TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Turkey & Russia’s Tourism War, a View From the Front

Maxx Royal resort in Belek, venue for the World Travel Forum, Antalya

Maxx Royal resort in Belek, venue for the World Travel Forum, Antalya

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SEVEN things you need to know about travel this week:

  • Martin Skelly speaks at the World Tourism Forum
  • The Travel Corporation celebrates its fifth birthday
  • Meet the man who lives in a Boeing 727
  • Star Alliance hosts agents at their Christmas event
  • Construction of Silver Muse gets under way
  • Turkish Airlines hosts travel media
  • CSO: 6.6m overseas visitors to Ireland in first nine months

Travel Extra TV

video of the week dec 13 2015Video of the week: Meet Bruce Campbell, the man who lives in a B727. Watch here.

  • Storm Desmond caused the Kinder Downfall waterfall in England’s Peak District to flow upwards. Watch here. The same thing happened at Gásadalu, Faroe Islands. Watch here. Meanwhile at home, kayakers took advantage of the rushing waters at River Inagh in Ennistymon. Watch here.
  • See the SkyDeck, a bubble pod that would give passengers a 360-degree view from 35,000ft. Watch here.
  • Ryanair’s typically cheeky promo for Euro 2016 flights. Watch here.
  • An orangutang rolls around laughing after seeing a magic trick. Watch here.
  • A lobster’s journey on Emirates SkyCargo. Watch here.
  • Momotombo volcano in Nicarangua erupted for the first time in a century. Watch here.
  • Qatar flies its A350 from Doha to New York City. Watch here. The carrier will operate a second daily Doha-NYC flight in April 2016.
  • Highlights from the London Heathrow Business Summit. Watch here.
  • Boeing looks at the history of aviation safety. Watch here.

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Behind the Headlines

One travel agent summarised the Euro 2016 draw as “not the best scenario from many points of view.” A campsite in the Loire Valley is a tempting option for the rather spreadeagled Irish soccer team’s Euro 2016 fixtures, in Paris (150km east, June 13 v Sweden), Bordeaux (350km south, June 18 v Belgium) and Lille (350km north, June 22 v Italy). Winner of the mystic meg award for the championship goes to the Belfast based travel agent who booked (and took deposits on) 10 hotel rooms in Lyon in advance of last night’s draw. The north’s fixtures are neatly choreographed at Nice (June 12 v Poland), Lyon (June 16 v Ukraine) and Paris (June 21 v Germany). A Munster agent blocked some rooms in Bordeaux. Irish fans can expect to be accommodated some distance out of the city centres and stadium zones of the cities, and day trips are being planned by some agents. Abbey Travel (FA of Ireland) and Thomson Sports (Irish FA) are the official ticket resellers, but it is not clear what will happen ticket allocations with other agencies.

martin skelly speaks_9725ITAA president Martin Skelly and Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry were among the speakers at the World Tourism Forum, hosted in the exquisite Maxx Royal resort in Belek near Antalya. Delegates described that one of the highlights of the conference was Martin Skelly’s illustrated 11-minute presentation (without notes) on the collapse of the charter market in Ireland as a result of the country’s role as a pioneer of low cost aviation, and how travel agents had reacted by developing new relationships with destination management companies and bedbanks. He quoted Ryanair’s 20pc target market share and its knock-on implications in markets like Turkey, where 90pc of existing German business comes through tour operators (Ryanair does not currently operate to Turkey). During the panel discussions Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry, who was monitoring the forum, raised the impact of tit-for-tat visa restrictions to be imposed by Turkey and Russia on January 1 in the aftermath of the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkish forces. The 55,000 bed Belek region depends on Russia for 23pc of its business. Regional director of Hilton Hotels Michael Collini said he expected events to have no long term impact on the expedential growth hoteliers are expecting in the region. Mehmet Ersoy of the Voyage Hotels group said that the question was why the region had allowed itself to become so dependent on the Russian market and said that other regions, including other Russian speaking markets, would fill the gap. Picture shows Martin Skelly speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

dominnic burke conference_9439The Travel Corporation hosted the trade at a fifth birthday event in the Residence Bar in Dublin at a lunch event that extended into the late hours, and, after a relocation, until the early hours (2.30am). Sharon Jordan explained the concept behind Luxury Gold, launched by Insight earlier this year, the brainchild of the Tollman family who founded The ttc team_9818Travel Corporation. They wanted to come with something extra special, the best hotel, Michelin Star restaurants it is niche on top of niche, clients who have money to spend and want to something different. Iceland and the Balkans are new venues for the Contiki in 2016, where advance sales are already 25pc ahead of last year. Uniworld trebled their river cruise sales in the Irish market in 2015 and have an array of tempting two for one offers on the marketplace for travel agent clients. Eilish Wall of Ashford Castle, in a stunning Umit Kutluk dress from the hotel boutique, outlined Ashford’s accolades including the best hotel award from Virtuoso (listen here). Richard Cullen interjected with a personal experience for his family and their dog and Sharon Jordan reminded the trade to remember Red Carnation’s London hotels in their bookings, and paid tribute to the late Rory McDyer. Picture shows the TTC team. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

alan sparling speaks_9926Star Alliance hosted 44 agents at their Christmas event in the Shelbourne Hotel. Alan Sparling reminded guests that SAS will be 50 years in Dublin next year and outlined the expansion across the airlines in the group, Air Canada, Ethiopian, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss, Turkish and United (there are 27 in all): Star Alliance offers more connectivity from Dublin than ever before. Some people think only a handful of airlines fly to and from Dublin. (listen here). Picture shows Alan Sparling speaking at the event. Listen here to Alan Sparling. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

team turkishTurkish Airlines hosted travel media at Keshk café and restaurant. Picture shows Onur Gul, Patrick McKinnney, Fusun Ilkay, Ann Marie Dalton and Murat Balandi, all Turkish Airlines. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

silver museThe construction of Silver Muse got under way in Genoa with the traditional keel-laying ceremony at Fincantieri shipyard. The line welded eight lucky coins (instead of the usual one) into the keel of the 596-passenger, each coin representing the seven continents that Silversea ships sail to, along with a specially designed Silver Muse coin. Silversea’s CEO Enzo Visone told guests the ship would feature an “unprecedented variety” of dining options, and its design would encourage passengers to enjoy “open air” cruising. Silver Muse launches April 2017, bringing the Silversea fleet to nine. Muse will sail throughout Europe, Canada, North and South America and the Caribbean, taking in more than 130 destinations in 36 countries.

CSO tourism figures show that there were 6.6m overseas visitors to Ireland in the first nine months of 2015, up 12pc YOY. Total earnings during this period was up 16pc to €4.38bn. Visitors from Britain up 11pc, Europe up 14pc, USA up 13pc and other long haul up 9pc.

Travel Trade

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jeffPeter Dolan’s Limerick based Creation Travel has been purchased by Jeff Collins and added to his fast growing Best4travel empire. Picture shows Peter and Jeff.

rebecca and alyshaTravelling to the the Travel Centres conference at Lyrath at the weekend during Storm Desmond put the travel community to the pinnacle of their organisational skills. Ben Bouldin of Royal caribbean took three attempts to get there before he successuflly landed in Dublin and made his way to Kilkenny. Martin Penrose of Ifonly faced an arduous task in navigating his way through the floods of a country road in west Wicklow. John Keogh of Aer Lingus came to the rescue of the band, who appeared ot have beet stranded in Luton before he moved to save the evening for the 76-member consortium. Picture shows Rebecca Kelly and Alysha Bartlett of MSC getting into the spirt of things at the workshops. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

pamela award_9493Picture shows Pamela Brownlee of Flyaway Travel with the award for best use of social media at Travel Centres conference.

Helena Sweeney and Enda Corneille at the Emriates event for the trade in Cork, December 3 2015

Enda Corneille of Emirates hosted the trade in Cork and in Dublin at separate events where he hailed the success of their double daily operation which is selling 22,000 seats a month, is carrying 50 tonnes of cargo a day and has carried 1m passengers since its launch four years ago (listen here) and hilariously described the airline’s role in bringing thoroughbred horses out to Dubai (listen here).

Beatrice Cosgrove of Etihad hosted the trade in Belfast on Thursday.

Holiday World ShowCuba will exhibit at the 2016 Dublin Holiday World Show at the RDS Simmonscourt. New exhibitors at the Central European Countries Pavilion include: Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.

Amadeus reported an 85pc increase in ancillary revenue through online travel agencies during the first three quarters of 2015.

Travel Professionals Skillnet training: Content creation for travel social media managers, ITAA Westmoreland Street, this Tuesday (December 15), 9.30am-1.30pm, costs €70, book here.

Skal requested members to contribute to a member’s benefit booklet when they renew their membership for 2016. Skal members are asked to include a discount or offer for their own business in the booklet, and email a form, logo and business image to skalireland@gmail.com by December 22.

Travelport extended its full content agreement with Kenya Airways.

Hotels

trivagoAccording to Trivago’s hotel price index for December, hotel prices in Dublin are up 23pc YOY with the average of €132, but down 9pc compared to last month. Prices across Ireland increased 1pc compared to last year to an average of €98.

  • U2’s Clarence hotel recorded profits of €400,000 last year. The four-star hotel was booked out for the week the band played the 3Arena.
  • The Gibson Hotel appointed graffiti artist James Early as its third artist in residence.
  • Accor is to buy FRHI Holdings, parent of hotel groups Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel, for $2.9bn.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton is rolling out a premium perks option in the Americas called the Little Extras Upgrade, offering premium in-room WI-Fi, snacks, beverages and an in-room coffee brewed for a nominal extra fee. Costs from $25pp.
  • Leeny Kelly Oberg, former chief financial officer for Ritz-Carlton, was appointed CFO for Marriott International.

International

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aribnb officeA self-published study by Airbnb claimed that it contributed €202m and 2,020 jobs to the Irish economy in a year.

  • Hailo taxi booking app hit 10m journeys in Ireland.
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7 2016.
  • FC Barcelona Legends visited Uganda on a five-day tourism campaign and played an exhibition match with the Uganda Stars.
  • A waxwork of Grumpy Cat was unveiled at Madame Tussauds San Franscisco. It’s a miaowsterpiece, Travel Extra’s frolicsome feline Clinger Corry repurrts.

Food & Wine

Cyril McAree reported that The Limerick Strand’s Christmas Day dinner has been booked out since the end of October.

Aviation

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Aer Lingus Regional will recommence its Shannon-Edinburgh service from March 28 2016, flying 6w. It will also base a third aircraft at Cork Airport, flying direct to Southampton and Leeds Bradford next year.

Air France will retire its B747-400s on January 14 with a two-hour tribute flight over France from CDG, which includes a champagne lunch, inflight commentary and a visit to the maintenance hangar and a drink at the foot of the aircraft.

london city airportBritish Airways is introducing “standardised” check-in and bag drop closure times at airports. Short-haul passengers have to check-in and drop-off their bags up to 45 minutes before departure. Long-haul passengers must check-in and drop-off their bags up to an hour before departure. London City Airport is not included, so passengers can still arrive up to 20 minutes prior to departure.

Keith Butler is new Chief Commercial Officer of Aer Lingus having been Chief Strategy and Planning Officer.

New drone legislation and registration process which will come into effect from December 21.

 

john sisson speaking_2938 copyJohn Sisson of Dublin Airport spoke at the Airport Council International Europe and Asia- Pacific, Exchange Conference in Istanbul.

Aer Lingus’s early morning 07.50 JFK flight is back on the schedule for for June, July and August

Shannon Airport handled 101,000 passengers last month, up 4pc YOY.

turkish airlines cadetAtlantic Flight Training Academy in Cork Airport signed a contact with Turkish Airlines to train its cadet pilots. Training has begun for the first class of 20 cadets for the airline.

Aer Lingus and BA expanded their codeshare agreement to the US, including all flights to and from London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Dublin and Shannon.

american rpemium economy PE_SeatAmerican Airlines will introduce premium economy to its international widebody fleet when its B787-9 is delivered in late 2016 and to all 777-300ERs, 777-200ERs, 787-8s and Airbus A330s over the next three years.

Airbus reported net orders of 1,007 aircraft up to November 2015, with 169 aircraft sold last month. The Airbus plant in China is to assemble its first A330 for delivery to an unnamed customer in September 2017.

Zodiac Aerospace’s new patented design turns the underused cargo area of a jet into a space for extra seats.

going placesQatar Airways launched its global marketing campaign, under the tagline ‘Going Places Together’.

The English advertising standards agency said London’s Heathrow Express cannot claim it runs every 15 minutes after a customer complained that the frequency drops to every 30 minutes later in the day.

SWISS business class passengers will be served dishes from 5* Alpina Gstaad Hotel, Michelin starred Sommet restaurant and Megu Japanese restaurant of flights from now until March 1 2016.

Lots of coverage of the English tourist who tried to board a Qatar Airways flight with a toy bomb.

Turkish Airlines is one of UEFA Euro 2016’s partner airlines.

BA will add 3D surround sound for films on long haul flights.

United Airlines will reintroduce complimentary snacks in economy class on North and Latin American routes from February 2016.

Boeing debuted the B737 MAX 8.

Etihad announced a partnership with private jet charter company Victor to offer a service to Residence and First Class passengers.

Ryanair says it will carry 5m passengers over the Christmas period.

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

Boeing recorded 569 net orders up to December 2.

AWAS delivered the first of four planned A320s to VivaAerobus, and expanded its agreement with Vietjet with the lease of two A320s to be delivered in 2016.

Ethiopian Airlines ordered two B787-9s for delivery in 2017.

BA banned hover boards from its flights, flagging the lithium-ion batter as a fire hazard. American Airlines, Delta and United no longer accept hover boards as checked or carry-on luggage.

Afloat

Herbie Hancock will headline the Cunard Blue Note jazz cruise on Queen Mary2’s 8-night transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York on August 1 2016.

P&O Cruises Britannia.P&O Cruises added nine food heroes sailings to its 2016 programme, with Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar, wine expert Olly Smith, TV chef James Martin, master patissier Eric Lanlard and cheese specialist Charlie Turnball added to the line-up. P&O now offers 24 culinary cruises.

Cunard will replace the Todd English dining restaurant on Queen Mary 2 with the Verandah Restaurant.

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Deal Watch

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Lagunas Hotel, Zante from €489pps, depart June 21 2016. 7 nights self catering 2* Mika Apartments, Hersonnisos, Crete from €439pps, depart June 19 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn Sunspree, Jamaica from €1,589pps, depart June 20 2016. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway Club Med all inclusive offers: 7 nights Wengen, Switzerland from €1,929pp, depart March 27 2016. 7 nights all inclusive Val Thorens Sensations, France from €1,976pp, depart April 24 2016. 7 nights Pragelato, Italy from €2,049pp, depart April 3 2016. Visit sunway.ie/clubmed or call 01 236 6800. Morocco Christmas offers, depart December 19: Flight only from €249pp. 7 nights self catering 2* Tilila Studio from €299pp. 7 nights self catering 3* Intouriste Apartments from €329pp. 7 nights B&B 3* Tildi Hotel from €359pp. 7 nights B&B 3* Oasis Hotel from €449pp. 7 nights B&B 3*  Argana Hotel from €449pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights B&B 4* Agadir Beach Club from €549pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Founty Beach Hotel from €619pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights half board Paradis Plage Surf Yoga from €929pp. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Sunway honeymoon 2016 offers: 7 nights 3* Butterfly Beach Hotel, Barbados from €1,219pp. 7 nights B&B 4* Coco Palm Hotel, St Lucia from €1,425pp. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Dreams Punta Cana Resort, Dominican Republic from €1,425pp. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Dreams Puerto Aventuras, Cancun from €1,445pp. 7 nights B&B 4* Reethi Beach Resort, Maldives from €1,399pp. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive 5* Blue Lagoon Village, Kos from €2,469 2+1, and from €3,389 2+2, depart June 17 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Club Hotel Riu Tequila, Playacar, Cancun from €1,869pp, depart July 18 2016. 7 nights half board 4* Riu Arecas Hotel, Costa Adeje, Tenerife from €649pp, depart December 19. 7 nights full board Mediterranean Medley cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €949pp (upgrade to all inclusive for €10pppn), depart May 17 2016. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Copper Face Jacks and Topflight are hitting the slopes in Andorra on a group ski trip, departing February 28. Tickets from €889pp. Visit copperfacejacksskitrip.com.

Click and Go offers: 2 nights 4* Arena Hotel, Amsterdam from €169pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in January 2016. 3 nights B&B 3* Delle Province Hotel, Rome from €189pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in January. 7 nights self catering 4* Estrela do Vau Aparthotel, Praia do Vau, the Algarve from €309pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges and airport transfers, travel in May 2016. 7 nights 5* Senator Banus Spa Hotel, Estepona, Costa del Sol from €439pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges and airport transfers, travel in May 2016. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Travel Department river cruise offers: 8 nights full board River Seine and Normandy cruise on board MS Amadeus Diamond from €1,599pp incl. return flights, transfer and pre cruise hotel stay, travel on various dates between March and October 2016. 6 nights full board Danube Highlights cruise with Munich on board MS Amadeus Royal from €1,299pp incl. return flights, transfers and 4* pre and post cruise stays, depart March 31 2016 or June 25 2016. 5 nights full board Danube Taster cruise with Munich on board MS Amadeus Brilliant from €1,029pp incl. return flights, transfers and 4* pre and post cruise stays, depart April 4 2016 or June 28 2016. 9 nights full board Danube Experience cruise with Munich on board MS Amadeus Royal from €1,799pp incl. return flights, return transfers and 4* pre and post cruise stays, depart April 20 2016. 8 nights full board Burgundy and the Rhone Valley cruise on board MS Amadeus Symphony from €1,749pp incl. return flights, transfers and 4* pre cruise hotel stay, travel on various dates between April and October 2016. 9 nights full board Classical Danube cruise with Munich on board MS Amadeus Royal from €1,299pp incl. return flights, transfers and 4* pre and post cruise hotel stay, depart August 11 2016. 6 nights full board Danube Delights cruise on board the A-Rosa Donna from €1,299 incl. return flights, transfers and 4* post cruise hotel stay, depart October 3 2016.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on Splendour of the Seas from €1,099pp incl. return flights ex Dublin, depart February 8 2016. 7 nights Greek Isles cruise on Vision of the Seas from €1,139pp incl. return flights ex Dublin, depart May 7 2016. 7 nights Western Caribbean cruise on Freedom of the Seas from €1,469pp incl. return flights ex Dublin and complimentary selected drinks and gratuities, depart January 31 2016. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Topflight’s 12 days of Christmas promo continues until December 18. Italy early bird offers: Half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Lake Garda from €799, depart May 14 2016. Half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €999, depart May 8 2016. Half board 4* Hotel Cambridge, Venetian Riviera from €869, depart May 21 2016. B&B 4* Hotel Madison, Adriatic Riviera from €869, depart May 21 2016. B&B 4* Hotel Madison, Adriatic Riviera from €700, depart August 7 2016. B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Sicily from €799, depart June 18 2016. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

ITAA offers: 12 nights all inclusive Far East cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas from €3,134pp incl. all transfers and tips, depart November 18 2016. 7 nights all inclusive Cancun from €1,069pp incl. flights, depart May 14 2016. 7 nights 3* accommodation, Ethiopia from €2,499pp incl. flights ex Dublin, domestic flights, one night pre tour in Addis Ababa, 7 day tour and taxes, travel in May or June 2016. Visit itaa.ie/offers.

Insight Vacations is offering a 20 day tour of Scandinavia from €4,469pps incl. flights, transfers and 19 nights accommodation, book by January 29 2016, depart April 24 2016. See insightvacations.com or call 1800 98 98 98.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 11 day Portugal, Spain and the Douro River Cally cruise on board the Queen Isabel from €2,939pps incl. flights, transfers, meals and beverages, all shore excursions and 2 nights in a Lisbon hotel, book by December 31, depart July 16 2016. Visit uniworld.com/ie or call 1800 98 98 98.

Contiki is offering a 13 day Mediterranean highlights tour from €1,399pps incl. flights and 12 nights accommodation, quote promo code PPCLMD2984, depart January 8 2016. Visit contiki.com or call 1800 98 98 98.

Stena Line is offering Euro 2016 fares to Dunkirk or Calais from Dublin or Rosslare via Dover of Folkestone from €476 for a car plus four return. Deposit from €100. Visit stenaline.ie/euro2016 or call 01 907 5555.

Lowcostbeds Majorca self catering offers for young travellers, based on 7 nights, 3 sharing, depart July 1 2016: 3* Deya, Santa Ponsa from €25pppn. 3* Sunbeach, Santa Ponsa from €31pppn. 3* BCM Hotel, Magaluf from €35pppn. 3* TRH Torrenova, Magaluf from €36pppn. 3* Club B Apartments, Magaluf from €41pppn. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

Discover Travel offers: 17 day G Adventures tour of Vietnam and Cambodia from €2,499pp incl. flights ex Cork or Dublin and taxes. 7 days North Ethiopia tour from €2,499pp incl. flights ex Dublin, 1 night pre-tour accommodation, travel in May 2016 or June 2016. 12 night tour of Thailand from €1,629pp incl. taxes, travel May 2016 or June 2016.

Tourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Hilton Belfast City from £60pps incl. Belfast hop on-hop off 48 hour tour ticket, available until December 31, call (028) 9027 7000. 2 nights B&B Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint, Newry from £79pps incl. one evening meal, available January 2 2016 to April 17 2016, call (028) 4175 4174. 1 night B&B The Enniskillen Hotel from £80pps incl. three course evening meal and whiskey tasting, available until January 31 2016, call (028) 6632 1177.

Ireland

TOURISM IRELAND JOINS FORCES WITH FRENCH LUXURY BRAND HERMÈS TOTourism Ireland, French luxury brand Hermès and Irish Ambassador to France Geraldine Byrne Nason hosted an event at the Irish Embassy in Paris to celebrate the final weeks of ID2015. Picture shows Finola O’Mahon of Tourism Ireland, Brain McGee of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Pierre-Alexis Dumas of Hermès, artist Richard Gorman, Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason and Elmagh Killeen of Tourism Ireland.

Neil Hegarty of The London Telegraph visited Skellig Michael.

Advance season tickets for the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open are available from €70 and day tickets from €30 per day.

TOURISM IRELAND SCOOPS TOP TRAVEL AWARD IN ITALY

Tourism Ireland won the prize for digital communication at the GIST awards in Milan. Picture shows Ornella Gamacchio of Tourism Ireland, third right, accepting the award.

TARGETING LUXURY TRAVELLERS FOR IRELAND

Ten Irish tourism businesses attended the International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes. Picture shows Ronan Francis of Tourism Ireland, Garrett Power and Doireann Hicks, both The Merrion Hotel, Carol Hinch of Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Paula Ward of Paula Ward’s Ireland, Róisín Wallace of Manon House & Irish Country Hotels, Steve Fenton of The Westin, Emer Mortell of Culloden Estate & Spa, and John Heir of Dromoland Castle.

Belfast was named trendiest city for business travel in Europe by MICE Business Travel Magazine.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2015

Dec 10 World Tourism Forum Mediterranean meeting Belek

Dec 11 The Travel Corportation’s 5th birthday Trade Christmas Lunch, The Residence, Dublin

2016

Jan 8-13 Vakantiebeurs, Utrecht

Jan 14-16 Florida Huddle, Fort Lauderdale.

Jan 15-18 MATKA, Helsinki

Jan 16-18 Holiday World, Belfast

Jan 22 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin

Jan 22-29 ASEAN Tourism Forum, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Jan 23-25 Holiday World, Dublin

Jan 28-Feb 1 FITUR, Madrid

Jan 29-31 SATTE New Delhi

Jan 29-Feb 1 Destinations, Olympia, London

Feb 10-13
Go West Summit, Colorado Springs

Feb 10-11
Mediterranean Tourism Market, Tel Aviv

Feb 12-14 BIT, Milan

Feb Utazas, Budapest

Feb 23-24 IHF Conference, Ballyconnell

Feb 25-Mar 1 BTL, LIsbon

Mar 4-6 ITB, Berlin

Mar 6-8 Guangzhou International Travel Fair

Mar 9-12 Cruise shipping Miami

Mar 16-18 GIBTM, Abu Dhabi

Mar 18-21 MITT, Moscow

Mar 19-22 Tur, Gothenburg

Mar 24-27 Tianguis Turistico, Acapulco

Mar 27-28 Skål National Convention Ireland, Cork

Mar 31-Apr 1 Rendez Vous France, Paris

Apr Meitheal, Dublin

Apr 12-18 Mountain Travel Symposium, Whistler

Apr 14-16 COTTM Beijing

Apr 15-16 WTTC Global Summit, Madrid

Apr 15-17 WTM Africa, Capetown

Apr 21-22 Social Travel Summit, Hamburg

Apr 22-23 Visit Scotland Expo, Aberdeen

Apr 22-24 WTM South America, Sao Paolo

Apr 24-25 ITAA AGM & Exhibition, Citywest

Apr 26-28 Germany Travel Market, Erfurt and Weimar 

Apr 27-30 ATM, Dubai

May 5-7 Fitcuba, Jardines del Rey.

May 7 Bookabed cork –

May 6 andalucia golf powers court –

May 9-12 World Travel Fair Shanghai

May 9-11 Indaba, Durban

May 19-21 IMEX, Frankfurt

May 20-27 Trenz New Zealand, Wellington

May 26-29 Rendez-vous Canada, Niagara Falls

May 30-June 3 2015 IPW 2015 Orlando

June 3-5 TTM Plus, Bangkok

June 15-21 Paris Air show

June 21-24 ATE, Melbourne

Sept Travelmart S America, TBA

Sept PATA Travel Mart, TBA

Sept Top Resa 2015, Paris

Sept FITA Mexico City

Oct 6-9 Adventure Travel World Summit, Namibia

Oct 18-23 Skål World Congress, Kenya coast

Nov 2-5 WTM 2015, London

Nov 17-19 EIBTM 2015, Barcelona

Nov 30-Dec 3 Travel South, Charlotte

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 Corporation’s 5th birthday Trade Christmas Lunch, The Residence, Dublin

2017

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

2018

Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast

Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin

May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast

Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin

June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim

May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas

April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago

June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando

May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio

May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

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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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