TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Targetting tourists from a galaxy far, far away

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Tanya Airey from Sunway photographing in Val Thorens

Tanya Airey from Sunway photographing in Val Thorens


SEVEN things you need to know about travel this week:

  • Tourism Ireland sets its radar on the “next dimension”
  • A pint of plain is yer only man for 14m Storehouse visitors
  • MSC advisory board talk agent requirements and customer experience
  • See some of the new exhibitors at Dublin’s Holiday World Show 2016
  • American Airlines hosts the trade
  • Sunway and Club Med hit the slopes at Val Thorens
  • Travel Centres Conference takes place in Lyrath

Travel Extra TV

video of the week dec 6 2015Our video of the week shows a Boeing 777 that can land on its feet — and can use the toilet. Watch here.

  • Twitter user Lee Carseldine captured the moment a lightning bolt struck near the wing of a jet. Watch here.
  • Dramatic footage of a Monarch Air A320 drifting off centre in cross winds and performing a go around. Watch here.
  • See Discover NI’s 15-second tease to The Gobbins Coastal Cliff Path (watch here), and Tourism Ireland’s quirky guide to the path (watch here).
  • See a video preview of Shannon Airport’s 70th birthday photography exhibition. Watch here.
  • A stand up paddle boarder’s close encounter with a humpback whale in Santa Cruz. Watch here.
  • A falcon makes a drone its prey. Watch here.
  • This koala at Cape Otway National Park is more interested in climbing a tourist’s leg than a tree. Watch here.
  • Here’s a clever Christmas promo from American Airlines. Watch here.
  • Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe meets the press at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 marketing plans. Watch here.
  • Childline is Ryanair’s Irish charity partner for 2016. Watch here.
  • See for more video.

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Behind the Headlines

star wars tourism irelandFirst there was The Quiet Man, then there was Game of Thrones. Could Star Wars move Ireland into “a new dimension”, as Niall Gibbons unintentionally quipped at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 marketing plans? There is no estimate for how many visitors screen tourism actually delivers, but Niall Gibbons claimed that “up to 35pc of people are impacted in destination choice by what they see on screen”, and stressed that the Star Wars campaign, which will be launched in January, is part of a “continuous story” and not just a one-off promotion. There is already a discussion about how to market the next instalment in the franchise, part of which was also shot on Skellig Michael, when it is released in 2017.

niall gibbonsTourism Ireland aims to bring 8.2m visitors to Ireland in 2016 to generate €4.4 billion spend, a growth of 4pc. Latest estimates show that by year-end, 7.9m people will have visited Ireland in 2015, up 11pc YOY. Ireland is still looking at 10m visitors for 2025. “We have to move into a space of sustainable growth as opposed to very big peaks and troughs,” Minister Paschal Donohoe told Travel Extra. Ireland’s Ancient East will get a big advertising campaign, while Dublin, A Breath of Fresh Air is hoped to “boost season extension”, Niall Gibbons (pictured) said.

paschal donohoeIn light of the Paris attacks and the USA’s blanket travel advice issued last week, Minister Donohoe (pictured) said: “We acknowledge that there are new risks, geopolitically, that will affect tourism everywhere across next year, but what we need to do know is focus in on the things we can influence, and focus in on the things that we can change here in Ireland, building on the reputation that we have as a very, very safe country.” Watch here Minister Donohoe speaking to the press. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

david thomas speakingAmerican Airlines hosted trade and media in The Shelbourne hotel. David Thomas, regional director for Ireland, Britain, Middle East and Africa (pictured), said American’s B777 Dublin-Chicago route, which launches in August 2016, will be a triple class service, an indication that the airline performed well in the Irish market last year, even with additional wide-body routes. David called American the largest airline in the world based on the number of aircraft (1,527) and its 7,000 daily departures, “five times the number of flights that London Heathrow operates a day”.

david thomas speaking 2After summarising Oneworld’s split revenue model, he speculated that Aer Lingus will join the alliance by the end of 2016, but said “there are a lot of hurdles that Aer Lingus has to go through” before that happens. “They have to be sponsored — British Airways is sponsoring them — and they have to bring their standards up to what’s required by Oneworld, and then there’s even more that has to be done to bring them into our joint business.” He said Ireland would be as “a nice option” to the already full Heathrow slots.

american airlines groupDavid said that close hubs like New York and Philadelphia will remain. “If you go to New York, a lot of that is local traffic… Philadelphia is a connecting hub… They complement each other, and New York is full, Philadelphia is not, so if we need to add services, add connections, Philadelphia is where we do it. Same with Phoenix and LA.” He called the B787-900 a game-changer, especially on the LA-Auckland route. He noted that you can see 787s popping up in Europe, with rumours of it coming to Manchester, but no plans yet to bring it to Ireland. More 787-900s are scheduled for delivery along with the -800 model, and the A350 in 2017. Picture shows Dave Thomas, Caitriona Toner and Fiona Noonan, all American Airlines, at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

paul carty mark sandysGuinness Storehouse celebrated its 15th birthday with a party on the fifth floor — and what a spread they put on. Oysters, cheeses, stews, mackerel, and generous helpings of the black stuff. The Storehouse has seen more than 14m visitors since it opened. One in two visitors to Ireland visit the attraction and 20pc try a pint of plain (almost) for the first time in the Storehouse. Picture shows Paul Carty, MD of Guinness Storehouse, and Mark Sandys, Guinness Global Brand Director. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

four on slopeSunway and Club Med hosted travel trade and media at Val Thorens this week. The group arrived at the same time as some decent snowfall and had two days of blue skies skiing. Picture shows Danny Joel of Club Med with Philip and Tanya Airey of Sunway and Eoghan Corry, editor of Travel Extra. And yes, the parting glass was sung. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

janet and gilesMSC travel agent advisory board met on Wednesday to give feedback to the cruise line on agent requirements and a customer experience. MSC are extending their all inclusive option to all sailings. Picture shows Janet Parton, head of sales for MSC Cruises, and Giles Hawkes, two country head of MSC Cruises Ireland and Britain. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

holiday world show

Some of the new trans-Atlantic services and destinations for next year and Manchester City soccer club are among the new exhibitors at Holiday World 2016 on January 22-24 at the RDS Simmonscourt. They include: ASL Airlines France, Balearic Islands, Barbados Tourism Authority, Castel le Domaine de la Breche, , Connecticut Office of Tourism. Czech Tourism, Embassy of Chile, Embassy of Lithuania, Gites De France Morbihan and Marne, Hungarian National Tourist Office, Manchester City Football Club, Norwegian Cruise Line , OLCOTE IN CEYLON, Ontario Tourism Marketing, Rocky Mountaineer, Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites Orlando, Slovakia, South West Desmond queuesEngland, South Carolina, Texas Tourism, The Safari Expert, The Theatre Collection , Tourism Nova Scotia, Tourism Quebec, Travel Solutions, Travel the Unknown, Visit California, Visit Kentucky Association, Visit North Carolina, Visit Cornwall and VisitWiltshire.

Storm Desmond caused scores of flight cancellations and go arounds this weekend. John Farrelly’s picture shows the queues gathered at the Ryanair desk in Dublin Airport. The airline was forced to cancel 40 flights because of adverse weather conditions.

Travel Trade


Voting for the 2016 Irish Travel Industry Awards has been extended to Thursday, December 10. Vote here.

fiona awardFiona Noonan was presented with an EMEA Sales Division Award at American Airlines’ Christmas function in The Shelbourne — with the correct surname on the trophy this time.

Travel Professionals Skillnet training: 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.

dominic burkeTravel Centres annual conference took place this weekend in Lyrath, Kilkenny. Picture shows Dominic Burke speaking at the event. Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry was one of the speakers at the conference. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Skal Club Galway’s Christmas function takes place in Hotel Meyric on December 13, starting at 7.30pm. Entertainment by Eurovision soprano Aimee Banks and six-piece band Champagne Shuffle.

Sabre launched an online innovation hub for customers to share ideas and give feedback.

Travelport became the majority shareholder in Australian corporate travel tech company Locomote, with Sandra McLeod named CEO. This week, Travelport announced a reshuffle of its commercial organisation: Scott Hyden was appointed GVP, Enterprise Customer Group; Bret Kidd was appointed GVP and Managing Director for Travelport Americas; and Dan Westbrook was appointed VP and GM for Travelport’s Air Commerce Technologies business.


brian mceffinChairman of the McEniff Hotel Group, Brian McEniff (the man who famously brought Sam home to Donegal in 1992, among other feats), celebrated 50 years in Irish hospitality this week.

Hilton will open a 357-room hotel at London Stansted Airport in Q2 2017.

irish hospitality awardsVincent O’Gorman of The Westbury Hotel (pictured) was named overall Hospitality Manager of the Year at the 2015 Irish Hospitality Management Awards. Other winners were Raquel Noboa of Hotel Doolin, Karen Healy of Hilton Hotels Ireland, Valerie Steinbeck of Gleneagle Group, Niall Hooper of Aramark at Allianz Insurance, Ciara Jacob of The Gibson Hotel, Sean Reid of The Croke Park Hotel, Palácio do Governador boutique hoteland Veronica Byrne from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology won the graduate prize.

The former residence of the Governor of the Tower of Belém reopened as the 60-room Palácio do Governador boutique hotel, operated by NAU Hotels & Resorts.

onyx chinaONYX Hospitality Group is to open nine new properties in China by 2017.

IHG Rewards Club members will receive 2,000 points and $20 off their first Uber ride when they sign up for Uber.

Design Hotels is partnering with Starwood’s marketing channels.


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Jeddah_towerSaudi Arabia secured the last phase of its $1.2bn funding to develop the 3,280 ft Kingdom Tower in Jeddah.

Lithuania topped Rotten Wi-Fi’s 20 best countries for public Wi-Fi, based on user reviews and speed tests in 184 countries. Ireland came in at number 8. The top twenty: 1 Lithuania, 2 Estonia, 3 Singapre, 4 Switzerland, 5 The Netherlands, 6 Britain, 7 Denmark, 8 Ireland, 9 Belgium, 10 Romania, 11 Barbados, 12 Latvia, 13 Malta, 14 Hungary, 15 Slovenia, 16 Bulgaria, 17 Croatia, 18 Finland, 19 Sweden, 20 Canada. Internet service provider Kokonet will launch an initiative to offer Wi-Fi all throughout Seychelles.

Portugal Tourist Board reported inbound visitors from Ireland up 9.7pc YOY up to September 2015.

A statue of The Beatles was unveiled on Liverpool’s Pier Head to mark fifty years since the band’s last show in their hometown at the Empire Theatre on December 5, 1965.

beatles statueA survey by insurance group One Family claimed that 47pc of parents would rather see their children well-travelled than married by the age of 30.

A cat café opened in Auckland this week, Travel Extra’s frolicksome feline Clinger Corry repurrts. For NZ$15, patrons can enjoy a coffee and a cuddle with the resident cats.

Madame Tussauds Washington DC added a waxwork of Nelson Mandela.

A survey by claimed that the Irish are the happiest holidaymakers in the world.

Food & Wine

commis chefsFáilte Ireland launched a pilot Chef’s Apprenticeship culinary programme for commis chefs. Two hundred will participate in the full-time programme.

Tokyo’s nine-seater noodle bar, Tsuta, became the first ramen bar to get a Michelin star.


ryanair from above copyRyanair November traffic was up 21pc YOY to 7.71m passengers. Load factor up five percentage points to 93pc. Rolling annual traffic to November up 17pc to 99.9m passengers.

Dublin Airport passenger numbers are up 16pc so far this year to 23.5m, already beating the 2008 record of 23.46m.

IAG group traffic up 14pc YOY in November.

kenny JacobsRyanair launched High Court action against eDreams and Google, claiming the online travel agent and search engine used its trademark to mislead customers into buying inflated fares. Ryanair issued a statement welcoming changes made to a eDreams ad on Google’s search page, which now reads “Ryanair flight on eDreams” instead of “Ryanair: cheap flights”. Kenny Jacobs (pictured) said, “While this is a step in the right direction, our campaign will continue until these deceptive practices are fully eradicated.”

Shannon Airport celebrates 70 years milestone with launch of photographic exhibitionClosing the year that marked the 70th anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight into Ireland, Shannon Airport launched a photo exhibition in the transit lounge. Famous faces include JFK, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandel, Fidel Castro, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paull II, the Dali Lama, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Marlon Brandon, Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Muhammed Ali, and Clare’s own Andy Lee.

api surveyAirport Parking & Hotels created a guide that compares disabilities facilities and services at 20 airports. Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport were included: Belfast City offers lifts, accessible toilets, adequate assistance points, changing facilities before security, and a fitted induction loop and texting service for those who require hearing impairment assistance. Belfast International provides a similar service, but does not have any changing facilities or texting service.

Flybe called on Westminster to open up RAF Northolt to boost regional routes and ease capacity issues at Heathrow.

B787-10Boeing announced that B787-10 Dreamliner production is ahead of schedule and on track for major assembly in 2016, with first flight in 2017 and first delivery in 2018.

  • Greek charter flier Gainjet applied to the IAA for a licence to operate in Ireland.
  • Flightradar24 tracking is available on EasyJet’s app.
  • etihad salaamEtihad Airways added a daily service between Dar es Salaam and Abu Dhabi. Etihad opened their first and business class lounge at JFK airport.
  • CityJet reported losses in 2014 at $24m, revenue down 20pc to $187.9m.
  • Malaysia Airlines and Emirates expanded their codeshare agreement.
  • AWAS delivered an Airbus A320 to Aegean Airlines.
  • Avolon Capital Partners acquire an Airbus A320-200 on lease to VivaAerobus.
  • United gave every customer service rep an Apple iPhone 6 Plus.


p and o cruiseI’m A Celebrity… presenters And and Dec will host an episode of Saturday Night Takeaway live from the top deck of a P&O Cruises ship when she docks in Barcelona on April 2 2016.

queen mary 2 new lookCunard detailed the refurbishment of Kings Court buffet area on the Queen Mary 2. It will feature redesigned menus, pre-set tables, waiter-served drinks, chefs based in the centre, and tasting menus served on select evenings by the executive chef.

sirena-cruiseRoyal Caribbean announced that Grease the musical will debut on Harmony of the Seas.

Cookbook author and broadcaster Claudine Pepin will be godmother of Oceania Cruises’ new vessel, Sirena.

Celebrity commitmentCelebrity Cruises launched the Celebrity Commitment programme for travel agents, promising strong on-board experiences and marketing campaigns; attractive commercial terms and incentives including the Rewards loyalty programme; and training and better resources for agents to sell Celebrity Cruises.

Research by CLIA and GfK indicated a strong future for river cruising. A survey found that many providers consider river cruising a “well-kept secret” amongst seasoned travellers. CLIA members deploy 170 river cruise ships with 18 new river cruise ships cruise ships on order for 2016, an increase of 10pc.

MSC Armonia will join MSC Opera in Havana for the winter 2016/17 season.

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Deal Watch

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Sensatori Crete from €1,269pps, depart May 29 2016. 7 nights self catering Tamanco, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €359pps, depart December 12. 7 nights half board Sol Tenerife, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife from €459pps, depart December 12. 7 nights half board Coronas Playa, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €459pps, depart December 13. Jamaica all inclusive, deposit from €200. 7 nights full board Treasures of the Mediterranean cruise on Thomson Majesty from €1,079pps, depart May 10 2016. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Holiday Village Kos from €2,699 2+1, and from €3,829 2+2, depart July 16 2016. 7 nights all inclusive Holiday Village Turkey from €2,589 2+1, and from €3,579 2+2, depart July 8 2016. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €569pps, depart May 20 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Gran Bahia Principe Coba Riviera Maya, Cancun from €1,679pps, depart June 20 2016. 7 nights self catering 2* Tamanaco, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €359pps, depart December 12. 7 nights half board 3* Sol Tenerife, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife from €459pps, depart December 12. 7 nights half board 4* Coronas Playa Hotel, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €459pps, depart December 13. 7 nights self catering 2* Mika Apartments, Piskopiano, Crete from €439pps, depart May 29 2016. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Travel Department offers: 5 nights half board 4* Grand Hotell Cadenabbia, Lake Como from €979pp, depart May 11 2016. 13 nights tour of Japan from €4,999 incl. all transfers and accommodation, depart November 3 2016. 4 nights half board 3* Falmouth Hotel Cornwall from €929, depart December 19.

Click and Go offers: 3 nights 5* Art Nouveau Palace Hotel, Prague from €249pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in January 2016. 7 nights full board 4* Marina Hotel, Benidorm, Costa Blanca from €359pp incl. return flights, over 55s wine and water special with evening meal, taxes, charges and airport transfers, travel in January 2016. 7 nights half board 4* Sol Costa Daurada Hotel, Salou from €519pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges and airport transfers, travel in May 2016. 7 nights B&B 4* Kompas Dubrovnik Hotel from €539pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges and airport transfers, travel in April 2016. Visit

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on Spendour of the Seas from €1,099pp, depart February 8 2016. 7 nights Eastern Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Seas from €1,579pp incl. selected drinks and gratuities, book by December 22, depart January 9 2016. 10 nights Greece and the Adriatic cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas from €1,259pp, depart May 13 2016. Visit

Lowcostbeds Florida offers, based on two adults and two children, depart July 12 2016: 3* Rosen Inn, Pointe Orlando from €14pppn. DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando, SeaWorld from €18pppn. 4* Wyndham Orlando Resort from €21pppn. Visit

Sunway is offering a 7-night all inclusive Melodies of the Danube Christmas river cruise from €1,999pp, depart December 23. See or call 01 236 6800.

Aloha Holidays is offering 7 nights all inclusive 3* Grotto Bay resort, Bermuda from €2,636 per adult and €1,880 per child under 12 incl. flights and transfers, and 7 nights B&B 5* Cambridge Beaches, Bermuda from €2,345pp incl. flights and transfers. Book before January 31 2016. Visit or call 01 210 8391.

Topflight launched their 12 days of Christmas promotion. From tomorrow (December 7), Topflight is offering discounts, complimentary ski equipment hire, vouchers and complimentary lift passes on selected ski resorts in Andorra, Austria, France and Italy. Visit or call 01 2401 700.

Cruisescapes and Fred.Olsen are offering a 12 night German Canals, Rivers and Cities cruise on Boudicca, from €1,949pp, depart from Belfast August 1 2016. Call  01294 1000.

ITAA Easter offers: 8 nights B&B Orlando from €899pps, depart March 23 2016. 4 nights B&B 3* Skuggi Hotel, Reykjavik from €579pps incl. return flights and return airport transfers, depart March 24 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel H10 Rubicon Palace, Lanzarote from €3,612 for two adults and one child incl. flights, transfers, tax and baggage. Visit


News Years Festiaval (NYF) Dublin LaunchNational Geographic named Dublin’s New Year’s Festival, launched last week by Fáilte Ireland, as one of the top winter events for 2015. 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 include GAA games, 5km fun run and nutrition workshops, January 1. Picture shows Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe at the launch.

Pictured at the launch of This Is The Burren, Carsten Krieger's photographic ode to the world-famous region, in Hyland's Burren Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, on Sunday (November 29th), were Eva Hegarty, Christy Sinclair and Jess Sinclair

Carsten Kreiger’s photography book, This Is The Burren, was launched by Shannon Group chairperson Rose Hynes in Hyland’s Burren Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare. Picture shows Eva Hegarty, Christy Sinclair and Jess Sinclair at the book launch.

BELGIAN TRAVEL AGENTS WOWED BY IRELAND’S ANCIENT EASTTwenty Belgian travel agents visited Ireland’s Ancient East as guests of Tourism Ireland and Belgian tour operator Gallia. The itinerary, designed by Fáilte Ireland, included visits to Mount Usher Gardens, Dunbrody Famine Ship and the Viking Triangle. Picture shows the group with Philippe Bellemans of Gallia and Donnchadh Ó Ceallacháin of Waterford Museum of Treasures at Waterford’s Viking Triangle.

wintervalWexford turned on their Christmas lights to mark the beginning of the annual Winterland festivities, which continue until January 10 2016. Highlights include: Ice skating on the quay (with Christmas movie snippets and winter Olympics clips for motivation); a craft market in the Bullring; and outdoor films. Wexford County Council announced free parking in all public car parks from 11am every Thursday until Christmas Eve. From December 19, there is free parking every day from 10am until Christmas Eve.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • 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

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