- Emirates A380 in Dublin: it is a matter of when
- Ireland pushes NAI case at gathering of aviators
- Dublin port starts work to allow cruise ships to turn
- Uniworld to host ITAA conference on Rhine river cruise
- Cityjet get its first superjet
- Cork loses Menorca service
- Ryanair baggage charges: doing the maths
Travel Extra TV
Do not try this one at home. Our video of the week shows a man on holiday lighting a barbecue with a drone. Watch here.
- See Ricky Mackenzie’s encounter with a frilled neck lizard in Australia’s outback. Watch here.
- ‘From the Australian Department of Environmental Irony and Mining Apocalypse.’ This satirical “Visit Australia” video has received over 156,000 views on YouTube. Watch here.
- Extraordinary close up footage of lava flowing from Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii. Watch here.
- Gorillas in Rwanda put on a show for the cameras. Watch here.
- See Emirates’ seven football club-themed aircraft take off from Dubai International. Watch here.
- Richard E Grant visits Belfast. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
The International Air Transport Association announced their 2017 congress will be hosted by Cancun after three days basking in the uncustomary sunlight in Dublin. The board of governors dinner in Dublin Castle state aprtments on Tuesday evening hosted 31 leading CEOs for the most high powered gathering of aviation leaders in the history of the industry.
There is no collective noun for Airline CEOs but a plumage of them arrived in Dublin this week for the IATA AGM and conference, led by Ed Bastian of Delta, Carstin Spohr of Lufthansa, Doug Parker of American, Alexandre de Juniac of Air France/KLM (soon to become Director General of IATA), Osamu Shinobe of ANA, Calin Rovinescu of Air Canada, Ahmet Bolat of Turkish and 80 others, with local aviation celebrities Willie Walsh of IAG. Alan Joyce of Qantas and Christophe Mueller of Air Malaysia joining Stephen Kavanagh of Aer Lingus in informal roles as co-hosts. Just under 1,000 delegates attended, the third largest in IATA history, including 220 media. There is no limit on airline delegations, which was the largest sector, and manufacturers and suppliers made up another 300. Guinness Storehouse, built by Arthur Guinness himself in the words of CNN’s Richard Quest who chaired a panel discussion, was the venue for the Thursday night gala. Picture shows a suntanned Christophe Mueller of Air Malaysia and former CEO of Aer LIngus with Stephen Kavanagh CEO of Aer Lingus at the IATA gala dinner in the RDS. Christophe’s verdict on Malaysia: It was a difficult time but I enjoyed every minute of it. Picture below shows CEO of Aer Lingus Stephen Kavanagh being interviewed by Richard Quest of CNN at the gala in the Guinness Storehouse. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Outgoing director general of IATA Tony Tyler said airline profit will fall 7pc in 2016 reflecting a fall in average ticket prices. Incoming director general Bernard de Juniac promised to
A much mentioned non-member, (including by transport minister Shane Ross in one of his first public engagements in opening the congress) rather unkindly described the gathering as a bull-shitters ball. No prizes for guessing who.
Shane Ross (pictured above) and Eamonn Brennan CEO of the IAA both used the opportunity to address the delay in the granting of a license to NAI for their planned routes to Boston from Cork and Shannon. Eamonn Brennan (watch here) said untruths were being told about the issue. Shane Ross said that he looked forward to the US authorities confirming the tentative decision to grant a license to the Irish airline. such competition was exactly what the open skies agreement was designed to achieve. Watch here Shane Ross speaking about NAI and Watch here Shane Ross’s full speech at the opening session of the IATA Congress.
With their usual timing skills (91pc of 57,000 flights in April arrived on-time) Ryanair chose the day of their annual summer-spoiler hike in baggage charges to give us some good news, they reduced their convoluted baggage charge logarithm from 108 options down to six, and Kenny Jacobs joyously slid down the slide at the Swords headquarters with his suitcase to celebrate. How did they calculate 108? Travel Extra took out the sums book from St Anne’s two teacher school in Ardclough and tried to work it out, three charge options on three baggage categories, over three sector lengths at three different stages of booking is 3 4 which is 84 plus another 3 3 for the second bag which is 27 added together, carry the one, take the fingers from the second hand off the wine glass and, yes, that’s 108. We think. Apply for further details to anyone sitting honours maths when the Leaving Cert starts on Wednesday. High season and low season baggage fees will be consolidated to one set rate, which will only be higher on longer haul routes (thus offering six baggage options). Read here.
As for those charges: Ryanair hiked 15kg bag fees from €20 to €30 and from €25 to €40 on longer flights such as Greece and the Canaries. Aer Lingus hiked 15kg baggage fees from €15 to €25, 20kg bags from €20 to €35 and fees on longer flights from €20 to €35, and from €35 to €45.
While Kenny Jacobs was sliding with his suitcase, Michael O’Leary took himself to Marconi House to talk to another horse-racing aficionado Ivan Yates.
As Kenny was sliding with his suitcase Michael O’Leary took himself to Marconi House to talk to another horse-racing aficionado Ivan Yates on Newstalk. Talk quickly turned from baggage fees and his support for a parrallel runway at Dublin airport to tax (he has paid over €10m, the first time a figure has been mentioned) and Luas workers: “it takes two and a half nano seconds to learn how to drive a Luas tram. I would have sacked them all, they turned down 20pc for a job that is paying double that for a Blackpool tram driver. Listen here to Michael’s considerable views to brighten up your morning and listen here to his previous appearance on the executive chair. Vincent Wall of Newstalk offered an alternative insightful piece about his battles with Michael O’Leary.
Delegates from 20 countries and 120 member ports at the Cruise Europe conference in Dublin heard that Western Europe was regarded as a safe destination at a difficult time foe cruise lines. Watch here interview with Mike McCarthy, the man who made it happen. David Dingle gave an overview of the industry which showed that cruise order books are full until 2021 with 61 ships worth $40bn on the order books. Watch here interview with David Dingle.Cobh, which is anticipating 58 cruise ships this year, plans to refit its cruise terminal at a cost of €10m. Dun Laoghaire has plans to extend the berth by 333 metres to accommodate up to 100 ships a year. Last year was a bad year for Dun Laoghaire when weather caused the cancellation of visits from ships scheduled to tender passengers off. Picture show Mike McCarthy and David Dingle at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Vikki Courtman of Holland American Line and Tanya Airey of Sunway hosted the trade in Dublin in Dublin to tell agents about the cruise line’s new partnership with the tour operator. Sunway offer wholesale rates to Irish agents on HAL cruises. Picture shows Dawn Conway of Sunway, Tanya Airey of Sunway, Vikki Courtman of Holland America and Deirdre Sweeny of Sunway at the Sunway and Holland America cruise line event in the Dylan Hotel. Watch here interview with Vikki Courtman. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
It was a big week for Cityjet who took delivery of the first of their Sukhoi SS100s at Dublin. EI-FWA flew from Venice to Dublin, arriving at 1830. A second is expected to arrive mid June. CityJet will lease 15 Superjet SSJ100 aircraft with an option for an additional 16 in a deal is worth over $1bn, including option and after-sales services. The CityJet aircraft is in the 98-seat configuration with an interior designed by Pininfarina, with five abreast seating in a 32” seat pitch combining with a wider seat and cabin height of over 2m.
In a historic week for Dublin Port, the first piles were sunk of the €230m development that will see the demolition of Alexandra Basin and new berthing facilities for cruise ships up to 360m closer to the city centre, as well as facilities enabling cruise ships to turn within the harbour. Pat Ward of Dublin port said We were only able to turn a 300 metre ship in Alexandra Basin. we will see 360m cruise ships coming up the harbour in 2020. From the East Link bridge 10km out we are going to deepen the channel, we are going to cut 120 metres off north wall extension and we We will focus on home porting, we have fantastic air connectivity and a nice ten minute leisurely walk down to O’Connell. The aim is to have 20 ships a year home porting in Dublin. Watch here interview with Pat Ward.
The Danube, the Duoro, and the Rhone were considered, but Wednesday’s board meeting of the irish Travel Agents Association eventually decided that the ITAA conference on November 26-28 will be heading for the Rhine on board Uniworld‘s luxurious SS Antoinette. Yvonne Muldoon has arranged for Aer Lingus to offer a straightforward 50pc discount rate for delegates available on its Amsterdam flights, rather than a seat allocation as in previous years. Picture shows Sharon Jordan and John Grehan of Uniworld who will be hosting the conference’s 150 delegates. Watch here interview with ITAA President Cormac Meehan. Read here.
Jo Rzymowska and Lorraine Quinn of Celebrity Cruises with ship captain Athanasios Peppas and hotel manager Christophe Belaubre hosted eight groups of agents, media, prize winners and customers on board Celebrity Silhouette on its Dublin call. Jo Rzymowska said Eastern Med itineraries are going to be good value this year and that Ireland was in the plans for future port calls . Captain Peppas said that he looked forward to the port development. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
There will be 121 cruise ship calls to Dublin this years compared with 93 last year, but one of the major cruise ship handlers Margaret Cronin says that Dublin city needs a more coach-friendly approach. She warns it is becoming impossible to do a loop of the city’s attractions with a coach with road works and the proposals to pedestrianise College Green. Picture shows Aisling O’Sullivan, Niall Cronin and Margaret Cronin of Cronin’s coaches who organised the coach transfers from Celebrity Silhouette in Dublin.
Worldchoice Ireland’s first conference since Ashbourne in 2014 has been for November 19 in the Seafield Resort in Ballymoney near Gorey. Worldchoice has 52 members in Ireland, 40 in the 26 counties and 12 in the six counties. Read here.
Ciaran Mulligan of Blue Insurances entertained travel trade at Shelbourne Park on Thursday evening for a pleasant. So how did the gurus of actuarial economics fare with the bookies? Host Ciaran Mulligan was the biggest winner, €60 on one race. but Holly Best of Virgin Atlantic also came out ahead and Jackie Herssens of Travelmood earned a whopping €17 on the last race. Watch here interview with Ciaran Mulligan about strike cover and impending developments at Blue including the new two-year travel insurance scheme. Picture shows Pamela Fagan and Sarah Butterly of Blue Insurances at the Blue Insurances event at Shelbourne Park. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Picture shows Nollaig Ward of Topflight and Caroline O’Toole from Fahy Travel, Galway, the final winner in the Topflight Hello Summer Family Holiday competition. She won a holiday in Madeira staying at the 4 star Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel in Funchal. Read here. Agents who sold Topflight holidays were eligible to win a family holiday for themselves. Previous winners were Marc Lynch from Abbey Travel, Dublin, Michelle McDonagh from Navan Travel and Sheila Deasy from Lee Travel, Princes Street, Cork.
A photograph taken in Liguria won a prize in Sorrento for Declan Keane from Co Louth in Topflight’s photography competition. The competition engaged 1.7m on social media. Picture shows Kate Henry and Declan Keane with shortlisted pictures. Read here.
Gillian Purser from Marble City Travel was the winner of the United Airlines and Bookabed incentive to win 2 flights to Washington, New York or Chicago. Second picture shows Lee Osborne of Bookabed, Tom Britton of Marble City accepting the prize and Aoife Gregg of United.
- Aer Lingus is one of the 30 airline partners announced as part of the New Development Capability launch at the IATA Congress in Dublin. Three years after NDC was unveiled Yanak Hoyles of IATA told Travel Extra a that GDS’s and agents alike have nothing to fear from the distribution scheme as its sole purpose was to give customers more access to differentiated product such as larger seats and ancillaries. He pointed out that Amadeus PSS Altéa was NDC certified this week. Picture shows Rob Broere and Yanak Hoyles of IATA where were explaining NDC to delegates at the congress. Watch here interview with Yanak Hoyles.
- Papers submitted as part of a legal case in England claims travel agents allegedly lowered their prices to try and “entice” more holiday makers to Tunisia in the wake of the Bardo Museum attack in March 2015.
- Celebrity is currently recruiting for managers for the North East and Scotland and Ireland under a restructuring programme.
- Brendan White of Tropical Sky and Claire Somers of American Holidays are pictured on the Brand USA MegaFam 2016 in partnership with American Airlines and British Airways Alaskan Adventure itinerary, www.VisitTheUSA.com. http://www.USADiscoveryProgram.co.uk, Brendan fifth from the right and Claire third from the right.
- 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.
- Sad news: Paddy Condon, long standing member of TIGS and perhaps the oldest members of the travel community, has died. Among the many amazing stories from his life is how he cycled from Dublin to Berlin to attend the 1936 Olympics. The Nazi Olympics were boycotted by Ireland but Paddy set off anyway to watch the events. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
- Skal Dublin’s next function takes place in The Merrion Hotel on June 14.
- Sad News: Michael Keane, former editor of the Sunday Press and judge in the Travel Extra Travel Writer of the Year awards, has died. Picture is of Michael at the judging in January 2016. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam delis.
- MTT launched Engage on eDreams ODIGEO’s mobile offering.
- Air Namibia signed up to Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding.
Kata Rocks in Phuket was pronounced a poser’s paradise in the English Daily Mail, the $100m Thailand hotel which rich kids are queuing up to visit.
- An ABC news study of 15 US hotels found 11 failed to sanitise the water glasses before new guests arrived.
- Gleneagle Group are to manage Sheen Falls Country Club’s 26 self catering units in Kenmare aimed at the luxury market. Read here.
- STR research suggested hotel occupancy recovers three months after a militant attack, AND RevPAR not affected as badly as occupancy. Read here
- James Moore of the Save Joycean Dublin Committee raised objections to Monteco’s plans for a 121-bedroom hotel at the site of the Ormond Hotel.
- The Westin Dublin marked the launch of its Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea by commissioning a headpiece by milliner Laura Kinsella, which is on display in the foyer.
- Prem Group bought the four-star Tulferris Hotel and Golf Resort near Blessington for €8m.
- STR Global says Greater London has 5,456 rooms in 33 hotels under construction, the highest in Europe, followed by Istanbul (4,203 rooms in 24 hotels); Moscow (3,487 rooms in 14 hotels); and Greater Berlin (2,123 rooms in six hotels). STR says Europe reported a 3.5pc increase in occupancy to 71.4pc in April compared with April 2015. ADR up 3.8pc to €109.54 and RevPAR up 7.4pc to €78.20.
- PwC says occupancy levels at US hotels have begun to stabilise after reaching peak levels in 2015 in its report Hospitality Directions.
- Iberostar Hotels are to open two new hotels as part of the groups US expansion: a 4-star boutique hotel with 205 rooms spread across 16 floors opens June 15 on 70 Park Avenue in the heart of Manhattan. A second hotel will follow in Miami.
- A Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with InTown Hospitality GmbH for a Hyatt House hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany to open January 2017
- AC Hotels by Marriott has opened its first two hotels in England in Birmingham Centre and Manchester Salford Quays.
- Bulgari signed an agreement with Russian investor Alexey Bogachev to open in Moscow in 2019
- Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton have opened the Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody Hotel
Wayne Neilon is the new GM of Maldron Hotel Limerick in a move Dalata/Maldron say reflects a focus on the hotel’s F&B product. The Meath native graduated in professional cookery from Athlone IT, worked in McCloskey’s Restaurant, St. Andrew’s Golf Hotel and as Head Chef in Freddy’s Bistro. In 2005 he began kitchen consultancy for the proprietor of the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel to develop their food business and served as GM from 2007 until 2011, completing an Executive Management Development Programme through Cornell University in 2009 which was facilitated by Failte Ireland. From 2012 to 2015, Wayne managed a number of properties for Pillo Hotels who were acquired by Dalata Hotel Group in February 2014. Wayne returns to Limerick following a stint in Galway as Deputy GM of The Connacht Hotel. Other moves: Jodie Ambrose has a new role with Clayton Cardiff Lane and Susan Whelan is the new Sales and Marketing Manager at the Radisson Hotel in Limerick.
The EU cautioned governments against banning Uber and Airbnb.
Travelzoo claimed an English exit from the EU would cost England’s tourism industry £4.1bn in lost tourist spending. The House of Commons Northern Ireland committee has warned that strengthened identity checks on travellers between the two islands may be a more feasible option than the reintroduction of controls along the land border between North and South.
- The social programme for IPW in New Orleans will include two pen evenings for the first time in many years, The programme: Sunday, June 19 evening event Carnival in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Monday, Brand USA Luncheon, evening open, Tuesday NYC Lunch, evening open, Wednesday Experience Kissimmee Lunch, Evening event Tastes of Louisiana on Mississippi river boats
- Turkey confirmed tourism was down 16pc in the first past four months of 2016 and the decline is accelerating., April was down 28pc to 1.75m. European tourism was down 18pc to 2.76m and Russian visits to Ankara down 68pc
- Residents in Palma de Majorca have criticised a parking ban.
- Airport security story of the week is how Yusuf Abdi Ali, a former Somali national army commander wanted for war crimes, was hired as an airport security official at Dulles airport by a private security firm sub contracted by the American TSA. He gave his real name on his application and a google searh shows up some incriminating material, yet he passed the FBI check. Recently a convicted terrorist was given Precheck clearance and a fugitive with a nationwide arrest warrant was given a job at the DHS.
- And a last reminder for the fans heading for France for the Euros 2016 which start next Friday. For those driving to the Euros it can cost €77 to get from Bordeaux to Lille in tolls alone. See here.
Food and Wine
A replica of the diner from the 90s programme, Saved by the Bell, opened in Chicago.
- Seán’s Bar in Athone featured in Lonely Planet’s 50 Bars to Blow Your Mind.
- Chef Gavin McDonagh will present a dinner at Ranelagh’s Brioche made from ingredients sourced from Lambay Island. Tasting menu costs €60. Call 01 497 9163.
- DIT Cathal Brugha Street 75th anniversary celebrations take place on June 16.
- Deliveroo is partnering with ten restaurants and cafés to offer a breakfast delivery service with orders taken from 9am: Brother Hubbard, Cocu, Doughboys, Sister Sadie, Eathos, Freshii, Krust Bakery, Counter Culture, and Dublin Cookie Co. Oliver Dewhurst, GM of Deliveroo plans to offer the breakfast service in Galway, Cork and Belfast.
- Aldi’s Exquisite Collection Chilean Sauvignon Blanc 2015 won Gold medal at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards. Exquisite Collection, available in 124 Aldi stores nationwide, is priced €8.99 and from the Casablanca Valley in Chile and is part of Aldi’s core wine collection. Aldi had a total of 22 award winning wines at the DWWA in 2016, including three silver awards.
Ornaith Daly has returned from Florida to become Restaurant Supervisor at The K Club. Megan O’Shea has also returned from New Jersey to join The K Club. Carton House Head Chef Cathal Kavanagh has left to study an MSc in Applied Culinary Nutrition at Tallaght IT and he is now directing food operations at The Blackrock Clinic. Peter Dalton has returned to Galway as the Radisson Blu Restaurant Manager. Barra Hurley, previously Head Chef at The Butchers Block and in Shanahans on the Green, returns to The Tap House Bar & Grill in Ranelagh. Malcolm Starmer has moved to The Reg in Waterford having worked in Dylan McGrath’s stable of restaurant at Brasserie 66 and Fade Street Social. Before that he was in La Stampa. Daniel McCormack has taken up the role of Bar Manager in The Merrion Hotel. Elaine Bennett, Florence Quelet and Maxime Besutti have joined Greenlight Events. Yvonne Murray (Ballymagarvey Village and Trim Castle) and Jessica Collins (Roganstown and The Waterside Hotel) have joined Event Partners. Viktor Stambuk has left the hotel business to run the Google Café in Dublin. Sean O’Sullivan is heading up the kitchen at Freshiis on Mespil Road,
The Bombardier demonstrator FTV5 was in Dublin for the IATA conference, registered C-GWXZ and in Swiss livery. The aircraft visited Dublin to leverage publicity at the IATA AGM which was held in Dublin. Swiss will take delivery of their first CS100 about a week or so after the Farnborough Air Show. The cockpit image shows Captain Adam Mason (Bombardier) part of the flight crew that took the aircraft from Montreal to Dublin non stop
Picture shows the aircraft arriving at Dublin at Dusk on June 1. Bombardier say the aircraft will be capable of flying non stop from London City to New York, as soon as it is certified for LCY operations. BA currently operate the small Airbus on this route, but it must make a fuel stop at Shannon on the westbound leg
CSO figures for airport use completed the picture for overall passenger numbers at Irish airports in 2015, showing they were up 11.2pc to 37,166,000 from 33,423,000. Dublin was up 15pc on 2014 to 24,962,518 (up 8pc on 2008), Belfast international up 9pc to 4,390,000, Belfast City up 5pc to 2,693,000, Cork down 3.4pc to 2,065,678, Shannon up 8pc on 2014 to 1,680,272, Knock down 2.7pc to 684,671, Kerry up 2.7pc to 303,039, Derry down 19pc to 284,000, Donegal up 3.2pc to 36,552, Waterford up 3.2pc to 34,249, Indreabhán up 2.7pc 19,753, Inis Mor up 5pc to 12.071. Separately Kerry Airport chairman Denis Cregan reported passenger numbers on Kerry-Dublin are up 4pc and load factor, while up 67pc from 56pc, is short of the 75pc target.
The Cork-Menorca 1w service that Lee Travel and Stein Travel had announced using a Cityjet aircraft was cancelled.
Speaking to Travel Extra at the sidelines of the IATA conference in Dublin, Tim Clarke the Emirates president and part-time Lismore resident said that it was a question of when and not if the Emirates A380 comes to Dublin. Prague is among the latest routes to get an A380 service and there are nine more A380s on their way to Emirates in the autumn. What is the timeline? You’ll know, said Tim.
Speaking at the sidelines of the IATA congress in Dublin Egyptar CEO Safwat Musallam said flight MS804 had not experienced any maintenance issues before departure and that the plane was normal. French media reported the Airbus A320’s warning systems signalled anomalies three times during the plane’s last six rotations before it disappeared, between Asmara in Eritrea, Cairo and Tunis.
United’s sleep-focused Polaris business class service will launch December 1 on intercontinental flights. New pre-departure United Polaris lounges will offer chef-designed pre-flight dining, spa-like showers and sleep pods. Read here.
Aengus Kelly’s AerCAP delivered Cathay Pacific’s first A350. The Dublin leasing company has become an A350 specialist. AerCap’s fleet of 1,670 is bigger than IAG, Lufthansa & Ryanair combined Read here. Picture shows Irish aviation briefing in advance of the IATA AGM at the RDS: David McWilliams, Stephen Kavanagh CEO of Aer Lingus, Aengus Kelly CEO of AerCAP, Kevin Toland CEO of Dublin Airport, Eamonn Brennan CEO of the IAA and Conor McCarthy CEO of Dublin Aerospace. Aengus Kelly told the briefing that 43pc of aircraft are leased, up from 12pc just 15 years ago but that market share would be difficult to increase because of the scale of finance that would need to be raised. Watch here.
- Delta is to launch a new service between Heathrow and Portland, Oregon in May.
- Night flight restrictions in An Bord Pleanála’s planning approval for a new runway at Dublin airport may be set aside after EU legislation comes into force this month.
- Turkish Airlines announced their sponsorship of Hillsborough Oyster Festival August 30 to September 4 in Hillsborough Castle Oyster. Picture shows Onur Gul with oyster king Colin Shirlow at the launch. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
- A Reddit thread created some turbulence when a flight attendant said passengers had no idea a man had died mid-flight and a pilot said the cockpit’s windscreen suddenly shattered.
- Alex Hamberger from Buffalo New York wrote a contender for airline complaint letter of the year and persuaded American Airlines to waive a $200 change fee.
- Watch here interview with Peter Harbison of CAPA speaking about Ireland as a venue for aviation conferences, CAPA Airlines in transition returns to Powerscourt, Co Wicklow for the fifth year in succession in March 2017
- Willie Walsh said Iberia’s Luis Gallego or BA’s Alex Cruz were potential successors as IAG CEO.
- Taoiseach Enda Kenny said security at Shannon Airport has cost the State €5m in the past 13 years in a written Dáil reply to Fianna Fáil Mayo TD Lisa Chambers.
- Knock is to finalise a deal with the seven local authorities in the west and north-west to receive €7.3m investment in the airport for a 17.5pc share of the company.
Dublin airport became the first airport to be mapped on Google street view.
- 3 unions, 3 issues, 24 soccer teams, why we are facing a summer of discontent in French airspace, Listen here to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry talking on the Marian Fiuncane show on RTE about the complex HR scenario which is causing strife in French air space. Read here.
- Avolon delivered an A320-200 to Nile Air.
- Ryanair May passenger numbers were up 12pc to 10.6m and load factor up two points to 94pc.
- Etihad officially opened its first class lounge and spa at T3 Abu Dhabi International Airport.
- Transfer passengers passing through Dublin Airport were up 50pc to 250,000 in the first four months of the year.
- Traffic at Kerry Airport was up 4pc YOY last year with over 307,000 passengers traveling through the airport.
- B/E Aerospace released artistic impressions of a solar-powered window shade with a USB charge point for smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices.
Irish Ferries ordered a €144m new ferry build with cinemas, pet facilities and private passenger balconies, designed to replace Epsilon on Dublin-Cherbourg & Dublin-Holyhead with capacity for 165 freight vehicles & 300 cars on dedicated car deck, 1,885 passengers and 435 cabins to be built by FSG in Flensburg. It will have a top speed of 22.5 knots, slightly slower than Epsilon, and meet Europe-wide emissions standards. Read here.
Helen Caron of Thomson Cruises has had her credit card out again, and purchased the 1,832-passenger Legend of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International. Legend will be renamed TUI Discovery 2 and join the TUI fleet in May 2017 and , sister ship of Splendour of the Seas which is to launch as TUI Discovery next weekend in Palma. Helen is just back form the shipyard and says she is very excited about the new ship, which offers a new suite of dining options. Watch here interview with Helen Caron in advance of the launch of TUI Discovery. Picture shows Antoinette Young and Chris Logan of Falcon Holidays in Dublin with Helen Caron, where she was a speaker at the Cruise Europe conference.
Read here Nicola Brady’s review of Harmony of the Seas in the Sunday Independent: Wonderland serves up avant-garde cuisine, and the cocktails beat the robots’ efforts hands down. Read here Hilary Fennell in the Irish Examiner: Imagine Dundrum Shopping Centre drifting out to sea. This weekend Travel Extra joined a pre-inaugural media event on board the world’s largest cruise ship as it arrived in Barcelona. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
- Limerick-based Frazer Ferries, owner of Carlingford Ferries, has bought Passage East Ferry Company in Waterford. The 28 vehicles and 130 passenger service sails an average of 106 sailings per day seven days a week.
- MSC Cruises appointed Erica Oglesby to work as support to Rebecca Kelly. Erica previously worked with Sunway and Thomas Cook. Read here
- MSC Fantasia itineraries from Dubai will stop at private island from this winter after MSC announced a Caribbean style private island off Abu Dhabi. Sir Bani Yas is beside a nature reserve and dhow tours will offer wildlife sightings. Read here.
- Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas is to get an aqua park with new cyclone and typhoon waterslides and new restaurants to be fitted during dry dock, an Izumi Asian restaurant is to be added and dry-aged steaks added to Chops Grille as well as the flowRider surf simulator. Read here
- Passengers on board Cunard’s newly rejuvenated Queen Mary 2, will now be able to indulge in a unique collection of 450 fine wines, including the highly sought after California Screaming Eagle at $4,500 per bottle, which is to be served by the glass for the very first time. Cunard is adding 35 cabins to the top deck of Queen Mary 2, during dry dock in Hamburg while elsewhere 15 single cabins and 12 animal kennels are being fitted. Queen Mary 2 will return to Southampton on June 23 before crossing to New York.
- New attractions to be fitted on Disney Wonder during an autumn dry dock in Cadiz will include a Marvel Super Hero Academy, It’s a Small World Nursery, Tiana’s Place restaurant, an English-style pub and It’s a Small World Nursery.
- Norwegian Cruise Line is to update its private Caribbean resort Great Stirrup Cay with a zip line, luxury villas and new restaurants. Great Stirrup Cay was the first private island to be owned by a cruise line when it was purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line in 1977.
- Carnival Cruise Line has added a $10 children’s menu for shildren 12 and under to steakhouses across the fleet.
- Hurtigruten is name its newest ship, MS Spitsbergen, in Svolvaer on July 6, on the Lofoten islands under the Midnight Sun.
- Croisi Europe has expanded its Walk & Cruise program in response to passenger feedback featuring guided walks through France, Germany and Spain.
- Star Clippers 2017/2018 itineraries inclulde all-new Bali sailings and a winter season in Thailand and Malaysia homeporting in Phuket. New bookings made by July 1 will receive prepaid gratuities.
- Saga Cruises added a second all-inclusive sailing for solo cruisers on the 80-passenger Douro Princess departing November 3 following the success of its first solos cruise.
- American Cruise Lines named the 185-passenger America on the banks of the Mississippi River at Louisiana’s Oak Alley Plantation.
- Holland America is to expand its cruisetour resort in Denali, Alaska.
- As another cruise line raises the compulsory daily gratuities to pay their staff (rather than doing so themselves), the financial reports of the three cruise lines shows up how much their CEO’s are earning: Frank Del Rio president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, US $32ml, Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation, $9.3m, Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises $9.4m
Former prison Spike Island in Cork harbour, which opens to visitors this weekend after a €5.5m refurb, has set a target of 70,000 visitors a year. Norman Crowley’s Cool Planet Experience, due to open in 2017 in a two-story building beside the Powerscourt Gardens, has set a target of 45,000 visitors in their first year. Exhibits are to be installed by Martello Media.
Dublin Zoo mourned the death of 19 year old silverback, Harry the Gorilla, father of six and one of its main attractions.
Ryan Tubridy broadcast along the Wild Atlantic Way this week as part of a promotion with Fáilte Ireland. Picture shows him getting his souvenir WAW passport stamped in Buncrana post office. The passport costs €10 and is available to buy at over 130 post offices.
Fifty members of the inbound trade attended Castles and Conquests, a workshop in Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny on Ireland’s Ancient East.
A group of travel agents representing the luxury market visited Ireland to experience Ireland’s Ancient East, the Wild Atlantic Way and Dublin—A Breath of Fresh Air.
Falcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Terraza Mar Suites, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €499pp, depart June 9. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €529pp, depart June 17. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe, Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €1,259pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Playa Del Carmen, Azul Fives, Mexico from €1,869pp, depart June 13. 7 nights self catering 2* Iris Hotel, Kos Town from €439pp, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 2* Sun Apartments, Marmaris, Dalaman from €299pp, depart June 13. 7 nights self catering 3* Poseidon Apartment, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €399pp, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Santa Ponsa Park, Majorca rom €559pp, depart Shannon June 11. 7 nights half board 3* Cala Font Hotel Cap de Salou, Costa Dorada from €529pp, depart Shannon June 7. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
Thomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 3* Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,049pp, depart June 13. 7 nights self catering 2* Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from €449pp, depart June 9. 7 nights half board 4* Grecotel Kos Imperial from €679pp, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 3* Nimar Villagio, Afandou from €359pp, depart June 15. 7 nights self catering 3* Silver Spring, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €559pp, depart June 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Albatros Apartments, Marmaris from €339pp, depart June 20. 7 nights B&B 4* La Isla Y El Mar, Puerto Del Carmen from €689pp, depart Shannon June 13. 7 nights half board 3* Globales Santa Lucia, Palma Nova, Majorca from €699pp, depart Cork June 11. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Ocean Maya Royale, Riviera Maya from €1,439pp, depart June 27. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Montego May, Jamaica from €1,339pp, depart June 26. 7 nights full board 4* Catalan Promise cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €914pp, depart July 12. Lapland day trip from €659 per adult, from €559 per child. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
Tour America offers: 7 nights Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando from €529pp, depart March 8 2017. 5 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €589pp, depart February 9 2017. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €649pp, depart March 2 2017.
Travel Department is offering 12 nights B&B California tour from €3,199pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges, rail tickets and excursions, depart September 1.
ITAA offers: 2 nights B&B Jurys Inn Hotel, Birmingham for Paddy Power Open Cheltenham 2016 from €459pp incl. return flights, airport transfers and racecourse transfers, depart November 11. 2 nights B&B in 4* accommodation Rome for Italy V Ireland Six Nations 2017 from €629pp incl. return flights ex Cork and private airport transfers, depart February 10 2017. 3 nights 5* Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from €1,455pp incl. return flights, private airport transfers, 2 day Abu Dhabi Hills tickets with after race concerts featuring The Chemical Brothers and Rihanna, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi tickets and access to Yas Waterworld, depart November 25.
Sunway offers: 3 nights 3* Arabian Park Hotel, Dubai from €489pp, travel June. 3 nights 4* Radisson Blu Deira Hotel, Dubai from €529pp, travel in June. 3 nights 5* Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai from €665pp, travel June. 3 nights 3* Arabian Park Hotel and desert safari from €549pp, travel June. 12 days Sri Lanka on a Shoestring from €1,559pp, depart September 17. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.
Contiki is offering 10 days European Horizon tour from €1,199pps incl. flights and transfers. Book by June 6. Depart July 12. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.
Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Highlights of Poland from €1,999pps incl. flights and transfers, depart June 17. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Paris and Normandy from €2,049pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions. Book by June 30. Depart October 16. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.
Click and Go offers: 3 nights 4* Mediterran Hotel, Budapest from €259pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Costa Tropical Aparthotel, Fuerteventura from €519pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights B&B 4* Puerto de la Cruz Hotel, Tenerife from €599pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in July. 7 nights half board 4* Gloria Palace San Agustin Thalasso and Hotel from €799pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in July. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.
Royal Caribbean offers: 13 nights Discover the Canaries cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,459pp incl. all inclusive drinks and return flights ex Cork, depart October 28. 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,559pp incl. all inclusive drinks and return flights, depart December 12. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Anthem of the Seas from €1,859pp incl. all inclusive drinks and return flights ex Shannon, depart December 9. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.
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.
Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Aparthotel Suas Torres, Madeira from €399pps, depart June 9. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, the Algarve from €399pps, depart June 11. 7 nights half board 4* Vik Hotel San Antonio, Lanzarote from €669pps, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 4* Los Fariones Hotel, Lanzarote from €719pps, depart June 18. 7 nights self catering 4* Camping Cisano & San Vito, Lake Garda from €319pps, depart June 11. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Lake Garda from €769pps, depart June 11. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.
Tourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Finn Lough resort, Co Fermanagh from £82.50pp incl. 3 course evening meal, available until June 30, call 028 683 80360. 1 night B&B Benedicts of Belfast from £75 per room, available until July, call 028 90 591999.
What we learned this week
Passengers never die on the flight because there is no-one to pronounce them dead. Most common medical situations involve diabetics who haven’t had anything to eat or drink.” From A flight attendant answers the 20 questions you’ve always wanted to ask in the London Independent.
See travelextra.tv for more video.
Upcoming events of interest to the trade
- 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 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
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
June 2015: USA issue