TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Canary prices soar as North African tourism is hit again

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12 things to know about travel this week

  • Don’t look up, aviation authorities close down Egypt’s tourism
  • Incendiary bomb theory bounces between east and west
  • Fog puts a damper on WTM
  • Turkish goes oval for the European Rugby Cup
  • Loop Head wins sustainability award for Clare
  • Royal orders fifth Quantum class vessel
  • Ulster front runner for presidency of the ITAA
  • Lessor headache as Russia bans B737 (apparently) 
  • An Emirates A380 like you have never seen it before
  • Three alternative venues emerge for ITAA conference 2016
  • Até logo, Dublin – Web Summit leaves for Lisbon
  • Read our special digital pull-out, the Summit Supplement

Travel Extra TV

Video of the week Nov 8 2015Video of the week: See this extraordinary footage of Jetmen Dubai performing a formation flight with an Emirates A380. Watch here.

  • We crunch the numbers on Web Summit 2015, the last to take place in Dublin for the foreseeable future. Watch here.
  • Navann the baby elephant had a hard time negotiating the bathtub at Elephant Nature Park, so his mam gave a hand. Watch here.
  • Airport staff in Auckland welcome home the All Blacks with a haka. Watch here.
  • Start ‘em young: See this 19-month-old toddler tackle an indoor rock climbing wall. Watch here.
  • Aer Lingus’s promos for Los Angeles: Famous LA (watch here), Alternative LA (watch here) and Unexpected LA (watch here).
  • Halloween in Derry. Watch here.

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Behind the Headlines

The coming months will see an extra 6m-7m European tourists displaced by unrest in Tunisia and Egypt seeking beds in the Canary Islands. Prices are riding between 1pc and 20pc higher than last winter, according to bed buyers at World Travel Market in London this week. Thankfully, Sunway report that events in Egypt have had “no impact” on bookings for Morocco.Airbus_A321-231_MetroJet_EI-ETJ
Abundance of caution” is the phrase of the week as airlines and aviation authorities led their travel advisory colleagues in banning all fights to Sinai, effectively wiping out the last threads of Egypt’ tourist industry. Lufthansa and Air France pulled their flights on Sunday immediately after the loss of Metrojet flight 9268. The Irish Aviation Authority and their British counterparts followed on Wednesday, Belgium and Netherlands on Thursday, Russia on Friday and Denmark and Finland on Saturday. Germany and France also issued travel advisories on Thursday. For the first time ever, the Irish Aviation Authority intervened with a flight ban of their own, moving ahead of the DFA advice which continued to urge caution in Sharm El Sheikh with a separate more serious advisory not to travel in the rest of Egypt.  Falcon holidays and Red Sea Holidays will continue to monitor the situation in advance of their first winter charter on Christmas Eve but agents report that not many holidays are being sold since Saturday’s incident. Turkish Airlines continue to serve Sharm El Sheikh.

boy with gun sharm el sheikhSome incendiary theories and accusations emerged that distracted world media attention from the enquiry into what caused the loss of the hull of Airbus 321 EI-ETJ, leased from Aengus Kelly’s AerCap, and its 220 passengers. The crash (and the question whether it was a technical failure or an act of war) has implications for five countries and the work of 47 investigators is still ongoing, 29 from Egypt, seven from Russia, six from France, three from Ireland and two from Germany, alongside eleven accident advisors, ten from Airbus. The Irish trio flew to Cairo from Baldonnel on an aircraft provided by the Irish Air Corps. A press conference on Saturday, taken alone (surprisingly) by Ayman al-Muqaddam Head of the Commission of Inquiry, who stated that the aircraft failed suddenly and violently 23 minutes and 14 seconds into the flight, while still in climbing mode and recordings indicated a noise  in the last seconds. Pressure failure oxygen explosion or bomb? Nobody can say with certainty yet at least.

ei etj phpoto detailThat did not stop the investigation becoming heavily politicised  when an unnamed security source in Washington reported a “heat event” and two English politicians in London claimed a bomb was the likely source of the tragedy. The Egyptians said England had not handed over any new intelligence information, including the famous “intercepted messages” they claimed they had on English speaking media, while a Russian spokeswoman said. “If they have information and they are not presenting it that is shocking,” Listen here to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry speaking on RTÉ’s News at One on the implications of he loss of EI-ETJ for Ireland’s aviation leasing industry. Listen here to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry debating with Tom Clonan on the bomb theory on Today with Sean O’Rourke. A safety investigation will take second seat to a criminal investigation. Another development saw Russia’s aviation authorities withdraw certification for the Boeing 737, America’s rival to the A320 series, based on a 2013 accident to a Tatarstan B737 which is still under investigation with implications for Ireland’s aircraft lessors, Aercap alone has 100 aircraft leased to the Russian industry. Initial reports suggest that S7 will continue to fly the Boeing 737 despite the ban.

The DFA advisory excepting Sharm El Sheikh from its stipulation against non-essential travel to Egypt remains in place, but has been updated to include the direction issued by the Irish Aviation Authority on November 4 to Irish airline operators not to operate to/from Sharm el-Sheikh airport or in the Egyptian Sinai peninsula airspace until further notice. Any Irish citizen scheduled to travel to, or already in, Sharm El Sheikh should contact their tour operator or airline for further information and make their travel plans in coordination with their travel or tour company. England’s airlines are being allowed to operate eight flights a day from Sharm El Sheikh Airport, with luggage to be carried separately on cargo aircraft, all at an airport where capacity is limited to 120 tonnes. There also seems to be scarcity of fuel at Sharm.

vanessa speaks wtm_7052As fog closed London airports on Sunday and Monday, World Travel Market became the embodiment of the opposite of Stevenson’s adage that it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive. The ferry came to the rescue for some, including Jim Deegan of Railtours and Mark Henry of Tourism Ireland. Minister Michael Ring was pulled from the event and Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons did not arrive until late Monday, leaving Vanessa Markey to give the address at the Irish event (watch here) on Monday.

eoghan speaks at wtm_7147The new Irish stand stood out strongly against its rivals. “We wanted something different, there is a lot of corporate stand at this part of the hall,Judith Cassidy of Tourism Ireland said. Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry was among the speakers on Tuesday.

Epic Ireland, Ireland’s big ticket attraction opening of 2016 was promoted on the Irish Stand by IMG_7260Dervla O’Neill (watch here) while Lorcan Collins was showcasing his 1916 tours in advance of the centenary of the rebellion (watch here). One of the largest Irish presences was on the Cartrawler Stand while at the Chic Outlets stand Alison Johnson was promoting premiums products such as lounge access and enhances hoping experiences at Kildare Village (watch here). Picture shows Dervla O’Neill of Epic Ireland, Adam Keeley of Best Western and Sarah Kehoe of Celtic Group Hostels

bettina niki_7026Irish traffic to the Azores in 2015 has trebled as a result of better connections, the President of Portuguese Tourism João Cotrim de Figueiredo told Travel Extra at the event (watch here). Dennis Quinn told Travel Extra (watch here) about upcoming openings at Universal Orlando including the new 1,000 bedroom Loews Saphire Falls hotel, priced between the budget Cabana Bay and the more upscale Portafino, and the coming King Kong attraction, Skull Island. Universal will have a total of 6,800 onsite beds sofr visitors when Saphire Falls opens. Michael Vandenhurst talked about the growing summer island for one of California’s famous ski resorts, Mammoth Mountain (watch here). Picture shows Bettina Haltmeyer and Niki Stanford of Clickandgo at World Travel Market.

murat group copyAt an event in Twickenham Stoop during WTM Turkish Airlines became an official partner of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. Picture shows Murat Balandi, general manager, Turkish Airlines in Ireland, with Munster Captain Denis Hurley and Ann Marie Dalton of Turkish AirlinesSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Loop Head Peninsula Heritage Trail won the best cultural heritage attraction at the World Responsible Travel Awards at WTM London, with Dearbhail Standún and Charlie Troy’s Cnoc Suain also making the shortlist of three. Connemara Wild Escapes from Letterfrack was short listed in the best for engaging people & culture category. LooLa Adventure Resort was overall winner. TUI Ireland and Britain won the best innovation for carbon reduction. See the 13 category winners and runners-up here. See here for the judges’ view. World Cultural WinnerPictures shows Cillian Murphy, Fiona Monaghan, and Brian Coakley, with the award. Other big winners were Gansbaai (best destination for responsible tourism), Honko Mangrove Conservation & Education (best for wildlife conservation), Campaign Against Canned Hunting and (separately) Hetta Huskies (best Animal Welfare Initiative), Agri Tourism Development (best for poverty reduction), Ullswater Steamers (best sea or river cruise), World Animal Protection (people’s choice in responsible tourism) and Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge (best hotel for local sourcing). The citation for Loop head: Many of Ireland’s rugged landscapes which jut out into the wilds of the Atlantic are already well trodden on the tourist trail, such as The Dingle Peninsula or the Cliffs of Moher. But for years few people knew about one of its most stunning peninsulas: Loop Head in County Clare. However, that all changed after local community-led Loop Head Tourism Network created the Loop Head Heritage Trail in 2014. Making this a fine example of local people taking ownership of their heritage and, in so doing, setting a new, shiny emerald onto Ireland’s tourism map.

Could the next President of the Irish Travel Agents Association be from Donegal? He would become the first to be based in Ulster in the history of the Association. Leinster has provided 14 presidents to the association, Munster three and Connacht one, although past presidents Andy McKenna and Eugene Magee were both born in Ulster.

The contest for venue for the 2016 ITAA conference is narrowing down to a run-in among a West European national tourism board, an Eastern European city board and a European cruise company.

paddy lisbonPerhaps it wasn’t the biggest show in town, but Web Summit is a major cultural loss for Dublin. Paddy Cosgrave’s closing speech at the final Web Summit in Dublin for the foreseeable future was much more hopeful than the earlier squabbling on the airwaves would have suggested. “Ireland will always be in our hearts,” he said, promising that Web Summit will remain an Irish company, headquartered in Dublin. “We’re leaving, but we’re very hopeful that the door will remain open, and I hope that some day we return.” He seemed genuine, but it might be too late for the Government to pick things up; there was Summit Supplementa lot of potential bridge-burning after the discourse reduced to nothing more than an embarrassing slagging match. One thing is for certain, Cosgrave jabbed a hole in Dublin’s aspiration to win big events. Despite the heavy criticism, Web Summit is worth reclaiming as a Dublin event. But if it has outgrown the capital in 2015, what will things be like in three years’ time? See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Read our special edition “pull-out”, the Summit Supplement.

Travel Trade

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Voting opens tomorrow Monday for the Irish Travel Industry Awards. Agents are asked to vote early. A key feature of the Awards programme is the series of ITAA Member Awards to be judged by a panel of judges, chaired by Tom Lonergan, and presented at a Gala Banquet in the Round Room at The Mansion House on Thursday January 21 2016. See here.mexico group
Falcon Holidays hosted agents in Cancun in advance of their six direct rotations on the Thomson Airways Boeing 787 from June 13. Picture shows: Stephanie O’Grady of Falcon Holidays and Thomson Carla of TUI resort Intern Teresa Laiseca of Falcon Holidays, Clodagh Whelan of Falcon Mahon Point, Lynn Sheridan of Falcon Waterford, Rachael Hook of Thomson Coleraine, Carmel Hayes of Strand Travel, Denise Kirby of Falcon Savoy, Plamen Stanev of Falcon Holidays, Jacinta McGlynn of Travelbiz, Emma Murphy of Thomson Connswater, Caroline Coughlan (Group Leader) of Falcon Holidays, Brenda Ryan of Cassidy Travel, Lisa Warren of Killiney Travel, Rita Gaughan of Limerick Travel and Nicola Norris of Travel Counsellors.Tour america team_8881

Tour America celebrates 20 years in business this year. Mary McKenna has uploaded a video (watch here) and a message on what she has learned over the two decades of trading. See more in the print edition of Travel Extra.

Rory McDyer Travel Ltd ceased trading last weekend, some months after the sad death of the proprietor. Existing bookings are being dealt with by Clare Dunne’s The Travel Broker.

1Ciara Mooney Kenya zebra_0118Ciara Mooney of Freedom Travel is pictured on safari in Masai Mara after the Visit Kenya event in Mombassa. Kenya will host the 10th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference, December 15-18.

Best4travel will pen a booth at Northside Shopping Centre on November 19, staffed by Karen Byrne, Siobhan Campion and Dave Toolin among others. This brings to seven the number of Best4travel outlets at shopping centres.

murat martin skelly groupPicture shows: Esra and Murat Balandi, ITAA President Martin Skelly and Miriam Skelly, Ann Marie Dalton and Patrick McKinney at the Turkish Open at MaxxRoyal Belek.

India won the bid to host SKÅL International Congress in Hyderabad in 2017. Dublin SKÅL club will hold their monthly event at Guinness Storehouse on Tuesday, November 10, at 12.30pm. Price €30 for members, €35pp for guests.

isabel conway award copyKinsale based travel writer and serial winner at the Travel Extra travel writer awards Isabel Conway won best European feature at Sunday night’s British Guild of Travel Writers annual awards for Drink in Puglia’s Charms published in the Sunday Business Post.  Other award winners included London based Emma John, James Stewart, Emma Thomson and Jonathan Thompson, Emma Gregg from Brighton, Helsinki-based Timothy Bird, Tenerife-based Andrea Montgomery, , and attractions Lincoln Cathedral Revealed and Magna Carta Vault; Caverne du Ponte d’Arc in France’s Ardèche, and Peru’s Museum de Túcume.  The 55-year-old Guild’s 270 members are all professional travel writers, editors, photographers, bloggers and broadcasters.

Joanna Booth, Josie Clarke, Cherry Dorrett and Dave Edgar Rory Goulding, Jane Lovatt, Neil S.Price, Nigel Tisdall and Nick Trend won journalism awards at the Carribean Tourism Organisation awards, attended by 70 journalists at WTM. Two Travel Extra contributors were among the five Irish writers short listed.

The Commission of Aviation Regulation issued two new travel agent licenses have been issued to Essex based Chadwell Travel and York based Superbreak Mini-Holidays . Travel agent licences not renewed include Canvas Holidays Ltd, Carrier Ltd, Destination Partners Ltd, Lastminute Network and Sakura Shamrock Consultants. Three tour operator were not renewed Affinion International Travel, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines TravelPlan, a division of Abbey Travel.

Travel Department long haul holidays for 2016 will include a 28-night holiday to Australia and New Zealand.

Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry is among the panelists at an event to launch The Press Gang at the Dublin book festival on Saturday November 14 at 6.30pm at The Gutter Bookshop, Cows Lane, Temple Bar.

greg evans u2 0566Pictured at U2 at the O2 during World Travel Market: Mark Gale of Philadelphia International Airport, Alison Leslie of Virgin Holidays, Mike Bowman of Valley Forge CVB, Brian Said of Philadelphia CVB, Richard Wimms of Vacations to America, Paul Celaschi of STA Travel, Cath Pusey of America As You Like It, Heather Colache of Atlantic City Meet AC, Jonathan Couch of dnata, Greg Evans of Atlantic City & Philadelphia CVB & The Countryside of Philadelphia, Lucy Regan of Atlantic City Meet AC, Julie Coker-Graham  of Philadelphia CVB, Svetlana Yazovskikh of Philadelphia CVB, Tony Russell of Trailfinders, Keith Chuter of British Airways, John Devereux of SHG Ireland, Marc Kaminetsky of Valley Forge CVB, Greg Evans of Brandywine Valley CVB and David Thomas of American Airlines, the guests where hosted by the US contingent in the picture

Travelport reported Q3 revenue up $560m.

Travel Professionals Skillnet training: Telephone skills for travel consultants, December 2, 9.30am-1.30pm, ITAA Westmoreland St, costs €70pp, book here. Digital media 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. Telesales for agents, ITAA Westmoreland Street, November 23,  9.30am-5pm, book here. Excel training, book here. Tools for travel managers, costs €120, November 11, 9.30am-5pm, book here. Closing techniques, costs €120, November 18, 9.30am-5pm, book here.

Hotels

Niall Rochford ashford castleThe Spa at Ashford Castle, described by GM Niall Rochford (pictured) as: “the final piece in the puzzle of the phenomenal restoration and renovation that Ashford Castle has undergone” will be run by spa manager Michelle Ryan with Toni Tollman, daughter of Red Carnation President Beatrice Tollman. Offerings include a Voya Seaweed Hot Stone Massage, Detox Herbal Bag Massage, and an Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy treatment A new bronze conservatory, designed by French architect Phillipe Bonino, houses an indoor resistance pool with views across Lough Corrib. A Tree of Life mural by South African ceramic mosaic artist Jane Du Rand, extends long a wall of the pool area.

JLL reported that Dublin needs 3,000 new hotel rooms to satisfy demand, with just 300 in the pipeline by year end 2016 on an inventory of 19,000 rooms. It reported occupancy levels of 84pc (up 4.6pc) and average rates €127 (up 17pc).

fenn mcnally_6720The IHF queried Trivago’s claims about average room rates during the Web Summit. The IHF reported €146, peaking at €155 on Wednesday last, which they said was based on actual bookings made for 15,000 bedrooms in Dublin, many of which were booked months in advance. Trivago reported a peak of €191 on Wednesday based on its monitor of 150 internet resellers. The IHF said this represents excellent value for a major international event of this scale in a European capital at a time when Dublin was almost fully booked. The IHF reported occupancy levels of 84pc and average rates of €112. Picture shows Irish Hotels Federation President Stephen McNally and CEO Tim Fenn.

San Francisco’s decision to vote down Proposition F would have restricted Airbnb rentals to 75 days a year and impose further limits on the home-sharing economy has been hailed as a victory for the home-sharing economy by the group, whose world headquarters is in San Francisco and European headquarters is in Dublin.

A disputed study by the Hotel Association of New York City claimed that Airbnb is costing the traditional hotel industry half a billion dollars a year in the city.

Elizabeth Winkle, MD of STR Global said predicted two more years of growth in Europe at the 27th Deloitte European Hotel Investment Conference. She mused on the undervalued, distressed asset that was scooped up in England and Ireland five or so years ago and already has been in many cases repositioned, bundled up, sold and re-invested into.

  • STR Global reported a 2.3pc increase in occupancy in Europe to 80.7pc in September YOY, a 5.4pc increase in ADR to €123.55 and a 7.8pc increase in RevPAR to €99.76.
  • NH Hotel Group will open a Nhow property in London in 2019.
  • Expedia’s planned $3.9 billion buyout of HomeAway will further consolidate the industry.
  • Jason Carruthers has been appointed as Managing Director of Jurys Inn
  • Hastings Hotels announced a £1m investment in the five star Culloden Estate & Spa
  • The attack on the Sahafi hotel in Mogadishu brought an end to another warzone enclave.

International

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Marie Carberry Salt lake Great Rann of Kutch 1587 copyPicture shows Travel Extra’s Marie Carberry at the Salt Lake, Great Rann of Kutch.

Maldives tourism says that there will be no restrictions on tourist movements and that tourist resorts are unlikely to be significantly affected by the 30 day state of emergency declared on Wednesday following the arrest of the Vice President on October 24. The DFA advised Irish citizens travelling in the area to take extra care, follow the advice of local authorities and avoid any large gatherings, protests or rallies. Caution should be exercised on Male Island where political protests have been ongoing and there is a possibility of civil arrest.

Due to ticket constraints, fewer than 800 Irish soccer fans will head to Bosnia next Friday for Ireland’s Euro 2016 play off. Northern Ireland have already qualified and agents have block booked rooms in advance in cities, even though details of the draw have not been announced.

A snowstorm in north western USA means earlier than expected openings for Banff,  Mammoth and Mount Hood opening this weekend. with resorts in Colorado, Montana and British Colombia also bringing forward their opening dates.

Irish residents spent an estimated €2.55bn on trips out of Ireland in the first half of the year, an increase of 6pc on the previous year. The number of trips, at 3.3m, was up 8pc. Demand for overseas holiday trips was up 18pc to 1.8m, with corresponding expenditure up 14pc to €1.55bn.

Under siege over the €16 GDS charge, Lufthansa Group (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa und SWISS) are improving their distribution offering together with new partners.

Philadelphia became the first World Heritage City in the USA, receiving the designation through a vote taken by the XIII World Congress of the Organisation of World Heritage Cities in Arequipa, Peru. The organisation has admitted 790 world heritage cities, led by Italy with 27, Spain with 19, Mexico with 12 and France and Germany with 11 each.

NYC & Company unveiled its new “unlock NYC” campaign to inspire and stimulate winter travel to New York City.

francine joanna_7040Brand USA said 4,650 users on the Ireland and Britain site passed its online training programme since the 2013 launch of the programme of 10 Brand USA badges, which encompass popular holiday experiences available in the United States, such as Coastal Escapes, Winter Sports, Luxury and Great Outdoors, Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Portland, Denver, Utah, Kentucky, Lake Tahoe and, most recently, Philadelphia. Brand USA began to introduce a new consumer website address, VisitTheUSA.com. Picture shows Francine Sheridan of Los Angeles CVA and Joanna Cooke of Visit California  at World Travel Market.

European Travel Commission President Peter De Wilde told WTM that the benefit of visa reforms to Europe’s economy could be in €114bn in export revenue and 615,000 new jobs by 2020.

Ian Walker name checked Justin Slattery in a breakfast presentation at the Abu Dhabi stand at WTM. Team director Jamie Bogue is also from Ireland.

ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 14m reservation transactions each day said Europe’s international long-haul arrivals from January to September were up 5.1pc and issued bookings for future travel up 4.8pc for the rest of the year.

Stansted promoted 2for1 offers on top London attractions when travelling by train from Stansted Airport.

Big Bus Tours launched new operations in Rome.

A pedestrian was injured after he was hit by a sofa that fell 130ft from the W Hotel in London.

SeaWorld Orlando increased its admission price by $2 to €99 for general admission and $94 for children under ten.

Dreamworks was green lighted for a $800m theme park in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

Food and Wine

carton house groupCarton House opened a new après ski bar, with ne’er a slope in sight on the flatlands of North Kildare. The arch area behind the main lobby served as a barbecue area in the summer and in its new jumper can be hired out for €30 a head by private groups for drinks, glühwein and a choice of four dishes. Carton General Manager Adrian McLaughlin, who has had a greats summer hosting the rugby team and will be supporting his cousin Michael O’Neill and the NI team at Euro 2016,told Travel Extra (watch here) he is hopeful of major events in 2016 that will raise Carton’s and Ireland;s profile on the international MICE circuit. His next theme? A safari. We can hear the lion’s roar already. Picture shows Carton House hotel Food and beverage manager Keith Boyle, marketing manager Monica O’Byrne, GM Adrian McLaughlin and deputy GM Lucius Farrell at the opening. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

BrookLodge will host its 20th wild foods dinner on November 21. Evan Doyal will create a banquet from ingredients collected from Macreddin Village’s Wild Food Pantry. Tickets €160pps incl. one night B&B at BrookLodge with late check out, a masterclass, cocktails and dinner with wine. Visit brooklodge.com.

Paul Dooley and Padraig McLoughlin’s new seafood restaurant Catch 22 has opened on Dublin’s South Anne Street offering lunch and dinner specials called Fresh Off The Boat an enclosed outdoor heated terrace with cushions and blankets.

Teeling Whiskey Company has released The Revival a limited edition €100 a bottle 15 year old single malt produced to mark the opening of its new distillery in Newmarket.

Aviation

Courtesy strollers IMG_5019In what may be a revolutionary move for families, Dublin Airport is trialling a courtesy stroller service for passengers departing with young children via Pier 1 in Terminal 1.

Ryanair’s average fare rose by just over a euro to a record €56 over the past six months. The group announced profits were up 37pc and raised the passenger target from 104m to 105m. Guidance is now €1,175-€1,225m. Ryanair October traffic grew 15pc to 9.68m customers, load factor was up 5 points to 94pc.  Ryanair are to ground fewer aircraft this winter, around 40 out of their fleet of 300, largely driven by maintenance. The current winter programme has 119 new routes, with  capacity increases of 50pc in Germany, 17pc in Spain and Poland, 13pc in Ireland, 12pc in UK and 11pc in Belgium and Italy. Ryanair has highest market share  in five countries, Ireland 48pc, Poland 29pc, Italy 26pc, Belgium 26pc, and Spain 18pc. It  is second in Portugal 21pc, England 17pc (after easyJet)), Morocco 12pc, and is third in France 7pc and in Germany 5pc.

WinterSchedule1Dublin Airport anticipates a 13pc increase in capacity this winter, with 16 extra winter routes and 1.5m extra seats.

Dublin Airport saw a record 2.3m in October up 16pc, Europe was up 15pc to 1.1m, cross channel up 18pc to 830,000, Transatlantic up 16pc to 231,000, Middle East/N Africa up15pc to 65,000 and domestic up 31pc to 8,000.dublin airport Nov 2 2015 wider

dublin airport Nov 2 2015 widerRomanian airline Blue Air is to launch twice weekly flights from Dublin to Cluj next summer.

The resumption of the Stobart service from Shannon to Edinburgh was speculated by Limerick based media.

New York-based Wolfe Research suggests Delta Air Lines could potentially set up a non-US subsidiary (most likely in Amsterdam) for international operations and joint ventures to reduce its tax liability. Delta declined to comment on the report, but did confirm to Air Transport World that it is scheduled to hold its investor day event 17 Dec, when it will outline its plans for 2016.

Robert Boyle, Rachel Izzard, Mike Rutter and Fergus Wilson were appointed to the board of Aer LIngus.

Austrian regional airline InterSky will apply for, insolvency tomorrow Monday. ticket Ticket sales have been halted and aircrafts remain on the ground. The grounding affects 150 jobs. n September, German investor Intro Aviation had said it wanted to sell Intersky. Aircraft have been returned to Minneapolis based lessor Castlelake.

Wow announced flights from Keflavik to LA and San Francisco next year, with the possibility of low cost connections from Dublin.

Ascend Aero issued a Guide to 490 Aerospace Conferences & Events as a way to plan your marketing spend or plan your research trips. See here to add events.

Falcon Holidays are to operate a weekly Tuesday charter from Knock to Salou from June-Aug 2016.

Multitrip.com reported a 25pc jump in Travel Disruption Cover with airlines cancelling flights as Mount Rinjani Volcano erupted in Bali.

Construction work has started on the new premium lounge on the gate side of US CBP at Dublin airport.

Gold Coast Airport parent company, Queensland Airports Limited appointed Killiney born Marion Charlton to the role of Chief Operating Officer of Gold Coast airport.

Keith Williams will retire as chairman and chief executive of British Airways in April 2016.

IAG converted two A330-300 and two A330-200 options into firm orders for Aer Lingus (for delivery in 2016) and Iberia (for delivery between 2017 and 2018.

Qatar Airways took delivery of two B787 Dreamliners.

Turkish Airlines was named partner of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. Picture shows Ann Marie Dalton and Murat Balandi of Turkish Airlines Ireland at the launch.

Malaysia Airlines partnered with Kaligo.com, offering miles to members of the Enrich frequent flyer programme.

Afloat

Stena ExplorerSo farewell then. Stena Explorer made its final journey on the Irish sea as she made her way to new owners and based in Turkey.   Since her first sailing in April 1996, she carried 15m passengers, 3m cars and 550,000 freight units on almost 29,000 sailings between Ireland and Britain. The ship’s last commercial journey on the Irish Sea was in September 2014.

MSC Cruises rolled out status match for Irish customers, offering to match existing programme’s points to the equivalent MSC Voyagers Club points.

Royal Caribbean ordered a fifth Quantum Class ship to be delivered autumn 2020. Highlights of the Quantum-class include industry-leading Internet, virtual sky diving, the North Star glass capsule pod; the three-deck-high Two70 lounge and theatre and the Seaplex sports and entertainment complex with bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school. The third Quantum class ship, Ovation of the Seas, which launches in April is designed for the Chinese market. Royal Caribbean has not said where the fourth, due in 2019, will be deployed.

The entertainment on Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis-class cruise ship Harmony of the Seas will be Grease and Columbus, The Musical.

Crystal River Cruises, river cruise division of luxury line Crystal Cruises, has placed orders for four new river ships to launch in 2017 and purchased an existing riverboat, which will be refurbished for July 2016, a year earlier than planned. Two new 110-passenger ships will sail the Rhine, Main and Danube and be called Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, and two new 84-passenger ships will cruise the Seine, Garonne and Dordogne rivers and be named Crystal Ravel and Crystal Debussy. MS Mozart will become Crystal Mozart and sail the Danube.

Royal Caribbean say Jamie Oliver’s franchise that debuted on Quantum of the Seas, will replace replace Giovanni’s Table on Harmony of the Seas which debuts spring 2016 with seven-night Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale.

NCL added premium charges to lobster ($19.99), surf and turf ($24.99) and prime rib ($14.99) on the main dining room menu. NCL is to extend a la carte pricing at specialty restaurants to other ships in the fleet.

Norwegian Escape makes its Miami debut on Monday. Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club will replace the Grammy Experience music venue onboard Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Cruise Line‘s affiliation with Nickelodeon will be replaced by a partnership with The Kings Foundation at the end of this year.

Deal Watch

Falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Laguna Park II, Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife from €419pps, depart December 5. 7 nights B&B 3* Gloria Izaro Club, Puerto del Carmen from €429pps, depart December 6. 7 nights half board 4* Gloria Palace Amadores, Puerto Rico from €859pps, depart December 19. 7 nights self catering 3* Babadan Aparmtents, Icmeler from €1,399 for two adults and one child or from €1,979 for two adults and two children, depart June 27 2016. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Blue Lagoon Resort, Kos Town from 2,179 for two adults and one child or from €3,589 for two adults and two children, depart July 2 2016. 7 nights half board 4* Delfin Azul Hotel, Alcudia from €1,999 for two adults and one child or from €2,749 for two adults and two children, depart August 17 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,589pps, depart June 26 2016.

Travel Department offers: 28-day highlights of Australia and New Zealand tour from €7,999pp incl. flights, accommodation, guided transfers and full itinerary of excursions, depart April 25 2016. 10 days full and half board Splendours of Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Rajasthan tour from €1,499pp incl. taxes, flights, guided transfers and a full itinerary of excursions, travel from March to May 2016, solo-friendly tour available from €1,729pp. 11 nights half board Occasions Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai from €2,199pp incl. taxes, flights, guided transfers and full itinerary of excursions, travel from March to June 2016. 13 nights half board Beijing, Xi’an and Hong Kong by Rail from €2,599pp incl. taxes, flights, accommodation, guided transfers and full itinerary of excursions. 11 nights highlights of Northern Ethiopia tour from €2,599pp incl. taxes, flights, accommodation, transfers and local guides, depart March 1 2016. 13 nights the Aztec Empire and Cancun tour from €2,499pp incl. taxes, flights, accommodation, guided transfers and guided excursions, depart April 8 2016. 7 nights Occasions Mekong River cruise including Vietnam and Cambodia from €3,449pp incl. taxes, flights, accommodation, transfers and excursions, depart April 12 2016 or September 13 2016. 10 nights B&B Peru tour from €2,999pp incl. taxes, charges, flights, accommodation, transfers and guided excursions, depart April 15 2016.

Sunway offers: 7 nights 4* Old Phuket Hotel Karon from €815pp, travel May 2016. 7 nights B&B 3* Chaba Samui Resort from €855pp, travel May 2016. 5 nights 4* Old Phuket Hotel Karon and 2 nights 4* Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok from €920pp, travel May 2016. Morocco offers, depart November 14 and 21: 7 nights self catering 2* Tilila Apartments from €289pp. 7 nights B&B 4* Kenzi Europa Hotel from €429pp. Lanzarote offers, depart Cork November 28 and December 5 and 12:  7 nights self catering 2* Los Pueblos Apartments from €369pp. 7 nights B&B 4* Beatriz Playa Hotel from €499pp. Gran Canaria offers, depart Cork November 13 and 27 and December 3 and 10: 7 nights self catering 3* Puerto Plata Apartments from €399pp. 7 nights B&B 4* Gloria Palace San Agustin Hotel from €599pp. Fuerteventura offers, depart Dublin November 28 and December 5 and 12:  7 nights self catering 2* Villa Florida Apartments from €399pp. 7 nights half board 4* Elba Carlota Hotel from €569pp. 8 day escorted German Christmas Markets tour from €1,389pp incl. return flights, airport transfers and visits to Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nuremburg, Dresden and Berlin. Visit sunway.ie.

Sunway cruise offers:  8 nights Caribbean cruise on MSC Divinia from €1,225pp incl. 1 night pre stay in Miami, depart May 6 2016, book by November 30. 10 nights Canary Island and Morocco cruise on Norwegian Epic from €765pp incl. soda package, depart January 24 2016, book by November 30. 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on Splendour of the Seas from €980pp, depart January 31 2016, book by November 20. 5 nights Western Med cruise on Harmony of the Seas from €1,315pp incl. meals classic drinks package and gratuities, depart June 7 2016, book by November 13. 7 nights 5* Melodies of the Danube river cruise from €2,079pp, depart December 23. Call 01 231 1868.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on Splendour of the Seas from €1,269pp incl. return flights from Dublin, depart January 11 2016. 7 nights all inclusive Western Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Seas from €1,615pp incl. return flights ex Dublin, selected drinks and gratuities, book by December 22, depart January 16 2016. 7 nights all inclusive cruise on Ovation of the Seas from €1,699pp incl. return flights and selected drinks and gratuities, book by December 22, depart May 3 2016. Visit royalcaribbean.ie.

Thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Sharm, Sharm El Sheikh from €949pp, depart January 8 2016. 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €409pp, depart December 19. 7 nights half board 4* Coros Playa, Costa Teguise from €569pp, depart December 6. 7 nights full board 4* Mediterranean cruise cruise on board Thomson Dream from €1,099pp, depart May 31 2016. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Click and Go offers: 3 nights 4* SANA Malhao Hotel, Lisbon from €210pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in November. 3 nights B&B 4* Berlin Mark Hotel from €219pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in December. 7 nights half board 4* Alcazar Hotel & Spa, Monte Gordo, the Algarve from €335pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges and transfers, travel in December. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Palmin Hotel, Kusadasi from €449pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges and transfers, travel in May 2016. Visit clickandgo.com.

Insight Vacations is offering an 8-night Bohemian tour from €2,389pps incl. visits to 5 countries, flights, transfers and accommodation, book by January 29 2016, depart July 9 2016. Visit insightvacations.com or call 1800 98 98 98.

Uniworld is offering a 10-day Northern Italy boutique river cruise from €3,125pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages, shore excursions, and 2 nights in Milan. Depart April 22 2016. Visit uniworld.com/ie or call 1800 98 98 98.

Contiki is offering a 12-day tour of China from €3,065pps incl. international and domestic flights and accommodation, book by December 23, depart May 8 2016. Visit contiki.com or call 1800 98 98 98.

ITAA offers: 3 nights B&B Burns Fair Hotel, Cologne from €260pp incl. flights and entry to the Cologne Christmas Cruise, depart December 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Sant Roma Apartments, Christmas ski in Andorra from €445pp incl. rights ex Dublin, depart December 20. 2 nights B&B Grand Copenhagen Hotel from €219pps incl. return flights, travel in December. Visit itaa.ie/offers.

Ireland

Center Parcs submitted their planning application for their mooted €233m development in Longford.

Summer 2015 was a particularly successful season for most Irish tourism businesses, boosted in part by return visitors and favourable exchange rates, according to the findings in the latest Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer. For more information click here.

CMK06082015 Oliver Plunket street _0001Cork’s Oliver Plunkett Street won the International Great Street Award

Waterford City expects 500,000 visitors for the fourth annual Winterval Festival

Westport House was voted best family holiday destination in the Maternity & Infant Magazine.

Eighty Irish tourism businesses pitched to a group of 20 Canadian travel agents at Fáilte Ireland’s autumn sales workshop in Barberstown Castle.

CANADIAN TRAVEL AGENTS EXPLORE THE CAUSEWAY COASTTwelve Canadian agents visited the Causeway Coastal Route as guests of Tourism Ireland and Air Canada rouge. Picture shows the agents at the Causeway with Jonathan Sergeant of Tourism Ireland.

Ten representatives from TOP GB BUSINESS TOURISM BUYERS HAVE A ‘SPOOKY’ TIME IN DerryEnglish tourism companies visited Derry last weekend as guest of Tourism Ireland, Visit Derry and Tourism NI. Picture shows the group with Gráinne Murphy of Tourism Ireland and Aoife McHale of Visit Derry (if you can spot them).

Travel Extra enjoyed a day out in Galway Bay with the Galway hookers (watch here).

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

  • Nov 17-19 EIBTM 2015, Barcelona
  • Nov 30-Dec 3 Travel South, Charlotte
  • Dec 4-5 Travel Centres conference, Lyrath Hotel
  • Dec 11 The Travel Corportations 5th birthday Trade Christmas Lunch, The Residence, Dublin
  • Jan 15-17 2016 Holiday World, Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 15-17 2016 50+ Village, Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 21 2016  Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House
  • Jan 22-24 2016 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • Feb 20-21 2016 Fly Shannon Holiday Show, University of Limerick Arena
  • April 7 2016 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Ballsbridge Hotel (formerly Jurys Hotel)
  • June 18-22 2016 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 – June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas

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