TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Irish leasing company delivers Africa’s first A350


Sunrise photographed from Africa's first A350, ferry flight of Ethiopian Airlines Simien Mountains to Addis Adaba from Toulouse, June 29 2016

Sunrise photographed from Africa’s first A350, ferry flight of Ethiopian Airlines Simien Mountains to Addis Adaba from Toulouse





  • When the going gets tough, Meath man takes over at Malaysia
  • Ethiopian gets Irish-owned A350, Africa’s first
  • Hasan Mutlu succeeds Murat Balandi as Ireland manager at Turkish
  • Teresa Gancedo to succeed Gonzalo Ceballos at Spanish TB in Dublin
  • Pat Dawson honoured by King of Spain

Travel Extra TV

video of the week july 3 2016Our video of the week gives a 360º view inside an Aer Lingus jet en route from Dublin to San Francisco. If you are reading your Sunday Supplement on an iPad or other compatible device, tilt the screen to look around. If not, use the button in the top left corner to toggle the screen. Watch here.

  • Extraordinary footage shows the fire that engulfed the right wing of a Singapore Airlines aircraft after its engine caught fire during an emergency landing at Changi Airport. Watch here.
  • Check out this time-lapse of the painting of an Emirates A380. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland uploaded a video of CEO Niall Gibbons talking about Brexit. Watch here.
  • A volunteer at South Africa’s Cheetah Experience is reunited with an old friend. Watch here.
  • A Ryanair pilot has the craic with Euros-bound Irish fans (this was uploaded before the devastating France defeat). Watch here.
  • Footage of a police officer proposing to his partner at London Pride went viral. Watch here.
  • See an art restorer give a landscape painting at the Ulster Museum a Game Of Thrones twist. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland uploaded a bloopers reel from its recent Euro 2016 promo. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

peter bellew bestBettystown-born but adopted Kerryman Peter Bellew is the new CEO of Malaysia Airlines to succeed Christoph Mueller. It is a stormy position for the airline that Ireland’s favourite German airline CEO delivered from near-bankruptcy, but a welcome challenge for the man who increased Kerry airport’s numbers from 6,000 to 300,000 in the early 2000s, in between two spells working with the airline who delivered it (Ryanair).

travel show launch_1548The Travel industry Trade Show will take place in hall 3 of the RDS on March 22 2017. The event has a surfeit of car parking facilities compared with the 2016 venue will come complete with trade lunch, evening BBQ and breakout rooms for AGMs of major trade bodies. This is a separate venue, fronting on to Merrion Road, from the Holiday World show at Simmonscourt. Picture shows Pat Dawson CEO of the ITAA and Maureen Ledwith 0f Business Exhibitions at the announcement of the event.

Tewolde GebreMariam CEO of Ethiopian Airlines and Philip Scruggs Chair of AertCap exchange trophies before the Ethiopian A350 ferry flight, June 28 2016

If it has happened before, Travel Extra cannot remember when. The transfer for title for the Ethiopian Airlines’ new Irish-owned Airbus A350, the first to be operated by an African carrier, took place ON THE SAME DAY as the ferry fight from Toulouse to Addis Adaba. Despite some panic moments everything was cleared in time for the flight to Addis Adaba where Ethiopia’s president awaited the arrival of the aircraft, the first time the head of state has done so. There were 40 invited personnel on board, including AerCap chair Philip Scruggs and Travel Extra. The aircraft is noticeable quieter than the Dreamliner. Ethiopian have it configured in two class 30-313. What did do at the end of the stressful day? He sat down and checked the Ethiopian music in the newly installed IFE (similar to Qatar’s on their A350) and to listen to Listened to Temesgen Zegeye’s Tewenes (see here). Picture shows Tewolde GebreMariam CEO of Ethiopian and Philip Scruggs, chair of AerCap. Joaquin Toro-Prieto of Airbus briefed journalists: the interesting thing about the A350 is it is not an isolated aircraft, it is part of a family. Watch here Tewolde GebreMariam answering a question on what routes the A350 will serve, first short haul routes such as Dubai and then London. Watch here Tewolde GebreMariam speaking about the historic decision by Ethiopian to add Airbus aircraft to its all-Boeing fleet. Watch here Philip Scruggs answering a question from Travel Extra on the advantages of leasing for the African air industry. Watch here Philip Scruggs speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

kevin o'malley_1648US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley hosted 2,200 guests at the annual independence day garden party in the Phoenix Park. It will be his last as ambassador, he reckons, no matter who wins the November election. It was also the last independence day event for Stuart O’Dwyer from Maine, a huge supporter of the travel trade in Ireland and at 6’7, the Mount McKinsey of the diplomatic corps. The United Airlines team was at the event. Picture shows ambassador O’Malley with Edmund Hourican and Maureen Ledwith of Business ExhibitionsSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

pat order of merit_1545Pat Dawson was honoured with a merit award from King Felipe VI of Spain at an emotional ceremony in Thomas Prior House. It was an emotional day, one of the last public functions to be organised by Gonzalo Ceballos of the Spanish Tourist Board before his departure back to Madrid. Gonzalo Ceballos compared Dawson with the Spanish naval captain who is never congratulated unless he brings the ship back in good shape. You have brought the ship back in good shape. Invited guests were irrigated with Marques de Riscal -Reserva 2011 and the festivities continued long into the evening. Picture shows Antonio Martin of Andalusia tourism, Gonzalo Ceballos Director of the office of the Spanish Tourist Board in Dublin, Pat Dawson CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association and Cormac Meehan President of the ITAA. Listen here to the formalities at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Teresa GancedoTeresa Gancedo Nieto is to succeed Gonzalo Ceballos at Spanish Tourist Board in Dublin. She is Madrid-born and bred, studied at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and holds a doctorate in chemistry. At the Ministry of Industry and Energy, she headed international relations for the ministry and the council of the patents department. She moved to Turespaña’s Madrid headquarters as head of quality and technological development and innovation. She was previously director of the Tourist Office of Spain in Chicago.

Hassan Mutlu 001Hasan Mutlu who succeeded Murat Balandi as Ireland manager at Turkish Airlines at the end of May will be joining the Irish office in the coming weeks when his documentation comes through. Hassan participated in the tenth anniversary celebrations when his CEO visited for the IATA conference. Murat who planned the event was not there. He intends remaining in Ireland.

ihi panelA lively panel discussion (listen here) covering the 9pc VAT rate, Brexit and other matters and involving Michael Vaughan, Adrian Cummins, Paul O’Toole, and (obscured) Patrick Delaney and Joe Dolan was the highlight of the AGM and summit of the Irish Hospitality Institute in the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Dublin on Thursday. Listen here to the panel discussion involving Michael Vaughan, Adrian Cummins, Paul O’Toole, and (obscured) Patrick Delaney and Joe Dolan. The speakers at the Rising Summit were Maureen Bayley of Christies’s who spoke about the acceleration in hotel transactions and prices, Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry and Valentina Doorly whose long CV includes transformation of the Guinness Storehouse brand as marketing manager. Listen here to Eoghan Corry’s presentation on the impact of 1916 on the hospitality industry.

Travel Trade

Picture 5[1]Pictured at the launch of the inaugural flight for Falcon and Thomson‘s new weekly sun service to Costa Dorada from Ireland West Airport Knock were Aine O’Brien from Ballaghadereen and Charlotte Brenner of Falcon Holidays.

According to the latest Irish Travel Agents Association quarterly survey, 50pc of Irish travel agents have seen an increase in bookings compared to the same period in 2015. 70pc of travel agents surveyed saw an increase in turnover for the Q2 2016. Unsurprisingly, Spain, Portugal and the USA are the most popular summer destinations.

James Lavin 001James Lavin is the new sales manager for Contiki in Ireland. Contiki the 18-35 year old specialist has grown 140pc this year. Bookings are by free phone 1800 989898.

Brian Hynes is joining The Travel Corporation from Trailfinders as Senior Sales Manager from July. Brian will visit Irish travel agents nationwide where he will put a strong focus on Insight Vacations & Uniworld Boutique River Cruise products.

Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year, Dublin Airport, Terminal 1 (pic 2) copyThe 24 finalist photographs in the inaugural Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 are on display in Dublin Airport on the Mezzanine level in Terminal 1.

CWT new appointments include: Andrew Jordan as end-to-end product delivery lifecycle and innovation. Kelly Kuhn as Chief Customer Officer, Patrick Andersen as Chief Strategy & Commerce Officer, Scott Brennan as President Hotels, David Moran as Chief Human Resources Officer. See website.

Susanne Svensson and Nessa McAuliffe at the Expedia 20 Years Celebration eventPicture shows Susanne Svensson and Nessa McAuliffe at the Expedia 20 year celebration event.

Declan Hughes US Jeep in VietnamThe Sustainable Tourism Conference in Da Nang, Vietnam learned that every day for the last 40 years of so since the Vietnam war, up to four men, women and children are killed or seriously maimed by landmines left behind by the US army. Declan Hughes of Flycruisestay is pictured with an abandoned US army jeep.

Travel-Trade_Cormac-Meehan-2ITAA President Cormac Meehan says the Irish Travel Agents Association planned to work with ABTA members in the north to ensure that their customers rights are protected and their obligations are met across the Irish border. Meehan, who is based in Bundoran, 9km from the border said, “I can assure you that we will endeavour to influence government decisions to the benefit of our members and through them, the travelling public.”

Agent Promotion

wendy wu promoWendy Wu Tours and Turkish Airlines are offering agents the change to have the office fridge filled with goodies during the month of July. To enter, book a Wendy Wu tour flying with Turkish Airlines before close of business on July 31.

The Affordable Car Hire secret shopper winner this week was Jenny Twomey from Premier Travel Cork. Jenny won €50 cash when the Affordable Car Hire secret shopper called into Premier Travel for a car hire quote.


  • 3 mobile announced 3Plus Breaks as part of its loyalty rewards programme, offering members special offers on 300 hotels in Ireland.
  • The 5* Dromoland Castle hotel saw profits increase from €17.3m to €19.5m in 2015.
  • Ashford Castle won best grounds category in the annual 2016 Jetsetter Best of the Best Hotel Awards.
  • Mount Juliet Estate in Thomastown is offering family five night packages including Mount Juliet Juniors caters for children aged 5-16 years.
  • Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo launched the first of four join-venture hotels with Pestana Hotel Group in Funchal.
  • AC Hotels by Marriott plans to open 30 hotels over the next three years in the USA< Caribbean and Latin America.
  • The European Commission for Competition approved Marriott International’s purchase of Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
  • Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia is slated to open in 2017.
  • Three beach hotels in Mombasa were closed after a fire.
  • Starwood opened the Four Points in Havana.

Strange World

  • Oliver Park, a 51-year-old German, died while trying to take a selfie at Machu Picchu. He fell 100 metres into the ravine. A warden who was nearby alerted emergency services but the man was declared dead at the scene.
  • The tourist board in Jesolo, Italy is offering refunds for the host of hiring a sun lounger and parasol at its beaches if hourly rainfall exceeds 3mm between 11am and 5pm.
  • An Indian couple were accused of faking images of themselves on Mount Everest. Dinesh and Tarkeshwari Rathod claimed to be the country’s first couple to climb the mountain. One experienced climber noted on social media how the couple appeared to have changed their clothes, including footwear—an impossible task given the weather conditions. Another said that the couple had photoshopped his genuine Everest snaps.
  • There were reports this week of two Moroccan passengers causing a diversion on a flight from Ancona to Rome because they were praying on board.
  • Police in England reported a huge increase in the number of reported hate crimes in the wake of Brexit. Shocking footage of teenagers racially abusing a passenger on board a tram in Manchester was widely circulated on social media.


Seaworld Catherline O'H riding mako copyThe scared looking travel writer on the right is Catherine O’Halloran of the Star pictured at the opening event for Mako in Seaworld Orlando.

The Department of Foreign Affairs  launched a J1 advice guide with information on insurance, legal issues, accommodation, and personal safety.”

Kenya saw visitor numbers up 16.8pc. Arrivals at Jomo Kenyatta Interantional Airport in Nairobi were up 13.6pc. The Kenya Tourism Board expects 1.5m visitors for 2016. Other news from Kenya: The Kirinyaga County Government has announced plans to install a cable car to Mount Kenya.

It has emerged that no shorts were fired in the Orlando Pulse nightclub until a police swat team entered the building. Read FBI transcript here. It is not clear how many of the 49 victims were shot by police.

A new travel booking app has been developed by a group of Dubliners.

Ten people, including eight children, were injured after a rollercoaster derailed in Scotland.

Food & Beverage

Jamie Oliver uploaded a video featuring Glenarm to his channel on YouTube. Watch here.

Taste of Cavan takes place August 12 and 13. This year’s event features Neven Maguire, Rachel Allen and Richard Corrigan.


Cyprus-based Australian-backed Cobalt is to operate a 2w scheduled service from Dublin to Larnaca on Wednesdays and Saturdays from July 9 until September 3.

CityJet’s new Superset SSJ100 entered service this week, departing Cork for La Rochelle.

iaa trialsThe Irish Aviation Authority says it has commenced trials using SAAB engineered remote tower technology to provide air traffic control services for Cork and Shannon airports from Dublin. The project has been co-funded by the EU’s Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU).

Diarmuid O Conghaile 000Diarmuid Ó Conghaile is joining Ryanair as new Director of Public Affairs from Dublin Airport, where he was general manager of strategy, planning and economic regulation. Diarmuid will commence work with Ryanair on July 1. He succeeds Cristian Samoilovich who joined Ryanair from Uber as Head of Public Affairs.

Avolon’s MD of capital markets, Victoria Goodenough, left for a similar role at the Bank of Australia. Avolon launched its Hong Kong office. Avolon is to acquire a portfolio of 45 aircraft from GECAS.

Dublin Champions to Bring Breath of Fresh Air to VisitorsLorna Conway from Athlone, who was travelling to Edinburgh with Flybe for a wedding with her parents, was the 10 millionth passenger to pass thorugh Knock airport. Passenger numbers are up 4pc meaning passenger number could reach 750,000 for the first time. Picture shows Patrick Maloney, Customer Services Agent, Ireland West Airport, Margaret Conway, Seamus Conway, Lorna Conway (10,000,000th passenger) and Audrey Elliott, Marketing Executive, Ireland West Airport. kuwait airways

Kuwait Airways new 3w transit service through Shannon on its Kuwait to New York/JFK route started last weekend, using a Boeing 777-200 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Pictures Nasser Ismaeel, Captain Tareq Alshugayer, Captain Ahmad Al-Kreebani, Andrew Murphy, Chief Commercial Officer, Shannon Group, and Senior First Officer Abdullah Alali, Shannon Airport, Co. Clare.

  • Swiss took delivery of its  first Bombardier CS100 aircraft in Montreal.
  • Ryanair added 4,500 extra flights across its European network for Christmas.
  • Acumen Aviation appoint Eileen Gueris as associate VP of sales and marketing.
  • Irelandia Aviation denied that is planning to enter Argentina’s market.
  • Turkish Airlines reported that bookings have not been affected by the militant attack on Ataturk airport, where 86pc of Irish travellers are transit passengers. Listen here to Travel Extra‘s Eoghan Corry speaking about the Istanbul attack.


  • miami terminalRoyal Caribbean Cruises and Miami-Dade county announced an agreement to build a terminal at PortMiami, slated for December 2018. It will be large enough to accommodate Oasis-class ships.
  • Ovation of the Seas was named by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing at a ceremony attended by 100 Australian travel agents and cruise line executives.
  • MSC Cruises announced that the second Seaside-generation smart ship due in June 2018, will be named MSC Seaview and will homeport in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona. MSC Seaview has a 360° promenade with glass balustrades that runs around the ship.
  • The expanded Panama Canal, linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, was officially inaugurated. It will provide an additional lane of traffic.
  • A fire on board Fred Olsen’s Black Watch damaged three out of seven auxiliary engines. Passengers were returned home by aircraft and there were no injuries.
  • Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and Windstar cancelled cruise calls to Istanbul after Tuesday’s airport bombing.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas had to return to port hours after departure when an eight-year-old boy was found unconscious in one of the pools.
  • Hurtigruten intends to launch up to four new expedition ships.
  • The world’s oldest ocean-going passenger vessel, Astoria, will leave Cruise and Maritime Voyages in 2017.


Bus Éireann launched a brochure for its routes along Ireland’s Ancient East. Open Road passes, which offer three days unlimited travel out six, are available for €60.

failte grant schemeFáilte Ireland will hold a number of information sessions on its 2016-2020 grants scheme for large tourism projects, which will provide a pool of €65m for new and existing tourism attractions and experiences. Capital grants from €200,000 to €5m will be available. Deadline is 12pm, August 12. Information sessions:

  • Kilkenny – Friday July 8, Newpark Hotel from 10am to midday
  • Killarney – Monday July 11, Malton Hotel from 10am to midday
  • Donegal – Thursday July 14, Harvey’s Point Hotel from 10am to midday
  • Athlone – Thursday July 14, Radisson Hotel from 10am to midday
  • Carrickmacross – Thursday July 14, Nuremore Hotel from 3pm to 5pm
  • Galway – Friday July 15, Salthill Hotel from 10am to midday
  • Dublin – Monday July 17, Radisson Blu Golden Lane from 2pm to 4pm

final door of thronesAnother week, ANOTHER Game of Thrones door. Finally, the last of Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland’s commemorative doors was unveiled in The Dark Horse, Belfast.

Fáilte Ireland has appointed 350 business owners, managers and staff as Wild Atlantic Way Champions in counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Clare, Galway, Cork and Kerry.

The Garrihy family of Doolin2Aran Ferries won marine tourism & leisure operator of the year award at the Docklands Business of the Year award.

Dublin Champions to Bring Breath of Fresh Air to VisitorsEighty members of the Dublin tourism trade completed Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Champions Programme, a training initiative to improve overall visitor experiences of the city and county. Another 350 tourism business owners, managers and staff completed the Wild Atlantic Way Champions Programme.

Seven journalists from India, Canada, England, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain visited Ireland’s Ancient East as guests for Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland.

Courteney Cox, aka Monica from Friends, was in Kerry filming a segment for Bear Grylls’ Running Wild TV series.

The Central Statistics Office reports that overseas visits to Ireland are up 13.7pc in the first five months of 2016. North America is up 18pc, Britain up 16pc, mainland Europe up 11.5pc of which Italy was up 3pc, Spain up 13.5pc and the Benelux countries up 29.5pc. The figures mean that visits to the island of Ireland will pass 10m in 2016 for the first time if sustained.

Deal Watch

To celebrate the launch of the TV3 series ‘Ready for Take Off’, Qantas are offering special fares to Australia from July 10, economy return published fares from Dublin to Melbourne or Sydney, via London Heathrow and Dubai are from €899.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Roda Oasis, Corfu from €489pps, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 3* Nirides Beach Apartments, Kos from €449pp, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* Katherina Palace, Argassi, Zakynthos from €449pp, depart August 30. 7 nights self catering 2* Costa Maris, Rhodes from €419pp, depart August 31. 7 nights half board Hotel Golden Donaire Beach, La Pineda, Costa Dorada from €799pps, depart Knock August 16. 7 nights self catering Sunclub Salou, Cap de Salou, Costa Dorada from €499pps, depart Cork August 30. 7 nights half board 4* Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €1,159pp, depart December 23. 7 nights full board Moorish Delights cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €999pps, depart August 2. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Haiti, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €699pps, depart Cork August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* Amfitri Hotel & Studios, Pefkos, Rhodes from €499pps, depart August 24. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Servatur Waikiki, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €649pp, depart August 25. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €589pps, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 3* Smaragdi, Lambi, Kos from €439pps, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €559pps, depart Shannon August 29. 7 nights B&B 3* Marvel Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €499pps, depart August 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife from €589pps, depart December 30. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Riu Cancun from €1,439pp incl. flights, taxes, baggage and transfers, travel April 2017. 10 nights all inclusive Caribbean cruise on board Silver Spirit from €4,079pp incl. butler service and 3 hotel pre nights in Barbados, depart December 12. 19 nights all inclusive Mexico and Panama Canal cruise on boar Silver Whisper from €6,819pp incl. butler service, depart November 24. 11 nights all inclusive Greece and Italy cruise on board Silver Spirit from €4,050pp incl. butler service and 1 pre and 1 post hotel stay in Athens, depart August 30. 21 nights all inclusive Panama Canal and Brazil cruise on board Silver Spirit from €8,165pp incl. 3 nights pre hotels tay in Fort Lauderdale, depart January 13 2017. Lisbon offers: Flight only from €399pp. 7 nights B&B 3* Saboia Estoril Hotel from €629pp, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Estoril Eden Hotel from €699pp, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Pestana Cascais Hotel from €799pp, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 5* Grand Real Villa Italia from €959pp, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 5* Palacio Estoril from €1,079pp, depart July 16. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

royal caribbean deal watchRoyal Caribbean all in offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,645pp, depart December 19. 12 nights Mediterranean Greek Isles cruise on board Brilliance of the Seas from €2,809pp, depart June 6 2017. 3 nights Paris and Bruges cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €599pp, depart April 28 2017. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights B&B Footsteps of the Camino tour from €899pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges, accommodation, 5 evening meals and 4 days guided walks. Travel September or October. Other offers: 5 nights B&B New York City from€1,249pp incl. return flights, accommodation, transfers, taxes and charges, depart March 15 2017.

WOW air fares from Dublin to New York via Reykjavik available from €129 one way.

Cassidy Travel Cyprus offers: 7 nights 3* Marion Hotel Polis form €389pp. 7 nights 3* Green Bungalows Avia Napa from €429pp. 7 nights 4* St Nicolas Elegant Residence Paphos from €479pp. 7 nights 4* Callisto Holiday Village, Ayia Napa from €699pp. 7 nights 3* Marion Hotel from €399pp. 7 nights 3* Green Bungalows from €409pp. 7 nights 4* Club Coral View from €429pp. 7 nights 4* Callisto Holiday Village from €599pp. 7 nights 3* Sunny Hill from €369pp. 7 nights 3* Green Bungalows from €409pp. 7 nights 4* Club Coral View from €409pp. Prices include flights to Larnaca ex Dublin, 15kg baggage pp, transfers, taxes and charges. Visit or call 0818 332 500.

ITAA offers: 4 nights 4* Hotel, Manhattan from €555pp, depart March 2 2017. 7 nights Rosen Inn, Pointe Orlando from €669pp, depart August 23. 8 days B&B New England tour from €2,750pps incl. welcome dinner, 2 three-course table d’hote dinners and 1 Celebration Dinner, an Insight Tour Director, transport in Insight’s air-conditioned 40-seat coach, hotel and restaurant tips, all taxes and porterage charges at hotels and airport transfers.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Four Views Monumental, Madeira from €599pps, depart July 7. 7 nights B&B 4* Four Views Baia, Funchal, Madeira from €649pps, depart July 7. 7 nights self catering 2* Jable Bermudas Apartments, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €579pps, depart July 9. 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto Carmen, Puerto del Carmen from €549pps, depart July 9. 7 nights half board 4* Vik San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen from €859pps, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €819pps, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Tysandros, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €599pps, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €829pps, depart July 9. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Adriatic Riviera from €599pps, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €599pps, depart July 10. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Sorrento from €769pps, depart July 10. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €1,069pps, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Sporting Baia, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €699pps, depart July 16. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Savoy Palace, Lake Garda from €1,049pps, depart July 16. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and 20kg baggage pp. Visit or call 01 240 1700.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Spain and Portugal from €1,769pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Depart September 10. Visit or call s01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Paris and Normandy river cruise on board the River Baroness from €2,469pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions, depart July 31. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Classic Resorts 10 nights B&B 4* Patong Merlin Resort, Phuket from €1,079pp, travel September. 10 nights all inclusive 5* Occidental Grand Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from €1,579pp, travel September. 9 nights all inclusive 4* Occidental Grand Xcaret, Mexico from €1,659pp, travel September. 9 nights B&B 4* Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort, Seychelles, travel September. 9 nights B&B 5* Long Beach Golf and Beach Resort, Mauritius, travel September. 9 nights B&B 4* Reethi Beach Resort, Maldives from €1,969pp, travel September. Call 01 874 5000.

Riviera Travel is offering 7 nights B&B Prague, Vienna, Bohemia and the Danube Valley from €949pp incl. 3 evening meals and 4* accommodation, depart August 26. 7 nights half board 4* Savoy Palace, Lake Garda, Venice and Verona from €1,209pp, depart July 18. 7 nights half board 4* Astoria Hotel, Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn from €1,229pp, depart August 30. Visit

Irish Ferries’ flash sale continues until midnight, July 4. Valid for Dublin-Holyhead and Rosslare-Pembroke services for travel up to July 15. Visit or call 0818 300 400.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • July 6 Insight Vacations brochure launch
  • July 8 Gonzalo Ceballos farewell
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • July 18 Kimpton Hotels event
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • 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 21 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 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event


  • 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
  • Mar 22 travel Industry Trade Show, RDS
  • 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

Previous issues

July 2016: Wintersun issue
June 2016: USA issue
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


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