TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: 9.3m Reasons for Irish Tourism to be Happy



Irish travel agents hosted by NYC & Company under Brooklyn Bridge

Irish travel agents hosted by NYC & Company pictured under Brooklyn Bridge

6 things you need to know about travel this week:

  • Niall Gibbons anticipates 9.6m to Ireland in 2016
  • Limerick gears up for Fly Shannon
  • NYC & Company and United hosts Irish agents
  • Classic Collections Irish operation officially up and running
  • Kildare Village celebrates the year of the monkey
  • Latest additions to Global Greening

Travel Extra TV

video of the week feb 14 2016Strap yourself in for our phenomenal video of the week. Rock band OK Go — who are known for their well-choreographed, one-shot music videos — collaborated with S7 Airlines to create the video for their single ‘Upside Down & Inside Out’. It was shot in a reduced gravity aircraft, allowing the band to defy gravity. It is incredible. The video has been viewed over 35m times. Watch here.

  • Love in the air this Valentine’s Day: An unexpected surprise at the airport… Watch here.
  • See the US Embassy in Dublin’s footage from the J1 Jobs Fair. Watch here.
  • A guide dog in-training gets very giddy when he meets Pluto at Disneyland. Watch here.
  • Two years of travel captured in 3 and a half minutes of selfies. Watch here.
  • Watch Elton John perform in London’s St Pancras Tube station. Watch here.
  • Shocking footage shows Anthem of the Seas being hit by 40-foot waves on her way to the Bahamas. Watch here.
  • Go Pro footage on the Great Wall of China Alpine Slide. It ends with a crash, bang, wallop. Watch here.
  • Even the police got into the spirit of Mardi Gras. Watch here.
  • Sledding with a Bernese Mountain Dog. Watch here.
  • Five Jet Airways cabin crew were temporarily suspended for allegedly violating regulations and misusing the in-flight announcement system by allowing Bollywood Sonu Nigam to perform mid-flight. Watch here.
  • Aer Lingus’s emotional Six Nations video. Watch here.
  • This incredible footage captures the moment an Etihad B777 was struck by lightning. Watch here.

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Behind the Headlines

niall gibbons global greeningIn response to a question from Travel Extra this week, Tourism Ireland CEO, Niall Gibbons (pictured with chair Brian Ambrose) said that the island of Ireland attracted 9.3m visitors in 2015 and he expected that figure to rise to 9.6m in 2016 (listen here). He said that marketing support was in place for a direct Dublin-Beijing flight should it occur (listen here).

Hotel beaconNYC & Company and United hosted Irish Agents on a fam trip to New York. Agents stayed in the Fitzpatrick Manhattan and visited Indigo Hotel, Intercontinental, Berkley, Hotel Beacon, Blue Man Group , the 9-11 and One World galleries and had some time to shop. Picture shows Travel agents hosted by NYC & Company pictured with Tom Travers GM of the Hotel Beacon in Manhattan, Terry Sheehan of American Holidays, Aoife Carbin of Club Travel, Sheila Treacy of Ace Travel,Annette Hynes of Corrib Travel Lorraine Connolly of Kanes Travel, Tryphavana Cross of NYC & Company, Sophie Phelan of Strand Travel, Aoife Gregg of United and Samantha Van Aswegen of Atlas Gohop with Tom Travels, GM of the Hotel Beacon. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

niall McDonnellClassic Collections Irish operation is officially up and running since Thursday, headed up by Niall McDonnell who itemised features such as 20kg luggage allowance, free Dublin Airport Lounge access for bookings made before the end of February and most of all private transfers (listen here): if five people arrive at Malaga airport they get separate private transfers, they do not travel together. He said Classic Collections will continue to work with travel agents and will not accept online bookings because their offering does not suit online. The tour op’s 228-page brochure offers a selection 200 individually contracted four and five star hotels in mainland Spain, Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, the Canary Islands, Portugal’s Algarve and Lisbon Coasts, Italy, Croatia, Malta, Madeira, Corfu, Rhodes, Crete and Turkey. Prices at the Ria Park Hotel & Spa in Vale do Lobo, Algarve where 7 nights start from €1,038 per person during May. Andrew Farr director of public relations came form London for the event.

Kildare village_2250Chinese Ambassador Xu Jianguo (listen here) came to Kildare Village to open an exhibition by photographer Matthew Thompson as part of the Village’s year of the monkey Chinese new year celebrations. China is one of the village’s most important markets by spend and they have mandarin-speaking guides available. Speaking to Travel Extra at the event Ambassador Xu reiterated his desire for a direct flight from Ireland to China, something Dublin Airport’s Kevin Toland said recently was a question of when and not if. Guests were welcomed by the Kildare Village’s head of marketing Andrew Marshall (listen here). Speakers included the photographer Matthew Thompson (listen here), and Karen Hennessy updated guests on the legacy of the year of design YD15 (listen here). Irish design has not gone away you know. Picture shows Alison Johnston, Andrew Marshall, Business Director of Kildare Village, exhibition photographer Matthew Thompson and Michelle Murphy, marketing manager of Kildare Village. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

ti results_2302CEO Niall Gibbons (listen here) set out Tourism Ireland’s marketing priorities for 2016 and said that the brand was performing strongly across all main markets, reporting Ireland has the fifth strongest brand in the world according to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Target is to increase spend by 5pc to €4.4bn, and 5-10pc capacity increase in summer to 500,000 seats a week, air and sea. The questions and answers session (listen here) raised questions about what ministers would be travelling on St Patrick’s Day and a suggestion that TOURISM IRELAND ANNOUNCES GLOBAL GREENING LINEUP FOR ST PATRICKcurrency fluctuations are responsible for only 1pc of an increase in tourism (listen here). Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe (pictured) took time off the election campaign to support the campaign (listen here). New buildings to go green in 2016 include Molle Antonelliana in Turin, Japan’s two first greenings, the light rail system in Addis Adaba, and Elevador Lacerda, the world’s largest urban elevator in Salvador in Brazil. Boston Red Sox will dress in green for their match against Florida on March 17 and Fenway Park will light up in green. Picture shows Niall Gibbons and Brian Ambrose at the event and a mocked up picture of the Molle Antonelliana after its greening. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
The FlyShannon show in Limerick UL Arena on February 20 and 21 ends a 9 year hiatus. Admission and car parking is free, with free entertainment for children, expert holiday advice, showdeals, holiday prizes, Exhibitors include: Aer Lingus, Air Canada/Air Canada Rouge, American Airlines, ASL Airlines France, Delta Air Lines, fly shannon showEmirates, Etihad Airways, Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines. Tour
Operators/Travel Agents include – American Holidays, Attraction Tickets Direct, Falcon/Thompson Holidays,, Limerick Travel, Sunway Travel, Tour America, Travel Choice,, Tropical Sky and Unique Japan Tours. Travel Corpora
tion. Las Vegas, Spanish Tourism Board, VISIT USA, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, MSC and Stena Line will also be there. Clare will be very well represented with a cluster of stands including Aillwee Cave, Cliffs of Moher, The Doolan Fery company, Shannon Ferries and Bunratty Castle.

MINISTER PASCHAL DONOHOE AND TOURISM IRELAND UNVEIL NEW STRATEGIOn Monday, 100 tourism stake holders turned out for an event organised by Tourism Ireland in the Davenport Hotel highlighting the potential of Spain and Italy for Irish tourism. Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe launched strategies for both markets aiming at growth to 825,000 each by 2020 – up 25pc. See here the strategy cards for Italy and Spain. Picture shows Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Italy, and Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Spain. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Tourism Ireland chair Brian Ambrose said APD is not going to be tackled until 2017 at least (listen here). He suggested that the issue of VAT parity with the 26 counties may be raised during the forthcoming Stormont elections. The comments were in response to a question from Travel Extra.

finbarr higgins_0495Kildare Failte had 60 in attendance at their AGM on Thursday. Evan Arkwright of the Curragh Racecourse, Sonya Kavanagh and Anne Marie Conneely of Kildare County Council joined the board. Michael Davern gave a preview of the Irish Open at the K Club (listen here) in which he suggested the K Club brand was recognised by 1bn people worldwide, Derry Clarke (listen here) of L’Ecrivain spoke about the growth of food awareness in Ireland: we have moved on, you no longer see spaghetti Bolognese on an Irish menu, and K Club executive chef Finbarr Higgins (pictured) spoke about the resorts’ sustained enthusiasm for artisan produce (listen here). Outgoing chair John Osborne spoke about the growth of Kildare’s tourism offering in a short period (listen here). See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

irish times travel department 001Ruth Petherick was the first winner of the Irish Times Reader’s Travel Writing Competition for an article on Cambodia and she was presented with her prize, an 11-night trip to India with Travel Department, who are celebrating 20 years in business in 2016. Picture shows Sara Zimmerman, MD of Travel Department; with Ruth Petherick and her daughter Ella and Kevin O’Sullivan Editor, Irish Times.

peter mcminnPeter McMinn’s Travel Solutions which operates a winter ski programme to Bulgaria, is to utilise a Thomas Cook Airbus A321 on the Ireland’s only direct flight to Plovdiv, offering an additional 70 more seats per week.

Aer Lingus has extended its Orlando promotion for agents to Monday 29 February.

Visitors entering Singapore by land, air or sea will have their fingerprints taken from June.

Graham, headed up in Ireland by Graham Hennessy, is selling tours in Croatia, 17 trips in Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split, including a range of walking tours, island cruises, food tours and off-the-beaten-track day trips to places such as Medjugorje in Herzegovina, Krka National Park and the Plitvice Lakes.
and Emirates announced details of their trade promotion: To be in with a chance of winning one of three One4All vouchers of €200, €100 and €50, send your EK locator and lowcostbeds booking reference to for all bookings made before the end of March for travel from April to June. Winners will be announced at the Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, April 8.

skal function feb 9Picture shows Douglas Jordan with Skal national president Sean O’Driscoll, Ewan Plenderleith and Nicky Logue at Skal’s recent function in the Fitzwilliam Hotel.

Cork City Hall hosts two holiday fares over the next three weeks, the Cork Holiday Fair on February 20-21 which expects 100 exhibitors and the Cork Fifty-Plus show on March 5-6 which expects 80 exhibitors..

falcon at match 004Falcon Holidays entertained their top agents at Ireland v Wales at the Aviva Stadium last weekend. Picture shows David Smith of Falcon Holidays and Niamh Gregg at the Ireland v Wales match, February 7 2016

Up to 100 jobs are under threat at Hertz in Dublin after the company informed staff of an outsourcing plan.

Contiki will launch their 2016 brochure on Thursday next, highlighting 70 top-selling trips across the USA and Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, and showcases Contiki’s eight travel styles.

Shares of Expedia and TripAdvisor soared Thursday, even though the travel website companies reported differing results for the fourth quarter.


According to Trivago’s hotel price index, the average price of a hotel room in Dublin is up 6.8pc  to €124 and the Irish monthly average up 0.5pc to of €95. This month’s Irish hotel prices are: Athlone €85, Belfast €114, Cork €100, Derry €92, Dingle €102, Dublin €124, Galway €90, Kenmare €103, Kilkenny €94, Killarney €107, Kinsale €94, Limerick €83, Sligo €90, Tralee €83, Waterford €87, Westport €95, Wexford €86. The Scotland match on March 19 is the most expensive Six Nations stay night at €255. Trivago’s index indicates that average prices in European cities is up 2pc compared to last month. Table shows the biggest decreases in Europe. 

Hayfield Manor Cork introduced a new white-glove afternoon tea experience

conrad dublinConrad Dublin started its €8m renovation which will see rooms and public areas revamped.

Westin Hotels & Resorts partnered with Fitbit to debut a series of fitness programmes.

Hyatt Hotels and LATAM Hotels announced the opening of Hyatt Place Managua, the first Hyatt branded hotel in Nicaragua’s capital.

Four Seasons opened a hotel in Casablanca.


Bruges was the surprise first choice in a Travel Smart survey by Agoda seeking the destinations most favoured by couples for Valentine’s Day.

Gullfoss, Iceland, October 21 2015An additional 300,000 tourists will visit Iceland in 2016, according to figures from Icelandic bank Landsbankinn. Picture shows Gollfuss in October, when Travel Extra visited using the new Wow Air service direct form Dublin.

Jamaica saw a 6.5pc increase from visitors from Ireland in 2015 with 2,362 visitors. The tourist board said numbers were expected to grow this year with the launch of the Dublin-Montego Bay route.

airport securityThe Egyptian Government signed a contract with Control Risks ‘to enhance airport security as part of our commitment to a world-class gold standard. Control Risks’ teams are already on the ground beginning their work, and building on the huge efforts undertaken by both the Egyptian Authorities as well as International Government security delegations. Ensuring safety and security for everyone travelling within our country, visiting our historic sites or enjoying our resorts is a top priority for the Egyptian government.”

VisitScotland hosted an inbound tourism convention (10-12 February) attracted 200 delegates with business seminar and plenary sessions, informal networking and B2B workshops at Macdonald Aviemore Resort.

St Louis has been named the most violent city in the USA taking over from Detroit. Caracas in Venezuela is the most violent in the world.

In a story reminiscent of Hall’s Pictorial Weekly, the UAE appointed Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi as minister for happiness.

Food & Wine

limerick foodMinister Jan O’Sullivan launched Limerick City and County Councils’ food strategy for Limerick 2016-18 in a bid to ear Limerick Food Destination status over the next three years. The plan aims to grow the local food tourism sector by 6pc with 10pc additional sales growth for producers.One hundred food producers and suppliers attended the event in the Strand Hotel.

Dine in Dublin takes place February 22 to 28, with the return of the glass-walled Dine Pavilion on O’Connell Street. Prebook at

Over 100 chefs have already signed up for a three-day charity cycle in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, part of the Burren Slowfood Festival. The event is being organised by Shane Smith of YesChef magazine. Entry is open to all chefs and minimum sponsorship is €500, which includes hotel accommodaiton, two dinners, Chefs for Charity cycling top and food stops en route. The first day’s cycle is 70km, Lisdoonvarna to Galway. The next day is a 110km cycle from Galway to Maam Cross through Connemara and back to Galway. Day three is a 75km cycle back to Lisdoonvarna. See

Foodscape Kildare will be partners of the Irish Open and will organise a three day Foodscape festival  to coincide with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in June. Listen here to Phil Donnelly speaking about Foodscape Kildare.

A taste of upcoming food events in Italy: Primavera Del Prosecco, Treviso, March 12 to June 12. Sagra Del Limone in Liguria, May 15, Strawberry Festival in Nemi, Rome, June 5. See more events here.


Skyscanner nominated Dublin-Miami as the underserved route of the week, with 60,000 searches in 2015 mainly outbound, most Miami passengers travel through London Heathrow followed by JFK and Newark.

causeway-lounge-7-jpgThe Causeway Lounge and Viewing Gallery opened at Belfast International Airport yesterday (Saturday Feb 13).

Ryanair launched an online parking service at selected car parks in Dublin Airport.

Ryanair stepped up its invasion of Germany with 13 routes from Berlin-Schönefeld, making it its biggest base: , Budapest (daily), Fuerteventura (2w), Gran Canaria (3w), Lanzarote (2w), Lisbon (daily), Manchester (Daily), Rzeszow (3w), Sevilla (3w), Sofia (daily), Thessaloniki (daily), Timisoara (2w), Toulouse (4w), Vilnius (3w). ryanairThe Ryanair Germany bases announced so far are: Berlin-Schönefeld (9 aircraft), Dusseldorf-Weeze (7), Frankfurt-Hahn (6), Cologne (3), Bremen (3), Hamburg (2), Baden Baden (2), Nuremberg (1). Ryanair said with new bases and routes their market share in Germany will be increased from the current 5pc to 10pc in 2016 and 20pc in five years..

CRJ900Cityjet published the CRJ900 network it will operate for SAS this summer.

United say Dublin-Newark will operate double daily once more May 26 to November 19.

Cork passenger numbers were up 8.9pc increase in January. Shannon passenger numbers were up 6pc in January. Airports see continued growth in flights and passenger numbers. Diversions saw a large increase last year due to adverse weather at Irish airports.

Star Alliance and Heathrow Express have teamed up to offer Star Alliance Gold Card holders a special benefit when travelling on Heathrow Express trains – a free upgrade. Once fliers are a member of any of the Star member airlines frequent flyer programmes and are Gold, they are automatically a Star gold.

Quote of the week? American lobby group NBAA claimed that airlines in charge of air traffic control would equal fox in control of the chicken coup,

uberAmerican Airlines partnered with Uber to offer a door-to-door streamlined service. Passengers can set a reminder for an Uber ride, which is included in the e-ticket confirmation. The airline’s app can also local nearby pick up locations at 11 airports

Thomson Airways named its eighth and ninth Dreamliner aircraft after Hayley and Chris Patmore, who won a Valentine’s weekend competition.

qatar airshow showcaseQatar Airways will be showcasing the A350, A380 and Gulfstream G650ER at the Singapore Airport, February 16 to 18.

AWAS delivered on lease on B737-800 to Sriwijaya Air.

Airbus started the final assembly of the first A350-1000, on schedule at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse.

Ireland West Airport staff have voted to select 3 new charities for the inaugural Ireland West Airport Charity of The Year programme for 2016: Cancer Care West, MS Ireland and Pieta House.


majestic princessPrincess Cruises released a picture of Majestic Princess, the first of their ships to debut a new design.

Club Royal is offering €18 for every booking from February 12-26.

A report by David O’Grady’s says 58pc of their cruise sales are for four-star ships and 35pc are for five-star ships. They estimate 35,000 passengers from Ireland are expected to cruise this year, up 20pc since 2014 and 42pc of Irish cruisers are now under 40. The average price paid in 2015 for a fly cruise package was €1,476 in 2015 versus €1,383 in 2014 and stateroom sales breakdown to approximately 65pc balconies, 28pc inside and 7pc ocean view. So far in 2016 the trend seems to be upwardly mobile to the 5 and 6 star luxury liners like Celebrity, Silversea, Cunard and Crystal Cruises. They say cruise sales are up as much as 46pc for some agents in January.

Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas reported a collapsed ceiling, broken glass, damaged furniture and debris as hurricane-force storms hit the ship off the course of Florida.

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Deal Watch

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 5* Secret St James Montego Bay from €3,079pp, depart July 10. 14nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Ocho Riu from €1,869pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,969pp, depart July 10. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Grand Palladium Jamaica from €1,979pp, depart July 17. 14 nights 5* Sensatori Mexico, Riviera Maya from €2,549pp, depart June 20. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Club Hotel Riu Gran Canaria from €1,409pp, depart February 20. 7 nights half board 3* Los Gigantes Hotel, Tenerife from €769pp, depart March 4. 7 nights half board 4* Los Gigantes Hotel, Tenerife €769pp, depart March 4. 7 nights full board 4* Mediterranean Medley cruise on Thomson Majesty from €1,049pps, depart September 20. Visit

Lowcostbeds offers, based on 2 adults, 7 nights, depart May 12: 3* Ourasol, Albuferia, Algarve from €11pppn self catering. 3* Novochoro, Albuferia, Algarve from €12pppn self catering. 3* Kristall Hotel, Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol from €13pppn. 4* Hotel Sol Principe, Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol from €36pppn. 2* Castillo Beach, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €9.50pppn self catering. 5* Gerianos Suite Hotel, Calete de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €28pppn B&B. 3* Eden Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €15pppn self catering. 2* Servatur Montebello, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €13pppn self catering. 5* Hotel Volcan, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €47pppn B&B. Visit

Sunway offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Letojani, Sicily from €469pp, travel May. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Villa Linda, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €489pp, travel May. 7 nights B&B 4* Taormina Park Hotel, Sicily from €739pp, depart May. 7 nights all inclusive Club Med, Kamarina, Sicily from €899pp, depart September 8. 8 days Trafalgar Lakes of Italy escorted tour from €1,229pp, depart May 14. 18 days China on a Shoestring Hong Kong to Beijing adventure style from €1,859pp, from €2,149pp solo traveller, depart April 28. 7 night 5* Paris to Normandy luxury river cruise from €1,879pp incl. wine and beer with meals and all shore excursions, depart July 1. Lanzarote offers, depart August 27: 7 nights B&B 3* Fariones Apartments from €664pp. 7 nights B&B 4* Fariones Playa Suite Hotel from €739pp. 7 nights half board 4* Fariones Hotel from €989pp. 7 nights self catering 3* Fariones Bungalows from €989pp. 7 nights B&B 5* Princesa Baiza Suite Hotel Resort & Spa from €1,069pp. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

Sunway cruise offers: 7 nights Norway Fjords cruise on P&O Britannia from €990pp, depart April 23. 8 nights Mediterranean cruise on Carnival Vista from €1,079pp, depart June 3. 7 nights Alaska cruise on Holland America Line from €1,930pp, depart June 10. 12 nights Baltic Capitals cruise with Prices Cruises from €1,689pp incl. 1 night pre stay in Copenhagen, depart June 13. Visit or call 01 231 1868.

falcon deal watchFalcon Holidays offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe, Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €4,899 2+1, from €6,499 2+2, depart July 17. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Royal Decameron Club, Jamaica from €4,849 2+1, from €6,619 2+2, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,969pp, depart July 10. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Club Hotel Ocho Rios, Jamaica from €1,869pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,719pp, March 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife from €379pp, depart March 4. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Sol Lanzarote, Matagorda, Lanzarote from €799pp, depart February 28. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

tour america deal watchTour America offers: 3 nights Boston from €649pp, depart December 1. 3 nights Washington DC from €779pp, depart October 6. 3 nights New York from €789pp, depart November 24. All prices include return flights. Visit

Classic Resorts is offering 7 nights full board 4* Kuramathi Island Resort, Maldives from €1,945pps incl. return flights, return seaplane transfers and taxes. Travel between May 1 and June 30. Visit or call 01 874 5000.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Rocha Brava Apartments, Carvoeiro, the Algarve from €1,219 2+2 incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. 3 nights 4* Mediterran Hotel, Budapest from €179pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in March. 7 nights B&B 5* More Hotel, Dubrovnik from €489pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in April. 3 nights 4* Melia Lebreros Hotel, Seville from €289pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in May. Visit or call 01 539 7777.

Royal Caribbean Go All In offers: 7 night Arabian Gulf cruise from €1,229pp incl. return flights, depart March 28. 7 nights Western Mediterranean family cruise from €2,129pp incl. return flights, depart August 14. 13 night transatlantic cruise form €1,609pp incl. return flights, depart May 1. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

travel department deal watchTravel Department offers: 7 nights half board 3* Girassol Hotel, Madeira from €899pp incl. flights and transfers and flights, travel between May and September. 7 nights half board 3* Ascot Hotel, Sorrento from €829pp incl. flights, transfers and flights, travel April 2016. Flights ex Belfast, incl. bus transfer from Dublin Airport. 9-night B&B New England holiday from €2,499pp incl. flights, transfers and hotel, travel October. Visit or call 01 637 1600.

Lowcostholidays Easter offers: 2 nights B&B 3* Hotel Santa Constanza, Roma from €295pp, depart March 25. 2 nights B&B 3* Hotel Les Jardins Montmartre, Paris from €260pp, depart March 25. 2 nights B&B 4* Torre Catalunya, Barcelona from €315pp, depart March 25. 2 nights 4* Hotel Roemer, Amsterdam from €360pp, depart March 25. 4 nights 3* Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas from €815pp, depart March 24. 5 nights 3* Seton Hotel, New York from €899pp, depart March 29. All prices include return flights and taxes. Visit or call 01 485 3835.

Topflight Italy offers: 3 nights B&B 4* Hotel Cellai, Florence and 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Palace, Viareggio from €1,299pps incl. return flights, return airport transfers and rail tickets Florence to Viareggio, depart June 5. 3 nights B&B 4* Marcella Royal Hotel, Rome and 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Plaza, Sorrento from €1,599pps incl. return flights, return airport transfers, rail tickets Rome to Sorrento, airport taxes, 20kg checked in baggage pp and Topflight resort rep in Sorrento, depart June 18. 5 nights B&B 4* Europa Design Hotel, Rapallo and 5 nights B&B 4* Hotel Le Palme, Monterosso from €1,199pps incl. return flights, return airport transfers, rail tickets, airport taxes and 20kg checked in baggage pp, depart June 17. Visit

ITAA St Patrick’s Day offers: 7 nights self catering one bedroom apartment, Andorra skiing from €459pp incl. return flights and airport transfers, depart March 13. 7 nights in NYC from €949pp incl. return flights and hotel, depart March 14. 4 nights 3* Hotel Puerto Canteras, Gran Canaria from €550pps incl. return flights, depart March 15.

mothers day deal watchMother’s Day offers: The Heritage Killenard is offering a 1 night B&B Shopalicious package from €139.50pps incl. a 10pc discount card and €30 gift card for Kildare Village per person. Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort is offering an expressly organic facial, stress remedy back massage or luxury manicure from €50 and afternoon tea for two from €35, visit or call 051 382 000. Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway is offering 1 night B&B from €169pps, Girls Just Want To Have Fun from €65pp incl. choice of three spa treatments and cosmopolitan or mojito in the Atrium Bar and Lounge. Visit The Lodge at Ashford Castle is offering package from €305 incl. 1 night B&B, Prosecco Afternoon Tea, spa treatment pp and dinner with complimentary cocktail in The Quay Bar. 2 night pampering break at The Twelve Hotel, Bearna from €165pp incl. cupcakes, chocolates and Procecco on arrival and 3 course meal at Upstairs@West, visit or call 091 597 000. Spa and afternoon package at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa from €68pp, accommodation from €79pps, visit Mother’s Day Package at the Spa at The Shelbourne from €159pp incl. one hour Elemis massage, facial and mini manicure, access to health club and swimming pool and complimentary glass of champagne and fresh strawberries. Visit Castleknock Hotel and Country Club is offering a Sweet Retreat package from €59pp Mon-Fri, from €67pp Sat-Sun incl. afternoon tea with sparking wine and choice of three treatments incl. manicure and pedicure, mini facial and head, neck and shoulder massage in Tonic Spa. Visit, email or call 01 68 55 430.


A WELCOME VIKING INVASION! TOURISM IRELAND SETS ITS SIGHTS ON NOPicture shows participants in Tourism Ireland’s Nordic trade workshop in Copenhagen, with Rikke Aagaard Petersen (left), Simon Gregory (sixth left), Finola O’Mahony (front, fifth right) and Aileen Hickey (third right), all Tourism Ireland.

doolin ferriesBill and Liam O’Brien’s Doolin Ferry Company are introducing a curriculum based learning in the landscape educational series of ‘school tours’ in 2016, for primary, second and third level students, beginning with ‘Cliff Cruises as Gaeilge’ during Seachtain na Gaeilge (1-17 March). Picture shows Brigitte Brew and Liam O’Brien of Doolin Ferries who wil be exhibiting at Fly Shannon 2016 in Limerick next week.

FISHING FOR FRENCH TOURISTSPicture shows Max Couque, Galway Fishing; Rosendo Castellanos, Tourism Ireland; David Byrne, Inland Fisheries Ireland; Emilie Dain and Geoffray Begard, both Ireland Fishing Trips Ltd, at the Ireland Salon Européen Des Pêches in Nantes.

Dublin Bus claimed 82m of its passengers will be affected by the proposed pedestrian plaza in Dublin city centre.

South Kildare chamber is ramping up its tourism activites in its short six weeks of existence. It now has 130 members, five years ago they had 40.

Gary Percival, proprietor of the South Pole Inn in Anascaul, February 7 2016Gary Percival of the South Pole Inn in Anascaul was among the many eclectic participants in the Dingle peninsula Feile na Stoirme last weekend. Picture shows Gary at the former Tom Crean homestead where he gave talked to visitors on the varoius storms that featured in Crean’s Antarctiuc explorations.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

  • 2016
  • 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 13 Sunway Trade Lunch
  • April 17-19 Germany Travel Market, Magdeburg
  • April 17-21 Virtuoso, Cape Town
  • April 18 NYC & Company Sales Mission
  • 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
  • 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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