TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: USA’s blanket advice is a blow to the travel industry

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View from Club Med in Val Thorens

The view from Club Med in Val Thorens


7 things you need to know about travel this week:

  • Another new west coast route for Dublin
  • The US delivers a blow to the travel industry
  • Pat Dawson elected deputy director of ECTAA
  • Restaurateurs and hoteliers gather for Ireland’s Blue Book
  • Sunway hits the slopes at Val Thorens, the newest of the ski resorts
  • On board the CLIA rivercruise conference
  • Lowcostbeds and Malta TB host the press

Travel Extra TV

video of the weekOur video of the week shows Southwest baggage handlers at San José airport abusing a piece of luggage with an impromptu game of toss. Watch here.

  • David Attenborough narrates Black Friday sales in England. Watch here.
  • A look at the design and construction of SWISS airline’s B777 business class seats. Watch here.
  • Cheeky monkey: A gorilla teaches a toddler how to use the middle finger. Watch here.
  • Fáilte Ireland uploaded videos showcasing Ireland best small tourism towns (watch here) and large tourism towns (watch here).
  • Introducing Etihad Guest membership card with walletplus. Watch here.
  • Dublín siempre estará en el centro de la historia de U2. Tourism Ireland uploaded a video celebrating U2’s homecoming, complete with Spanish subtitles. Mirar el video.
  • Serac fall seen from Whymper Saddle, Mount Cook National Park. Watch here.
  • The Airbus A320neo received certification from European and American aviation authorities. Watch here.
  • London city secrets with British Airways. Watch here.
  • Discover NI’s Causeway Coastal Route road trip. Watch here.
  • Ryanair uploaded an online check in guide. Watch here.

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Behind the Headlines

Rouge spotting. Ex AC, orig from HA.Air Canada Rouge’s decision to launch Dublin-Vancouver 3w in summer 2016 is the third new west coast route from Dublin in a 12 month period. Air Canada rouge has announced Vancouver-Dublin for summer 2016. Toronto is down to 9w with the supplementary service integrated with Vancouver.

usa passportThe United States issued an unprecedented world-wide travel advisory to its citizens this week, another blow to an industry assessing the damage to people’s travel plans in the aftermath of the Paris attack and the shutdown of Brussels, as well as recent bomb incidents in Beirut and Tunis. It is almost certain that Turkey and Russia will re-impose visa restrictions on travel between the countries. Read here Eoghan Corry’s piece for the Irish Independent: Alarmists, not militants, will destroy the world of travel for all involved. Listen here to Eoghan Corry on KFM’s Kildare Today.

dee burdockDee Burdock is the new chair of Visit USA Dublin, Holly Best of Virgin Atlantic (an honorary Irishwoman if ever there was one) is the new vice chair, Claire Docherty is the secretary and Patricia Purdue remains as treasurer. Visit USA hosted travel agents at a Thanksgiving event in the church on Mary Street on the evening of their AGM, where Gerry Boyle of Brand USA was among the guests.

Pat Dawson 003Pat Dawson has been elected deputy director of ECTAA at the ECTAA conference in Brataslava. Picture shows Lars Thykkier from the Association of Danish Travel Agents and Tour Operators DRF and president of ECTAA, Pat Dawson and Michel de Blust, secretary general of ECTAA.

lowcostbeds malta eventClem Walshe of lowcostbeds and the Maltese Tourist board’s new London chief, Peter Vella, hosted travel media at Pat Walsh and Gary Flint’s Dobbins Restaurant. Clem said five years after lowcostbed’s arrival, in it had gone from nothing to be the largest B2C voice in the Irish market, double the size of the next largest travel brand and is taking a huge slice of the pie away from the international brands: The Irish consumer is going to have a local voice to talk to in the global market. Lowcostbeds has 100,000 ezine subscribers, 185,000 Facebook fans, (they say that is 80,000 more than the nearest competitor) and the mobile app they launched in January has had 45,346 downloads. We see the investment in the future will be in mobile. On the trade side we are going from strength to strength, agents like the site, it is easy to use and we offer competitive clem walshe peter vella_8413prices and attractive commercial terms (listen here). Peter Vella said visitor numbers from Ireland to Malta are up 14pc from 30pc to 35pc, stressed the similarities between Ireland and Malta, and said the tourist board was talking to Aer Lingus about a Dublin flight in addition to their 9w Ryanair service and was hoping Easyjet flights from Belfast would resume in 2016 (listen here). Malta gets more than 100 Irish weddings a year and this could increase with more air lift. Picture shows Clem Walshe and Peter Vella. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Derry and Sally Anne Clarke of L’Ecrivain restaurant at the launch of Ireland’s Blue Book 2015 in the Merrion Hotel, November 25 2015

A Grand Cru of restaurateurs and hoteliers (about the collective noun, we made it up) and 120 guests gathered in the Merrion Hotel on Wednesday to launch Ireland’s Blue Book, served up hot by new chair of Blue Book Sally Anne Clarke of L’Ecrivan (pictured above with Derry Clarke). Six new members were initiated into the movement by a quick-witted Marty Whelan (en route to the sallyanne speaking blue book launch_8396book awards where his new biography was shortlisted) bringing the total to 53. They included Ian Orr and Marcus Roulston’s Brown’s Restaurant in Derry (listen here), Claire Scally’s Hayfield Manor in Cork and Killarney Royal, run by three generations of Scally’s, Patricia RobertsNumber One Pery Square in Limerick (listen here), James and Beryl Kearney’s Viewmount House in Longford (listen here), Daniela Schwander’s Coolmore Manor (listen here) in Donegal and the first floating member since the 1970s, Ruairi Gibbons and Olivia Power’s Shannon Princess. Watch here our interview with Sally Anne about the evolution of the Blue Book product and plans for the year ahead. Listen here to Marty’s interview with Claire Scally and listen here Marty’s interview with Ruairi Gibbons. Listen here to Minister Michael Ring launching the Blue Book. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

sunway club med groupClub Med’s ski selling points are Christmas and February mid term. Tanya Airey and Philip Airey of Sunway hosted a group of agents and writers at the newest of the ski resorts, Val Thorens, this week, a year after its grand opening. Picture shows Philip Airey of Sunway, Michele Anderson of Sunway, Tanya Airey of Sunway, Angela Walsh of Travelfox, Lorraine Kenny of Ask Susan, Sophie White of the Irish Independent, Rebecca Lee of the Sunday Business Post, Eoghan Corry of Travel Extra, Laurence Mackin of the Irish Times, And yes the parting glass was sung. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

val thorensThe French and Swiss Alps experienced heavy snow fall mid-week, with up to 50cm of fresh snow in time for opening weekend at Chamonix, Ischgl, Val d’Isere and Wengen. Good conditions in the Pyrenees too. Limited openings in Scandinavia, but wintry weather forecast for the coming days. Mild and wet weather has washed away much of the snow in Scotland.  The USA continues to enjoy a good start to the season with up to 40cm of snow in California and snow forecast for the Rockies.

CLIA rivercruise conference in Amsterdam, November 22 2015

CLIA Rivercruise conference in Amsterdam brought six river ships, which were lined up together near the city’s newly opened cruise terminal, including Uniworld’s River Duchess and River Empress in close proximity to each other. The conference heard of continuous growth, with 28 new river cruise ships launched in 2015 and a similar number due in 2016. The Irish market sends 5,000 people river cruising, a number which Uniworld’s Sharon Jordan thinks could double in the coming years as England’s market has grown to 136,000. Irish agents present included Alan Couser of Ace Tours, Linda Millar of Bryan Sommers Travel with Mark Davison, Kate Gillard and Melanie Harper of Oasis Travel. CLIA now has 18 members in Ireland and England. clia conference groupDelegates were hosted by Uniworld on Sunday and by Tauck on Monday, both at the luxury all-inclusive end of the market. Uniworld include all drink, shore excursions and gratuities in their trips. Tauck has the best ratios on the river, one Cruise Director and three Travel Directors, a maximum of 130 passengers in a space others fit out for 190 and zero sales pitches for optional extras. Picture shows Bree Aston-Ross, Egle Godlauskaite, Lainey Quinn and Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation Dublin Office on board Uniworld River Empress during the CLIA conference. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

michael noonan speaks_8586Epic Ireland in CHQ House on Dublin’s Docklands, which hopes to be Ireland’s next 400,000-plus visitor attraction, will not launch until May but was already short listed for the Dublin Docklands tourism award this week, won by Inland Waterways. Minister Michael Noonan talked about the improvement in the area which used to be a no go area in his student days, beyond a cinema which showed continental films which was frequented by young epic ireland team_8627intellectuals like myself (listen here). He gave a succinct summary of the changes to the Irish economy and its targets for 2020. Picture shows the Epic Ireland team at the event in the Gibson Hotel, Brian Donovan genealogy advisor, Mervyn Greene MD of the CHQ building, Karen Keogh head of operations, Dervla O’Neill sales and marketing director, Michael Maguire head of retail, Michael Counshan project director, Audrey Kavanagh accounts and Fiona Ross museum director. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

philip mary denton tanya airey awards_4011 copySunway’s Tanya Airey won the Industry Achievement award at the ITTN Awards on Friday night. George Barter’s 150 years in business this year, won the agents awards. Picture shows Philip Airey, Mary Denton and Tanya Airey at the event.

Eleven Tour America agents were hosted by British Airways from Dublin to Tampa via Gatwick. They checked the fully flat Club World beds, stayed in St Petersburg for two nights and the Gull Wings Resort for three nights, kayaked in the Fort Meyers area, tried the rides at Busch Gardens, and finished with a Segway tour of Tampa and shopping.

tourism towns awardsTralee was named Fáilte Ireland’s best large tourism town and Lismore was named Ireland’s best small tourism town at the fourth annual Tourism Towns Awards. Cobh, Killarney and Kilkenny were highly commended in the large towns category, while Ardmore, Adare, Clonakilty, Kenmare and Sneem were highly commended in the small towns category. Picture shows Mary O’Brien of Lismore Tidy Towns, Minister of State for tourism Michael Ring and Kieran Ruttledge, chief executive of Tralee Chamber Alliance.

the press gangTwenty years after the demise of the Irish Press, a unique 55-contributor account of the newspaper The Press Gang will launch on Thursday next, December 3 at Liberty Hall. Contributors include Anne Cadwallader, Eoghan Corry and Gerry O’Hare of Travel Extra. Attendees should rsvp to Shauna Daly of New Island.

Travel Trade


ray treacy copyThe beneficiary charity at the Irish Travel Industry Awards on January 21 in the Mansion House will be Motor Neuron Disease, in memory of the late Ray Treacy.

As first reported in the latest edition of Travel Extra, Cormac Meehan from Bundoran agreed to go forward for the National Presidency of the ITAA at the AGM in April 2016. In a letter to colleagues this week he said: I would be delighted if I could have your support.  It seems that there may well be a contest but that would cormac meehanbe good for our Association.  Whatever the challenge, I will meet it head on with a first class team around me.  I feel that we have an excellent Board and a first class Executive Team that can conspire to achieve quite a lot over my proposed term of office. In December 2016 I will have spent 30 years at the helm of my own firm, in that time I served on National Council and the APJC, under presidents like Horgan, Magee and Neenan (yes, that far back!) and I have enjoyed the challenge of it making very good friends right across the agency and trade over that period.

Brendan Harding Nov 2015 copyAnother Irish travel writer award winner: Brendan Harding won the Czech tourism travel writer award at WTM early in the month. Brendan is the second Irish winner in four years.

Cassidy Travel, which completed 30 years in business (watch here the celebration event in Avenue by Nick Munier) reports a 10pc increase in turnover. Further expansion is planned for early 2016. Still owned and managed by founders John Cassidy and John Spollen, has grown over the years with eight retail shops all located in Dublin, a staff of 85,  three brands – Cassidy Travel, Cassidy Golf and Classic Resorts – and a growing online presence on

seaworld fam group shot 001 copySeaWorld, Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens Tampa hosted 30 agents from Virgin Holidays, Attraction World, Attraction Tickets Direct, Ocean Holidays, American Holidays, Tour America, Gold Medal and Travel Republic, before going to St. Pete/Clearwater for the beach.

Travel Professionals Skillnet training: Google AdWords, ITAA Westmoreland Street, December 2, 2pm-5.30pm, costs €70, book here. Excel Level 1, Strand St Great, December 3, 9.15am-5pm, costs €110pp, book here. Excel Level 2, Strand St Great, December 11, 9.15am-5pm, costs €110pp, book here. Excel Level 3, Strand St Great, December 16, 9.15am-5pm, costs €110pp, book here. Facebook advertising, ITAA Westmoreland Street, December 8, 9.30am-1.30pm, costs €70, book here. Content creation for travel social media managers, ITAA Westmoreland Street, December 15, 9.30am-1.30pm, costs €70, book here.


k clubThe K Club officially opened its new wing of 80 bedrooms, complete with air conditioning bringing the total to 140. The €20m Liffey Wing to the west side of the hotel has a range of 410 sq ft to 800 sq ft bedrooms. Ground floor rooms enjoy direct access to a private terrace and all rooms offer views to Liffey or the gardens with lofty ceilings, air conditioning, huge windows, mini bars, Nespresso coffee machines and spacious hand painted bathrooms with twin sinks, extra deep baths and michael davern videoseparate power showers with traditional and rain water heads.  The former swimming pool is now the conference centre under a separate development. Michael Davern said he had received a positive response from tour operators at the Virtuoso high end trade show in Las Vegas. “At 70 bedrooms we were too small for conference events. The new development moves us into a position to compete for business that would not otherwise come to Ireland, as a Ryder Cup venue, something similar to the offering of Gleneagles in Scotland.” Watch here an interview with Michael Davern in advance of the opening.

trivago price indexAccording to Trivago’s November hotel price index, the average price of a hotel in Ireland is €97, up 9pc YOY. Dublin prices up 29pc YOY to €145. The biggest month-on-month decreases were in Athlone (€76, down 16pc), Galway (€86, down 12pc), Cork (€106, down 12pc) and Wexford (€86 down 12pc). Dance saw the biggest month-on-month increase with a  price of €119, up 28pc.

The average price in Europe is €120, down 15pc compared to last month, according to Trivago’s index.

hotel hackStarwood Hotels and Resorts said 54 properties were hacked at various intervals in 2014 and 2015. Hilton Worldwide confirmed that it experienced a similar data breach at an unspecified number of hotels.

AccorHotels is to open the Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport and ibis Styles Roissy CDG Airport hotels.

RIU Hotels & Resorts reopened ClubHotel Riu Negril after a $20m renovation.

  • Preferred Hotels & Resorts will reopen the Pulitzer Amsterdam, part of its LVX Collection, in February 2016.
  • Carlson Rezidor opened a Radisson Blu in Nairobi.
  • Intercontinental Hotels Group will open two adjoining properties at London Heathrow Terminal 4 in 2018.
  • The Lanesborough hotel in London reopened.


Industry awards

russia flagThe official Russian State Tourism agency, Rosturizm, recommended the suspension of travel and tourism for Russian visitors to Turkey.

Authorities in Guyana have temporarily limited access to the popular Kaieteur Falls following several suicides.

imexIMEX Group announced that it is extending its European hosted buyer programme for IMEX in Frankfurt 2016 to become a three day (two night) programme.

Actor Idris Elba — who played Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom — canceled a trip to South Africa because his daughter, Isan, failed to meet the new immigration requirements.

petra googleThe ancient city of Petra is now available to tour via Google Street View.

Sabre announced that it will acquire hotel tech firm Trust Group for $154m.

Dubai was officially named host city of Expo 2020.

Food & Wine

real bread irelandReal Bread Ireland and Bretzel Bakery are holding a gathering in the Bernard Shaw pub, Dublin 2 on Wednesday, December 2, at 7pm. Free entry.

  • Russell Wilde’s 48-seat Richmond restaurant opens at 43 Richmond Street South, Portobello this Thursday, December 4.
  • The Seafood Bar by Wright’s of Howth opened on Dawson Street.
  • Hayfield Manor in Cork is donating half of the price of every non-resident’s breakfast to Cork Simon Community, Monday to Friday, from December 1-23. Full Irish breakfast is €27pp. Call 021 4845900 or email to make a reservation.


easyjet a320EasyJet suspended flights to Sharm until next year.

SeaWorld San Antonio revamped their ticketing policy to make Aquatica water park a stand-alone attraction.

Initial figures show the attacks in Paris are having a major impact on tourism.

airport securityThe UN agency that oversees global aviation will focus on airport security at a meeting in March.

Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian can now fly free in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life because he bought a painting with his Amex card.

iberia expressIberia Express will operate Cork to Madrid 2w, Saturdays and Wednesdays, from June 18 until September 2016.

The hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner has shifted to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where a British pilot believes the Boeing 777 made a controlled ditching last year with 239 people aboard.

The US federal government has rebuffed Air Canada‘s plea to be compensated for a portion of the more than $100m the airline says it has spent over the last five years to accommodate gun-toting sky marshals on its flights.

crew briefing centreEtihad opened a crew briefing centre at its hub in Abu Dhabi.

LAX is building a ultra VIP terminal for celebrities to avoid paparazzi, for a modest fee of up to $1,800 per flight.

CityJet reduced its pretax losses by 21pc in 2014 to €30.5m.

Airbus patented a detachable cabin that allows passengers to be seated at the gate and then attached to the aircraft.


majestic princessMajestic Princess will debut on April 4 2017. She will first sail a five-night voyage to the Adriatic Sea from Rome, then will sail a series of 7, 14, 21 and 28-night voyages departing Barcelona, Athens and Rome. 2017 Europe itineraries include Haugesund, Oban, Siarcusa, Ulrik and St Tropez.

p&o fleetP&O Cruises sailed their entire fleet into Sydney to mark the arrival of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden. The event attracted a crowd of 9,000 people. Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas and Voyagers of the Seas were also in Sydney.

Celebrity Cruises pulled Istanbul from 2016 sailings.

CLIA launched a River Cruise Club.

Silversea RGS Endurance Exhibition Presentation.Travel writer, broadcaster and Python Michael Palin launched Silversea’s Shackleton Centenary celebrations. Picture shows Michael Palin with Silversea chief executive Enzo Visone and chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.

Irish Ferries is transferring the Oscar Wilde from the Rosslare-Cherbourg route to operate out of Dublin for Christmas.

Scotland is to expand Greenock cruise ship terminal and build a visitor facility at the quayside.

Uniworld launched an app that lets passengers explore the flagship Maria Theresa on their smartphone.

Deal Watch

Falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Laguna Park II, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €329pp, depart December 5. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €639pp, depart May 20 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica, Runaway Bay from €1,849pp, depart June 26 2016. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Holiday Village Kos from €2,479 for two adults and one child or from €3,539 for two adults and two children, depart July 2 2016. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Village Turkey from €2,639 for two adults and two children or from €3,479 for two adults and two children, depart July 4 2016. 7 nights B&B 3* Gloria Izaro Club, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €369pps, depart December 13. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45. Lapland day trips, departing Dublin on December 5, 12 and 18 from €599 for adults and €499 for children.

Thomson offers: 7 nights self catering Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €389pps, depart December 12. 7 nights half board Sol Princesa Dacil, Los Cristianos, Tenerife from €489pps, depart December 12. 7 nights half board H10 Timanfaya Palace, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €589pps, depart December 13. 14 nights all inclusive Sensimar Seaside Suites, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €2,399pps, depart June 27 2016. 7 nights full board Mediterranean Medley cruise on Thomson Majesty from €979pps, depart May 3 2016. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

travel dept voucherTravel Department gift vouchers are available to buy online, over the phone or from the Travel Store in Arnotts, Dublin. Click here or call 01 637 1650.

Sunway Morocco offers, depart December 5 and 12: Flight only from €239pp. 7 nights self catering 2* Tilila Apartments from €249pp. 7 nights self catering 3* Intouriste Apartments from €259pp. 7 nights B&B 3* Tildi Hotel from €349pp. 7 nights B&B 3* Argana Hotel from €349pp, no single room supplement. 7 nights B&B 4* Agadir Beach Club Hotel from €449pp. 7 nights B&B 4* Kenzi Europa Hotel from €449pp. 7 nights B&B 5* Atlantic Palace Hotel from €559pp. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Founty Beach Hotel from €599pp. 7 nights B&B 4* Royal Atlas Hotel from €629pp. 7 nights B&B 5* Sofitel Royal Bay Hotel from €799pp. Visit

Sunway sale, ends at midnight tonight (Nov 29):  7 nights self catering 2* apartment, Morocco from €279pp, fly from Dublin. 7 nights self catering 2* apartment, Lanzarote from €349pp, fly from Dublin, Cork or Shannon. 7 nights self catering 2* apartment, Fuerteventura from €349pp, fly from Dublin. 7 nights self catering 3* apartment, Gran Canaria from €399pp, fly from Dublin or Cork. 7 nights self catering 2* apartment, Lanzarote from €369pp, fly from Dublin or Cork. 7 nights self catering 3* apartment, Menorca from €379pp, fly from Dublin. 7 nights B&B 3* hotel, Turkey from €389pp, fly from Dublin or Cork. 7 nights self catering 4* apartment, Algarve from €399pp, fly from Dublin or Cork. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

Royal Caribbean offers, prices incl. return flights ex Dublin: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on Splendour of the Seas from €1,199pp, depart February 15 2016. 7 nights all inclusive Western Caribbean cruise on Freedom of the Seas from €1,419pp incl. selected drinks and gratuities, book by December 22, depart January 31 2016. 7 nights all inclusive Western Mediterranean cruise on Harmony of the Seas from €1,635pp incl. selected drinks and gratuities, book by December 22, depart September 11 2016. Visit

Travel Department offers: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Antequera Golf, Andalucía from €799pp incl. taxes and transfer on arrival, depart December 29. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Europa, Salzburg and Vienna from €679pp incl. taxes and transfer on arrival, depart March 2 2016 and October 7 2016. 7 nights 4* Hotel Vile Gale, Estorial and Lisbon Coast from €699pp incl. taxes and transfer on arrival, travel April 2016 and June 2016. 7 nights full board 4* Grand Hotel Turquesa, Tenerife from €499pp incl. taxes, travel from December 2015 to September 2016. 7 nights Lake Garda, Venice and Verona from €599pp incl. taxes, travel in 2016. 7 nights Lake Como, Swiss Alps and Milan from €649pp incl. taxes, travel in 2016. 3 nights 4* hotel, Rome from €439pp incl. taxes and transfers, travel from February 2016 to November 2016. Visit

Tour America offersTour America offers: 5 nights Hotel Rosen Inn Point Orlando and 7 nights on board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas from €1,359pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges and car hire, depart February 17 2016. 5 nights Mediterranean fly-cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas from €1,349pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart June 7 2016. 7 nights Rosen Inn International, Orlando from €549pp incl. return flights, depart June 8 2016. 3 nights Row NYC, New York from €629pp incl. return flights, depart February 4 2016. 4 nights Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas from €619pp incl. return flights, depart March 3 2016. Visit

Topflight Black Friday weekend offers: Self catering 4* Bella Italia, Lake Gardafrom €399pps, depart March 27 2016 or May 7 2016. Half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €899pps, depart May 8 2016 or May 15 2016. B&B 5* Melia Madeira Mare, Funchal from €699pps, depart May 12 2016 or May 19 2016. Chalet Laponia, La Plagne, France from €979pp, depart December 26. Residence Daina, Arinsal, Andorra from €399pp, depart January 3 2016. 3* Hotel Garni Schonblick, Soll, Austria from €439pp, depart December 19. Visit Offers end midnight tomorrow (November 30).

Lowcostbeds offers, 7 nights based on 2 sharing, depart May 16 2016: Algarve offers: 3* Ourasol, Albuferia from €10pppn. 3* Silchoro, Albuferia from €11pppn.4* Club Praia D’Oura, Albuferia from €19pppn. Lanzarote offers: 3* Labranda Playa Club, Puerto del Carmen from €18pppn. 4* Suite Fariones Playa, Puerto del Carmen from €45pppn B&B. 4* H10 Lanzarote Princes, Playa Blanca from €34pppn B&B. Visit

Abbey Travel gift vouchers are on sale now. Visit or call 01 804 7100.

Luxair is offering Dublin-Luxembourg from €149 return.

Aer Lingus Black Friday weekend sale, continues until midnight tomorrow (November 30), prices one way: Dublin to New York JFK from €249. Dublin to Boston from €249. Shannon to Boston from €199. Dublin to Chicago from €269. Dublin to Orlando from €279. Dublin to San Francisco from €339. Travel from January 6 2016 to April 30 2016. Visit

ITAA offers: 2 nights B&B 4* accommodation, London West End break from €955 for two adults and two children incl. return flights and tickets to Wicked, depart February 18 2016. 7 nights all inclusive Western Caribbean cruise from €5,192 for two adults and two children incl. return flights, depart February 13 2015. 7 nights self catering Fuerteventura from €1,700 for two adults and two children incl. return flights, 10kg hand luggage each, airport transfers, depart February 12 2016. Visit

Emirates’ winter sale continues until December 11, return fares ex Dublin incl. taxes and charges: Dubai from €519. Hong Kong from €649 (business class from €2,499, first class from €4,499). Shanghai from €699. Phuket from €759. Perth from €899 (business class from €3,349). Kuala Lumper from €649. Visit


Burren Full MoonPhotographer Carsten Kreiger launches his book, This Is The Burren, in Hyland’s Burren Hotel, Ballyvaughan today. The book is available to purchase at

CSO reported 7.4m overseas visitors to Ireland for January to October 2015, a 13pc increase compared to last year.

News Years Festiaval (NYF) Dublin LaunchFáilte Ireland announced details of this year’s New Year’s Festival Dublin: NYF Spoken Word takes place Dec 30-Jan 1. Procession of Light carnival performance takes place December 31, 4pm. The Coronas will headline the Countdown Concert in 3Arena with special guests including Fatboy Slim, Kila, Ryan Sheridan and Little Hours on December 31, early bird tickets from €34.50, visit Resolution Day sports activities including GAA games, 5km fun run and nutrition workshops, January 1. Picture shows Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe at the launch.

REPRO FREE 25/11/2015, Rome – A travel programme featuring the Wild Atlantic Way has scooped a top award in Italy. The annual press awards of Adutei (Associazione dei Delegati Ufficiali del Turismo Esterno in Italia – the association of foreign tourist boards in Italy) took place in Rome last night. The awards recognise the best in Italian radio and TV travel broadcasts – and a travel programme called Alle Falde del Kilimangiaro was awarded first prize for their show highlighting the Wild Atlantic Way. Tourism Ireland in Milan invited cameraman Annapia Chico and presenter Camila Raznovich to come and explore the Wild Atlantic Way in spring 2014. PIC SHOWS: Annapia Chico, camera; Ornella Gamacchio, Tourism Ireland; Massimiliano De Santis, Rai Tre; and Camila Raznovich, presenter of Alle Falde del Kilimangiaro. Pic – Tourism Ireland (no repro fee) Further press info – Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland 087 685 9027

Italian travel programme Alle Falde del Kilimangiaro won an award for an episode on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way at the Associazione dei Delegati Ufficiali del Turismo Estero in Italia annual awards ceremony. Picture shows Annapia Chico, Ornella Gamacchio of Tourism Ireland, Massimiliano De Santis of Rai Tre and presenter Camila Raznovich.

Limerick city and county councils are offering free on-street parking from December 3 to December 24 in Limerick City, Kilmallock, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale.

Convention Centre Dublin will host the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in 2021.

The London Telegraph’s Neil Hegarty recommends spending New Year’s Eve in Dublin. “Dublin has learned to harness the sociability which is at the heart of the city’s character,” he writes, “and put it to the best and most convivial of uses.” Read the full piece here.

ITOA workshopTourism NI and Visit Derry organised a two-day ITOA workshop in the City Hotel Derry, attended by 80 delegates. Picture shows Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen with ITOA president Sue Uda, deputy lord mayor of Derry City and Strabane Thomas Kerrigan and Visit Derry GM Odhran Dunne.

FRENCH CONNECTION FOR NORTHERN IRELANDA group of French tour operators visited Ireland this week as guests of Tourism Ireland. Their itinerary, designed by Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland, included: Titanic Belfast, the Gobbins Cliff Walk, Islandmagee, Giant’s Causeway, Derry city, the Brú na Bóinne Centre, Newgrange, Trinity College and Teelings Whiskey Distillery. Picture shows the group taking a selfie at the Gobbins Cliff Walk, with Rosendo Castellanos of Tourism Ireland.

BBC Two showcased Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way in a two-part documentary called ‘Ireland with Simon Reeve’.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • Nov 30 Launch of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 Marketing Plans, Dublin
  • Nov 30-Dec 3 Travel South, Charlotte
  • Nov 30-Dec 3 International Luxury Travel Market Cannes
  • Dec 4-5 Travel Centres Conference, Lyrath Hotel
  • Dec 10 World Tourism Forum Mediterranean meeting Belek
  • Dec 11 The Travel Corportation’s 5th birthday Trade Christmas Lunch, The Residence, Dublin


  • Jan 13-17 Vakantiebeurs, Utrecht
  • Jan 15-17 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 16-24 CMT Stuttgart
  • Jan 20-24 FITUR, Madrid
  • Jan 21 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 21-24 MATKA, Helsinki
  • Jan 22-24 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • Jan 23-26 ASEAN Tourism Forum, Manila
  • Jan 26-28 Florida Huddle, Fort Lauderdale.
  • Jan 29-31 SATTE New Delhi
  • Feb 4-7 Destinations, Olympia, London
  • Feb 4-7 Scottish Holiday Home Show Glasgow
  • Feb 9-10 Mediterranean Tourism Market, Tel Aviv
  • Feb 9-11 IBTM, Abu Dhabi
  • Feb 11 Nordic Trade Workshop, Copenhagen
  • Feb 11-13 BIT Milan
  • Feb 20-March 1 IHF Conference, Killarney
  • Feb 20-21 Fly Shannon Holiday Show, University of Limerick Arena
  • Feb 22-25
    Go West Summit, Anchorage
  • Feb 24-27 Guangzhou International Travel Fair
  • Feb 29-Mar 1 IHF Conference, Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney
  • March 2-6 BTL, LIsbon
  • March 3-6 Utazas, Budapest
  • March 3-9 Travel South, Winston-Salem
  • March 9-13 ITB, Berlin
  • March 14-17 Seatade Global, Fort Lauderdale
  • March 16-17 Britain and Ireland Travel Show, Birmingham
  • March 17-20 Tur, Gothenburg
  • March 23-27 MITT, Moscow
  • March 26-27 Skål National Convention Ireland, Killarney
  • April 2-9 Mountain Travel Symposium, Keystone Heights
  • April 4-9 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Dubai
  • April 5-7 Rendez Vous France, Montpelier
  • April 5-7 WTTC Global Summit, Dallas
  • April 6-8 WTM Africa, Cape Town
  • April 6-8 World Tourism Forum summit, Istanbul
  • April 7 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Ballsbridge Hotel (formerly Jury’s Hotel)
  • April 7 ITAA AGM
  • April 11-12 Meitheal, RDS, Dublin
  • April 12-14 COTTM, Beijing
  • April 17-19 Germany Travel Market, Magdeburg
  • April 17-21 Virtuoso, Cape Town
  • April 19-20 Eyefortravel Travel Distribution Summit, London
  • April 19-21 IMEX, Frankfurt
  • April 23 Irish Tourism Industry Awards
  • Apr 23-26 Routes Europe Krakow
  • April 24-27 Rendez-vous Canada,
  • Apr 25-28 Tianguis Turistico, Guadlajara
  • April 25-28 ATM, Dubai
  • May 2-5 We Are Africa, Cape Town
  • May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
  • May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
  • May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
  • May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • 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 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • 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 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9, WTM London
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona


  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC


  • 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: 
Nov 29Nov 22Nov 15Nov 8Nov 1

Previous issues
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue
July/August 2015: Wintersun issue
June 2015: USA issue
May 2015: The Australia issue
April 2015: Summer Cruise issue
March 2015: Industry Awards issue
February 2015: Holiday World issue


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