast to Alicante, Faro, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Palma and Tenerife for winter 2016-7.
  • British Airways launchesd a new flight from heathrow to Santiago de Chile.
  • A man was arrested for breaching security at Shannon Airport.
  • Aireon LLC completed a service delivery point Factory Acceptance Test with the Irish Aviation Authority, a step towards deploying space-based ADS-B in Irish airspace
  • Virgin Australia’s new premium economy product Listen here..
  • Just hours after the crash of EgyptAir crash in the Mediterranean, a Delta Air Lines charter flight from Frankfurt to Kuwait came close to a potential disaster in the same area when it was intercepted by fighter jets.
  • Transport officials hinted at expanding US pre-clearance at Irish airports.
  • Aer Lingus marked its 80th birthday by flying a six-seater De Havilland 84 Dragon to Bristol.

turkish airlines meet europes bestTurkish Airlines launched its ‘Meet Europe’s Best’ marketing campaign as part of its Euros 2016 promotion. Watch here to promo video.

  • The Irish Aviation Authority completed its first service test by Aireon in its bid to operate  Aireon’s ALERT emergency tracking equipment.
  • Shannon Airport expects to official reopen its lounge and European departure gates next month.
  • Avolon delivered an A320-200 to VietJet.

Afloat

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas in St Nazaire, February 17 2016Celebrity Cruises is to hike its automatic daily gratuity from July 1, 2016up to $13.50 from $12.95 per person, per day and to $14 in Concierge-class and $17 in AquaClass.

Royal Caribbean ordered a fifth ship in the 5,479-passenger Oasis class Saint-Nazaire’s STX shipyard for delivery 2021.

Celebrity Cruises ordered a third and fourth ships in its “small-ship itinerary” Edge Class, scheduled for delivery 2018, 2020 and now 2021 and 2022. Edge-class ships will be smaller than the line’s Solstice Class but larger than the Millennial Class.

Thomson Cruises’ TUI Discovery entered wet dock and will depart Cadiz for Palma on June 5, and commence service on June 11. The 1,830-passenger ship which contains 915 cabins, 40pc with balconies and spans 11 decks will become the largest ship in Thomson Cruises’ fleet.

  •  Watch here Dawn Conway of Sunway on board the ship, watch here the ship arriving in Southampton, watch here Irish agents at the pre-launch event on board Harmony of the Seas
  • SuperBreak partnered with A-ROSA for short break river cruise packages.
  • Empress of the Seas returned to service in Miami for Royal Caribbean after a $50m makeover two months later than originally planned.
  • Regent named Princess Charlene of Monaco as Godmother of Seven Seas Explorer
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages has partnered with taxi comparison service Minicabit to offer fixed price taxi or executive car services online.
  • American Constellation will be the name of American Cruise Lines new 170-passenger vessel.

Ireland

NISRA reported that the north received 2m overseas tourists in 2015, up 10pc.

Padraig dalton of the CSOThe CSO reported overseas visitors up 16pc in February-April 2016. N America is up 20pc, Britain is up 18.6pc and the mainland up 13pc (Italy up 14pc, Spain up 17pc, France up 10pc,, Germany up 7.4pc, Scandinavia up 11.5pc and Benelux up 31pc. Picture is Padraig Dalton of the CSO.

tourism ireland golfThe K Club attendance for the Irish Open was well short of the 120,000 record for the tournament at 81,734, with 25,000 there on Sunday. The tournament saw thunder, lightning, hailstones and torrential rain, the only thing they didn’t have was snow. Picture shows Paul Collins, North and West Coast Links; Simon Wallace, Lough Erne Resort; Áine Mangan, Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance; Joseph Cruise, Tourism Ireland; and Fergus Gannon, G Golf Ireland, at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. They were at the Tourism Ireland stand at the BMW in Wentworth to promote golf in Ireland.

Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna launched Kildare Failte’s new food tourism festival to coincide with Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh Racecourse from June 24th to 26th

royal cork yacht clubRoyal Cork Yacht Club is open on Sunday June 5 to families and anyone interested in sailing to come along and try sailing.

ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN TO SHOWCASE NORTHERN IRELAND TO MILLIONS OFTourism Ireland unveiled the fifth Door of Thrones in Frank Owens Bar in Limavady.

Enniskillen’s new water taxi tours include stops the monastic site of Devenish Island, Crom Castle, Belle Isle Estate and Castle Archdale Forest Park & Marina.

Kathryn Thomas’s sister Linda has joined her bootcamp project which will be homed in Kenmare and Temple Lodge and Spa in Westmeath.

jim o'malleyAuthor Jim O’Malley will talk at the Blackwater School hall in Lismore at the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing on Sunday, June 19th at 7.30pm.

Kite Surfing pioneer Niall Roche will open a new watersports centre, Hooked on Rosslare on June 13.

NI Festival of Cycling takes place June 3 to 19. Events include a foodie cycle tour of Derry, Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails and the Crooked Lake Duathlon. See discovernorthernireland.com.

2f07e42Sad news,  Eckhard Gogsch of PG Tourism Services died earlier this week. The Bodensee native became an acclaimed tour guide in Killarney and co-founded PG Tourism Services with his wife Patricia in 2000.

Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan launched the Wild Atlantic Passport, a promotional souvenir.

City Sightseeing Dublin is offering a free vintage bus tour for Bloomsday, departing The Hugh Lane Gallery at 10.15 and 12.15 on June 16.

Deal Watch

  • thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Riu Lupita Playacar, Mexico from €1,069pps, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Marvel Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €569pps, depart June 14. 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Suite Princess, Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria from €849pps, depart June 16. 7 nights B&B Hesperia Lanzarote Puerto Calero from €779pps, depart Shannon June 18. 7 nights B&B La Isla Y El Mar Puerto Del Carmen from €699pps, depart Cork June 18. 14 nights all inclusive ClubHotel Rio Ocho Rios, Jamaica from €1,119pps, depart June 19. 7 nights all inclusive Julian Club Hotel, Marmaris, Dalaman from €479pps, depart June 20. 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Haiti, Ca’n Picaford, Majorca from €789pps, depart June 21. 7 nights Moorish Delights cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €869pps, depart June 14. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
  • Celebrity Cruises are offering $400 holiday spending money when booking a cruise.
  • Bus Éireann Eurolines offeried return services to Euro 2016 fixtures in France from €58 via Dublin Port with Irish Ferries.
  • Click and Go offers: 3 nights 4* Albani Rome Hotel from €329pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights self catering 4* Sunset Beach Club Apartments, Benalmadena, Costa del Sol from €469pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in September. 7 nights half board 4* Hesperia Sabinal Hotel, Roquestas de Mar, Costa de Almeria from €549pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights B&B 4* Blue Sea Puerto Resort Hotel, Tenerife from €479pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.
  • Sunway offers: 9 days G Adventures Cambodia tour from €1,359pp, depart June 8. 8 days G Adventures Cuba tour from €1,429pp, depart September 15. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Cala’n Format from €299pp. 14 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kuşadası from €599pp. 9 nights B&B 3* accommodation Vietnam from €1,669pp, depart September 26. 7 nights 3* Butterfly Beach Hotel, Barbados from €1,139pp, depart September 14. 3 nights 3* Circus Circus Hotel, Las Vegas from €585pp, depart September 29. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.
  • falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive Holiday Village Rhodes from €2,759 2+1, from €4,039 2+2, depart June 8. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Azul Fives, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,889pp, from €5,639 2+1, from €7,235 2+2, depart June 13. 14 nights all inclusive Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica from €1,299pp, from €3,719 2+1, from €5,379 2+2, depart June 19. 7 nights all inclusive Holiday Village Seaview Ibiza from €3,799 2+1, from €4,239 2+2, depart July 14. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
  • Lowcostbeds offers based on 7 nights 2 sharing, depart June 7: 3* Salou Pacific from €15pppn self catering. 3* Salou Suite from €22pppn self catering. 3* Deya, Santa Ponsa from €26pppn self catering. 3* Sunbeach, Santa Ponsa from €32pppn self catering. 3* Aqua Marinha Hotel, Albuferia from €25pppn. 3* Algarve Gardens from €20pppn self catering. Visit lowcostbeds.com.
  • Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,669pp, depart July 31. 13 nights Canaries and North Africa cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,639pp, depart October 28. 15 nights New Zealand cruise on board Ovation of the Seas from €5,549pp incl. all inclusive drinks, depart December 15. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.
  • Wendy Wu Tours is offering up to €1,000 per couple off Emirates flights ex Dublin. Other offers: 11 days all inclusive Jewels of Japan group tour from €5,290pp. 13 days all inclusive Discover Japan group tour from €5,690pp. 11 days all inclusive Sapporo and Snow Monkeys group tour from €7,815pp. Wendy Wu Tours is offering no single room supplement on select tours ex Belfast.
  • Travel Department is offering 7 nights half board Northern Portugal and Santiago de Compostela tour from €799pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges, transfers and excursions, depart October 10.
  • Topflight worldwide offer: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Kuramathi Island Resort from €2,499pp incl. return flights, baggage, taxes and speedboat transfer, 3 night add on to 5* Hotel Movenpick Ibn Battuta, Dubai €199pp, visit topflight.ie or call  01 240 1788. Europe offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Baia Azul from €399pps, depart June 2. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel from €519pps, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 2* Jable Bermudas Apartments from €489pps, depart June 4. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel San Antonio from €769pps, depart June 4. 7 nights self catering 4* Garda Village from €469pps, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Astoria from €699pps, depart June 5. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.
  • Contiki is offering 9 days Hai Island from €1,395pps incl. flights and transfers. Book by June 30. Depart September 30. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.
  • Insight Vacations is offering a 10-day tour of Germany from €2,239pps incl. flights and transfers. Depart July 15. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day Paris and Normandy river cruise on board River Baroness from €2,059pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions. Book by June 30. Depart October 16. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 14 Skal function, Merrion Hotel
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th Trade birthday party, details TBA
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • 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 15 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 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch

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

Previous editions of Travel Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues
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
July/August 2015: Wintersun issue
June 2015: USA issue

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Harmony: A Ship Off the New Block

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Whale watching excursion on Fraser Island, Queensland, May 19 2016

Whale watching excursion on Fraser Island, Queensland,

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Things to know about travel this week:

  • Big ship, big party: Harmony impresses Irish agents
  • US embassy vows to clear up Travel Bug J-1 visa mess
  • Australia postpones backpacker tax
  • Irish visits to Australia yerown 6pc
  • French ATC strike for 46th time
  • Aer Lingus launch Pisa and Montpelier
  • Topflight holiday goes to Navan woman
  • MSR804’s 360-degree mystery
  • Etihad’s headrest: The microwave of the skies?

Travel Extra TV

video of the week may 22Video of the week: A kayaker’s close encounter with a sharkWatch here

  • LAX uploaded a video to mark the return of Aer Lingus. Watch here.
  • See Cork Airport’s ‘Gateway to the South’ promo video. Watch here.
  • A bike ride not for the faint-hearted. Watch here.
  • Freestyle footballer René Mathussek shows off his skills in Cape Town. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

bernie groupIn keeping with tradition Connacht agents were last to bed when Jennifer Callister, Jenny Rafter and Michaela Banks hosted 200 Irish agents on board Harmony of the Seas for a pre launch cruise. The ship is 30cm wider than its sisters in class, and the difference is notable in cabin space. While Royal Caribbean used to refrain from claiming the biggest cruise ship in the world, CEO Michael Bayley has no such inhibitions. London based two country agency sales director for Royal Caribbean Ben Bouldin says that Royal were happy that Irish agents were over-represented at the launch, “The likes of Tour America, Clubworld, Oasis, and American Holidays, they tend to over index versus their counterparts. They are bit more flexible in terms of staff trying to get time off than the likes of Thomas Cook or TUI. We deliberately go out of our way to put the right focus on it. We don’t penny pinch. When we can we host agents overnight rather than a port ship visit, which is like seeing the ship with the lights off.” Listen here to his comments about Royal Caribbean;’s relationship with agents and watch here general interview with Ben BouldinWatch here Stuart Leven speaking about the new ship. Watch here Harmony’s arrival in Southampton from the air and watch here Steve Carrett’s port side view. Watch here Gina Kramer’s trip down the Abyss water slide. Picture shows Bernie Burke of Travel Centres, Jenny Rafter of Royal Caribbean and Pamela Brownlee of Cruisesforyou. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Caroline Joyce of Travel Bug

Caroline Joyce of Travel Bug

Changes in the J1 visa scheme have been causing surprisingly few problems so far for students and the agencies who process most of their applications, Sayit and USIT. This week, however, problems arose with applications made through with Caroline Joyce‘s Castlebar agency Travel Bug Ltd and, more specifically, their independent US programme sponsor, American Work Adventures. The US embassy said that Irish J-1 Summer Work and Travel applicants who apply for visas between May 23 and June 17, and whose visas are approved, will be permitted to collect their passports from the US Embassy in Ballsbridge within two working days after their scheduled interviews. Passport/visa collection will be at 2pm and must be in person. In a small number of visa applications, additional administrative processing may be required. If that situation applies to any J-1 SWT applicant, US Embassy Dublin will contact the applicants immediately. From this year applicants have to provide evidence of a pre-arranged job in the United States as part of their J-1 applications. Listen to discussion on RTE’s Liveline on Wednesday (listen here), Thursday (listen here) and Friday (listen here).

Declan Kearney, Amanda Keegan, Fergal Healy and Stephen O'Reilly.An Aer Lingus Airbus A330-214 named for St Eugene of Kilnamanagh and Ardstraw performed the inaugural flight EI540 to Montpellier, registration EI DEP, from Dublin airport at 12.50pm on Friday. Aer Lingus now offers a 2w service between Dublin and Montpellier on Mondays and Fridays between May and September with fares starting from €67.99 one-way on aerlingus.com. Picture shows Declan Kearney, Director of Communications at Aer Lingus with first passengers Amanda Keegan and Fergal Healy and Stephen O’Reilly of Dublin Airport. Watch here an introduction to Montpelier by tour guide Celine Dupin. Watch here a report on a press trip to Montpelier. Watch here a report of a press trip to the Midi-Pyrenees region. Watch here Anne Romiguerre introducing the French heritage village of Conques and watch here Marine Gil introducing Albi. Aer Lingus’ inaugural flight EI428 from Dublin to Pisa, an Airbus A330-200, named St Ibar, registration EI DEM, took off from Dublin airport at 7.15am on Monday. Fares on the 3w service on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays start from €79.99 one-way, including taxes and charges, for travel between May and September.

French air traffic controllers struck again on Thursday, ostensibly over changes in terms and conditions for new starters, the fifth strike in the last two months, and the 46th in the last seven years. Orly was worst affected, with 15pc of flights cancelled. The strike seems to be tied in to a bigger battle to reform French labour law that could ground flights in the crucial weeks coming to and during the Euro 2016 championships.

Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra and John O'Sullivan CEO of Tourism Australia at Australian Tourism Exchange in Surfer's Paradise, Queensland, May 14 2016

The Australian government is to delay its plan to introduce a so-called backpacker tax. Tourists on working holiday visas were set to be excluded from the country’s tax-free threshold from July 1. Under the plan they would have been taxed at 32.5c for every dollar they earned in Australia. Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer said on Tuesday that the tax would be deferred for six months. Other issues raised at Australian Tourism Exchange in Gold Coast include the 11pm to 6am curfew that closes Sydney airport every night (watch here Minister Steve Ciobo’s response to Travel Extra’s question at the press conference) and the impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef (watch here the comments of Queensland Tourism CEO Leanne Coddington about increased tourism could help preserve the Reef). Tourism Australia intends rolling out the Aussie specialist programme to the Irish travel trade in September. Watch here and here John O’Sullivan’s comments about the continued importance of the travel trade to Tourism Australia. Watch here John O’Sullivan’s full presentation at the event. Watch here Minister Steve Ciobo’s speech at ATE. Watch here the speech by Queensland Tourism CEO Leanne Coddington. Visits to Australia from Ireland declined 6pc in 2015 to 58,100 from 61,800 and the decline continued in Jan-March 2016, down 3.7pc to 18,400 from 19,100. Update on working visas is down 5pc overall and more than 8pc from Ireland. Picture shows Eoghan Corry with John O’Sullivan, CEO of Tourism Australia. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

lady elliot islandDuring Australian Tourism Exchange Queensland tourism showcased the activities around Surfer’s Paradise to 83 domestic and international travel media who stayed in the Gold Coast. Watch here a report of the trip taken by Travel Extra. We also participated in a post-ATE familiarisation tour of the Fraser Coast and Lady Elliot Island. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The sudden spin detected from Egyptair flight MSR804 before its loss with 56 passengers and 10 crew 200 km north of the Egyptian coast line has been exercising the minds of aviation watchers across Europe. Greek military authorities earlier reported that their primary radar showed the aircraft suddenly taking a 90 degree turn left, followed by a 360 degrees turn in the opposite direction as it descended from FL370 to FL150 before disappearing off radars. The aircraft departed Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, at 23:21 hours local time on May 18. Scheduled departure time was 22:45 hours. This was just the 13th fatal accident involving in the A320 family of which there are 6,631 in service. Read here Eoghan Corry’s article about the incident in the Irish Independent and listen here to Ted Carroll and Eoghan Corry discussing the incident on RTÉ Radio 1. Read here Conor McMahon of Travel Extra‘s comments in the Irish Examiner on the impact of the Egyptair incident on share prices.

The report was published into the dramatic United23 Newark-Dublin descent (FL250-235) in 2013 (watch here) indicated that a minor weather event had led to unreliable data in the cockpit, the crew responded in a fraught fashion, there was poor cockpit communication, and mistaken diagnoses and choices. The incident resulted in minor injuries to cabin crew and passengers.

caitriona daveDavid Thomas Regional Director of American Airlines told Travel Extra that the airline is looking at the end of 2017 to have their new Premium Economy product installed on all their International long haul aircraft. The first aircraft type to be delivered with the product installed will be their new Boeing 787-900 Dreamliners, The current fleet of B777-300ER’s, B777-200ER’s, B787-800’s and A330’s will all be retrofitted. None of the B767-300’s will be retrofitted, as these are scheduled for retirement in the coming years to leave. Premium economy will offer passengers a leather seat with 38 inches pitch, personal on demand IFE, large touchscreen monitors and noise reduction headphones. The product also comes with priority check-in & boarding, two checked bags free of charge, amenity kits and enhanced meal service. Picture shows Caitriona Toner and Dave Thomas of American Airlines.See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

etihad smartseatThe Etihad truck roadshow event at Croke Park showcased their economy, business and first class products for the trade. What stood out for us was their patented “smart seat” with the fixed wing headrest. A simple idea but one that will make a huge difference to passengers, giving the chance to rest without having your head falling down while sleeping. This may be the equivalent of the microwave in kitchens, as far as the passenger experience is concerned. A wonderful, simple idea that most airlines executives will say “Why did I not think of that?” Of note also was the provision of power points on their new “Smart Seat”. These are located just below the TV screen and make available USB charging and a regular plug, which I am told will accept 99pc of world plugs, for the other 1pc, Etihad will have adapters available for passengers to use.video-michael-ring

The, er, ringing tones of Michael Ring will not longer be heard at the Irish function at World Travel Market, having achieved cult status as the best ministerial speech of the event. The new Minister of State for Tourism is Patrick O’Donovan whose name is familiar to anyone who has driven through west Limerick. Good news for Shannon. However, Travel Extra will miss Michael Ring. Listen here to his speech at WTM 2014 or watch here.

Travel Trade

michelle mcdonagh maurice sheilsPictured with Maurice Shiels of Topflight with Michelle McDonagh from Navan Travel, the second winner in the Topflight Hello Summer Family Holiday Giveaway. Michelle won a holiday at the four star Vila Petra Aparthotel in Albufeira. Next week’s Topflight winner will be heading to Lake Garda in Italy. Travel agents who book a ‘Great for Kids’ property during the week will be entered into a draw to win a family holiday to the four star Bella Italia complex in Lake Garda.

Celebrity Cruises have over 10 Celebrity Moment winners for Ireland on celebrityrewards.com, the agents with the most bookings in May and June will win €300 plus an award and surprises. Travel agents are earning up to €12 per booking in the Celebrity Rewards Scheme. Bookings remain on there for eight weeks.

IMG_1246 copyAntonio Martin, the popular representative of Andalusian Tourist Board, along with Gonzalo Ceballos and the Spanish Tourist Office team in Ireland, hosted Irish travel trade and media at a workshop and meal in the Dining Hall in Trinity College to point out direct connections with Malaga, Almeria and Seville giving easy access to the region as well as the AVE high speed train connections to Malaga, Seville and Cordoba. Guest of honour for the evening was José María Rodríguez, Ambassador of Spain. Entertainment was provided by renowned tenor and double basse Miguel Sànchez, pianist Bernardo Jiménez and the acoustic guitarist Adriano Lozano. In 2015 Andalucía accounted for 21.6pc of Irish tourism to Spain, 299,165 visits. Picture Pat Dawson CEO of the ITAA, Gonzalo Ceballos of the Spanish Tourist board and Antonio Martin of Andalusia Tourist Board. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

sunway groupPicture shows agents on a Sunway fam trip to the Algarve in the Pestana Alvor. The Sunway team and a group of travel agents spent four nights in the Algarve, Portugal staying two nights each in the four star Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel, Albufeira and 2 nights in the four star Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel, Alvor. The group visited popular Sunway properties ranging from self-catering apartments to 5 star deluxe hotels in Albufeira, Praia da Oura, Da Balaia, Santa Eulalia, Falesia, Vilamoura, Alvor, Carvoeiro, Portimao and Praia da Rocha. They dined in Club Med Da Balaia, Epic Sana Algarve Hotel, Monte Santo Resort and local restaurants. Sunway offer holidays to the Algarve from €379pp this summer including flights, accommodation, 20kg baggage, transfers and services of a Sunway representative. Picture shows Hilary Mahon of Sunway, Linda Bradshaw of Sunway, Carmel Kehoe of Roscrea Travel, Emma Dinan of Douglas Travel, David Lacey of Paraic Keogh Travel, Rebecca McAreave of O’Hanrahan Travel, Tom Donohoe of Strand Travel, Gaynor Cunningham of Best4Travel, Georgina Kelly of Travel Broker, Judy Coughlan of Dawson Travel Ciara Sweeney of Corrib Travel and Samantha Gavigan of Kanes Travel. Not in picture Jeanette Taylor of Sunway.

emiratesEmirates hosted travel trade, corporate customers and guests at the Irish Open in the K Club. Three takeaways from the event: Emirates will take delivery of 36 new aircraft this year, and retire 26 older planes as part of its fleet renewal strategy. The new B777 aircraft arriving form November will feature the revamped business class seats manufactured at Kilkeel, Co Down that Travel Extra saw earlier this year at ITB. A new first class suite product will be launched by next year. Emirates have introduced a seventh daily Bangkok frequency and will introduce a third daily Dubai to Cape Town service from July 4th and have opened a new two-level premium lounge in Cape Town with a capacity of 120. Picture shows Lisa Rabbitte and Anita Thomas of Emirates. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • Travelport signed with Conferma for a hotel billback solution. Travelport was member of a consortium awarded EU funding to create online travel planning tool.
  • The British National Assembly of Skål International takes place in Belfast on September 22-25.
  • Sunway‘s 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch Is scheduled for September 28. Kathy Cashe celebrated 20 Years with the tour operator.
  • Wesley Pentland, Edmund Hourican and Nicholas Parsons at the NI Travel and Tourism Awards in 1992
  • Jonathan Adair  and Brian Ogle launched the Northern Ireland Tourism and Travel Awards, sponsored by Blue Insurance. The event, now in its 25th year, takes place at the Slieve Donard on October 21. Picture shows Wesley Pentland, Edmund Hourican and Nicholas Parsons at the NI Travel and Tourism Awards in 1992.
  • CLIA launched new Travel Agent Initiatives at their 10th Anniversary Conference.
  • Amadeus published their Tourism Economics compiled from expert interviews with global luxury travel experts across specialist travel concierge agencies, airlines, hoteliers and intermediary suppliers through Connections, a global networking event organiser for luxury travel providers.
  • Ed Finn’s new travel TV programme Never Been North airs at 8.00pm on TV3 on Friday, May 27.

Hotels

  • Propriétés & Co opened Chateau de La Redorte on the Canal du Midi in the Minervois region.
  • Robert De Niro applied for planning permission to open an 83-room boutique hotel in London’s Covent Garden in 2019.
  • Canopy by Hilton is to open a property in Washington DC in late 2017.
  • Marriott are to open the 336-room Marriott Bonn World Conference Hotel at the end of this month.

International

  • The Latin American Travel Association launched a new website. See here.
  • The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will open July 4. See here
  • Thailand hosted 40 media representatives from across Europe and the Middle East attended the welcome reception that kick started the eight-day mega joint fam trip, featuring Eastern Seaboard Thailand.

Food & Wine

  • The Campo Viejo Tapas Trail returns to Dublin (Tuesday and Sundays, June 7 to July 3), Cork (Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 12 to 27) and Galway (Wednesdays and Sundays, August 24, 28, 31 and September 7). Tickets €30, see campoviejotapastrail.ie.
  • Delphi Resort is hosting a series of culinary events from June until the end of the year. The first event, a collaboration with Connemara Smokehouse, takes place June 12.
  • Sheridans Cheesemongers hosted a family-friendly food festival in Pottlereagh, Co Meath next Sunday, May 29. Events include cow-milking, cheese making, chocolate class and over 80 food stalls. Admission is €5 per car and free for attendees traveling by bike or on foot.

Aviation

ryanairStarting September 1, Ryanair will fly from Luxembourg daily to London Stansted and 5w to Porto. Ryanair was reported to the Metropolitan Police by English leave the EU agitators. Ryanair has started using England’s favourite airline (a paraphrase of BA’s notoriously incorrect 1980s claim, the world’s favourite airline form the 1980s) suggesting they have overtaken Easyjet in its home market.

  • Aer Lingus says there will be no change to the flying schedule when it reconfigures its base at Belfast City Airport in October, cutting 24 pilots, 38 cabin crew and some maintenance work (70 jobs in all).
  • Antwerp based VLM which operates Waterford-Birmingham and Luton, has gone into receivership but continues to operate. Waterford’s independent John Halligan, the Minister of State for Training and Skills, claimed he secured funds to develop the runway at Waterford Airport.
  • Total sales at Dublin and Cork airports, including retail, food and beverage sales by concessionaires, increased by 20pc to €273m, according to Dublin Airport’s annual report.
  • Dublin Airport published a new US Preclearance video see here.
  • County Cork council chair John Paul O’Shea launched a broadside against IALPA over Norwegian’s Cork-Boston route application.
  • Ryanair opened a new European training centre in London Stansted.
  • Shannon Airport launched instructional videos and a brochure for people with autism and special needs to help them understand the process of getting through the airport.
  • Ryanair have loaded Shannon-Fuereteventura to the booking system for the winter schedule, operating on Sunday mornings.
  • Research by Flight Centre indicated business class flights are 20pc cheaper on average than they were five years ago.
  • Virgin Australia launched their new premium economy product, Economy Space at ATE to include extra legroom, premium check-in, dedicated crew members and noise-cancelling headsets.
  • Air Canada Rouge launched a Toronto-Gatwick service.
  • Cathay opened a 3,306 sqm business class lounge at the Pier within Hong Kong International Airport.
  • BA said the new Club World A350 seat is not sufficiently revolutionary to justify retrofitting to the rest of the long-haul fleet.
  • thomson to veronaThomson launched their summer service from Belfast International Airport to Verona. Picture shows Naomi Sainty from Thomson Airways, Airport Business Development Director Uel Hoey and Jill Russell from Topflight.
  • BA’s new CEO Alex Cruz said: am I going to Ryanair-ise or low-cost-ise BA? The answer to that is clear, no, and said the airline has not made a decision to introduce  buy-on-board.
  • Ethiopian Airlines won the African Aviation ‘African Airline of the Year’ Award for 2016 during the Air Finance awards in Johannesburg. CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said Ethiopian Airlines will launch flights from Addis to Chennai and Mumbai. Ethiopian Airlines operates flights to 111 cities worldwide including Dublin. Watch here interview with Tewolde GebreMariam.

Afloat

Nieuw Statendam is the name of the second ship in Holland America’s 2,650-passenger Pinnacle-class, to be delivered autumn 2018.

  • HELCOM and CLIA organised a joint workshop on cruise industry’s future in the Baltic Sea.
  • Avalon Waterways launched a TV Advertising Campaign To Drive the Lates Market
  • Regent Seven Seas cruises will sail a 137-night world cruise in 2018.
  • Carnival Vista is to offer seafood, milkshakes and alfresco Asian cuisine
  • dominic on irish ferriesDominic Burke, Managing Director of Travel Centres was onboard Irish Ferries’ cruise ferry Oscar Wilde recently to sample the annual ‘Wine Fair’ –which marks the company’s first sailing of the season from Rosslare to Roscoff.
  • Carnival Triumph is the next ship to receive the Crnical cruise line’s HUB app as part of a fleetwide rollout beginning with its June 6 sailing.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line unveiled a new revamped worldwide brochure.
  • Aptly named boat of the week was the one which took on water and had to be rescued on the Scilly islands off Western Rocks, the boat was the Surprise.

Ireland

new websiteFáilte Ireland launched a new mobile-first, Ireland’s Ancient East website. See herePicture shows Michael Cawley, chairman Fáilte Ireland with members of the tourism industry at Mount Juliet.

  • Killarney Beerfest will showcase 25 craft beer producers and 150 craft beverages on May 27 to 29. .John Keane of Torc Brewing, Killarney one of the craft brewing producers getting ready for Killarney Beerfest
  • Dublin Champions Scheme Seeks to Help Hospitality Workers to Upsell DublinFáilte Ireland held its first Dublin Champions workshop.
  • Red carpet was rolled out over the Ha’penny Bridge (officially the Liffey Bridge), which turned 200 years old this year.
  • Tubs Goes Wild - The Tubridy Show set to tour on The Wild Atlantic WayThe Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 will once again partner with Fáilte Ireland to broadcast from the Wild Atlantic Way from May 30 to June 2.
  • cork summer showThe 2016 Cork Summer Show takes place at the Showgrounds in Curraheen, June 18 and 19.
  • Dublin was up six places to 18th in the 2015 International Congresses and Conventions Association rankings. Ireland came in at number 32, up five places from 2014.
  • Monart Destination Spa launched a Bridal Zen stay.
  • Failte Ireland announced a new fund for festival ideas.
  • Tourism Ireland organised a sales mission to China.

Deal Watch

Click and Go offers: 2 nights 4* Coredon Vitality Hotel Amsterdam from €189pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights over 50s half board 4* Royal Al Andalus Hotel, Costa del Sol from €329pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in November. 7 nights B&B 5* Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus, Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol from €469pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in November. 7 nights B&B 3* Spicy Hotel, Sorrento from €599pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Lowcostbeds offers, based on 7 nights 2 sharing, depart June 5: 2* Puerto del Carmen Los Pueblos, Lanzarote from €14.50pppn self catering. 3* Terrazamar, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €22pppn self catering. 3* Roc Flamingo Hotel, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol from €23pppn B&B. 3* Maralvor, Alvor, the Algarve from €21pppn self catering. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

Project Travel is offering four to 17-day escorted tours of Scandinavia and St Petersburg, commencing in June. For more information, visit project-travel.ie or call 01 210 8391.

Sunway offers: Menorca, flight only from €249pp. 7 nights self catering 2* Vista Blanes Apartments, Cala’n Forcat, Menorca from €349pp. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Cala’n Bosch, Menorca from €369pp. 7 nights self catering 3* Roc Lago Park Apartments, Cala’n Bosch form €559pp. 3 nights 3* Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas from €689pp incl. flights, travel September. 3 nights 4* MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas from €819pp incl. flights, travel September. 3 nights 5* Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas from €925pp incl. flights, travel September. 7 nights full board Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,399pp incl. flights, taxes and fares, depart September 11. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from €389pp, depart June 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Portur Atalaya Apartments, Cala Millor, Majorca from €379pp, depart June 14. 7 nights self catering 2* Ourania Apartments, Goves, Crete from €449pp, depart June 5. 7 nights self catering 3* Club Evin, Marmaris, Dalaman from €329pp, depart June 6. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €689pp, depart June 13. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Son Baulo, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €649pp, depart Cork June 4. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Golden Donaire Beach, Costa Dorada from €689pp, depart Knock August 16. 14 nights 3* Rio Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,119pp, depart June 13. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,319pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Ochos Rio, Jamaica from €1,249pp, depart June 12. 7 nights full board 4* Adriatic Sea cruise on board Thomson Dream from €1,299pp, depart June 10. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 14 nights all inclusive 3* Royal Decameron Club Caribbean, Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €1,449pps, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive Holiday Inn Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,039pps, depart June 19. 7 nights self catering 3* Sellas Hotel and Apartments, Sidari, Corfu from €299pps, depart May 27. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Sevataur Waikiki, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €599pps, depart June 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Sun Apartments Marmaris, Dalaman from €319pps, depart June 3. 7 nights self catering 2* Iris Hotel Kos Town from €399pps, depart June 4. 7 nights self catering 2* Emerald Studio Kremasti, Rhodes from €349pps, depart June 15. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,489pp, depart July 17. 11 nights Greece and Aegean Sea cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas from €1,249pp incl. $200 on board credit, depart July 4. 6 nights Croatia and Greece cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,079pp incl. $100 on board credit, depart July 9. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Travel Department offers: 8 nights full board Adriatic and Greece cruise from €1,299pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and 1 night pre stay in Venice, depart October 15. 10 nights full board Baltic capitals cruise on board Norwegian Getaway from €1,769pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and 1 night pre stay in Copenhagen, depart May 24 2017. 7 nights full board Alaskan cruise on board Norwegian Sun from €2,789pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes charges and 4 nights pre stay in Vancouver, depart September 7 2017.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Rosen Inn International Orlando from €599pp incl. return flights, depart June 14. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €749pp, depart November 24. 4 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €619pp, depart October 12. Visit touramerica.ie.

Stein Travel offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Roc Lago Park, Menorca from €574pp, depart Cork 25 June. 7 nights half board 4* Sea Club Aparthotel, Menorca from €710pp, depart Cork 25 June. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Sol Milanos Pinguinos, Son Bou, Menorca from €795pp, depart Cork 25 June. Visit steintravel.ie or call 01 517 5990.

hasting hotels deal watchHastings Hotels offers: 1 night B&B Everglades Hotel, Derry from £55pps incl. 2 course evening meal and bottle of wine, available until end of June, call 028 7132 1066. 1 night B&B 4* Storming Hotel from £50pps incl. tickets to the Titanic exhibition, call 028 9065 1066. Visit hastinghotels.com.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €499pps, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 4* Vila Gale Marina, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €729pps, depart June 18. 7 nights half board 4* VIK Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen from €649pp, depart June 4. 7nights self catering 2* Jable Bermudas Apartments, Puerto del Carmen from €499pp, depart June 25. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

ITAA offers: 7 nights Costa Volcan Apartments, Lanzarote from €390pp incl. return flights ex Cork, taxes and 10kg hand luggage, depart June 16. 7 nights B&B 5* Admiral Grand Hotel, Dubrovnik from €1,189pp incl. return flights, 15kg baggage and transfers, depart June 10. 14 nights all inclusive Jamaica from €1,135pp, depart June 19.

Riviera Travel offers: 7 nights half board 4* La Bahia hotel, Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples escorted tour from €1,22pp, depart June 10. 4 nights 4* accommodation, Berlin, Dresden, Meissen and Colditz escorted tour from €669pp, depart June 20. 6 nights B&B Spain escorted tour from €829pp, depart June 23. Visit rivieratravel.ie.

Contiki is offering 14 days European Highlights tour from €1,521pps incl. flights and transfers, book by May 23, depart June 15. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 9 days Spain and Portugal from €1,752pps incl. flights and transfers, depart September 10. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Rhine Discovery cruise on board the River Ambassador form €2,459pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions, depart June 26. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Tourism Product at Australia Tourism Exchange

brett photographingPhotograph shows Brett Ince of Great Ocean Touring Route photographing Kylie Schumann of Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, at Australian Tourism Exchange in Surfer’s Paradise. Catch up with who we met at Australian Tourism Exchange:

Caitlin Williams of CAPTA group (watch here and see website), Leanne Dyer of Central Coast Tourism (watch here and see website), Brett Ince of Great Southern Touring Route (watch here and see website), Tracy Willis of Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (watch here and see website), Carolyn Melbourne of Jenolan Caves (watch here and see website), Sab Lord of Lord’s Kakadu and Arnhemland safaris (watch here and see website), Naomi Hammond of shelleyMantra group (watch here and see website), Kirsty Grace of Melbourne Sports Tours (watch here and see website), Kendall Munns of Moonlit Sanctuary (watch here and see website), Alysha Brandenburg of Parks Victoria (watch here and see website), Kylie Schumann of the Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld (biggest wine cellar in the Southern hemisphere (watch here and see website), Steve Lane of Sea Dragon Lodge on Kangaroo island (watch here and see website), Katie Hart of Sunreef Wooloolaba (watch here and see website), Liz Tuckett of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast (watch here and see website), Stephen Howard of QT Hotels (watch here and see website), Emilya Colliver of Sydney Culture Scouts (watch here and see website) and Wade Bowen of Thala Beach Nature Reserve (watch here and see website). Picture shows Shelley Winkel and Vanessa Chew of Tourism Queensland who hosted 83 media at the event.

And Finally:

This day last year, Travel Extra‘s Conor McMahon spontaneously interviewed his brother Cathal in the aftermath of the 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum. Listen here.

See travelextra.tv for more video.

Email editor@travelextra.ie to have your say or it is @TravelExtraIre on Twitter if that’s your bag.

Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • May 24 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Waterford
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 14 Skal function, Merrion Hotel
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th Trade birthday party, details TBA
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • 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 15 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 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch

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

Previous editions of Travel Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues
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
July/August 2015: Wintersun issue
June 2015: USA issue

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Royal Countdown to a Soiree with Harmony

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Surfer's Paradise, Queenlans, Venue for the 2016 Australian Tourism Exchange

Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, Venue for the 2016 Australian Tourism Exchange

Things to know about travel this week:

  • 200 agents head for Harmony
  • Anticipated, but disappointing: CityJet drop Cork to LCY
  • Travel Extra visits Brisbane
  • Sale of TUI brands not expected to affect Irish operations
  • Barbed wire and flame proof walls, Zaventem is a sad sight

Travel Extra TV

video of the week may 15Our video of the week is a heart-stopper. AccuWeather, the weather app, shared this close-up footage of a tornado in Colorado. Watch here.

  • Over 74,000 viewers watched this eagle swoop in and steal a fisherman’s catch. Watch here. More than 3 million saw this snake gobble a catfish in Texas. Watch here.
  • See the Benfica-themed Emirates B777 300-ER. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s tour of the Game of Thrones doors, part two (watch here) and part three (watch here).
  • Here is an ad for Airbus Corporate Jets. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Harmony of the Seas_aerial_back copyThere may have been better parties in the history of the travel trade in Ireland, it is just that nobody can remember them. About 200 Irish agents head for Royal Caribbean’s pre launch cruise on board Harmony of the Seas this week. Travel Extra has checked it out in advance and it is awesome. Notice how much wider the ship feels that its previous two-in-class sister Oasis and Allure and notice how the boardwalk works better. The waterslide is higher, a ten deck drop hanging over the ocean. It is a 33cm longer than its sisters but several metres wider and sales for the Barcelona season are already ahead of anything Royal has seen for previous ships. While Royal’s decision to break up the main dining room from one big two tier restaurant has not been as successful with the clients as they expected, we love it (don’t worry, there are 17 restaurants on board). The big question is who will be first to go down the scariest waterslide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss which, apparently was the idea of CEO Michael Bayley (listen here).

The coolest thing about Harmony? The bubbles. Not those in the glass that will be served up to agents on arrival (although they come close) but this from the press conference. Harmony is 20pc more energy efficient than her sisters (listen here). The size of the ship, the biggest in the world, present a technical challenge to the builders (listen here).

robin alice carrickAlice Carrick of Tour America was the winner of the Las Vegas quiz at the Marker Hotel. Earlier in the day Tryphavan Cross, Irish born Caroline Coyle and Kelly Sawyer of Las Vegas CVA and their 10 industry partners entertained 22 product managers at breakfast in the Shelbourne Hotel, 28 media at lunch in The residence and 80 agents at the evening table quiz. Picture shows Robin Hudgens of Ceasar’s Entertainment with quiz winner Alice Carrick and Kathleen O’Rourke of Tour America.Watch here Travel Extra’s interview with Caroline Coyle about speed Vegas, the new park on the strip, mr Chow’s and other developments in the city for 2016, and watch here Caroline Coyle’s speech to travel media at an event in The Residence. Watch here the Las Vegas CVA Quiz for travel agents in Dublin.

Julie Giraud and Stephen Winter who hosted travel agents on board the Ponant expedition ship, the Austral in Dublin port, May 9 2016

Ponant luxury cruise line invited agents on board to see their L’Aural expedition ship in Dublin this week. The ship alternates between the poles, cruising Antarctica in our winter and the North Pole in our summer. Ponant recently ordered four ships from Vard, the Norwegian subsidiary of the Italian Fincantieri group first step in the expansion of the company’s fleet since it was bought by Artemis, holding company of the Pinault family, in 2015. Picture shows Stephen Winter and Julie Giraud who hosted agents on board the ship. Watch here Stephen Winter of Ponant speaking about the French cruise line which is relatively unfamiliar to the trade in Ireland. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Cork Airport warmly welcomes today’s announcement that CityJet is to operate a new high frequency Cork-London City Airport service.Much anticipated but hugely disappointing: that was the reaction on Friday when Cityjet announced they were dropping their three times daily service from Cork to London City airport from June 26 after just eight months. Aer Lingus and Ryanair both responded by offering sale fares to London. Picture shows Cathal O’Connell, Cityjet Commercial Director; Pat Byrne, CEO Cityjet and Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport in happier times, announcing the route last October, Pat Byrne said that he sees “potentially viable routes to other European destinations”.

uniworld comboPictures show travel writers who were hosted on board Uniworld for a trip on the Rhone, rapidly becoming an alternative choice to the Danube and Rhine for the all-inclusive rivercruise operator, Ernie Whalley of the Sunday Times, Emmett Moloney of the Clare People, Catherine Halloran of the Irish Daily Star, Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation, Emily Hourican of the Sunday Independent, Lainey Quinn of The Travel Corporation) and Vincent Kelly of the Sunday Business Post. Second picture shows Emily Hourican of the Sunday Independent, Ernie Whalley of The Sunday Times, Lainey Quinn of The Travel Corporation and Bairbre Power of the Irish Independent.

graham eoghan dominika copySurfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia hosted Australian Tourism Exchange for the first time. The coastal town an hour south of Brisbane hosted 87 media at a media marketplace in advance of the main event in the coming days. Picture shows Graham Howe, Eoghan Corry and Dominika Dryski at the event.

Jennifer Callister and Michaela Banks of Royal Caribbean entertained agents on board Serenade of the Seas on a rainy Tuesday in Cobh. Watch here.

ray scully john devereux copyThe announced sale of TUI’s suite of 50 brands in the Specialist Holiday Group, including American Holidays and Travelmood, headed up in Ireland by John Devereux, is not expected to affect Irish operations. Crystal Holidays, headed up in Ireland by Ray Scully, has been separated from the group and will remain in the TUI stable. Picture shows Ray Scully and John Devereux.

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The new Government Programme for Partnership committed to retain the 9pc tourism VAT rate, maintain the zero airport travel tax, €10m additional funding for regional airports; €100m additional capital funding for new greenways and the Wild Atlantic Way and funding for a fourth tourism brand, Ireland’s Lakelands, to sit alongside the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin Breath of Fresh Air campaigns.

Zaventem airport, May 10 2016Barbed wire and flame proof sheet walls. Zaventem was a sad sight for Travel Extra’s first visit since the tragic bombings of March 22. Ryanair has returned to the airport a little earlier than anticipated and is offering heavily discounted prices. The security advice told us we had to be there three hours early but the bag drop did not open until two hours before the flight. Welcome to the joined up thinking of international aviation.

Travel Trade

Jason Whelan of Blue InNsurances and the winner of the Blue Insurances April 2016 draw Helena Kilduff from Skytours.

Latest winner of the Blue Insurances monthly draw for April was Helena Kilduff from Skytours. She wins an iPad Mini and is invited to the Grand Final in Dublin in April ‘17 to compete for a Volkswagen Polo. Blue Insurances reminds agents to have their unique login to make bookings count for their monthly draw, every five Blue Insurances policies sold each month automatically generates an entry. Make sure you have your own unique login to make your bookings count. Agents can win a bonus place at the final by posting, to Facebook or Twitter, a humourous pictues or videos featuring themselves with a car with the hashtag #DontRenewUnlessItsBlue.

Jeanette Taylor, Sunway (Taking the Photo), Hilary Mahon, Sunway, Linda Bradshaw, Sunway, Carmel Kehoe, Roscrea Travel, Emma Dinan, Douglas Travel, David Lacey, P.Keogh Travel, Rebecca McAreavey, O'Hanrahan Travel, Thomas O'Donohoe, Strand Travel, Gaynor Cunningham, Best4Travel, Georgina Kelly,Travel Broker, Judy Coughlan, Dawson Travel Cork, Ciara Sweeney, Corrib Travel and Samantha Gavigan, Kanes Travel.

It rained for some of Sunway’s four night agent fam trip to the Algarve, but did anybody notice? The trip was hosted by the 4* Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel, Albufeira and the 4* Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel, Alvor. The group visited some of Sunway’s most popular properties, self-catering apartments to 5 star deluxe hotels in Albufeira, Praia da Oura, Da Balaia, Santa Eulalia, Falesia, Vilamoura, Alvor, Carvoeiro, Portimao and Praia da Rocha. Meals were at Club Med Da Balaia, Epic Sana Algarve Hotel, Monte Santo Resort and some local restaurants where cocktails and Portuguese wines were sampled. Picture shows Hilary Mahon of Sunway, Linda Bradshaw of Sunway, Carmel Kehoe of Roscrea Travel, Emma Dinan of Douglas Travel, David Lacey of Paraic.Keogh Travel, Rebecca McAreave of O’Hanrahan Travel, Tom Donohoe of Strand Travel, Gaynor Cunningham of Best4Travel, Georgina Kelly of Travel Broker, Judy Coughlan of Dawson Travel Ciara Sweeney of Corrib Travel and Samantha Gavigan of Kanes Travel. Not in picture Jeanette Taylor of Sunway.

topflight prize Marc Lynch, Abbey Travel & Maurice Shiels, Topflight copyMarc Lynch of Abbey Travel was the first winner in the Topflight ‘Hello Summer‘Family Holiday Giveaway, an all-inclusive seven night holiday in the Hotel Sandos Papagayo in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. Marc is pictured with Maurice Shiel of Topflight. Topflight are giving travel agents the chance to win a free family holiday every week to highlight the launch of their brand new ‘Great for Kids’ collection, Travel agents who book a ‘Great for Kids’ property during the Topflight 5 Day Sale starting May 15 will be entered into a draw to win a family holiday to the Vila Petra Aparthotel in Albufeira.  Topflight will announce their Travel Photographer of the Year in The Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar on Tuesday evening May 31 where the winner will be announced. The competition is running on facebook.

SuperBreak is offering a €15 One 4 All voucher to encourage agents who sign up to make bookings through their website before May 31. In order to start booking log in to the agent website, complete and return a direct debit form.

Brand USA says 930 agents registered their international flight bookings to the USA, up by 87pc to enter seven megafams which departed this week: 1 Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, 2: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, 3: Colorado, New Mexico, 4: Nevada, Utah, Arizona, 5: Washington, Oregon, 6: Arizona, Alaska, 7 Heavenly Hawaii: Hawaii, with the seven trips congregating at: Huntington Beach, California .for the finale.

Thomson HC 1 copyHelena Christensen has teamed up with Falcon Holidays and Thomson to create and design an exclusive range of boyfriend shirts to celebrate the luxury long-haul Sensatori resorts.

Atlantis Paradise Island’s double cash rewards incentive of up to £40 per booking has been extended until July 31.

As for Indaba in Durban – it lashed rain (again).Not since the beach party was swept into the Indian Ocean have they had such rain.

Travelport appointed Peggy Bianco as vice president head of hotel sourcing.

Hotels

Trivago Ireland May 2016Five Irish destinations have cheaper average hotel rates for May 2016 than May 2015 according to the Trivago price index, (Belfast and Derry partly because of exchange rates). Athlone prices are up 22pc on last May, Killarney 17pc and Dublin 16pc. Dublin has the highest average rate with €167 followed by Donegal at €163. Wexford is cheapest at €92. Just five destinations have average rates under €100. The IHF says Trivago accounts for 5pc of room sales in Irish hotels.

  • Travelport and Marriott International renewed a distribution agreement.
  • Hilton opened a Homewood Suites property in Washington DC.
  • Accorhotels expanded its MGallery by Sofitel brand to Israel and Brazil.
  • Hilton added a Google Maps service, allowing guests to view digital floor plans of hotels.

International

Disneyland Paris is offering free half board meals for the family. Their agents in Ireland are Abbey Travel and Neenan Travel.

Orlando reported a record 66m visitors in 2015.

A record 583 media have signed up for IPW in New Orleans at the end of June

Universal revealed further details about their Incredible Hulk coaster, an attraction entrance featuring The Hulk, a queue experience that places guests inside a perilous scientific experiment by nefarious villain, General Thaddeus Ross, and new style ride vehicle with audio system and original ride score by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.

Germany lifted luggage restrictions to Sharm el Sheikh.

Cosmos tours expanded their North American premium touring and will offer chauffeur service for 2017.

Africa Day 2016 events will include a flagship family day for 30,000 people in the grounds of Farmleigh Estate in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on May 29.

UNWTO called for the lifting of unnecessary flight bans on travel for tourists.

Loisaba Tented Camp opened in Kenya with views to the Laikipia Plains, part of the Elewana Collection.

Jamaica opened a US$700m highway which reduces travel times from Kingston to the north coast town of Ocho Rios by 30 minutes.

VisitScotlandCommuters in Heuston Station were greeted by Scottish porridge, traditional Scottish music and two Scottish Shetland ponies as part of a Vistscotland promotion Watch here.

Airport Parking and Hotels compiled a guide comparing tickets and facilities at the world’s top 20 theme parks.

Turkey‘s minister for European Union affairs has said he is losing hope of getting a deal on visa-free travel for Turks within Europe.

Food and Wine

37DawsonStr-013437 Dawson Street will open a pop-up bar at the Irish Open.

Aviation

  • The Airports Council International Europe Regional Airports Conference will be held in Cork in May 2017.
  • Cork Airport was shortlisted for the Airports Council International EUROPE Best Airport Awards 2016.
  • A survey by London City airport found that 25pc of Irish passengers have had an item confiscated at the airport, items included dog shampoo, John West tuna, £40,000 cash, and fluffy handcuffs.
  • CityJet was named as sponsors of London GAA.
  • April 2016 state airport figures show Dublin up 9.4pc, with an average of 568 daily movements, Cork up 11.3pc, with an average of 55 daily movements and Shannon up 2.3pc, with an average of 50 daily movements.
  • Shannon expects 2,500 to take part in its Runway Night Run on Friday June 17.

Afloat

  • Carnival’s Valor emerged from a 16-day dry dock, fitted with new bars and restaurants.
  • Reports this week of a norovirus outbreak on board Fred.Olsen’s Balmoral.
  • Carnival Vista will offer the Seafood Shack, inspired by roadside seafood throughout New England.
  • Lindblad will partner with the World Wildlife Fund through its acquisition of Natural Habitat.
  • Seabourn expanded its partnership with Swarovki Optik, offering binoculars and spotting scopes  on Sojourn, Odyssey and Encore.

Ireland

260 UK Buyers Get on Board for Meetings and Conferences in Dublin with Brian McFadden, Westlife (2)260 MICE buyers met Irish hoteliers, conference organisers and meeting venues at Fáilte Ireland’s Meet Dublin in London event. It took place on the Silver Sturgeon board on the Thames and was hosted by former Westlife singer Brian McFadden.

american agents in irelandSeven American travel agents representing tour operators Ambercombie & Kent and Ker & Downey visited Ireland this week to sample the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin—A Breath of Fresh Air. They group was hosted by Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. Picture shows the group at Hayfield Manor Hotel ahead of a networking event.

.Photograph by David RufflesTravel media from Germany, Spain and the US visited Ireland this week to see the Burren and West Waterford. Their trip was organised by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland.

A new headline sponsor was announced for the Rose of Tralee.

Teelings1 copyPicture shows Stephen Teeling, Danny Joyce, Ken McCabe, Stephen Gallagher and John McCarron as the Aviators celebrate the release of their new Single Cask with Teeling Whiskey and Dublin Airport.

National Museum of Ireland Castlebar expects 30,000 to attend Féile na Tuaithe on Saturday and Sunday May 21-22 from 12 noon to 5pm. Entry and car parking are free of charge

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh of ITIC interviewed Neville Isdell, Down-born former CEO of Coca Cola, and the man behind EPIC Ireland. Watch here.

Doolin Folk Festival headliners on June 10-12 will include The Hothouse Flowers, Jerry Fish, Finbar Furey, Dervish and Luka Bloom.

Dingle Gaeltacht is hosting Ireland’s first ever Mindfulness Festival in Cloghane under Mount Brandon on May 20-22.

Deal Watch

Lowcostbeds offers, based on 7 nights 2 sharing, depart May 27: 3* Las Terrazas del Puerto, Lanzarote from €13.50pppn. 3* Caribe, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife from €18pppn. 3* Caleta de Fuste, Puerto Caleta, Fuerteventura from €14pppn. See lowcostbeds.com.

Sunway offers: 7 nights B&B Ulisse de Luxe, Sorrento from €699pp, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 2* Greco Residential, Madeira from €349pp, depart May 19. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Florisol Hotel, Madeira from €399pp, depart May 19. 7 nights B&B 4* Eden Mar Suite Hotel, Madeira from €679pp, depart May 19. 7 nights B&B 5* Pestana Carlton Hotel, Madeira from €659pp, depart May 19. 7 nights B&B 3* San Fermin Hotel, Costa del Sol from €599pp, depart Cork June 25. 7 nights self catering 3* Timor Sol Apartments from €729pp, depart Cork June 25. 7 nights self catering 4* Vistamar Apartments from €649pp, depart Cork June 25. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Stein Travel offers: 7 nights self catering Lanzarote Paradise from €539pp, travel July. 7 nights self catering Costa Mar Apartments, Lanzarote from €589pp, travel July. 7 nights B&B 5* Volcan Lanzarote from €799pp, travel July. Visit steintravel.ie or call 01 517 5990.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Marvel Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €329pp, depart May 23. 7 nights self catering 3* Kavos Plaza, Corfu from €339pps, depart May 20. 7 nights self catering 2* Stefania Apartments, Stalis, Crete from €379pps, depart May 22. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €599pps, depart May 20. 7 nights self catering 2* Rosamar Apartments, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €529pps, depart Shannon June 20. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Santa Ponsa Park, Majorca from €499pps, depart June 18. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,049pps, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Royal Decameron Club Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €1,459pps, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Catalonia RIviera Maya, Mexico from €1,789pps, depart July 11. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,299pps, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Ocho Rios, Jamaica from €1,299pps, depart June 19. 7 nights self catering 2* Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from 2379pps, depart May 19. 7 nights self catering 3* Zante Atlantis, Laganas from €429pps, depart May 24. 7 nights B&B 4* Hesperia Lanzarote Puerto Calero from €559pps, depart June 16. 7 nights half board 2* Hotel Riomar Santa Eulalia, Ibiza form €589pps, depart May 26. 7 nights half board 3* Talayot Hotel Cala Millor, Majorca from €739pp, depart May 31. 7 nights B&B Hesperia Hotel, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €539pps, depart June 13. 7 nights half board 3* Belvedere Hotel Salou from €659pps, depart Knock July 26. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,239pp, depart December 12. 12 nights Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruise on board Brillian of the Seas from €1,239pp, depart September 23. 7 nights France and Spain cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,389pp, depart October 15. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Click and Go offers: 3 nights 5* Silken Puerta America Hotel, Madrid from €289pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel do Mar, Sesimbra, Costa Azul from €319pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in October. 7 nights B&B 5* The Volcan Lanzarote Hotel, Playa Blanca from €599pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in December. 7 nights half board 4* Kornati Hotel, Zadar Coast, Croatia from €499pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in September. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

ITAA offers: 10 days Mediterranean cruise on board Oceania Marina from €1,819pps incl. four shore excursions, house beverage package, $400 onboard credit. 8 nights Mexico food holiday from €2,649pp incl. tour guide, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, depart November 26. 12 days full board Vietnam food tour from €3,289pp incl. flights. Travel September and October.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Tivoli Victoria, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €699pps, depart May 21. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €396pps, depart May 28. 7 nights B&B 4* Vila Gale Marina, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €729pps, depart June 18. 7 nights half board 4* Barcelo Lanzarote Resort from €469pp, depart May 21. 7 nights half board 4* VIK Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen from €649pp, depart May 28. 7 nights self catering 2* Jable Bermudas Apartments, Puerto del Carmen from €549pp, depart July 23. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €399pps, depart May 21. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sporting Baia, Sicily from €599pps, depart June 4. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Ariston, Giardini Naxo, Sicil from €909pps, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins D’Ajuda Suite, Funchal, Madeira from €449pps, depart May 26. 7 nights B&B 5* Pestana Casino Park, Funchal, Madeira from €699pps, depart June 2. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • May 17 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Cork
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • May 24 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Waterford
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 14 Skal function, Merrion Hotel
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th Trade birthday party, details TBA
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • 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
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 15 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 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch

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

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Aer Lingus takes wings to City of Angels

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Things to know about travel this week

  • A Boeing 767 sets sail from Shannon
  • Shane Ross becomes the surprise tourism minister
  • Dublin attractions are like buses
  • Aer Lingus’s recommenced route to Los Angeles: A quieter affair
  • Delta marks 30 years in Ireland

Travel Extra TV

video of week may 8 2016Our video of the week shows a decommissioned B767 sailing from Shannon Airport to Knockbeg Point, Co Sligo. The journey took 36-hours. Mayo undertaker David McGowan plans to make the aircraft the centrepiece of his glamping village in Enniscrone. Watch here.

  • See the cockpit video of Aer Lingus’s relaunched flight from Dublin to Los Angeles, operated by Captain Anne Marie Teevan and First Officers Niamh Power and Nicki Hughes. Watch here.
  • Behind the scenes: CityJet’s new CRJ900 aircraft. Watch here.
  • Gerry Britt visits Ireland in search of his ancestral roots. Watch here.
  • Ten Titanic things to do in Belfast with Tourism Ireland. Watch here.
  • Take a look at Alton Towers’ rollercoaster restaurant. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s promo for the North West 200 race, which takes place in N Ireland May 8–14. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland plugged its Star Wars behind-the-scenes video on social media on May the Fourth (Star Wars Day). Watch here.
  • Daredevil Noah Kingston climbed the Princess Margret bridge in New Brunswick, Canada. Watch here.
  • See Franky Zapat set a new world record for the farthest hoverboard flight. Watch here.
  • A large wave set off the east coast of New Zealand destroys fishing boats. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

shane rossShane Ross was the surprise choice as the 23rd minister for tourism (25 if you count Desmond O’Malley and Seamus Brennan’s two terms separately). His tourism interventions have been rare in his political career and his commentary. One was the odd suggestion that the government buy Ryanair’s stake in Aer Lingus, which saw hi in agreement with his trade union foes. The first and loudest welcome for the appointment came from the Irish Hotels Federation. With confrontations in public transport to sort out, it could be some time before Shane can turn his mind to the aviation and tourism sectors or tackled the debacle in the Commission of Aviation Regulation and the hopelessly outdated bonding system.

epic dublinLike buses, you wait years for a major visitor attraction in Dublin and two come along together. Epic Ireland launched on Friday, celebrating the Irish emigrant experience and their contribution to the world. Former president Mary Robinson officially opened the attraction at the CHQ Building in Dublin’s Docklands. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

crew_5901EI145, the inaugural Aer Lingus flight on the recommenced route to Los Angeles was a quieter affair than the San Francisco inaugural, reflecting the differences between Lingus’s two Californian routes. There were 48 connecting passengers of the 105 on board, from England, France, Germany, Linate in Italy and a man from Edinburgh whoa never flown before. Speaking at the gate event Vincent Harrison of Dublin airport pointed out LAX had not many direct connections with Europe, and that 1m people had now pre-cleared through Dublin (listen here) and hinted that the frequency might increase. Keith Butler (listen here) said it was a milestone in Aer Lingus’s bid to make Dublin a top-tier connecting gateway to the US, and that a third of Aer Lingus passengers originate outside Ireland. Keith claimed Los Angeles as the eighth Aer Lingus destination in the US. Travel Extra can only count even, unless he is including Toronto. Picture shows Aer Lingus cabin crew pictured before the inaugural flight: Roberto Menna, Ivan Crowley, Siobhan Cusack, Niamh Dunne, Shona Keaney, Melanie Kialka, Laura Howlett and Patrick O’Shea. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Irish travel writers hosted by Aer Lingus and Los Angeles CVA: Lucy White, Brian Farrell, Stephen Breen, Martin Breen, Paula Domaghy, Lesley Ann Horgan, Claire McCormack and Eoghan Corry with the Los Angeles skyline, May 6 2016

Los Angeles tourism hosted seven Irish travel writers who travelled on the inaugural. Watch here Travel Extra’s report of the inaugural. Highlight of the visit was a hike through Griffith Park, LA’s most utilised film location for views of the city and the Hollywood sign, while the group visited the arts district, an inner city craft brewery and some of the city’s hottest dining spots. The host hotel was the iconic LA Athletics Club in the city centre. “Downtown is back, that is the message,” Francine Sheridan of Los Angeles tourism, who came to Dublin to wave the team off, told Travel Extra and indeed the itinerary was concentrated on the city centre rather than the Pacific coast and theme parks popular with first time visitors. Watch here Travel Extra’s video diary from the trip and watch here our report of the inaugural flight. Watch here Paul Butler and Eoin McGirl’s official video of the inaugural for Aer Lingus. Watch here Francine Sheridan of LA tourism’s message to the travel trade in Ireland about new developments in LA for 2016. Picture shows Irish travel writers hosted by Aer Lingus and Los Angeles CVA: Lucy White, Brian Farrell, Stephen Breen, Martin Breen, Paula Domaghy, Lesley Ann Horgan, Claire McCormack and Eoghan Corry with the Los Angeles skyline. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

turkish murat chefTurkish Airlines hosted 73 players at the K Club for the 21st of 100 qualifiers for the 2016 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup. Thomas Muldoon won the individual stableford competition with 43 points to progress to the Grand Final in Antalya in October and November. Former Westlife member and half of the newly formed Boyzlife, Brian McFadden was runner-up with a score of 40 points whilst Clem Walshe finished third on 38 points. Anne Nolan and Keith O’Riley won the nearest-the-pin prizes. Watch here Travel Extra’s video report of the event. Listen here to Murat Balandi speaking at the event. Listen here to Brian McFadden.

albufeiraAlbufeira Tourist Board and 12 partners hosted agents at a series of workshops in Belfast, Dublin and Cork. Ms Pereira Futcher the Portuguese Ambassador to Ireland with Joana Machado and Luis Pereira of the Albufeira Promotion Bureau hosted 70 agents at the Dublin event in the Spencer Hotel. Albufeira accounts for 40pc of the beds on the Algarve and the Irish market is their 5th most important. Picture shows Rui Poupinha of Visacar, Joana Machado of Albufeira Promotion Bureau, Pereira Futcher Portuguese Ambassador to Ireland, Luis Pereira of Albufeira Promotion Bureau, Carla Dias of Garvetur and John Sisson of Dublin Airport. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

cork dusseldorf_0673Aer Lingus’s Cork to Dusseldorf route was launched on Wednesday by the German ambassador. Picture shows Niall McCarthy, Managing Director, Cork Airport, John Paul O’Shea, Cork County Mayor; German Ambassador to Ireland Matthias Höpfner, Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales, Aer Lingus and Chris O’Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

delta claire audrey_5732Audrey Murray and Caroline Collins, who have been with Delta Airlines since it opened in Ireland, led the celebrations of the airline’s 30 year presence in Ireland. Watch here Travel Extra’s video report of the gate event to mark the first flight of the summer and the first with the larger 767. Listen here to Andrew Murphy, chief commercial officer at Shannon, speaking at the event and listen here to his reminder that flights continue until October 24. Shannon is due to send €3m refitting its restaurant and lounge gates for the summer. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

air francePicture shows Air France KLM’s London based two country manager Warner Rootliep, who hosted trade partners at Chapter One Restaurant in Dublin with Valerie Metcalfe of FCM, and Sheila McCarthy of HRG.

Caitriona Doyle, Laura and Martha of Curragh Travel won the Affordable Car Hire Free Lunch Friday competition. Every month Affordable draw an agent from the bookers of the previous month to win a free lunch on a Friday.

  • Marketing director of Fáilte Ireland Noel John McLoughlin and Keelin Fagan will give a presentation on Dublin—A Breath of Fresh Air at Skal’s function this Tuesday.
  • Air France-KLM signed up for Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding.
  • Travelport Mobile Agent, developed by Travelport and TTS, was extended to Windows-powered phones. Travelport Mobile Agent currently runs on over 10,000 different mobile devices. See video or download
  • Kurt Ekert is replacing Douglas Anderson as President and CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Hotels

Park Hotel owner and star of At Your Service Francis Brennan will make a cameo appearance on Ros na Rún this Thursday night.

Watch here Amy Schumer as she parodies pretentious hotels. Guess which one it was most based on.

International

  • Under a Customs Regulation change in Switzerland, EU residents can only drive a CH license plated vehicle within Switzerland or if they are returning to their residence in the EU, but nowhere else in the EU. This is applicable to all Swiss care rentals.
  • canary dive photoThe Canary Islands Photography competition launched a diving photography category, with a prize worth €25,000. Entries open until May 19 at divephotochallenge.com.
  • Elvis Presley’s Graceland celebrated its 20 millionth visitor.
  • Barcelona’s mayor Ada Colau has proposed a tax for day visitors to the city.
  • Berlin is cracking down on Airbnb users who rent out entire properties instead of single rooms.
  • Ireland themed land will open at Germany’s Europa Park.

Food & Wine

Irish Restaurant Awards named ten establishments shortlisted for four categories. Overall winners in each Industry category will be revealed at the All,Ireland Irish Restaurant Awards 2016 on Monday, May 16th in the DoubleTree by Hilton, Dublin., Best Cookery School (sponsors Avonmore/Glanbia), Aniar Boutique Cookery School, Galway, Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, Wicklow, Ballymaloe Cookery School, Cork, Belle Isle Cookery School, Fermanagh, Cooks Academy, Dublin, Dingle Cookery School, Kerry, Dublin Cookery School, Dublin, Dunbrody Cookery School, Wexford, Neven Maguire Cookery School, Cavan, The Tannery , Waterford, Best Digital Marketing (sponsors Open Table), Aniar, Galway, Antoinette’s Bakery, Dublin, Coqbull, Cork, Electric, Cork, La Perla Restaurant @ Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny, Saba Restaurant, Dublin, The Blind Pig, Dublin, The Happy Pear, Wicklow, The Ice House, Mayo, Yamamori, Dublin, Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant (Sponsors Peroni, Richmond Marketing), Chapter One, Dublin, Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Dublin, L’Ecrivain Restaurant, Dublin, Locks, Dublin, Restaurant FortyOne, Dublin, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin, Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dublin, Royal St. George YC, Dublin, Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, Dublin, The River Room Restaurant at The K Club Straffan, Best Seafood Experience (sponsors Pallas Foods) Catch 22, Dublin, Cavistons, Dublin, Eithna’s By the Sea, Sligo, Kealy’s Seafood Bar & Restaurant, Donegal, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Cork, Klaw, Dublin, Matt The Thresher, Dublin, O’Grady’s on the Pier, Galway, Super Miss Sue, Dublin, Vaughan’s Anchor Inn from Clare.

Aviation

willie walsh_2664 copyWillie Walsh is in good form of late. Last week he raised the possibility of Aer Lingus getting an A380. This week he said that Aer Lingus and Ryanair are close to a passenger transfer deal saying he would be “surprised” if the two do not reach agreement.

US CBP in Dublin will have five extra officers processing trans-Atlantic flights in summer 2016. The €2m trans-Atlantic lounge being fitted out airside of US CBP, 51st & Green, could be soft opened as early as July. Picture shows Tish Lagerwey the Director of US CBP in Dublin with Victor Lee.

  • Ryanair April traffic was up 10pc to 9.9m. Load factor was up 2pc points to 93pc.
  • Aer Lingus Regional took delivery of an ATR72-600.
  • London GAA cityjetCityJet are the new sponsors of London GAA’s senior championships.
  • Vantage’s Matthew Thomas will succeed Neil Pakey as chief executive of Shannon Group next month.
  • IAG announced a deal with tech firm Gogo to provide inflight WiFi.
  • Belfast International Airport’s April traffic was up 16pc to 400,000 passengers.
  • Reports this week of severe turbulence on board an Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi to Jarkarta. News reports said that 31 people were injured, 10 of them taken to hospital.
  • Matthew Thomas was appointed chief executive of Shannon Group.
  • lufthansa headphonesBusiness class passengers on Lufthansa will be provided AKG N60 noise-cancelling headphones from January 2017.
  • Etihad Airways partnered with Travelport’s MTT to launch its iPhone app.
  • AWAS acquired two A320-200s.
  • Avolon announced the deliver of its first A320neo.

Afloat

Royal Caribbean announced that its internet service VOOM is now available across its fleet.

Eddie Hobbs rowingIrish Ferries is providing transport and logistics support for the Garda Chris Crossing charity boat row across the Irish Sea in aid of the National Neurosurgical Centre at Beaumont Hospital. The crossing will take between 12 and 15 hours to complete and will happen some time in late May or early June, depending on weather conditions. Picture shows Eddie Hobbs taking part in an on-street rowing demo to promote the event.

Carnival’s Adonia became the first US cruise ship to dock in Havana in decades.

The MSC Spendida was back at Dublin Port before visiting Cork this week.

Norwegian Cruise Line signed a partnership with Emerging Markets Communications to provide its on-board WiFi.

Royal Caribbean will continue its Dynamic Dining programme on Anthem of the Seas.

Ireland

Fáilte Ireland’s latest tourism barometer found that 73pc of respondents have reported an increase in business in Q1 2016. Four in five hoteliers reported an increase in business.

Gospel Rising Music Festival takes place in Ennis next weekend (May 13–15).

The Burren Rocks geology event takes place in Co Clare this May 28 and 29. This year’s festival features an archaeology cycle tour of the Burren, rock climbing, nature walks, birds of prey flying display and caving.

Bus Eireann ExpresswayBus Éireann’s Expressway service launched its May seat sale on select regional routes.

Eight Danish tour operators took park in a fact-finding visit around Ireland’s Ancient East as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. Their itinerary included Powercourt House and Gardens, the JFK Arboretum and Dunbrody Famine Ship, Smithwick’s Experience, Waterford Crystal and the Viking Triangle.

TOURISM IRELAND BOARD MEETS IN GALWAYThe May board meeting of Tourism Ireland took place in The Twelve Hotel, Barna. Picture shows Tourism Ireland board members and senior managers with local tourism companies, at Cnoc Suain, Spiddal.

Is Roche’s of Donadea the lowest pub in Ireland? Watch here troubadour Dave Houston performing over the bank holiday weekend in the iconic Kildare Bog of Allen venue.

Deal Watch

Jet2holidays offers ex Belfast: 7 nights self catering 3* Garden Palace Hotel, Laganas, Zante from £247pp incl. 22kg baggage and return transfers, depart May 18. 7 nights self catering 3* Prado do Golf, Vilamoura, the Algarve from £291pp incl. 22kg baggage and return transfers, depart May 16. 3 nights 4* NH Alicante, Alicante City from £266pp incl. 10kg baggage, depart May 21. Visit jet2.com or jet2holidays.com.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,129pps, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive Blue Bay Platinum Marmaris, Dalaman from €479pps, depart May 30. 7 nights half board The Island Hotel, Goves, Crete from €699pps, depart May 22. 7 nights self catering 2* Rodus Sun, Faliraki, Rhodes from €319pps, depart May 25. 7 nights half board Hotel Golden Donaire Beach, La Pineda, Costa Dorada from €719pps, depart August 2. 7 nights B&B Hesperia Hotel, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €599pps, depart June 13. 7 nights self catering Gran Amadores Apartments, Amadores, Gran Canaria from €489pps, depart June 16. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,229pps, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,329pps, depart June 19. 7 nights full board Mediterranean Medley cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €969pps, depart May 31. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 14 nights all inclusive 5* Gran Sirenis Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,259 2+1, from €2,59 2+2, depart June 13. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plaza, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €499pp, depart June 13. 7 nights half board 3* More Hotel, Alcudia, Majorca from €439pp, depart June 18. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Royal Decameron Club, Runaway Bay, Mexico from €1,799pp, depart June 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Santa Ponsa Holiday Centre, Majorca from €359pp, depart May 25. 7 nights self catering 3* Jardin Del Sol, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €419pp, depart June 16. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn, Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,199pp, depart June 12. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Travel Department is offering 13 nights B&B Deep South USA from €3,799pp incl. return flights and excursions, depart October 10. Other offers: 3 nights Rome for the canonisation of Mother Teresa from €679pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and Rome city tour, depart September 2.

Sunway offers: 8 day escorted tour of Costa Rica from €1,359pp, solo traveller from €1,758pp, depart June 11. 16 day escorted tour of Spain, Morocco and Portugal from €1,879pp, depart September 3. 7 nights 5* river cruise on the Seine from €1,649pp, depart August 19. 7 nights full board Greek Isles cruise on board Norwegian Jade from €799pp incl. premium drinks package, flights and return transfers, depart October 16. 10 nights Baltics cruise on Norwegian Star from €1,599pp inc;. 1 night pre stay in Copenhagen, premium drinks package and flights, depart September 4. 12 nights Eastern Caribbean cruise on board Freedom of the Seas from €1,419pp incl. 4 nights pre stay in Orlando, premium drinks package and flights, depart October 12. 11 nights full board Eastern Med cruise on board Celebrity Reflection incl. flights, return transfers and classic drinks package, depart October 10. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

ITAA cycling offers: 7 nights B&B Cycle the Camino de Santiago from €840pp incl. bicycle hire, daily luggage transfers, route map, pilgrim passport and emergency contact, travel April to October. 8 days B&B Baroque Sicily Cycling tour from €880pp incl. luggage transfers, airport transfer, entry to chocolate factory, telephone assistance, road book and maps, travel between now and October. 7 nights B&B Cuban Highlights bike tour from €2,499pp incl. tour leader, support vehicle, 4 lunches and three dinners, bike hire and Cuban tourist card, travel February 2017.

Tour America Black Friday offers: 3 nights Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel from €599pp incl. return flights, depart November 24. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €689pp incl. return flights, depart November 25. 3 nights Crowne Plaza Chicago from €699pp incl. return flights, depart November 25. Visit touramerica.ie.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Camping Cisano and San Vito, Bardolino, Lake Garda from €1,756 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 3* Madison Apartments, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €2,076 2+2, depart June 18. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, Portugal from €1,476 2+2, depart May 14. 7 nights 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, Portugal from €2,676 2+2, depart June 4. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €2,987 2+2, depart May 28. 7 nights half board 4* Barcelo Lanzarote Resort, Costa Teguise from €3,625 2+2, depart June 18. Visit topflight.ie or call  01 240 1700.

Contiki is offering a 14-day European highlights holiday from €1,676pps incl. visits to seven countries, flights, transfers and accommodation. Book by May 9, depart May 23. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering a 9-night Dalmatian Elegance experience from €2,1079pps incl. acommodation, flight and transfers. Depart May 13. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering a 10-day Highlights of Eastern Europe cruise on board the River Princess from €2,599pps incl. flights, meals, beverages and shore excursions. Depart June 6. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Classic Resorts offers: 3 nights 3* Plaza Hotel Havana and 7 nights all inclusive 4* Iberostar Tainos, Cuba from €1,469pp, depart September 1. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Occidental Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from €1,349pp, depart September 21. 3 nights 4* JA Ocean View Hotel Dubai and 7 nights full board 4* Kuramathi Island Resort Maldives from €2,559pp, depart September 1. Book by May 18. Call 0818 332 515.

Email editor@travelextra.ie to have your say or it is @TravelExtraIre on Twitter if that’s your bag.

Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
  • May 10 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Sligo
  • May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
  • May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
  • May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
  • May 12 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Limerick
  • May 17 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Cork
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • May 24 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Waterford
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 14 Skal function, Merrion Hotel
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th Trade birthday party, details TBA
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • 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
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 15 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 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch

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

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: 170 ways to N America every week from Dublin

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LAExperience event to publicise Aer Lingus new route from Dublin to Los Angeles due to commence May 4

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Things to know about travel this week

  • Canada the focus of Travel Extra May edition
  • 179 T/A flights a week from Dublin this summer
  • Tiocfaidh ár LA: Lingus lights up new destination
  • Vancouver gets thumbs up from ambassador
  • Fanad sheds a new light
  • Who will head up Fáilte Ireland?
  • Irish agents shine in Birmingham.
  • Passport office looks back
  • Sunway turns 50
  • German beer purity turns 500 (let’s drink to that)

Travel Extra TV

video of the week may 1Our video of the week shows incredible drone footage of grey whales and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of California. Watch here.

  • Nicole Kidman stars in Etihad’s virtual reality film trailer, shot on board an A380’s Residence suite. Viewers can explore the aircraft using Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear headsets. You can still have a look around if you don’t have the technology (use the arrows on the top left corners to toggle the screen). Watch here.
  • Joe Joe the capybara takes a dip in the pool. Watch here.
  • Embraer celebrated the delivery of its 1,000th business jet. Watch here.
  • Perth stand up paddle boarders had to get out of the water after salmon went into a “flapping frenzy”. Watch here.
  • Emirates posted a video of its Arabian Travel Market highlights. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s video showcasing Game of Thrones activities and locations in N Ireland. Watch here.
  • Ryanair staff list where they would travel this bank holiday weekend. Watch here.
  • Aer Lingus promoted its Los Angeles route by bringing The Calypso Tumblers from Venice Beach to South King Street. Watch here.
  • See timelapse footage of the Mama & Baby Panda sculpture being installed on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas. Watch here.
  • Fáilte Ireland published a new video to promote Dublin—A Breath of Fresh Air. Watch here.
  • Shocking footage was published online this week showing an English family being attacked by a crowd of hooligans while they were on a night out in Thailand. Readers are warned that they may find this footage upsetting. Watch here.
  • Turkish Airlines drove the Batmobile to Istanbul as part of its latest marketing campaign. Watch here.
  • See a B787-9 Dreamliner being assembled and painted. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

travel extra cover may 2016 900Left or right? Which way should you turn when you enter a theme park? Check out the knowledge section in the May 2016 print edition of Travel Extra which will be hitting the agencies in the coming days. It features news of Canada’s 29 flights each week from Ireland this summer with destination reviews of the sprawling country, Halifax in Nova Scotia (watch video here) and the polar bears of Manitoba where Travel Extra caught up with a man who had a lucky escape when confronted by a polar bear on the streets of Churchill (watch dramatic video footage here). We also review the Midi-Pyrenees district where separate Aer Lingus services to Toulouse and (new) Montpelier have opened up new road trips (watch video here, see interview with Anne Romiguerre in the French heritage village of Conques here and watch our report on the highlights of Montpelier here). We hear from new ITAA President Cormac Meehan on his plans to grow membership of the organisation (watch video here) analyse the great rate debate in Dublin hotels, the merger of big hotel groups, the three big theme park openings in Florida and other theme park news, how the third ship in Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class Ovation of the Seas is a game changer, and how Tourism Ireland’s eye have turned to Germany and our extensive aviation section features Ryanair’s latest u-turn on bag charges., Travel Extra‘s team of award winning travel writers and photographers are already trotting the globe preparing the May 2016 issue which will detail what is a big year for tourism to each of America’s 50 states and an exciting summer for river cruise for 2016. See the print issue here

Declan Kearney and Paula Donaghy of Aer Lingus at the Aer Lingus LA pre-launch event in the Marker Hotel, Dublin, April 27

The LAExperience event in the Marker Hotel in Dublin helped create a little excitement for Aer Lingus big-ticket route launch for this summer, with tumbling dancers, hair and make-up, bicycle smoothies and hoop yoga on offer for invited media. The direct service to LAX which is due to recommence on Thursday (yes, Travel Extra will be travelling on your behalf). Watch here the fun and frolics from the event. Aer Lingus say Los Angeles is a very different route from the San Francisco service which Aer Lingus resumed in 2014, with fewer “beyond” connections on the American side. Flights will be four weekly and take 11 hours. Picture shows Declan Kearney and Paula Donaghy of Aer Lingus. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

celebrity cruises 001Celebrity Cruises and Travel Centres hosted travel agents at L’Ecrivain, the restaurant owned by avid cruisers Sally Ann and Derry Clarke. Agents pictured with Lorraine Quinn of Celebrity Cruises and Derry Clarke include: Dominic Burke of Travel Centres, Clare Dunne of The Travel Broker, Catherine Myler of Newbridge Travel, Ciara Mooney of Freedom Travel, Jeff Collins of Best4 Travel, Sarah of Best4Travel, Jackie Spain of K Travel, Emily of K Travel, Fiona Kelly of Freedom Travel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

john keogh colin brodieFlorida is anticipating a record 100,000 visitors from Ireland in 2016, according to Colin Brodie from Visit Florida who hosted 70 members of the travel trade at and event in the Morrison Hotel. Picture shows John Keogh from Aer Lingus with Colin at the event. Irish people tend to visit the state when it is at its hottest and most humid but there are signs that that may be changing. Aer Lingus will have four flights weekly from September. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Germany celebrated the 50th anniversary of their famous beer purity laws this week. Watch here the exploration into Bavarian and Thuringlian beer culture by 16 fearless travel writers from 14 countries, all delegates to Germany Travel Market, with Ireland’s national reputation rested in the safe hands of Travel Extra. And yes the parting glass was sung.

eamon flanagan ambassador_5589Canada has been the star performer among destinations served from Dublin airport, airport MD Vincent Harrison told 65 guests at a function in the Canadian Embassy on Thursday, watch here (or listen here). The pre-launch event was to promote the Dublin to Vancouver 3w direct service which Air Canada Rouge commences on June 10, the only widebody service to Canada this summer with a 280-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft in a two class configuration, operating until October 9. Flights will depart Dublin at 11.35 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, arriving at 13.35 in Vancouver. The return service will depart Vancouver at 15.05 arriving in Dublin at 08.35 the next morning. Watch here Canadian ambassador Kevin Vickers, who told guests that the Dublin flights were shorter than some internal flights in Canada (listen here). Watch here Eamon Flanagan reminding agents of the Premier Rouge premier options and wide number of onward connections from Vancouver (or listen here). Watch here Air Canada’s new two-country manager Stephen Gerrard, based in London, say that Air Canada was the fastest growing airline in the world outside of the Gulf and Turkey (or listen here). Picture shows Eamon Flanagan of Premair/Air Canada Rouge and Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickers. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Des Smyth and Tony Lenehan being interviewed at Punchestown, April 27 2016Kildare Fáilte’s new chair Tony Lenehan told guests at an event in Punchestown that he welcomed input into a new strategy document for the county to help double the number of overnights spent in Kildare by 2020. It is a big year for Kildare tourism with a food festival associated with the Irish Open in Straffan in May and with the Derby in the Curragh in June. Watch here Tony Lenehan speaking at the event (or listen here) and watch here Dick O’Sullivan, manager of Punchestown racecourse (or listen here) The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is targeting over 100,000 with the possibility the total might reach 130,000 beating the record of Royal Portrush in 2014. Picture shows Des Smyth and Tony Lenehan being interviewed at Punchestown.

fanad lighthouseFanad Lighthouse opened its new visitor centre and three accommodation unties to the public on Friday, and now becomes the second stop on the wild Atlantic way going south. It is the only lighthouse in the Gaeltacht open to the public. Failte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn spoke at the opening. Watch here interview with Eimear MacMathuna, manager of the facility.

La gomera group walking_5235Travel Extra fulfilled a long-wished for visit to the fifth Canary island La Gomera, a 30 minute ferry ride from Tenerife to an island that has preserved the high-leaked landscape and dreamy romanticism of the Canary Islands of our childhood. Watch here some forest walks, whale watching, fine dining, fun and frolics from the Irish travel writers who were hosted on the island by Canaries Tourism and the Spanish Tourist Board and watch here interview with tour guide Gordo Wenck who came to visit in 1977 and never left. Watch here the dolphin and whale watching trip with Tina Excursions (and yes, that is Travel Extra‘s editor in the water, NOT as many thought, a whale). Picture shows Gordo Wenck, John O’Dowd, Aisling Scally, Thomas Breathnach, Roisin Healy, and David Donohue. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

NYC_180416_TryphavanaCross_ReginaldCharlot_9276Tryphavana Cross and Reginald Charlot of NYC & Company hosted travel agents at a table quiz in The Marker Hotel to publicise the city’s tourist programme for 2016. By July 2016, 500 state-of-the-art LinkNYC kiosks will come to New York City’s five boroughs, offering free high-speed Internet, phone calls, and device charging for residents and visitors. Staten Island Ferry service was expanded to run every 30 minutes, seven days a week, between St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island and Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.he MTA’s Second Avenue Subway will be New York City’s first major expansion of the subway system in more than 50 years, due December 2016, Mark Ashfield was the quiz winner.

Travel Trade

sunway_6204Sunway turned 50 this week, watch here interview with Tanya Airey by Travel Extra, watch here the official Sunway commemorative video and read here feature on Sunway in the print edition of Travel Extra. Sunway’s 50th Trade birthday party will take place on August 10. Picture shows Tanya Airey MD of Sunway with Product managers Mary Denton and Deirdre Sweeny,

Royal Caribbean will host 200 trade partners fromIreland on the pre-inaugural sailing from Southampton on Friday May 20 until Sunday May 22, making this the largest ever Irish trade event on board a cruise ship and the largest exodus of travel trade on one outing since the ITAA conferences in Benalmadena in 1996 and Algarve in 1999. Listen here to Ben Bouldin speaking about the importance of hosting agents over a period of days rather than port ship visits, which is like seeing the ship with the lights off.

Pamela Brownlee 001Pamela Brownlee of Flyaway Travel won most forward thinking agent at the TTG awards in Birmingham. Tom Donohue won best Irish agent and Sandra Corkin of Oasis the best agent from the north. Dublin once had a Viking queen called Aud the Deep-minded. Ballina now has their own.

This year’s Travel Funday takes place on August 28th 2016 in Wanderers Football Club, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. The 2016 Travel Funday team is Sharon Jordan of TTC, Ciaran Mulligan of Blue Insurance, John Grehan of TTC, Yvonne Muldoon of Aer Lingus, Paul Manning of Hertz, Volker Lorenz of Amadeus, Philip Airey of Sunway, Fiona Foster of Innstant, Rhona McCann of FCM, Dave O’Grady of ETravel, Kristin Skinner of American Holidays and Sharon Lyons of Travelport. The trade is asked to nominate charities with a proposal of 1,000 words by May 20 to jack.goddard@bookttcie.com

topflight madeira 001Topflight say they have improved conversion rates by 20pc and increased average margin for both Topflight and our Travel Agents with a sales process that ensures the first quote provided to a customer matches requirements more exactly. Maurice Shiels, Topflight’s Sales Manager, says  improvements have been particularly significant for our multi-centre itineraries in USA, Canada, Mexico and Thailand and their Cruise and Stay programme. Picture shows Anthony Collins of Topflight and Joana Dias of Madeira Promotion Bureau with Michelle Anderson and Maurice Shiels of Topflight at the Topflight Madeira training evening. Jennifer Byrne and Greta Paulauske were prize winers on the night. Topflight is recruiting senior sales staff for its worldwide division. Details here. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Tianguis_20160427_016Picture shows Anthony Long Nolan at Tianguis Turistico in Guadalajara with the secretary of Tourism Valladolid. He was interviewed for state television Jalisco. Anthony is working in tourism in Mexico in conjunction with Celtic Horizons.
Picture shows Shannon O’Dowd of Etihad and Majella Greene of O’Callaghan Travel at Etihad hosted travel agents in Dundalk, April 13 2016the Etihad Airways regional event at Riva’s restaurant Dundalk. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Irish freelance travel writer Yvonne Gordon has been shortlisted for the International travel writer award at the Malta travel awards.

Superbreak launched a guaranteed free place groups policy. For every 20 adults travelling, the 21st will be accommodated for free.

Watch here John Grehan talking up Uniworld’s offering to the trade in his own inimitable fashion in a presentation to agents at The Residence in Dublin. Watch here Sharon Jordan launching Uniworld’s 2016-7 programme. Eilish Wall also spoke to agents about the importance of the trade in selling five and four star Red Carnation product, which has a solid presence in London. Watchuniworld_4692 here. Sharon Jordan emphasised the value of river cruise in what will be a summer of high prices for holidays in general (listen here), pointed out that rivercruise could be a family holiday (listen here) and reported that Uniworld had been voted best of 300 river ships on the Nile (listen here). John Grehan stressed that the boats all have their own character (listen here) and extolled the virtues of the three for two offer (listen here). See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Kirsi-Marja Salonen Pat DawsonPicture shows Kirsi-Marja Salonen of the Finnish travel agents association and Pat Dawson CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association. Pat made a presentation on the evolution of dynamic packaging to Finnish travel agents a their AGM in Dublin.

An announcement on the venue for the 2016 ITAA conference on November 26-29 is imminent. Watch here Cormac Meehan speaking on whether the conference should be held at home or abroad (or listen here).

  • grenham travel awardGrenham Travel was named family business of the year at the Athlone Business Awards. Picture shows Pauline Grenham, Edel Parker, Marie Grenham, John Mc Grath, President of Athlone Chamber of Commerce, Amanda Sharkey Byrne and Rachael Donnelly.
  • Skal Dublin’s next function takes place in The Conrad Hotel on May 10.
  • Travelport’s Mobile Agent app is now available on Windows-operated smartphones. Germania Swiss is live on Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding.
  • Liam Lonergan was 203rd on The Sunday Times’ 2016 Irish Rich List. His wealth was estimated to be €58m.

Hotels

Ardilaun 170316 99The IHF Western Branch Annual Hospitality Ball in the Ardilaun Hotel raised €3,390.30 for local charity Jigsaw Galway. Pictured presenting the cheque are: John Ryan of, Ardilaun Hotel & Shay Livingstone, Chairman of Galway Irish Hotels Federation andThe Connacht Hotel and Justin McDermott of Jigsaw Galway. Jigsaw Galway is a free confidential support service for young people (15-25) living in Galway city and county.

  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts said it expects to grow its Middle East portfolio by 100 hotels by 2020.
  • B&B Ireland announced a partnership with its French counterpart, CléVacances.
  • Choice Hotels signed an agreement with Equinox Ventures to develop its brands across the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
  • Marriott plans to open 17 new properties across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

International

  • disney diningDisney has reintroduced free dining when booking a Disney moderate, deluxe or deluxe villa resort or free breakfast for Disney value resorts.
  • Wendy Wu Tours unveiled a brand new 11-day tour for winter 2017 where travellers can spend a day at the Sapporo Snow Festival.
  • EU mobile roaming charges were reduced this week. The maximum cost of making a call has been reduced from 19c to 5c per minute plus the domestic network’s price. The charge for downloading data has been reduced from 20c per MB to 5c per MB plus the domes network’s price.

Food and Wine

  • Kinsale All ireland ChowderNancy’s Barn of Ballyliffen, Co Donegal was named All-Ireland Chowder Champion at the sixth annual All-Ireland Chowder Cook-off in Kinsale.
  • Burren Slow Food Week Festival 2016 takes place May 27–29.
  • Fáilte Ireland issued a reminder for nominations to join its Food Tourism Development Network. Nominees are asked to email foodtourism@failteireland.ie or call Shan Raftery on 01 884 7835 by 12 noon this Friday (May 6).

Aviation

ryanairRyanair announced four winter 2016 routes from Belfast International to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw, in addition to the seven routes announced earlier to Alicante, Berlin, Krakow, Lanzarote, Malaga, Milan and Tenerife

Dublin Airport issued a statement detailing its busiest ever summer, with seven short-haul and six long-haul destinations added to the flight schedule, five of these already served by other carriers. For ten weeks this summer Dublin will be busier than the busiest week of last summer. North America capacity is up 13pc with 24 flights a day and 170 flights a week to 12 USA and four Canadian destinations, Europe up 9pc.

Whither Stobart Air? This week there was an intriguing referenence about the former Aer Arann in The Irish Times to IAA concern about “management tensions.“ Tim Jeans has been replaced as chairman by Stobart Group CEO Andrew Tinkler. CEO of Stobart Air, Sean Brogan, would like to head a buy-out. Cityjet may also be interesting with Aer Lingus’s chariman Willie Walsh watching his franchise with a stern eye.

The large selection panel is still finding it difficult to find a new director of administration for the Commission for Aviation Regulation. Re-advertising the position is under consideration.

John Griffin (Kerry County Council Tourism Officer), Kathleen Walshe (Communications, Cork Airport), Kevin Cullinane (Cork Airport Head of Communications), Kate O'Leary (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) and Paul O'Neill (Killarney Chamber) at an event hosted by Cork Airport in The Killarney Park Hotel. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (macmonagle.com)

Picture shows John Griffin the Kerry County Council Tourism Officer, Kathleen Walshe Communications, Cork Airport, Kevin Cullinane Cork Airport Head of Communications, Kate O’Leary President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and Paul O’Neill of Killarney Chamber at an event hosted by Cork Airport in The Killarney Park Hotel.

  • etihad fashionEtihad Airways announced a deal with WME | IMG to become a sponsor to 17 fashion week events around the world annually.
  • Routes Europe was handed over from Krakow to Belfast, where the conference will be held in 2017, Picture shows Anita Gackowska, Head of Aviation Marketing and Mathias Richter, Aviation Marketing Specialist from Cork airport who attended the event.
  • China Southern become the 157th airline to adopt Travelport Rich Content and Branding.
  • Cape Verde’s international airports adopted Amadeus airport common use service.
  • AWAS placed an A330-300 into storage after it came off lease from Singapore Airlines and placed two A330-300s on long-term lease for Hong Kong Airlines
  • shannon airport fleadhShannon Airport is the main sponsor of this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis.
  • WOW air launched a Snapchat competition, calling on entrants to submit a Snap Story to snaptraveler.wowair.com. The winners will each visit four destinations serviced by the airline and document their travels on Snapchat.
  • Shannon Group reported post-tax profits of €7.3m for 2015. Passenger numbers at Shannon Airport were up 5pc last year.
  • THY Side by Side Photo Shoot Randy Lander, DEGENFELDER ALEXANDRA rms283050 nef2015 rms281966 nef2015As part of its Batman v Superman marketing campaign, Turkish Airlines drove the Batmobile to Istanbul. See the promo video in this week’s Travel Extra TV.
  • A survey by Skyscanner found that Dublin Airport is the most popular airport for self-connecting passengers.
  • Boeing will deliver a record number of aircraft to Turkish Airlines this year: six 777-300ERs and 20 Next Generation 737-800s.

Afloat

dacia stena lineDacia partnered with Stena Line. Passengers are offering up to 50pc off sailings from Ireland to Britain and up to 20pc off sailings from Ireland to France when they order and register a 161 Dacia before May 31.

  • Forty-four passengers on Rhapsody of the Seas reportedly had to abandon their cruise after a large wave broke windows and flooded cabins during the first night of a nine-night cruise in the Mediterranean.
  • Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 was denied entry to Aqaba and Salalah because of a suspected outbreak of norovirus.
  • Godmother Claudine Pepin, daughter of French chef Jacques Pepin, christened Oceania Cruises’ 684-passenger Sirena in Barcelona.
  • Hurtigruten will introduce its young explorers programme to MS Midnatsol from November 2016 to March 2017. The programme, aimed at passengers aged seven to 13, features activities focused on the environment.
  • Disney Cruise Lines relaxed the dress code at its adult-only restaurant, Palo, allowing passengers to wear jeans.

Ireland

The race is on for a new CEO for Fáilte Ireland with the imminent departure of Shaun Quinn. John Concannon and Paul Keeley are the leading internal candidates but the question is whether the ex-Ryanair chair of Fáilte Ireland Michael Cawley would prefer someone from an aviation or retail background.

  • The refurbishment of Dublin T1 will reportedly leave no Fáilte Ireland information desk in the terminal which receives more incoming visitors than any other in the State.
  • NEW ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN TO SHOWCASE NORTHERN IRELAND TO MILLIONS OF GAMES OF THRONES® FANS WORLDWIDETourism Ireland continues its Game of Thrones advertising campaign as the popular series launched its sixth season. The 2016 campaign includes the unveiling of 10 carved doors depicting moments from the show and a Game of Thrones-themed stamp.
  • CSO figures show that visits to Ireland between January and March were up 16.6pc YOY.
  • The Irish Open - Day TwoEPIC Ireland, an interactive visitor experience documenting the influence of Irish diaspora, opens to the public at CHQ on Custom House Quay this Thursday (May 7).
  • Brian Cody helped launch the new zip line at Castlecome Discovery Park. At 300m long, it claims to be Ireland’s longest over-water zip line.
  • Martin Kaymer confirmed that he will participate in this month’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at The K Club.

Deal Watch

turkish airlines deal watchTurkish Airlines is offering Dublin–Hong Kong via Istanbul from €476pp incl. taxes and charges. Book by May 4, depart by May 26. Visit turkishairlines.com.

Lowcostbeds offers, 7 nights based on two sharing, depart May 21: 2* Castillo Beach, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €9pppn self catering. 2* Puerto Sol, Caleta de Funste, Fuerteventura from €13pppn self catering. 3* Atlantic Gardens, Corralego, Fuerteventura from €17pppn self catering. 3* Kirstal Hotel, Torremolinos from €17pppn B&B. 3* Parasol Gardens, Torremolinos from €20pppn B&B. 3* Buensol Apartments, Torremolinos from €21pppn self catering. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Elotis Suites Aparthotel, Crete from €389pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 4* Sana Sesimbra Hotel, Costa Azul from €499pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in September. 7 nights B&B 5* The Volcan Lanzarote Hotel from €599pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in December. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,159pps, depart June 13. 14 nights all inclusive Clubhotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,359pps, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Tequila, Mexico form €1,239pps, depart June 20. 7 nights self catering Roda Oasis, Corfu from €469pps, depart May 20. 7 nights self catering Ourania Apartments, Gouves, Crete from €369pps, depart May 22. 7 nights self catering Silver Springs Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €329pps, depart May 23. 7 nights full board Mediterranean Medley cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €959pps, depart May 31. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Belvedere, Costa Dorada from €699pps, depart Knock July 12. 7 nights half board Hotel Talayot, Cala Millor, Majorca from €539pps, depart Shannon June 18. Summer 2017 collection is on sale now. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 8 day escorted adventure tour of Costa Rica from €1,359pp, solo traveller from €1,758pp, depart June 11. 7 nights all inclusive Punta Cana from €1,539pp, depart November 12. 11 nights 5* Celebrity Eastern Med Cruise on board Celebrity Reflection from €1,249pp, depart August 29. 13 nights 5* Holland America Line Baltics cruise on board MS Zuiderdam from €1,259pp incl. 1 pre night in Copenhagen, depart May 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Miramar Apartments, Albufeira, Algarve from €299pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Vistamar Aparthotel, Costa del Sol from €329pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 2* Puerto Carment Aparthotel, Lanzarote from €369pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €379pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Bouganvillia Aparthotel, Santa Ponsa from €299pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €349pp, depart May 14. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Travel Department offers: 4 nights B&B Costa Brava from €299pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes and charges, depart May 12. 7 nights half board Salamanca from €699pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and some excursions, depart October 6. 12 nights half board Sri Lanka from €2,799pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes and charges, depart February 4 2017.

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Royal Caribbean offers: 14 night Italian Mediterranean cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,659pp, depart Cork July 10. 14 nights Mediterranean beaches cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €1,404pp, depart June 18. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €2,155pp incl. all-inclusive drink package and $150 on board credit, depart July 24. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America offers: 3 nights LA, 3 nights Santa Barbara, 4 nights Huntington Beach from €1,299pp incl. flights and 10 days fully inclusive, depart September 16. 7 nights Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando from €549pp, depart October 18. 4 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €639pp incl. return flights, depart October 19. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €699pp incl. return flights, depart November 24. Visit touramerica.ie.

deal watch irish ferriesIrish Ferries is offering free travel for children aged 15 years and under for families traveling from Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke. Up to six children per booking, travel until December 18. Book by May 17.

ITAA offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Aparthotel Resort Del Mar, Banjole, Istria Riviera, Croatia from €499pps incl. taxes, transfers and local rep, depart June 4. 7 nights Orlando from €589pp incl. return flights and accommodation, travel October. 11 days Borneo from €1,475pp incl. meals, transport, 2 nights accommodation in guesthouse, 1 night in homestay, 2 nights in hotel, 3 nights in jungle lodge and 2 nights in resort.

Topflight offers: 7 nights 4* Bella Italia, Lake Garda from €1,196 2+2, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights 3* Madison Apartments, Adriatic Riviera from €2,076 2+2, depart June 18. 7 nights 4* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €1,876 2+2, depart May 7. 7 nights 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira from €1,998 2+2, depart June 4. 7 nights 4* Hotel Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €2,987 2+2, depart May 28. 7 nights 4* Barcelo Lanzarote Resort, Costa Teguise from €3,625 2+2, depart June 18. All prices include transfers, taxes, return flights and €30pp online discount. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Lowcostholidays offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Rio Apartments, the Algarve from €259pp, depart June 21. 7 nights B&B 5* Aqua Hotel Riverside Resort & Spa from €1,210 2+1, depart July 6. 7 nights self catering 3* Club Bellevue Apartments, Majorca, Algarve from €335pp, depart June 7. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Gran Bali, Costa Blanca from €1,305 2+1, depart July 6. 7 nights 3* Ramada Gateway Hotel & Inn, Orlando from €629pp, depart June 7. 5 nights 3* Seton Hotel, New York from €985pp, depart October 8. 5 nights 3* Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas from €649pp, depart October 8. 7 nights 3* Blue Sea Cancun Plaza, Cancun from €929pp, depart September 3. Visit lowcostholidays.ie or call 01 485 3835.

Stein Travel offers: 7 nights self catering Vista Blanes Apartments, Menorca from €589pp, depart Cork June 25, July 2 or July 9. 7 nights self catering Roc Lago Park, Menorca from €625pp, depart Cork June 25, July 2 or July 9. 7 nights B&B Sol Milanos Pinquinos Hotel, Menorca from €828pp, depart Cork June 25, July 2 or July 9. 7 nights self catering Lanzarote Paradise from €489pp, depart July 17, 24 or 31. 7 nights self catering Costa Mar Apartments, Lanzarote from €532pp, depart July 17, 24 or 31. 7 nights B&B 5* Volcan Lanzarote from €723pp, depart July 17, 24 or 31. 7 nights self catering Royal Costa, Costa del Sol from €548pp, depart Cork July 15, 23 or 30. 7 nights self catering Buensol, Costa del Sol from €605pp, depart Cork July 16, 23 or 30. 7 nights B&B 5* Gran Hotel Elba Estepona, Costa del Sol from €712pp, depart Cork July 16, 23 or 30. 7 nights self catering Mirachoro, the Algarve from €450pp, depart July 17, 24 or 30. 7 nights self catering Presidente Apartments, the Algarve from €527pp, depart July 17, 24 or 30. 7 nights B&B 5* Vale D’Oliverias, the Algarve from €809pp, depart July 17, 24 or 30. Visit steintravel.ie or call 01 517 5990

Cassidy Travel all inclusive offers: Algarve from €186pp. Costa Dorada from €238pp. Costa del Sol from €253pp. Majorca from €280pp. Lanzarote from €330pp. Fuerteventura from €344pp. Malta from €389pp. Visit cassidytravel.ie or call 1800 332 500.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • May 2-5 We Are Africa, Cape Town
  • May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
  • May 10 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection,
  • May 10 MSC and SAS training day, Sligo
  • May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
  • May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
  • May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
  • May 12 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection,
  • May 12 MSC and SAS training day, Limerick
  • May 17 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection,
  • May 17 MSC and SAS training day, Cork
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • May 24 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection,
  • May 24 MSC and SAS training day, Waterford
  • May 25 Travelport Roadshow, Cork
  • May 31 Travelport Roadshow Belfast
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 9 Travelport Roadshow Marker Hotel Dublin
  • June 14t Skal@Merrion Hotel
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal Evening BBQ@Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th Trade birthday party, details TBA
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • 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
  • Oct 11 Skal@Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9, WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal@Tour Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 13 Skal President’s Lunch

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

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Uniworld go down to the river

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Re-enactment of the Magdeburg phyiscist Otto von Guericke's air pressure experiment of 1654 at the opening of Germany Travel Market in Magdeburg, April 17 2016

Re-enactment of the Magdeburg phyiscist Otto von Guericke’s air pressure experiment of 1654 at the opening of Germany Travel Market in Magdeburg, April 17 2016

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5 things to know about travel this week:

  • Jean-François favourite for Air France job
  • Uniworld to host ITAA conference on the Danube
  • Petra Hedorfer expects changes to German border control experience in 2016
  • Wittemberg expects 600,000 visitors for Reformation’s 500th anniversary
  • Peter O’Hanlon hosts the TIGS President’s Prize

Travel Extra TV

video of the week april 24 2016Extraordinary footage in our video of the week. Two stand up paddle boarders in Vancouver captured the moment a humpback whale surfaced. Watch here.

  • See how volunteer Darrick summons the elephants at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. Watch here.
  • Robert Downey Jr visited the Eiffel Tower for the premiere of Captain America: Civl War and puts on a bit of a light show. Watch here.
  • Guinness Storehouse and Tourism Ireland teamed up to create a video of the perfect pint. Watch here.
  • See Tourism NI’s promo for the Causeway Coastal Route Road Trip. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

christoph mueller h&s iata 001In the week that the news broke that Christophe Mueller is leaving Malaysian early for personal reasons, it emerged that one of the biggest jobs in aviation has no obvious candidate. The next CEO of Air France/KLM could be an internal candidate (Frédéric Gagey (CEO Air France, or Lionel Guérin, CEO of HOP) but there are others circling, Jean-François Cirelli, former CEO of Gaz de France and GDF Suez, now president of the French branch of BlackRock, and Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO of the public transport group Transdev. Thierry Antinori, the current number two of Emirates, and Fabrice Bregier, Airbus CEO, Olivier Piou from Gemalti and Guillaume Pepy, CEO of SNCF, have all declined. French trade unions might keep an eye on Christophe.

uniworld_4692Uniworld hosted trade and press at separate events in The Residence on Stephen’s Green on Thursday to tell agents they have extended their for three months their offer of a free river cruise to agents who book three river cruises. John Grehan (“book six and I will travel with you,” he said—he was joking, we think) reminded the trade that Uniworld was the only fully inclusive rivercruise company, “Others say they are all inclusive, but with us all drinks and gratuities are covered” (listen here). Sharon Jordan spoke about Uniworld’s worldwide programme (including the pioneering Ganges programmes that sold out within days of their launch last year) (listen here). Eilish Wall updated guests on the Red Carnation group and reminded agents to think Red Carnation when booking London properties (listen here). Picture shows Sharon Jordan and John Grehan at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

petra klaus_4277There was some reassuring news from Germany Travel Market in Magdeburg where Tourism Body CEO Petra Hedorfer said she expected changes to the border control experience in 2016 that would make things easier for travellers. She welcomed competition among low cost airlines precipitated by Ryanair’s move to grab 20pc of the German market and noted that point to point travel by low cost airlines, rather than international traffic through the major hubs, has driven much of the recent growth enjoyed by German tourism. Hier zuhoeren Petra’s reply to Eoghan Corry’s question about the impact of Ryanair expansion on German tourism. . Hier zuhoeren Petra Hedrofen’s presentation to the conference where she stresses the role played by the 2006 World Cup in moving Germany to a top five destination in world tourism. Picture shows Petra Hedorfer and Klaus Lohmann, who heads up the London office of Germany tourism looking after the Irish and British markets. Hier zuhoeren Minister Iris Gleicke opening at GTM. Hier zuhoeren Lutz Trumper, mayor of Magdeburg. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Germany videoWatch here Ralf Niebergall conducting international travel writers on an archtectural tour of Magdeburg during Germany Travel Market.

The town of Wittemberg expects about 600,000 visitors next year to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the reformation (Martin Luther ‘s 95 theses were allegedly posted on a door there on October 31 1539). Travel Extra called by on the Martin Luther trail in advance of the anniversary. Germany is currently celebrating the 500th anniversary of their famous pure beer laws in 1516 (water, malt, hops and yeast are the only ingredients allowed). Could the two events be related?

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 00.35.35Watch here Julia Wilkomm conducting international travel writers on a tour of the Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed mulit-pupose building in Magdeburg city centre during Germany Travel Market.

miriam skellyThe TIGS President’s Prize at Druids Glen was loquaciously hosted by Peter O’Hanlon. Martin Dempsey of Dempsey Travel in Navan was the men’s winner with an impressive 42 points playing off 11. Niamh Byrne of Ask Susan Travel won the ladies with 25 points. Picture shows Beatrice Cosgrove of sponsors Etihad, Miriam Skelly of Navan Travel and TIGS President Peter O’Hanlon at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Cooks Gonzalo groupCancun in Mexico and Montego Bay in Jamaica are back on the Falcon holidays programme for 2017. Falcon/ Thomson/ TUI will also have additional flights to Costa Dorada in Spain, a new Splashworld resort in Tenerife and a range of luxurious hotels branded A La Carte. Falcon’s new-look incorporates the parent company TUI’s distinctive red smile, evidence of further integration within the brand. Falcon and Gran Canaria hosted the travel trade for a hilarious evening at Cook’s Academy on Thursday night. Picture shows Antoinette Young, Gonzalo Ceballos, Kathryn McDonnell and Leila McCabe at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

group_4923 copyPicture shows David Donohue, John O’Dowd, Roisin Healy, Aisling Scally, Thomas Breathnach and Eoghan Corry on a press trip to La Gomera. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Grenham Travel loresGrenham Travel won the Family Business of the Year Award at the Athlone Business Awards organised by the Athlone Chamber of Commerce at the Sheraton Hotel last weekend. Picture shows Pauline Grenham, Edel Parker, Marie Grenham, John McGrath, President of Athlone Chamber, Amanda Sharkey Byrne, and Rachael Donnelly.

NYC_180416_IvanBeacom_EI_RoisinCarbery_TropicalSky_9288Picture shows Ivan Beacom of Aer Lingus and Roisin Carberry of Tropical Sky at the NYC & Company event in the Marker Hotel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • SAS has signed up for Amadeus Fare Families.
  • Pat Dawson of the ITAA delivered a well received talk to the Finnish travel agents on dynamic packaging and the how the landscape for the regulated industry in Ireland.
  • Avalon Waterways personnel hosted the CLIA Travel Agent Advisory Council.
  • Pamela Brownlee of Flyaway Travel is a finalist in the TTG travel agent awards on Monday in Birmingham.
  • philip airey groupOther winners at the TIGS event in Druids Glen, Gents Cat 1: Clem Walshe (5) 38pts (back 9) Cat 2: Tom Coade (16) 38pts, Cat 3: Des Abbott (27) 29pts, Front 9: John Power (14) 29pts, Back 9: Conn Connolly (5) 20pts, Long Drive: Conn Connolly, Nearest Pin: Volker Lorenz, Ladies Cat 1: Nicholas Burns (12) 25pts, Cat 2: Marian Benton (35) 23pts, Front 9: Miriam Skelly 15pts, Back 9: Gillian Lowry 10pts count back, Long Drive: Nicholas Burns, Nearest Pin: Niamh Byrne.
  • cartrawler agreementCarTrawler signed a partnership with Spain’s national train operator, Renfe. Picture shows CarTrawler’s Michael Cunningham and Aida Ordains.
  • Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS trade training days: Sligo, May 10. Limerick, May 12. Cork, May 17. Waterford, May 24. Venues to follow. For more information, email grainne.caffrey@lowcostbeds.ie or ommckinney@ie.amadeus.com.
  • morrison hotelPicture shows Olivia Byrne of American Holidays and Phyllis Walters of Travel Counsellors at the Visit Florida and Aer Lingus event for the trade at the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
  • Sabre added the option for airline tickets and ancillary products, rail and service fees through its virtual payments system.

Hotels

  • Dublin Airbnb Host, BrigidAirbnb expects 200 of its hosts for an event on May 7 to talk taxation, insurance, cleaning, and home design. Airbnb says the average host is 44 years old and 14pc of all hosts are retired and 43pc self-employed. Airbnb launched its “Live There” advertising campaign this week.
  • AccorHotels which serves 150 million meals a year announced intent to reduce food waste by 30pc and a large part of making that happen will be the planting of vegetable gardens at some of their hotel sites.
  • Radisson Red opened in Brussels.

International

Charlie_Flanagan_2014The Euro 2016 championship will be played under a state of emergency after the French government extended their emergency powers imposed in November. Foreign Affairs minister Charlie Flanagan urged fans to register with the DFA in advance of the tournament as part of a first eleven travel tips for fans (some of them very odd indeed).

  • Ireland’s overnight stays to Germany are up 9.5pc in February.
  • Las Vegas’s new adrenaline attraction Speedvegas celebrated a ceremonial track opening
  • Algarve Tourism Association launched new golden tees to celebrate the region’s 50th year of golf.
  • Texas based TourConnect’s integration with Tourplan is ready to go live.
  • Trip Advisor named the Travellers’ Choice Awards list in the best islands of the world category.
  • Some interesting discussion at Queen’s University in Belfast this week where Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry gave a talk on the Zika Virus. One academic posed the question how many universities listen to their own experts rather than the more panic-prone government advisories in their travel advice for staff and students. You guessed the answer. So did we.

Food and Wine

Fáilte Ireland requested nominations for food companies to join its Food Tourism Development Network.

Aviation

Brussels ZaventemBrussels Zaventem airport will take longer than expected to get back to normal. Brussels Airlines the only operators using the airport until end June at least. Ryanair is diverting passengers through Charleroi and Aer Lingus through Amsterdam, using an A321 in place of an A320.

Routes Europe takes place in Kraków until April 26 with all the main Irish airports (but neither of the airlines) in attendance.

  • Google maps technology has been extended to allow passengers view Aer Lingus business class. Business Class fully lie flat seats have been added to Aer Lingus’ Boeing 757 aircraft to match “the levels of comfort, storage and space” on the A330 fleet (except with more throne seats). The inaugural flight of the newly-fitted 757 was made in February from Shannon to Boston and four additional aircraft will be fitted with the new business class cabins by mid-May.
  • China Southern signed up for Travelport Rich Content and Branding
  • Air Transat announced a new premium economy Club Class.
  • Donegal Airport was voted one of the world’s most scenic airport landings in a poll conducted by PrivateFly.
  • Flybe selected CTC Aviation for Pilot Recruitment Roadshow in Dublin.
  • Ryanair took delivery of a B737-800, serial 44732.
  • There were reports this week of a near collision between and Aer Lingus aircraft and a drone at Charles de Gaulle airport.

Afloat

Design features on MSC’s Seaside Class design will give more outdoor space and three walkways with glass balustrades and a glass floor will give guests the feeling that they are walking on water. The first of three ships will come into service in December 2017 and will sail year-round from Miami.

  • Irish Ferries supports Garda challengeIrish Ferries is supporting An Garda Siochana’s Chris Crossing charity boat row across the Irish Sea in air of the National Neurosurgical Centre at Beaumont Hospital.
  • CLIA will host the 2016 Technical & Regulatory Forum in London.
  • Silversea celebrated one year-to-go until the christening of its new flagship Silver Muse with commemorative on board all eight of Silversea’s ships around the world.

Ireland

paul gallagherPaul Gallagher of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation says the government tourism targets are too modest and should be revised upwards to €6.2bn by 2025 instead of €5bn. “Tourism’s strong recent growth has meant that overseas earnings from tourism have risen already to €4.2 billion per annum. As tourism leaders we can’t be satisfied with 2pc annual growth for our industry. Imagine the food or pharmaceutical or IT industry accepting a 2pc annual growth target? Why should we in tourism be any less ambitious? A figure of 4pc annual growth should be eminently achievable for tourism. This would create an additional 50,000 jobs.”

Fanad Lighthouse opens Friday next in time for the great lighthouses of Ireland festival over the May bank holiday weekend. Elsewhere guests can listen to the Singing Sistas at Clare Island Lighthouse and listen to the tales and stories of lighthouse keeping on Ballycotton island. See greatlighthouses.com.

GOING DUTCH IN IRELANDPicture shows representatives from de Jong Intra Vakanties, together with 16 travel agents who toured Ireland as guests of Tourism Ireland.

Cavan for Walking Festival takes place over ten days, April 29 to May 8.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car opened its new city centre branch, located on Russell Street, Dublin 1 beside Croke Park.

TOURISM IRELAND LEADS SALES MISSION TO CHINATourism Ireland and 14 partners will visit Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen as part of a sales mission to grow tourism from China.

ACTOR RICHARD E GRANT LENDS A HAND TO PROMOTE THE ISLAND OF IRELANDFetch me the finest wines known to humanity. Tourism Ireland has teamed up with actor Richard E Grant and Smooth Radio in a promotion to showcase Ireland to English holidaymakers.

Cork International Choral Festival anticipates 100 events and 5,000 international singers.

John Neilly of Nephin Whiskey the only remaining master cooper in Ireland demonstrated his traditional barrel making skills at the launch of Féile na Tuaithe 2016 at the National Museum of Ireland Castlebar. Féile na Tuaithe takes place on 21-22 May 2016.

milwaukee ennisPicture shows Milwaukee festival personnel in County Clare with local tourism interests, Mary Gleeson of Old Ground Hotel, Maurice Walsh of Durty Nelly’s, Ger Dollard CEO and Patrick Boyle Executive Director Milwaukee Irish Festival, Maureen Cleary of Clare Tourism, Paul Madden Chair Clare Tourism & MD Temple Gate Hotel, Marie Slattery of Shannon Group & Míchéal Ó’Riabhaigh, Chair of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

John Ducie conducts a guided walking tour of Powerscourt Gardens and the wider landscape beyond in County Wicklow on 4th of May at 11am.

Bus Éireann will provide coach travel for Irish golf clubs wishing to travel to this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on May 19-22 as organisers target an attendance record for a European tour event.

Tony Lenehan & DerekMcGrathPicture shows Tony Lenehan, Chairman of Kildare Failte with Derek McGrath, the CEO of the Curragh Racecourse at the Kildare foodscape forum in the Curragh.

Fáilte Ireland chief executive Shaun Quinn confirmed that he will move on after his term of office expires later this year.

Laser World Championships 2016 Set for Dun Laoghaire Bringing €2.5m BoostThe Youth and Men’s Laser Radial world championships will take place in Dun Laoghaire this July, with 400 boats representing 40 nations participating.

International Media in Ireland on a Seafood Journey of the Wild Atlantic WayA group of international media are touring the Wild Atlantic Way on a food-focussed press trip. Picture shows the group with Eithna O’Sullivan at Eithna’s By The Sea in Mullaghmore, Sligo and Antoinette Reilly of Fáilte Ireland.

imex failte irelandFáilte Ireland attended the IMEX Frankfurt Trade Exhibition to promote the island’s MICE products.

Eight British tour operators visited Ireland’s Ancient East this week.

US shopping channel Evine Live TV was filming in Waterford this week, their first time filming outside the States.

Journalists from Germany and Beligium visited Ireland’s EDEN award-winning sites this week, on a press trip organised by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland. Picture shows the group with Jane Stokes of Fáilte Ireland at Sheep’s Head.

The historic town of Celbridge launched an audio guide.

Deal Watch

Lowcostbeds offers, based on 7 nights, 2 sharing, depart June 8: 3* Parasol Gardens, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol from €26pppn B&B. 3* Bajondilla, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol from €33pppn self catering. 2* Mar a Vista, Albuferia, Algarve from €14pppn self catering. 3* Algarve Gardens, Albuferia from €19pppn. 2* Salou Pacific from €16pppn self catering. 3* Best Club Cap Salou from €25pppn B&B. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 2 nights &B The Cookehouse, Belfast from £70pps incl. welcome bottle of Prosecco, available until May 31, call (028) 9514 4648. 2 nights B&B Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry from £119pps incl. cocktail on arrival and 4-course meal on evening of choice, available until May 31, call (028) 7114 0300. 2 nights B&B Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh from £129pps incl. dinner at Belleek restaurant on evening of choice and access to leisure facilities, available until May 31, call (028) 6862 2200.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 5* Real Marina Hotel and Spa, Olhao, the Algarve from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in November.

3 nights 4* Ilunion Pio XII Hotel, Madrid from €239pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights 4* Sands Beach Resort Apartments, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €449pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in September. 7 nights B&B 4* Playaluna Hotel, Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Algeria from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May.

4* Roquetas de Mar, Spain in May from €299pp Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Sunway offers: 11 days escorted tour of Myanmar from €3,225pp (add flights for €999pp), depart September 28. 14 days decorated tour of Myanmar with Bangkok from €4,166pp (add flights fro €910pp), depart September 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Miramar Apartments from €349pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira from €349pp, depart May 14. 7 night self catering 4* Paraiso de Albufeira Aparthotel, Albufeira from €469pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 2* Bayside Apartments, Albufeira from €499pp, depart June 17. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Miramar Apartments, Albufeira from €649pp, depart June 17. 7 nights B&B 4* Algarve Casino Hotel, Praia da Rocha from €719pp, depart June 17. 7 nights self catering 3* Estrela do Vau Apartments, Portico from €2,016 2+2, depart July 1. 7 nights self catering 3* Dorisol Florasol Apartments, Funchal from €1,296 2+2, depart July 1. 7 nights self catering 4* Aqualuz Apartments, Lagos from €2,559 2+2, depart July 1. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800

Sunway fly/cruise offers: 13 nights Baltics cruise on board MS Zuiderdam from €1,299pp, depart May 28. 11 nights Eastern Med on board Celebrity Reflection from €1,299pp incl. classic drinks package, depart May 16. 7 nights Eastern Med cruise on board Norwegian Jade from €849pp incl. premium drinks package, depart October 16. 9 nights Med Cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas from €959pp, depart October 18. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from €399pp, depart May 12. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Paradise Valle Taurito, Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria from €1,769 2+1, depart May 12. 7 nights B&B 2* Sinem Hotel, Marmaris, Turkey from €349pp, depart May 30. 7 nights self catering 3* Stefania Studios, Stalis, Crete from €369pp, depart May 29. 7 nights self catering 2* Rosamar, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €449pp, depart Shannon May 30. 7 nights half board 3* More Hotel, Alcudia, Majorca from €379pp, depart Cork May 14. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn, Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,189pp, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Grand Sirenis Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,239pp, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Holiday Village Marmaris, Turkey from €1,869 2+1, from €2,549 2+2, depart May 30. 7 nights self catering 2* Deya Apartments, Santa Ponsa, Majorca form €189pp, depart Cork May 14. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Resort Mexico, Riviera Maya from €1,949pp, depart June 20. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Yacatan, Playacar, Mexico from €1,459pp, depart June 13. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Belvedere, Salou, Costa Dorada from €689pp, depart Knock May 21. 7 nights half board 3* Son Baulo Hotel, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €549pp, depart Cork May 17. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,439pp, depart June 12. 7 nights full board Adriatic Explorer cruise on board Thomson Dream from €1,159pp, depart May 27. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 10 nights all inclusive Eastern Caribbean cruise on board Anthem of the Seas from €2,209pp incl. $100 on board credit and return flights, depart November 10. 7 nights For Lauderdale round-trip on board Oasis of the Seas from €1,449pp incl. return flights, depart September 17. 7 nights Mediterranean family cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,069pp incl. return flights, depart May 29. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America is offering complimentary Disney Dining when you book a Moderate or Deluxe resort hotel by November 3, or complimentary breakfast for value resort bookings made by July 7. Offers: 7 nights B&B Disney All Star Music Resort from €1,099pp incl. transfers, 7-day ultimate ticket, depart January 6 2017. 7 nights Disney’s Caribbean Resort from €1,269pp incl. dining plan, transfers and 7-day ultimate ticket, depart January 6 2017. 7 nights Disney’s Animal Kingdom from €1,539pp incl. transfers, dining plan and ultimate ticket, depart January 6 2017.

Lowcostholidays offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Rio Apartments, Vilamoura, Algarve from €295pp, depart June 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Carlota Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €359pp, depart June 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Ramada Gateway Hotel, Orlando from €650pp, depart June 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Blue Sea Cancun Plaza, Mexico from €970pp, depart June 9. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Gran Bali Hotel, Costa Blanca from €1,020 2+1, depart June 8. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Club Bellevue Apartments, Alcudia, Majorca from €1,265 2+1, depart June 8. Visit lowcostholidays.ie or call 01 485 3835.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Florasol from €399pps, depart May 12. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal from €539pp, depart May 12. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Baia Azul, Funchal from €599pps, depart May 19. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Mimosa, Funchal from €599pps, depart May 19. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Mimosa, Funchal from €499pps, depart May 26. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal from €569pps, depart May 26. 7 nights B&B 5* Melia Madeira Mare, Funchal from €799pps, depart June 2. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Contiki is offering 8 days Italy tour from €1,127pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Book by April 26, depart May 23. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Highlights of Poland tour from €2,250pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Book by May 13, depart June 10. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8-day river cruise on the Rhine on board SS Antoinette from €2,491pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions. Book by May 31, depart July 17. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Cassidy Travel offers: 7 nights 3* Cafiris, Corfu from €1,739 2+1, depart June 3. 7 nights 4* Paradise Valle Taurito, Gran Canaria from €2,179 2+1, depart June 4. 7 nights 3* Revoli Playa, Gran Canaria from €1,489 2+1, depart June 9. 7 nights 3* Sunclub Apartments, Costa del Sol from €1,749 2+1, depart June 10. 7 nights 4* Club Aida, Dalaman from €1,259 2+1, depart June 13. 7 nights 3* Loulas Village, Corfu from €1,659 2+1, depart June 17. 7 nights 4* Family Life Marmari Beach, Kos from €2,179 2+1, depart June 18. 7 nights 5* Club Turban, Dalaman from €2,049 2+1, depart June 27. Visit cassidytravel.ie or call 0818 332500.

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  • 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

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  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

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Ovation of the Seas, April 11 2016

 

 

 

7 things you need to know about travel this week:

  • Did Ryanair really have 108 baggage charge? It is down to six now:
  • 500 years of pure German beer, we fearlessly go tasting on your behalf.
  • Visit USA roadshow gets an Ethiopian touch
  • Travel Department celebrates 20 years
  • SAS celebrates 50 years in Ireland, okay, 48 and a bit but who is counting?
  • The coolest toy on Ovation of the Seas? The pods of course
  • Hotspots of Irish tourism; 70 attractions sampled by visitors to Meitheal

Travel Extra TV

video of weekOur video of the week shows animal behaviour expert Mark Vette training rescue dogs to fly. Watch here.

  • Ryanair uploaded its “satisflying” TV spot to YouTube. Watch here.
  • Ten Titanic-themed things to do in Belfast, from Tourism Ireland. Watch here.
  • See our report from Visit USA‘s Ireland roadshow for the Irish travel trade. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland uploaded behind-the-scenes footage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens being filmed on Skellig Michael. Watch here.
  • Footage shows a crane carrying an Air India aircraft crashing at Hyderabad Begumpet Airport. Watch here.
  • An oblivious snowboarder gets chased by a bear. CGI or flesh and bone? (It’s CGI of course). Watch here.
  • This one is NOT a fake. It shows what happens when you give a Dublin Zoo tiger a wake up call. Watch here.
  • A close call for this snowboarder, who dodges an avalanche. Watch here.
  • Thousands of seals were spotted at Massachusetts Beach. Watch here.
  • Airbus uploaded a video explaining its Runway Overrun Prevention system. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

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Royal Caribbean hosted 164 Irish agents and media on board Ovation of the Seas for an unscheduled pre-launch event portside in Southampton. The cruise line did not initially expect to hold an event on Ovation, but the ship arrived early and was looking splendid when Travel Extra stopped by for a look. On the face of it not much is different, a noodle bar and a change of restaurant. But the décor is more interesting with artworks and a pair of pandas are installed where the polar bear and Gigi the Giraffe were placed on Quantum and Anthem respectively. Ovation is bound for the Chinese market, and Claudia King of Royal Caribbean told Travel Extra that ships in Asia are more focused on concierge services. IN general the ship is more refined, seems more high end and a little more purple gives a very classy feel to the product. Watch here the tour of the ship with Irish agents and international media. Picture shows Irish agents Caroline O’Toole of Fahy Travel, Ciara Sweeney of Corrib travel and .Kaspars Kivlenieks of Fahy Travel. Watch here Johann Hill explaining the coolest thing on the ship.

ovation_2956Johann Hill the Royal Caribbean staff captain was asked by Travel Extra what was the coolest piece of equipment he had on board Ovation of the Seas. His answer: the two 20.5-megawatt ABB Azipod XO propulsion units. Watch here. Picture shows Falcon agents Mary McGrath Kilkenny, Denise Kirby Savoy, Mark Aagfield Talbot St, Catherine Cinnamond Limerick, Paula Smith Clondalkin, Andrea Power Tallaght, Elaine Keating Waterford and Clodagh Whelan Mahon Point.

ovation_2938Michael Bailey, CEO of Royal Caribbean has not given up on his no-set-time dynamic dining concept, which left cruise customers underwhelmed when it was launched on Quantum of the Seas at the 2014 ITAA conference. It is to be relaunched with a new name, my dining. Watch here Michael’s comments to Travel Extra on board Ovation of the Seas. Picture shows Travel Counsellors on board the ship, Mandy Walsh, Nadine Farrelly, Ann Marie Nolan, Sharon Tiernan Murphy, Karen Morgan Murphy, Sinead Lonergan, Lorraine Wynne and Helen Kelly. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Visit usa_3149Dee Burdock headed the Visit USA roadshow where seven partners hosted the trade in Dublin and in Cork. Irish visitor numbers to the USA are likely to hit 440,000 when the final tally  is reached for 2015. S9me of the most interesting comments were made by Tony Flynn of Ethiopian Airlines, a newcomer to Visit USA as a result of their Los Angeles service in which he stressed the links to Vegas and San Francisco and the net rates for business travel available agents (watch here/listen here). Picture shows Beverleigh Fly of Bookabed and Tony Flynn of Ethiopian Airlines at the Visit USA Roadshow in Dublin, April 12 2016. Watch here/listen here Matt Bates representing Kansas and Oklahoma, speaking at the event. Watch here/listen here Jo Piani representing Kissimmee and Savannah. Watch here/listen here Jo Ashley representing New England. Watch here/listen here Dee Burdock, Visit USA chair. Watch here/listen here Gerry Boyle representing Discover USA. Watch here/listen here Patricia Purdue representing Massachusetts. Watch here/listen here Francine Sheridan. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Michael O’Leary was on hand on Tuesday to unveil year three of the Always Getting Better programme (is it just us, or does the slogan have a slightly Stalinist slogan feel to it?). What was left to announce? One big innovation is the Myryanair club getting priority access to sale fares. It is a first in aviation, and you can see what they are at. The database that Ryanair will accumulate with this incentive will be invaluable. Ryanair is not going to have a curtain, but they will have business customers and they can persuade, as is their wont, commercial partners to offer further benefits to this database. Ryanair say year 3 is all about digital acceleration and innovation, which likely means Ryanair gets to make more money and kudos at somebody else’s expense. They have ramped up the groups programme that they initially started and the bag options has been made less clear, down to six.

michael o'leary kenny jacobs laughs_2172Ryanair says they previously had 108 bag options (we tried to count them too but succumbed). Apparently they had a 15kg bag which could be booked at high or low season (2), at 3 different stages of booking (during booking, added to booking or at airport) (3), across 3 different route lengths / types (short, long or domestic) (3) and as 3 different bag options (1st 2nd or 3rd bag) (3).. Now customers will be able to choose to book a 15kg, 20kg or third 20kg bag and will pay one price per bag size regardless of whether the bag is booked during the initial flight booking, added to the booking or booked at the airport. High season and low season baggage fees will be consolidated to one set rate, which will only be higher on longer haul routes (thus offering 6 baggage options). We will finalise these fees shortly and the new baggage options will be introduced in June. Sixteen separate enhancements were announced, some of them evolved from previous AGBs. Things can only get worse after three AGBs.

eoghan gtmGermany Travel Market commences this weekend in Madgeburg in Germany, kicking off with a lavish opening ceremony last night. The most up to date figures for Ireland are for 2014 when there were 170,338 arrivals from Ireland and 385,423 overnight stays, up 22.3pc, including camping. Overnight stays have grown by 68.5pc since 2005, continuing a boost jump started by the 2006 world cup. Ireland did not even qualify and sent one of the largest delegations of visiting fans, what does that mean for France and the 2016 euros? See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook

IMG_3961 copyGermany is celebrating the 500th anniversary of their beer purity laws enacted by Herzog Willem in 1516. Travel Extra joined a culinary tour based out of Bayreuth to check out the revolution in craft breweries and distilleries that has engulfed the heartland of the Bavarian beerlands. Visits included breweries and distilleries old and new including the quaint Maisel’s Bier Erlebniswelt museum, a Danube cruise, visits to the Wagner museum in Bayreuth and the historic town of Weimar. Picture shows Claus Alboth conducting a cookery class for international travel writers at Romantikhotel Dorotheenhof. Picture shows Ann Ruppenstein, Christine Retschlagm, Megan Scheel Drillinger, Michael Schoenberger, Prachi Joshen,Yumiko Tsuboi, Eoghan Corry, Jan Blazej, Xue Wang, Mayan Si, Eoghan Corry, Sigi Burth, Alzabeta Capkova, Xiaoli Jia, Sigi Burth, Jan Protic (obscured), Claus Alboth, Sha Jin, Francisco Gavilan, Anja Dietrich and Hsiao Mei Yin. Missing: Bachir Sleiman, And yes, the parting glass was sung.

Travel Department celebrated their10th anniversary. The tour company has grown and prospered through siege of traditional tour operators and through recession alike. It started with four people and will soon be up to 42 now.

sas three copySAS celebrated 50 years in Dublin (they suspended the service from Nov 1977 until Feb 1979 but who are Travel Extra to quibble, the break was collateral damage caused by SAS Manchester-Dublin rights were revoked by London over a dispute regarding BMA’s Birmingham-Copenhagen rights). Picture shows Hans Dyhrfort General Manager SAS Europe, Hans Asaa. former Country Manager Ireland (retired) and Alan Sparling SAS Manager Ireland. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Fáilte Ireland hosted the largest ever Meitheal over two days at the RDS in Dublin, with 455 Irish tourism suppliers and 310 overseas buyers, including 40 tour operators who have not previously had Ireland on their books. After Meitheal, 100 international buyers from more than a dozen key tourism markets have arrived in Belfast for a Meet the Buyer event organised by Tourism NI. Ten fam trips organised for visiting tour operators criss-crossed the country in the days before the event, taking in 70 visitor experiences in all, one of which has not yet opened, which reads like a guide to the action spots in Irish tourism: Abbey Theatre Backstage Tour, Altamont Gardens (Carlow), Athlone Castle (Westmeath), Baltimore Sea/Safari/Whale Watch West Cork (Cork), Bantry House & Garden (Cork), Belvedere House Gardens and Park (Westmeath), Beyond Barricades 1916 Bus Tour (theatrical tour), Birr Castle Gardens (Offaly), Blarney Castle (Cork), Blarney Woolen Mills (Cork), Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Meath), Castletown House, (Kildare), Charles Fort, (Kinsale), Chester Beatty Library (Dublin), Christ Church Cathedral, Clonakilty (Cork), Clonmacnoise (Offaly), Dalkey and Biddy’s Cottage, Dalkey Castle interactive live theatre, Donegal Castle (Donegal), Drumcliffe Church and Graveyard, Dublin City Bike Tour, Dublin Contemporary Tour of Dublin, Dublin Creative Quarter walking tour, Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, Dunbrody Famine Ship (Wexford), Dursey Island Signature Point (Cork), English Market (Cork), Epic Ireland (Dublin), Fanad Lighthouse (Donegal), Fota Wildlife Park (Cork), Glendalough (Wicklow), Glengarrif (Beara Peninsula tour), Glenveagh Castle and Gardens (Donegal), GPO Witness History, Grange, walk with Seatrails (Sligo), Guinness Experience (Dublin), Heywood Gardens (Laois), Hill of Uisneach (Westmeath), Hook Lighthouse (Wexford), House of Waterford Crystal (Waterford)), Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa (Cork), Irish National Stud (Kildare), James Joyce Tower and museum, Kildare Village (Kildare), Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience (Kilkenny), Kilkenny, St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Castle (Kilkenny), Kinnegar Craft Beer Brewery (Rathmullan, Donegal), Kinsale Town (Cork), Knowth (Meath), Lissadell House & Gardens (Sligo), Little Museum of Dublin (Dublin), Lough Boora Discovery Park (Offaly), Mizen Maritime Museum and Visitor Centre (Cork), Mullaghmore (Sligo), Newbridge Visitor Centre (Kildare), Powerscourt Estate and Gardens (Wicklow), Rock of Cashel (Tipperary), Salthill Gardens (Donegal), Seatrails walk to the Shelly Valley (Sligo), Skibbereen Heritage Centre (Cork), Slieve League Cultural Centre (Donegal), Titanic Experience Cobh (Cork), Trinity College / Book of Kells (Dublin), Trinity College, Long Room and Book of Kells (Dublin), Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre (Offaly), Viking Splash Tour, Voya Seaweed Baths, Strandhill (Sligo), Waterford Museum of Trasures/Viking Triangle.,

jennifer o'brien group copySunway hosted the travel trade at a thank you event for their support. Picture shows Phyllis Walters of Travel Counsellors, Katerina Bomshtein of Gran Canaria Tourist Board and Jennifer O’Brien of Travel Counsellors at the Sunway Trade event in Amuse Restaurant, April 13 2016. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

travel dept 20 yearsTravel Department celebrated its 20th birthday at Fiorentina Restaurant on Parliament Street. Speaking at the event, founder Bob Haugh, credits the company’s survival to innovation and customer service. He remarked at the pace of change in business: “20 years is quite a milestone for us… The average life expectancy of a business is just 12 years.” For the next 20 years, “who know what it has in store,” he said. “Maybe we might float the business… if we do decide to go public, I hope you’ll all buy a share.” Listen here to Bob’s speech and listen here to Marty Whelan entertaining. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Pat Dawson gave a well received presentation to the Finnish travel agents body SMAL in Dublin on Friday on dynamic packaging and how the travel trade in Ireland responded to the collapse of their traditional charter market.

Tanya Airey of Sunway says most customers are transferring to Izmir after the cancellation of the tour operator’s Bodrum flights last week. The cancellation means Sunway have one weekly charter to Turkey this summer, down from four in 2013.

Topflight launched its five-day sale today. See Deal Watch for more.

Hotels

The Irish Hotels Federation called for a strong tourism focus from government on regionality, value for money, and more state investment in tourism.

joe green amarisAmaris Hospitality appointed Joe Green as head of development.

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel in Enniskillen celebrated their 40th year in business.

AccorHotels group said that it intends to reduce food waste by 30pc and to plant its own vegetable gardens at a number of properties.

International

The European commission proposed the suspension of Schengen visa waivers for US and Canadian visitors because the US requires visas from citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania. This is not going to be solved easily. While Croatia and Poland are close to visa waiver status and could get it if the rejection quota guidelines are altered (Roger Dow has been lobbying for this), Romania is still a way off visa waiver status.

Expedia’s Global Millennial Traveller Report in eight markets: Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, South Korea and US, showed 1 in 4 millennials think it is important for people to comment on the holiday photos they post on social media, rising to 46pc of American millennials, 2 in 3 millennials want an authentic holiday experiences above all else when travelling and 31pc felt that having an authentic experience and having people comment on their photos are equally important.

scottish dog campaignScotland’s pet-friendly holiday prize was won by ten year-old mongrel Becky, recently returned from her trip which she enjoyed as part of her prize courtesy of Stena Line and VisitScotland, from Stena Line and three night’s accommodation at the luxury dog-friendly Trigony House Hotel in Dumfries and Galloway.

Listen here to Hakan Ateş at World Tourism Forum

VisitScotland expo 2016 plans to increase its economic impact by 40pc with 420 international tourism and 190 from England meeting 275 Scottish tourism suppliers.

Luggage manufacturer Samsonite is to roll out suitcase tracking technology by the end of the year.

Food and Wine

  • United trade union called for the publication of an investigation into dubious tipping practices by the London government, as a result of evidence that Pizza Express. and other popular restaurant chains which were pocketing a portion of tips instead of passing them on to staff while there were questions about how service charges are shared out in 4 and 5-star hotels, with allegations of sharp practice, lack of transparency, unjustifiable admin fees and large sums of money diverted to salaried managers.
  • Barton & Guestier is now distributed by Findlaters.
  • Chef Challenge 2016 was launched by Cono Sur Wine.

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Ryanair announced three new winter services from Cork to Gran Canaria, Malaga and Tenerife bringing the total to nine. Cork Airport installed their long awaited second airbridge at a cost of €450,000. Picture shows Bill Daly, Head of Asset Care at Cork Airport and Brian Culloty, Airport Engineer with Cork airport’s new airbridge which has been installed at aircraft parking stand 8 and following some power and systems testing, will be operational over the coming weeks

Dublin airport passenger numbers continued to increase by 17pc in March to 2.1m. The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub is up 71pc to 51,000.

Delta Air Lines Announces March Quarter Profit.

Dalmac continued its major European Recruitment Campaign for Ryanair, no previous cabin crew experience is required, applicants must be over 18 years of age.

Belfast International Airport passengers were up 12pc in March to 370,000.

Dublin Airport announced €10m investment in the T1 arrivals hall and façade including new flooring, a replacement ceiling, the removal of desks from window areas, relocation of all restaurants to one area and concentration of services such as the Tourist Information Office, bus, travel and the information desks in one area.

turkish airlines euro liveryTurkish Airlines unveiled an A330-300 passenger aircraft painted in the Euro 2016 livery.

Jet2.com announced a new service from Belfast to Girona for Summer 2017.

  • Etihad Airways and Avianca signed a codeshare partnership
  • A subtle policy change by USA-based airlines means that customary multi-city ticketing can no longer use the lowest available fare on each segment. Instead, the new policy combines the highest refundable fares available on each segment and returns a round-trip single price that is substantially higher than if a consumer purchased separate one-way fares.
  • The 19th Annual Global Airfinance Conference is confirmed for January 17th – 19th 2017 in Dublin.
  • A Carlson Wagonlit Travel analysis of 6.4m air booking transactions suggested women book their flights 1.9 days earlier than their male counterparts and pay an average of around 2pc less for their tickets than men.
  • Foynes hosted a Pan Am workers reunion.
  • Singapore Airlines signed up for Amadeus Revenue Management technology.
  • British Airways will increase capacity by 784 seats a week on flights between London and Nairobi for summer 2016
  • Ryanair say 88pc of their flights were on time in March.
  • The IAA reported a 13.2pc increase in operating profits to €33.6m in 2015.
  • Turkish Airlines released pictures an A330-300 in the UEFA Euro 2016 livery.
  • Dublin International Aviation Training Academy was ACI training institute accreditation.
  • American Airlines celebrated its 90th birthday.
  • Avolon delivered a B787-9 to Virgin Atlantic and an A320-200 to Thai AirAsia.

Afloat

  • P&O Cruises announced a 14 night fly cruise to Barbados on February 3rd 2018 on board Britannia.
  • Avalon Waterways launched Avalon Passion in the Austrian town of Linz with Jill Ellis acting as godmother, their second suite ship in a week bringing the total to 12 in a European fleet of 16.
  • Azamara Club Cruises offered spring savings on 16 participating voyages in 2016 and 2017, book by May 31.
  • Chinese actress, Fan Bingbing, will be the Godmother for Ovation of the Seas
  • Jeremy McKenna was appointed Norwegian Cruise Line’s head of sales for Ireland and Britain.

Ireland

  • Visitors surveyed in Failte Ireland‘s Visitor Attitudes Survey 2015, conducted by Millward Brown, showed value for money was rated “very good” by 18pc and “good” by 45pc, up from 14 and 41pc. Ireland exceeded the expectations of 44pc of holidaymakers and 55pc of North Americans, 28pc said the weather was better than they expected and 27pc the food better than expected, 64pc said that they would return soon and 39pc sometime in the future.
  • Bláthnaid Treacy is to judge the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition at the Punchestown Festival.
  • Éigse Michael Hartnett 2016 began in Newcastle West
  • Titanic Belfast has kick-started its Year of Access, which aims to highlight the issue of disability access.
  • The Guinness Storehouse recorded 15pc growth in the first three months of the year and their busiest day on record on March 18th with 10,000 visitors on that day alone.
  • Visit Belfast launched a £200,000 marketing campaign utilising 360º virtual reality technology leading to 40,000 bed nights and £3.4m extra revenue.
  • Iarnród Éireann and Translink released a video showing customers the €15.3m refurbishment and improved customer facilities on the Dublin-Belfast Enterprise service.
  • Consultants were appointed to design Doolin’s new pier facilities.
  • Leonardo da Vinci exhibition opens May 4th at the National Gallery of Ireland
  • Kathryn Thomas’s Pure Results bootcamp announced a 2016 partnership with Quest adventure Race series. The camp takes place in Parknasilla in April and May and moves to Temple Lodge in Westmeath from June to September.
  • Tourism Ireland launched the next phase of its Star Wars campaign with a behind-the-scenes film shot during the making of The Force awakens on Skellig Michael in 2014. See Travel Extra TV.
  • The seventh annual Gospel Rising Music Festival takes place in Ennis, May 13–15.

Deal Watch

Sunway Tenerife offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaino Tropical Apartments from €2,499 2+2, depart July 2, 9 or 16. Ski offers: 7 nights all inclusive Cervinia, Italy from €1,259pp, depart November 27. 7 nights all inclusive Wengen, Switzerland from €1,259pp, depart December 19. 7 nights all inclusive Val Thorens Sensations, France from €1,279pp, depart November 20. 7 nights all inclusive Les Deux Alpes, France from €1,429pp, depart January 7 2017. 7 nights all inclusive Tignes Val Claret, France from €1,479pp, depart November 27. 7 nights all inclusive Pragelatto, Italy from €1,589pp, depart December 11. Other offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Clube Oceano Apartments, Algarve from €369pp, depart Dublin and Cork in May. 7 nights self catering, 4* Vistamar Apartments, Costa Del Sol from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Florisol Hotel, Madeira from €419pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 2* Puerto Carmen Apartments, Lanzarote from €429pp, travel in May. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Lowcostbeds offers, 7 nights based on 2 sharing, depart May 7: 2* Castillo Beach, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €10pppn self catering. 3* Villa Florida, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €16pppn self catering. 3* Las Terrazas, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €12pppn. 3* Los Tulipanos, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €14pppn self catering. 3* Oro Blanco, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife from €20pppn self catering. 3* Columbus, Playa del las Americas, Tenerife from €21pppn self catering. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights half board The Pyrenees, Andorra and Catalonia from €799pp incl. flights, transfers, taxes and charges, depart October 19. 5 nights B&B Lake Garda yoga retreat from €729pp incl. return flights, transfers, 8 yoga sessions and half day Lake Garda boat excursion, depart September 14.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €389pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. 3 nights B&B 4* Quality Hotel Nova Domus, Rome from €289pp incl. airport taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights half board 4* Royal Al Andalusia Hotel, Costa del Sol from €369pp over 50s incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in October. 7 nights B&B 4* Park Lovran Hotel, Croatia from €599pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in July. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Thomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Fethiye, Dalaman from €979pp, depart June 13. 7 nights full board 5* Guia de Isora, Sensatori, Tenerife from €1,299pp, depart May 13. 7 nights half board 5* Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €679pp, depart May 12. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Morramar Apartments, Matagorda, Lanzarote from €699pp, depart May 30. 7 nights half board 4* Fiesta Milford Hotel, San Antonio Bay, Ibiza from €469pp, depart May 26. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,439pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Mexico, Riviera Maya from €2,229pp, depart June 20. 8 nights half board 5* Melia Salinas Hotel, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €749pp, depart April 24. 7 nights half board 3* Sol Tenerife, Playa De Las Americas from €599pp, depart April 22. 7 nights full board Midnight Magic Gran Canaria cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,499pp, depart December 31. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Sun Palace, Faliraki, Rhodes from €1,769 2+1, from €2,359 2+2, depart June 1. 5 nights self catering 2* Green Park, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €579pp, depart April 30. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Portobello Beach, Helona Beach, Kos from €2,179 2+1, from €2,499 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Los Zocos resort, Costa Teguise, Lanzartoe from €1,799 2+1, from €2,499 2+2, depart Shannon June 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Bouganvillia, Santa Ponsa from €399pp, depart May 14. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn, Montego Bay from €1,259pp, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Grand Sirenis Resort, Riviera Maya from €1,589pp, depart June 20.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,895pp incl. return flights, depart December 12. 13 nights transatlantic cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,409pp incl. return flights, depart November 10. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,315pp incl. return flights, depart October 2. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Irish Ferries is offering 7-night Haven Holidays to Britain from €950 for up to six people incl. return car ferry travel.

ITAA offers: 3 nights Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas from €619pp, travel September. 10 nights Chicago, Nashville and Memphis from €1,899pps, depart October 2. 9 days American Parks Trail from €2,940pps, depart August 17.

Topflight offers, book by midnight April 21: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Place, Malcesine, Lake Garda from €699pp, depart May 14. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €799pp, depart May 1. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €499pp, depart May 1. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Albatros, Letojanni, Sicily from €499pp, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €829pp, depart June 18. 7 nights self catering 3* Madison Apartments, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €529pp, depart June 18. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel MIlton, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €849pp, depart June 25. 7 nights 4* Hotel Manzoni, Tuscany from €859pp incl. three excursions, depart May 12. 7 nights 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €999pp incl. three excursions, depart May 1 or 8. 7 nights 3* Hotel Lario, Lake Como from €949pp incl. three excursions, depart May 28. 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €369pp, depart April 23. 7 nights B&B 4* Los Fariones Hotel, Lanzarote from €599pp, depart April 30. 7 nights self catering 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, Algarve from €549pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albuferia, the Algarve from €479pp, depart May 7. 7 nights B&B Dorisol Mimosa, Madeira, Funchal from €399pp, depart May 12. 7 nights 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €549pp, depart May 19. All prices include airport transfers, 20kg baggage pp. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Contiki is offering 8 nights Berlin and Prague tour from €1,686pps incl. flights and transfers, depart June 25. Book by April 30. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days best of Germany from €2,286pps incl. flights and transfers, depart May 13. Book by May 13. Visit insight insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Rhine Discovery on board the River Ambassador from €2,278pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions, depart June 19. Book by May 31. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

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