TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Airport security, the next step & why America’s tipping culture has to change

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Emirates showcased its two-class A380 at the Dubai Airshow

Emirates showcased its two-class A380 at the Dubai Airshow


7 things you need to know about travel this week:

  • Paris under attack: the implications for tourism
  • Cork gets a new Menorca route
  • MSC honours its all-star agents
  • Why Ireland has only 3 UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Thomson’s cruises to depart Palma & Malaga
  • Tipping point: Danny Meyers starts a gratuity debate
  • Christmas comes to Kildare Village

Travel Extra TV

video of the week nov 15 2015Our video of the week shows Dublin couple Declan and Mandy O’Donoghue get photobombed by a humpback whale while they posed for a picture on a boat tour in Australia. Watch here.

  • Symbio Wildlife Park uploaded a video of Imogen the baby koala’s photoshoot. Watch here.
  • Ryanair uploaded a video for their first Schiphol-Dublin flight. Watch here.
  • See adventurer James Kingston climb the Eiffel Tower. Watch here.
  • Check out Airbus’s highlights from the Dubai Airshow 2015. Watch here.
  • A tricky crosswind landing for this Airbus A380 at Manchester airport. Watch here.
  • Turkish Airlines posted a video directed by Rob Whitworth showcasing the best of Istanbul. Watch here.
  • Emirates reveals its A380 United for Wildlife livery (watch here) and its ferry flight (watch here).                    
  • Etihad celebrated the end of EXPO Milano 2015 with a dance flash mob at the Alitalia and Etihad pavilion. Watch here.

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Weddings and escorted tours are the theme of the December and January print edition of Travel Extra (read here), which will be delivered to agencies in the coming days. We look at Ireland’s €82m weddings abroad business, the rising tide of ocean weddings, how the agents liked NCL’s new Norwegian Escape, the race to succeed Martin Skelly as President of the ITAA, the three contenders for the 2016 ITAA conference, Travel Centres’ upcoming conference the recent terror attacks impact on Egyptian tourism and Ireland’s aircraft leasing business, Cityjet’s new fleet, what the winter slot allocations mean for fares and capacity at Dublin airport, how Monaco has raced ahead to have the highest room prices in Europe, Iceland’s burgeoning tourism, Tanzania’s spice and safari product, the TIGS golf day at the Castle and, as usual, extensive photographic coverage form recent events. Peter O’Hanlon pens the Busman’s Holiday column, recounting how he learned the triple polka and the Lutz in his first attempt to ski down the Lauterbrunnen on the Bernese Overland on his first day as a ski rep and we review Paul Theroux’s return to America’s south, Travel Extra’s team are already trawling the world to prepare the next edition. Holiday World is the theme of the next edition, to be published in mid-November.

Last month’s IATA airport security conference in Dublin raised some of the issues that have sadly come to the forefront in recent weeks. Several speakers claimed that the international aviations community really need to bring aviation security from the protocols of 9-11 in aviation security and bring it up to 2015 and beyond that to 2015. Oliver McGee from New York said. “We are watching people and frisking people above the cargo bay. We have been ignoring what happens in the cargo hold. The mindset of 9-11 has to go. Technology changed and militants are getting smarter.” See more in the print edition of Travel Extra (read here),

paris safety checkFrance, hosts of the Euro 2016 championship, is looking at every aspect of its travel and tourism industry and all of Europe has joined them in empathy and anxiety. Paris’s hospitality industry responded quickly to the shock and terror of Friday night’s nuit de cauchemar, Paris taxi brought people home for free and the people in affected areas threw open their homes to those stranded using the hashtag #portouverte. Two of the 40,000 restaurants in Paris Ben and Christian’s Cambodian Le Petit Cambodge on the corner of the Rue Bichat and Rue Alibert and Célia, Audrey and Cécilia’s delightful cocktail bar La Belle Equipe on Rue de Charonne, while the majority of the casualties occurred at Le Bataclan theatre, also a tourist location. One Irish person was injured. Ireland’s Embassy in Paris asked people who wished to do so to register on +3531 4082000.

Airports remained open throughout the trauma with extra security checks at the aircraft gate at CDG. U2 cancelled their Saturday concert. and sporting events were cancelled. Travel advisories are slower to react than when attacks occur in African and Asian countries, although Belgian prime minister, Charles Michel, has urged his citizens to avoid going to Paris unless “strictly necessary”.

Kevin O'Malley Danny MeyerThere was plenty of food for thought at the latest event in the US embassy’s Creative Minds series at the ambassador’s residence on Friday evening when New York restaurateur Danny Meyers stopped by, an old friend of ambassador Kevin O’Malley’s from his childhood days in St Louis, Meyer is doing something revolutionary next week, from November 19 he will ban tipping at his Union Square Café (website). “Over the 30 years I have been in business the percentage that was expected as a tip ahs gone up. We saw gratuities go from 15pc to 17.5pc to 21pc. The price has also gone up, and the waiters have gotten more, widening the disparity between front and house and back of house. The way this came about is that in America we take a minimum wage of €2.13 and we ask our patrons to pay for that part of the dining experience which is the service, Kitchen staff are not allowed to share with the tips by law. As a result it is nearly impossible to be a cook today in New York city and pay for your culinary education. It goes against upward mobility. If you want to become a manager, and maybe an owner, you cannot afford to stop being was waiter, because our managers are being paid less money than our waiters.” He said his restaurant group is taking a risk because “there is a delta of 7pc between what we are sharing and what it will cost me.” Stopping tips and raising prices means he can add 20 to 25pc to the hourly pay for our cooks but also we have to not to charge customers so much that when they look at the menu hey get a shock.” Picture shows ambassador Kevin O’Malley and Danny Meyers at the event.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Meyer also set up Shake Shack (website), where Travel Extra recently sampled on the recent NYC & Company fam to New York which he explained by the rule of two, price, quality, and speed. Shake shack is a little slower because it is higher quality, you get the same quality coffee and ingredients as you do at our fine dining restaurant. The food is about twice as expensive as fast food but 80pc cheaper than at our Michelin Star restaurants. The audience was a who’s who in Ireland’s culinary scene with such as Margaret Jeffares and Kevin Thornton among the guests.

1Thomson Cruise group_smallThomson Cruise MD (and former Ireland manager) Helen Caron stopped by to tell the Falcon Holidays retail team about Thomson’s cruise programme in 2016 and the arrival of the fleet’s new flagship Thomson Discovery (website). Thomson offer departures next summer from Irish favourites Palma, where the line basing two ships, (Thomson Majesty and Thomson Discovery, formerly Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas), from Malaga (Thomson Spirit), as well as from Corfu (Thomson Dream) and Dubrovnik (Thomson Celebration). Picture shows the Falcon/Thomson team Chris Hackney, Carol O’Connor, Helen Caron, Antoinette Young, Chris Logan and Charlotte Brenner who hosted the travel trade in Dean Hotel Dublin.

1Falcon three_smallSince leaving Ireland Helen has gone a spending binge with her credit card, “the biggest credit card I will ever have” and bought three cruise ships. She denied that she offered to throw in Island Escape when she was purchasing Splendour of the seas from Michael Bailey (Island, a favourite in the Irish market and many peoples first cruise, sold the second of its ships last winter). Thomson Discovery will have eight dining options, including two new signature restaurants Snack Shack and Gallery 47° and a new design. PEEL Entertainment Group will provide entertainment onboard, as they have since the launch of the brand in 2013. The Apollo Group will run hotel operations. The ship launches on June 9, 2016, and will become largest in the fleet with a capacity of 1,830 across 915 cabins of which 4opc will have balconies. Picture shows Catherine Cinnamond of Falcon Limerick, Nicola Fields of Falcon Talbot Street and Clodagh Whelan of Falcon Mahon Point being photographed at the Thomson Cruises event.

Menorca fans are to benefit from the Cityjet operation in Cork. The 98-seat will do a Menorca rotation for 12 weeks on Saturdays (the aircraft’s day off from the 6w Cork-LCY run) during the summer 2016 season for Declan O’Connell’s Lee Travel and David Slattery’s Stein Travel. The programme will be launched on Tuesday November 24 at Cork. It will use the SSJ 100 seating 98 passengers five abreast, a generous 32” seat pitch, a wider seat and a more overhead bin space than competitors. Cityjet is also acquiring eight CRJ900 Bombardier regional jets.

msc all stars of the sea smallMSC honoured its allstar agents on board MSC Fantasia. Dominic Burke of Travel Centres won the consortium award, Alan Lynch of Cruisescapes the agent of the year and Paul Hackett of Clickandgo won the lifetime achievement award. They are pictured with Rebecca Kelly of MSC.

Ed Bourke Eoghan Corry Jenny Desaulles smallWhy does Ireland have only three UNESCO world heritage sites, the Boyne valley monuments (Brú na Bóinne),  Giant’s Causeway and Sceilg Mhichíl? Although seven sites have made it on to the tentative list none are likely to be added in the near future: The early medieval monastic settlements, the Burren in Co Clare, the the Ceide Fields, the historic city of Dublin, Clonmacnoise, the royal sites of Ireland which include: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex, and the western stone forts. Edward Bourke of UNESCO told guests at a tourism symposium in Tralee on Thursday of the considerable local opposition among local landowners and tourist interest to an y additions to our world heritage list It appears for some people UNESCO status is more trouble than it is worth. Picture shows Edward Bourke of UNESCO, Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra who talked about trends in the holiday industry and Jenny Desaulles of Fáilte Ireland who spoke to students and delegates about Ireland’s Ancient East.

press gang discussion copyDave Kenny, editor of the Press Gang told an audience during the Dublin Book Festival in the Gutter Bookshop in Dublin’s Temple Bar that the 55-contributor memoir about the Irish Press newspaper group is the first of a kind, that nothing like this had ever appear din the English language before. Picture shows Dave Kenny. Michael Keane, Brenda Power and Eoghan Corry at the  pre-launch discussion about the Press Gang.

Value retail teamKildare Village launched their Christmas campaign with a function in the Lounge. The Value Retail team (pictured), headed by business director Andrew Marshall, premiered the Red Shoes of Kildare, a Christmas ad based on the Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, The Red Shoes. Three new spaces have opened for Christmas — the Irish Christmas Market, the Drawing Room and Download — while the Phase Two development has seen retail space increase by 5,500 sq metres with 35 new stores. Twenty-two will open by Christmas and the rest will open by the end of Q1 2015. Thirteen brands have been added to the Village, including a “famous Italian brand beginning with A” (Armani, darling), the first Aquascutum store in Ireland, Timberland, and Le Pain de Quotidien restaurant.

Speaking to Travel Extra, head of MICE sales Alison Johnston said Kildare Village has seen a 57pc growth year to date for non-EU markets, with big growth for Canada “thanks to the year-round direct service to Toronto”. A valet service is expected to launch in the new year, and an Irish food and design space will come on-stream too. The Made in Ireland concept is expected to appeal the North American market. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. For interview with Ailson at WTM watch here.

IMG_7422Willie Glennon’s Vision Consulting (website) hosted business leaders in Trinity Collge this week where Charles Spinosa gave a rousing interpretation of how philosopher Martin Heidegger‘s principles expressed in Being and Time (1927) can be applied to modern business leadership, team building and evaluation and corporate strategy.

The USA rethink of the J1 programme threw up a plan to introduce a requirement for applicants to pre-arrange jobs. Minister Charlie Flanagan expressed concern “that meeting the requirements of the new rules may prove challenging for many students and this may in turn impact on the numbers of students participating in the programme.”

Amid all the tension the G20 starts today in Turkey: as world leaders send a message to passengers who might be nervous to travel to the region.

Travel Trade


Travel Professionals Skillnet training: Telesales for travel professionals, November 23, 9.30am-5pm, ITAA Westmoreland Street, costs €120, book here. Digital marketing and social media bootcamp: Athlone, November 24, 9.30am-4.30pm. Dublin, November 25, 9.30am-1.30pm. Cork, December 3, 9.30am-4.30pm. Book here. Google AdWords, Dublin, December 2, 2pm-6pm, book here. Facebook advertising, Dublin, December 8, 9.30am-1.30pm, book here. Content creation, Dublin, December 15, 9.30am-1.30pm, book here.

Voting for the 2016 Irish Travel Industry Awards is open from now until December 21, 5pm. The shortlist will be announced January 8 2016. Vote here.

Blue Insurances offices_4394Ciaran Mulligan’s Blue Insurance moved to new offices in Dublin designed to accmmodate 100 additional staff members. Since the Jobs Announcement last July, Blue Insurance has already hired 20 new staff members, bringing its current workforce to 60 employees. The company plans to employ an additional 80 staff member over the next 12 to 18 months

ultan brennanInnstant Travel appointed Ultan Bannon (pictured) as Country Manager for HotelConnect division.

ITAA’s quarterly survey found that Spain, Portugal and the USA remain the big sellers for winter. Florida, New York and Las Vegas are the US hotspots and there are trends in Iceland, Mexico, Dubai and Cuba.

paul darragh skal nov 10 2015Picture shows Paul Carty of Guinness Storehouse with Daragh O’Neill, Skal Dublin president and GM of Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, at Skal’s function in the Storehouse.

VVV Global Marketing is now representing Visit Savannah in Ireland.


world hospitality awardsNH Hotel Group received the Grand Prix 2015 at the 16th Worldwide Hospitality Awards the InterContinental Paris Le Grand. Best Iconic Employee to Omer Gezer, bar manager at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. Best Hotelier went to Ralph Radtke, general manager, Ciragan Palace Kempinski, in Istanbul.

Marriott International will introduce its Delta Hotels and Resorts brand in the US with the Delta Orlando Lake Buena Vista, which opens next week.

Airbnb executive Chris Lehane told a conference in Paris that home-sharing is now “so big that no army could ever stop it.”

easyHotel partnered with MAN Investments in UAE to build and convert new resorts in the UAE and Oman. They expect to open 600 rooms by 2017 and 1,600 by the end of 2020.

Marriott International partnered with the Alitrip e-commerce platform.

Radisson Blu announced its latest opening in Nairobi in Upper Hill

Onyx Hospitality will open its first two properties in India in 2017 and 2018.


Industry awards

indonesian visaIreland is one of 45 countries now been given free 30 day entry visas by the Indonesian government from January 1 2016. A total of 90 countries are now entitled to 30 days entry free of charge. Australians can get a visa on Arrival for a length of stay of 30 days by paying US$35.

South African tourism officially launch INDABA 2016 on Wednesday. Africa’s largest travel trade event takes place May 7-9 2016.

Rome is to crack down on the Colosseum‘s legionnaires and centurions who prey on tourists.

Visit Scotland is backing a pilot scheme to enable disadvantaged families to take free day trips in 2016

Enterprise Rent-A-Car launched a new website to give renters richer Content and Simplified reservations.

Costa Navarino’s Anazoe Spa wins three awards at The SPA Traveller Awards 2015

Portugal takes the title of World’s Best Golf Destination in the 2nd Annual World Golf Awards

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala approved a 3.3m-acre national park at Sierra del Dilvisor.

Ark Encounter, a biblical theme park centred on Noah’s Ark, will open in Williamstown, northern Kentucky, in July 2016.

Brazil plans to tax Airbnb rentals ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Alton Towers is to cut 190 jobs after a significant decrease in visitor numbers following the Smiler rollercoaster crash in June.

SeaWorld agreed to scrap killer whale shows at its San Diego park by 2017, replacing it with displays on conservation.

wildlife comedy awardThe overall winner of the inaugural Comedy Wildlife Photography Award was Julian Rad, who captured this picture of a wild hamster in action. See the other winning entries here.

Transport for London’s new Tube map shows commuters how long it takes to walk between stations.

Food & Wine

A report, Sustainable Growth Of The Drinks Industry by economist Ciaran Fitzgerald claimed Ireland could grow drinks exports to €2bn while claiming high taxes, regulatory costs and other barriers will place Irish-based businesses at a disadvantage to other jurisdictions and fundamentally undermine the export-led economic growth of the sector.

The Restaurants Association called for the re-establishment of CERT, the former State Tourism Training Agency and said new apprenticeships are inadequate in helping the crisis chef shortage. They want to partner with Chef Training Colleges worldwide to attract qualified chefs to Ireland.

Michelin added street food vendors for the first time to its 2016 Hong Kong guide.

Denmark’s Noma restaurant will close at the end of 2016 to relocate to the Christiania neighbourhood in Copenhagen, where it will have its own vegetable farm. The winner of the Restaurant Magazine restaurant of the year award In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 is to re-open in mid-2017.

Fish & Pips Chalets launched a new chalet cook book.


Estonian_E170_ESAEC_Dub_100713_9908 copySo farewell then. Estonian ceased operations last Sunday as a result of an Eun ruling that state aid had to be repaid. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the aid breached  EU rules. Vestager said Saturday the small airline must pay back about €85m plus interest to Estonian taxpayers.  Michael Kelly’s photograph shows an Estonian aircraft returning to Dublin for storage in 2013. Moye_Flybe_Ireland_West_Airport_05.

Flybe is introducing two new year round services from Knock to Edinburgh and Birmingham, bringing to nine the number of destinations se
rved by the airport to England and Scotland.

Shannon Airport commented on IAA figures: “Shannon Airport is continuing to perform strongly with 6pc growth in passenger numbers last month, the IAA report refers to commercial daily movements, despite less commercial movements, higher load factors (seats filled) have resulted in an overall 5pc increase in passenger numbers year–to-date at Shannon. Total traffic for the month of October is up 6% and Shannon remains on track to achieve overall passenger growth in 2015.

On the aviation conference circuit the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva looked at an allocation of spectrum for global flight tracking in civil aviation and looked at tracking and then live transmission of BlackBox. The Dubai Air Show was told airlines in the ME will need 2,460 new aircraft over the next 20 years, including 1,570 widebodies like the A380. Edmund Tatar told Ascend West Coast: Finance Forum 2015 that lessors are talking about difficulties placing used 777s in the market.

BA launched a codeshare on Aer Lingus routes from London to Knock and Belfast.

cartrawler ancillary reportCarTrawler and IdeaWorksCompany predict that airline ancillary revenue will reach $59.2bn worldwide in 2015, an increase of 18.8pc on 2014 figures. Download the report here.

Flybe announced it end Dublin to Bournemouth Airport flights. The carrier is pulling out of Bournemouth six months after restarting flights.

According to the IAA’s traffic figures for October 2015, traffic increased 7.1pc YOY last month. There was an average of 1,660 daily flights and the busiest day was October 8 with 1,875 flights in Irish airspace. Dublin traffic was up 9.4pc YOY with an average of 551 daily commercial movements; Cork down 1.1pc with an average of 54; and Shannon down 19.1pc with an average of 53. En route traffic was up 8pc and North Atlantic Communications flights were up 9pc.

Figures from EUROCONTROL showed that LCY-Dublin saw traffic grow 40.7pc during October, London Gatwick-Dublin was up 9.2pc, CDG-New York was up 8.7pc and Manchester-Dublin was up 6.3pc.

Ryanair had another flash sale this week.

Emirates first two-class Airbus A380, launched at the Dubai Airshow, cuts out first class in exchange for 130 extra economy seats.

A350_XWB_EthiopianAirbus uploaded a picture of the first A350-900 for Ethiopian Airlines on the Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. Chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam said he plans to place orders for at least 10 more of the aircraft in the next two years.

AWAS delivered a second A321 to VietJet Air.

FLY Leasing reported Q3 2015 net income of $19.9m on total revenues, up to $106.2m.

Avolon reported a Q3 net income of $58m, up 33pc. Net income for nine months ended Sept 30 was up 56.7pc to $163m. The lessor owned and managed a fleet of 154 aircraft at the end of Q3 and delivered eight new aircraft to seven airlines.

Easyjet announced a frequent flyer loyalty programme called Flight Club, due to roll out early next year.

Malaysia Airlines chief executive Christoph Mueller plans to target the business market with its rebranding strategy.

At least nine people died after a business jet crashed into an apartment building in Ohio.


Pitbull escapeWith the declaration “welcome to what it means to be sexy,” Cuban rapper Armando Pérez (Pitbull) launched Norwegian Escape on Monday. The ship was blessed by a rabbi and a priest before NCL CEO Frank Del Rio introduced Pitbull as a Miami native but a resident of the world. Del Rio thanked Bernard Meyer of Meyer Werft shipyard for his team’s work on Escape, the first of three ships in the Breakaway Plus Class to be built there. Del Rio’s said Escape exceeds expectations of what a mega-ship can be, and is well-poised to enjoy the dividends from rich growth ahead.” Norwegian Escape will begin sailing full weeklong cruises to the Eastern Caribbean on November 21. Picture shows chief executive Frank Del Rio fist-bumping Pitbull. See NCL’s infographic, showcasing the ship.

MSC’s new megaships will feature Cirque du Soleil shows on the line’s four Meraviglia ships, the first of which, MSC Meraviglia, is scheduled to debut June 2017.

Viking Ocean Cruises ordered two more cruise ships from Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri for delivery in mid-2018 and at the end of 2020, bringing its ocean fleet to six vessels.

Royal Caribbean has begun charging $4.99 for its WOWBands on Anthem of the Seas. The RFID bands, which wearers can use in place of their room keys to get into cabins or pay for drinks, are still free on Quantum of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean offered potential cruisers virtual Caribbean excursions through the social media app Periscope.

MSC Cruises plans to add a second ship in Cuba from winter 2016.

Carnival Pride now offers Baltimore-based Heavy Seas beer.Royal caribbean infographic

Royal Caribbean created an infographic illustrating the number of sports activities available on Harmony of the Seas: Using Boscombe beach as a backdrop, the Royal Caribbean team counted out 900 ball pit balls, 192 golf balls, 144 shuttlecocks, 80 ping pong balls, 31 surf boards, 30 basketballs, 16 ice hockey sticks, 16 pool cues, 144 pool balls and 8 table tennis tables — which is still only half the equipment needed on Harmony of the Seas.

HO HO GO WITH SANTA LINEStena Line is temporarily changing its name to Santa Line for Christmas. It is also giving ships in Gothenburg a festive makeover and launching an app.

Hurtigruten announced that four of its coastal ships will be refurbished in 2016.

Irish Continental Group said revenue rose 10.4pc in Q3 2015 to €105.5m. Operating profit was #34.2m.

Silversea is offering a six-day pre-cruise option to Ghana for guests on the March 16 2016 West Africa sailing on board Silver Cloud.

Suite passengers sailing on Celebrity Cruises will receive better bath products, snacks and in some suites and Champagne, while passengers in Sky Suites will now have Michael’s Club access.

Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises owner Genting Hong Kong, ordered two new ships a new cruise line for the Asian market called Dream Cruises, Genting Dream for delivery November 2016 and World Dream due in November 2017.

Passengers on Uniworld’s Maria Theresa were told it would be impossible for the ship to navigate between Passau and Regensburg, because the water levels were dangerously low in that stretch of the Danube.

The new lounge on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will see the current Winter Garden transformed into a Carinthia liner style all-day venue.

The world premiere of Tangled the Musical took place onboard Disney Magic in Miami.

Deal Watch

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Zafiris, Sidari, Corfu from €1,899 for two adults and two children and from €2,729 for two adults and two children, depart June 17 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Royal Decameron Club, Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €1,819pp, depart June 19 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe, Riviera Maya, Cancun from €1,839pp, depart June 27 2016. 7 nights self catering 2* Laguna Park, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €439pp, depart November 28. 14 nights 3* Cinco Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €569pp, depart November 29. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Ifa Interclub Atlantic, San Agustin, Gran Canaria from €629pp, depart December 19. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Royal Decameron Club, Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €1,819pp, depart June 19 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe, Riviera Maya, Cancun from €1,839pp, depart June 27 2016. Visit

Sunway offers: 5-night France and Belgium cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Ovations of the Seas SM from €1,159pp incl. flights from Dublin, taxes, select drinks package and gratuities, depart Aptril 17 2016. 7 nights 5* Christmas cruise on the Rhine with AmaWaterways from €1,649pp, depart December 9. 10 days Las Vegas & Parks fly-drive from €1,129pp incl. flights, 3* accommodation, taxes, economy four door car and visits to Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon and Zion, travel February 2016. Visit

Thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, Jamaica from €2,019pps, book with €200pp deposit. 7 nights self catering Cincos Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €619pps, depart December 20. 7 nights self catering Cay Beach, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €399pps, depart December 19. 14 nights half board Melia Salinas, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €1,159pps, depart November 29. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Caribe cruise, Cancun from €1,999pps, depart June 20 2016. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Ochos Rios cruise, Jamaica from €2,079pps, depart July 3 2016. 7 nights full board Moorish Delights cruise on Thomson Majesty, Majorca from €1,099pps depart June 14 2016. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Project Travel is offering full and half board accommodation at Northern Lights Lodges from €1,685pps incl. flights and transfers, depart January to March. Visit or call 01 210 8391.

Click and Go offers: 3 nights 5* Boscolo Residence Apartments, Budapest from €239pp incl. return flights ex Dublin, taxes and charges, travel in December. 7 nights self catering 4* Rocha Brava Apartments, Algarve from €365pp incl. return flights ex Dublin, taxes, charges and airport transfers, depart December 20. 7 nights self catering 4* Sands Beach Resort Apartments, Lanzarote from €379pp incl. return flights ex Dublin, taxes, charges and airport transfers, travel in December. Visit

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on Splendour of the Seas from €1,249pp incl. return flights ex Dublin, depart February 1 2016. 7 nights all inclusive Eastern Caribbean cruise on Freedom of the Seas from €1,375pp incl. return flights ex Dublin (€130 extra pp ex Shannon), book by December 22, depart January 24 2016. 7 nights all inclusive Norway cruise on Navigator of the Seas from €1,485pp incl. return flights ex Dublin (€75 extra pp ex Shannon or Cork), book by December 22, depart May 30 2016. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America offers: 7 nights in 3* accommodation, Orlando from €669pp incl. return flights, travel June 2016. 4 nights Tropicana Resort, Las Vegas from €749pp incl. return flights, travel March 2016. 3 nights B&B Hotel Metro, New York from €679pp incl. return flights, travel February 2016. Visit

Lowcostholidays offers: Christmas market offers, depart December 9: 2 nights B&B 4* Duo Hotel Prague from €139pp. 2 nights B&B 3* Hotel Sissi, Budapest from €159pp. 2 nights 4* Sheraton Munich Westpark from €259pp. 2 nights B&B 4* Hotel Bellevue Vienna from €249pp. Other offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Blue Bay Beach Club, Gran Canaira from €385pp, depart February 20 2016. 7 nights B&B 4* THB Corbeta, Lanzarote from €375pp, depart February 19 2016. 7 nights half board 5* Best Semiramis, Tenerife from €495pp, depart February 19 2016. 7 nights half board 5* Geranios Suite & Spa, Fuerteventura from €429pp, depart February 19 2016. 5 nights 3* Seton Hotel, New York from €709pp, depart February 16 2016. 5 nights 3* Circus Circus Hotel, Las Vegas from €589pp, depart February 16 2016. 4 nights B&B 2* Arabian Park Hotel, Dubai from €535pp, depart February 16 2016. 7 nights 3* Ramada Gateway Hotel, Orlando from €749pp, depart February 16 2016. Visit or call 01 485 3835.

Insight Vacations is offering a 7-day tour of Vienna, Budapest and Prague from €1,512pps incl. flights, transfers and 6 nights’ accommodation, depart December 6. Visit or call 1800 98 98 98.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8-day Castles along the Rhine cruise on board the River Empress from €2,547pps incl. flights, transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions, depart March 30 2016. Visit or call 1800 98 98 98.

Contiki is offering a 12-day trip to Vietnam from €2,280pps incl. international and domestic flights and 11 nights’ commotion, depart June 18 2016, book by December 23. Visit or call 1800 98 98 98.

ITAA offers: 13 nights all inclusive Canary Islands cruise from €1,099pp, depart December 10. 4 nights K9 Residence Apartments, Budapest from €254pp incl. return flights ex Dublin and cycling tour, depart November 30. 7 nights self catering Puerto Carmen Apartments, Lanzarote from €399pps incl. return flights and 15kg baggage pp, depart November 30. Visit

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: Weekend stay at Strand Lodge, Portstewart from £450, available until May 2016, call 07802 388 941. 2 nights B&B golf and spa break Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Chalets, Enniskillen from £117pps incl. one 4 course dinner, use of Killyhevlin Health Club and choice of round of golf at Castle Coole Golf Course of 30-minute spa treatment in the Elemis Spa, available until December 13, call (028) 6632 3481. 1 nights B&B Hunter’s Lodge, Killinchy, Newtownards from @90pps incl. 2-hour spa package at Pure Day Spa and full use of spa facilities and complimentary refreshments, available until December 13 2016, call (028) 9754 2703.


IRELAND TAKES PART IN LONDON’S HISTORIC LORD MAYOR’S SHOW FOR FIRST TIMEFor the first time, Ireland participated in yesterday’s Lord Mayor’s parade in London. Picture shows Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons.

Limerick City and County Council took over management of the Great Southern Trail.

ITIC called for increased investment and co-ordination to realise potential for  the West of Ireland around what it called three pillars for growth: Investment, Branding & Leadership, finding tourism is worth €2.6bn annually to Western coastal counties, provides 100,000 jobs and is the largest industry employer in the West

golfbreaks award_3025Golfbreaks Ireland won the Best Irish tour operator at the world golf awards in the Algarve.

A Skills Ireland report indicated a growing need for skilled staff in the hospitality sector and identifies the need for greater retention of skilled staff within the sector. Read the report here.

Council takes over management of the Great Southern Trail. Cllr. Liam Galvin, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, who joined members of the local community in Newcastle West on Saturday to celebrate 25 years of achievement by local community development groups in managing the Greenway. Pictire: Keith Wiseman

Limerick City and County Council took over management of the Great Southern Trail.

Entries are now being invited for the Doolin Writers Competition 2016. Dave Lorda will judge the poetry competition and Anthony Glavin will just the short story competition. The prize is €1,000 and publication in the Banshee Literary Journal.

writers_wkend_logoHotel Doolin confirmed that the 4th annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend will take place March 4-6 2016.


GoCar launched on-street bases in Dublin at Mountjoy Square, Parnell Square, Merrion Square, Stephens Green, Lower Mount Street and Leinster Street South. Picture shows Declan Wallace of Dublin City Council, Minister for Tourism and Transport Paschal Donohoe and Colm Brady, MD of GoCar.

Limerick City and County Council launched its mobile parking payment service, Limerick e-Parking. Using the app or website, drivers can avail of 30 minutes parking from 50c.

BEN MeithealThe Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark is hosting two Geopark seminars on sustainable tourism, GeoparkLIFE and the Irish Global Geoparks Annual Seminar in the Falls Hotel on November 19 and 20. Picture shows the Burren Cotourism Network, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and Burren Beo Trust Conservation Volunteers.

Shivani Vora of The New York Times visited Ireland to sample milk chocolate in Cocoa Atelier Butlers Chocolates in Dublin, Lily O’Brien’s in Newbridge and the Truffle Fairy in Thomastown. Read the piece here.

SWEDISH GOLFERS CHECK OUT THE FAIRWAYS OF NORTHERN IRELANDSix Swedish golfers visited Ireland as guests of Tourism Ireland Scandinavia. They played Royal County Down, Royal Portrush and Castlerock and visited Ardglass, Royal Belfast, Holywood and Portstewart. They attended a workshop in the Clayton Hotel, Belfast, organised by Tourism NI. Picture shows the group at Royal County Down with Deirdre Quinn of Tourism Ireland.

Travel Extra‘s Conor McMahon graduated from DIT yesterday with a first class honours BA in Journalism.

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