TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Time to test whether porridge is REALLY an aphrodisiac

Holly Monson is photographed by Rosemary Hamilton and Terry Murphy during the Belfast Holiday World Show at its new venue, the Titanic Centre,

Holly Monson is photographed during the Belfast Holiday World Show at its new venue, the Titanic Centre


5 things you need to know about travel this week:

  • 2016 Year of Food and Drink served up by Foster and McGuinness
  • Belfast Holiday World’s debut in new venue, the Titanic Exhibition Centre
  • Who can answer the €7bn question?
  • Inbound tourism numbers almost back to 2007 levels
  • Rum, rasta and reggae in Ocho Rios

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video of week jan 17 2016Video of the week: An octopus becomes a little attached to a scuba diver. Watch here.

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  • See MT Aviation’s cockpit view of a B787-8 Dreamliner landing in Mexico. Watch here.
  • A selfie stick-wielding man captures surprise space debris on camera. Watch here.
  • A fisherman just dodges getting impaled by a huge Marlin. Watch here.
  • Fáilte Ireland breaks down its review and forecast. Watch here.
  • See Intel set the world record for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles airborne simultaneously, involving 100 drones. Watch here.
  • A unique strategy: See how one man tackles the buffet. Watch here.
  • A humpback whale says hello. Watch here.
  • Shabab and Indian lifestyle blogger Riaan George try out the Hungarian delicacies in Budapest. Watch here.
  • Ryanair lists its 16 must-see travel destinations for 2016. Watch here.
  • A New York grizzly bear shows his softer side. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s video from the launch of N Ireland Year of Food & Drink 2016. Watch here.

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Behind the Headlines

The February 2015 print edition of Travel Extra is available at travel agencies and will be distributed at Holiday World in Dublin’s RDS Simmonscourt next weekend.

arlene speaks_0085John McGrillen Fiona CunninghamPorridge is an aphrodisiac (yes, us too, but see here) is the title of a book that hotelier Howard Hastings presented to Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness before their first, awkward, event as first and deputy minister, the launch of one of Arlene’s legacy initiative from her time as Stormont tourism minister, the 2016 Year of Food and Drink. The body hosted 220 tourist and food stake holders to the Ulster Hall, including the province’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, with both speakers (listen here to Arlene and listen here to Martin) drawing on Howard’s presentation. Picture shows new Tourism NI CEO John McGrillen with Fiona Cunningham the director of Tourism NI’s Dublin Office. See here the menu for the event.

tryphavana cross tom travers_0503Belfast Holiday World made its debut in a new venue, the Titanic Exhibition Centre. It started strongly with visitor numbers up 14pc on 2015, despite an icy Friday. The venue is marginally larger than the King’s Hall, but infinitely more comfortable, By the close of yesterday (Saturday) airlines and tour operators reported being extremely busy, with much speculation in the aisles as to how Easyjet will respond to Ryanair’s arrival on their patch, Belfast International Airport. Aer Lingus have a new Algarve route from Belfast City Airport this summer. Sandra Corbin’s Oasis Travel hosted a busy schedule of cruise presentations and the home holiday section expanded impressible form previous year with Phil Donnelly from Kildare Faille and Steve Conlon of Waterways Ireland hosting some of the biggest stands.Picture shows Tryphavana Corss of NYC&Co and Tom Travers of the Hotel Beacon. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

1Spanish Tb_0329maureen doreen_0407There are big plans for the annual Spanish Tourist Board event for the travel trade in the north which was hosted this year by Kathryn MacDonnell from the Dublin office and Agustin Garcia form the London office of the Spanish Tourist Board. Deane’s Meat Locker was the venue for the event in recent years but Agustin has big plans for 2017. Watch this space. Picture shows the Spanish represenatatives at the event, which included Arminda Delgado who had not seen snow before he came to Ireland. Arminda Delgado of Fuerteventura Tourism, Agustin Garcia Head of Travel Trade Relations of the Spanish Tourist Board in London, Katerina Brohmstein of Gran Canaria Tourism, Nataia Bel of Salou Tourism, Sara Rivero Press Director of the Spanish Tourist Board in Dublin, Kathryn MacDonnell Head of Travel Trade Relations of the Spanish Tourist Board in Dublin, Rosa Ferrer of Castellon and Paco Gutierrez of the Spanish Tourist Board in London, who hosted travel trade and media in Deane’s Meat Locker in Belfast. Second picture shows Doreen McKenzie of Knock Travel, ABTA representative in the north and Maureen Ledwith organiser of Business Exhibitions. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

ryanair 30 names resizedLast summer Ryanair ran a 30 Names 30 Planes competition to celebrate its new Facebook account and 30th birthday offering 30 fans the chance to have their name and face pictured on one of 30 Ryanair aircraft (see video here). The company received over 80,000 entries and the winners were announced in October In early December Ryanair started applying the names and face images to their aircraft. Here are two of the first images of the Irish winners Paul Carroll & Mairead Twohig taken at Dublin Airport yesterday afternoon by Mike Kelly.

Who can answer the €7bn question? We got a rare peep at some of the tension within the various Irish tourist bodies this week. Fáilte Ireland chairman Michael Cawley had a gentle sideswipe at Tourism Ireland at the body’s results announcement on Monday when he claimed that the Wild Atlantic Way was known domestically but not internationally (listen here), while CEO Shaun Quinn agreed there was more to be done (listen here). Fáilte followed the consensus prediction that inbound tourism to Ireland will grow 5pc in 2016 (listen here) Cawley’s media briefing stressed Fáilte’s role in supporting the regions (listen here) and promoting its various brands (listen here), including the latest, somewhat stop-start Ireland’s ancient east campaign (listen here).

Sustained Investment in Tourism Brands Key to Realising Longer-TThree of the four tourism agencies have now returned results for 2015 with enthusiastic predictions for 2016. Tourism numbers are almost back to levels of 2007 (listen here), while he made the interesting observation that Britain’s strength in 2007 was artificially inflated by the phenomenal air access to Ireland as against other markets (listen here). The star performing market is North America, which has a seventh of the visitors and a quarter of the spend (listen here). Trans-Atlantic is growing massively (listen here), driven by the strength of the Dollar (listen here). American inbound to Ireland is unaffected by politiical events (listen here) especially in Ireland (listen here). Revpar is rising (listen here), the IAG deal will help access (listen here) and despite Dublin’s bed shortage in high season there is plenty of availability from November to May (listen here). Cawley also fielded questions about the 1916 commemoration (listen here) and highlighted the success of social media (listen here) and the commie chef campaign (listen here). Not everything is rosey in the garden: regionality is still an issue (listen here), there are seasonality issues (listen here), 95pc of access growth has been in Dublin, and Dublin is gaining market share (listen here). While hotels are doing better than restaurants (listen here) the hotel inventory is stagnant (listen here), and there is no imminent possibility of additional capacity in Dublin where it is needed most (listen here), with beds needed especially in the budget sector in Dublin (listen here) and although Dublin’s bed shortage will help the regions (listen here) the regional airports are connected to England but not to Europe (listen here), business sentiment is good but there is a danger of complacency about price (listen here) with currency fluctuations masking cost rises for English and Anerican visitors returning to the topic when he discussed Brexit during the questions and answers session (listen here). He said Ireland has a huge untapped market (listen here) and the abolition air tax boosted the more price sensitive markets (listen here). Also see here the Fáilte Ireland YouTube video shown at the event.

dublin airport group_0508And so to Simmonscourt next week. Canada will send 11 exhibitors to the Holiday World Show on next weekend Jan 22-24 for the first time.Wendy Wu Tours chose the Hoiday Wirld show to launch their first two escorted tours outside of Asia: to South America and Africa. Call by at the Simmonscourt next week to find out more. Dublin Airport are to sponsor the Eoghan Corry travel summit sessions at the event Picture above shows Dublin airport team at Holiday World in Belfast: Nadia Mohamed, Roisin Kirwan, Anne Singleton, Cormac O’Connell, Theresa Murphy and Paul O’Farrell.

Conor Ellie jamaica fallsPicture shows Travel Extra’s Conor McMahon with his girlfriend Ellie after climbing Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Thomson/Falcon Holidays are hosting the couple at the Riu Ocho Rios resort in anticipation of their direct Dreamliner route from Dublin to Montego Bay, which launches in June. Jamaica, the third largest and most mountainous island in the Caribbean, holds the world record for the most churches per square mile. Bus driver Cliff noted that there are a lot of rum bars near churches because while “the wife gets the holy spirit, the husband gets distilled spirits”. Yesterday, Conor and Ellie enjoyed a little bit of both when they travelled on Cool Runnings, Thomson’s catamaran of choice, to snorkel in the nearby reef before heading to the falls, where they immersed themselves in the refreshing “crystal punch”. Back on the boat they switched to rum punch, Jamaica’s national drink. Alas, the parting glass was not sung, but the best of reggae and Calypso was. Tomorrow, they will be freewheelin’ on the Blue Mountain bike tour, and Tuesday brings them to Nine Miles village, the birthplace of Bob Marley.

According to DFA figures, 2,300 Irish citizens required consular assistance last year, including the families of the 263 people that died abroad in 2015. The most serious tragedy was the Berkeley balcony collapse, which killed five Irish students and one American.

Travel Trade

A strong opening week of January for holiday bookings has continued into the second week. Sunway say most sales are ahead and some are on par depending on the destination. Falcon Holidays say that sales of 10 to 14 night hoidays are the best since the recession. American Holidays say that sales are very strong considering the exchange rate with trading ahead o last year and lots of Multi centre USA , Cruise and Stay also big demand on Mexico.. Cassidy have had what they describe as a fabulous start to new year across travel shops and online, families are back booking summer sun and Easter  with big increases in bookings  across all sections including cruise . all inclusive,  long haul, bookings are ahead year on year with Holiday World  and end of month payday still to come .Irish Travel Industry awards supplier nominees 2016 sized
The shortlists for more of Thursday’s Irish Travel Industry Awards at the Mansion House were announced; Most Innovative ITAA Member Marketing Campaign Sponsored by American Airlines, Tour America, Cassidy Travel, Best ITAA Corporate Travel Agency Sponsored by British Airways , Atlas Travel, Carlson Wagonlit, FCm Travel Solutions. ITAA Travel Agency of the Year (Under 10 Employees) Sponsored by British Airways, Corrib Travel, Fahy Travel Worldchoice, Grenham Travel, Hannon Travel Services, Navan Travel, ITAA Travel Agency of the Year (Over 10 Employees) Sponsored by British Airways: Best4Travel, Cassidy Travel, Corporate Travel Management, J Barter Travel, Tour America. The supplier of the year nominees announced last week are Holly Best and Brian Hughes join Rebecca KellyThomas McNally and Lee Osborne.

Topflight and Crystal both report strong ski and snow sales as snow continues to fall across the Alps. Base depths have increased dramatically across the region as a result, and conditions both on and off the piste are improving daily as snow falls all the way down the village level in many resorts. Avalanche danger remains high (currently 4 out of 5 across much of Europe. A light dusting of fresh snow has fallen in the Pyrenees, which has been doing less well. The Rocky Mountains are continuing a terrific start to the season.

Lowcostholidays reports that 40pc of bookings to date have been for 4 and 5 star properties with 18pc of customers opting for all inclusive options. Lowcostholidays launched its #letsgetouttahere social media competition, offering €1,000 vouchers up for grabs. Entrants have to send a picture of themselves getting ready to go on holiday, using the hashtag. See the current gallery of entries here. All entrants will receive a promo code worth €50.

Travel app developer MTT is recruiting 70 staff for its Grand Canal Dock headquarters over the next six months, with roles in software development, product management, marketing and other areas.


Talbot Hotel 4The Talbot Hotel in Wexford has taken over he ‘Stonebridge’ building on Paul’s Quay, 73-luxury apartments located less than 100 metres from the four-star family owned Talbot Hotel. picture shows owner of the Talbot Hotel Collection Cormac Pettitt and group Managing Director Philip Gavin.

The K Club’s wedding showcase, hosted by celebrity stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick, will be held this Sunday, 17th of January from 2- 5 and will feature a fashion show with top models from the Andrea Roche Agency.

Hotel prices in Dublin were up 17pc YOY to €112, according to Trivago’s Hotel Price Index for January 2016. The average hotel room in Ireland costs €93 in January 2016, up 6pc YOY. Dublin and Kinsale saw the biggest month-on-month decrease (both down 15pc), followed by Cork (down 11pc) and Dingle (down 11pc). Westport saw the biggest month-on-month increase, with prices up 9pc to €96.

trivago europe pricesAverage hotel prices in Europe are down 5pc compared to last month, according to Trivago. Dresden saw the biggest month-on-month decrease, down 26pc to €79. Followed by Manchester, down 22pc to €131, and London, down 20pc to €182. Not surprisingly, prices for European ski destinations listed on Trivago were up. Ishgl increased by 47pc to an average of €401, Sölden up 46pc to €268. Verbier up 23pc to €402. Chamonix up 25pc to €186.

An Bord Plenala approved the development of a seven-storey, 107-room hotel on Moore Street.

US real estate investment group Kennedy Wilson started its €5m upgrade of the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, which includes new conference facilities, a spa, gym and car park.

Martinhal hotel brand will opened two properties in Lisbon in Q1 2016, Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites and Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Resort Hotel.

marriott madridMarriott Hotels opened its largest property in Europe, the 869-room Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel and Conference Centre.

Hyatt Hotels confirmed that 250 locations were affected by a recently reported data breach.

The N Ireland Hotels Federation predicts that 1,074 more hotel rooms are expected to be built in Belfast by 2018, with four and five star room offerings up by 25pc.

Historic Hotels of America added 22 members last year: Fairmont Heritage Place, California; Inn at Diamond Cover, Portland; The Partridge Inn, Curio, Georgia; Sheridan Inn, Wyoming; Southernmost House, Florida; The Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown; Inn at Wise, Virginia; Embassy Suites, Portland; Keswick Hall and Golf Club, Virginia; Bear Mountain Inn, New York; Clarmont Club & Spa, Berkeley, California; LondonHouse Chicago; The Sam Houston Hotel, Houston; The Redmond Hotel Birmingham, Alabama; La Concha Hotel & Spa, Florida; The Fairfax, Washington DC; Hotel Alex Johnson, South Dakota; The Graylyn Estate, North Carolina; Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo, Hawaii; The Admiral Hotel, Alabama; Punderson Manor State Park Lodge and Conference Centre, Ohio; and The Whitehall, Houston.

InterContinental Hotels Group opened its 5,000th hotel in operation, the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side in New York.

Travelodge plans to open 19 hotels this year.



kenyaFrom next month Kenya will waive the visa fee for children less than 16 years of age and capped Park fees at US $60 down from US$90.

investigators said the killing of a Montana man by a Yellowstone National Park grizzly bear highlights the need for hikers in the region to travel in groups, carry Mace-like bear spray and take other precautions against attacks,

  • Indonesia is a safe state and the negative impact of Thursday’s terrorist attacks in downtown Jakarta to tourism industry is limited, Indonesia‘s tourism minister said
  • Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany will not make any further immediate changes to its travel advice for Turkey but could do so in light of the investigation into Tuesday’s bombing in Istanbul. Ireland’s DFA is advising tourists to exercise caution.
  • Alton Towers unveiled its first new ride since last June’s Smiler crash, Galactica, which will open in April. Customers will use virtual reality headsets for the experience.
  • Japan predicts the number of visitors in 2016 will increase 19pc to a record 23.5m.
  • Walt Disney Company announced that Shanghai Disney Resort will officially open on June 16.
  • Thomson signed an advertising deal to sponsor Channel 4’s First Dates matchmaking show.
  • Hard Rock International plans to open a second hotel in the Dominican Republic, slated for 2017.
  • Montenegro plans to turn an island fortress that was formerly used as a WWII concentration camp into a luxury resort.

Food and Wine

2travel writers belfast food tourfood tour hostsAs part of the launch of the Year of Food and Drink Tourism NI hosted a group of food and travel writers from Dublin, including Travel Extra on a food tour led by Caroline Wilson of and joined by Phil Ervine marketing manager of the new by Shortcross gin distilled in Crossgar, Co Down. Bob McCoubrey explained how a shortage of chefs caused him to close his Dublin branch of Mourne Seafoods. The group visited Saers Deli, Deirdre Canny’s Go Gourmet chocloates and Sam Spain and Tony O’Neill’s Coppi restaurant . Picture shows, Mary Fanning, Anne Doyle, Sile McArdle, Claire McCoy of Tourism NI, Sharon Noonan, tour guide Caroline Wilson, Jules Mahon, Keith Mahon, Gwen Beveridge of Tourism NI, Cathy Armstrong, Fiona Cunningham of Tourism Ni, David Carton and Kieran Walsh.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.


A330-200 american airlinesAmerican Airlines decision to use the Airbus A330-200 on seasonal Dublin to Chicago service from May 6, instead of a Boeing 767-300ER has been welcomed by the trade.

Ryanair will increase its Dublin based fleet from 24 to 26 in summer, increasing iDublin to London Gatwick from 5 to 7 times daily from March, using IAG remedy slots surrendered as part of Aer Lingus takeover, iadding an extra flight to Dublin Amsterdam and adding Athens 3w and Vigo 2w. Ryanair’s Dublin Summer schedule will now feature 18 daily flights between Dublin and London.

United Airlines is to update its boarding algorithm later this year.

Cristian SamoilovichMatthias WenkRyanair have recruited a former Uber executive Cristian Samoilovich (previously with Boeing and Airbus) as head of Public affairs and former Lidl Ireland advertising head Matthias Wenk as Marketing Operations Director.

Irish owned ASL Airlines France is to offer a new service from Bordeaux to Hamburg.

A Green Party attempt to have new car parking facilities attached to Dublin Airport charged the full rate of development contribution failed.

AeroMexico and WestJet has announced codeshare partnership.

@causewaytours tweeted: Loving this year of food & drink lark. We’ll have to scoff it all ourselves as due to #APD no one can fly here anyway. I despair

  • Ryanair have been awarded slots at Oslo Gardermoen airport.
  • Airbus took 1,036 orders in 2015 and delivered 635 aircraft, Boeing took 768 orders last year and delivered 762 aircraft. Boeing had more success selling big-budget wide-body jets such as the 787 while Airbus sold mostly the single-aisle A320 range of jets.
  • Figures by the IAA show that flights in and out of Irish airspace were up 5.6pc last year. An average of 2,811 flights were managed by the IAA, En route traffic increased by 5.4pc. North Atlantic Communications service increased 5.3pc. Dublin air traffic increased 10pc with a total of 191,233 recorded flights. Traffic to Shannon was down 12.5pc. Cork was down 8.6pc.
  • Etihad carried 17.4m passengers in 2015, up 17pc YOY.
  • Frankfurt Airport opened two yoga rooms for passengers.
  • Etihad is to receive 10 aircraft deliveries in 2016 including five B787-9s, three A380s and two B777-200Fs.
  • IAG signed a joint business agreement between BA, Iberia and LATAM Airlines Group.
  • klm virtual realityKLM developed a virtual reality app to allow passengers to explore its B787-9 Dreamliner.
  • Malaysia Airlines will stop operating its daily Kuala Lumpur to Dubai service on February 15.
  • AWAS is to purchase and leaseback three B787-8s from Ethiopian Airlines.
  • Avolon chief executive Domhnal Slattery is to be based in Hong Kong for 2016 following the acquisition by Bohai Leasing. Avolon said China needs $1 trillion worth of aircraft over the next 20 years as the country under-ordered by 750 aircraft over the next decade.
  • Ryanair is recruiting cabin crew, with recruitment days in Dublin on January 26 and February 26.


P&O Ferries has ended Larne to Troon seasonal route it has operated since 2003 with immediate effect.

Harmony of the Seas will have an exclusive Royal Caribbean production of Grease, while the AquaTheaterb will feature a gravity-defying diving and acrobatic display and a comedic whodunit. Harmony of the Seas launches May and operates seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona until October when it relocates to Fort Lauderdale A Let’s Celebrate Promenade Parade combines Halloween, Valentine’s Day, the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, birthdays and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Uniworld is making a big push for the family market with the launch of a dedicated Family River Cruise Collection brochure featuring 11 new family-friendly itineraries
  • River cruise specialist Scenic has ordered an ocean cruise ship for delivery in August 2018. The all-suite, 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse been described as more like a billionaire’s yacht than a cruise ship, with an ice-strengthened hull, twin helicopters, an aft marina with a fleet of Zodiacs and a seven-person submarine.
  • Emerald Waterways two new ships due in 2017 will sail the Rhone- Saone and Douro rivers. Emerald Liberté will carry 138 passengers in 70 cabins and Emerald Radiance will carry 112 passengers in 56 cabins.
  • Crystal Cruises have followed Celebrity Cruises and Disney Cruise Line in cancelling calls to Turkish ports Istanbul and Kusadasi chosing stops in Greek ports instead.
  • Carnival Inspiration’s refurb will introduce Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, and three new bars.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line’s Belize private island, Harvest Caye, has been pushed back to November. It was originally scheduled to receive its first port call on February 16.

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Deal Watch

thomson deal watchThomson offers: Sensimar Tenerife adults only resort available to book with €100pp deposit. 7 nights half board Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €639pps, depart May 27. 7 nights self catering Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Grand Canaria from €409pps, depart January 30. 7 nights self catering Tamanaco Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €349pps, depart February 6. 7 nights half board Catalonia Oro Negro, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €549pps, depart February 12. 7 nights self catering Nirides, Psalidi, Kos from €389pps, depart May 21. 7 nights all inclusive Marmaris Imperial, Turkey from €739pps, depart May 30. 7 nights full board Moorish Delights cruise on Thomson Majesty from €959pps, depart May 24. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Parque Cristobal, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €2,099 2+1, from €2,929 2+2, depart May 27. 7 nights 3* Aqualand Village, Agios Ioannis, Corfu from €1,939 2+1, from €1,687 2+2, depart May 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Mythos Apartments, Tingaki, Kos from €479pp, from €1,349 2+1, from €1,687 2+2, depart July 4. 7 nights all inclusive 3* IFA Interclub Atlantica, San Augstin, Gran Canaria from €499pp, depart January 30. 7 nights self catering 2* Green PArk, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €299pp, depart February 6. 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropics, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife from €309pp, depart February 26. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay from €1,599pp, depart June 26. Visit

Sunway Bodrum Peninsula offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Summer Garden Apartments from €369pp, 14 nights from €449pp, depart May 1 or May 8. 7 nights B&B 3* Baba Beach Hotel from €389pp, 14 nights from €469pp, depart May 1 or May 8. 7 nights B&B 4* Ambrosia Hotel from €569pp, 14 nights from €699pp, depart May 1 or May 8. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Palmwings Altinkum from €679pp, 14 nights from €929pp, depart May 1 or May 8. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Veonsa Beach Resort from €699pp, 14 nights from €979pp, depart May 1. Other offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Gloria Izaro Club Hotel, Lanzarote from €599pp, depart between February 20 and March 12. 7 nights B&B 3* Esat Hotel, Kusadasi from €299pp, travel May. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Bouganvilla Apartments, Majorca from €379pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 2* Los Pueblos Apartments, Lanzarote from €379pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 2* Presidente Apartments, Algarve from €399pp, travel in May.  7 nights self catering 3* Bajondillo Apartments, Costa Del Sol from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 3* Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 2* Vista Blanes Apartments, Menorca from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Florisol Hotel, Madeira from €499pp, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 2* Kalofer Hotel, Bulgaria from €399pp, travel in June. 7 nights self catering 2* Villa Florida Apartments, Fuerteventura from €399pp, travel in June. 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaimo Tropical Apartments, Tenerife form €499pp, travel in June. 7 nights B&B 3* Sana Estoril Hotel, Lisbon Coast from €499pp, travel in June. 7 nights B&B 3* Londra Hotel, Sorrento from €539pp, travel in June. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

Sunway is offering 3 nights 3* Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas from €619pp to see Conor McGregor fight Dos Anjos. Depart March 4, fight ticket not included. See

Lowcostholidays offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Beatriz Playa, Lanzarote from €410pp incl. return flights, depart May 4. 7 nights B&B 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa, the Algarve from €365pp incl. return flights, depart May 5. 7 nights 5* Blue Sea Gran Hotel Cervantes, Costa del Sol from €410pp, depart June 7. 7 nights 4* Gran Villas Resort, Orlando from €780pp inc. flights ex London, depart June 4. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Krystal Hotel, Cancun from €1,065pp incl. flights ex London, depart May 21. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Sunscape Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,395pp incl. flights ex London, depart May 21. 5 nights B&B 5* Bonnington Jumeriah Lakes Towers, Dubai from €995pp incl. return flights, depart April 9. Visit or call 01 485 3835.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Villa Linda Hotel, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €489pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes, larges and In the Godfathers excursion, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 5* Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel, Kanoni, Corfu from €459pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Palmin Hotel, Kusadasi, Turkey from €449pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in April. 3 nights B&B 3* La Fortezza Hotel, Florence from €259pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in April. Fly and Cruise St Patrick’s offer with Emirates and Royal Caribbean: 7 nights full board cruise departing Dubai from €999pp incl. return flights, checked in baggage and return transfers, depart March 13. Visit or call 01 539 7777.

WOW air is offering Dublin to San Francisco and LA via Reykjavik from €199pp one way. Visit

Abbey Travel is offering a 2 match package for the Euro 2016 games against Belgium on June 18 and Italy on June 22 from €1,499pp incl. flights, transfers, 3 nights accommodation and rep service. Money back guarantee if clients do not secure match tickets through UEFA. Visit, email, or call 01 804 7102. Abbey Travel is offering two days extra at Disneyland Paris’s Hotel Santa Fe for arrivals from March 24 to October 31. Book before February 8. Call 01 804 7160.

Aer Lingus extended its summer sale to include additional seats and April travel. North America from €255 each way, Britain from €19.99 one way. Book by midnight, January 18.

Stena Line is offering 10pc off travel from Rosslare to Cherbourg on bookings made by February 3. Receive a free trip to Britain on return car bookings from Rosslare to Cherbourg, travel between June 1 and August 31. Visit

Topflight offers: 7 nights BUB 5* Princesa Yaiza, Playa Blanca from €929pps. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca from €889pps, depart April 9. 7 nights B&B 4* Suite Hotel Fariones Playa, Puerto del Carmen from €725pps, depart May 7. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen from €809pps, depart April 2. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Beatriz Playa, Matagorda from €839pps, depart March 26. 7 nights half board 5* Hotel Villa Vik, Puerto del Carmen from €989pps, depart April 9. All prices include return transfers, taxes and resort rep service. Visit or call 01 2401 700.

Lowcostbeds all inclusive family prices based on 7 nights, 2 adults and 1 child, depart June 25: 3* HTOP Molinos Park Hotel, Salou from €28pppn. 3* Cala D’Or, Ariel Chico Club, Majorca from €31pppn. 3* Laguna Park, Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife fro €24pppn. 4* Club Caleta Dorada, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €24pppn. 3* IFA Interclub Atlantica, San Augustin, Gran Canaria from €26pppn. 3* Blue Sea Costa Teguise Gardens, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €28pppn. Visit


Dublins DNAMinister Paschal Donohoe announced the launch of collaborative tourism initiative, Dublin’s Northside Attractions. The Dublin DNA trail was launched with the website, DNA members: Old Jameson Distillery, Glasnevin Cemetery, National Botanic Gardens, GAA Museum and Croke Park Stadium, Mountjoy Square Society, Guinness Storehouse, The James Joyce Centre, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin Tenement, 14 Henrietta Street, 1916 Rebellion Walking Tours, EPIC Ireland, and GPO Witness History.

Sofia Hansson is the new Tourism Ireland Director in Australia. Stormont tourism minister Jonathan Bell will travel to New York and Copenhagen on upcoming Tourism Ireland promotions.

Europcar Ireland’s Europcar Tourism Index survey found that 77pc of visitors would visit Ireland again, 55pc had been bfore, 25pc came from England, 15pc from the USA, and 24pc of visitors ranked the landscape as the main motivation for coming to Ireland.

Fáilte Ireland is using Google’s Trekker camera to capture Ireland’s Ancient East for Google Street View.

Lonely Planet published an article on Ireland’s Best Remote Surf Spots.

laura whitmoreLaura Whitmore went on a cultural tour of Ireland’s Ancient East this week. Her itinerary was organised by the Discover Ireland team at Fáilte Ireland and included a jewellery-making session and a tour of the Smithwick’s Experience.

Dublin featured in The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2016.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! NEW BELGIAN FILM SHOWCASES SPECTACULAR SCENERY OF WEST CORKBelgian thriller Broer, which was shot in Bantry House and West Cork, will premiere in Belgium on January 20. Picture shows screenplay writer Pierre De Clercq, actors Alison Doody and Elva Trill, producer Mariano Vanhoof,actors Koen De Graeve, Titus De Voogdt, Koen De Bouw and Daisy Van Praet, and director Geoffrey Enthoven at Bantry House.

Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam started its 2016 programme of promotions this week at Vakantiebeurs holiday fair in Utrecht. The six-day event is expected to attract 117,000 visitors.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • 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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