TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Three-match packages benched for Euros 2016

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Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, February 2016

Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, February 2016

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6 things to know about travel this week:

  • ITAA report indicates slow down in sales compared to January
  • Thailand expects to beat last year’s visitor figures
  • Daytona Beach comes to town with news of a popular connection
  • GTI Ireland hosts travel trade and media on battlefields tour of Ypres
  • Irish operators abandon three-match packages for Euro 2016 finals
  • Fly Shannon will return to UL in 2017

Travel Extra TV

video of week feb 28 2016Video of the week: Amazing footage of a B727 cargo aircraft making a successful nose-down emergency landing at Guam International Airport without functioning landing gear. Watch here.

  • A close encounter with a curious great white shark. Watch here.
  • A couple tie the knot at 35,000 feet. Watch here.
  • Surfer Mick Fanning performs a disappearing act on this tube ride in Queensland. Watch here.
  • Take a cabin tour of Emirate’s two-class A380. Watch here.
  • See Heathrow’s new baggage robot in action. Watch here.
  • See Aer Lingus’s IRFU branded promo. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland appeals to LGBT travellers with is Mardi Gras video, featuring Panti Bliss. Watch here.
  • Ryanair and Childline launched a colouring competition. See the video, where Robin Kiely met Dustin The Turkey. Watch here.
  • See Discover NI’s spring 2016 TV ad. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

How was February for you? The ITAA report a definite slow down in sales compared with January. Travel Agents reported their strongest January in years (the strongest ever in some cases) having previously reported their best November and December in some cases. Sunway described February as “nothing to write home about, but not bad after a fast start in January.” Falcon say momentum is still strong across the market, with bookings strong for winter also. The ITAA say the market has been slowed by the expense of Aer Lingus and Ryanair now that their sales are over. Tour operator discounts for April and May also stimulated the market in January.

emma arnott presentation 600Emma Arnott Chirs Lee_3313Chris Lee and Emma Arnott of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, event sponsors Etihad and 18 suppliers representing Thai hotels and products hosted 47 travel agents in Diep le Shaker Thai restaurant in Dublin, February 24 2016. Chris Lee says this has all the signs of being a good year for Thailand, with growth rate expecting to beat last year’s 2pc rise to 64,716 visits. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

Travel Counsellors gathered for their annual Irish conference in the Powerscourt Hotel.

1MG_3439Derek Keogh of GTI Ireland hosted eight travel writers and seven travel trade on a battlefields tour of Ypres and its surroundings. Battlefield tours are proving very popular, Derek says, and have increased from 15 in 2015 to 19 this year. At GTI we take no more than 30 in a group and we rarely use three star hotels. We use a combination of local and Irish guides. The group were hosted by Novotel in Ypres where they attended the Menin Gate last post ceremony before spending a day on the battlefields and graveyards of the Somme. Picture shows Catherine Bookle of GTI and Dominic Burke of Travel Centres at Menin gate. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

eoghan morning irelandIrish tour operators have abandoned three-match stay-in-France packages for the Euro 2016 finals. Abbey Travel is offering a two night package for Ireland’s first game against Sweden in Paris on 13th from €699 per person + €69 tax. Abbey also received a ticket allocation from the FAI to cover packages that had been sold inclusive of tickets. Others running day trip and two and three night packages include 747 Travel, Stein Travel and Sunway while Ryanair have also offered 45 day trips to Ireland; three matches. The same situation has pertained in the north where Thomson Sport did not get their preferred supplier allocation from the Irish FA. Peter McMinn’s Travel Solutions is running a series of day trip charter flights without tickets to the north’s matches in Nice, Lyon and Paris and have, with great confidence, put on sale a trip to the knock out stages, the round of 16. Up to an extra 1,000 tickets for the Poland game in Nice on June 12 will be made available to supporters who had loyalty points but failed to get tickets in the team ballot. Smaller amounts of tickets for the other two games will also be made available. A UEFA portal will open very soon to allocate the tickets. Listen here to Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry speaking about Euro 2016 developments on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

sarah hanson Margaret_3303Margaret Henriksson and Sarah Harrington of Daytona Beach (pictured) came to Dublin with news of a popular new connection, with Aer Lingus and JetBlue Airways’ new route from JFK to Daytona Beach International Airport which launched in January 2016. Daytona Beach also has non-stop service from Atlanta (Delta) and Charlotte, NC (American Airlines).

Flyshannon001 copyFly Shannon will return to University of Limerick next year. Thousands braved the almost incessant mist and rain to attend the two day free event, which was making its return to Limerick for the first time in nine years. “The Show was a great success. It looks like we are going to have the biggest year for foreign and domestic holidays in a decade but it’s no wonder given how bad the weather has been here. People just seem to have had enough and just have to get away,” said Edmund Hourican, of event organisers Business Exhibitions Ltd. “Exhibitors took an lot more bookings than they had anticipated. We’ve already agreed to come back and do this on the same weekend next year. Portugal, Spain, the US and UK were, as expected, very popular but we had a lot of interest also in breaks to the likes of the Oktoberfest in Munich.” Shannon Airport Head of Aviation Development Declan Power said, “The rain is definitely good for holidays. We were thinking it was going to keep people from attending the holiday show but I think it might have been what got so many people to come out and book their holidays here over the weekend. There were loads of discounts so that was a big lure also.” Picture shows Paulette Moran, Isabel Harrison, Maureen Ledwith and Declan Power at the event.

mayor_3243Eight Irish journalists were among a group hosted by Ray Byrne of Wine Port and Tracey Coughlan at Mimozas resort near Cannes, newly purchased by Byrne’s Splash group. The trip included a drive along the coast in vintage Fiat cars. Pictures shows Mimozas GM Julien La Rizza, Tracey Coughlan, Deputy mayor of Cannes Frank Chikli and Thomas Dlachasse from the car hire company with one of the cars, Members of the group played the Old Course next door complete with its unique ferry ride over to play the third and then back again to play the 15th.

Travel Trade

Ski brochuresTopflight’s end of season ski away event takes place on Wednesday April 6 to a surprise destination for a day of ski and snow activities. Agents who make any Topflight booking before March 25 will be entered in the draw to win a place at this event. There will be awards on the day for travel agents who show great promise on the piste. Flight departs Dublin at 10am and return landing at 10.30pm.

Amadeus launched Selling Platform Connect, what it calls the world’s first fully online GDS booking platform. Amadeus revenue increased 14.5pc, to €3,912.7m in 2015, EBITDA grew 12.2pc, to €1,465.4m. air travel agency bookings rose 8.3pc, to 505.0m and, in the IT Solutions business, passengers boarded increased 7.5pc, to 747.3m.

TIGS first outing of the year. sponsored by Amadeus is at Portmarnock Links (NOT Portmarnock hotel) on Thursday March 10th. Format is a four person team event and tees are reserved: 1003-1209. Cost for dinner and golf for members is €40 and €60 for guests. Contact Shay Mitchell.

Tony Flynn Sales Manager Ireland copyEthiopian Airlines appointed Tony Flynn (pictured) as Sales Manager Ireland. Tony previously headed up Royal Jordanian in Ireland among several other hotel and tour operator ventures.

Peter Conway’s Cork Holiday Fair is to return in 2017, havign attracted several thousand people to the City Hall last weekend.

Keith Graham’s Selective Travel (part of WTC) won contracts to manage travel for the University of Glasgow worth £4m the University of Sunderland worth £1.5m.

CLIA Britain and Ireland’s Summer of Opportunity for travel agents includes ship visits, sales training and product development with events taking place in six different ports around the country starting with a Cruise Sales Masterclass on board Celebrity Eclipse in Dover on June 6, followed on July 21 by a Discovery Expo in Portsmouth on board Swan Hellenic’s Minerva and on July 23 , a Cruise Sales Masterclass in Liverpool on board Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess. A luxury Cruise Expo is planned in Southampton on August 14-15 on board Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Voyager together with Oceania Cruises’ Marina. The following day, a Cruise Sales Masterclass is taking place in Newcastle upon Tyne on board Holland America Lines’ Koningsdam which is being launched in April.

Phocuswright Europe conference in Dublin this May 10-12 is offering an early bird price of €1,595 is available up until 29th February, after which it will increase to €1895.

The Marine Travel Company in England is the first travel agency recognised in the Travelport Smartpoint certification program.

Uniglobe has selected the Amadeus mobile solution for travel agencies in Western Europe to develop “Trip Access”, a mobile app that puts the journey on travellers’ devices.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport awards are open for entries.

Hotels

weddingsonlineThe Weddingsonline Awards winners for 2016: McDermott Travel, Honeymoon Supplier of the Year; Clayton Hotel Galway Connacht Hotel of the Year; The Glenview Hotel, Leinster Hotel of the Year; Garryvoe Hotel, Munster Hotel of the Year; Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ulster Hotel of the Year; Cabra Castle, Castle Venue of the Year; The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Exclusive Venue of the Year; Lough Rynn Castle, Waterside Venue of the Year; Stephen Bell of Lough Eske Castle, Venue Co-ordinator of the Year; The Red Door Country House, Restaurant Venue of the Year; Annahavrvey Chauffeur Service, Transport Supplier of the Year. Picture shows overall wedding supplier of the year Sharon McMeel with Jessica Mavare and Jonathan Byrans of Weddingsonline.

  • Conrad London St James launched a partnership with The Lust List.
  • Adrián Hoteles in the Canary Islands upgraded its ‘Wi-Fi room service’
  • Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport received four-star accreditation from Fáilte Ireland.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi opens at Al Maryah island on May 1.

International

viennaTunisia extended the state of emergency declared in November by a further month until March 22.

Vienna was named the world’s most liveable city in 2016 in Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey.

This week’s freeze/thaw affecting many ski resorts across Europe is seeing changeable condition across Europe’s lower mountains, with hard-packed and icy pistes in the morning giving way to soft and slushy slopes in the afternoon. Snowfall this week sees many resorts across the Alps in fine condition ahead of the weekend. To make the most of the current conditions, skiers are advised to stick to the runs of the upper mountains.

MakoRideVehicleReveal 1SeaWorld Orlando’s New Coaster Car: Inspired by Sharks, Engineered for Speed claimed to be the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Orlando, is scheduled to open this summer.

GoEuro search engine for comparing and booking rail, coach and flight travel signed a new partnership with SNCF.

Butlin’s, the iconic English Seaside holiday company, has unveiled a collection of innovative M3 Air domes across their three coastal sites.

Disneyland Paris represented in Ireland by Abbey Travel and Neenan Travel are offering free half board meals for families.

Kenya says its decision to waive visa fees for children under the age of 16 for all nationalities form the beginning of this month has boosted family tourism.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood in California on April 7th. Ethipian flies 3w to Los Angeles and new direct flights with Aer Lingus to LAX start in May.

The USA extended its visa-waiver exclusion list to three more countries, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have travelled to these countries.

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism hosted “Planning for Growth – Egypt’s Tourism 2016”, a conference for 200 tourism sector representatives which set out Egypt’s plan to restore its beleagured tourism industry.

Haven announced a new partnership with Guinness World Records.

English travel agent’s body ABTA claimed a third of winter sports enthusiasts are still skiing or boarding without helmets.

VisitScotland is looking for a team of energetic and outgoing people to attend to a herd of new, specially created and simply bovine Highland Cow (or ‘Coo’) Campervans.

Yew Tree Farm 056 (800x533)The Lake District’s Heart of the Lakes sefl catering company is giving away a holiday in Beatrix Potter’s 17th century farmhouse to celebrate her 150th birthday on June 28th, Yew Tree Farm.

Iran hosted its first International Travel and Hospitality Conference as government seeks to boost investment in infrastructure for tourism.

  • Jamaica tourist board announced a new deputy director of tourism, Marcia McLaughlin.
  • Tickets went on sale for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror nights 26.
  • In Cardiff, five taxi drivers had their driving license suspended for refusing short fares.
  • Aarhus, designated European Capital of Culture in 2017 announced events including Viking performances to a modern ballet created by artists.
  • The first Victor Hugo In Guernsey Festival, taking place 2 – 10 April 2016.

Food and Wine

  • Maria Madigan of winetours.ie is guiding a Food and Wine tour to South Africa in June for Trevor Brennan Travel which will take place the week preceding the first Test match. The three matches will be in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.
  • Restaurant Geranium, Copenhagen received its third Michelin star. The Danish Capital now has 20 Michelin stars amongst 16 restaurants.
  • Ella Wallace and Paul Froggatt’s Pupp dog cafe opened on Clanbrassil Street, Travel Extra’s Daisy Corry reports.
  • Chefs representing Ireland, USA, Spain, Hungary and Australia will take part in a beef world cup at The Butcher Grill in Ranelagh on March 2 and May 4.

Aviation

willie walsh_2664 copyIAG fourth quarter operating profit was €540m excluding Aer Lingus and before exceptional items (2014: operating profit of €260m), including Aer Lingus €530m. Willie Walsh said “Aer Lingus has made a positive contribution of €35m operating profit since it joined the Group on 18 August last year.”

British Airways has discontinued its unaccompanied minors service, citing a decline in demand. BA will honour bookings already made, but new bookings have ceased from Wednesday.

Swissport Pic copyWow air Dublin to Keflavik service will increase from 3w to 5w from May 30.

United Airlines 12.55pm second nonstop service from Dublin to Newark, UA131/130, is to continue year round after it resumes on May 26, 2016 (westbound), daily durigsummer and 6w after Sept. 25 (no westbound service on Tuesdays).

DAA international won the contract to manage and operate new T5 passenger terminal at King Khaled International Airport.

Qantas are to build a new flagship global lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3, to open in early 2017. They are also bringing fast, free inflight wi-fi to their domestic fleet with global broadband services provider ViaSat.

RYANAIR & CHILDLINE LAUNCH PAPER PLANE COLOURING COMPETITIONPicture shows Robin Kiely of Ryanair and Gill Waters of ISPCC launching Ryanair’s nationwide paper plane colouring competition at Holywell Educate Together National School in Swords. Primary schoolars are invited to help raise funds for ISPCC Childline.

Michael O’Leary called for a yes vote in the Brexit referendum: “The economy and its future growth prospects are stronger as a member of the European Union than they are outside of the EU.”

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport launched a personalised passenger app. Aer Lingus currently operates ten flights per week between Nice and Dublin with a second Saturday flight from Nice scheduled for this summer.

A storm caused the cancellation of 1,100 flights in Chicago.

A Malaysian woman is suing Malaysia Airlines and the government for $7.6m in damages over the loss of her husband on Flight MH370.

Ryanair filed lawsuits against unknown Twitter users who threatened to blow up its planes. A woman who was jostled in a hard landing on a Ryanir flight was awards €19,000.

The express fare from Toronto Pearson airport to Union Station has been cut from $27.50 to $12.00.

A report by IdeaWorksCompany, sponsored by CarTrawler, reviewed airlines’ websites. It praises Aer Lingus for having a clean and concise presentation of its baggage policy.

Dalmac, Ryanair’s training and recruitment partner, is holding recruitment days for the airline in Belfast on March 8 and Dublin on March 11. No previous cabin crew experience required, but applicants must be over 18 and between 5’2 and 6’2 in height.

Airbus patented an adjustable bench to give obese passengers more room on aircraft.

AWAS added Brussels Airlines to its customer list with an agreed lease placement of one A330-300.

Avolon appointed Wui Jin Woon as MD of capital markets APAC, based in Singapore.

Afloat

Aurora AustralisAustralia’s flagship icebreaker, the Aurora Australis, ran aground in Antarctica during a heavy blizzard, 37 crew were rescued, 31 remain onboard. Aurora Australis was involved in the rescue of passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy expedition ship in December 2013.

Thomas Keller dishes are now available on all three Seabourn cruise ships.

Ireland

Visitor numbers to Ireland are up 17pc in January and 18.4pc between November 2015 and January 2016, Britain is up 17.5pc, North America up 19.4pc, Mainland Europe up21.1pc and Australia and developing markets up 10.6pc.

A weekend of Wins for Fáilte Ireland - Love Radio AwardsFáilte Ireland won three awards at the Accenture Digital Media Awards in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dublin, winning gold and silver in the best in travel and tourism category .and silver in the competitive Best Brand/Company Using Digital.  Pictured is Niamh O’Shea of RTÉ; Shauna Cunningham of Fáilte Ireland and Saoirse Whelan ofThe Reputations Agency. Fáilte Ireland also won two awards at the Love Radio Awards for its promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way on the Ryan Tubridy Show.

Tourism Ireland called on people to join their global greening: be as creative as you like, your office, your home, company logo, website, your team meeting, anything can be ‘greened’.

SPOTLIGHT ON CORK IN LONDONIn London, Tourism Ireland hosted 30 English business and leisure travel professionals at an event to promote Cork city and county alongside a delegation from Cork, local hoteliers, Cork Airport, Cork City and County Councils, Cork Chamber and the Cork Convention Bureau. In Nice, Tourism Ireland hosted 40 French travel agents to promote ease of access from Nice to the island of Ireland highlighting the Wild Atlantic Way, the Causeway Coastal Route and The Gobbins Cliff Path, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin.

NI National Trust is opening attractions in Fermanagh for free on March 5-6, and in other places across the north on Saturday, March 12.

Tourism Ireland participated in Successful Meetings University International at the Sheraton Times Square, attracted more than 100 top American MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) professionals, all on the lookout for exciting and unique business tourism destinations. Tourism Ireland also sponsored the Ireland men’s and women’s cricket teams for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20, which starts on 8 March.

Ireland’s first horror convention, ScreamVention, takes place this weekend in Dublin in the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road.

Expedia listed the countries most seeking a break in Ireland for St Patrick’s Day according to its search engine: 1 United States, 2 England, 3 Canada, 4 Germany, 5 Italy, 6 Australia, 7 France, 8 Netherlands, 9 Spain.

Minister Paschal Donohoe (yes, he is minister until the new government is formed, it could be a while) launched Dublin Bus’ 1916 tour on board a specially designed bus with performances by award-winning theatre company ANU Productions.

Belfast was named top small European city for business friendliness by fDi magazine.

Devonshire cream Tea will be served during the ‘Devonshire Day’ this year on Sunday, March 20 2016 at Lismore Castle.

Dublin Networking Event - Gate TheatreFáilte Ireland hosted a Dublin networking event at the Gate Theatre. The event included an update on Dublin: A Breath of Fresh Air, an overview of the 2016 Centenary events and St Patrick’s Festival 2016. Picture shows John Concannon of Ireland 1916 Commemoration, Keelin Fagan of Fáilte Ireland, Noel John McLoughlin of Fáilte Ireland and Susan Kirby of St Patrick’s Festival.

Planning Award for Wild Atlantic WayThe Wild Atlantic Way won the tourism and economic development category at the Irish Planning Institute National Planning Awards. Picture shows Paddy Matthews of Fáilte Ireland accepting the award from Irish Planning Institute president Deirdre Fallon.

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Deal Watch

Falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 5* Club Turban, Marmaris, Dalaman from €2,029 2+1, from €3,499 2+2, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Los Zocos Club, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €1,979 2+1, from €2,679 2+2, depart June 18. 7 nights self catering 3* Pins Platja, Salou from €1,929 2+1, from €2,449 2+2, from €3,549 2+3, €4,079 2+4, depart from Knock June 12. 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife from €519pps, depart March 11. 7 nights self catering 3* Sun’s Gardens, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €499pps, depart March 26. 14 nights self catering 2* Bitacora Club, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €529pps, depart March 27. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,689pp, depart June 20. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riviera Maya Resort, Riviera Maya from €4,999 2+1, depart June 20. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Lowcostbeds offers, 7 nights based on 2+2, arrive July 26: 3* Hotel Royal Costa, Torremolinos from €38pppn all inclusive. 5* Hotel Blue Sea Gran Hotel Cervantes, Torremolinos from €49pppn all inclusive. 4* Hesperia Sabinal, Roquetas de Mar, Almeria from €33pppn all inclusive. 4* Playaluna Hotel, Roquestas de Mar, Almeria from €36pppn

Roquetas de Mar, Playaluna Hotel 4* AI from €36pppn. 3* HTOP Molinos Park Hotel, Salou from €35pppn. 3* Best Mediterranes Hotel, Salou from €42pppn. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

Cassidy Golf is offering a 6 day golf workshop in La Manga, Spain from €869pps incl. return flights, transfers, 3x golf on La Manga courses, all tuition, half board accommodation in 4* Los Lomas apartments, depart April 26. Visit cassidygolf.ie or call 01 872 5000.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Crete, Lyttos Beach, Crete from €1,359pp, depart June 5. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Fethiye, Dalaman from €1,019pp, depart June 13. 7 nights half board 3* Sol Tenerife, Playa De Las Americas from €589pp, depart April 15. 5 nights self catering 3* Portonovo Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €389pp, depart April 30. 7 nights half board 5* Melia Sands Hotel, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €889pp, depart April 23. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,629pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Club Hotel Riu Ochos, Jamaica from €1,629pp, depart June 12. 7 nights full board 4* Treasures of the Mediterranean cruise on Thomson Majesty from €1,099pp, depart May 24. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Yucatan Princess, Riviera Maya from €2,151pp, depart June 20. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Tequila, Playacar from €1,749pp, depart June 20. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 7 nights B&B 5* Epic Sana Algarve Hotel from €999pp, depart September 17. 7 nights B&B 2* Splendid Hotel, Taormina, Sicily from €559pp, depart April 30. 7 nights B&B 4* Taormina Park, Sicily form €799pp, depart April 30. 10 days Highlights of the Italian Lakes escorted Trafalgar tour from €1,289pp, depart September 10. 16 nights full board Barcelona to Dubai cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas from €1,530pp, depart May 10. 7 nights all inclusive Kamarina Resort, Sicily from €889pp, depart September 8. 6 nights all inclusive Club Med Marrakech from €2,267pp, depart March 24, 7 nights from €1,779pp, depart March 27. 7 nights Paris to Normandy river cruise from €1,699, depart July 1. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights half board 4* Oscar Resort Hotel, Northern Cyprus from €699pp incl. flights, transfers and 3-day full excursions, depart October 1. 12 nights Highlights of Burma tour from €2,929pp incl. flights, accommodation, transfers and excursions, depart October 1.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Mediterraneao Hotel, Benidorm, Costa Blanca from €439pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in April. 3 nights B&B 4* Melia Alicante Hotel from €289pp incl. airport taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights 4* Gran Hotel Blue Sea Cervantes, Torremolinos from €389pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in April. 7 nights B&B 3* Tirena Hotel, Dubrovnik from €359pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in April. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Tour America offers: 3 nights Intercontinental Hotel Chicago from €759pp, depart November 3. 7 nights Rosen Inn International from €659pp, depart June 16. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €769pp, depart November 24. 4 nights Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas from €629pp, depart October 14. Visit touramerica.ie.

Topflight Easter ski offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Frontera Blanca from €389pps, depart March 27. 7 nights self catering 3* Daina Apartments, Arinsal from €419pps, depart March 27. 7 nights B&B 2* Pension Faistenauer, Soll, Austria from €499pps, depart March 19. 7 nights half board 4* Grand Hotel, Zell am See, Austria from €1,029pps, depart March 19. 7 nights self catering 3* Residence les Ravines, Meribel Valley from €529pps, depart March 26. All prices include return transfers, taxes and resort rep services. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 2401 700.

ITAA Spain offers: 7 nights self catering Ola Bouganvillia, Mallorca from €1,329 2+2 incl. flights ex Cork, taxes, baggage and transfers, depart May 9. 10 days B&B Melia Madrid Princesa Hotel from €1,935pps incl. airport transfers, welcome dinner, baggage handling, tips, hotel taxes and porterage charges, depart April 23. 4 nights B&B 3* Hotel Europark, Barcelona from €380pp incl. return flights, depart March 10.

Royal Caribbean offers: 12 nights Mediterranean Greek isles cruise on Brilliance of the Seas from €1,650pp, depart June 19. 16 nights Suez Canal cruise on Splendour of the Seas from €1,659pp, depart April 4. 14 nights Mediterranean Beaches cruise on Independence of the Seas from €1,475pp, depart June 18. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Irish Ferries is offering 7 nights for up to six persons stayin in a two soon deluxe Haven holiday home from €810 incl. return car ferry travel. Book by February 29, €50 booking deposit. Visit irishferries.com/haven or call 0818 300 400.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

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

April 28 Air Canada trade reception, Canadian Embassy, Wilton Place, 6pm

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

Feb 19-20 2017 Fly Shannon show, UL Limerick

June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

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

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

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

2019 – 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Previous issues
February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue
July/August 2015: Wintersun issue
June 2015: USA issue
May 2015: The Australia issue
April 2015: Summer Cruise issue

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