TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: A week of blows to the international travel industry


Promdenade des Anglais in Nice has reopened to tourists after Thursday's attack

Promdenade des Anglais in Nice has reopened to tourists after Thursday’s attack

Things to know in travel this week:

  • Lowcost group goes into administration
  • Agents say clients turned away because of unpaid bills
  • Turkey’s tourism trade dealt another blow
  • DFA advises Irish citzens against non-essential travel
  • A night of confusion for Turkish Airlines staff
  • Yes pray, but also travel for Nice
  • Aer Lingus’ trans-Atlantic plans are bigger than we thought

Travel Extra TV

video of the weekHave you got the nerve to handle our video of the week? Glide down the mountains of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland with these wing suit base jumpers. Watch here.

  • A humpback whale gets up close and personal with a group of jetski riders. Watch here.
  • Two keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo rescued a baby seal that fell out of the water. Watch here.
  • Airbus pays tribute to the A350 XWB, A380 and A400M flight crews for their performances at the Farnborough International Airshow. Watch here.
  • See Cork Airport’s launch video for the Global Startup Gathering 2016. Watch here.
  • Learn how to make a fire with sticks and a coconut. Watch here.
  • Tourism New Zealand recruited Avatar director James Cameron for its latest marketing campaign. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Paul EvansLowcostbeds, the bed bank based in Majorca and headed up by Paul Evans (pictured), went into administration along with its consumer facing operation, lowcostholidays. Irish travel agents have been reporting that clients have been turned away at hotels where they have been booked in recent weeks because of unpaid bills. An advertising campaign offering supposed savings of 60pc had also driven consumer sales in recent weeks.

The failure has financial implications for travel agents in Ireland, where lowcost does €50m worth of business, of which only the tour operator turnover of €35-40m will be bonded, and for the bonding system which does not cover bed bank failures.

A web notice from lowcostbeds stated: If you are already on holiday you will be in possession of your flight tickets which remain valid. You may be asked by the hotel suppliers, transfer suppliers and car parking suppliers (if you have booked these services) to pay them locally which you may have to pay and reclaim against.

beverleigh-lee-300x214Bookabed launched a rescue service for lowcostbed clients and extended their opening times. The Irish Travel Agents Association advised holidaymakers who booked holidays with lowcostholidays to contact the Commission for Aviation Regulation.

Turkey’s tourism trade was dealt another blow in the early hours of Saturday morning after a failed military coup led to the deaths of more than 160 people, including many civilians. This comes just weeks after the militant attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement advising Irish citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Turkey: The Department of Foreign Affairs and our embassy in Ankara are monitoring the evolving situation in Ankara and Istanbul where a heightened security presence and some incidents of violence are reported. The situation is unclear, and Irish citizens considering travel to Turkey are advised to delay travel until the situation becomes clearer.

Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said “member agents are striving to keep customers informed and facilitate anyone who needs to change their travel plans.” The ITAA advised those concerned about family or friends in Turkey to call the Department of Foreign Affairs on 01 418 0200. Around 100,000 Irish people visited Turkey last year, and Sunway Holidays sends about 20,000 Irish visitors to Turkey each year. The tour operator has stressed that it still sees strong repeat business from customers to the country.

Ataturk airport

Confusion worse confounded. Istanbul Ataturk airport was in chaos on Friday night with virtually no information available to passengers. A notice at 3am from Turkish Airlines directed passengers to a website that contained no information, as yet. Turkish staff in Dublin had no information on whether Saturday’s flights were still due. As it happened the morning flight was cancelled. Turkish will offer refunds and accept rebookings for journeys up to July 31.  At Ataturk, the airline came under criticism for failing to pass information on to passengers.


Yes pray, but also travel for Nice, writes Conor McMahon. France is yet again in mourning after the horrific attack in Nice on Bastille Day, which left at least 84 people dead and 200 injured. One Irish man was left in a critical condition but has since stabilised. The motive for the attack is still unclear, even though ISIS has claimed that it inspired it. There have been contradictory reports about the assailant, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who is not thought to have been radicalised. So far, there is nothing to verify that this was an extremist attack. His intention was to kill as many people as possible, but probably not on behalf of any militant organisation.

Regardless, his actions will be a cause of alarm for security officials. Even in France’s state of emergency, which has been extended by at least three months, the nature of the attack was unprecedented. Weaponising a truck infringes grossly on our freedom to travel and celebrate public events in other countries.

Security will become more of a hassle than it already is for tourists, with heightened levels of anxiety and more pressure on already overworked gendarme and military officials. Armed police will have a more visible presence, which will unsettle some visitors. It will be enough to convince many people to defer their travel plans and stay at home—even Irish citizens, who are among the most well-travelled in Europe. But who benefits from that kind of reaction? We must defy barbarism by properly evaluating risk. We should not let fear unnecessarily dictate our freedom to explore the world.

french flagAround 200 Irish people die abroad each year. Even in light of Thursday’s awful tragedy, travellers are still more likely to die from things that would have killed them at home anyway, such as underlying heart conditions, rather than murder. We should travel with the same amount of precaution as ever: Follow travel advice given by the Department of Foreign Affairs; be aware of local laws and customs; have an emergency contact for the nearest Irish or EU embassy; and make sure you have bought travel insurance. According to UNWTO figures, France is the world’s most popular travel destination. And rightly so. There is so much to love about France, so why should we let an act of hate control our desire to visit it?

stephen kavanagh skytrax announcement

How big are Aer Lingus‘ trans-Atlantic plans? Bigger than we thought, apparently, after the traditional July routes announcement was hurriedly rededicated to another purpose on Monday. A brief corporate statement from IAG explained that two A330s on the group order book were to be allocated to Aer Lingus for summer 2017, fulfilling the capacity promise Willie Walsh made during the Aer Lingus takeover. That opens up the possibility of a third A330 daily service to JFK and three or four new destinations with up to 3w service. Dallas, Miami and Philadelphia are high on the wanted list.  Willie is more enthusiastic about expansion than Stephen Kavanagh, but Aer Lingus might look to Iceland which has 17 trans-Atlantic services with a smaller inbound tourism or indigenous population. Picture shows chief executive Stephen Kavanagh announcing the airline’s four star rating from Skytrax. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

  • skal functionPicture shows J Collins, Nicky Logue and Michael Byrne at Skal’s recent function at The Gibson Hotel.
  • Representatives from Glasgow’s tourist board met the travel media in Dublin this week. Elaine Dickie spoke to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry about the new slogan, People Make Glasgow (watch here). Gordon Boag spoke about two world piping band championships coming to the city (watch here).
  • Thirteen Travel Centres agents visited HAL’s Prinsendam cruise ship when she visited Dublin port.
  • Screen Shot 2016-07-16 at 18.12.13The trade bid farewell to Gonzalo Ceballos last week as director of the Spanish Tourist Board in Ireland.
  • Travel Partners Group announced a number dates for its next leg of trade roadshows: Ballinasloe September 13, Newbridge September 26 and Dundalk September 29. Venues TBC.
  • Steve Williams left Royal Caribbean to join MSC as sales director for Ireland and Britain.
  • BCD Travel launched a partnership with Airbnb for Business to provide corporate travel clients with a security and risk management system that can track the location and trip patterns of business travellers who book Airbnb listings.
  • Avis launched a car rental app, Avis Now.

Strange World

sheep camThe Faroe Islands tourist board uploaded a 360º sheep-cam video calling on Google to help fix some of the problems they have been having adding footage to Street View. You can watch it here. Their timing was a little off with whaling hunting season underway, prompting environmentalists to renew calls for a ban on the tradition.

Barcelona, which is already dealing with the effects of 27m visitors a year, has banned seaways from the city’s seafront for the summer months following complaints from residents of Ciutat Vella.

Augmented reality video game Pokémon Go has become the latest tech phenomenon, with an estimated 15m downloads since it launched last week. The game has generated hundreds of wacky news stories, with reports of gamers discovering a corpse and listicles of strange places Pokémon characters have shown up. A taxi driver in Mexico “kindly” offered to drive customers around in search of the creatures—for a hefty fare, no doubt.

A brown bear highjacked a vehicle in Jefferson County, Colorado—but somehow managed to lock himself inside, prompting police officers to come to the rescue.

Swedish police are investigating reports of a viking re-enactment at Foteviken that went wrong. A female visitor was allegedly captured by actors at the park who then put her up “for sale” at the museum marketplace.

dont feed the monkeysHere’s why you don’t feed the monkeys. The photograph uploaded to Reddit shows a tourist overwhelmed by dozens of primates.

A 26-year-old man was charged for urinating on passengers as he left a flight at Edinburgh Airport.

LuvByrd, a dating app targeted at skiers and other adventure types, was launched in the US.

South Korea has set up a task force to tackle embarrassing mis-translations on restaurant menus. Research in Seoul found that a number of Chinese-language restaurants in the city offer dishes such as “roast grandmother” and “chicken asshole house”.

Spanish pole-vaulter Didac Salas was forced to pull out of the Rio Olympics after Vueling lost his pole in Amsterdam.


  • Katie Farrell westburyKatie Farrell (pictured) was appointed director of sales at The Westbury. With over 10 years hotel experience, Katie has worked for the Millennium in New York and The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Peter Brennan has was appointed GM of the Osprey Hotel + Spa in Naas, Co Kildare.
  • Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is reportedly seeking expressions of interest from firms to operate a floating hotel or “flotel”.
  • Travelport and Indian hotel room aggregator OYO signed an agreement to add 6,000 hotel properties to Travelport’s travel commerce platform. Travelport launched an online hotel booking tool for travel management companies with Groupzie.
  • Universal Orlando opened its fifth on-property resort, the 1,000 room, Caribbean-themed Loews Sapphire Falls.
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts debuts its upmarket W Hotel brand in India with the opening of a property in Goa on September 29.
  • Accorhotels acquired Canadian hotel management company, FRHI Hotels and Resorts, and its three brands: Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel.


health appBrazil’s Ministry of Health launched a smartphone app, Guardioes da Saude (Guardians of Health), which users use to indicate their health conditions on a daily basis. It is similar to Saude na Copa, which was used to monitor disease outbreaks in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Twenty-three people died and 52 were injured in a head-on train crash on a single track between Andria and Corato in Italy’s Apulia region.

TUI Travel predicted this week that the printed glossy travel brochure will cease to exist by 2020. As the entire print publishing industry undergoes a major transformation, Conor McMahon met Canada’s La Presse newspaper and learned how they have shifted from paper to tablet. “Tablet fills the gap between print, mobile and web,” said Pierre-Elliott Levasseur, chief operating officer of La Presse. Read more here.

One man was gored in the leg and seven others experienced minor injuries in the seventh bull run in this year’s San Fermin festival in Spain. Overnight rain made the streets more slippy than usual.

Food & Wine

Sprout & Co opened a second branch on Dublin’s Lower Mount Street.

Dublin Airport was highly commended in two categories at the 2016 Airport Food and Beverage Awards: Wrights of Howth in Terminal 1 and 2 for airport food to go offer of the year and Marquette in Terminal 1 for airport food court of the year.


Busy Dublin Airport 2[1]Dublin Airport had its busiest day ever on June 24 when it handled over 100,000 passengers.

Figures from the Irish Aviation Authority indicate that traffic handled by ATC was up 8.1pc in June to 106,076 flights.

Boeing released its annual Current Market Outlook at the Farnborough International Airshow. The report projected an increase in demand by 4.1pc over last year, with an estimated value of $5.9 trillion for the new aircraft.

IAG announced that it will convert two A330-300 long haul options to firm orders for Aer Lingus. The aircraft will be delivered in 2017.

WOW air announced the purchase of four new A321 from Airbus. Two of the aircraft will be delivered in 2017 and the remainder will be delivered in 2018. WOW air is an all Airbus operator with 11 aircraft in its current fleet. This is expected to grow to 17 by the end of next year.

Boeing celebrated its 100th birthday at the Farnborough Airshow. The aircraft manufacturer announced a number of new orders at the show, Egyptair’s deal for nine next generation B737-800s and Air Europa’s order for 20 B737 Max aircraft.

solar powered flightSolar Impulse 2 became the first solar-powered aircraft to successfully cross the Atlantic. The flight from New York to Seville lasted 70 hours cutting the expected arrival time short by 20 hours.

A man died on board an Aer Lingus flight from Boston to Ireland.

DAA will renew its offer to buy 40 houses in the path of noise generated by the planned second runway.

TripAdvisor launched a flight review function on its website.

A survey by Honeywell claimed that three out of four air passengers would switch airlines to have access to faster and more reliable Wi-Fi connection.


  • anthem-seasAn eight-year-old boy died after he fell into a swimming pool on board Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas.
  • NCL suspended shore excursions to Nice and introduced increased security for all ships operating in French ports. P&O Cruises cancelled shore excursions to the city. Royal Caribbean canceled two calls at Nice. MSC Cruises gave passengers the option to cancel or change their excursion plans, while HAL said it would continue to monitor the situation.
  • MSC Cruises announced that the second of its Seaside-generation ships will be named the MSC Seaview. The ship will set off on her maiden voyage on June 10, 2018, from Genova, Italy.
  • pepper robotCosta Cruises’s Costa Diadema introduced five Pepper robots to its crew. Pepper bots are able to recognise a number of human emotions and interact with their surrounding environment.
  • Low water levels caused by limited rainfall on the Elbe River affected some river cruises this week.
  • Crystal River Cruises christened Crystal Mozart, at a ceremony in Vienna.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Frank Del Rio said the cruise line is close to getting permission to sail to Cuba.
  • Carnival opened the Arison Maritime Centre, a €75m cruise safety training facility in Almere, the Netherlands.
  • Avalon Waterways cut short an Amazon River cruise after their ship was raided.
  • Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was reportedly spotted on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, sailing from New York to Southampton.
  • Next month, Celebrity will debut a wine-blending pilot programme, Blendtique, on board the Celebrity Solstice. Passengers will be given the chance to make a personalised wine blend.


galway culture capitalGalway was chosen to host the 2020 European Capital of Culture alongside Rijeka, Croatia. With competition from Limerick and the Three Sisters (Waterford-Wexford-Kilkenny), Galway was one of three Irish candidate bids that were shortlisted. Watch here the reaction to the announcement.

The European Travel Commission reported a 17pc growth in Ireland’s tourism business.

A grant of €896,000 was awarded to Galway County Council for the Connemara Greenway and a grant of €225,000 was given to the OPW towards phase one of a new visitor facility on the Great Blasket Island from Fáilte Ireland’s Capital Grants Allocation.

google trekkerMore images from around Ireland were added to Google Street View. The images were collected last year when Fáilte Ireland used the Gogle Trekker to document remote areas. Among the locations now available to view are Erris Head Loop, Melifont Abbey and Howth Head.

DOWN TO BUSINESS FOR THE WILD ATLANTIC WAYEight tourism companies travelled to Britain to take part in a Meet in Ireland roadshow to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way to business tourism buyers. The three-day even was organised by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland and saw Irish companies network with 70 MICE buyers. Picture shows Gillian Griffin, Adare Manor; Ann Shanahan, The Brehon, Killarney; Joyce McElroy, Tourism Ireland; Tom Shanahan, Dromoland Castle; Allan O’ Connor, Killarney Park Hotel; Becky Hargrove, Kerry Convention Bureau; Rachel Walker, The Malton, Killarney; Karen Brosnahan, Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau; and Ruth Vaughan, The Savoy Hotel, Limerick.

STRENGTHENING BUSINESS LINKS BETWEEN CALIFORNIA AND IRELANDMembers of the California Legislative Irish Caucus visited Dublin this week as guests of Tourism Ireland. Picture shows Finbar Hill, Honorary Consul General of Ireland, Los Angeles; Assemblyman Bill Brough, Co-Chair of the California Legislative Irish Caucus; Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the welcome reception.

SAY CHEESE! TOURISM IRELAND AND CONTIKI TEAM UP ON PHOTO SHOOT IN IRELANDWith support from Tourism Ireland, Contiki held photo shoots around the country to capture images to promote its Ireland itineraries. Picture shows Caroline MacCormac, Tourism Ireland, with models Matt Mantalvanos, Colleen O’Reilly, Aisling O’Reilly and Brian Rozo; and Rachel Storey and Ed Askey, both Contiki, during the photo shoot at the English Market in Cork.

Tourism Ireland and Guinness Storehouse jointly launched a marketing campaign to promote Dublin to markets in Italy, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

Deal Watch

Sunway offers: 3 nights 3* Arabian Park Hotel, Dubai from €579pp, travel September. 7 nights 4* Old Phuket, Thailand from €819pp, travel September. 10 days Discover Vietnam tour from Hanoi to Saigon from €1,899pp incl. mixed meal plan, travel May 2017. 3 nights 3* Circus Circus, Las Vegas from €585pp, travel September. 3 nights 3* Wyndham New Yorker, New York from €599pp, travel February 2017. 3 nights 3* Courtyard Marriot Downtown, Toronto from €649pp, travel March 2017. 7 nights half board 3* San Fermin Hotel, Costa Del Sol from €699pp, depart Dublin, Cork or Shannon August 6. 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi from €559pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Bayside Apartments, Algarve from €609pp, depart August 5. 7 nights self catering 2* Villa Florida Apartments, Fuerteventura from €579pp, depart August 6. 7 nights self catering 2* Playa Blanca Apartments, Minorca from €739pp, depart August 7. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Meridiana Hotel, Lake Garda from €769pp, depart August 6. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

travel department deal watchTravel Department offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa, Albufeira, the Algarve from €749pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes and charges, depart August 22. 7 nights half board 4* Mellieha Bay Hotel, Ghardira Bay, Malta from €719pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, return coach transfer from Belfast to Dublin Airport available on select dates, travel September to April 2017.

Falcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Hyde Park Lane, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €509pp, depart February 19 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Fiesta Tanit Hotel, Cala Gracio, Ibiza from €719pp, depart August 25. 7 nights self catering 2* Iris Hotel, Kos Town from €569pp, depart August 27. 7 nights half board 4* Villa Romana, Salou, Costa Dorada from €699pp, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 2* Stefania, Stalis, Crete from €519pp, depart August 28. 7 nights half board 2* Hotel Polyusi, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €589pp, depart August 29. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Cala Font, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €539pp, depart Shannon August 26. 7 nights self catering 4* Pueblo Marinero Apartments, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €559pp, depart Cork August 25. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 2* Mika, Piskopiano, Crete from €399pp, depart August 28. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Grand Riviera Princess, Cancun, Mexico from €1,869pp, depart June 7 2017. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive San Miguel Beach Club, Ibiza from €639pps, depart August 25. 7 nights self catering Mayflower Apartments, Tingaki, Kos from €529pps, depart August 27. 7 nights half board Hotel Majestic Beach, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €699pps, depart August 29. 7 nights half board Hotel Cala Bona, Majorca from €549pps, depart August 30. 7 nights self catering Cosmos Maris Lardos, Rhodes from €399pps, depart August 31. 7 nights full board Spanish Sunsets cruise, Costa Del Sol from €989pps, depart August 28. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 9 nights Greek Isles cruise on board Jewel of the Seas from €1,539pp incl. return flights, depart May 5 2017. 12 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Brilliance of the Seas from €1,609pp incl. return flights, depart May 1 2017. 14 nights Mediterranean Beaches cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €2,009pp incl. return flights, depart July 15 2017. Visit  or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Rosen Inn International, Orlando from €649pp incl. return flights, depart April 11 2017. 2 nights San Francisco, 2 nights Santa Barbara and 3 nights Los Angeles from €999pp incl. inclusive car hire for five days and return flights, depart April 13 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,189pp incl. return flights, depart April 12 2017. Visit

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa, Olhao, the Algarve from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel November. 7 nights B&B 4* Playaluna Hotel Aparthotel, Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Almeria from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel October. 7 nights B&B 3* Windmills Apartments, Protaras, Cyrus from €449pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in August. 2 nights 4* Coredon Vitality Hotel Amsterdam from €179pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in August. Cyprus offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Windmills Apartments, Protaras, Cyprus from €449pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel August. 7 nights 4* St Nicolas Elegant Residence Apartments, Paphos, Cyprus from €559pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel July. 7 nights B&B 5* Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus from €989pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel August. Visit or call 01 539 7777.

ITAA offers: 7 nights 4* Hotel Baia Cristal Beach & Spa Resort, the Algarve from €559pp incl. flights and 1 checked bag pp, depart August 28. 7 nights B&B The Grand Hotel Park, Dubrovnik from €899pp incl. return flights, depart July 27. 7 nights Protaras resort, Cyrus from €1,759 2+2 incl. return flights and airport transfers, depart August 10.

Topflight offers: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sporting Baia, Sicily from €769pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Portofino, Lido di Jesolo from €719pp, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €599pp. 7 nights self catering, 4* Bella Italia, Lake Garda from €369pp, depart September 24. 7 nights half board VIK Hotel San Antonio, Lanzarote from €949pp, travel August. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, Portugal from €599pp, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bagli, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €599pp, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €639pp, depart August 18. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and 20kg baggage pp. Visit or call 01 240 1700.

irish ferries deal watchIrish Ferries is offering a midweek summer fare on sailings to Britain from €119 each way for two adults and a car. Valid Tuesday to Thursday on night sailings from Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke from July 19 to December 16. Additional adults from €35. Visit or call 0818 300 400.

Classic Resorts offers: 14 nights B&B 5* Le Canonnier Hotel, Mauritius from €2,079pp, travel September. 14 nights B&B 4* Le Mauricia Hotel, Mauritius from €1,975pp, travel September. 14 nights B&B 5* Shandrani Resort & Spa, Mauritius from €2,249pp, travel September. 14 nights B&B 5* Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa, Mauritius from €3,149pp, travel September. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Riu Lupita, Mexico from €965pp, book by August 2, travel between December 1 and March 31. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,169pp, book by August 2, travel between December 1 and March 31. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Secrets Silversands Riviera & Spa, Mexico from €1,679pp incl. $400 resort vouchers for honeymooners, book by July 31, travel between December 1 and March 31. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Beach Palace Cancun, Mexico from €1,719pp incl. in-resort credit of $1,400, book by August 2, travel between December 1 and March 31. Visit or call 01 874 5000.

Insight Vacations is offering a 10 day holiday to Budapest, Vienna and Prague from €1,995pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Book by July 31, depart September 30. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day river cruise along the Rhine on board the SS Antoinette from €2,328pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions to four countries. Depart October 23. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Cassidy Travel last minute offers: Algarve from €335pp. Lanzarote from €379pp. Majorca from €395pp. Costa Del Sol from €369pp. Salou from €399pp. Tenerife from €395pp. Malta from €435pp. Gran Canaria from €365pp. Corfu from €375pp. Ibiza from €409pp. Fuerteventura from €369pp. Bulgaria from €399pp. Benidorm from €409pp. All prices include flights, transfers, accommodation, taxes and charges. Visit or call 0818 332 500.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • 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
  • 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

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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