TRAVEL Extra Sunday Supplement: The third friendliest city in the world

Hiking to Mullaghcleevaun and Black Hill, Co Wicklow, August 16 2016

Hiking to Mullaghcleevaun and Black Hill, Co Wicklow, August 16 2016

  • A silver medal we do NOT want: Dublin hotels now second most expensive in Europe after Oslo
  • Why you should always book your cruise on a Thursday
  • 13.5-9=45,260. Jim Power’s maths lesson
  • Dublin-Hartford advert features a pier in Maine 200 miles away
  • Commission for Aviation Regulation issued three new licences to Bravonext SA

Travel Extra TV

video of week aug 21 2016Hate selfies? You’ll love our short ‘n’ sweet video of the week. Watch here.

  • …you’ll also enjoy see this man losing his phone while bungee jumping (at least the GoPro survived).Watch here.
  • Enjoy a rollercoaster from the comfort of your VR headset. It still doesn’t stop the screaming. Watch here.
  • Take a 360º tour of Doha’s Hamad International Airport with Qatar Airways. Watch here.
  • See Aer Lingus surprise Fingal Ravens under 14s with a training session with Dublin’s senior panel. Watch here
  • Olympic boxing got the Foil Arms & Hog treatment.

Behind the Headlines

You should always book a cruise on Thursdays. analysed 600,000 cruise price and say there are twice as much price drops on Thursdays than on the slowest day, Sunday. Wednesday seems to be the day of price hikes. It is by far the single day with the most price increases for cruises. Thirty-four percent more price hikes happen on a Wednesday than any other day of the week. Weekends, on the other hand, are generally quiet. There are significantly less price drops or price hikes happening on Saturdays and Sundays, with Sunday being the quietest day.

Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

A report for the Restaurants Association of Ireland by economist Jim Power said that 31,000 direct jobs and 14,260 indirect jobs have been developed in the food and hospitality sector since the VAT rate was reduced from 13.5pc to 9pc in July 2011. Drawing on employment data from the CSO, the report examined the effects the reduced rate of tax has had on tourism related services and goods. The reduction is a temporary measure and the Department of Finance sources have hinted that the rate will be increased to 13.5pc again in the budget for 2017.

old orchard pier maineThe Hartford Courier pointed out that the Aer Lingus ads in Dublin airport marketing their Hartford route due to commence September 28 feature a photograph of a site 200 miles away that is not even in Connecticut, the famous pier at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. Aer Lingus say they are selling the new route as an entry to all of New England.

Condé Nast Traveler named Dublin and Galway two of the world’s friendliest cities. Dublin was listed third, while Galway came in sixth. The capital came in behind Charleston, South Carolina and Sydney.

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Travel Trade

Aviation Commissioner Cathy Mannion

The Commission for Aviation Regulation issued three new licences to Bravonext SA registered in Chiasso, Switzerland, trading as, Great Rail Journeys registered in York, England, trading as Rail Discoveries, Great Rail Journeys and GRJ (Independent), Premier Irish Golf Tours based in Tralee, and two new trading names, Sunrise Travel added to Prime Marketing and Gohop Group to Travel Management Solutions. A new tour operator licence was issued to Map Travel.

Mukesh Sharma, an industry leader in the travel trade in Belfast, will be stepping down as managing director of World Travel Centre in Belfast to launch an independent consultancy. Mukesh was MD for seven years, originally of Thriftaway Travel, which was purchased by WTC.

Sinead Reilly, Catherine Brennan, Tara Hynes and Joanne Madden of event sponsors Travelport at the TIGS captain’s day outing to Carlow, September 3 2015

The Travel Industry Golf Society Captain’s Prize, hosted by captain Tanya Airey, will be sponsored by Travelport. On Tuesday, Septembe 6r. Venue will be  Killeen Castle, Dunsany Co Meath and the format will be singles (Stableford) Ladies & Gents, playing in fourballs. Tee Time is 11.30am with a shotgun start:

  • Cost: (Golf & Dinner) Members:  €55. Guests: €80
  • Complimentary refreshments will be served beforehand.
  • Tee requests by email.

Easyjet re-signed with Amadeus.

conor mcmahon by lineConor McMahon (pictured) is now a reporter at Fora,’s business website that focuses on entrepreneurship and SMEs. Read here Conor’s weekend feature on business travel, which includes insights from Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry and FCm Travel Management Solutions MD Valerie Metcalfe on trends in the corporate travel market. Catch up on his other articles here.

Agent Promotion

Sandra Gonzalez mercy o'callaghan copySandra Gonzalez from J Barter Travel, in Cork was the first winner in Topflight’s current travel agent promotion. She won a holiday for two to Lido di Jesolo resort on the Venetian Riviera. Picture shows Sandra accepting a congratulatory bottle from Topflight’s representative in Cork Airport, Mercy O’Callaghan. Next week’s Topflight prize is a holiday for two to the 4 Star  Grand Hotel La Pace in Sorrento. Agents can enter by booking a Topflight summer holiday in Topflight’s End of Summer Clearance Sale to Italy, Lanzarote, the Algarve or Madeira, and you will be entered into the weekly draw.

Strange World

  • San Diego’s Stone Brewing company will open a 100,000 sq ft beer-themed hotel in 2018. The $26m Stone Hotel will be located beside the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station and will include a bar-style lobby where guests can enjoy complimentary beer on arrival.
  • unlce Ötzi 001iThe remains of garments fond on a 5,300-year-Tyrolean Iceman found mummified in the Italian Alps two-and-a-half decades ago, are made from a mixture of at least five different species of animal. Studies by a team of Irish and international scientists found that the pelts used by Ötzi were leather that came from a roe deer, which was used to make his quiver, and brown bear fur that was used in his hat.
  • An art activist group created an unflattering nude sculpture of Donald Trump in a piece called  The Emperor Has No Balls.
  • Hailing an Uber car in Pittburgh? Check to see if it actually has a driver. If it doesn’t, don’t worry — the ride hailing app is testing out self-driving cars in the city.


Jim-Murphy-PREM group copyJim Murphy‘s Premier Suites Plus, part of the Prem Group, are to open a 115-room serviced aparthotel in Amsterdam.

HEI Hotels, which operates Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt, confirmed that it was hit by a data breach discovered at point of sale systems in 20 hotels in 10 US states. The hack was discovered in June and dates back to March 2015.

Research by global hotel sales channel for business customers  HRS has revealed Dublin’s average hotel room rates have risen by 70pc to €195 between Q2 2015 and Q2 2016. This means that Dublin rates are on average €17 higher than London, which has seen a 7pc drop during the same period. Oslo is the most expensive European capital city to stay in at €222 per night also up 70pc on last year. Dublin takes the number two spot with London dropping down to third position in rankings.

hrs world july 2016HRS say the cities that experienced the largest decrease in hotel room rates are Sao Paulo and Rio de Janerio. This is likely to have been impacted by the heavily media-covered Zika Virus, which has deterred many people from travelling to South America. New York retains its position as the most expensive city in the world with an average room per night setting the purse strings back by €235. Rates dropped 12pc on last year’s Q2. San Francisco continues to record strong rates with an average room costing travellers €218, and Tokyo coming in third with hotel owners setting their rates at €180 per night.

Hotel room rates increased across major capital cities globally compared to Q2 2015, reflecting an overall uplift across the global marketplace despite recent terrorist events heightening safety concerns.

hrs europe july 2016HRS say hotel prices across Europe have risen 50pc. Highest percentage rise for average hotel room rates was shared by Dublin and Oslo (70pc), followed by Stockholm (15pc) and Helsinki (14pc).

Istanbul has suffered the most with the highest decrease in hotel room rates, showing an almost 20pc decline and an average night’s stay costing just €75. Moscow and Milan aren’t far behind with average rates dropping 16pc and 14pc respectively. Buenos Aires and Cape Town recorded the highest increases in average room rates for hotel stays. Rates in Buenos Aires have spiked by 20pc to €113 per night, whilst travellers to Cape Town will be set back €116 – 15pc higher than Q2 in 2015.

citi hotelThe company that operates the 27-bedroom Dublin Citi Hotel was declared insolvent and unable to pay its debts by a Dublin court. A report presented to the court said if certain steps were taken, the company had a reasonable prospect of survival as a going concern. Justice Caroline Costello appointed Tom Murray as interim examiner to JJ Red Holdings Ltd, owners of the hotel which includes the Trinity Bar & Venue at Dame St, Dublin.

London-based hotel company Chototel will open a budget hotel in Nagothane, India with rooms priced between $2 and $5 per night. The 60-room hotel is fitted with LED lighting, a 100 sq ft study and dining area, a 30 sq ft bathroom, pay-per-use Wi-Fi, a communal kitchen, on-site infirmary and children’s play area. Bicycle hire is available from 18c per day.

Hollywood actor Robert De Niro was given the green light to open an 83-room boutique hotel in Covent Garden, London.

Sean Foley has been appointed GM of The Dromhall hotel, Killarney,


  • London’s mayor Sadiq Khan launched the night services on the Central and Victoria tube lines.
  • A zipline opened at Niagara Falls. The Mistrider runs along four lines facing the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. For $50, riders zip from a 200 ft height along a 2,200 ft line, reaching a top speed of 70 kph.

Food & Beverage

beef and lobsterOliver Dunne, of Bon Appetit in Malahide and Cleaver East and a Michelin starred chef for seven years, opened Beef and Lobster in Dublin city centre with just four items on the menu.

Rob and Dave Kearney, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland.

Lemon & Duke opened at the junction of Dublin’s Lemon Street and Duke Lane Upper by the team behind the recently extended Ballsbridge bar The Bridge 1859 with interior by O’Donnell O’Neill. Stand out dishes on the lunch menu include Shrimp Po’boy on Hoagie Roll €10.

full irish beerThe 2016 World Beer Awards country winners were announced at the Hilton London Olympia. Irish winners were: Amber: McGargle Granny Mary’s Red Ale; Belgian style tripel: Dungarvan Brewing Company Seaweed Saison; Bitter below 5pc: Brú Rua, Bitter above 5pc: Dungarvan Brewing Company Helvick Gold; Dortmunder; Long Arm Export; Flavoured stout/ porter Rascals Ginger Porter; German style pale Rising Sons Sunbeam; Gluten Free: BRÚ Lager; Gose: Franciscan Well Brewery Spring Saison; Helles: Brú Lager; Imperial stout: Rising Sons 100 Years On; IPA: Eight Degrees Brewing Full Irish Single Malt; Stout Eight Degrees Brewing Knockmealdown Irish Stout; Witbier Belgian style Rising Sons Grainu Ale; Wood aged: Franciscan Well Brewery Jameson Pale Ale.

Ireland’s first 72oz steak eating challenge will be among the highlights of the Ireland Butchery Expo, supported by Dunbia, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan on September 28-29.

Galway’s Loam restaurant, run by Michelin-starred chef Enda McEvoy was awarded a Three Star Food Made Good rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association following a review of their practices, one of four in Ireland after Ashford Castle, KSG in UCC  and Harvey Nicholls First floor restaurant in Dublin.

Burren Food Trail 2Ten locations have been shortlisted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland for the best foodie destination in Ireland, to be announced on September 29. Two of those shortlisted for the award, which started out life as a “foodie town” award are towns. Four are counties, and four are regional entries from producers’ groups. Boyne Valley in Meath, Cong in Mayo, Derry City, a North Dublin entry from Howth, Malahide and Skerries, the Burren and Loop Head Peninsula in Co Clare and counties Kilkenny, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo were included on the shortlist

Philippe and Michèle Renaut‘s Le Petit Pois in Galway was August winner of Just Ask Restaurant of the Month.

Lisa Jameson is the new general manager of the visitor centre at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery.


Saad Hammad in a new look Flybe Bombardier Q400 Dash 8

Flybe is to fly 6w from Dublin to Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport from October 30, 2016, the day before Stobart Air ends its service on the route. Dublin-Doncaster was pioneered by Thomsonfly and Ryanair in 2005 and was an Aer Lingus Regional route operated by Stobart Air since 2015. Stobart is also scheduled to withdraw from Dublin-Cardiff and Dublin-East Midlands on October 31 leaving the airline with 15 routes, seven to England, three to Scotland, two domestic, one each to Channel Island and France (both seasonal), and the Isle of Man.

Pat Byrne (speaking, on right) and Cathal McConnell of Cityjet

Stobart Air and CityJet will operate as two separate entities for at least the time being when the €80m sale of Stobart to CityJet enters endgame next week. Cityjet have secured backing from investment company Falko, which financed Cityjet’s acquisition of new Sukhoi Superjet aircraft and is supported by affiliates of funds managed by Fortress Investment Group. CityJet, headed up once again by founder Pat Byrne, is preparing to base aircraft at London Southend Airport, which is owned by Stobart Group.

The deal will be structured that will see Stobart Air acquire the shareholdings of existing investors and the separate leasing firm that acts as a holding company for some of the airline’s fleet.

ryanair bergamo mapRyanair is to allocate an additional 10 aircraft to the Italian market, open 44 new routes and grow traffic locally by 10pc to 35m passengers next year and spend €400m on boosting its market share in Italy. This follows a decision by the country’s government to reverse a €2.50 municipal tax increase The tax was due to commence in September. Ryanair’s current market share is 26pc, making it the country’s largest airline ahead of Alitalia and Easyjet. The growth could increase market share to around 37pc.

Stormont first Minister Arlene Foster, Tourism NI chairman Terence Brannigan and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

United’s Belfast to Newark route is safe after the Stormont administration agreed to a subsidy of the equivalent of €161 per return ticket last week. The move means United Airlines keeps operating the service for the next three years, a route the airline was due to cancel next month. Ministers agreed by an extra €10.3m in funding.

Kuwait are to fly directly to JFK from the end of October, ending their stop-over in Shannon.

Bjørn Kjos

Norwegian Air International received a boost of €13.2m from its parent, the Bjørn Kos led Norwegian Air Shuttle NAI made a €53m ($60m) loss last year, according to accounts recently filed here. It generated revenue of $719m in 2015, which included ticket and ancillary revenue of $577.7m and revenue from wet lease operations of $141.2m. Norwegian Air Shuttle put $50m into its its Dublin-based subsidiary February, followed by another $25m in April Filings at the companies office show a further payment of $15m in July.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation is conducting a consultation on a process for considering a supplementary capital expenditure (capex) allowance to its determination of airport charges at Dublin Airport. This paper provides information

Aercap Holdings announced the delivery of a new Airbus A350-900 to Ethiopian Airlines, after it delivered the first Airbus A350 XWB to be leased to an African carrier to Ethiopian Airlines in June.

Pekka Henttu chair of EASA

European Aviation Safety Agency published recommendations to keep better regulation of cockpit crews following a deliberate crash in the French Alps last year caused by a co-pilot. The authority had softened a previous recommendation that two people should always be in the cockpit, following talks with industry representatives. Instead it says companies should determine on a case-by-case basis whether one person should be left alone at the controls.

Avolon delivered a B737-800 to Nok Air.

Qatar Airways announced a code-share partnership with Vueling Airlines.

Domhnal Slattery of Avolon

Dómhnal Slattery’s Avolon is among the contenders to acquire $12bn of aircraft assets being sold by US financial group CIT. US-based CIT is selling its aircraft leasing division, which has its main office at George’s Dock in the IFSC, in Dublin and operates in 50 countries, and its portfolio of 350 aircraft. A decision on second-round bids are due next week after first round bids reportedly came in at $4bn.

British Airways will no longer serve two meals to economy passengers on flights under eight and a half hours and premium passengers on flights less than seven hours.

Aer Lingus celebrated its one millionth transatlantic passengers, Ciarán Foy and Olwen Kelleghan.

Dublin Airport had its business month ever last month after handling 2.94m passengers, up 9pc. So far this year, the airport has handled 16m passengers. Overall growth is running at 12pc.

embraer-phenom300-exterior-1Surf Air, the Netflix of air travel, is extending its operations to Europe in October. For €3,200 per month, members can fly as often as they like on the daily flights to and from London Luton, Cannes, Geneva and Zurich.


Ponant expedition ship, the Austral in Dublin

Ponant’s L’Austral, which visited Dublin recently, reports that 23 passengers were rescued when an excursion boat used for a shore tour sank at Ilulissat Icefjord off the coast of Greenland.

Celebrity Cruises will have shorter four and five day sailings in the Caribbean, starting in early 2018. Celebrity Equinox will sail the Caribbean from Miami year-round, beginning summer 2017

Cruisescapes and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines launched fares for their KIllybegs to Canada cruise, depart September 7. The 14 night cruise visits three provinces in Canada before return to Ireland and disembarking in Belfast. Oceanview cabins available from €1,789pp. Single occupancy with oceanview is available from €2,689. Prices include coach transfer from Belfast to Killybegs after the cruise.

A woman reportedly fell overboard on a Royal Caribbean cruise from Japan to China. She survived after floating in the sea for over 38 hours.

Andrej Malic bartender

Andrej Malic bartender onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Millennium won the battle to become the best bartender on the ocean at the Diageo 396 Bar in Miami. Judged by a panel of the industry’s elite experts including Julio Cabrera, David Molina, and Marcy Rudershausen of Diageo. The 27-year-old Bosnian Andrej prevailed with his showmanship, creativity and technique, and his signature serve ‘Old Spice Fashion’ featuring Bulleit Bourbon. He will now go forward to represent cruise liners at the Bartender of the Year Competition in Miami on September 25 – 29 against 59 of the world’s best bartenders.


Brigitte Brew and Liam O'Brien of Doolin Ferries

Clare County Council secured a High Court injunction restraining the use of a portacabin office at Doolin Harbour for the sale of ferry tickets on the grounds that it had been erected without planning permission. Justice David Keane granted the order on Thursday and placed a one-week stay on the injunction coming into effect to allow sea and coastal ferry-owners Dick Grant and his company, Sarahfenn Limited, and Liam O’Brien and his company, Baid Farantoireachta an Chosta Teoranta, to secure another location.

Fáilte Ireland’s events team produced a promo teaser for the Irish Kennel Club for a bid to host the World Dog Show in Ireland in 2021. Watch here.

Figures from NISRA showed overseas visitors to the north up 8pc in the first quarter of 2016 and revenue up 10pc to €108m while Tourism Ireland predicts 2016 will be another record year for visitors to the north. Click here to see press release.

titanic belfast 3 millionThe Titanic Centre had a record number of visitors for a single day on August 9, with 4,200 visitors. This week it hosted its three millionth visitor this week since it opened in 2012. Kathy Jefferson from Telford, England is pictured with Belfast mayor Brian Kingston, Titanic Belfast chief executive Tim Husbands and Tourism Ireland’s Vanessa Markley.

Deal Watch

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights self catering Elkomi, Malia, Crete from €379pps, depart September 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Sunclub Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €649pps, depart Cork August 30. 7 nights self catering 2* Rebecca Park Bungalows, Playa Del Ingkes, Gran Canaria from €419pps, depart September 1. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Villa Dorada, Salou, Costa Dorada from €669pps, depart September 2. 7 nights half board 5* Grecotel Kos Imperial, Thalasso, Psalidi, Kos from €829pp, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Delfin Azul, Alcudia, Majorca from €759pps, depart September 6. 7 nights self catering Family Life Playa Feliz, Bahia Feliz, Gran Canaria from €489pps, depart September 8. 7 nights self catering 3* Hoel Son Boulo, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €649pps, depart Cork September 10. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Villa Dorada, Costa Dorada from €639pp, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Villa Dorada, Salou, Costa Dorada from €769pp, depart September 2. 7 nights full board Moorish Delights cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,039pp, depart September 6. 7 nights half board Hotel Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €1,329pps, depart December 24. 14 nights all inclusive ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios, Jamaica from €1,909pps, depart June 8 2017. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Colina Village Apartments, Carvoeiro, the Algarve from €279pp, depart August 26. 7 nights all inclusive Club Med Da Balaia, the Algarve from €1,449pp, depart October 9. 4 nights 3* Stratosphere hOtel, Las Vegas from €569pp, travel November. 7 nights 3* Hawaii Sheraton Princess, Oahu, Hawaii from €2,179pp, travel February 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Le Mauricia, Mauritius from €1,345pp, travel May 2017. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Poseidon Apartments, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €449pps, depart August 29. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Bellevue Club, Puerto de Alcudia, Majorca from €639pps, depart August 30. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Hotel Pioneer & Santa Ponsa Park, Majorca from €689pps, depart August 31. 7 nights self catering 3* Sun Beach Resort, Rhodes from €599pps, depart August 31. 7 nights half board 3* Best Cambrils, Costa Dorada from €609pps, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Bellevue Club, Puerto de Alcudia, Majorca form €639pps, depart Shannon September 3. 7 nights self catering 3* Hotel Palazzo, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €339pps, depart September 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical Hotel, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife form €479pps, depart February 3. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,689pps, depart June 7 2017. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Freedom of the Seas from €1,089pp incl. return flights and transfers, depart May 7 2017. 11 nights Italy, Malta and Spain cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,479pp incl. return flights and transfers, depart April 19 2017. 14 nights Mediterranean Beaches cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €2,009pp incl. return flights and transfers, depart July 15 2017. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

Click and Go offers: 3 nights 4* The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel, New York City from €615pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel November. 3 nights 4* Row NYC Hotel, New York City from €565pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel January 2017.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Western Med cruise on board MSC Splendida from €599pp, depart December 2. 7 nights Western Med cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas from €1,089pp incl. transfers, depart May 21 2017. 7 nights Arabian Coast cruise on board Celebrity Constellation from €999pp incl. transfers, depart December 10. 7 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Norwegian Epic from €1,449pp incl. drinks package and $50 on board spend, depart October 10. 10 nights Panama Canal cruise on board MS Zuiderdam from €1,699pp incl. 1 nights pre cruise stay and return flights, depart November 19. 10 nights Eastern Caribbean cruise on board Silver Wind from €3,999pp incl. 1 nights pre cruise stay, return flights, all inclusive champagne, wines and spirits, gratuities and butler service, depart December 11. 7 nights 3* accommodation, Orlando from €579pp, depart October 11. 4 nights Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas from €679pp, depart October 19. 3 nights 4* Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €579pp, depart January 26 2017. Visit

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Aparthotel Duas Torres, Funchal, Madeira form €559pps, depart August 25. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Alto Lido, Funchal, Madeira from €659pps, depart September 1. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €599pps, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Sabbie D’Oro, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €669pps, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Jable Bermudas, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €569pps, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel los Fariones, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €759pps, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B  4* La Isla y El Mar, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €969pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 2* hotel Montebaldo, Torbole, Lake Garda from €569pps, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Eden, Torbole, Lake Garda from €499pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sogno del Benaco, Limone, Lake Garda from €699pps, depart September 24. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Sorrento from €789pps, depart August 28. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve form €599pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Trvi, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €599pps, depart September 3. Visit or call  01 240 1700.

ITAA Christmas markets offers:  3 nights Hilton Brussels City, Brussels from €200pp incl. return flights. 4 nights B&B accommodation Krakow from €249pps incl. return flights ex Shannon and insurance, depart December 5. 3 nights B&B Holiday Inn Express Berlin city centre from €259pp incl. return flights, depart December 3.

Cassidy Travel offers: 7 nights Costa Dorada from €199pp, depart September 17 or 19. 7 nights Algarve from €149pp, depart Cork September 30. 7 nights Algarve from €185, depart October 2. 7 nights Algarve from €185pp, depart Knock October 6. 7 nights Costa del Sol from €189pp, depart October 15. 7 nights Malta from €169pp, depart February 4. All prices include flights and accommodation. Visit or call 0818 332500.

Insight Vacations is offering a 9 day tour of Puglia and the Neapolitan Riviera from €2,149pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart October 1. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Danube river cruise on board the River Princess from €1,939pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions, depart November 9. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • 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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