TRAVEL EXTRA’s Sunday Supplement: Seeing double at ITB Berlin & Aer Lingus starts T/A plan for 2017


Emirates tsand at ITB 2016

Emirates tsand at ITB 2016


4 things to know about travel this week

  • Can Dublin Airport accommodate Aer Lingus T/A flights 2017?
  • Ethiopian to look at pre-clearance
  • Donegal President for ITAA
  • Sharm El Sheikh postponed again

Travel Extra TV

video of the week march 13 2016Video of the week: Emirates cabin crew perform their new safety video for HSV fans—and show off their football skills too. Watch here.

  • See footage of Death Valley’s wildflowers, which bloom once every ten years, in their full glory in 2016. Watch here.
  • How does an elephant bathe? Video captured during a safari in South Africa reveals all. Watch here.
  • Ryanair asks its passengers if they can speak Irish. Watch here.
  • Shocking footage captured inside an Abu Dhabi skyscraper during a storm. Watch here.
  • A funny promo from JetBlue: A “social experiment” in which passengers win a free flight—but only if everyone on board agree on the same destination. Watch here.
  • See amateur figure skater Katrina Lazzarotto perform on top of a mountain. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s Rallying in NI promo. Watch here.
  • Cyclist v ostrich: Hilarious—but terrifying. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

cormac meehan copyCormac Meehan from Bundoran is the new president of the Irish Travel Agents Association, as the only nominee he will be elected unopposed at the April 7 AGM at the the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4. Cormac is the first president to be based in Ulster, although past presidents Andy McKenna and Eugene Magee were both born in Ulster. Leinster has provided 14 presidents to the association, Munster three and Connacht one.


Tourism Ireland stand at ITB, Messe-Berlin, March 9 2016And then there were two. The traditional Tourism Ireland stand at ITB Berlin was a hub of activity as usual this year, but 14 halls away another Ireland stand had appeared, in the adventure section under the auspices of Fáilte Ireland. Niall Gibbons and an entourage of Department Officials visited the Tourism Ireland stand. Shaun Quinn was downstairs in a t-shirt enticing people to try out virtual reality goggles, horse riding in Mayo and surging with Ollie O’Flaherty off the Cliffs of Moher, chasing a wave called Aileen.

EMIRATES ITB STAND CABIN CREW copyEmirates gave a sneak preview of their business class product to be installed on their B777’s and other aircraft as they come in for refurb, as well as their first class suite (the word seems to have been adopted enthusiastically by the aviation world) and their A380 bar.The fully-flat seat is slightly wider, and features a larger TV screen, expanded personal meal table, improved lighting options and redesigned privacy panels, literature pockets, foot rests and show stowage areas. It will be fitted onto Emirates’ 170th B777 aircraft, which is due to be delivered in November. Cabin configuration will remain 2-3-2, and the total number of business class seats on the B777 will also remain at 42, Simarif Bassi is pictured showcasing the new, wider business class seats, with pitch of 72”, touchscreen controller to go fully flat, a 23” screen and mini-bar. Seats also come with an ergonomically designed headrest,

Shaun Quinn CEO of Fáilte Ireland at ITB, Messe-Berlin, March 9 2016International Tourism Bourse in Messe-Berlin was the usual pandemonium, scattered around 26 halls. Highlights of the event were the giant Etihad, Lufthansa, Turkish and Emirates stands. Turkish Airlines, one of the sponsors of Batman v Superman movie Dawn of Justice, displayed a model of the Batmobile. Germany’s regions filled four halls, vying for attention while the ITB conference programme took place on 12 separate stages throughout the 26-hall, three-level complex.  Maldives Minister of Tourism Moosa Zameer opened the event. Egyptian Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou launched a new advertising and marketing campaign This is Egypt (#thisisegypt) for his beleaguered tourism industry. Picture shows Shaun Quinn CEO of Fáilte ireland on the Fáilte Ireland adventure holidays stand.

niall gibbon group_5548 copyComeback story of ITB is Iran, who have grown to occupy a hall of their own, while Palestine, Ukraine and Sudan were all plying their wares, as were Egypt and Tunisia. No sign of Syria this time round. Visitors from Ireland included Jim Vaughan of Pictures shows Finola O’Mahoney, Niall Gibbons CEO of Tourism Ireland and Ken Spratt of the Department of Tourism taking a break on the Ireland stand at ITB. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, was the guest speaker at the Wings Club at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge on Thursday. Speaking to Travel Extra after the event Tewolde said that the Dublin to Addis Adaba service had performed but the Dublin to Los Angeles leg of the journey was weaker than expected. It is highly seasonal, and has been challenging in the winter months. He said that Ethiopian had expected passengers traveling from AIMG_5813 copyddis to Los Angeles to remain on the aircraft but TSA had asked them to disembark passengers for security screening. That requirement means that Ethiopian may revisit its decision not to use pre-clearance, which he explained: Listen here to Tewolde’s interview with Travel Extra and listen here to his speech to the wings club. Most of our passengers are African and travel with a lot of bags. That would delay the process of disembarking and going through customs. Picture shows incoming chair of Wings Club Europe  James Meyler introducing Tewolde Gebremariam at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Kevin Toland Pat byrne group copyCAPA aviation conference is likely to return to the Wicklow mountains next year, according to CEO Peter Harrison. There was no Willie Walsh or Alan Joyce this year, but the aviation conference brought some heavy hitters among 180 delegates to Powerscourt, with all the major airline groups and alliances sending a speaker, and 130 sitting down to the gala dinner on Thursday night, where CEOs had a mild debate on the issue of CEO salaries, avoiding the fireworks of previous gala dinner debates (some more animated moderation might have helped move things along). In the midst of a debate about whether legacy airlines should purchase low cost rivals, Stephen McNamara produced one of the gems of the conference when he said: maybe legacy airlines should work to make themselves more attractive to the LCCS (Ryanair’s current valuation exceeds IAG, Air France and Lufthansa put together). Buzz word of the conference might be the wide girth constituency cited in a discussion on airline seats, which translates that passengers are getting fat. The conference agenda has been transformed by the plummeting price of fuel, the weight of landing gear and age of aircraft are not visible at all on the agenda. Kevin Toland of Dublin Airport cited Ireland’s aviation tradition in his opening remarks to the conference (listen here). Picture shows Vincent Harrison MD of Dublin Airport, Pat Byrne of Cityjet, Cathal O’Connell of Cityjet and Kevin Toland of Dubiln Airport.. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

stephen kavanaghSpeaking to Travel Extra in the margins of the conference, Stephen Kavanagh CEO of Aer Lingus said the airline’s next tranche of trans-Atlantic routes would be announced in July. he said things have gone very well in 2015 and the 2017 routes would be finalised as a business plan is drawn in Q2. He said that they would be working with Dublin Airport on capacity and infrastructure issues as Aer Lingus will have five extra trans-Atlantic aircraft in Q2 2017 versus Q2 2016, putting pressure on the USA departure gates particularly in the 10am to 12pm peak morning period. The use of the 300 gates (toehold Pier B, which used to serve trans-Atlantic before T2) for a wide-bodied aircraft is an option by Dublin Airport, which will host 23 long haul services a day in summer 2016. US CBP has provided extra resources to pre-clear the extra services and Dublin now has a two shift CNP operation for the first time. It has become the first offshore CBP station centralise pre-clearance. Passengers who have been issued with chits at the form-filling station can use automated passport machines before approaching the immigration officer. Picture shows Stephen Kavanagh speaking at Powerscourt.

1skal board_5423Picture shows the new board of Dublin Skal club for 2016-7: Aidan Doyle, Douglas Jordan, Angela Dillon, Sam Wilson, Joe Collins, Daragh O’Neill, Margaret Cronin and Michael Byrne. The AGM of Skal was followed by a presentation on the centenary of the 1916 rising by Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry and Paddy Dignam. Paddy’s grand father Patrick Dignam, whom he was named after, was shot dead by a British sniper when he went to check on the horses that he was looking after at Downes Bakery in their stable in North Earl Street on the Tuesday of the rebellion. His mother’s brother Michael O’Docherty served with Constance Markievicz and Michael Mallin in the Citizen’s Army  in the College of Surgeons and died after his release from Frongoch as a result of complications from wounds he suffered. Listen here to Paddy’s presentation to the event and listen here to Eoghan Corry, who spoke about the impact of 1916 on the travel and hospitality trade at the time, particularly the cluster of hotels that lined O’Connell Street before the rebellion, and the parts the Metropole and Shelbourne Hotels played in the rising. Alfred Norway’s £6,000 refurb of the interior of the GPO that was completed just eight weeks before Pearse and the boys arrived to put their, er, stamp on history. Listen here to Daragh O’Neill’s introduction to the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

nat geo award 002 copyPicture shows Christopher Sinclair, Chair of Burren Ecotourism Network, Carol Gleeson, Manager of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark; and Councillors Mary Howard, Leas Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council receiving the National Geographic World Legacy Award at ITB Bin Messe-Berlin. The Burren beat four other word contenders for the award.

Kennedy space centre_5300Kennedy Space Centre plans two new attractions this year: Cosmic quest and Heroes and legends. Angie DeLoach-Morales, Philip Britton, Andrea Farmer and Anita Clements hosted trade and media to talk about developments at the Centre. Tickets cost around $50 for a selection of experiences and are commissionable for agents. Andrea Farmer guided agents through the Kennedy Space Centre product and new developments (listen here). Two takeaways from former astronaut Don Thomas’s spell-binding 46-minute presentation (listen here): how fragile the thin blue rim of the earth looks from out there, and how heavy his limbs and body felt in the days after he returned to earth. Don had the students at Swords Educate Together school in thrall during a morning presentation. Don, who is a member of an exclusive club of about 575 individuals who have gone to space, says that the accessibility of former astronauts is a special feature of the Kennedy Space Centre. Two astronauts a day rotate visitor duty, from a total pool of about 200 NASA veterans. Picture shows Angie DeLoach-Morales, global sales manager of Kennedy Space Centre with Veronica Flood and Liz Wright of Tour America.

christian schindlerChristian Schindler of Lufthansa briefed travel media in Dublin on a record year for Lufthansa at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin, when 555,000 people travelled to and from Ireland, up 13.2pc on 2014. The most popular connecting destinations were Moscow, Sofia, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Tokyo, Athens and Kiev, and more than half of the Irish passengers were connecting onwards through the Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich hubs. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

South African TourismSouth African Tourism hosted travel journalists at One Pico restaurant in Dublin, March 9 2016. Kgomotso Ramothea, Marketing & Communications Manager for South African Tourism, discussed new developments in the country, familiarisation trips, and media activities and campaigns. Picture shows Sarah Longbottom of Bell Pottinger andKgomotso Ramothea. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

nashville eventNashville Convention and Visitors Corp and Grand Ole Opry hosted a Nashville event at The Liquor Rooms in Dublin, 9 March 2016. Entertainment included performances by Nashville musicians Jim Lauderdale and Jessi Alexander. See video. Picture shows US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, Nashville songwriter Jessi Alexander, Deana Ivey of Nashville CVC and Nasville musician Jim Lauderdale. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Fairyhouse_4596Fairyhouse festival over the Easter weekend will offer free entry for children. Racecourse manager Peter Roe expects a crowd of about 18,000 on the Monday, when a ladies fashion winner will be judged by Rachel Wyse of Sky television. Picture shows Peter Roe and David O’Connor of Fairyhouse at the Fairyhouse launch in House, Dublin. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Fiona Hanna Geri Wright_5373VisitScotland’s Geri Wright and Fiona Hanna came to Dublin to meet travel media this week to give details of four campaigns this year: a Wake up to Scotland weekend break campaign in May aimed at urban dwellers, a Scotland’s year of innovation for fashion week in November, a summer Open road to Scotland campaign emphasising ease of access through Belfast ferry services, and a continued set-jetting campaign highlighting Scotland’s film locations. Visit Scotland recently updated their global brand #scotspirit. Picture shows Fiona Hanna and Geri Wright.

The DFA’s Passport Service’s new measures to combat fraud and identity theft requires a Public Services Card be held by first-time Adult Passport Applicants from March 29 and adult Applicants whose last passport issued prior to January 2005 but has been reported lost, stolen or damaged. Other renewal applications are NOT affected. Prospective applicants can apply to the Department of Social Protection for a free Public Services Card. So far 1.8m Public Services Cards are in circulation.

katarina hobbs speaking copyKatarina Hobbs of Czech Tourism came to Dublin to talk through events to commemorate the anniversary of Charles IV, a Czech republic beyond Prague product that opens up locations like Karlovy Vary and Kutná Hora and the South Moravia wine region, two and a half hours from Prague. Picture shows Katarína Hobbs speaking at the event. Wicklow historian Turtle Bunburry delivered a talk on the emperor. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The Portuguese pavilion will be one of the highlights of the Irish Travel Industry trade Show in  the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4 on April 7. Exhibitors include Portugal Landescape Walks, Soc Uni. Lda, Oasistravel, DMC, Mini Price Hotels Porto, SA, Blue & Green Hotels, NAU Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Quinta do Lago, Yellowfish Travel, Lda, Hotel Estrela De Fátima, Lda, Rdmc Unipessoal Lda, Villa pedra, Olissippo Hotels, I.N. Tours – Viagens e Turismo Lda, Dolce Campo Real , TQ Travel Quality DMC, Algarve TB, Madeira TB, Porto TB. They are among 112 exhibitors eat the one-day event will include a lunch hosted by the Spanish Tourist Board, the ITAA AGM sponsored by Travelport and a BBQ with entertainment sponsored by Aer Lingus. Registration for the Irish Travel Industry Trade Show is sponsored by Dublin Airport. April 7: 11am: Travelsavers and Worldchoice management meetings, 12.30-2pm: Spanish Tourist Board (Madrid and Iberia Express) sponsored lunch for invited Travel Agents and ITAA AGM attendees, 2pm: Opening of Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, 3pm: ITAA AGM sponsored by Travelport, 7pm: BBQ & entertainment sponsored by Aer Lingus. Click here to register and register here for BBQ and entertainment sponsored by Aer Lingus 

oghan corry gabriel eder copyGabriel Eder from Söll who hosted irish travel writers over last weekend says that a priority is to showcase the resort’s summer facilities to the Irish market, which represents is the 5th most important for Soll’s winter business. Lifts reopen for hikers and mountain bikers from May 14 to October 23 while next winter’s season runs December 5 to April 2 with a new offline navigation app and another new lift (three opened for 2015-6) that promises is going to be a special experience. Gabriel is pictured with Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

And a surprise. Sunway report that Turkey bookings to both Bodrum and Kusadasi have picked up this week.

Travel Trade

Con Murphy formerly owner of United Travel was convicted of lodging €18,643 to a personal account belonging to the Children to Lapland charity. Con’s barrister Patrick Reynolds stated that business expenses were regularly paid from the personal account to which the money was lodged. Sentencing was adjourned until March 18.

Travel centres bicycles copyTravel Centres agents were hosted by BedsOnline and Virgin Atlantic in California, indulging surfing on the Baywatch beach, Santa Monica cycle tour and a food tour of Palm Canyon. Picture above shows Michelle Barron of Stein Travel in Tralee, Sinead Hearne of Discover Travel in DTravel centres baywatchungarvan, Justin Blackwood of Bowe Travel in Thurles, John Barrett of Magic Vacations in Kinsale, Lorraine Power of Harvey Travel in Waterford, Holly Best of Virgin Atlantic, Dympna Crowley of Lee Travel in Ballincollig, Yann Stirton of Virgin Atlantic, Karen Condon of The Travel Broker in Clontarf and Lynn Dempsey of Newbridge Travel (both sharing tandem) and Thomas McNally of BedsOnline. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Cassidy travelCassidy Travel opened a new travel shop located in the ILAC Centre. Photo shows Janis and the team setting up. The design of their ninth shop is based on their very successful TravelShops concept in the Pavilions Swords and Liffey Valley Shopping Centres in the Dublin suburbs. The new TravelShop team will be managed by Janis Coulter who has many years of experience in the travel industry and has joined Cassidy Travel from Falcon Holidays. Cassidy Travel ILAC Telephone number is 01 9695550.

Joe Walsh Tours sun holiday branch Concorde Travel is seeking an experienced reservations agent for the office on O’Connell Street. Candidates should have experience in the trade, a good command of Microsoft Excel and knowledge of Concorde’s destinations Croatia, Malta, Lisbon and Madeira. Email Dardo or Barry.

1etihad team_5625 copyHow long does the ferry take from Circular Quay to Manly and other choice questions were posed by quizmaster Ricky Dunn at an agents table quiz in the trendy Odeon venue in Harcourt Street, Dublin by Etihad and Visit Australia. Picture shows the Etihad team who hosted agents, Etihad team who hosted travel agents, Karen Maloney, Hiba Al Masood, Valerie Murphy and Beatrice Cosgrove, alongside Australian born Shannon O’Dowd. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

IMG_0907Pamela Brownlee of Flyaway Travel in Ballina launched her new cruise brand Cruisesforyou with a programme of events that included a live broadcast between 11am and 1pm on Mid West radio. Picture shows Jenny Rafter and Pamela Brownlee toasting the new web initiative into existence. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travelport celebrated the fact that 152 airlines have now signed up for the tech company’s flagship product Rich Content and Branding, launched three years ago at the CAPA Aviation Summit in Wicklow,. Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson said: Once you have a critical mass which we definitely now have other airlines other airlines feel hey, I need to be in here. Ryanair (but not yet Aer Lngus) have signed up for Rich Content which allows airlines display their full range of products for sale in the RCB channel in line with how they sell on their own websites.

cake photographSpeaking to Travel Extra in the margins of the event (listen here) Gordon said: we are an ecosystem which is co-dependent, ourselves and the travel agents. The move to mobile has meant consumers want more in their own hands to be empowered which is why we have made the investment in MTT and additional content. That is not anti travel agent, that is pro travel agent, because it enables them to get into that channel because they could never afford to get into that channel on any scale on their own. Picture shows Gordon Wilson being photographed in Powerscourt with the Travelport celebratory150th airline cake.

tigs outingTIGS first outing of the year to Portmarnock was sponsored by Amadeus and saw 52 golfers turn out. The all-team event was won by a team of Gillian Lowry, Niall McDonnell, Peter O”Hanlon and Clem Walshe. Picture shows Peter O’Hanlon President and Don Shearer of Don Shearer Travel Network. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

topflight team copyTopflight hosted the trade on at Deane’s in Belfast to highlight the Belfast to Verona route from Belfast International Airport and their new summer destinations of Lanzarote and the Algarve. Picture shows the Topflight Team on the night, Tony Collins Chairman, Tricia Mitchell, Agency Sales Manager, Jill Russell Sales Manager, NI and Maurice Shiels, Sales Manager.See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Kathrina alisonMTT Mobile technologies showcased he work they are doing with mobile apps for airline and technology clients. Not all apps are the same, MTT’s engineers pointed out how airlines Singapore and Saudia took contrasting approaches in the design of their apps, and their new trip planner itinerary app. Picture shows Kathrina Gallogly and Alison Bell of MTT. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Elaine Massey prizeThe Travel Corporation’s announced their second incentive of the year, the first incentive of €1000 each having been won by Elaine Massey in Killiney Travel and her client. The three strand incentive includes €50 in cash per Insight Vacations tour, with fast track security entrance and lounge passes at the airport for the client, a €50 voucher for Ashford Castle per Uniworld Boutique River Cruise and two cinema tickets per Contiki trip. Incentive ends March 31, email here for booking references. Picture shows John Grehan of Uniworld, first prize winner Elaine Massey of Killiney Travel, Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation, Richard Cullen, Lisa Warren and Shane Cullen of Killiney Travel.

Mary McKenna award copyMary McKenna’s Tour America became the only travel company to win the platinum award at the Deloitte business awards for best manager company for the seventh year running. Ciaran Mulligan’s Blue Insurances and Bobby Healy’s CarTrawler both achieved gold standards, each for the fourth year running.

  • Amadeus appointed Kevin Myhill to Head of Corporate Direct, and Liz Emmott Head of Sales, based at Amadeus England’s head office at Gatwick.
  • Falcon planned direct flights from Dublin and Belfast to Sharm el Sheikh for the summer. Thomas Cook has also cancelled its Sharm el Sheikh programme.
  • Azamara Club Royal rewards incentive was increased to £40.
  • wendy wu river brochureWendy Wu Tours unveiled new river tours as part of its Asia River Cruising brochure for 2016-2017.
  • Turkish Airlines invites the trade to a VIP screening of Superman v Batman at Movies at Dundrum, March 24 at 7pm. RSVP
  • Topflight launched their five day sale. See Deal Watch for more.
  • Sad news, the death is reported of Pat McCarthy ex McCarthy travel and Barry Casey ex Casey Travel, two stalwarts of the travel industry  for many years. Pat Dawson CEO extends sympathy to all their family and friends on behalf of ITAA and members.


Stewart Room of PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal told the 19th International Hotels Investment conference in Berlin that a cyber crime is committed every four seconds in Europe. Highlights included the panel discussion with five CEOs: Geoff Ballotti of Wyndham Hotel Group Federico J Gonzalez Tejera of NH Hotel Group Christopher J. Nassetta of Hilton Worldwide Wolfgang M. Neumann of Rezidor Richard Solomons of InterContinental. Nassetta told the audience: I just go back to what I learned on my first day in business school: Concentrate on your core business. Topics included Chinese industrial instability, political elections and referendums in the USA and England, and the likelihood of more mergers and acquisitions activity on the industry’s horizon. Other quotes: Nassetta commented on Donald Trump, we have been dying in this industry to have a hotelier in the White House, and this is the closest we have ever got. Tejera commented on on Airbnb’s business model: it’s the selling economy, not the sharing economy.

Marriott international its to double in size when its merger with Starwood is completed by June which will see the combined group have 123,000 opened or signed rooms (Marriott’s 61,000 and Starwood’s 40,500) and a pipeline of 21,500 rooms. Amy McPherson, president and managing director, Marriott International, Europe said, “It’s been an extraordinary time for Marriott.  We signed over 10,000 new rooms in 2015 for the first time in our history, doubling in size since 2010.”

  • Mairead Cullen Pic copyFitzpatrick Castle Hotel appointed Mairead Cullen (pictured) as Director of Sales. A graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management, Sarah Higgins joined the Grand Hotel, Malahide as Duty Manager.
  • A PwC loyalty survey claimed millennials are not that different depsite belong to the fewest number of loyalty programmes.
  • Red Carnation’s annual awards selected Ashford Castle’s GM Niall Rochford as manager of the year.
  • Lauren Hogan HotelEmployee 006 copyFormer Rose of Tralee, Lauren Hogan of IHF Cork branch won employee of the year. Lauren is from Wexford and is currently living in Cork.
  • Boutique Hotels pondered what to do about Airbnb, so far used by 70m guests in 34,000 cities.
  • Hotelbeds recorded an average 18pc growth across its European markets in 2015.
  • Anantara’s two new resorts Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort and Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara are set to open in mid-2016.
  • Hilton Worldwide introduced Connie the robotic concierge.
  • Monument Hotel new five-star palace hotel in Barcelona will launch March 2016.


Dublin was judged joint 24th and Singapore ranked as the world’s most expensive of 133 cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, priciest ahead of Zurich, Hong Kong, Geneva and Paris. London was sixth and New York seventh on the list that compares the cost of a basket of goods across 133 cities. The cheapest were Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, followed by Bangalore and Mumbai in India, the EIU said.

ambassadogPicture shows Holly the West Highland Terrier entering . Any dog living in Scotland is eligible to apply for the job, which awards the winner a dedicated blog on highlighting their ongoing adventures and escapades and capturing the real spirit of the country.

  • Finland’s sauna culture was celebrated at Helsinki Sauna Day yesterday March 12.
  • Butlin’s has launched the second edition of its first ever digital agent guide, the 2016 Family Breaks Guide
  • Haven introduced new Deck House accommodation for 2016.
  • NYC & Company forecast 59.7m visitors in 2016.
  • From May 2017 ITB China will be held annually.
  • Michelin are compiling first ever guide to Seoul.
  • Cox & Kings introduced three new rail journeys in Iran, following the success of its re-introduced group tour in October 2015.
  • Salon du Golf, the biggest French golf show celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and it is scheduled on March 18, 19 and 20 at Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles.

Food and Wine

  • Lough Eske Castle appointed Adrian O’Herlihy as the hotel’s new executive chef.
  • LegenDerry Food Festival copyThe Restaurant Association regional awards continue this week at the Guild Hall in Derry to finish I the Radisson in Sligo the week afterwards, to finish with the national awards. Award ceremonies have already taken place in Croke Park and in the Malton in Killarney.
  • The line-up for the LegenDerry Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday March 19-20 will be led by TV chef Paul Rankin and over 20 local restaurants.
  • Nine Dublin restaurants featured in the Michelin Main Cities of Europe guide.


Dublin airport installed 15 new automatic tray return system machines in the T1 passenger security screening area as part of a €15 million investment to modernise the Departures Floor and Security Screening area.

Aer Lingus Business Red copyAer Lingus won a silver award in the Business Class Red category at the Business Traveller’s Cellars in the Sky Awards 2015, for the Saint-Joseph “Les Challeys” 2013, Delas Frères from the Rhône Valley in France. Picture shows Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, presenting the Silver award to Enda Kavanagh, Product Manager, Aer Lingus, at the Hilton London Bankside. Singapore Airlines was the evening’s biggest winner, taking the coveted Gold Medal for Best Overall Wine Cellar. It also took the top spot in the Best First Class Cellar and Best Business Class Sparkling categories, tied with Philippine Airlines. Two airlines won two Gold Medals, EVA Air for Best Business Class Cellar and Best Business Class Red, and Jetstar for Best Business Class White and Best Business Class Fortified/Dessert. Mike Rutter of Aer Lingus commented: we worked with food consultant Hugo Arnold teoghan wine tasting_0745o develop an entirely new Business Class menu to showcase the best of Irish produce. We invested a lot of time into matching the wines to the food we serve. By winning the Silver medal for our red wine, it’s reassuring to know we are hitting the right note.” Travel Extra endorses the award after extensive research. Here is the editor pictured with the Delas Frères and other on board business class wines from Aer Lingus.

For the first time in over 12 months Ireland’s three State airports recorded growth in the same month. Dublin Airport recorded robust growth of 12.2pc in February. Shannon and Cork grew by 9.9pc and 8.7pc. Most significant pair growth was for Schiphol-Dublin (up 70.3pc), followed by Dublin-Birmingham (up 42.7pc), Manchester-Dublin (up 27.8pc) and London/Gatwick – Dublin (up 15.8pc). Total traffic handled by the IAA increased by 10.3pc in February 2016. En route traffic grew 7.7pc and North Atlantic Europe-North America Communications flights grew 8.8pc. There were 21,035 en route traffic movements and 30,309 North Atlantic Communications flights during February 2016.

Aer Lingus extended the Gold Circle programme to June 30th. The new Aer Club programme will now begin in July 2016.

Ryanair announced 91pc of 42,000 flights in February arrived on-time with one complaint per 1,000 customers and less than 1 bag complaint per 1,000 customers. Over 99pc of all complaints answered within 7 days.

Aer Lingus won the title of best short haul airline at the 2016 Guardian and Observer Travel Awards at the National Museum of Scotland.

Former Pan Am Workers to Reunite in FoynesFoynes will host a reunion of 350 former workers and associates of Pan American World Airways from USA, Singapore, Europe, South America, Guam, Hawaii and Canada on April 12th-15th. Foynes was the first European Airport to which Pan Am began operating commercial transatlantic services on July 9th 1939 under the command of Captain Harold Gray when the ‘Yankee Clipper’ arrived. Attendees will also their old Pan Am uniforms during the three-day reunion. Guests include Edward Trippe, son of Pan Am founder Juan Terry Trippe (1899 – 1981) and Don Cooper who was based in Berlin for many years.

Coopans Alliance were one of five winners of the first edition of the Single European Sky Awards in Madrid for their ATM system. Coopans was established in 2006 by the IAA with partners LFV and Naviair, with Austro Control joining in 2010.

Turkish Airlines invited submissions to its Delightful Stories series on the official website,

A man was charged with illegally climbing aboard an empty plane at Heathrow. English media reports said the man locked himself in the cockpit of a parked and empty British Airways jet, where security officers struggled to reach him through the reinforced door, designed to protect pilots in case of attempted hijacking.

A Saskatchewan woman was accused of risking the safety of passengers and crew by smoking in an aircraft washroom and failing to keep her cat in its container.

Ryanair Corporate Jet Hire_2795 copyRyanair launched a new product, a customised Boeing 737-700 for private charter with 60 business class, reclining, leather seats, a 48” seat pitch, a 2×2 configuration. It is crewed by Ryanair pilot and cabin crew professionals and available for medium to long range (up to six hours with fine dining catering facilities and is available to hire on a cost per hour basis, with quotes dependent on the departure and arrival airports, at what Ryanair describe as the most competitive rate in Europe (MUCH cheaper than reported).

A move by the IAA on Friday increased airspace capacity increasing the amount of Irish airspace where 5 nautical mile separation between aircraft is allowed by an additional 120,000 km squared, approximately one quarter of total Irish Airspace, because of more advanced radar systems leading to additional savings of up to 10Kg of fuel and 30Kg of C02 per flight. This airspace previously required that aircraft were provided with 10nm separation. Over 300,000 aircraft transited Irish airspace in 2015. The IAA are to co-operate with Skyguide on Aeronautical Data Management Services.

Air Transat offered a connecting flight via Toronto to Calgary April to October with promotional pricing until March 24. Air Transat operate Dublin to Toronto 4w and Dublin to Montreal weekly between April and October and already announced new connecting flights between Toronto and Vancouver .

American Airlines converting its entire B777 fleet to a ten-across 3-4-3 layout in economy class (what Fortune recently billed as Economy Minus) to create two different economy classes across its fleet, is in the second half of 2016. United are set to downgrade their economy class cabins adopting tighter 3-4-3 seating on some B777s. United will retire its jumbo jets by 2018. Qatar confirmed Doha-Auckland, the world’s longest commercial flight, among 14 new destinations across Europe, Africa and Asia.

  • EasyJet are adding a further 250,000 seats to its summer 2016 schedule form Belfast Internatinal.
  • EI-EPR Airbus A319-111 made its last service for Aer Lingus on London Gatwick to Dublin on Sunday and was ferried to Ostrava for painting into Vueling Airlines colours.
  • A record storm in the UAE disrupted the schedules of Emirates and Etihad. Etihad announced a global partnership with taste festivals.
  • EVA Air unveiled a new website and increased long haul baggage allowances to 30kg in Economy Class, 35kg in Premium Economy and 40kg in Business.
  • Qatar Airways completed the first phase of its New Distribution Capability pilot with Farelogix.
  • FLY Leasing approved a $30m share repurchase programme and reported Q4 2015 et income of $27.7m, with total revenues up 16pc to $139m. The lessor reported its portfolio reached 80 aircraft as of December 31 2015, on lease to 44 lessees in 28 countries. FLY Leasing expects to sell 14 more aircraft in Q1 2016.
  • Etihad Flight College expanded its fleet of trainer aircraft with the deliver of two Extra EA 330 LT aircraft.
  • AWAS sold a B737-800 to Macquarie AirFinance.
  • Avolon delivered an A320-200 to Volaris.
  • Amazon plans to lease 20 B767 freighters from Air Transport Services Group.


Irish Continental Line reported passenger numbers were up 2pc in their financial year to 1,675,800 from 1,643,300. Car numbers carried were up 5pc to 400,900 from 381,800. Revenue was up 10.5pc to €320.6m and earnings before EBITDA up 49.5pc to €75.5m.

MSC opened a St Patrick’s week cruise flash sale with free upgrade to balcony and free all inclusive drinks package for bookings between March 10th and 17th.Ben Bouldin Michaela Banks1 copy

Royal Caribbean’s Ben Bouldin will lead the cruise line’s second roadshow for the Irish travel trade on March 29-31. Jennifer Callister, Jenny Rafter, Holly Wilkinson, Michaela Banks and Steve Williams will take off from Dublin in three branded Royal Caribbean cars and will travel for three days, meeting and greeting agents and updating them on Club Royal, sailings for the 2016 summer season and new destinations and itineraries for 2017. Listen here to Ben Bouldin reflecting on last year’s roadshow.

emmaActress Emma Schweiger will christen AIDAprima, the new flagship of AIDA Cruises, as part of the 827th Hamburg port anniversary on May 7, 2016.

Irish Ferries offered a two friends for free to motorists who book before March 22 on Irish Sea sailings up to June 30th. Motorists who book by March 22 from Rosslare to Cherbourg and Roscoff can bring a friend for free up to May 24 and from Sept 3-Dec 15.

Fred Olsen, one of the few cruise lines which pick up customers in Ireland, says its four-storng fleet of Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch will visit 220 destinations in 70 countries in 2017-8, plus 118 areas of scenic cruising. Itineraries go on sale on Friday, March 18.

Stena Superfast XIn its first year the Stena Superfast X has transported 375,000 passengers, 95,000 cars and 83,000 freight units between Holyhead and Dublin. Passengers consumed 57,000 cups of tea and 20,000 Irish breakfasts.

  • ncl new websiteNorwegian Cruise Line relaunched a revamped website.
  • Royal Caribbean‘s Harmony of the Seas began sea trials. The ship needed six tugs to get out of the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, the ship’s captain, along with three pilots, then guided Harmony of the Seas into open water.
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages, an old favourite among Irish cruisers, will add P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Pearl to its fleet in 2017.
  • Seabourn Encore floated out at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
  • Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Millenium and Radiance of the Seas have all dropped Bali from some itineraries cancelled visits to Bali due to what is says is an “increased risk of terrorist attack.”
  • Regent Seven Seas Explorer will be treated to bath amenities from French perfume house Guerlain.
  • Clarification from last week’s supplement: Brittany Ferries’ Cork–Roscoff route is booking up fast, but there is still availability. We misspelt Mike Bevens’ name and apologise for the mistake. Mike is commercial director for Brittany Ferries.


COLOSSEUM IN ROME JOINS TOURISM IRELAND’S GLOBAL GREENINGThe number of icons going green for St Patrick’s Day as part of Tourims Ireland’s Global Greening is up to 170 (asterisks denote first time greenings:

  •  Australia, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Luna Park, Sydney *, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, The Star (entertainment venue), Sydney *, Town Hall, Sydney, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane *, Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane *, National Film & Sound Archive, Canberra *, The Bell Tower, Perth *, Council House, Perth, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne *
  • Austria, Burgtheater, Vienna, Bridges on the River Danube, Vienna *, Wiener Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater Amusement Park), Vienna, Bergisel Sprungschanze Stadion (ski jump), Innsbruck *, Skiwelt Söll (ski resort), Löwensaal, Hohenems, Kaprun Castle, Zell-am-See region
  • Belgium, Grand Place, Brussels, Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume), Burg, Bruges, Belfry, Mons
  • Brazil, Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro, Arcos da Lapa (Carioca Aqueduct), Rio de Janeiro *, 3 Olympic arenas, Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro *, Cathedral of Brasília (Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida), Brasília *, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília *, Monumento às bandeiras, São Paulo, Ponte das Bandeiras, São Paulo, Biblioteca Mário de Andrade, São Paulo, Viaduto do Chá, São Paulo, TV Towers on Avenida Paulista, São Paulo *, Teatro Amazonas (Amazon Theatre), Manaus *, Elevador Lacerda, Salvador *
  • Bulgaria, National Palace of Culture (NDK), Sofia *,
  • Canada, Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides), Turbo the Goat, Toronto *, Casa Loma, Toronto *, City Hall, Toronto, Breakfast Television studio, Toronto, Calgary Tower *, Hôtel de Ville, Montreal, St Patrick’s Basilica, Montreal *, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador,
  • China, Great Wall of China, Canton Tower, Guangzhou, ‘Derry Clipper Round the World Yacht Race boat, Qingdao
  • Cyprus, Municipality Building, Nicosia *
  • Czech Republic, Petřín Lookout Tower, Prague, Mahen Theatre, Brno *, City Hall, Ostrava
  • Denmark, Den Blå Planet (national aquarium), Copenhagen *
  • England:, London Eye, Nelson’s Column, London, ExCel, London *            , Selfridges, London, Selfridges, Birmingham, Stoke Park Golf Club, Buckinghamshire *, Trafford Centre, Manchester *, Town Hall clock, Manchester, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne *            ,
  • Ethiopia, Light rail system, Addis Ababa *
  • Finland, Lahti Radio Towers *, Ice swimming lake and swimmers, Tampere *,
  • France, Roue de Paris (Big Wheel), Tuileries Gardens, Paris *, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris, BHV Marais (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville – department store), Paris *, Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland® Paris, Château de la Muette (headquarters of the OECD), Paris, Galeries Lafayette, Paris, Drugstore Publicis, Paris, Irish Embassy, Paris, Tour Perret, Amiens *, Porte de Bourgogne, Bordeaux, Porte Dijeaux, Bordeaux *, Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes, La Croisette, Cannes, La Mairie, Cannes, Tour de la Castre au Suquet, Cannes, Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon, Le Palais de Justice, Lyon, Le Musée des Confluences, Lyon, Mairie de Villeurbanne, Lyon, Astroballe (indoor sporting arena), Lyon, Opéra Comédie, Montpellier *, Aéroport Montpellier Méditerrannée *, Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Mandé *,
  • Germany, Funkturm Berlin (radio tower), Airbus Group building, Berlin *, Water fountain at Irish pub, Bornheim *, ‘Lighthouse’ building, Düsseldorf, Allianz Arena, Munich, Hofbräuhaus, Munich *, Olympic Tower, Munich, Odeonsplatz, Munich, Offene Kirche St. Klara, Nürnberg *, Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt *, Hotel Bell Rock, Europa-Park, Rust *, Fernsehturm (TV tower), Stuttgart *, Barockkirche, Theilheim *, Neumünster church, Würzburg, Rathaus, Würzburg, Irish pubs network,
  • Indonesia, Mandarin Oriental hotel, Jakarta *, World Trade Center 1, Jakarta *
  • Israel, City Hall, Tel Aviv *
  • Italy, Colosseum, Rome, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Villa Reale, Monza *, Mole Antonelliana, Turin *
  • Japan, Torii (entrance gate) of the Ise Grand Shrine, Ise, Mie Prefecture, Karakoro Art Studio, Matsue
  • Kenya, Ahmed the Elephant statue, Nairobi National Museum *
  • Latvia, Riga Town Hall *,
  • Luxembourg, Hôtel de Ville, Luxembourg city
  • Malta, Forti Sant’Anġlu, Birgu *, Love Monument, St Julian’s *
  • Mexico, El Ángel de la Independencia, Mexico City
  • Monaco, Prince’s Palace,
  • Netherlands, ‘I Amsterdam’ sign at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Windmill, Weert *,
  • New Zealand, Sky Tower, Auckland, Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Brighton Pier, Christchurch *, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington *,
  • Norway, Mount Ulriken TV mast, Bergen *,
  • Poland, Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Kladka Bernatka footbridge, Kraków *, Lipska Street flyover, Kraków *, Golden Gate, Gdańsk *, Executioner’s House, Gdańsk *, Flyovers at Uczniowska Street, Kosciuszki Street and Jana z Kolna Street, Gdańsk *, Crown Tribunal, Lublin *, Arena Lublin (football stadium) *, Town Hall, Poznań *,
  • Portugal, Torre de Belém, Lisbon *, National Sanctuary of Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue), Lisbon, Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Caiscais,
  • Scotland: ‘Armadillo’ (SECC), Glasgow, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow,
  • Serbia, Ada Bridge, Belgrade, Palace Albanija, Belgrade *, Cupola of the House of the National Assembly of Serbia, Belgrade *, Hotel Moskva, Belgrade *
  • Slovakia, Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava,
  • South Africa, Nelson Mandela statue, Johannesburg,
  • Switzerland, Rhine Falls, near Zurich
  • United Arab Emirates, Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai, Global Village, Dubai *, Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi *, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi *,
  • United States, 7 World Trade Center, Ground Zero, New York *, Boston Red Sox (baseball team) *, Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), Boston *, Empire State Building, New York, Reunion Tower, Dallas *, ‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas, High Roller, Las Vegas, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville *, Chicago Board of Trade building, Chicago Gaelic Park *, John Hancock Center, Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, One Prudential Plaza, Chicago *, Sheraton Grand Chicago *, Soldier Field (home to the famous Chicago Bears team), Chicago, State Street, Chicago, United Center (home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls), Chicago, Wrigley Building, Chicago,

global greeningLiam Neeson’s Tourism Ireland video (watch here) wishing the world Happy St Patrick’s Day approached 500,000 views.

Fáilte Ireland will host 50 international media in Dublin for the St Patrick’s Festival.

An exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin explores the future of farming. Science Gallery attracted 404,425 visitors in 2015 and is Ireland’s 14th most popular visitor attraction.

Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare is offering a 25 Year Anniversary Package throughout April to celebrate the hotel’s 25th anniversary.

schools trophy tourDubai Duty Free Irish Open trophy tour of Irish schools competition will return this year.

Band Parade Limk SC 115A 280-strong marching band from the University of Missouri will be among the 1,200 musicians taking to the streets of Limerick for the 46th Limerick International Band Championship from 12 noon on Sunday, 20th March.

Representatives from Tourism Ireland, ALVA, Visit Wales, England’s National Trust and London & Partners will appear in The Tourism Society’s annual Question Time panel discussion at the British and Irish Tourism & Travel Show in the NEC Birmingham on 16-17 March.

The 2016 St Patrick’s Festival across Armagh and Down featuring 100 events begins this weekend. Visitors are invited by Tourism NI to visit Slemish Mountain, Patrick’s grave in the grounds of Down Cathedral, the ecclesiastical capital of Armagh, and drive the long-distance Saint Patrick’s Trail or follow the Saint Patrick’s Way walking route.

Failte Ireland Ireland 1916 Centenary Commemoration group press trip Iain White/Fennells Copyright Fennell Photography 2016

Picture shows Antoinette Reilly of Fáilte Ireland boarding a 1916-themed truck with international media on a trip to Dublin, organised by Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. The group’s itinerary included visits to the GPO, Kilmainham Gaol and the Abbey Theatre.

Guinness Storehouse’s 2016 St Patrick’s Festival, which takes place March 16–20.

falcon deal watchFáilte Ireland hosted 18 golfing media from Britain. They played a round of golf at The Royal Dublin Golf Club and at the Palmer course in the K Club.

  • Loop Head Lighthouse reopened yesterday.
  • €1m funding was allocated to festivals and events organised by Fáilte Ireland under its 2016 programme.
  • cork greeningCork County Council and the Ring of Cork launched their Thinking Green, Think Clean anti-litter awareness campaign.
  • Dundrum on Ice is open from now until April 3, open daily from 10am to 9pm.
  • The second County Life, Country Living showcase takes place at Curraghmore House and Gardens, Portlaw, Co Waterford on June 12.

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Deal Watch

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 1 night B&B 3* Ramada Encoure, Belfast from £44.50pps incl. VIP hamper and £20 food/drink voucher to spend in SQ Bar and Grill, available until March 31, call (028) 9026 1800 2 nights B&B midweek 4* Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Co Down from £119pps incl. evening meal in newly refurbished Percy French restaurant, available until April 17, call (028) 4372 1066, quote “Spring Offers” when booking. 1 night B&B 4* Roe Park Resort, Limavady, Co Derry from £34.50pps incl. complimentary use of Fairways Health Club, available until April 17, call (028) 7772 2222, quote “Spring Offers” when booking.

Cassidy Travel offers: 7 night The Players ground only package from €1,174pp incl. tickets for The Players and 4 rounds of golf on local courses, depart May 11. 4 nights Ryder Cup ground only package from €3,850pp incl. welcome reception, round rip group transfers, Thursday–Sunday Ryder Cup season ticket, official Ryder Cup souvenir and taxes, depart September 27. Visit or call 01 872 500.

Lowcostbeds offers based on 7 nights, 2 adults, depart June 11: 4* Il Palazzin, St Paul’s Bay from €27pppn B&B. 4* Qawra Palace, Qawra from €29pppn B&B. 3* Rio Apartments, Vilamoura, Algarve from €11pppn self catering. 4* Dom Pedro Marina Hotel, Vilamoura, Algarve from €54pppn B&B. 4* Neptune Hotel, Roquetas de Mar, Algeria from €17pppn. 4* Playaluna, Roquetas de Mar, Algeria from €20pppn B&B. 3* Villas La Manga, Mar Menor, Costa Calida from €25pppn. 4* Cavanna Hotel, Mar Menor, Costa Calida from €32pppn B&B. Visit

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 5* Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel from €459pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 4* Rocha Brava Apartments, Carvoeiro, the Algarve from €399pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights half board 3* Miramar Hotel, Rabac, Istrian Riviera from €499pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. 3 nights 5* Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof Hotel from €279pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. Visit or call 01 539 7777.

Sunway offers: 10 days escorted Italian Scene tour form €1,589pp, depart September 23. 7 days escorted tour of Canada’s Rockies from €2649pp, depart June 4. 9 days Best of Eastern Canada escorted tour from €3,179pp, depart June 11. 11 days Enchanting Canadian Maritime escorted tour from €3,409pp, depart October 1. 7 nights all inclusive Club Med, Punta Cana from €4,999 2+2, depart October 11. 7 nights 5* river cruise on the Seine from €1,589pp, depart July 8. 7 nights self catering 3* Beach Club Apartments, Son Parc, Menorca from €449pp, depart May 22. 7 nights self catering 2* Playa Parc Apartments, Son Parc, Menorca from €459pp, depart May 22. 7 nights self catering 2* Cordial Sandy Golf Bungalows, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €599pp, travel July or August. 7 nights self catering 3* Cordial Green Golf Apartments, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €619pp, travel July, from €599pp, travel August. 7 nights self catering 3* Cordial Biarritz Bungalows, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €669pp, travel July, from €679pp, travel August. 7 nights self catering 3* Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments, Puerto Morgan, Gran Canaria from €649pp, travel July, from €679pp, travel August. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

Sunway cruise flash sale, book by March 17, deposit €250pp: 7 nights all inclusive Western Med cruise on board MSC Fantasia from €989pp, depart October 5, 12, 19 or 26. 7 nights all inclusive Mediterranean cruise on board MSC Preziosa from €1,025pp, depart October 9 or 23. 7 nights all inclusive Eastern Mediterranean cruise on board MSC Magnifica from €1,279pp, depart May 28. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 full board Aegean Shores cruise from €999pps, depart May 20. 7 nights half board Catalonia Oro Negreo, Playa De Las Amereicas, Tenerife from €469pps, depart April 1. 7 nights half board Marieta, P. Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €589pps, depart April 9. 7 nights half board Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €589pps, depart April 30. 7 nights half board Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €649pps, depart May 19. 7 nights half board Imperial Thalasso Hotel, Kos from €639pps, depart May 28. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay from €1,929pps, depart June 19.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Akti Beach Club, Kardamena, Kos from €2,129 2+2, depart May 28. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay from €1,319pp, depart June 19. 7 nights self catering 2* Mika, Piskopiano, Crete from €419pp. depart May 29. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Grand Sirenis Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya from €1,789pp, depart June 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Cityline Hotel, Kos Town from €399pp, depart May 21. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Reu, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €449pp, depart April 15. 7 nights self catering 2* Sun’s Gardens, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €319pp, depart April 16. 7 nights self catering 3* Bitacora, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €429pp, depart April 17. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Travel Department offers: 8 nights full board River Rhine cruise on 4* Superior A-Rosa Silva from €1,459pp incl. 1 night hotel, flights and select guided tours, depart October 6. 6 nights full board Rhone Rendezvous river cruise on board A-Rosa Stella from €1,159pp incl. flights, 1 night hotel and select excursions, depart October 21. 7 nights full board Drifting on the Danube river cruise on board MS Amadeus Danubia from €999pp incl. flights, transfers and select excursions, depart October 1. 7 nights full board Danube Experience river cruise on board MS Amadeus Danubia from €999pp incl. flights, transfers and some excursions, depart October 8. 2 nights grounds of Highgrove escorted tour from €529pp, 3 nights from €729, on sale March 11, depart August 7. Call 01 637 1600. Visit

Tour America offers: 3 nights Row Hotel New York and 4 nights Excalibur Las Vegas from €879pp, depart January 16 2017. 4 nights Metro Hotel, Christmas shopping in New York from €935pp, depart November 14. 14 nights Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort, family holiday to Orlando from €779pp, depart September 13. 7 nights all inclusive Riu Cancun from €1,169pp, depart October 4.

Royal Caribbean Double Fun offers: 7 nights Nordic cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,439pp incl. flights ex Shannon and $200 on board credit, depart May 30. 7 nights France and Spain cruise on board Ovation of the Seas from €1,299pp incl. flights, depart April 22. 13 nights Mediterranean Beaches cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €1,389pp, depart July 22. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

Lowcostholidays April getaway offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Las Piramides, Costa Del Sol from €230pp, depart April 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Aparthotel Monica Isabel Beach Club, Algarve from €215pp, depart April 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Albir Playa Hotel & Spa, Costa Blanca from €299pp, depart April 16. 2 nights B&B 4* Park Hotel Amsterdam from €255pp, depart April 16. 2 nights B&B 3* Acta Mimic Hotel, Barcelona from €219pp, depart April 16. 2 nights B&B 4* Grand Hotel Tiberio, Rome from €215pp, depart April 16. Visit or call 01 485 3835.

Topflight five day sale: 7 nights self catering 2* Puerto Carmen Apartments, Lanzarote from €429pps, depart March 26. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Los Fariones, Lanzarote from €729pps, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 5* Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve from €716pps, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 5* Victoria Residences, Algarve from €569pps, depart May 14. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorsal Mimosa, Madeira from €449pps, depart May 12. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows, Lake Garda from €399pps, depart May 7. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Adriatic Riviera from €589pps, depart September 10. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Ariston, Sicily from €899pps, depart June 11. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €949pps, depart May 7. Visit or call 01 240 1700.

ITAA offers: 11 nights Wynn Las Vegas Hotel and Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun €2,699pp, book by March 31, travel November. 6 nights all inclusive Iberostar Tainos and 3 nights B&B Hotel Plaza, Havana from €1,399pp, depart between September 1 and October 31. 7 nights Kuramathi Island Maldives from €2,969pp, book by March 31, travel May or June.

Riviera Travel: 3 nights B&B 4* hotel Bruges from €499pp incl. return flights, return coach travel, visit to chocolatier and WWI Ypres battlefields tour. 7 nights B&B Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples tour from €1,079pp incl.  3*/4* accommodation, dinner, return flights. 5 nights Loire Valley and Monet’s Garden tour from €799pp, depart May 19. 7 nights B&B Lake Garda, Venice and Verona tour from €1,099pp incl. 4* accommodation and dinner, depart May 16. 4 nights tour of Venice from €979pp incl. return flights, 4* B&B accommodation, depart May 1. Visit

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • 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 24 Turkish Airlines, Superman v Batman VIP screening, Movies at Dundrum
  • March 26-27 Skål National Convention Ireland, Killarney
  • March 29-31 Royal Caribbean 2016 Irish Roadshow
  • March 31 Spanish TB event in Cork to mark new Cork-Madrid route with Iberia Express
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue
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June 2015: USA issue
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April 2015: Summer Cruise issue


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