TRAVEL EXTRA’s Sunday Supplement: Turkey on a travel advisory tight-rope



Detail from chapel of the bones at San Francisco monastery, Évora UNESCO World Heritage City, Alentejo, being visited by Travel Extra this week

Detail from chapel built entirely from human bones at San Francisco monastery, Évora UNESCO World Heritage City, Alentejo, being visited by Travel Extra this week

5 things to know about travel this week

  • Cork airport’s woes hit the White House
  • Turkey on an upturn
  • Was free Philly comes to Dublin
  • Audrey Hepburn’s star turn at Newbridge
  • Agents hosted at sports events in different cities

Travel Extra TV

video of the week march 20 2016Introducing Derrick the baby wombat, who stars in our video of the week. Derrick was rescued after his mother was tragically killed by a passing car and is now being looked after a local woman in Tasmania. The video shows Derrick chasing after photographer Sean Scott. Watch here.

  • See Dublin from the point of view of this crane. Watch here.
  • Deep Blue Kayak Fishing Charters put together a clever promo, featuring an unlucky hammerhead shark. Watch here.
  • Ryanair claims itself as “Ireland’s national airline” in its all-dancing St Patrick’s Day video. Watch here.
  • Mundy performs for the Aer Lingus Patrick’s Day video. Watch here.
  • Disney makes sure this deaf family don’t miss out on the magic by signing for them. Watch here.
  • Emirates cabin crew sing at ChoirFest Middle East. Watch here.
  • Discover NI uploaded a new video to promote the Year of Food and Drink. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland uploaded highlights from the St Patrick’s Day concert in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Watch here.
  • Fáilte Ireland uploaded a video promoting its 3D experience of the Wild Atlantic Way. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

casualtly list istanbulThe DFA advice on travel to Turkey remains unchanged after yesterday’s bomb attack on Istiklal Street in Istanbul in which two Irish people were injured. Most other European countries left their “exercise caution” advice in place and told citizens to avoid the area where the explosion took place, the lowest of five levels of advisory open to governments. Contrary to reports on one website the DFA did not suggest that all non-essential travel be avoided. Anyone with concerns for Irish citizens in Turkey to call +3531 4082000, or the Irish Embassy in Ankara on +90 3124591000.

philly_6234Ann Tok and Greg Evans of Philadelphia CVB hosted travel media in Dublin this week as part of a tr that took in ITB and International Media marketplace in London. Flagship attractions are the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, Eastern State Penitentiary and Independence Hall. After the opening of the Barnes Foundation in 2012, next up for Philadelphia is the Liberty Museum. Less prominent is the Rodin Museum, home to the largest collection of Rodin sculptures and drawings outside of Paris, including “The Thinker.” Franlin Mills is the first stop for shoppers. Picture shows Caitriona Toner of American Airlines with Greg Evans and Ann Tok of Philadelphia CVB at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.tony flynn group

The ITAA hosted the sponsors for their annual industry awards at Ireland v Scotland at the Aviva stadium. Picture shows Tony Flynn of Ethiopian Airlines, Declan Power of Shannon Airport, Carol Anne O’Neill of Wordlchoice Ireland and Edmund Hourican of Buisness Exhibitions before the Ireland v Scotland match at the Aviva stadium. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

darren julien william doyleNewbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icons launched the Audrey exhibition celebrating Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn including the famous Givenchy pink dress worn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a Givenchy designed silk floral print dress worn in the 1957 hit film Funny Face and a black dress with detailed beading from the 1963 movie Charade. Other additions include some new pieces from Kim and Khloe Kardashian, January Jones and Christina Hendricks.Newbridge Silverware attracts 350,000 visitors a year and is Irelands 21st most visited attraction. “Without the museum of style and icon it would be about 100,000William Doyle says. Picture shows Darren Julien of Julien’s auction house, William Doyle of Newbridge Silverware and Martin Nolan of Julien’s at the launch. Listen here to William Doyle of Newbridge silverware and listen here to former RTE newsreader Ann Doyle speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

António Lacerda Eoghan Corry Victor Silva copyAlentejo tourism hosted Travel Extra’s editor this week, to showcase the bits everyone misses if they drive from Lisbon to the Algarve without stopping. Ruben Obadia  told Travel Extra (watch here) that Alentejo is like Tuscany forty years ago, a culinary haven that offers small boutique family run hotels and vineyards and amazing heritage, including the church built entirely from human bones above. Picture shows CEO of Alentejo tourism António Lacerda, Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra and President of Alentejo Tourism Victor Silva pctured in Cafe de Alentejo in the Évora UNESCO World Heritage City, See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

beer and whiskey festThe annual Irish Beer and Whiskey Fest kicked off at the Main Hall at the RDS Dublin from March 16 – 19. The festival, which is in its fifth consecutive year, boasted a variety of stalls, including eighteen brewers and five distillers. Despite the festival’s name, the event is not confined to just beer and whiskey – it also included cider, vodka and gin, alongside a variety of Irish food stalls and a live music stage. Tickets were €10 per person, and attendees were presented with a free souvenir glass and a token for a free half pint on arrival. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

The three-year sentence for Con Murphy, formerly of United Travel, was suspended by Judge Pat McCartan after his family repaid to the Children to Lapland appeal the €18,643 that he had lodged to a personal account.

emirates group seated cropPicture shows agents hosted by Emirates at Ireland v Italy at the Aviva stadium, Robert Newberry of Selective Travel, Gordon Pullen of GPS, Rhona McCann of FCM, Eimear Hannon of Eimear Hannon Travel, Rob MacDonald of Emirates, Ian Finn of Emirates, Gabrielle Martin of FCM, Keith Raymond of WTC and Glenn Lowry of Selective Travel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The ITAA’s final board meeting of Martin Skelly’s presidency showed a €45,000 surplus, showing that the finances of the Association have been turned around in four years by about €100,000 from a €50,000 deficit.

veronica flood don thomas liz wrightTour America and Kennedy Space and Visitors Centre combined with Dublin’s Q102 to give a child the chance to win a visit to Florida from astronaut Don Thomas. Picture shows Don Thomas with Veroncia Flood and Liz Wright of Tour America. Listen here to Don Thomas speaking about his experience in Space and listen here to Andrea Farmer of Kennedy Space Centre talking about developments at the attraction.

arsenalPicture shows agents hosted by Lisa Rabbitte of Emirates at Arsenal v Watford in the FA cup at Emirates stadium: Rose Kane of Kanes Travel, Jane Murray of World Travel Centre, Lisa Rabbitte of Emirates, Judith Hall of Thompson Travel, Lorna Wood of Atlas Travel and Racqel Chaves of Corporate Travel Management.celebrity cruises Tour America March 14 2016

Celebrity Cruises say the team in Tour America is the first to be fully trained up Celebrity Captains in their Cruising For Excellence training programme. Picture shows Lorraine Quinn of Celebrity Cruises with Tour America’s Emma Dunne, Daniel McCluskey, Mary McKenna, Kathleen O Rourke, Alice Carrick, Rachel Ross, Erin Lynch, Tracy McLoughlin, Orla Dunne, Leslie Marshall and Ross Waters. Celebrity Cruises extended the four tiered simplified approach to its agent loyalty and incentive scheme, Celebrity Rewards. Celebrity Cruises is awarding agents double points between now and May 3 for every 2016 European cruise that they sell on-board Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Reflection.Jenny group crop

Royal Caribbean entertained 25 Travel Centre members from Munster in The Clarion Hotel Cork. Pictures show Jenny Rafter of Royal Caribbean, Tara Murphy of Blackpool Travel, Gillian O’Flaherty of Blackpool Travel and Lenka Hlinkovicova of Travel Focus. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • Cosmos Tours & Cruises and luxury river cruise line, Avalon Waterways has broadened the trade sales strategy to include the north of Ireland. Kelly Calver has been appointed Trade Sales Manager for the South of England.
  • Amadeus and Virgin Australia extend partnership to distribute airline’s full content.
  • Agents report a quiet week due to St Patrick’s day and school holidays. The recovery of interest in Turkey reported last weekend is less marked this week but bookings are coming in.
  • Wendy Wu Tours trade incentive: Book a tour flying with Emirates before March 31 to be in with a chance of winning one of three Debenhams/House of Fraser vouchers.
  • Cabforce announced an integrated taxi and transfer partnership with Hogg Robinson Group.


trivago dublin surveyTrivago said that their average room prices in Dublin varied between €157 on the southside and €120 on the northside. Visitors from UAE pay most, followed by France, Israel, England and Norway. Finland are best bargain hunters, paying an average of €118. The IHF says that Trivago’s index relates to just 5pc of hotel bookings.

St Regis Langkawi is due to open in Malaysia on April 6 2016.

A survey by Dukes Dubai said 78pc of hotel guests expect an ‘above average’ level of cleanliness.


new passport cardBest regional ID document was awarded to the Irish Passport Card at the High Security Printing Europe Conference held in in Bucharest.

The Spirit of Scotland Travelpass was launched Monday by VisitScotland in partnership with ScotRail and CalMac will allow people to travel by land, sea and track for one fixed price.

Shared travel app TourBar allows members simply tick ‘sports’ as their interest and reason for travelling solo and then begin the journey of matching with someone else doing just the same.

Research by Airport Parking & Hotels revealed that ski resorts, La Plagne, St Moritz in Switzerland and Valle d’Aosta in Italy, charge a call out rescue fees varying from €180 at Valle d’Aosta to €735 at La Plagne. French resorts including Chamonix, La Plagne and Les Deux Alps provide Carte Neige Insurance from €37.50 to €57, which covers medical and rescue fees for on and off-piste skiing and immediate replacement of lost lift passes. Alternatively, Verbier in Switzerland offer Snow Assist insurance for €4 per day or €85 per season which covers refunds for rescue costs, ski rentals, lift passes and skiing lessons.

  • PATA reported Vietnam and Myanmar led the region growth during 2015, reporting year-on-year growth of 18.4 percent and 16.9 percent respectively.
  • A festival in the cathedral city of St Albans will feature every single one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays to make the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death,
  • A clerical officer in the Passport office was jailed for two years, who was paid €12,500 to process five passports for South African nationals who were not entitled to them.
  • The Aichi region in Japan is hiring full-time ninjas to promote tourism. They will perform acrobatics, use ninja weapons and post for photographs with tourists.
  • The UAE was awarded the Guinness World Record for having the biggest flag to be formed by humans, with 3,929 people participating.
  • SeaWorld agreed to stop breeding orcas. The 28 killer whales currently in its care will be the last generation at SeaWorld.

Food and Wine

Chin Chin Labs (website) pioneers of made-to-order artisanal liquid nitrogen ice cream, is part of the line up of Per Aquum Niyama festival (website) this week, at the pop-up parlour on the resort’s new island, Play offering fresh to order flavours ranging from Roasted Sweet Coconut Curry, Mango & Saffron, Banana Blossom & Jasmine to dairy free options such as Passionfruit & Raw Cacao Nib.

burren food eventSixty foodies—professional and amateur—attended a food event in Lisdoonvarna’s Burren Storehouse, where Kevin Thornton, Jamie Simpson from the Culinary Vegetable Institute of The Chef’s Garden and Enda McEvoy, owner of Loam Restaurant in Galway, hosted cooking demos and Q&A sessions.

200 aspiring chefs graduates from Fáilte Ireland’s pilot Commis Chef Programme.


  • FlyDubai say pilot’s error responsible for B-738 Crash in Rostov-on-Don in Russia in which 62 died (video).
  • New Aer Lingus Regional Shannon Edinburgh route takes offAer Lingus Regional launched new year round services to Southampton and Leeds Bradford from Cork. Stobart Air, which now operate 10 services from Cork Airport, aims to carry an additional 60,000 passenger through Cork this year.
  • Aer Lingus Regional launched its 6w Shannon to Edinburgh service on Tuesday with fares from €30 one-way.
  • dublin airport skybridgeDublin Airport have projected late May possible early June opening for their new lounge past US pre-clearance on Pier 4. First look at the new lounge end of Pier 4, with a concierge on entry, private VIP area and luxury shower rooms.
  • IAG‘s planned capacity growth in 2016 is 9.4pc for Aer Lingus, 14.5pc for Vuelling, 6.2pc for Iberia and 2.9pc for BA.
  • cityjet faiCityJet was named official partner of the FAI.
  • ASL Aviation Group’s four European airlines and two support companies joined the European Regions Airline Association.
  • Dublin Airport handled 370,000 arriving and departing passengers over St Patrick’s Day weekend.
  • US President Barack Obama told Taoiseach Enda Kenny that there is no political impediment to Norwegian International Airways commencing flights from Cork to Boston later this year
  • BA revamps CLAirPortr same day and on-demand service that delivers bags between London airports and any London address (hotels, offices, residential, inter-airport) is now operational in all Heathrow terminals, so inbound and outbound passengers can travel bag free to/from the airport.
  • Air Transat is changing the economy-class menu on its transatlantic flights.
  • Airbus predicts that in the next 20 years, India will require over 1,600 new passenger and freighter aircraft to meet growth in demand.
  • Aegean Airlines took delivery of one A320-200 on lease from AWAS.
  • British Airways revamped their T5 Club Lounge.




Dublin Port Company launched a new Cruise Tourism Development and Marketing agency, Cruise Dublin, and noted that plans to promote Dublin as a homeport will require more five star hotel supply in the city.

CLIA said aggregated Irish  cruise numbers were up 14pc to 35,972 in 2015, of which 21,475 (60pc) chose the Mediterranean and 22pc the Caribbean. River cruise numbers were up 8pc. The average length of a cruise was 10.6 nights (rates have fluctuated between 9.7 and 11.1 nights in the last ten years), average cruising age fell by three years to 55.2 years having increased by 2.7 years over the previous decade and 3.4 years in the previous four years. CLIA says travel agents earn an average 10pc in commission from a typical booking, so for a couple at an average price of €1,827 will earn a travel agent €365. England was overtaken by Germany as Europe’s main cruise market in 2014 and the gap is widening despite a 9pc increase inc cruise bookings in England in 2015.

AIDAprimaAIDA Cruises took delivery of new flagship AIDAprima and announced an additional short cruise to start from Hamburg from April 25.

Stena Line celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a three-day €1 foot passenger sale on the Irish Sea.

MSC Cruises announced a partnership with pan-Asian chef Roy Yamaguchi.

Celebrity Cruises launched its 2016-17 luxury cruises worldwide brochure featuring 282 destinations in 76 countries with new ports of call including Monte Carlo, Sète in France, Aomori and Hiroshima in Japan as well as 30 double overnight stays.

Arnold Donald, Adam Goldstein and Larry Pimentel were announced as Keynote Speakers at the 2016 CLIA Conference in Southampton.

ovation of the seasOvation of the Seas completed its conveyance from Meyer Werftshipyard in Papenburg down the river backwards to get to the North Sea.

Norwegian Cruise Line changed departure times of Norwegian Escape from Miami to 19:00 hours making cruise possible without prior overnight stay.

Serena Melani from Tuscany has been appointed the first female captain of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

AmaWaterways’ AmaStella completed her maiden voyage this week.


ICE SWIMMING LAKE AND SWIMMERS IN THE TAMPERE REGION, FINLAND, JOIN TOURISM IRELAND’S GLOBAL GREENINGTourism Ireland’s Global Greening lit up over 200 global icons for the first time after 30 more landmarks signed up in the days coming up to St Patrick’s Day.

The Irish pavilion was smaller than last year at the Birmingham British Travel and Tourism show, aafter a very strange name change from “Best of Britain and Ireland,” the organisers have now excluded Ireland from the show’s name. Exhibitors were pleased with the first day’s attendance. Wales had a very strong presence at the show.

Shannon chair Rose Hynes, Andrew Murphy and Marie Slattery visited Washington, Boston, New York and Philadelphia over the course of three days to promote the region.

CSO figures confirmed overseas visitor revenue were up 19pc and holiday visitors up 20pc in 2015

IRELAND IS ‘BLOOMING’ IN PHILADELPHIAPicture shows Michelle Maguire of Ireland’s Blue Book. Alison Metcalfe of Tourism Ireland. and Jenny De Saulles of Fáilte Ireland, on the Tourism Ireland stand at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

For the 12th year in a row, the Tourism Ireland publicity team was named in the Top 10 among all tourist boards represented in Germany, in the annual ‘Verkehrsbüro (read here) des Jahres awards. Tourism Ireland was voted tnumber two tourist board in Germany, by a jury of 139 journalists.

The Wild Atlantic Way - Now Virtually Impossible to Miss!Fáilte Ireland captured the Wild Atlantic Way for virtual reality viewing. The 3D tours of the coastal route was piloted at ITB Berlin. 

A Shannon Group delegation is this week attending a number of high-level political and business events in the US to promote the wider region for inward investment and tourism.

things to do in niEaster events in N Ireland: Castle Ward Easter Fair, March 27–28. The Good Life Festival, Oxford Island, Co Armagh, March 25–26. Morning, Afternoon and Evening at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, March 24–26. Easter celebrations at Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, March 26–28. Entertainment at Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady, March 26. Old MacDonald’s Farm, Navan Cenre and Fort, Armagh, March 26–29. Watertop Farm’s Monster Easter Egg ROll, Watertop Farm, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, March 27–28. Easter activities and bunny cruise, Share Discovery TOURISM EVENT IN HOUSE OF LORDS KICKS OFF PROGRAMME OF ST PATRICVillage, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, March 27. Curiously Comber, Co Down, March 24. Féile An Earraigh, Belfast, March 21–28.

Picture shows Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Britain, Angela Harris of Richmond, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Vanessa Markey of Tourism Ireland, at the CHAMP St Patrick’s reception in the House of Lords in London sponsored by Tourism Ireland.

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Deal Watch

Lowcostbeds offers, 7 nights based on 2 adults, arrive May 15: 3* Silchora Apartments, Albuferia, Algarve from €9.50pppn self catering. 3* Ourasol, Albuferia, Algarve from €10pppn self catering. 3* Ora Blanco Apartments, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife from €15pppn self catering. 3* Barranco Bungalows, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife from €15pppn self catering. 3* Las Terrazas del Puerto, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €11pppn self catering. 3* Los Tulipanes, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €13pppn self catering. Visit

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Il Paladin Hotel, Malta from €319pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in April. 7 nights self catering 4* Estrela do Vau Aparthotel, Praia do Vau, the Algarve from €229pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes, charges and kids club. 3 nights B&B 5* Niebieski Art Hotel & Spa, Krakow from €309pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights all inclusive 3* BelleVue Lagomonte Hotel, Majorca from €479pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. Visit or call 01 539 7777.

Sunway offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Presidente Aparthotel, Portimao, the Algarve from €299pp. 7 nights self catering 3* Colina Village Apartments, Carvoeiro, the Algarve from €339pp. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Miramar Apartments, Albufeira, the Algarve from €369pp. 7 nights 3* Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €399pp, travel May. 7 nights self catering 3* Cordial Green Golf Apartments, Gran Canaria from €409pp, travel May. 7 nights B&B 4* Gloria Palace San Agustin Thalasso Hotel, Gran Canaria from €549pp, travel May. 7 nights self catering 3* Vistapicas Apartments, Cala’n Forcat, Menorca from €399pp, depart May 22, from €419pp, depart May 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Beach Club Aparments, Son Parc from €399pp, depart May 22, from €419pp, depart May 29. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Cala’n Forcat from €459pp, depart May 22, from €499pp, depart May 29. 7 nights half board 4* Princesa Playa Hotel, Cala’n Bosch from €499pp, depart May 22, from €549pp, depart May 29. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Blue Lagoon Resort, Kos from €2,199 2+1, from €2,899 2+2, depart May 21. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Club Del Sol, Puerto Pollensa, Majorca from €1,629 2+1, from €2,199 2+2, depart May 10. 12 nights all inclusive 3* Servatur Waikiki, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €659pps, depart April 30. 8 nights self catering 3* Costa Sal, Matagorda, Lanzarote from €479pps, depart April 24. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights half board Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €609pps, depart May 13. 7 nights all inclusive Sensimar Oceanis Beach & Spa, Psalidi, Kos from €769pps, depart May 28. 7 nights full board Hellenic Classics cruise on board Thomson Dream from €989pps incl. flights, drinks package from €15pppn, depart June 3. 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Haiti, C’an Picafort, Majorca from €469pps incl. flights ex Cork, depart May 7. 7 nights half board Hotel Golden Port Salou, Cosa Dorada from €689pps incl. flights ex Ireland West Airport Knock, depart August 2. 7 nights self catering Colon Il Apartments, Play De Las Americas, Tenerife from €449pps, depart April 1. 7 nights half board Tryp Tenerife Princesa Dacil, Los Cristianos, Tenerife from €499pps, depart April 15.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights B&B accommodation, Lake Garda from €479pps incl. flights and transfers, depart March 29 or 31. Call 01 637 1600.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering a 17-day tour of South Africa from €5,446pp incl. international flights, taxes, domestic transport, accommodation, all meals, tour guides, entrance fees and visa fees. Tour highlights include Kruger National Park, Swaziland, the Garden Route, Cape Town, the rhinos of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and the Winelands of the Western Cape. Visit or call 0818 776 380.

irish ferries deal watchIrish Ferries is offering 2 nights stay in 3* Malin House Hotel, Wales from €537 2+2 incl. return car cruise ferry and one full day pass to Oakwood Theme Park. Visit or call 0818 300 400.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, Orlando from €599pp, depart May 21. 5nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €699pp, depart October 20. 7 nights all inclusive Jade Resort, Mexico from €1,059pp, depart October 4.

ITAA over 50s offers: 7 nights half board Playaluna Hotel, Costa de Algeria from €295pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, 10kg hand luggage and all taxes, travel April. 7 nights half board 4* Las Palmeras Hotel, Calella from €685pp incl. return flights, transfers, 10kg hand luggage pp and one 15kg checked in bag, depart May 8. 8 nights half board 4* Sol Principe Hotel, Torremolinos from €499pp incl. flights, 15kg baggage and transfers, depart April 12.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel, Puerto Carmen, Lanzarote from €349pps, depart April 2. 7 nights B&B 4* Barcelo Teguise Beach, Lanzarote from €749pps, depart April 9. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Princesa Yaiza, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €999pps, depart May 21. 7 nights self catering 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €599pps, depart May 14. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €529pps, depart May 7. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Mimosa, Funchal, Madeira from €479pps, depart May 12. 7 nights B&B 5* Melia Madeira Mare, Madeira from €799pps, depart May 19. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €429pps, depart May 7. 7 nights 3* Hotel Tysandros Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €619pps, depart May 28. Prices include transfers taxes and €30pp online discount.  Visit or call 01 240 1700.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8-day Bordeaux, Vineyards and Chateaux cruise on board the River Royale from €2,369pps incl. flights, transfers, all meals and beverages and shore excursions, depart May 29. Book by March 31. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 8-day Italian Intermezzo tour from €1,761pps incl. flights, transfers, depart November 6. Book by August 25. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Contiki is offering 9 days Thai Island Hopper West from €1,698pps incl. flights, transfers, depart September 24. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • 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 Booked event Dublin
  • March 31 Spanish TB event to mark Cork-Madrid, Cork
  • 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 12 Visit USA Roadshow, Dublin
  • April 13 Sunway Trade Lunch
  • April 13 Visit USA Roadshow, Cork
  • 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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