Things to know about travel this week
- A Boeing 767 sets sail from Shannon
- Shane Ross becomes the surprise tourism minister
- Dublin attractions are like buses
- Aer Lingus’s recommenced route to Los Angeles: A quieter affair
- Delta marks 30 years in Ireland
Travel Extra TV
Our video of the week shows a decommissioned B767 sailing from Shannon Airport to Knockbeg Point, Co Sligo. The journey took 36-hours. Mayo undertaker David McGowan plans to make the aircraft the centrepiece of his glamping village in Enniscrone. Watch here.
- See the cockpit video of Aer Lingus’s relaunched flight from Dublin to Los Angeles, operated by Captain Anne Marie Teevan and First Officers Niamh Power and Nicki Hughes. Watch here.
- Behind the scenes: CityJet’s new CRJ900 aircraft. Watch here.
- Gerry Britt visits Ireland in search of his ancestral roots. Watch here.
- Ten Titanic things to do in Belfast with Tourism Ireland. Watch here.
- Take a look at Alton Towers’ rollercoaster restaurant. Watch here.
- See Tourism Ireland’s promo for the North West 200 race, which takes place in N Ireland May 8–14. Watch here.
- Tourism Ireland plugged its Star Wars behind-the-scenes video on social media on May the Fourth (Star Wars Day). Watch here.
- Daredevil Noah Kingston climbed the Princess Margret bridge in New Brunswick, Canada. Watch here.
- See Franky Zapat set a new world record for the farthest hoverboard flight. Watch here.
- A large wave set off the east coast of New Zealand destroys fishing boats. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
Shane Ross was the surprise choice as the 23rd minister for tourism (25 if you count Desmond O’Malley and Seamus Brennan’s two terms separately). His tourism interventions have been rare in his political career and his commentary. One was the odd suggestion that the government buy Ryanair’s stake in Aer Lingus, which saw hi in agreement with his trade union foes. The first and loudest welcome for the appointment came from the Irish Hotels Federation. With confrontations in public transport to sort out, it could be some time before Shane can turn his mind to the aviation and tourism sectors or tackled the debacle in the Commission of Aviation Regulation and the hopelessly outdated bonding system.
Like buses, you wait years for a major visitor attraction in Dublin and two come along together. Epic Ireland launched on Friday, celebrating the Irish emigrant experience and their contribution to the world. Former president Mary Robinson officially opened the attraction at the CHQ Building in Dublin’s Docklands. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
EI145, the inaugural Aer Lingus flight on the recommenced route to Los Angeles was a quieter affair than the San Francisco inaugural, reflecting the differences between Lingus’s two Californian routes. There were 48 connecting passengers of the 105 on board, from England, France, Germany, Linate in Italy and a man from Edinburgh whoa never flown before. Speaking at the gate event Vincent Harrison of Dublin airport pointed out LAX had not many direct connections with Europe, and that 1m people had now pre-cleared through Dublin (listen here) and hinted that the frequency might increase. Keith Butler (listen here) said it was a milestone in Aer Lingus’s bid to make Dublin a top-tier connecting gateway to the US, and that a third of Aer Lingus passengers originate outside Ireland. Keith claimed Los Angeles as the eighth Aer Lingus destination in the US. Travel Extra can only count even, unless he is including Toronto. Picture shows Aer Lingus cabin crew pictured before the inaugural flight: Roberto Menna, Ivan Crowley, Siobhan Cusack, Niamh Dunne, Shona Keaney, Melanie Kialka, Laura Howlett and Patrick O’Shea. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Los Angeles tourism hosted seven Irish travel writers who travelled on the inaugural. Watch here Travel Extra’s report of the inaugural. Highlight of the visit was a hike through Griffith Park, LA’s most utilised film location for views of the city and the Hollywood sign, while the group visited the arts district, an inner city craft brewery and some of the city’s hottest dining spots. The host hotel was the iconic LA Athletics Club in the city centre. “Downtown is back, that is the message,” Francine Sheridan of Los Angeles tourism, who came to Dublin to wave the team off, told Travel Extra and indeed the itinerary was concentrated on the city centre rather than the Pacific coast and theme parks popular with first time visitors. Watch here Travel Extra’s video diary from the trip and watch here our report of the inaugural flight. Watch here Paul Butler and Eoin McGirl’s official video of the inaugural for Aer Lingus. Watch here Francine Sheridan of LA tourism’s message to the travel trade in Ireland about new developments in LA for 2016. Picture shows Irish travel writers hosted by Aer Lingus and Los Angeles CVA: Lucy White, Brian Farrell, Stephen Breen, Martin Breen, Paula Domaghy, Lesley Ann Horgan, Claire McCormack and Eoghan Corry with the Los Angeles skyline. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Turkish Airlines hosted 73 players at the K Club for the 21st of 100 qualifiers for the 2016 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup. Thomas Muldoon won the individual stableford competition with 43 points to progress to the Grand Final in Antalya in October and November. Former Westlife member and half of the newly formed Boyzlife, Brian McFadden was runner-up with a score of 40 points whilst Clem Walshe finished third on 38 points. Anne Nolan and Keith O’Riley won the nearest-the-pin prizes. Watch here Travel Extra’s video report of the event. Listen here to Murat Balandi speaking at the event. Listen here to Brian McFadden.
Albufeira Tourist Board and 12 partners hosted agents at a series of workshops in Belfast, Dublin and Cork. Ms Pereira Futcher the Portuguese Ambassador to Ireland with Joana Machado and Luis Pereira of the Albufeira Promotion Bureau hosted 70 agents at the Dublin event in the Spencer Hotel. Albufeira accounts for 40pc of the beds on the Algarve and the Irish market is their 5th most important. Picture shows Rui Poupinha of Visacar, Joana Machado of Albufeira Promotion Bureau, Pereira Futcher Portuguese Ambassador to Ireland, Luis Pereira of Albufeira Promotion Bureau, Carla Dias of Garvetur and John Sisson of Dublin Airport. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Aer Lingus’s Cork to Dusseldorf route was launched on Wednesday by the German ambassador. Picture shows Niall McCarthy, Managing Director, Cork Airport, John Paul O’Shea, Cork County Mayor; German Ambassador to Ireland Matthias Höpfner, Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales, Aer Lingus and Chris O’Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Audrey Murray and Caroline Collins, who have been with Delta Airlines since it opened in Ireland, led the celebrations of the airline’s 30 year presence in Ireland. Watch here Travel Extra’s video report of the gate event to mark the first flight of the summer and the first with the larger 767. Listen here to Andrew Murphy, chief commercial officer at Shannon, speaking at the event and listen here to his reminder that flights continue until October 24. Shannon is due to send €3m refitting its restaurant and lounge gates for the summer. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Picture shows Air France KLM’s London based two country manager Warner Rootliep, who hosted trade partners at Chapter One Restaurant in Dublin with Valerie Metcalfe of FCM, and Sheila McCarthy of HRG.
Caitriona Doyle, Laura and Martha of Curragh Travel won the Affordable Car Hire Free Lunch Friday competition. Every month Affordable draw an agent from the bookers of the previous month to win a free lunch on a Friday.
- Marketing director of Fáilte Ireland Noel John McLoughlin and Keelin Fagan will give a presentation on Dublin—A Breath of Fresh Air at Skal’s function this Tuesday.
- Air France-KLM signed up for Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding.
- Travelport Mobile Agent, developed by Travelport and TTS, was extended to Windows-powered phones. Travelport Mobile Agent currently runs on over 10,000 different mobile devices. See video or download
- Kurt Ekert is replacing Douglas Anderson as President and CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
Park Hotel owner and star of At Your Service Francis Brennan will make a cameo appearance on Ros na Rún this Thursday night.
Watch here Amy Schumer as she parodies pretentious hotels. Guess which one it was most based on.
- Under a Customs Regulation change in Switzerland, EU residents can only drive a CH license plated vehicle within Switzerland or if they are returning to their residence in the EU, but nowhere else in the EU. This is applicable to all Swiss care rentals.
- The Canary Islands Photography competition launched a diving photography category, with a prize worth €25,000. Entries open until May 19 at divephotochallenge.com.
- Elvis Presley’s Graceland celebrated its 20 millionth visitor.
- Barcelona’s mayor Ada Colau has proposed a tax for day visitors to the city.
- Berlin is cracking down on Airbnb users who rent out entire properties instead of single rooms.
- Ireland themed land will open at Germany’s Europa Park.
Food & Wine
Irish Restaurant Awards named ten establishments shortlisted for four categories. Overall winners in each Industry category will be revealed at the All,Ireland Irish Restaurant Awards 2016 on Monday, May 16th in the DoubleTree by Hilton, Dublin., Best Cookery School (sponsors Avonmore/Glanbia), Aniar Boutique Cookery School, Galway, Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, Wicklow, Ballymaloe Cookery School, Cork, Belle Isle Cookery School, Fermanagh, Cooks Academy, Dublin, Dingle Cookery School, Kerry, Dublin Cookery School, Dublin, Dunbrody Cookery School, Wexford, Neven Maguire Cookery School, Cavan, The Tannery , Waterford, Best Digital Marketing (sponsors Open Table), Aniar, Galway, Antoinette’s Bakery, Dublin, Coqbull, Cork, Electric, Cork, La Perla Restaurant @ Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny, Saba Restaurant, Dublin, The Blind Pig, Dublin, The Happy Pear, Wicklow, The Ice House, Mayo, Yamamori, Dublin, Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant (Sponsors Peroni, Richmond Marketing), Chapter One, Dublin, Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Dublin, L’Ecrivain Restaurant, Dublin, Locks, Dublin, Restaurant FortyOne, Dublin, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin, Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dublin, Royal St. George YC, Dublin, Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, Dublin, The River Room Restaurant at The K Club Straffan, Best Seafood Experience (sponsors Pallas Foods) Catch 22, Dublin, Cavistons, Dublin, Eithna’s By the Sea, Sligo, Kealy’s Seafood Bar & Restaurant, Donegal, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Cork, Klaw, Dublin, Matt The Thresher, Dublin, O’Grady’s on the Pier, Galway, Super Miss Sue, Dublin, Vaughan’s Anchor Inn from Clare.
Willie Walsh is in good form of late. Last week he raised the possibility of Aer Lingus getting an A380. This week he said that Aer Lingus and Ryanair are close to a passenger transfer deal saying he would be “surprised” if the two do not reach agreement.
US CBP in Dublin will have five extra officers processing trans-Atlantic flights in summer 2016. The €2m trans-Atlantic lounge being fitted out airside of US CBP, 51st & Green, could be soft opened as early as July. Picture shows Tish Lagerwey the Director of US CBP in Dublin with Victor Lee.
- Ryanair April traffic was up 10pc to 9.9m. Load factor was up 2pc points to 93pc.
- Aer Lingus Regional took delivery of an ATR72-600.
- CityJet are the new sponsors of London GAA’s senior championships.
- Vantage’s Matthew Thomas will succeed Neil Pakey as chief executive of Shannon Group next month.
- IAG announced a deal with tech firm Gogo to provide inflight WiFi.
- Belfast International Airport’s April traffic was up 16pc to 400,000 passengers.
- Reports this week of severe turbulence on board an Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi to Jarkarta. News reports said that 31 people were injured, 10 of them taken to hospital.
- Matthew Thomas was appointed chief executive of Shannon Group.
- Business class passengers on Lufthansa will be provided AKG N60 noise-cancelling headphones from January 2017.
- Etihad Airways partnered with Travelport’s MTT to launch its iPhone app.
- AWAS acquired two A320-200s.
- Avolon announced the deliver of its first A320neo.
Royal Caribbean announced that its internet service VOOM is now available across its fleet.
Irish Ferries is providing transport and logistics support for the Garda Chris Crossing charity boat row across the Irish Sea in aid of the National Neurosurgical Centre at Beaumont Hospital. The crossing will take between 12 and 15 hours to complete and will happen some time in late May or early June, depending on weather conditions. Picture shows Eddie Hobbs taking part in an on-street rowing demo to promote the event.
Carnival’s Adonia became the first US cruise ship to dock in Havana in decades.
The MSC Spendida was back at Dublin Port before visiting Cork this week.
Norwegian Cruise Line signed a partnership with Emerging Markets Communications to provide its on-board WiFi.
Royal Caribbean will continue its Dynamic Dining programme on Anthem of the Seas.
Fáilte Ireland’s latest tourism barometer found that 73pc of respondents have reported an increase in business in Q1 2016. Four in five hoteliers reported an increase in business.
Gospel Rising Music Festival takes place in Ennis next weekend (May 13–15).
The Burren Rocks geology event takes place in Co Clare this May 28 and 29. This year’s festival features an archaeology cycle tour of the Burren, rock climbing, nature walks, birds of prey flying display and caving.
Bus Éireann’s Expressway service launched its May seat sale on select regional routes.
Eight Danish tour operators took park in a fact-finding visit around Ireland’s Ancient East as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. Their itinerary included Powercourt House and Gardens, the JFK Arboretum and Dunbrody Famine Ship, Smithwick’s Experience, Waterford Crystal and the Viking Triangle.
The May board meeting of Tourism Ireland took place in The Twelve Hotel, Barna. Picture shows Tourism Ireland board members and senior managers with local tourism companies, at Cnoc Suain, Spiddal.
Is Roche’s of Donadea the lowest pub in Ireland? Watch here troubadour Dave Houston performing over the bank holiday weekend in the iconic Kildare Bog of Allen venue.
Jet2holidays offers ex Belfast: 7 nights self catering 3* Garden Palace Hotel, Laganas, Zante from £247pp incl. 22kg baggage and return transfers, depart May 18. 7 nights self catering 3* Prado do Golf, Vilamoura, the Algarve from £291pp incl. 22kg baggage and return transfers, depart May 16. 3 nights 4* NH Alicante, Alicante City from £266pp incl. 10kg baggage, depart May 21. Visit jet2.com or jet2holidays.com.
Thomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,129pps, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive Blue Bay Platinum Marmaris, Dalaman from €479pps, depart May 30. 7 nights half board The Island Hotel, Goves, Crete from €699pps, depart May 22. 7 nights self catering 2* Rodus Sun, Faliraki, Rhodes from €319pps, depart May 25. 7 nights half board Hotel Golden Donaire Beach, La Pineda, Costa Dorada from €719pps, depart August 2. 7 nights B&B Hesperia Hotel, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €599pps, depart June 13. 7 nights self catering Gran Amadores Apartments, Amadores, Gran Canaria from €489pps, depart June 16. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,229pps, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,329pps, depart June 19. 7 nights full board Mediterranean Medley cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €969pps, depart May 31. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
Falcon offers: 14 nights all inclusive 5* Gran Sirenis Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,259 2+1, from €2,59 2+2, depart June 13. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plaza, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €499pp, depart June 13. 7 nights half board 3* More Hotel, Alcudia, Majorca from €439pp, depart June 18. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Royal Decameron Club, Runaway Bay, Mexico from €1,799pp, depart June 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Santa Ponsa Holiday Centre, Majorca from €359pp, depart May 25. 7 nights self catering 3* Jardin Del Sol, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €419pp, depart June 16. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn, Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,199pp, depart June 12. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
Travel Department is offering 13 nights B&B Deep South USA from €3,799pp incl. return flights and excursions, depart October 10. Other offers: 3 nights Rome for the canonisation of Mother Teresa from €679pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and Rome city tour, depart September 2.
Sunway offers: 8 day escorted tour of Costa Rica from €1,359pp, solo traveller from €1,758pp, depart June 11. 16 day escorted tour of Spain, Morocco and Portugal from €1,879pp, depart September 3. 7 nights 5* river cruise on the Seine from €1,649pp, depart August 19. 7 nights full board Greek Isles cruise on board Norwegian Jade from €799pp incl. premium drinks package, flights and return transfers, depart October 16. 10 nights Baltics cruise on Norwegian Star from €1,599pp inc;. 1 night pre stay in Copenhagen, premium drinks package and flights, depart September 4. 12 nights Eastern Caribbean cruise on board Freedom of the Seas from €1,419pp incl. 4 nights pre stay in Orlando, premium drinks package and flights, depart October 12. 11 nights full board Eastern Med cruise on board Celebrity Reflection incl. flights, return transfers and classic drinks package, depart October 10. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.
ITAA cycling offers: 7 nights B&B Cycle the Camino de Santiago from €840pp incl. bicycle hire, daily luggage transfers, route map, pilgrim passport and emergency contact, travel April to October. 8 days B&B Baroque Sicily Cycling tour from €880pp incl. luggage transfers, airport transfer, entry to chocolate factory, telephone assistance, road book and maps, travel between now and October. 7 nights B&B Cuban Highlights bike tour from €2,499pp incl. tour leader, support vehicle, 4 lunches and three dinners, bike hire and Cuban tourist card, travel February 2017.
Tour America Black Friday offers: 3 nights Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel from €599pp incl. return flights, depart November 24. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €689pp incl. return flights, depart November 25. 3 nights Crowne Plaza Chicago from €699pp incl. return flights, depart November 25. Visit touramerica.ie.
Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Camping Cisano and San Vito, Bardolino, Lake Garda from €1,756 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 3* Madison Apartments, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €2,076 2+2, depart June 18. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, Portugal from €1,476 2+2, depart May 14. 7 nights 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, Portugal from €2,676 2+2, depart June 4. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €2,987 2+2, depart May 28. 7 nights half board 4* Barcelo Lanzarote Resort, Costa Teguise from €3,625 2+2, depart June 18. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.
Contiki is offering a 14-day European highlights holiday from €1,676pps incl. visits to seven countries, flights, transfers and accommodation. Book by May 9, depart May 23. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.
Insight Vacations is offering a 9-night Dalmatian Elegance experience from €2,1079pps incl. acommodation, flight and transfers. Depart May 13. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering a 10-day Highlights of Eastern Europe cruise on board the River Princess from €2,599pps incl. flights, meals, beverages and shore excursions. Depart June 6. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.
Classic Resorts offers: 3 nights 3* Plaza Hotel Havana and 7 nights all inclusive 4* Iberostar Tainos, Cuba from €1,469pp, depart September 1. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Occidental Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from €1,349pp, depart September 21. 3 nights 4* JA Ocean View Hotel Dubai and 7 nights full board 4* Kuramathi Island Resort Maldives from €2,559pp, depart September 1. Book by May 18. Call 0818 332 515.
Upcoming events of interest to the trade
- May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
- May 10 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Sligo
- May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
- May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
- May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
- May 12 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Limerick
- May 17 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Cork
- May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
- May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
- May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
- May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
- May 24 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Waterford
- 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
- 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
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