TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Green sweep, FIVE of the 25 nominees for Routes International aviation awards are from Ireland


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Today expected to be the 2nd busiest day in the history of Dublin Airport with 99,500 passengers passing through

  • Four Irish airports and Tourism Ireland nominated for World Routes awards
  • Parents that travel with children on Ryanair forced to purchase €8 reserved seat
  • Air France warns of last-minute cancellations and delays
  • Outbound travel from Ireland is up 7pc
  • Aer Lingus operating profit for H1 was €42m

Travel Extra TV

video of the week july 31 2016Video of the week: This French bulldog is a superb little swimmer — too bad there is no water in the pool. Watch here.

  • Amazing footage of a tiger shark attacking a hammerhead shark. Watch here.
  • See the Gauteng tornado sweep towards Kempton Park in South Africa. Watch here.
  • This frightening footage captures the dramatic moment lightning struck a Chicago train line. Watch here.
  • Cork Airport posted its launch video for the 2016 Global Startup Gathering. Watch here. Now check out AirCam Ireland’s footage of Cork Airport from above. Watch here.
  • See shocking footage of a delayed passenger attacking airport police at a check in desk in Frankfurt airport. Watch here.
  • Here is British Airways’ funny guide to beach etiquette in Brazil. Watch here.
  • Introducing London Heathrow’s own Mr Men character, Mr Adventure. Watch here.
  • Richard E Grant explores the Wild Atlantic Way as a guest of Tourism Ireland. Watch here.
  • July was Seas, Rivers and Loughs month in N Ireland’s Year of Food & Drink. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

The headline on the Ryanair press release on Thursday went: Ryanair cuts the cost of reserved seats for passengers travelling with children (under 12) as fares fall 10pc (€4) in 2016. Of course, this being Ryanair there was a catch. Every parent who travels with a child will be forced to purchase an €8 reserved seat.

Siobhan McManamy accepts the overall Routes 2015 award on behalf of Tourism Ireland.

Four Irish airports and Tourism Ireland have all received nominations for the 2016 World Routes Awards to be announced in Chengdu on September 26. The World Routes awards are voted by airlines worldwide and are divided into four categories based on airport size. Dublin Airport has been nominated for the 2016 World Routes Award in the 20m-50m passengers per year category for the third year in a row.

The four other nominees in the 20m-50m passenger category are Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airport, Munich Airport and Vancouver International Airport. Three Irish airports are nominated in the under 4m passenger category, Belfast City, Cork and Shannon Airports (for the fourth year in a row), alongside Aruba and Halifax in Nova Scotia. In the destination category Tourism Ireland is nominated alongside Algarve Tourist Board, Nassau Paradise Island.

Poland’s Tourist Organisation and Tourism Queensland. Nominees in the over 50m category are Amsterdam Schiphol, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Dubai, London Heathrow and Singapore Changi while the nominees in the 4 to 20m passenger category are Athens, Auckland, Calgary, Cape Town and Mactan Cebu in the Philippines.

AirFrance-Boeing777-300ER-YUL-2009Air France
 operated 90pc of long haul flights, 70pc of medium-haul flights and 80pc of domestic flights to and from Paris – CDG yesterday in the face of industrial action by two of the three trade unions representing cabin crew, SNPNC-FO and UNSA-PNC. Air France warns there may be last-minute cancellations and delays in the third day of a stoppage that continues until Tuesday, August 2. This is the worst hit day of operations so far, compared with the 25pc of medium haul flights lost on Friday. A proposed change in the number of crew on medium haul flights is at the core of the strike action.  Difficulties with crew compositions may also limit the number of passengers per flight. Air France flights operated by an aircraft of other airlines, including HOP, KLM and Delta, are not affected by this strike. Irish passengers affected are being routed through Amsterdam where possible.

Outbound travel from Ireland is up 7pc in the first half of 2016 compared with 2015, from 3,233,600 to 3,453,000. Travel in the second quarter (April to June) was 1,975,300, the busiest second quarter since 2008 when 2,050,800 travelled abroad from Ireland. Figures from the CSO show 4.4m overseas visitors to Ireland for January to June, up 13pc on 2015. North America was up 15pc, England up 16pc and mainland Europe up 11pc. The increase for the second quarter was slightly slower at 10.8pc. Important markets like Italy (up 12pc), Spain (up 13pc), France (up 6pc), Germany (up 5pc) and the Benelux countries (up 28pc) showed strong growth. Scandinavia was up 2pc, but Australia showed the only decline, 4pc, largely as a reduced of one-stop air capacity.

aer lingus tailAer Lingus operating profit for the half year to June was €42m, according to International Airline Group accounts and before exceptional items. Group half year profit, which includes BA, Iberia and Veiling, was €710m (2015: operating profit €555m), up 27.9pc but lower than expected. Last February IAG forecast profits would grow 2016 profit by 40pc or arund €990m Aer Lingus recorded an operating profit €68m in the second quarter, a constituent of IAG’s second quarter operating profit of €555m before exceptional items (2015: operating profit of €530m).

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Travel Trade

ray scully john devereux copyRay Scully, a man synonymous with Crystal Holidays, has moved to TUI’s Specialist Holiday Group. The Crystal Ski and Summer brands will stay with Tui/Falcon with Orla Markey managing the product reporting into Chris Logan. I have moved fully into the specialist business as Commercial Director SHGI. Al Fresco will not move over to Tui/Falcon. TUI is selling other non core brands as originally planned such as American Holidays, headed up in Ireland by John Devereux (pictured with Ray Scully).

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 01.26.03The final fling for Gonzalo Ceballos, departing director of the Spanish Tourist board in Dublin, took place at Keogh’s of South Anne Street and Eden restaurant on Monday evening when a small group of friends from the trade gathered to wish him well. The final meal was a lively occasion, with marinated grilled prawns and pan fried sea bream and mussels. Teresa Gancedo Nieto arrives as new director of the Spanish Tourist board in Dublin in the coming weeks. Gonzalo who? Watch here Travel Extra‘s tribute to Gonzalo.

  • Turkish Airlines is recruiting an assistant corporate sales manager and/or marketing manager Turkish say the candidate should have a minimum two years experience in corporate sales or, preferably, travel related fields interacting extensively with customers and that fluency in French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese would be an asset. Apply to: General Manager, Turkish Airlines, Terminal One, Dublin Airport, Co Dublin
  • Skal Dublin cancelled a visit to a cruise ship in Dublin Port at the end of August “due to the current security situation”.
  • Travelport announced a long term agreement with Netherlands-based OTA Travix. Traveport appointed Guy Snelgar as commercial director for its sales and account management teams in Britain.
  • The Australian owned Flight Centre Travel Group will open a retail store in Dublin on August 3. Flight Centre’s Dawson Street outlet will be managed by John Appleby, who will also oversee the company’s expansion in the Irish market. The group promises opening discounts of €500 for holidays booked in-store. Flight Centre Travel Group offers across the Flight Centre brand, including its Journeys and Escapes holiday ranges and Flight Centre Business Travel.
  • Classic Collection Holidays have extended their offering of free airport executive lounge access to Cork and Shannon . The luxury operator, headed up in Ireland by Niall McDonnell, launched in February this year and initially offered holidaymakers free access to the Anna Livia lounge at Dublin Airport, now extended to include both Cork and Shannon.
  • Spanish travel technology company Amadeus says solid organic growth and the acquisition of Navitaire were behind strong first half results which show travel agency bookings up 5pc, to €279.3m. Amadeus now offers 80 low cost and hybrid carriers and bookings from this sector grew 17pc in the first half of 2016. New offerings include Ryanair’s business plus fare which became available on the Amadeus system in the past year.

Agent Promotions

  • Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 01.27.53Winner of the River Cruise competition with Travel Extra and Alan Lynch’s Cruiseescapes was Niamh Byrne of Ask Susan Travel.
  • Jennifer Mulligan of American Holidays was presented with an Air France / KLM / Delta Goodie Bag, having won the recently held in-house AFKLDL Booking Incentive.
  • Olive Taaffe. Aoife Carbin. Caitriona Toner and Tania Crinion were hosted by American Airlines at Beyonce.

Strange World

  • geneva airportA woman caused a major security alert at Geneva Airport after making a hoax bomb threat to stop her husband form boarding a flight.
  • A Chinese safari park was temporarily closed after a woman was mauled to death by a tiger. The shocking CCTV footage of the incident went viral on social media.
  • Austria’s road safety board is offering workshops on how to cross the road for Pokémon Go-playing pedestrians. Last week, Conor McMahon wrote about how marketers hope to capitalise on the game’s hype.
  • A seven-year-old girl was tragically killed after an elephant threw a stone at her with its trunk.
  • A survey by Gatwick Airport found that ‘what is the WiFi password’ is the top foreign phrase that holidaymakers wish to learn before going abroad.
  • The Sun reported that traces of cocaine were discovered at the Peppa Pig theme park in England.
  • A drunken passenger was thrown off a Ryanair flight from Alicante to Liverpool — after burping on a passenger and falling onto a small child.
  • World Animal Protection has asked the travel industry to discourage tourists from taking selfies with tigers. World Animal Protection’s new report estimates the number of tigers in captivity in Thailand has grown by a third in the past five years, up to 830. Tiger selfies exposed: a portrait of Thailand’s tiger entertainment industry estimated that there were 830 tigers in captivity at  places where tourists can be photographed with tigers up close compared to 623 in 2010.


K Club CakeThe most anticipating hotel opening of the year takes place on Tuesday when Il Sereno opens its doors on the banks of Lake Como will open on Tuesday.The K Club commissioned a birthday cake by NF Cakes, Dublin to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Picture shows Michael Davern, CEO and General Manager, Natalja Michejeva of NF Cakes; John Mitchell, Director of Finance (holding a framed picture of the original staff 25 years ago), Sharon Smurfit, Director of Golf, Finbar Higgins, Executive Chef and Irina Volkova of NF Cakes.

Carton House is 10 years old and celebrates with a very special month long festival of offers this August from complimentary upgrades, special B&B rates plus free activities, including golf.

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts have opened their first hotel in Tokyo, designed by the Rockwell Group Europe, the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel is situated in the heart of Tokyo’s Kioicho neighbourhood.

Slow corporate transient was blamed for dragging down Hilton’s Q2 earnings.

jurys inn charityJurys Inn staff at 36 hotels raised €82,000 for charity through its various annual fundraising events. Jurys Inn Cork hosts a sports day, Galway pedalled on stationary bikes, Belfast pushed a bed through the city and the hotels in Dublin and head office hiked around Howth Head (pictured).

The Westbury partnered with the Dublin International Pinao Competition to host performances by John O’Conor, Kevin Jansson and Joe O’Grady in The Grafton Suite.

Marriott International launched its fourth M Live marketing studio in its European headquarters in London. The studio is designed to “interact with guests in a more personalised way” through “one-to-on conversations on social platforms”.

Accorhotels launched a partnership with Hertz, offering discounted rentals, upgrades and complimentary additional drivers to Le Club and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members.

Starwood is to open a 176-room Aloft property in Melbourne in 2019.

Ifty Finn is the new GM of Howth Castle having previously worked as Waterways Ireland visitor centre manager before opening her own project management company. Katie Buckley is new Recruitment Manager at The Shelbourne. Katie Farrell has been appointed as director of sales at The Westbury Hotel.

Airbnb forecast that August bank holiday demand for their Dublin product will be up 59pc on last year. Airbnb claims to have 3,000 Airbnb hosts in Dublin and say a typical host could make up to €548 over the weekend, compared to the August bank holiday last year, when average income was €438.


The Department of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice after the first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the US mainland appeared in Florida. Some ironic comment followed the news that Zika had arrived in Rory McIlory’s home state.

Andrew Pinnington, CEO of Hailo and Tim Arnold Hailo Ireland’s General Manager.

Taxi hailing apps Hailo and Mytaxi announced a merger this week. Hallo operates in Ireland, Britain, Singapore, Japan and Spain, while Mytaxi operates in Austria Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Together, they will have 100,000 drivers across 50 cities in nine countries. Picture shows Andrew Pinnington, CEO of Hailo, and Tim Arnold, Hailo Ireland’s General Manager.

Entebbe airport

Uganda is to turn away visitors who arrive without e-Visas from tomorrow, August 1. The parallel system of both e-applications and manual processing on arrival will cease on Monday and airlines have been told to deny boarding to any passengers heading to Entebbe unless they can show proof of having applied for a visa and obtained one in advance. Last week Uganda reversed a decision taken a year ago when the country raised single entry visa fees to US$100, resulting in a downturn of arrivals. The revised visa fee has been reduced once more to US$50.

The Muppets will star in a new show at Disney World Florida. The Muppets presents Greatest Moments in American History opens at the Magic Kingdom in October.

Lama Development proposed a €7bn plan to turn the former Hellenikon airport complex in Greece, which currently serves as a refugee camp, into a seaside town of hotels, residences and shops.

Skiwelt is undergoing a €27m investment this winter with a new Salvenmoos 10-person gondola in Hochsöll and another new lift on the agenda.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has entered the New Zealand market with its first location at the Queenstown Airport. Franchisee Redspot Car Rentals will operate the office as part of the Enterprise Holdings global network, which includes the Enterprise brand as well as National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car. As a result, the new Enterprise airport location also will be able to serve Redspot, National and Alamo customers with the friendly service they have come to expect from these brands.

After severe delays at the border last week, holidaymakers traveling from Dover to France this weekend were urged to bring plenty of food and water.

An auction of rare antique travel posters takes place at Swann Galleries, New York on October 27.

A survey by motoring solutions specialists, Easytrip suggests that the top five most forgotten items by Irish holiday makers are: 1 Travel adaptor, 2 Toothbrush, 3 Mobile phone charger, 4 Teas bags / book, 5 Driving license.

Food & Beverages

  • bewleys coffeeBewley’s tea and coffee company was awarded 29 gold stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016The top 50 products will be announced on Saturday August 6, from 3,539 products of which 430 are based in Ireland. The regional Golden Fork awards will be announced in September 5th. Nominees include include the Tipperary Kitchen’s 3-star Holycross Original Butterscotch Sauce, which was said to be “beautifully made and executed perfectly” to create “heaven in a bowl”, Old Bank House, awarded a gold star at the Great Taste award for its orange marmalade, Nobó’s “creamy and attractive” vegan and dairy free Irish Salted Caramel Ice Cream and an “unctuous and moreish, squidgy and moist” Irish Handmade All Butter Sticky Toffee Pudding from Dunnes Stores. Details of this year’s winners can be found here.
  • Two food stalls in Singapore were each awarded Michelin stars this week.
  • Steven Lamb of River Cottage hosts the second Taste of River Cottage cooking, curing and smoking weekend at Croan Cottages, Co Kilkenny, September 23 to 25.
  • Fergal Kelly has joined Irish Ferries as Catering Services Manager. Ashika Kaur has moved from Wexford to join the Castleknock Golf Club as Head Chef. Mark McDonagh has joined The K Club as Food and Beverage Cost Controller. Atilla Pecsi is Restaurant Manager in the new Fishbone restaurant. While in Nishal Chennigadoo becomes Restaurant Supervisor at the Camden Court. Lir Restaurant in Kilkee Golf Club has appointed Seamus Gillespie as Front of House Manager and Diarmuid O’Callaghan as Head Chef.
  • Sheen Falls Lodge are hosting a French Fine Wine & Dining evening taking place on Saturday, September 24, in Kenmare, on the Wild Atlantic Way. This package is priced from €425 based on 2 people.


Today will be the second busiest day in the history of Dublin Airport when 99,500 passengers pass through, over 60,000 of them through Terminal 1. This is just short of the 100,312 handled by the airport on June 24. There are 388,113 passengers expected to travel through airport this August bank holiday weekend.

shannon charity cycleOver 160 cyclists competed in the Aer Lingus Charity Cycle out of Shannon Airport. Participants from Clare, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Wicklow completed the 110km trip and raised €10,000 for Shannon Group’s chosen charities, Irish Children’s Arthritis Network and Abalta Special School. Another 100 participated in relays on static bicycles at Shannon Airport to help raise additional donations, among them airport employees, passengers and local businesses.

Armed police are conducting extra security checks at Amsterdam Schiphzl Airport, the fifth busiest airport in Europe. A security threat has led to military police searching every car approaching the airport. Police are highly visible at Dutch train stations.

London city plans copyLondon City Airport has received planning permission for a £344m/€408m expansion from the Westminster Government, which will enable the airport to handle 6.5m passengers by 2025. The City Airport Development Programme privately funded investment that includes plans for seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and passenger terminal extension. The airport, which opened in 1987 and was once owned by Dermot Desmond, handled a record 4.3m passengers in 2015.

Avolon delivered a B787-9 aircraft to Hainan Airlines.

FLY Leasing purchased five aircraft: three B787-8s and two B737-800s.

Miguel Albuquerque, presidents of Madeira regional government, announced that Madeira International Airport is to be renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Airport after one of the city’s most famous sons.

Dublin Bus launched a new Airlink service to Dublin Airport to serve the southside of the city, starting at Camden Street with stops including St Stephens Green, Merrion Square, the Docklands and the IFSC before heading into the Port Tunnel.

Ryanair recruitment partners Dalmac is now seeking new cabin crew on recruitment days in Dublin on August 13 and 26 and Cork on August 26.  Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in various Airports across Europe. No previous cabin crew experience is required, applicants must be over 18 years of age to apply and it helps if you are hard-working, flexible, outgoing and have a lively personality.

Quickpark launched their €5 Premium Parking service which costs the same regardless of how many days you are parking, and offers drop off at the reception area, check in your keys and head straight for the bus.
On your return your car will be waiting for you, no need to remember where you parked. Just collect your keys and go. bookings made on receive free admission for one adult for a night at the dogs worth up to €10.

cara magazineAer Lingus’s in-flight magazine Cara is to be published by the Cedar agency. The contract will see Cedar open offices in Dublin and Madrid. The magazine was previously published by Image Publications.

Turkish Airlines issued a statement after a purge of 211 airline employees, in the aftermath of the attempted coup against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government. Turkish Airlines chief financial officer Coskun Kilic will be replaced by Murat Seker, head of investor relations and financial institutions at state-owned TC Ziraat Bankasi AS, Turkey’s largest lender. Turkish is 49pc state owned, said the staff were fired for “attitudes and behaviour” conflicting with the best interests of the company and country. The government has a controlling vote on the board of Turkish Airlines, which employs more than 16,000 people and flies to 200 destinations worldwide, including Dublin. Turkish Airlines inability to assist passengers during this attempted coup of July 15-16 2016 was widely reported on social media.

AerCap announced they had completed closure of an $0.7bn secured credit facility. The facility will primarily be used to acquire new narrowbody and widebody aircraft as they deliver from Boeing and Airbus through 2017.

Cork Airport rolled out a no drone zone campaign to clamp down on rogue operators. Drones are illegal to operate within 4.5km of the airfield.


norwegian joyNorwegian Cruise Line commissioned Chinese artist Tan Ping to design the hull art for the Norwegian Joy, which is slated for summer 2017 and will homeport in Shanghai and Beijing.

Fred Olsen Lines cruise ship MS Braemar became the first cruise ship to visit Rosslare Europort in 20 years. The visit follows the establishment of a Working Group led by the General Manager Rosslare Europort John Lynch, including representatives of Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland and supported by Visit Wexford, which has been working on developing the cruise business at Rosslare.

The launch of two Crystal River Cruises ships has been delayed by a year to cater for an itinerary change and a redesign to make them larger as a result. The Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel were supposed to sail the Seine, Rhode and Dordogne rivers in France, starting in June and August 2017. Instead, they will will sales the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers in Germany. Crystal said this was “to prioritise its offerings in the German/Austrian region in order to meet travellers’ demand.”

Seabourn extended its smoking ban to cabin balconies and the Observation Lounge. The updated policy will go into effect later this year.

Guy’s Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse will be added to Carnival Vista, Carnival Dream and Carnival Breeze in 2017. The restaurant, a joint venture between Carnival and celebrity chef Guy Fieri, is currently on board Carnival Magic.

Carnival Cruise Line’s second Vista-class ship will be called Carnival Horizon. Carnival will roll outs its Hub app, which allows cruises to search for board events and chat with other passengers, to Carnival Imagination, Carnival Valor and Carnival Victory.

Norwegian Getaway will serve as a floating hotel in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Scenic river cruise line will redesign its France-based “space ships” in 2017, reducing capacity from 167 to 155 passengers and adding two Royal Owners Suites. Scenic will also install a pool, expand the wellness centre and create a culinary centre for cooking classes.


Minister Officially Opens Revamped Derrigimlagh Discovery PointMinister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan opened the revamped Wild Atlantic Way discovery point at Derrigimlagh. It marks the site of the world’s first commercial transatlantic wireless station and the landing site of the first non-stop transatlantic flight.

Italian broadcasters Emerson Gattafoni and Valeria Cagnoni were in N Ireland this week to film for the travel programme Dreams Road, with support from Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI. The show follows the presenters as they explore destinations by motorbike. Filming took place at Derry’s city walls, the Causeway Coastal Route, Belfast and the Ards Peninsula.

An Bord Pleanála upheld planning granted by Longford County Council for the development of Center Parcs Longford Forest holiday village near Ballymahon.

Picture, Tony O'Connell Photography.

Bus Éireann is offering online fires for GoBé coaches connecting Dublin city, Dublin Airport and Cork City of €9.99 for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

golf journalists niGolf journalists visited N Ireland this week to attend the NI Open at Galgorm Castle as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI. They played a round at castle, at the Strand Course in Portstewart Golf Club and at Portrush.

Tourism Ireland held its July board meeting at The d Hotel in Drogheda.

The new IHI Council Members appointed at the recent AGM in: th Conrad Hilton Hotel are; President Martin Mangan GM of The Conrad Hotel, Frank Byrne of Keystone Hospitality, Margaret Byrne of Red D, Martin Cassidy of Cassidy’s Hotel, Oonagh Cremins of The Innovate Room, Dominic Dilane DIT, Helen Fahy of The Doyle Collection, Brian Fahy Action Recruitment, Stephen Hanna of The Camden Court, Joe Higgins and Mark Long of The Guinness Storehouse, Majella Mulhall of Griffith Collage, Matt Fuller The Abbey Court Hotel, Vincent O’Gorman of The Westbury, Ewan Plenderleith of The Herbert Park Hotel, Sharon Power Cowley Net Affinity, Philip Smyth of Shannon College of Hotel Management and Edward Stephenson from Druids Glen Resort.

Guided tours of the Magazine Fort at Phoenix Park will commence on Sundays and Fridays, starting today at 10am, 12pm and 2.30pm. Tours commence at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on a first come, first served basis with a shuttle bus to the Fort. Participants MUST visit the centre first, and will be then bussed to the fort. Only those who have been ticketed can join the tour.

Commuters in Barcelona are seeing ads for Ireland’s Ancient East (or “El Ancestral Este de Irlanda”) on trams and trains operating around the city. Tourism Ireland has ‘wrapped’ the trams and trains in giant Ireland’s Ancient East ads, to boost travel to Ireland this summer.

Tourism Ireland is to launch its autumn marketing campaign in 23 markets across the world, including a €4m promotional campaign in Britain. Our aim will be to boost late season travel and maintain the strong growth momentum.

The Ireland’s Olympians exhibition at Croke Park’s GAA Museum recently opened. It celebrates the nation’s Olympic medalists, with a special emphasis on medal winners from 1924 when Ireland first competed as an independent nation.  It also celebrates the GAA’s long history with athletics.

The 2016 Ukulele Hooley By The Sea in Dun Laoghaire on August 20-21 will feature the Ukulele Hooley are Belgium’s Winin’ Boys, Ukulele ZaZa, Minnie & The Illywhackers, Del Rey, Andy Eastwood, Peter Moss, Ukulele Uff & Lonesome Dave, Janet Klein, France’s Les Poupees Gonflee, Fred Sokolow, Shine (from Spain), Gus and Finn Trio, Ukulele Red & Li’l Mamie Brown, The East River String Band, Ireland’s West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, Ukeristic Congress and Aisling Goes Walking, UK’s Hot Potato Syncopators and many other fine artists and groups.

Swimmers and beach users were reminded of the venomous weever fish sting which has been found in Ireland when four year old Maisie Lagan from Dungiven was stung at Benone beach in Derry. Most weever stings occur during the month of August which Irish Water Safety says reflects the greater numbers of bathers rather than the number of weevers, as sea temperatures peak for the year.

  • An Post released a set of stamps featuring images from the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Eric Kuhme, the architect behind the Titanic Belfast visitor centre, died this week aged 64.
  • Tourism businesses and other traders in Kinsale protested against the local authority’s ban on all sandwich advertising boards from the town’s footpaths.
  • Wicklow Country Tourism launched a €20,000 marketing and PR campaign, #WakeUpinWicklow.
  • The 30th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival will take place on Duncannon Beach in County Wexford from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7.

Deal Watch

Sunway offers: 6 days Trafalgar escorted tour of the Northern Lights of Iceland incl. the Blue Lagoon from €1,974pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, hotel accommodation, 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners, hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees, local taxes and travel by coach. 7 nights Mediterranean cruise on board MSC Splendida from €589pp incl. flights, full buffet dining, taxes and fees, depart January 27 2017. 7 nights full board Greece and Croatia cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas from €829pp incl. return flights, taxes, fees, airline baggage and return transfers, depart June 3. 7 nights full board Croatia and Italy cruise on board Norwegian Jade from €939pp incl. taxes, charges and ultimate drinks package, depart October 23. 10 nights full board Greece and Turkey Eastern Med cruise on board Celebrity Reflection from €1,929pp incl. taxes, fees and classic drinks package, depart September 30. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

Travel Department offers: 13 nights B&B/half board Aztec Empire and Cancun holiday from €2,799pp incl. return flights, internal flight, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart April 27 2017. 13 nights Argentina and Brazil holiday from €3,299pp incl. return flights, hotel accommodation, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart May 3 2017 or September 1 2017. is offering a 7 night B&B group trip to the Camino from €795pp incl. return flights, transfers, en route accommodation and 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Santiago de Compostela, single supplement is €140, depart October 4. Visit or call 1890 289 255.

Thomson offers: 7 nights self catering Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from €449pps, depart September 1. 7 nights self catering SunClub Apartments, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €569pps, depart September 2. 7 nights self catering Protur Atalaya, Cala Millor, Majorca from €519pps, depart September 7. 7 nights half board Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €699pps, depart September 9. 7 nights self catering Zante Atlantis, Laganas, Zante from €449pps, depart September 13. 7 nights half board Hotel Belvedere Salou, Costa Dorada from €499pps, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights B&B Heperia Lanzarote, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €699pps, depart Shannon August 29. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: Lapland day trip from €659 per adult and €559 per child, depart December 10, 16 or 17. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Fiesta Tanit Cala Gracio, Ibiza from €799pps, depart August 25. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Los Zocos, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €789pps, depart Shannon August 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Royal Sun Apartments, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €449pps, depart August 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Kassandra Apartments, Ialyssos, Rhodes from €469pps, depart August 31. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Haiti, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €599pps, depart Cork September 6. 7 nights self catering 3* Bellevue Club, Gran Canaria from €469pps, depart September 29. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 3* Palazzo Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €349pps, depart August 29. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights 5* Senator Banus Spa Hotel, Estepona, Costa del Sol from €399pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel November. 7 nights B&B 4* Playaluna Hotel, Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Almeria from €319pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel September. 2 nights 4* WestCord Hotel, Amsterdam from €199pp inc. return flights, taxes and charges, travel August. 2 nights 4* Ramada Hotel and Suites, London Docklands from €179pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel August. Visit or call 01 539 7777.

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 2 nights B&B Bishops Gate Hotel, Derry from £165pps incl. one evening dinner, one traditional afternoon tea and choice of spa treatments, available until December 31, call 028 71 1140300. 1 night B&B 3* Jurys Inn, Belfast from £109 2+2 incl. family bass to Belfast Zoo, available until August 20, call 028 90 533500. 1 night B&B 4* Burrendales Hotel, Co Down from £119pps incl. evening meal and 90-minute spa treatment, call 028 43 722599.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights France and Spain cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from€1,049pp, depart October 15. 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,449pp, depart December 19. 13 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €1,789pp, depart September 19. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America St Patrick’s Day offers: 3 nights Boston from €579pp incl. return flights, depart March 16. 3 nights Chicago from €639pp incl. return flights, depart March 16. 3 nights New York from €679pp incl. return flights, depart March 16. Visit

Wendy Wu Tours is offering €1,000 per couple flying with Emirates from Dublin. Offer of 2 nights extension to Cambodia on select tours of Vietnam and 2 nights extension to Hong Kong on select tours of China, Burma and Japan ends tomorrow, August 1. Visit or call 0818 776 380.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel San Pietro from €768pps, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €949pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bolivar, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €829pps, depart August 6. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Torre Barbara, Sorrento from €829pps, depart August 7. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Bristol, Riva, Lake Garda from €729pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 4* Vik Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €969pps, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Los Fariones, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €720pps, depart September 3. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €629pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Bagli, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €629pps, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 4* Four Views Baia, Funchal, Madeira from €779pps, depart August 11. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Manzoni, Montecatini Terme from €859pps incl. return train tickets to Florence, guided excursions on 3 days to Florence Pisa and Siena, depart August 11. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and Topflight resort rep service. Visit or call 01 240 1700.

ITAA offers: 3 nights B&B 3* Yes Hotel, Rome from €250pp incl. return flights, ticket to audience with the Pope and Rome food tasting by bike tour, depart December 5. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows, Lake Garda from €499pp incl. flights, transfers and 15kg baggage, depart September 17. 7 nights half board 4* hotels Sicily tour form €1,099pp incl. guided tour of Agrigento’s ancient Greek Valley of the Temples, Piazza Armerina and Monreale’s medieval cathedral and day trips to Palermo, Taormina, Mount Etna and Siracusa, depart October 1.

Insight Vacations is offering 8 days Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley from €2,198pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart August 27. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Danube river cruise on board the River Beatrice from €1,879pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals, beverages and all shore excursions, depart October 30. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Cassidy Travel Algarve offers: 7 nights from €1,165 2+1, from €1,960 2+2, from €2,750 2+3, depart August 9 or 10. 7 nights from €1,425 2+1, from €2,239 2+2, from €2,915 2+3, depart August 15. 7 nights from €945 2+1, from €1,285 from 2+2, from €1,869 2+3, depart Cork August 19. 7 nights from €1,310 2+1, from €1,649 2+2, from €2,375 2+3, depart August 22. Call 0818 332500.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • 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
  • Feb 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • Mar 22 2017 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Hall 3 RDS Main Hall Complex
  • 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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