7 things you need to know about travel this week:
- Did Ryanair really have 88 baggage charge? It is down to six now:
- 500 years of pure German beer, we fearlessly go tasting on your behalf.
- Visit USA roadshow gets an Ethiopian touch
- Travel Department celebrates 20 years
- SAS celebrates 50 years in Ireland, okay, 48 and a bit but who is counting?
- The coolest toy on Ovation of the Seas? The pods of course
- Hotspots of Irish tourism; 70 attractions sampled by visitors to Meitheal
Travel Extra TV
Our video of the week shows animal behaviour expert Mark Vette training rescue dogs to fly. Watch here.
- Ryanair uploaded its “satisflying” TV spot to YouTube. Watch here.
- Ten Titanic-themed things to do in Belfast, from Tourism Ireland. Watch here.
- See our report from Visit USA‘s Ireland roadshow for the Irish travel trade. Watch here.
- Tourism Ireland uploaded behind-the-scenes footage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens being filmed on Skellig Michael. Watch here.
- Footage shows a crane carrying an Air India aircraft crashing at Hyderabad Begumpet Airport. Watch here.
- An oblivious snowboarder gets chased by a bear. CGI or flesh and bone? (It’s CGI of course). Watch here.
- This one is NOT a fake. It shows what happens when you give a Dublin Zoo tiger a wake up call. Watch here.
- A close call for this snowboarder, who dodges an avalanche. Watch here.
- Thousands of seals were spotted at Massachusetts Beach. Watch here.
- Airbus uploaded a video explaining its Runway Overrun Prevention system. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
Royal Caribbean hosted 164 Irish agents and media on board Ovation of the Seas for an unscheduled pre-launch event portside in Southampton. The cruise line did not initially expect to hold an event on Ovation, but the ship arrived early and was looking splendid when Travel Extra stopped by for a look. On the face of it not much is different, a noodle bar and a change of restaurant. But the décor is more interesting with artworks and a pair of pandas are installed where the polar bear and Gigi the Giraffe were placed on Quantum and Anthem respectively. Ovation is bound for the Chinese market, and Claudia King of Royal Caribbean told Travel Extra that ships in Asia are more focused on concierge services. IN general the ship is more refined, seems more high end and a little more purple gives a very classy feel to the product. Watch here the tour of the ship with Irish agents and international media. Picture shows Irish agents Caroline O’Toole of Fahy Travel, Ciara Sweeney of Corrib travel and .Kaspars Kivlenieks of Fahy Travel. Watch here Johann Hill explaining the coolest thing on the ship.
Johann Hill the Royal Caribbean staff captain was asked by Travel Extra what was the coolest piece of equipment he had on board Ovation of the Seas. His answer: the two 20.5-megawatt ABB Azipod XO propulsion units. Watch here. Picture shows Falcon agents Mary McGrath Kilkenny, Denise Kirby Savoy, Mark Aagfield Talbot St, Catherine Cinnamond Limerick, Paula Smith Clondalkin, Andrea Power Tallaght, Elaine Keating Waterford and Clodagh Whelan Mahon Point.
Michael Bailey, CEO of Royal Caribbean has not given up on his no-set-time dynamic dining concept, which left cruise customers underwhelmed when it was launched on Quantum of the Seas at the 2014 ITAA conference. It is to be relaunched with a new name, my dining. Watch here Michael’s comments to Travel Extra on board Ovation of the Seas. Picture shows Travel Counsellors on board the ship, Mandy Walsh, Nadine Farrelly, Ann Marie Nolan, Sharon Tiernan Murphy, Karen Morgan Murphy, Sinead Lonergan, Lorraine Wynne and Helen Kelly. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Dee Burdock headed the Visit USA roadshow where seven partners hosted the trade in Dublin and in Cork. Irish visitor numbers to the USA are likely to hit 440,000 when the final tally is reached for 2015. S9me of the most interesting comments were made by Tony Flynn of Ethiopian Airlines, a newcomer to Visit USA as a result of their Los Angeles service in which he stressed the links to Vegas and San Francisco and the net rates for business travel available agents (watch here/listen here). Picture shows Beverleigh Fly of Bookabed and Tony Flynn of Ethiopian Airlines at the Visit USA Roadshow in Dublin, April 12 2016. Watch here/listen here Matt Bates representing Kansas and Oklahoma, speaking at the event. Watch here/listen here Jo Piani representing Kissimmee and Savannah. Watch here/listen here Jo Ashley representing New England. Watch here/listen here Dee Burdock, Visit USA chair. Watch here/listen here Gerry Boyle representing Discover USA. Watch here/listen here Patricia Purdue representing Massachusetts. Watch here/listen here Francine Sheridan. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Michael O’Leary was on hand on Tuesday to unveil year three of the Always Getting Better programme (is it just us, or does the slogan have a slightly Stalinist slogan feel to it?). What was left to announce? One big innovation is the Myryanair club getting priority access to sale fares. It is a first in aviation, and you can see what they are at. The database that Ryanair will accumulate with this incentive will be invaluable. Ryanair is not going to have a curtain, but they will have business customers and they can persuade, as is their wont, commercial partners to offer further benefits to this database. Ryanair say year 3 is all about digital acceleration and innovation, which likely means Ryanair gets to make more money and kudos at somebody else’s expense. They have ramped up the groups programme that they initially started and the bag options has been made much more clear, down to six from 108.
Ryanair says they previously had 108 bag options (we tried to count them too but succumbed). Apparently they had a 15kg bag which could be booked at high or low season at 3 different stages of booking, during booking, added to booking or at airport, across 3 different route lengths / types (short, long or domestic) and as three different bag options (1st 2nd or 3rd bag).
from June customers will be able to choose to book a 15kg, 20kg or third 20kg bag and will pay one price per bag size regardless of whether the bag is booked during the initial flight booking, added to the booking or booked at the airport.
High season and low season baggage fees will be consolidated to one set rate, which will only be higher on longer haul routes (thus offering six baggage options).
Sixteen separate enhancements were announced, some of them evolved from previous AGBs Sixteen separate enhancements were announced, some of them evolved from previous AGBs. Things can only get worse after three AGBs.
Germany Travel Market commences this weekend in Madgeburg in Germany, kicking off with a lavish opening ceremony last night. The most up to date figures for Ireland are for 2014 when there were 170,338 arrivals from Ireland and 385,423 overnight stays, up 22.3pc, including camping. Overnight stays have grown by 68.5pc since 2005, continuing a boost jump started by the 2006 world cup. Ireland did not even qualify and sent one of the largest delegations of visiting fans, what does that mean for France and the 2016 euros? See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook
Germany is celebrating the 500th anniversary of their beer purity laws enacted by Herzog Willem in 1516. Travel Extra joined a culinary tour based out of Bayreuth to check out the revolution in craft breweries and distilleries that has engulfed the heartland of the Bavarian beerlands. Visits included breweries and distilleries old and new including the quaint Maisel’s Bier Erlebniswelt museum, a Danube cruise, visits to the Wagner museum in Bayreuth and the historic town of Weimar. Picture shows Claus Alboth conducting a cookery class for international travel writers at Romantikhotel Dorotheenhof. Picture shows Ann Ruppenstein, Christine Retschlagm, Megan Scheel Drillinger, Michael Schoenberger, Prachi Joshen,Yumiko Tsuboi, Eoghan Corry, Jan Blazej, Xue Wang, Mayan Si, Eoghan Corry, Sigi Burth, Alzabeta Capkova, Xiaoli Jia, Sigi Burth, Jan Protic (obscured), Claus Alboth, Sha Jin, Francisco Gavilan, Anja Dietrich and Hsiao Mei Yin. Missing: Bachir Sleiman, And yes, the parting glass was sung.
Travel Department celebrated their10th anniversary. The tour company has grown and prospered through siege of traditional tour operators and through recession alike. It started with four people and will soon be up to 42 now.
SAS celebrated 50 years in Dublin (they suspended the service from Nov 1977 until Feb 1979 but who are Travel Extra to quibble, the break was collateral damage caused by SAS Manchester-Dublin rights were revoked by London over a dispute regarding BMA’s Birmingham-Copenhagen rights). Picture shows Hans Dyhrfort General Manager SAS Europe, Hans Asaa. former Country Manager Ireland (retired) and Alan Sparling SAS Manager Ireland. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Fáilte Ireland hosted the largest ever Meitheal over two days at the RDS in Dublin, with 455 Irish tourism suppliers and 310 overseas buyers, including 40 tour operators who have not previously had Ireland on their books. After Meitheal, 100 international buyers from more than a dozen key tourism markets have arrived in Belfast for a Meet the Buyer event organised by Tourism NI. Ten fam trips organised for visiting tour operators criss-crossed the country in the days before the event, taking in 70 visitor experiences in all, one of which has not yet opened, which reads like a guide to the action spots in Irish tourism: Abbey Theatre Backstage Tour, Altamont Gardens (Carlow), Athlone Castle (Westmeath), Baltimore Sea/Safari/Whale Watch West Cork (Cork), Bantry House & Garden (Cork), Belvedere House Gardens and Park (Westmeath), Beyond Barricades 1916 Bus Tour (theatrical tour), Birr Castle Gardens (Offaly), Blarney Castle (Cork), Blarney Woolen Mills (Cork), Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Meath), Castletown House, (Kildare), Charles Fort, (Kinsale), Chester Beatty Library (Dublin), Christ Church Cathedral, Clonakilty (Cork), Clonmacnoise (Offaly), Dalkey and Biddy’s Cottage, Dalkey Castle interactive live theatre, Donegal Castle (Donegal), Drumcliffe Church and Graveyard, Dublin City Bike Tour, Dublin Contemporary Tour of Dublin, Dublin Creative Quarter walking tour, Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, Dunbrody Famine Ship (Wexford), Dursey Island Signature Point (Cork), English Market (Cork), Epic Ireland (Dublin), Fanad Lighthouse (Donegal), Fota Wildlife Park (Cork), Glendalough (Wicklow), Glengarrif (Beara Peninsula tour), Glenveagh Castle and Gardens (Donegal), GPO Witness History, Grange, walk with Seatrails (Sligo), Guinness Experience (Dublin), Heywood Gardens (Laois), Hill of Uisneach (Westmeath), Hook Lighthouse (Wexford), House of Waterford Crystal (Waterford)), Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa (Cork), Irish National Stud (Kildare), James Joyce Tower and museum, Kildare Village (Kildare), Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience (Kilkenny), Kilkenny, St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Castle (Kilkenny), Kinnegar Craft Beer Brewery (Rathmullan, Donegal), Kinsale Town (Cork), Knowth (Meath), Lissadell House & Gardens (Sligo), Little Museum of Dublin (Dublin), Lough Boora Discovery Park (Offaly), Mizen Maritime Museum and Visitor Centre (Cork), Mullaghmore (Sligo), Newbridge Visitor Centre (Kildare), Powerscourt Estate and Gardens (Wicklow), Rock of Cashel (Tipperary), Salthill Gardens (Donegal), Seatrails walk to the Shelly Valley (Sligo), Skibbereen Heritage Centre (Cork), Slieve League Cultural Centre (Donegal), Titanic Experience Cobh (Cork), Trinity College / Book of Kells (Dublin), Trinity College, Long Room and Book of Kells (Dublin), Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre (Offaly), Viking Splash Tour, Voya Seaweed Baths, Strandhill (Sligo), Waterford Museum of Trasures/Viking Triangle.,
Sunway hosted the travel trade at a thank you event for their support. Picture shows Phyllis Walters of Travel Counsellors, Katerina Bomshtein of Gran Canaria Tourist Board and Jennifer O’Brien of Travel Counsellors at the Sunway Trade event in Amuse Restaurant, April 13 2016. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Travel Department celebrated its 20th birthday at Fiorentina Restaurant on Parliament Street. Speaking at the event, founder Bob Haugh, credits the company’s survival to innovation and customer service. He remarked at the pace of change in business: “20 years is quite a milestone for us… The average life expectancy of a business is just 12 years.” For the next 20 years, “who know what it has in store,” he said. “Maybe we might float the business… if we do decide to go public, I hope you’ll all buy a share.” Listen here to Bob’s speech and listen here to Marty Whelan entertaining. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Pat Dawson gave a well received presentation to the Finnish travel agents body SMAL in Dublin on Friday on dynamic packaging and how the travel trade in Ireland responded to the collapse of their traditional charter market.
Tanya Airey of Sunway says most customers are transferring to Izmir after the cancellation of the tour operator’s Bodrum flights last week. The cancellation means Sunway have one weekly charter to Turkey this summer, down from four in 2013.
Topflight launched its five-day sale today. See Deal Watch for more.
The Irish Hotels Federation called for a strong tourism focus from government on regionality, value for money, and more state investment in tourism.
Amaris Hospitality appointed Joe Green as head of development.
Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel in Enniskillen celebrated their 40th year in business.
AccorHotels group said that it intends to reduce food waste by 30pc and to plant its own vegetable gardens at a number of properties.
The European commission proposed the suspension of Schengen visa waivers for US and Canadian visitors because the US requires visas from citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania. This is not going to be solved easily. While Croatia and Poland are close to visa waiver status and could get it if the rejection quota guidelines are altered (Roger Dow has been lobbying for this), Romania is still a way off visa waiver status.
Expedia’s Global Millennial Traveller Report in eight markets: Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, South Korea and US, showed 1 in 4 millennials think it is important for people to comment on the holiday photos they post on social media, rising to 46pc of American millennials, 2 in 3 millennials want an authentic holiday experiences above all else when travelling and 31pc felt that having an authentic experience and having people comment on their photos are equally important.
Scotland’s pet-friendly holiday prize was won by ten year-old mongrel Becky, recently returned from her trip which she enjoyed as part of her prize courtesy of Stena Line and VisitScotland, from Stena Line and three night’s accommodation at the luxury dog-friendly Trigony House Hotel in Dumfries and Galloway.
Listen here to Hakan Ateş at World Tourism Forum
VisitScotland expo 2016 plans to increase its economic impact by 40pc with 420 international tourism and 190 from England meeting 275 Scottish tourism suppliers.
Luggage manufacturer Samsonite is to roll out suitcase tracking technology by the end of the year.
Food and Wine
- United trade union called for the publication of an investigation into dubious tipping practices by the London government, as a result of evidence that Pizza Express. and other popular restaurant chains which were pocketing a portion of tips instead of passing them on to staff while there were questions about how service charges are shared out in 4 and 5-star hotels, with allegations of sharp practice, lack of transparency, unjustifiable admin fees and large sums of money diverted to salaried managers.
- Barton & Guestier is now distributed by Findlaters.
- Chef Challenge 2016 was launched by Cono Sur Wine.
Ryanair announced three new winter services from Cork to Gran Canaria, Malaga and Tenerife bringing the total to nine. Cork Airport installed their long awaited second airbridge at a cost of €450,000. Picture shows Bill Daly, Head of Asset Care at Cork Airport and Brian Culloty, Airport Engineer with Cork airport’s new airbridge which has been installed at aircraft parking stand 8 and following some power and systems testing, will be operational over the coming weeks
Dublin airport passenger numbers continued to increase by 17pc in March to 2.1m. The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub is up 71pc to 51,000.
Delta Air Lines Announces March Quarter Profit.
Dalmac continued its major European Recruitment Campaign for Ryanair, no previous cabin crew experience is required, applicants must be over 18 years of age.
Belfast International Airport passengers were up 12pc in March to 370,000.
Dublin Airport announced €10m investment in the T1 arrivals hall and façade including new flooring, a replacement ceiling, the removal of desks from window areas, relocation of all restaurants to one area and concentration of services such as the Tourist Information Office, bus, travel and the information desks in one area.
Turkish Airlines unveiled an A330-300 passenger aircraft painted in the Euro 2016 livery.
Jet2.com announced a new service from Belfast to Girona for Summer 2017.
- Etihad Airways and Avianca signed a codeshare partnership
- A subtle policy change by USA-based airlines means that customary multi-city ticketing can no longer use the lowest available fare on each segment. Instead, the new policy combines the highest refundable fares available on each segment and returns a round-trip single price that is substantially higher than if a consumer purchased separate one-way fares.
- The 19th Annual Global Airfinance Conference is confirmed for January 17th – 19th 2017 in Dublin.
- A Carlson Wagonlit Travel analysis of 6.4m air booking transactions suggested women book their flights 1.9 days earlier than their male counterparts and pay an average of around 2pc less for their tickets than men.
- Foynes hosted a Pan Am workers reunion.
- Singapore Airlines signed up for Amadeus Revenue Management technology.
- British Airways will increase capacity by 784 seats a week on flights between London and Nairobi for summer 2016
- Ryanair say 88pc of their flights were on time in March.
- The IAA reported a 13.2pc increase in operating profits to €33.6m in 2015.
- Turkish Airlines released pictures an A330-300 in the UEFA Euro 2016 livery.
- Dublin International Aviation Training Academy was ACI training institute accreditation.
- American Airlines celebrated its 90th birthday.
- Avolon delivered a B787-9 to Virgin Atlantic and an A320-200 to Thai AirAsia.
- P&O Cruises announced a 14 night fly cruise to Barbados on February 3rd 2018 on board Britannia.
- Avalon Waterways launched Avalon Passion in the Austrian town of Linz with Jill Ellis acting as godmother, their second suite ship in a week bringing the total to 12 in a European fleet of 16.
- Azamara Club Cruises offered spring savings on 16 participating voyages in 2016 and 2017, book by May 31.
- Chinese actress, Fan Bingbing, will be the Godmother for Ovation of the Seas
- Jeremy McKenna was appointed Norwegian Cruise Line’s head of sales for Ireland and Britain.
- Visitors surveyed in Failte Ireland‘s Visitor Attitudes Survey 2015, conducted by Millward Brown, showed value for money was rated “very good” by 18pc and “good” by 45pc, up from 14 and 41pc. Ireland exceeded the expectations of 44pc of holidaymakers and 55pc of North Americans, 28pc said the weather was better than they expected and 27pc the food better than expected, 64pc said that they would return soon and 39pc sometime in the future.
- Bláthnaid Treacy is to judge the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition at the Punchestown Festival.
- Éigse Michael Hartnett 2016 began in Newcastle West
- Titanic Belfast has kick-started its Year of Access, which aims to highlight the issue of disability access.
- The Guinness Storehouse recorded 15pc growth in the first three months of the year and their busiest day on record on March 18th with 10,000 visitors on that day alone.
- Visit Belfast launched a £200,000 marketing campaign utilising 360º virtual reality technology leading to 40,000 bed nights and £3.4m extra revenue.
- Iarnród Éireann and Translink released a video showing customers the €15.3m refurbishment and improved customer facilities on the Dublin-Belfast Enterprise service.
- Consultants were appointed to design Doolin’s new pier facilities.
- Leonardo da Vinci exhibition opens May 4th at the National Gallery of Ireland
- Kathryn Thomas’s Pure Results bootcamp announced a 2016 partnership with Quest adventure Race series. The camp takes place in Parknasilla in April and May and moves to Temple Lodge in Westmeath from June to September.
- Tourism Ireland launched the next phase of its Star Wars campaign with a behind-the-scenes film shot during the making of The Force awakens on Skellig Michael in 2014. See Travel Extra TV.
- The seventh annual Gospel Rising Music Festival takes place in Ennis, May 13–15.
Sunway Tenerife offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaino Tropical Apartments from €2,499 2+2, depart July 2, 9 or 16. Ski offers: 7 nights all inclusive Cervinia, Italy from €1,259pp, depart November 27. 7 nights all inclusive Wengen, Switzerland from €1,259pp, depart December 19. 7 nights all inclusive Val Thorens Sensations, France from €1,279pp, depart November 20. 7 nights all inclusive Les Deux Alpes, France from €1,429pp, depart January 7 2017. 7 nights all inclusive Tignes Val Claret, France from €1,479pp, depart November 27. 7 nights all inclusive Pragelatto, Italy from €1,589pp, depart December 11. Other offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Clube Oceano Apartments, Algarve from €369pp, depart Dublin and Cork in May. 7 nights self catering, 4* Vistamar Apartments, Costa Del Sol from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Florisol Hotel, Madeira from €419pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 2* Puerto Carmen Apartments, Lanzarote from €429pp, travel in May. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.
Lowcostbeds offers, 7 nights based on 2 sharing, depart May 7: 2* Castillo Beach, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €10pppn self catering. 3* Villa Florida, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €16pppn self catering. 3* Las Terrazas, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €12pppn. 3* Los Tulipanos, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €14pppn self catering. 3* Oro Blanco, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife from €20pppn self catering. 3* Columbus, Playa del las Americas, Tenerife from €21pppn self catering. Visit lowcostbeds.com.
Travel Department is offering 7 nights half board The Pyrenees, Andorra and Catalonia from €799pp incl. flights, transfers, taxes and charges, depart October 19. 5 nights B&B Lake Garda yoga retreat from €729pp incl. return flights, transfers, 8 yoga sessions and half day Lake Garda boat excursion, depart September 14.
Click and Go offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €389pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. 3 nights B&B 4* Quality Hotel Nova Domus, Rome from €289pp incl. airport taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights half board 4* Royal Al Andalusia Hotel, Costa del Sol from €369pp over 50s incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in October. 7 nights B&B 4* Park Lovran Hotel, Croatia from €599pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in July. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.
Thomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Fethiye, Dalaman from €979pp, depart June 13. 7 nights full board 5* Guia de Isora, Sensatori, Tenerife from €1,299pp, depart May 13. 7 nights half board 5* Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €679pp, depart May 12. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Morramar Apartments, Matagorda, Lanzarote from €699pp, depart May 30. 7 nights half board 4* Fiesta Milford Hotel, San Antonio Bay, Ibiza from €469pp, depart May 26. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,439pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Mexico, Riviera Maya from €2,229pp, depart June 20. 8 nights half board 5* Melia Salinas Hotel, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €749pp, depart April 24. 7 nights half board 3* Sol Tenerife, Playa De Las Americas from €599pp, depart April 22. 7 nights full board Midnight Magic Gran Canaria cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,499pp, depart December 31. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
Falcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Sun Palace, Faliraki, Rhodes from €1,769 2+1, from €2,359 2+2, depart June 1. 5 nights self catering 2* Green Park, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €579pp, depart April 30. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Portobello Beach, Helona Beach, Kos from €2,179 2+1, from €2,499 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Los Zocos resort, Costa Teguise, Lanzartoe from €1,799 2+1, from €2,499 2+2, depart Shannon June 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Bouganvillia, Santa Ponsa from €399pp, depart May 14. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn, Montego Bay from €1,259pp, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Grand Sirenis Resort, Riviera Maya from €1,589pp, depart June 20.
Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,895pp incl. return flights, depart December 12. 13 nights transatlantic cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,409pp incl. return flights, depart November 10. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,315pp incl. return flights, depart October 2. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.
Irish Ferries is offering 7-night Haven Holidays to Britain from €950 for up to six people incl. return car ferry travel.
ITAA offers: 3 nights Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas from €619pp, travel September. 10 nights Chicago, Nashville and Memphis from €1,899pps, depart October 2. 9 days American Parks Trail from €2,940pps, depart August 17.
Topflight offers, book by midnight April 21: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Place, Malcesine, Lake Garda from €699pp, depart May 14. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €799pp, depart May 1. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €499pp, depart May 1. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Albatros, Letojanni, Sicily from €499pp, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €829pp, depart June 18. 7 nights self catering 3* Madison Apartments, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €529pp, depart June 18. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel MIlton, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €849pp, depart June 25. 7 nights 4* Hotel Manzoni, Tuscany from €859pp incl. three excursions, depart May 12. 7 nights 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €999pp incl. three excursions, depart May 1 or 8. 7 nights 3* Hotel Lario, Lake Como from €949pp incl. three excursions, depart May 28. 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €369pp, depart April 23. 7 nights B&B 4* Los Fariones Hotel, Lanzarote from €599pp, depart April 30. 7 nights self catering 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, Algarve from €549pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albuferia, the Algarve from €479pp, depart May 7. 7 nights B&B Dorisol Mimosa, Madeira, Funchal from €399pp, depart May 12. 7 nights 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €549pp, depart May 19. All prices include airport transfers, 20kg baggage pp. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.
Contiki is offering 8 nights Berlin and Prague tour from €1,686pps incl. flights and transfers, depart June 25. Book by April 30. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.
Insight Vacations is offering 10 days best of Germany from €2,286pps incl. flights and transfers, depart May 13. Book by May 13. Visit insight insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Rhine Discovery on board the River Ambassador from €2,278pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions, depart June 19. Book by May 31. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.
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Upcoming events of interest to the trade
- 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 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
- Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
- February 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport 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
Previous editions of Travel Extra’s Sunday supplement
March 2016: Awards issue
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