Travel Extra Sunday Supplement: Dublin stages biggest ever fly-by

Clem Walshe of Lowcost Beds told guests at his travel trade event in Dobbins that 45pc up on last year and that 26pc more agents had signed up to his DP business. “I would urge Irish agents to take a look at their DP offering and ask how we can help them.” Lowcost has increased its reach from 13,000 to 36,000 travel agents. Alex Gisbert said the “reality is bed bank is small margin business forces us to update our product all our time, technology is expensive and we make that commitment on behalf of the agent and aggregate the cost out among 36,000 of you.” He said Irish clients had the highest amount of calls per booking and the most amount of special requests. “What we should be competing against is what you are competing against – people are walking into agents with phone, saying that is the price on booking.com and asking what can you do for me. We hope to give you more business over next 12 months.” See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.micheal o'm dave walsh

Dave Walsh of Etihad, who sponsor the All-Ireland hurling championship told his guests at last Sunday’s dramatic final that he did not care who won as long as there was a winner and not another replay with its impact on the airline’s hospitality budget. Clare corner-back Dómhnall O’Donovan had other thoughts. Niall Quinn entertained the guests with stories of his playing days and his return to play GAA in Eadestown. The final replay will be at 5pm on Saturday 28 September. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. And for those who missed what happened, listen in to Clare FM commentator Syl O’Conner and Niall Gilligan trying to keep their cool during the dramatic finale, (you don’t have to listen to the full clip, the excitement rises from 3.20 on). Dave Walsh is pictured on left, as legendary broadcaster Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh entertained the guests with tales of former years.catalina flying boat 150

Flight Fest organisers expect 100,000 spectators to line the River Liffey today Sunday Sept 15 from 2pm to 5pm to watch 30 aircraft perform a fly-by starting from Dublin Bay and passing the Pigeon House chimneys before swooping over the East Link toll bridge and past the Custom House. A forecast of gales and heavy rain not having dampened the enthusiasm that has already inspired 60 pages of discussion on boards.ie even before the first craft has flown. The fly-past will feature 35 aircraft from every decade from the 1930s right up to 2013. The star attraction of the many amazing craft on display will be the Catalina Flying Boat (pictured). Even Ryanair are participating: Dublin Based Captain, Aidan Murray and First Officer, Colette Daly, will fly one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft as part of the airshow. A Flightfest “from idea to take off” video has been uploaded.

Scandinavian nations dominated the 2013 World Happiness Report, with Ireland ranked 18th in the world, just behind USA at 17th, with an average happiness score of 7.076 (out of 10) for the years 2010 to 2012, just about as happy as we were during the Tiger years. Denmark was top and Togo bottom in the 156-nation survey published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network: 1 Denmark; 2 Norway; 3 Switzerland; 4 Netherlands; 5 Sweden; 6 Canada; 7 Finland; 8 Austria ; 9 Iceland; 10 Australia; 11 Israel; 12 Costa Rica; 13 New Zealand; 14 UAE; 15 Panama; 16 Mexico; 17 USA; 18 Ireland; 19 Luxembourg; 20 Venezuela.martin penrose

Martin Penrose announced he is departing Topflight Worldwide to head up the Irish operation of Scottish-based Ifonly.net. Tony Collins of Topflight said “Topflight are actively recruiting for the Worldwide team and we have ambitious plans. We appreciate what Martin Penrose (and Brian McCarthy who resigned to follow a separate path two weeks ago) have done and the level they have brought Topflight Worldwide to and we are parting on good terms. We have come a long way. When Martin Penrose and Brian McCarthy started they were part of a team of three, now we have a team of 10.”michael o'leary tony ryan

Richard Aldous claimed in his new biography that Tony Ryan was Ireland’s Gatsby. Excerpts from the book claimed that Tony Ryan tried to sell a 25pc stake in Ryanair to BA and showed that Tony Ryan had had to scour the newsagents shops around Dublin to find Michael O’Leary. They quote Tony Ryan in 2004 saying: “I am becoming more and more convinced that Michael O’Leary’s utterances are very negative for the company.” The London Telegraph/Irish Independent speculated that Ryanair’s business model might be broken and the profits warning could refocus the airline on good service, and away from clever tricks “that have made Ryanair one of the most profitable airlines in the world: ”excess baggage charges, a 2pc credit card charge, a €70 penalty for failing to print out your boarding pass, €3 for a small bottle of water.” An article in the Phoenix magazine said Michael O’Leary’s would-be successor is going to have to carry “increasingly daunting burden” of his policy of depreciating airline value over 23 years not 16 as other airlines do.

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Richard Wakely director of Belfast Festival said there will be seven Irish premieres at Belfast Festival Oct 17-27. Including the infamous bullet catcher trick that was shunned by Houdini and has cost 12 lives in mishaps over the 350 years it has been performed. Pictured at the launch of the 51st Belfast Festival at Queens to be staged on Oct 17-27, Anne McMullan of VisitBelfast, Richard Wakely director of Belfast Festival, and Fiona Cunningham director of the NITB office in Belfast. Pictrued in Patrick Guilbaud’s Dublin, September 12 2013.1Shay Mitchell Eileen Penrose Sinead Reilly

Shay Mitchell formerly of Galileo, Eileen Penrose of Emirates (TIGS captain) and Sinead Reilly of Travelport (sponsor) pictured at the TIGS captains day at Carton on Thursday. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.Adventure Tourism Forum 2013 (ATTA with JC)

John Concannon, Failte Ireland with Shannon Stowell, Casey Hanisko and Chris Doyle, ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association) who attended the Fáilte Ireland Adventure Tourism Conference in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon. The conference was attended by 100 Irish activity and adventure providers who were given access to 45 key specialist overseas travel agents at a workshop. Istanbul Arriva lLounge opening 470

Turkish Airlines has officially opened its new Istanbul Arrival Lounge at Ataturk Airport. Business Class passengers, and Economy or Comfort Class passengers with Elite Plus membership, will be able to use the lounge on arrival in Istanbul following international flights daily from 0500 to 1300. The lounge measures 250 sqm and contains 38 seats, showers and changing rooms.

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