TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: French Air Traffic Control turn up the heat for Euros



Emirates senior cabin crew memeber Ciara Whelan from Castlknock mans (womans?) the business class bar on the Emirate A380 on Flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai, May 27 2016, the A380 is likely to be used on the morning flight form Dubai to Dublin as soon as Dublin Airprot is fitted out for the aircraft.

Emirates senior cabin crew member Ciara Whelan from Castleknock mans (womans?) the business class bar on the Emirate A380 on Flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai, May 27 2016.


Things to know about travel this week:

  • French ATC unions have Euros in their sights
  • Win a Bordeaux River Cruise with Croisi Europe & Travel Extra
  • Ireland v England travel trade match at Mount Juliet
  • Behind Ryanair’s stunning results
  • Basque-ing in gastronomic glory, Bilbao hosts the trade
  • Lady Elliot enchants international travel writers
  • Hoist the blue flag: Spain beats record, Ireland gets 85
  • Abu Dhabi pushes its family image
  • Aer Lingus adds 6 extra autumn flights
  • It’s official: There are 7,193 pubs in Ireland

Travel Extra TV

video of the week may 29 2016Video of the week: This couple awoke in Khiding pan Mabuasehube Transfrontier Park, Botswana to find two lions licking the water off their tent following a heavy downpour. Watch here.

  • Kayaker Aljaž Čuček posted spectacular footage of his friends’ trip on the Soča. Watch here.
  • To promote the launch of Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean filmed freerunning champion Pip Andersen exploring the ship. Watch here.
  • These adventurous divers found themselves surrounded by sharks. Watch here.
  • Much to the delight of Ireland’s tourism chiefs, Star War’s Chewbacca visited Kerry this week. Watch here.
  • See this American Airlines A319’s low takeoff from Maho Beach, St Maarten. Footage was captured from two angles. Watch here.
  • Emirates cabin crew took over a stadium yet again. This time, they entertained the crowds at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. Watch here.
  • Hostelworld recruited rapper 50 Cent to give an MTV Cribs inspired tour of a hostel in Barcelona in this spoof video. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

ryanair figuresRyanair’s stunning results produced some small figures, and some big ones. The important one was the average fare, down marginally to €46. The big ones were the profit, up 43pc to €1,242m and the passenger numbers, up to 106m thanks to another 5pc increase in load factors. Read more here.

French Air Traffic Control caused eight cancellations on Thursday and then announced three more days of strike action on June 3, 4 and 5, this time in opposition to changes in French Labour law. The Euros are due to start on Friday of next week, June 10. Ryanair called on the EU to allow neighbouring countries ATC direct overflights of French air space in the event of strike action. Éist anseo le Eoghan Corry, eagarthóir Travel Extra, ar Adhmhaidin ar Raidio na Gaeltachta.

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Martin Dempsey (41 points, playing off 12) and Ann Byrne (28 points, playing off 24) were the winners at the TIGS May outing, sponsored by Turkish Airlines at Mount Juliet Golf Resort on Thursday 26th May. The event attracted 70 golfers, including the team England players who were defeated 6-0 by their Irish colleagues in a match organized by team England captain Greg Evans, who described it as “a bit of a whitewash.”  Ireland’s captain was Pat Dawson with Volker Lorenz set to step into his golf shoes for next year for what both sides hope will be an annual event. Picture shows John Bowden and Colin Brodie of Team England with Martin Dempsey and Martin Skelly from Team Ireland. Team Ireland shirts were sponsored by Amadeus and Team England shirts were sponsored by Atlantic City and Expedia. For TIGS event and prize giving See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. For Ireland v England see more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Pete Mathers and Beatrice Cosgrove copyIrish visits are up 41pc to Abu Dhabi, Pete Mather of Abu Dhabi tourism told Irish travel media at an event this week. He said it is increasingly being seen as a stand alone destination. The season is year round with special children events and festivals organised for the school holiday months of July and August. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was the rated the second most popular landmark for 2016 by Tripadvisor ahead of the Taj Mahal and Ankor Wat. Beatrice Cosgrove attended on behalf of Etihad, which is counting down to the new Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal opening on July 7 2017 which will bring airport capacity up to 60m. She described a family holiday she had taken in Abu Dhabi with her children. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

vilbao gonzaloHiria, Ura y Natura (city, water and nature) was the theme when Bilbao and Bizkaia hosted the trade at Andrew Rudd’s newly-opened restaurant, Medley, on Dublin’s Fleet Street East. The Irish travel trade met with DMC Romotur, Bilbao Paso a Paso, Bitravel, North Incoming Service, STI, and Gobasquing; accommodations with 4 and 5-star ratings such as Gran Hotel Domine, Aranzazu Hotels, Ercilla Hotels, Zenit Hotels and the Ilunion Hotels; country home provider Nekatur; Bilbao Tourism Board and Bizkaia Tourism Board. Gastronomy specialities on offer included Txakoli wine and Pintxos, tapas style bites prepared by Daniel García and Jabier Gartzia, two of Bizkaia’s many Michelin-starred chefs. There are 29 Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque region with nine in Bilbao. Picture shows Joseba Ugarte, Territorial and Economic Development Department, Bizkaia Provincial Government, and Gonzalo Ceballos, Spanish Tourism Office Dublin at the event. See report here. See video hereSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. See website of tourist board.

group fraser islandQueensland Tourism hosted travel writers on a tour of Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island in the aftermath of Australian Travel Exchange. Watch here. Watch here a trip to Fraser Island with Colin Anderson and Gary Gaz Pearce. Picture shows group during a post-fam on 75 mile beach in Fraser Island: Eduardo Alves dos Santos of Mapa-Mundi in Rio de Janeiro, Brooke Hargraves of Fraser Coast Tourism, Jim Byers from Toronto, Nicole Cavazzuti from Milan, Graham Howe from South Africa. Front row: tour guide Gary ‘Gaz’ Pearce, Eoghan Corry, editor of Travel Extra, Brad Nardi of Fraser Coast tourism. See more pictures of Fraser Island here or connect with the album on Facebook. The group moved on to Lady Elliot island and saw the signature manta rays before diving and snorkelling the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef. See more pictures of Lady Elliot island here or connect with the album on Facebook. Watch here interview with Brad Nardi of Fraser Coast Tourism. Watch here interview with Maureen Murphy of Fraser Coast Tourism. Watch here interview with Ben Suddaby of Aquaview water activities. Travel Extra stopped by on NSW central Coast afterwards. Watch here a sunrise swim on Jenny Dixon beach. Watch here a cycle around Budgewoi Lake.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFour of Ireland’s most renowned beaches lost their blue flags as 85 were awarded to Ireland’s beaches and marinas. See the full list on the Travel Extra website. Spain was awarded 577 blue flags, beating their own world record of 573 in 2014. One in five Spanish beaches will fly a blue flag this year. Tenerife achieved 15 Blue Flags. Algarve in Portugal won 88 blue flags. Europe’s annual bathing water report claimed that 96pc of monitored bathing sites in the EU meet minimum standards and bathing water quality has improved. See the full list of Ireland;s blue flags here.

croisi europe 005 copyWIN: Croisi Europe have a great prize in the print edition of Travel Extra, a Bordeaux River Cruise with the Travel Extra June edition, agents have an opportunity to cruise and discover the Bordeaux Region and it’s vineyards, on board Europe’s finest River cruise line, CroisiEurope, by checking out this link and answering three simple questions (T & Cs apply)..

Travel Trade

Topflight Winner Liz Kerr Sheila Deasy copyPicture shows Liz Kerr, Topflight Representative in Cork Airport and Sheila Deasy of Lee Travel, the fourth winner of the Topflight family holiday competition, a holiday in the highly sought after four star Bella Italia complex in Pescheira, Lake Garda. Next week’s prize for the final week of Hello Summer family holiday giveaway will be Madeira. Travel agents who books a Great for Kids property during the week will be entered into a draw to win a family holiday to four star Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel in Funchal.

The inaugural winner of the ‘Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year’ will be announced on Tuesday in the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar, Dublin 2. There are 10 photographs in the running following the public vote which took place on the Topflight Facebook competition page. See here link to the 24 images.

emirates enda kenny at irish open1 copyPicture shows Rebecca Mules and Enya Barry of Emirates Cabin crew,  James Finnegan of the European Tour, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ireland country manager of Emirates Enda Corneille, model Rosanna Davison and Danniella Sermons and Viridiana Carleo of Emirates cabin crew at the Irish Open in Straffan.

Pennsylvania & American airlines 001 copyPicture shows Pennsylvania and American Airlines group who hosted the trade and media in Dublin at separate events, Mara Sultan of Discover Lancaster, Svetlana Yazovskikh of Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Michael Chapaloney of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Fiona Noonan and Caitriona Toner of American Airlines, Greg Evans of The Greg Evans Consultancy Limited, David Thomas of American Airlines, Ann Pilcher of the Pocono Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greg Edevane of The Countryside of Philadelphia, Audrey Bialas of Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau and Marc Kaminetsky of the Countryside of Philadelphia

GEAROID MANNION HEAD SHOT copyGearóid Mannion joined Travel Counsellors having closed the Ennis based travel agency founded by his father has closed after 52 years in a move that Travel Counsellors described as “franchise” See here.

cork catalan eventPictured at the Catalan Tourist Board Spanish Themed evening at the Sternview Gallery at Nash 19 Restaurant in Cork hosted by Cork Airport were: Sean Healy of Lee Travel and Anita Gackowska ofCork Airport.

cisocunt mukesh awardMukesh Sharma of World Travel Centre, received the Aer Lingus “Outstanding Contribution” Award at IoD Headquarters. Picture shows Sherry Freeman of Aer Lingus Cabin crew, Mukesh Sharma of World Travel Centre, Andrea Hunter, Business Development Manager, Aer Lingus and Wendy Austin of BBCGroup mauritius copy

Mauritius tourist arrivals are up by 12.5pc in the first quarter of 2016. John McKibbin of Getabed and Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines hosted a group of agents on a fam trip to Istanbul and Mauritius:: John McKibbin of Getabed, Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines, Jayne O’Shea of Limerick Travel, Ciara Kilpatrick of Classic Resorts, Jennifer Kearney of Gohop Tropicalsky, Roisin Carbery of Tropical Sky, Michelle Lyons of Fahy Travel Worldchoice, Orla Barcoe of Manning Travel, Helen Blackmore of WTC, Angela Heather of Oasis Travel, Karen Kelly of Feherty Travel, Jean Collins of Chaka Travel, Aneta Kwiatkowska of Heffernans Travel and Donna Olohan of Travel Counsellors, See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs has drafted in 227 temporary clerical workers to help clear 68,281 passport applications. There is currently a backlog of 13.5pc – 9,217 applications.
  • Affordable Car Hire secret shopper is offering agents €50 cash. See here
  • Ryanair Schools Travel service has been granted a travel agent’s licence by the Commission for Aviation Regulation, ahead of its launch in September,
  • Travel suppliers were invited to join some international travel media at Australian Tourism Exchange for a discussion on storytelling in the digital age. Listen here.
  • Croatia Tours Summer Agent Incentive is offering a €30 voucher for any shop for a two-centre or multi-centre package booking. Email to
  • Aeroméxico and Travelport agreed on a partnership including new digital services with MTT. Travelport launched a new XML solution with Movida liveamadeus mobile
  • Boston Consulting Group and Amadeus launch a new itinerary management app, see here. Amadeus Ancillary Services has signed 108 airlines and 75 carriers.
  • Aoife Delaney, Director of Global Sales of Ovation Global DMC was given the Pacesetter Award 2016 by the Convention Industry Council.
  • Travel company employees were targeted in a phishing scam.
  • Tour America’s Deirdre Grant co-hosts a travel show on the Keep It Country Music Channel. It airs Mondays at 2pm with repeats on Fridays at 4pm.
  • Wendy Wu Tour is offering agents to change to earn a €50 One4all voucher for every booking made during May.


Dalata went back on the acquisition trail paying €22m per acre for one Dublin development site and €8m for another city centre hotel site.

  • Kimpton opened two new properties in Washington DC and Winston-Salem and plans two more in 2017 for Charlotte, North Carolina. See here.
  • Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel is searching for Ireland’s best young garden designer, aged 14 and under, to create a flowerbed themed around their 40 years in business and N Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink. Email before June 30.
  • Isola Beach Club at Blue Palace Resort and Spa in Crete opens in July 2016.
  • A survey showed prices in Lille for Ireland vs Italy averaged €559 and fans can save 300pc by staying in Kortrijk in Belgium rather than Lille.
  • Hastings Hotels launched a Summer Spa Experience at the Slieve Donard in Newcastle, Co Down.
  • Jet2 holidays rolled out a resort check-in service.
  • Dublin footballers Alan and Bernard Brogan, along with their father Bernard Brogan Snr, reportedly paid €8m for the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne.
  • Accor Hotels said it hopes to double its presence in India by 2020.


  • Ramadan begins on Monday after next weekend, which will mean curtailed alcohol service in lounges in the Middle East. Airline service continues as normal, although cabin crew will discreetly ask passengers if they are fasting in advance of the flight. Those who are fasting will be given lunch boxes if it is late in the evening.
  • Denyse Woods (aka Denyse Devlin) from Inniscarra, Co Cork, won the contest to write in Ernest Hemingway’s Key West Studio from an entry of 2,100 in the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest. See here.
  • The internet hissed with the story of Attaporn Boonmakchuay, the Bangkok man who got bitten on his penis by a 10 foot python while sitting on the toilet.
  • Massachusetts officials posted warnings for bicycle riders throughout three popular state parks about “wire cable being maliciously strung” to snare cyclists passing through.petra klaus_4277
  • Germany reported an 8.9pc increase for visitors from Ireland in the first three months of 2016. Should Michael O’Leary’s attempt to increase market share in Germany be successful these numbers are going to go one direction. Watch here interview with Klaus Lohmann at Germany TM. Hier zuhoeren to Patra Hedorfer’s comments about low coast airlines and the benefit of point to point routes for German tourism. Picture shows Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board and Klaus Lohmann director of the Ireland and Britain office of German tourism.
  • Irish visitors to Portugal in March were up 14,9pc on march 2015 and overnight stays up 16pc. Algarve was up 41.6pc in guests and 58.1pc in overnight. Madeira up 8.5pc in guests and up 5,2pc in overnights, Azores was up 90.5pc in guests and up 194.5pc in overnights and Alentejo up 17.9pc in guests. Portugal Centro was up 16.1pc in Irish guests and up 16.4pc on overnights, Ireland is the third fastest growing market after Spain and Italy. Porto was up 33.4pc in guests and 24.9pc in overnights.
  • The head of security for the US Transportation Security Administration has been removed from his position in an attempt by the agency to address the issue of long airport queues
  • According to the Greek Statistical Authority Irish visitors to Greece in 2015 were 72,654 compared to 69,532 in 2014, an increase of 4.5pc.
  • sandra chipchase eoghan corryVivid in Sydney opened this week with the opening ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art. See here. Picture shows CEO of NSW tourism and director of Vivid Sandra Chichase with Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra at the launch.
  • SITA said at the Air Transport IT Summit in Barcelona that its blockchain technology could speed immigration process through use of biometrics.
  • Disney World in Orlando honoured a woman’s unused ticket from 1994, the ticket was issued when she was just four.
  • Gosford Classic Car Museum on NSW Central Coast is to become home to the world’s largest classic car museum, a collection of over 400 cars and motorcycles, including Vintage classics, supercars, modern classics and military, all housed in a display space just under 11,000sqm. See here interview with Leanne Dyer of Central Coast Tourism.
  • American Express acquired SMT, a subsidiary of Finnair.
  • An English tourist was hospitalised after downing 75 shotes as a dare in a bar in Magaluf said he is going straight out drinking again.

Food and Wine

tony foley dcuResearch by DCU economist Tony Foley (that was funded by the drinks industry) suggested the combined drinks and hospitality sector supports 204,000 jobs across Ireland. See here. He enumerate 7,193 pubs in Ireland.

The Westbury partnered with the National College of Art and Design to create an Afternoon Tea designed by the college’s fashion design students.

Hail to the chef: President Obama dined with Anthony Bourdain.ncad westbury afteroon tea

Lough Derg foodPictured at the launch of A Taste of Lough Derg 2016: Catherine Lewis of Lakeside Hotel, Nuala Kilkenny of Nuala’s Bar & Restaurant, Jana Mannion of The Boathouse at Annacarriga Estate, Patricia Farrell of Wilde Irish Chocolates, Peter Ward of Country Choice Nenagh & The Milk Market, Limerick, Anna Manley of Tuscany Bistro Ballina Killaloe, Ger English of East Clare Coop, Eashan O’Flynn of Tuscany Bistro Ballina Killaloe and Marie O’Brien of East Clare Tourism.


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and Cathal O’ Connell took delivery of CityJet‘s first Superjet SSJ100 at a ceremony in Venice. CityJet will lease 15 Superjet SSJ100 aircraft with an option for an additional 16.

Aer Lingus have put back (second time) the relaunch of their Frequent Flyer Programme.  The change over from the Gold Circle Club to the new AerClub has now been differed till the end of 2016.

Ryanair turned in their best margin since 2005 and a record profit of €1,242m, up 43pc. Average fare was down marginally to €46  Passenger numbers up 18pc to 106m Load factor was up 5 points to 93pc. Unit costs were down 6pc (ex-fuel was down 2pc)  See here for Travel Extra analysis of Ryanair’s stunning financial result. Joe Gill of Goodbody stockbrokers, the analyst seen as so close to Ryanair management that he occasionally serves as a spokesman for the airline, described the transition of the airline as something far more profound than moving from nasty to nice.

Lanzarote_5644 copyAer Lingus announced six extra autumn flights a week and 13,000 aditional seats to Malaga and the Canaries. Lanzarote goes daily from 5w, Las Palmas Gran Canaria grows to 5w from 4w, Tenerife grows to 6w from 5w and Malaga grows to 19w from 17w. Picture shows Kathryn McDonnell of the Spanish Tourist Board and John Keogh of Aer Lingus  Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh said he expects to upgrade Los Angeles to daily from 4w and upgrade San Francisco is an A330-300.

  • Swords-based ASL Aviation acquired TNT Airways (Belgium) and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas (Spain). The airlines will be renamed ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines Spain. The addition of 35 aircraft brings the ASL fleet to 130 cargo and passenger aircraft. ASL now have 2,500 staff from 51 nationalities
  • The management of Oslo-Rygge decided to close the airport from November should Ryanair pull out as they have threatened to do in November.
  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were lobbied by opponents to the Norwegian Air International Cork and Shannon startup to Boston, still waiting approval. See Noregina’s video here.
  • Dublin Airport recorded 2.2m passengers in April up 10pc increase on April 2015, which included Easter.. Britain was up 11pc to 812,000, transatlantic up 19pc tp 196,000, international routes 5down 6pc to 8,000 due to reduction in Etihad capacity and domestivc up 16pc to a negligible 7,500,.
  • Aer Rianta International net profit grew 19pc to €22m in 2015,
  • and Jet2holidaysadded 58 more flights to fantastic destinations from Belfast to Alicante, Faro, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Palma and Tenerife for winter 2016-7.
  • British Airways launchesd a new flight from heathrow to Santiago de Chile.
  • A man was arrested for breaching security at Shannon Airport.
  • Aireon LLC completed a service delivery point Factory Acceptance Test with the Irish Aviation Authority, a step towards deploying space-based ADS-B in Irish airspace
  • Virgin Australia’s new premium economy product Listen here..
  • Just hours after the crash of EgyptAir crash in the Mediterranean, a Delta Air Lines charter flight from Frankfurt to Kuwait came close to a potential disaster in the same area when it was intercepted by fighter jets.
  • Transport officials hinted at expanding US pre-clearance at Irish airports.
  • Aer Lingus marked its 80th birthday by flying a six-seater De Havilland 84 Dragon to Bristol.

turkish airlines meet europes bestTurkish Airlines launched its ‘Meet Europe’s Best’ marketing campaign as part of its Euros 2016 promotion. Watch here to promo video.

  • The Irish Aviation Authority completed its first service test by Aireon in its bid to operate  Aireon’s ALERT emergency tracking equipment.
  • Shannon Airport expects to official reopen its lounge and European departure gates next month.
  • Avolon delivered an A320-200 to VietJet.


Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas in St Nazaire, February 17 2016Celebrity Cruises is to hike its automatic daily gratuity from July 1, 2016up to $13.50 from $12.95 per person, per day and to $14 in Concierge-class and $17 in AquaClass.

Royal Caribbean ordered a fifth ship in the 5,479-passenger Oasis class Saint-Nazaire’s STX shipyard for delivery 2021.

Celebrity Cruises ordered a third and fourth ships in its “small-ship itinerary” Edge Class, scheduled for delivery 2018, 2020 and now 2021 and 2022. Edge-class ships will be smaller than the line’s Solstice Class but larger than the Millennial Class.

Thomson Cruises’ TUI Discovery entered wet dock and will depart Cadiz for Palma on June 5, and commence service on June 11. The 1,830-passenger ship which contains 915 cabins, 40pc with balconies and spans 11 decks will become the largest ship in Thomson Cruises’ fleet.

  •  Watch here Dawn Conway of Sunway on board the ship, watch here the ship arriving in Southampton, watch here Irish agents at the pre-launch event on board Harmony of the Seas
  • SuperBreak partnered with A-ROSA for short break river cruise packages.
  • Empress of the Seas returned to service in Miami for Royal Caribbean after a $50m makeover two months later than originally planned.
  • Regent named Princess Charlene of Monaco as Godmother of Seven Seas Explorer
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages has partnered with taxi comparison service Minicabit to offer fixed price taxi or executive car services online.
  • American Constellation will be the name of American Cruise Lines new 170-passenger vessel.


NISRA reported that the north received 2m overseas tourists in 2015, up 10pc.

Padraig dalton of the CSOThe CSO reported overseas visitors up 16pc in February-April 2016. N America is up 20pc, Britain is up 18.6pc and the mainland up 13pc (Italy up 14pc, Spain up 17pc, France up 10pc,, Germany up 7.4pc, Scandinavia up 11.5pc and Benelux up 31pc. Picture is Padraig Dalton of the CSO.

tourism ireland golfThe K Club attendance for the Irish Open was well short of the 120,000 record for the tournament at 81,734, with 25,000 there on Sunday. The tournament saw thunder, lightning, hailstones and torrential rain, the only thing they didn’t have was snow. Picture shows Paul Collins, North and West Coast Links; Simon Wallace, Lough Erne Resort; Áine Mangan, Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance; Joseph Cruise, Tourism Ireland; and Fergus Gannon, G Golf Ireland, at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. They were at the Tourism Ireland stand at the BMW in Wentworth to promote golf in Ireland.

Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna launched Kildare Failte’s new food tourism festival to coincide with Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh Racecourse from June 24th to 26th

royal cork yacht clubRoyal Cork Yacht Club is open on Sunday June 5 to families and anyone interested in sailing to come along and try sailing.

ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN TO SHOWCASE NORTHERN IRELAND TO MILLIONS OFTourism Ireland unveiled the fifth Door of Thrones in Frank Owens Bar in Limavady.

Enniskillen’s new water taxi tours include stops the monastic site of Devenish Island, Crom Castle, Belle Isle Estate and Castle Archdale Forest Park & Marina.

Kathryn Thomas’s sister Linda has joined her bootcamp project which will be homed in Kenmare and Temple Lodge and Spa in Westmeath.

jim o'malleyAuthor Jim O’Malley will talk at the Blackwater School hall in Lismore at the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing on Sunday, June 19th at 7.30pm.

Kite Surfing pioneer Niall Roche will open a new watersports centre, Hooked on Rosslare on June 13.

NI Festival of Cycling takes place June 3 to 19. Events include a foodie cycle tour of Derry, Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails and the Crooked Lake Duathlon. See

2f07e42Sad news,  Eckhard Gogsch of PG Tourism Services died earlier this week. The Bodensee native became an acclaimed tour guide in Killarney and co-founded PG Tourism Services with his wife Patricia in 2000.

Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan launched the Wild Atlantic Passport, a promotional souvenir.

City Sightseeing Dublin is offering a free vintage bus tour for Bloomsday, departing The Hugh Lane Gallery at 10.15 and 12.15 on June 16.

Deal Watch

  • thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Riu Lupita Playacar, Mexico from €1,069pps, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Marvel Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €569pps, depart June 14. 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Suite Princess, Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria from €849pps, depart June 16. 7 nights B&B Hesperia Lanzarote Puerto Calero from €779pps, depart Shannon June 18. 7 nights B&B La Isla Y El Mar Puerto Del Carmen from €699pps, depart Cork June 18. 14 nights all inclusive ClubHotel Rio Ocho Rios, Jamaica from €1,119pps, depart June 19. 7 nights all inclusive Julian Club Hotel, Marmaris, Dalaman from €479pps, depart June 20. 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Haiti, Ca’n Picaford, Majorca from €789pps, depart June 21. 7 nights Moorish Delights cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €869pps, depart June 14. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.
  • Celebrity Cruises are offering $400 holiday spending money when booking a cruise.
  • Bus Éireann Eurolines offeried return services to Euro 2016 fixtures in France from €58 via Dublin Port with Irish Ferries.
  • Click and Go offers: 3 nights 4* Albani Rome Hotel from €329pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights self catering 4* Sunset Beach Club Apartments, Benalmadena, Costa del Sol from €469pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in September. 7 nights half board 4* Hesperia Sabinal Hotel, Roquestas de Mar, Costa de Almeria from €549pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights B&B 4* Blue Sea Puerto Resort Hotel, Tenerife from €479pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. Visit or call 01 539 7777.
  • Sunway offers: 9 days G Adventures Cambodia tour from €1,359pp, depart June 8. 8 days G Adventures Cuba tour from €1,429pp, depart September 15. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Cala’n Format from €299pp. 14 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kuşadası from €599pp. 9 nights B&B 3* accommodation Vietnam from €1,669pp, depart September 26. 7 nights 3* Butterfly Beach Hotel, Barbados from €1,139pp, depart September 14. 3 nights 3* Circus Circus Hotel, Las Vegas from €585pp, depart September 29. Visit or call 01 231 1800.
  • falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive Holiday Village Rhodes from €2,759 2+1, from €4,039 2+2, depart June 8. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Azul Fives, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,889pp, from €5,639 2+1, from €7,235 2+2, depart June 13. 14 nights all inclusive Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica from €1,299pp, from €3,719 2+1, from €5,379 2+2, depart June 19. 7 nights all inclusive Holiday Village Seaview Ibiza from €3,799 2+1, from €4,239 2+2, depart July 14. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.
  • Lowcostbeds offers based on 7 nights 2 sharing, depart June 7: 3* Salou Pacific from €15pppn self catering. 3* Salou Suite from €22pppn self catering. 3* Deya, Santa Ponsa from €26pppn self catering. 3* Sunbeach, Santa Ponsa from €32pppn self catering. 3* Aqua Marinha Hotel, Albuferia from €25pppn. 3* Algarve Gardens from €20pppn self catering. Visit
  • Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,669pp, depart July 31. 13 nights Canaries and North Africa cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,639pp, depart October 28. 15 nights New Zealand cruise on board Ovation of the Seas from €5,549pp incl. all inclusive drinks, depart December 15. Visit or call 1800 555 604.
  • Wendy Wu Tours is offering up to €1,000 per couple off Emirates flights ex Dublin. Other offers: 11 days all inclusive Jewels of Japan group tour from €5,290pp. 13 days all inclusive Discover Japan group tour from €5,690pp. 11 days all inclusive Sapporo and Snow Monkeys group tour from €7,815pp. Wendy Wu Tours is offering no single room supplement on select tours ex Belfast.
  • Travel Department is offering 7 nights half board Northern Portugal and Santiago de Compostela tour from €799pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges, transfers and excursions, depart October 10.
  • Topflight worldwide offer: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Kuramathi Island Resort from €2,499pp incl. return flights, baggage, taxes and speedboat transfer, 3 night add on to 5* Hotel Movenpick Ibn Battuta, Dubai €199pp, visit or call  01 240 1788. Europe offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Baia Azul from €399pps, depart June 2. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel from €519pps, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 2* Jable Bermudas Apartments from €489pps, depart June 4. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel San Antonio from €769pps, depart June 4. 7 nights self catering 4* Garda Village from €469pps, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Astoria from €699pps, depart June 5. Visit or call 01 240 1700.
  • Contiki is offering 9 days Hai Island from €1,395pps incl. flights and transfers. Book by June 30. Depart September 30. Visit or call 01 775 3803.
  • Insight Vacations is offering a 10-day tour of Germany from €2,239pps incl. flights and transfers. Depart July 15. Visit or call 01 775 3803.
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day Paris and Normandy river cruise on board River Baroness from €2,059pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions. Book by June 30. Depart October 16. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • 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 14 Skal function, Merrion Hotel
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th Trade birthday party, details TBA
  • 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
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch


  • 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

Previous issues
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
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

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