- Vancouver route launches, and is the ONLY widebody to Canada from Dublin
- A new Discovery—TUI launches their cruise flagship
- Royal’s Michael Bayley & Richard Fain sing Harmony’s praises
- Amadeus wants to give agents 49pc of their time back
- One visa for SE Asia: Is it REALLY just one year away?
- Qatar-Dublin speculation fires up on two fronts
- Where is safe to go in 2016? TRAVEL Extra editor’s advice
- Fancy a cruise for €103,000?
- A visit to the boyhood home of The Greatest
Travel Extra TV
Our video of the week has seriously got the cute factor. A baby gorilla took on a baby bonobo in a hill-rolling competition at Twycross Zoo, England. Watch here.
- More aping around. Two orangutans compete in a game of tug of war. Watch here.
- “Bleedin’ French on strike again.” See Ryanair’s hilarious Euro 2016 promo. Watch here.
- Four migrating grey whales take an interest in some stand up paddleboarders. Watch here.
- Footage of tour guide Naude Dreyer saving a stranded baby Benguela dolphin went viral this week. The video, which attracted over 58,000 views, was shot on a beach in Namibia. Watch here.
- See Airbus’s quirky video explaining head-up display. Watch here.
- An alligator wanders around a golf course. Watch here.
- Elephants cool off by drinking from this woman’s backyard swimming pool. Watch here.
- I don’t give a f*** about your kids. The police remove a disruptive passenger from an aircraft in Memphis after he forced the Atlanta to Las Vegas flight to divert. Watch here.
- Ma’am, ma’am, straighten up, straighten up Air traffic controller’s tragic last words to woman piloting a plane with her husband and his brother before she crashed and killed all three in Houston. (Watch here, warning graphic footage)
- How to speak Belfast, from Discover NI. Watch here.
- A Game of Thrones character was painted on a painting at the Ulster Museum. Watch here.
- See Tourism Ireland’s promo for Euro 2016. Watch here.
- FAI TV uploaded footage of the Irish team jetting off to Euros 2016. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
And then there were five. Dublin airport’s second marquee route of the year commenced on Friday, and the fifth to Canada. Air Canada Rouge fly to Vancouver 3w direct. It is a sign of the times and technology that are in it that this is one of the only widebody services to Canada this summer (Air Transat use an A330 twice a week and an A310 to Toronto). The 280-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft offers a two class configuration, operating until October 9. Flights depart Dublin at 11.35 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, arriving at 13.35 in Vancouver. The return service will depart Vancouver at 15.05 arriving in Dublin at 08.35 the next morning. Picture shows Harry Miller, Maragret Skinner, Stephen Gerrard and John Hurley. Watch here Canadian ambassador Kevin Vickers, who told guests that the Dublin flights were shorter than some internal flights in Canada (listen here). Watch here Eamon Flanagan reminding agents of the Premier Rouge premier options and wide number of onward connections from Vancouver (or listen here). Watch here Air Canada’s two-country manager Stephen Gerrard, based in London, say that Air Canada was the fastest growing airline in the world outside of the Gulf and Turkey (or listen here). Picture shows Eamon Flanagan of Premair/Air Canada Rouge and Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickers. Next year there are more gate events for the inaugurals to Cancun and Montego Bay. Two long haul routes and a new ship, it has been a quiet, run of the mill fortnight for Falcon Holidays. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Amadeus have just promised travel agents 49pc of their time back. Rob Golledge joined Volker Lorenz, Trish O’Leary and Stephen Brennan in giving a media presentation on Amadeus Solutions Showcase for the Irish media. They demonstrated what is effectively an app for travel agents that will allow them to hand-hold their clients when they are on the move. Amadeus promised time-saving facilities and greater productivity to enable travel agents grow their revenues through advanced retailing from their new selling platform connect which means agents can stay connected to their customers 100pc of the time and can manage their client’s entire journey from one place. Amadeus says there is a 68pc average time saving by booking ancillary services, a 54pc average time saving when they integrate external content, and a 49pc average time saving on complex and repetitive tasks. Picture shows Trish O’Leary, Volker Lorenz, and Olwen McKinney of Amadeus. See here.
Thailand’s Travel Market moved home after 14 years being hosted in Bangkok, and the event in Chiang Mai was favourably received. Phuket, Pattaya and Nakhon Ratchashima (Korat) in northeast Thailand are in the running to stage the event next year, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn told TRAVEL Extra the event would probably move each year from now on, based on Chiang Mai’s success hosting the show. London based TAT director Chris Lee hosted a trade group that include Brendan Barry of Discover Travel and Fiona Dobbyn of Classic Resorts (pictured) and on of TAT’s legendary post-fams departed for Krabbi yesterday. To get into the mood here is a video highlight from a visit to Naka Noi private Island after a previous TTM. Tough work but somebody has to do it. Watch here interview with Chris Lee. Watch here a video report from the event. Watch here Yuthasak Supasorn Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand speaking at the event. Watch here Thailand’s tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangku launches the new sports tourism initiative. Picture shows Kobkarn Wattanavrangku and Eoghan Corry. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
A common tourist visa for South East Asian countries who are members of Asia will be introduced in about a year, according to Tourism Authority of Thailand officials. While ASEAN has ten members, the visa is expected to apply to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. See here.Tanes Petsuwan, European Regional Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand told TRAVEL Extra that next year was the anticipated timescale, while Governor of Tourism Thailand Yuthasak Supasorn gave the same answer to TRAVEL Extra at a press conference: maybe in one year or two years from now (Watch here). Keynote speaker Dr Surin Pitsuwan the former head of ASEAN also told delegates that they should expedite the issue of a single visa entry for tourists. Chris Lee, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand’s London office is less optimistic. “It will take a long time and I would say that the focus of any discussion in ASEAN should not focus on the visa. It is the end goal. It is not the means to. I think that is the realistic scenario (listen here).” See here.
Watch here Yuthasak Supasorn Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand says he expects a single visa for tourists to SE Asia within one year, speaking at TTM+. Watch here video report of TTM+. Watch here interview with Chris Lee of Tourism Authority of Thailand London office interviewed at TTM+. Watch here Interview with Tanes Petsuwan, European Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand speaking at TTM. Watch here Yuthasak Supasorn Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand speaking at TTM. Watch here Thailand’s tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangku launch the new sports tourism initiative at TTM+ 2016.
Tanes Petsuwan said a goal of holding TTM would be to expand direct international air services to cities other than Bangkok. Emirates and Etihad already serve Phuket. Qatar are due to launch services to Krabbi and Chiang Mai in December.
Richard Fain and Michael Bayley hosted international media on board Harmony of the Seas. At the press briefing Michael Bayley explained how the nature of cruising has changed and developed with the demographic moving from older couples to younger couples and up to three generations of families (grandparents, parents and children) travelling together. With the latter they have reconfigured cabins to accommodate linked rooms so families can stay together.
Harri Kulovaara, Executive Vice President Maritime and Newbuilding expanded further at an architectural immersion session. Royal Caribbean set up a committee of five women to look at the design of the stateroom. This coupled with input from customers resulted in a lot more storage space and a bathroom that you can swing a cat in.
When asked if there was a limit on the size of a cruise ship, Captain Gus Andersson said no, but they had to take into account the accessibility of ports.
Richard Fain (pictured) was in the audience for the press briefing. When a journalist asked Michael Bayley why Royal Caribbean had put a blue stripe on Harmony instead of leaving it all white like the rest of the fleet, Fain gave a succinct reply. “Because it’s cool“.
Travel Extra‘s Marie Carberry, always one for the scariest rides, risked her life on the carousel, another thing on harmony that is exceedingly cool. Watch here Michael Bayley’s comments on the relaunch of Royal’s controversial dynamic dining concept.
Members of the Irish media, including TRAVEL Extra’s Michael Kelly, and agents were hosted by Thomson Cruises onboard the latest addition to their fleet, TUI Discovery, in Palma this week.
Around 1,000 invited guests were treated to an evening of entertainment featuring performers from destinations visited by the Thomson fleet, including belly dancers, Middle Eastern whirling dervishes, Caribbean carnival dancers in full costume and a beautiful rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma. Highlight of the evening was the arrival on stage of the surprise artist Jess Glynne (watch here) raising the tempo of the evening with a medley of her number one hits. The evening ended with a firework display.
Discovery will be the largest ship in the Thomson fleet with over 900 cabins, 40pc of which will have balconies. The mid-sized ship has a capacity for 1,830 passengers and will initially be based in Palma cruising the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean for the winter season.
Features include an outdoor movie screen, rock climbing wall, Broadway show lounge with capacity for over 800 people, two swimming pools, four whirlpool baths, casino, and extensive dining choices. From Summer 2017, TUI Discovery will be the first in the fleet to offer all-inclusive drinks packages as standard. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Listen here to TRAVEL Extra editor Eoghan Corry speaking on RTÉ Radio about safe and unsafe places to travel in 2016.
How ordinary it looked, the home of The Greatest. Eoghan Corry remembers a visit to 3302 Wes Grand Avenue, Louiville—the childhood home of the late Muhammad Ali. Read here.
Gráinne Caffrey has joined Sunway from Low-cost beds. She will look after Club Med, AMA Rivercruise, Trafalgar escorted tours, G Adventure, Neilson, Sunsail and Mark Warner holidays starting in early July. Before Low Cost Beds, Grainne headed up Inghams in Ireland, and previously worked in trade relations for Joe Walsh Tours and Falcon Holidays. See here.
Alan Sparling was appointed GSA in Ireland for OBEO Travel the Scandinavian destination management company, run by Icelandic born Rannveig Snorradottir who has been a big supporter of the trade in Ireland. See here.
See here Shay Michell’s tribute to Paddy Condon, formerly of Aer LIngus. See here reminiscence of life in the Irish Press group by Michael Keane, former editor of the Sunday Press and judge in the Travel Extra travel writer of the year awards.
There are 22 Irish delegates booked for IPW (formerly Pow Wow) in New Orleans on June 20-24 of which seven are media.
Oasis Travel’s two Belfast branches at Howard Street and Lisburn Road won the customer service excellence, multiple retailer in the Belfast Chamber Business Awards.
Peter McMinn’s Travel Solutions are transporting 2,000 NI fans to the Euros, including day trippers who checked in at 4am this Sunday morning to fly to Nice for the north’s opening match.
World Travel Centre and Selective Travel Management received Investors in People accreditation.
The Irish Travel Agents Association issued a statement calling for a vote for Britain to remain in the EU in this month’s referendum. It warned that Brexit “could lead to increased regulations for Irish travel agents and higher travel costs for Irish consumers travelling to and from the UK and Northern Ireland”.
Wendy Wu Tours and Emirates are offering agents the chance to win a one night break for two at the Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa. Book a tour for travel between September and November before close of business on June 30.
Topflight launched a sale today. See Deal Watch for more.
Latest winner of the Blue Insurances monthly draw for May was Rose Kane from Kane Travel in Longford, celebrating 60 years in business this year. She wins an iPad Mini and is invited to the Grand Final in Dublin in April ‘17 to compete for a Volkswagen Polo. Blue Insurances reminds agents to have their own unique login to make bookings count for their monthly draw, every five Blue Insurances policies sold each month automatically generates an entry. Agents can win a bonus place at the final by posting, to Facebook or Twitter, a humorous picture or videos featuring themselves with a car with the hashtag #DontRenewUnlessItsBlue. See here.
Travel writer Yvonne Gordon has won the newspaper category of the Malta Tourism Authority Press Awards 2015 for a travel feature about Gozo island in Malta which was published in The Irish Independent in March 2015. There were entries from around the globe for the newspaper category and the award for first place was presented to Yvonne at a special ceremony in Valletta, Malta, last Thursday night. Yvonne won the TRAVEL Extra Travel Journalist Of The Year Home Holiday for 2015 in January. Read the winning Gozo travel feature.
Yellowstone National Park rangers suspended efforts to recover the body of an Oregon man who fell into a boiling hot spring on Tuesday, saying there were no remains left to recover.
- A 2,000 year old ceremonial platform was “discovered” at Petra from drone photography having hidden “in plain sight.”
- Air Canada passengers were screened on the tarmac at Toronto airport after 17 travellers flew from Paris without passing through security.
- Three English tourists found themselves in Syria after a night out clubbing in Ayia Napa.
- Japan’s first naked restaurant imposed a ban on overweight diners.
- A passenger called 999 after he woke up and found himself trapped inside a dark and empty train having travelled from Liverpool to Manchester.
- A Virgin Australia flight attendant was caught napping on the job by owner Richard Branson, who took a selfie then woke him up
- Sunbathers stripped off on Brighton Beach in a ‘free the nipple’ protest in a bid to make breasts more accepted in society.
- So funny it should be true, Tayto tout story in Waterford Whispers.
- The Burj Al Arab opened a 10,000 sqm outdoor terrace stretching 100 metres out into the sea with a 612 sqm freshwater pool and an 828 sqm saltwater pool.
- Ryanair set a deadline and terms for October 1 launch of Ryanair Rooms, declaring it will be a new style accommodation product to include homesteads as well as hotels. A Ryanair holidays product is still 18 months off, according to Kenny Jacobs. See here.
- A statistic from TTM Plus in Chiang Mai: 1,383 new hotel brands have launched in the last ten years.
- The iconic Ritz Paris reopened on Monday.
- The Rhatigan Group, owners of the four star Radisson BLU Royal Hotel Golden Lane submitted planning permission for an extension of eight storeys over two basement floors that will bring the hotel’s room count to 255, up by 100 rooms.
- Corinthia Hotels will open a 300-room beachside resort in Dubai in 2019s located on the site of the former Meydan Beach Club.
- Radisson Blu is to open a 207-room hotel in Durban in 2019.
- JP McManus’s Adare Manor hopes to host the Ryder Cup within 10 years.
- Dream Hotel Group is to open six new properties in the US and Qatar: The 175-room Dream Palm Springs (2018), the 169-room Dream Nashville (mid-2018), the 260-room Dream Dallas (second half of 2018), the 239-room Dream Times Square (second half of 2018), the 254-room Dream Long Island City (2019) and the 325-room Dream Doha (late 2019).
- The planning board greenlit a41-bedroom McKillen hotel in Ranelagh.
- The Imperial Hotel in Cork celebrated its 200th birthday.
- The Cliffs of Moher Hotel in Liscannor has reopened with Mark Cronin as GM. Bremeline Muthurajah was appointed Sales Manager at the Dylan Hotel. Jana Motesova joined the Spencer Hotel as F&B Manager from the Radisson BLU Royal Hotel Golden Lane. Ciara O’Leary joined the Grand Hotel as Banqueting Coordinator from Station House Hotel. Barbara Tierney joined Bellinter House as wedding coordinator from the City North Hotel. Anne Marie Hallinan joined Lyrath Estate in Corporate Sales from The Springhill Court Hotel.
- And for those who haven’t had enough of the Euro soccer championships (only four weeks to go), Ireland are based in the recently redesigned Trianon Palace (website), a woodland retreat nestled on the edge of the domaine royal, 20km from Paris. It comes with spa, manicured gardens, and Michelin-starred chef. Northern Ireland are staying in the Château de Pizay, St-Jean-d’Ardières (website) a four-star hotel in the heart of Beaujolais country in the centre of France, 45 minutes from Lyon. It comes with 48 duplex suites and 80 hectares of vineyard and 30 hectares of forest, a 1000sqm spa, a heated outdoor pool, a tennis court and restaurant with a courtyard.
- Trump Hotels announced that it will launch a lifestyle brand. The name has not been announced yet, but reports suggest it will not include ‘Trump’.
Astonishing data from INE: international travel to Spain grew 13pc in January-April and Ireland is the fastest growing major inbound market of all, up 25.6pc on 2015 for those four months and just ahead of Netherlands with 25.5pc.
Indonesia reports a surge in arrivals from Ireland following the recent introduction of the visa free policy for British nationals as well as an uplift in flight capacity. Garuda Indonesia have introduced non-stop direct flights to Jakarta from London Heathrow.
Minister for Foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan launched a new smartphone app from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to provide Irish travellers with updated travel advice and consular information. The app, Travelwise, is free to download. Travellers can favourite countries they are travelling to and will receive push notifications of any significant security updates issued from the Department. Other information can be downloaded for use offline. See here.
Executives of Prince’s Paisley Park studios are reportedly looking to turn the late musician’s estate into a Graceland-style tourist attraction.
Airbnb announced a tool for business travel managers to book listings for employees. The facility will allow coworkers to book Airbnb stays for each other. but will not be available to travel agents, external travel managers, or travel management companies. Read more here.
Food and Wine
Department of Finance officials lobbied Finance minister Michael Noonan to end the lower VAT rate for the hospitality industry to raise €640m
- €10,000 was raised for charity at the Irish Restaurant Awards.
- Unite lodged a claim with the employment tribunal over the unfair sacking of ‘fair tips’ activist, Robert Czegely, a waiter at the five star STK restaurant in the Melia ME Hotel in Aldwych, central London.
- Kilmegan Dry Cider from Co. Down has won the Reserve Champion prize at the British Cider Championships.
- John Crowe hospitality and catering lecturer at NWRC in Derry was named Chef Lecturer of the Year at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards in London.
- Catex 2017 will take place on February 21 to 23 2017 at the RDS Simmonscourt.
- Natasha Kinsella, ex-CEO of the Irish Hospitality Institute, has been appointed as one of the 9 Regional Skills Forum Managers as part of the National Skills Strategy under the Department of Education.
- Westport Food Festival launches June 24 with The Banquet at Hotel Westport. Tickets €45pp. Book here or call 098 25122.
Qatar-Dublin is now only a matter of time. At IATA Congress in Dublin, Akbar Al Baker apparently told Max-Kinglsey Jones that the route would start next year, while Stephen Kavanagh (pictured) said it was a medium-term project: the only question is whose metal will operate on the route.
Etihad’s double daily service from Dublin to Abu Dhabi returns on June 15. The airline will operate a B777-200 3 days a week (Wed, Thur and Fri) for the EY42 (morning departure from DUB). The other 4 days will have a A330. The EY48 (evening departure) will operate using a A330 all days. The A330 will have 262 seats and the B777 has 412 seats.
Willie Walsh has been elected chair of IATA board of governors to succeed Andres Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico, Willie is the 75th Chair of the IATA BoG and the third Irishman after Jerry Dempsey in 1962 (see retrospective here) and Alan Joyce in 2012 The accession was automatic as he was elected vice president last year. In turn Goh Choon Phong CEO of Singapore Airlines will serve as chair-elect for a one-year term to take office from June 2017 following Walsh’s term. The board members include the CEO of Jetblue, regarded as a low cost airline rather than a legacy carrier: :, Vitaly G Saveliev of Aeroflot, Andrés Conesa of Aeromexico, Calin Rovinescu of Air Canada, Alexandre De Juniac of Air France/KLM, Douglas Parker of American Airlines, Harry Hohmeister of Austrian Airlines, German Efromovich of Avianca, Chu Kwok (Ivan ) Leungn of Cathay Pacific, Liu Shaoyong of China Eastern Airlines, Tan Wangeng of China Southern Airlines, Safwat Musallam of Egyptair, James Hogan of Etihad Airways, Tewolde Gebremariam of Ethiopian Airlines, David Bronczek of Fedex Express, Mark Dunkerley of Hawaiian Airlines, Masaru Onishi of Japan Airlines, Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways (India) , Robin Hayes of Jetblue Airways, Mbuvi Ngunze of Kenya Airways, Pieter Elbers of KLM, Yang Ho Cho of Korean Air, Enrique Cueto of LAN Airlines, Carsten Spohr of Lufthansa, Alan Joyce of Qantas, Akbar Al Baker of Qatar Airways, Rickard Gustafson of SAS, Saleh Nasser Al Jasser of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Goh Choon Phong of Singapore Airlines, Temel Kotil of Turkish Airlines and Pham Ngoc Minh of Vietnam Airlines.
Star Alliance announced a new IT baggage hub and other technology enhancements, designed to drive efficiency and reduce costs at all the 1,300 airports the Alliance serves. The technology will standardise processes for off-airport and self-service check-in and self-tagging, faster and more efficient bag drop process at the airport, and automated travel document validation. The hub is to launch for its member carriers by the end of this year, and will simplify the baggage handling process. It is the latest in a series of plug and play applications supporting by Star’s 27 member airlines. Picture shows Mark Schwab CEO of Star Alliance.
- VLM cancelled Waterford Airport’s last flights.
- Virgin is ordering 12 A350-1000 to replace part of its B747-400 fleet.
- An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Perth made its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi. Read here.
- Dublin Airport estimated 30,000 Irish soccer fans will travel from to the Euro 2016 finals over the next two weeks.
- Emirates added a second live in-flight sports channel enabling passengers on selected B777 and A380 aircraft to watch events including Euro 2016 and Wimbledon
- Stansted announced the installation of 500 additional seats in the departure lounge, and additional body scanners at security.
- Carstin Spohr caused a delayed-effect storm with a remark in Miami a fortnight agon that 90pc of aircraft managers would like to impose a GDS surcrhagre similar to Lufthana’s. Three US senators want him to pbe prosecuted under anti-trust legislation.
- Delta are to launch a Glasgow-JFK route beginning May 26 2017.
- Russia’s state-owned United Aircraft Corporation rolled out the 211 passenger MC-21 e passenger aircraft which is expected to be in service by late 2018 to compete with the Airbus A320neo, and Boeing’s B737 MAX aircraft.
- British Airways removed economy hot meals from its longest short-haul services including Athens, Istanbul and St Petersburg.
- Ryanair announced 2,000 extra flights across its European network for the October holidays.
- Qantas is Official Airline of The Lions for their much-anticipated 2017 Tour to New Zealand. Qantas will fly the squad to the match next year as well as working with the Lions to fly thousands of fans
- Ireland’s soccer team flew to the Euro 2016 in CityJet’s new Russian manufactured Superjet SSJ100, the first flight in Cityjet colours. Picture shows John Delaney and Martin O’Neill of the FAI with Pat Byrne and Cathal McConnell of Cityjet.
- Cork Airport will reach 2,225,000 visitors in 2016 if the 8pc increase form the first four months of the year is sustained. An additional 65,000 passengers passed thorugh the airport January to May. New summer services include Dusseldorf with Aer Lingus, Madrid with Iberia Express, Leeds and Southampton with Aer Lingus Regional
- Not far from the IATA aviation conference venue in Dublin airport trade unions got together to complain about low wages at airports. The average wage at a US airport is $10.10 an hour.
- Figures from the Irish Aviation Authority show a 10.3pc YOY increase in terminal flight traffic at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports in May with 22,485 flights. Dublin traffic was up 10pc to 18,719 flights, Shannon was up 4.8pc to 1,807 flights and Cork was up 19.6pc to 1,959 flights.
- AWAS delivered an A320-200 on lease to IndiGo and an A320 to VivaAerobus.
- Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines signed a codeshare agreement.
- Twenty-five pilots, 35 maintenance technicians, 43 cabin crew and 244 commercial and ground service staff graduated from Ethiopian Airlines’ aviation academy at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, now in its 70th year.
- A number of passengers were treated for minor injuries after a Malaysian Airlines flight from London to Kuala Lumpur experienced severe turbulence. Pictures of the aftermath onboard appeared on social media.
- In a bid to alleviate the massive drop in visitor numbers, Turkey increased a subsidy for charter flight operators by 30pc to $7,800 for flights carrying at least 150 passengers between now and August 31.
- Silversea Cruises opened bookings for its 121-day world cruise from Los Angeles to Rome, departing January 6 2018, with prices to match: $57,750 per person sharing or €103,000/$115,500 a cabin.
- Stena Line offered free ferry travel for life to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland teams if they win UEFA Euro 2016.
- Royal Caribbean opened its Tidal Wave water slide on Liberty of the Seas.
- The first steel was cut for the Seabourn Ovation at a ceremony in Genoa’s Fincantieri yard.
- Celebrity Cruises is to replace the Bistro on Five creperie with Sushi on Five following a four-month trial on Celebrity Reflection.
Keynote speaker at the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing, which begins in Lismore on Thursday, will be Kim Phuc best known as the nine-year-old child depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War on June 8 in 1972. Turtle Bunbury will host the festivals ‘Literary Breakfast’ at Lismore House Hotel at 8.30am. while Listowel’s Fergal Keane also speaks.
Tourism Ireland launched a Euro 2016 campaign video to target fans converging on Paris from across Europe, to run at key times throughout the tournament on giant screens in the city’s official fan zone to a potential 1.6m and on Tourism Ireland’s social media channels – Facebook (about 3.6m fans), Twitter (346,000 followers) and on YouTube, as well as on Ireland.com (16.6m visits in 2015). See here.
Alaskan masseur Matthew Gale is to host a 4 week residency at the five-star Monart Destination Spa in county Wexford from June 7 to July 7 2016.
Race to the End of the Earth’ from the American Museum of Natural History, will be on display at Titanic Belfast from 25th June to 28th August.
Clare.ie, the first website dedicated to the promotion of tourism in County Clare, has gone live. The Visit Clare brand was launched in early 2016 to showcase brand qualities including landscapes, locations, people and music. The website features details on where to stay, what to do and where to dine as the county prepares to welcome more than 400,000 people for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann this August.
Cork has the potential to create a co-working hub for startups. Writing in the Irish Examiner this week, TRAVEL Extra’s Conor McMahon spoke to entrepreneurs from the city about shared work spaces. Read here.
Picture shows the latest #DoorOfThrones door, unveiled at Gracehill House, Stranocum, Co Antrium, as part of Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland’s joint promotion.
Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan launched Fáilte Ireland’s 2016–2020 capital investment supports for large tourism projects. A pool of €65m in investment is available for new and existing tourism experiences across Ireland. Read more here.
Tourism NI’s Year of Food and Drink celebrates dairy this month. Picture shows Tourism NI’s Rachel Quigg with Soda the cow. Punters are invited to guess the location on Twitter using the hashtag #LoveDairy.
A reminder that 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.
Falcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Punta Del Rey Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €559pp, depart June 23. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Calups, Salou, Costa Dorada from €699pp, depart Knock June 28. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globaes Playa Estapona, Estapona, Costa Del Sol from €699pp, depart Cork June 12. 6 nights B&B 3* Fariones Apartments, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €829pp, depart December 26. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
Hastings Hotels is offering 1 night B&B at Culloden Estate and Spa from £90pps incl. £10pp credit to use as you wish in the estate. Valid until August 31. Call 028 9042 1066. Hastings is also offering 1 night at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast from £99pps incl. a bottle of Prosecco and strawberries. Valid until August 31. Call 028 9065 1066.
Stein Travel Lanzarote offers: 7 nights self catering Bitacora Lanzarote Club from €564pp. 7 nights self catering Atlantis Las Lomas from €568pp. 7 nights self catering Playa Club from €600pp. All prices based on 2+2 sharing a 1 bed apartment and include flights departing Dublin Airport 17, 24 or 31 July. Also Flight Only Prices 17-24 July €449, 24 – 31 July €449, 31 – 7 July €409.
Sunway offers: 7 nights 3* International Palms Resort, Orlando from €555pp incl. flight, travel September. 5 nights 3* Cova Hotel, San Francisco from €998pp incl. flight, travel February 2017. 5 nights 3* Cape Codder Hotel, Cape Cod from €929pp incl. flight, travel September. 7 nights B&B 2* Ulisse de Luxe Hotel, Sorrento from €599pp, depart June 25. 7 nights B&B 3* Londra Hotel, Sorrento from €599pp, depart June 25. 7 nights B&B 3* Zi Teresa, Sorrento from €599pp, depart June 25. 7 nights B&B 3* Metropole Hotel, Sorrento from €699pp, depart June 25. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,489pp, depart August 28. 6 days escorted Northern Lights of Iceland tour from €2,065pp, depart October 2. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.
Thomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,139pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Tequila, Playacar, Mexico from €1,269pp, depart June 27. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,329pp, depart June 26. 7 nights half board 5* Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €759pp, depart June 17. 7 nights self catering 2* Tamanaco, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €529pp, depart June 23. 7 nights self catering 3* Mythos, Tingaki, Kos from €599pp, depart June 25. 7 nights half board 3* Son Baulo, Ca’n Picfort, Majorca from €589pp, depart Cork June 18. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Villa Dorada, Costa Dorada from €749pp, depart Shannon July 1. 7 nights full board 4* Moorish Delights cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,139pp, depart August 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €839pp, depart December 24. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Eastern Caribbean cruise on board Oasis of the Seas from €847pp incl. all inclusive drinks, depart March 5 2017. 7 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,020pp incl. all inclusive drinks, depart May 26 2017. 10 nights South Pacific cruise on board Explorer of the Seas from €1,301pp incl. all inclusive drinks, depart January 25 2017. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.
Wendy Wu Tours is offering from €100pp to €500pp off 200 departures with Emirates for 2016. Call 0818 776 380 for more information.
Travel Department is offering 6 nights in a 4* hotel, Munich and the Black Forest from €749pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges and transfers, depart May 17 2017.
Irish Ferries is offering €70 off 7 night Haven holidays book before June 20 for stays until August 15 and €45 off four night breaks booked by June 27 for stays until October 24. See irishferries.com/haven or call 0818 300 400.
Tour America offers: 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €729pp, depart November 10. 8 nights New Jersey and Bahamas cruise from €1,379p incl. 1 night at New York hotel and 7 nights on board Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, depart December 8. Visit touramerica.ie.
Topflight offers, sale ends June 17: 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €739pps, depart June 18. 7 nights self catering 4* Camping Cisano & San VIto, Bardolino, Lake Garda from €399pps, depart June 18. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €669pp, depart June 18. 7 nights B&B Jardins d’ajuga Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €469pps, depart June 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Vile Gale Marina, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €839pp, depart June 25. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €549pp, depart June 25. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Atlas, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €599pp, depart July 2. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Resort, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €369pp, depart September 24.7 nights Christmas Med Cruise onboard Norwegian Spirit from €1,199pp incl. return flights, return airport transfers, meals, 20kg checked in bag and airport taxes, depart December 20. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.
ITAA offers: 8 nights camping in France from €1,475 2+3 incl. return ferry, depart June 19. 14 nights Colina Mar Apartments, Gran Canaria from €2,259 2+2 incl. return flights, bags and transfers, depart Cork June 24. 7 nights B&B Vila Galé Tavira, Portugal from €3,469 2+2 incl. private transfers, depart July 12.
Contiki is offering a 6 nights trip to Canada from €1,869pps incl. flights and transfers. Book by June 30, depart July 22. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.
Insight Vacations is offering 9 nights Best of Germany tour form €1,949pps incl. flights and transfers, depart July 22. Depart insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day river cruise on the Danube on board River Beatrice from €1,849pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions. Book by June 30, depart October 30. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.
What we learned this week
Spotted in Chiang Mai. Has Michael O’Leary finally got his wish and have the French air traffic controllers been fired?
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Upcoming events of interest to the trade
- 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 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
- Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
- Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
- Nov 25 ITTN Awards
- Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
- 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
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
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