TRAVEL Extra Sunday Supplement: Is Ryanair really the WORLD’S ‘favourite’ Airline or is it just Michael O’Leary scoring a point off Willie Walsh?


View from Johnny's Hill, Cloghaunmore, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, August 2016

View from Johnny’s Hill, Cloghaunmore, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, August 2016

  • Jennifer Callister appointed head of Ireland by Royal Caribbean
  • Etihad return to single daily Dublin-Abu Dhabi from Sept 15 using B777
  • Some travel companies report August bookings 30pc ahead of last year
  • Family fun day today at Wanderers RFC
  • Blackstone doublin’ their money at Dublin Doubletree by Hilton
  • Hotel behind Clery’s gets go-ahead from Bord Pleanala
  • Bow Lane Social is Irish pub of the year
  • TUI order two new expedition ships for Harpag Lloyd
  • Uniworld announces news ship, itineraries for 2017 
  • Finnair maintains 9w for Dublin for summer 2017
  • Dubliner Tess de Kretser launches hotel in her native Sri Lanka

Travel Extra TV

  • Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 05.27.11It was a busy week as always in the oceans. A jetski rider has a close encounter with a shark. Watch here.
  • A seal scrambles on board a boat to escape orcas. Watch here.
  • …while this friendly orca put on a show for spectators. Watch here.
  • And rescuers free a young humpback whale from shark nets. Watch here.
  • Just in case you weren’t sure if Pokemon Go is still a thing, it is in Taipei. Watch here.A captain’s view of London City Airport. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s guide to where to stay around the country. Watch here.

paul hackett h&s copyBehind the Headlines

So farewell then, August 2016, a month when prices were high but agents reported they started off with little to sell but in the end saw a lot of special offers in late August and a new run of Leaving Cert bookings. Average selling price for a holiday is close to the August 2015 at around €520. The TUI-owned Falcon found July/August storng and demand continued into Sept/Oct with some of those who came looking for a late holiday booking early for 2017. Tony Collins’ Topflight say load factors were consistently in the high 90s and September is in good shape too.  Paul Hackett’s Cickandgo anticipates that August will end up 30pc on 2015 and reports very strong demand across all sectors, sun, city, USA and cruise since the end of July. The charge to the Algarve was substantially ahead of  second placed Lanzarote, with another big gap back to Costa del Sol followed by New York and Tenerife. Leading European citybreaks were 1 Prague, 2 Budapest, 3 Rome and 4 Krakow with Berlin, Madrid and Paris tying fifth place. The Row NYC Hotel was their lead accommodation.

wilie walsh michael o'leary copyAs IATA released the figures on international air passenger travel from 2015, Michael O’Leary claimed once again Ryanair is the world’s favourite airline, deliberately using a British Airways slogan from the 1980s. See story here. With 101m passengers in 2015, Ryanair is the fifth largest airline in the world by passenger numbers, behind American (147m), Southwest (145m), Delta (139m) and China Southern (109m, and, indeed, the Lufthansa group should they be counted as one airline with 108m), Figures released by IATA confirm Ryanair has more international passengers  than its bigger rivals. Only 27m of American’s 147m passengers fly on their international routes. BA used the slogan until 2001 when Lufthansa proved that they had been carrying more international passengers than BA and therefore were the world’s “favourite” airline. IATA figures began to show Ryanair has more international passengers in 2009 and Ryanair adopted the slogan for their website, in a nod to BA;s marketing coup of 1989. Watch here the parody of the Flower Duet ad campaign by cabin crew members Nicola Keen and Jan Hartley.

Manoj Silva and Tess de Kretser at the Olcote Launch in House, August 22 2016

Olcote in Ceylon hotel launched earlier this summer, a new hotel in Sri Lanka with a strong Irish accent. See report here. Sri Lankan Irish entrepreneur Tess de Kretser, whose celebrity lifestyle included a marriage to Cathal Ryan, launched her boutique hotel in Colombo, Olcote in Ceylon, at an event in Dublin. The hotel is 40 minutes outside the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, and within easy reach of Sri Lanka’s the

Tess de Kretser speaking at the Olcote Launch in House, August 22 2016

heritage sites. Guests at the hotel can have their children looked after by Tess’s personal nanny, Kavitha Sellathurai, who is also the housekeeper. She was joined at the launch by Manoj Silva, her business partner, and his family, Renuka, Rishitha, Minoshaand and Shevon. See Watch here  Tess de Kretser interviewed about the service levels in her new hotel
Watch here Tess de Kretser public speech about her new hotel near Colombo sat the launch for the travel trade in Dublin. Listen here to Tess de Kretser speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

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Travel trade

funday2The 2016 Travel Fun Day in which takes place on Sunday 28th August 2016 at Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. So far €40,000 has been raised. There are 16 teams (4 Groups) in this year’s 5 A Side. There must be one lady on the team of 5 and 2 substitutes. Trainers only. A new 9 hole mini-golf is being added together with more inflatables and games. The committee are calling on more support from the Travel Industry to sponsor this year’s event as the target is €70,000 and there are many worthwhile charities. they would like see more of the industry get behind this event which is the only dedicated charity event across the industry. Silver Sponsorship is only €1,500 and Headline sponsorship is €3,000.

Suzanne Reynolds from Cassidy Travel, Dundrum, winner of Topflight's holiday for two to Sorrento!

Suzanne Reynolds from Cassidy Travel won Topflight’s Sorrento prize. Next week;s prize is the Grand Hotel La Pace in Sorrento. See here

Real Caribbean’s Club Royal is offering a five nighter in Cape Town & Port Elizabeth on which 15 Club  Royal members will travel. Royal Caribbean’s Club Royal (website) members are invited to play a series of daily games to win points  with the top 15 scores overall winning a space on a five-day holiday to South Africa.

Audrey Headon, of Headon Representation, with Mr Pedro Garcia, Managing Director of Viajes Euroamerica, during a recent visit to their office in Torremolinos.

Audrey Headon’s Headon Representation has been appointed representative in Ireland of Spanish destination management company Viajes Euroamerica. See here.

Registration opened for Worldchoice Conference at Seafield near Gorey on Saturday November 19. See story here. Worldchoice last staged an Irish delegates conference and awards in Ashbourne in 2013, having previously staged conferences and awards ceremonies in Mount Wolseley, Tullow in 2011, Dunboyne in 2009, Lyrath in Kilkenny in 2007 and Citywest in 2006 and 2002.

Jennifer Callister of Royal Caribbean before Harmony of the Seas pre-launch event in Southampton, May 19-20 2016

Royal Caribbrean's Irish team, Holy Wilkinson, Jennifer Callister and Michaela Banks, August 2016

Jennifer Callister has appointed Head of Ireland by Royal Caribbean. This is a newly created role by Royal Caribbean, who previously designated their Irish chief as head of sales for Ireland. She will report  into London-based Sales Director, Ben Bouldin, and sit on his leadership team. Royal Caribbean were the first cruise line to open an Irish office back in 1999. See here.

The Commission of Aviation Regulation says 3,040 customers (see here) have submitted claims against Low-cost, the group which went into administration in July. Customers have four more weeks to submit claims. Low-cost’s administrators shut down  the company’s ‘manage my booking’ facility on Friday.

Thomson cancelled some cut-price holiday bookings, blaming a system error.

Strange World

bus boughtDavie Little, a DJ from Durham in England woke up horrified to learn he splashed €33,400 on a bus during a night out in Ibiza. He later took to Facebook to say he hasn’t actually payed for the bus yet, because he’s attempting to wriggle his way out of the terrible deal.

  • Polish hiker Michal Witoszynski earned international notoreity by pithcing a deckchair on Trolltunga in Odda.
  • The Arctic Snow Hotel in Finland (constructed of ice and snow) is looking to hire an Aurora Borealis monitor.
  • A woman tricked into having a massage by a pervert at Center Parcs opened her eyes to find him completely naked as he told her: ‘It is okay, I am a professional.


Michael McElligott, Damien Gaffney and Glenn Valentine of Tetrarch at the Citywest hotel

Tetrarch Capital got the go-ahead from An Bord Pleanála for a 158-bedroom seven storey €16m boutique hotel behind the former Clerys department store, converting Sackville House into the new hotel. Tetrarch Capital owns the Marker hotel in Dublin and the Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow.

Trivago reports that London hotel prices are at their lowest since March, at €168 per night, down 16pc from July and 15pc on August 2015. Edinburgh hotel prices are 41pc more expensive than London.

The  Curran Court Hotel in Co Antrim was put on the market by the receiver. claimed Venice has Europe’s most exensive city hotel. See here.

Doubletree by Hilton hotel Dublin

The imminent €180m sale of 399 room DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly Burlington) hotel to German asset manager DekaBank will mean owners Blackstone will double their money, they paid €67m for the hotel in 2012 and spent €20m on refurbishment.

France, despite hosting the 2016 UEFA European Championship from 10 June to 10 July saw hotel occupancy fall 5.5pc to 68.2pc, ADR decline 7.5pc to €138.43 ($156.71) and RevPAR drop 12.6pc to €94.34 ($106.79). Turkey saw occupancy fall 23.9pc to 51pc, ADR decline 17.2pc to 271.85 Turkish lira ($92.34), and RevPAR drop 37pc to 138.55 Turkish lira ($47.06).

  • The July 2016 Pipeline Report from STR Global shows 148,483 rooms in 966 projects under contract in Europe, up 13pc on July 2015. Europe reported 63,353 rooms in 424 projects in construction for the month, up 18.4pc. Greater London reported the most rooms in construction with 5,400 rooms in 32 hotels.
  • Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Olivier Chavy as its new CEO.
  • Marriott International has opened its second Moxy hotel in Germany, the 176-room Moxy Frankfurt Eschborn, which is owned by Vastint Hospitality and operated as a franchise by Nordic Hospitality AS.
  • The 225-room Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam, which opened August 15, has joined 25 canal houses from the 17th and 18th centuries  located on the city’s Prinsengracht canal. Formerly a part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s Luxury collection, the independent property is now affiliated with Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings has signed its second hotel in Lithuania, with the news that it has struck up a franchise agreement with Vičiūnai Group for the 175-room DoubleTree by Hilton Vilnius City Center, which will open in 2019.
  • Madrid-based Room Mate Hotels has opened two boutique properties in Barcelona, the company’s flagship 81-room Room Mate Anna, located on the famed Passeig de Gràcia, and Room Mate Carla, an 88-room property on Calle Mallorca.
  • InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a franchise agreement with Bathroad Corp Sarl for a dual-branded development close at London Heathrow Airport. The two properties in the development will be a 433-key Holiday Inn and 190-key Staybridge Suites and will open in 2018.
  • IHG  has signed an agreement with developer UBM Development AG to bring a Holiday Inn to Gdansk, Poland, which will open in 2019 with 236 rooms. It will be the sixth property in Poland for IHG, and there are another six Polish assets in its pipeline.
  • Airbnb now has a disruptor of its own: The Wall Street Journal reports that a new San Francisco-based startup could simplify the process of regulating Airbnb for cities and municipalities. The startup, named Host Compliance, helps cities “crack down on Airbnb abuses by rooting out rental listings that violate local laws” by compiling data on listings and providing reports on those that might violate law regulations.

Katie Farrell

Jason Burdock joined Lynda Booth’s Blackrock Cookery School from Mulberry Gardens and Delahunt. Shonagh Byrne joined The Key Collection as front office manager of Handels Hotel. Niamh Donegan joined An Grianan in Co. Louth as interim GM from Dunbrody House. Anthony Donohue joined the Irish Whiskey Museum on College Green as operations manager from the Coach House in Gorey. Niamh Eagan joined CIE Tours to head up reservations for their bespoke chauffeur driven tours of Ireland. Katie Farrell has been appointed director of sales at The Westbury. Sarah Flavin joined Clontarf Castle hotel as deputy GM  from the Clarion in Cork and Limerick. Sean Foley joined Dromhall Hotel in Killarney as GM from the Strand Hotel in Limerick. Palmerstown House appointed Sinead McGoldrick as weddings and events manager from Trim Castle and Ballymagarvey Village. Mate Szakacs joined the Sandymount Hotel as senior duty manager from The Spencer Hotel. Vickie Whelan joined Mount Wolseley Resort from the Dolmen Hotel.


Istanbul’s third bridge over the Bosphorous opened, the $3bn 1,408m Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. It features 10 lanes, including two rail lines. Officials say the bridge’s 322m high  towers are  the tallest in the world.

A car blast outside the Southern Hotel in Pattani triggered more travel advisories by western governments. The DFA also updated its advice on Italy

From September 30, Canadian citizens with dual citizenships will only be allowed to fly into the country if they have a valid Canadian passport.

Tha gathering on Today with Sean O'Rourke, Noel Whelan, Gerard Howlin, Eoghan Corry, Mairead McGuinness and presenter Keelin Shanley, August 26 2016

In the week the a woman in a headscarf was photographed on a beach in Nice removing a long-sleeved top while surrounded by armed police Gathering on RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke featured the burkini debate and the world of ticket reselling. Listen here to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry speaking on the issues. Read here Sheryl Garratt‘s powerful argument about the criminalisation of clothing. Read here an interesting insight from Huda JawadThe burkini ban is misogynistic – and Western feminists are turning a blind eye. Separately  Listen here to Eoghan Corry speaking on Today with Sean O’Rourke on travel trends for the summer.

  • Destination DC saids that Washington’s tourism industry supports 74,000 jobs as it reported 2m international vistorsi 2015, led by China (360k) followed by England, Germany, Australia and France. Curiously, the total of 2 million doesn’t include visitors from Canada or Mexico because the Department of Commerce doesn’t collect the same data at land borders.
  • Yellowstone employee 21 year old Estefania Mosquera died from a cliff fall early on Friday during a social gathering at the park.
  • The Daily Express flagged a Google Maps secret function that they say will CHANGE the way you holiday forever: open up Google Maps and type in the location, when the correct place appears, click the tag to expand the location fully, then hit the save button, denoted by a star, so you wil have a record of it the next time you go on holiday.

Food and Beverage

Krystle, the nightclub on Harcourt St will undergo a €1m refurbishment during September.

  • The Vintners Federation said a 204,000 job industry faces a threat from the proposed 15pc increase in alcohol taxes, already l€1.42 of a €4.64 price of a pint is tax.
  • Craft brewers increased their market share in ireland to 2pc, according to a report from the Brewers Association.
  • The Sky Bar of the Year was Geoffrey Nordell’s Bow Lane Social in Dublin. Tom Cleary’s The Temple Bar won tourist pub of the year. See winners here.
  • SuperValu’s Food Academy Village returns to Waterford Harvest Festival, September 9th to 11th.
  • Dalkey Lobster Festival returns this weekend
  • Rob Krawczyk RAI Best Chef in Leinster 2016, from Tankardstown House’s Brabazon Restaurant in Slane has created a Tuscan-influenced five course menu.
  • Ireland’s craft beer festival returns to the RDS for its 6th year from September 8th-10th.

AviationEtihad Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner now daily to Perth

Etihad will return to single daily on Dublin to Abu Dhabi from September 2016 and throughout 2017. The last double daily service will be on September 15 2016.The airline will offer a daily 380-seat B777 service instead of double daily 262-seat A330. Etihad operated single daily since January 2016 but returned to double daily service from Dublin to Abu Dhabi on June 15.

Ryanair have scheduled an announcement for next Thursday, with most attention on their winter routes from Dublin airport.

Aer Lingus first flight to Newark takes place on Thursday next. There is still no sign of their overdue trans-Atnbaltic noucnement for 2017. “The announcement will come when Stephen is ready,” an Aer dingus insider put it.

In-flight food review website gave Aer Lingus 9/10 and said that “all meals offered great value for money, have been well thought out and give you a taste of Irish dishes inspired from around the country”.

Finnair will fly 9w between Dublin and Helsinki as of March 27 2017, up from the the 6w winter schedule, using a mix of Airbus A319 and Embraer E190 aircraft during the 2017 summer season with a schedule to connect onto Finnair’s 12 destinations in Asia and the Far East, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Seoul and seasonal services to Krabi and Xian.The Dublin-Helsinki service commenced in 2014 and was raised to 9w for summer 2016.

alan joyce screen_8510Alan Joyce reported the best results in Qantas history, as he called them. Bookings for the first Qantas Dreamlinerflights are to open before Christmas. Qantas announced underlying profits before tax of $1.53bn for the 12 months June 30, 2016 – the best result in Qantas’ 95-year history and up 57pc on the previous year.  See results here. See Alan Joyce’s speech here. See Sydney Morning Herald editorial here: Alan Joyce’s courage under fire steers Qantas to record-breaking profit

US aviation authorities fined Alaska Airlines $40,000; American Airlines  $45,000; Southwest Airlines  $40,000; and United Airlines $35,000 for giving inaccurate information about how much compensation they should get for being kicked off an overbooked flight or having their luggage lost or damaged.

Delta Airlines is to use Radio Frequency Identification chips on luggage to make sure it doesn’t get lost.

Sri Lankan Airlines suspended the license of a pilot who failed an alcohol breath test in Frankfurt on Friday, moments before he was due to take off with 274 passengers and crew on board.

AMDAR Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay was touted as the secret to avoiding turbulence on aircraft.

A bummer. The developer of the Airlander, the world’s largest aircraft nicknamed ‘The Flying Bum’ says the blimp-shaped airship “sustained damage” after it made a bumpy landing on its second test flight in eastern England. The aircraft was initially developed for the US military for use in surveillance in Afghanistan. Did those on board experience the bum rush as it crashed?


A Chinese woman who fell overboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas was rescued by a fishing boat crew, but not before spending 38 hours in the Pacific Ocean without a life jacket. he swam, treaded water, floated, and even caught some shut-eye before attracting the attention of a fishing boat’s crew who pulled her aboard. She was exhausted and suffered from sunburn and jellyfish stings.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ordered two expedition ships, one for German market & one for English speakers, to join the fleet in 2019. Hapag-Lloyd expeditionTwo identical 240-passenger vessels are to be built by Vard in Norway for Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for launch in April and October 2019.

Sharon Jordan and John Grehan of Uniworld

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will name its next 128-passenger river ship SS Joie de Vivre, in March 2017, the line’s first “super ship” to sail on the Seine and will be able to dock in the heart of Paris.

Construction began on Crystal River Cruises’ new Rhine-class Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler at a keel-laying ceremony at MV Werften shipyard in Wismar. The 110-passenger Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, due summer 2017, will be the first new-build vessels introduced to the line, with a focus on sailings on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Crystal Mozart,  the largest river ship afloat on Europe’s rivers,  launched in summer 2016 as the line’s first river vessel. has marked the start of the building process for vessels.

Liverpool City Council approved a €1.1m feasibility study which could see the construction of a larger two-story cruise terminal in the city. The proposed new terminal  at the site of Princes Jetty at Princes Parade in Liverpool Waters would have the capacity to handle up to 3,600 cruise passengers and include a new passenger and baggage terminal containing passport control, a lounge and cafe, bathrooms, a taxi rank, a coach pick-up and drop-off zone, a vehicle pick-up point and a car park. The number of cruise ships visiting Liverpool has risen from 31 to 61 annually since 2012. The increase has seen passenger numbers passing through Liverpool up from 38,656 to 78,000 annually, which has generated an estimated £6.5 million for the local economy through onshore spending.

cruise ship bartons bus_0491MSC Splendia calls to Dublin on Tuesday. Dublin will sees 27 more cruise ship calls during September: Aug 28 Queen Elizabeth & Prinsendam, Aug 29 Mein Schiff I, Aug 30 Hebridean Sky & MSC Splendida, Sept 4 Clio & Aidavita, Sept 6 Saga Pearl Ii  Sept 8 Magellan & Oriana  Sept 9 Mein Schiff 5 & Silver Whisper, Sept 11 Amadea  Sept 14 Albatros  Sept 16 Clio  Sept 17 Nautical, Sept 23 Hamburg, Sept 24 Clio, Sept 25 Norwegian Star, Oct 4 Marco Polo, Oct 13 Boudicca, Oct 16 Marco Polo  Oct 17 Boudicca, Oct 17 Balmoral, Dec 20 Marco Polo, Dec 27 Black Watch.


Eoghan O'Mara Walsh and Paul Gallagher of ITIC

The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation pointed out that one person in every nine in Ireland works in the Tourist industry and called for more government investment in the tourism sector.

This weekend sees the arrival of 2,200 overseas participants in Citywest for the World Junior and Cadet Kickboxing Championships supported by Fáilte Ireland, who estimate the week-long event will boost revenue by €1.7m. Fáilte Ireland say 25 events will bring 45,000 international participants and revenue of €32m over the next five years.

Minister Seán Kyne with Úna Galligan, Marie Duffy and Marie McKown, all Tourism Ireland, at the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Picture shows Minister Seán Kyne with Úna Galligan, Marie Duffy and Marie McKown, all Tourism Ireland, at the annual Milwaukee Irish Festival. The 36th annual Milwaukee Irish Fest – the largest celebration of Irish culture and heritage in the United States – took place in Wisconsin. With a huge audience of about 150,000 visitors, the four-day festival was an ideal opportunity for Tourism Ireland to showcase the island of Ireland.

  • Enrollment began at the Wizard School of Ashford Castle.
  • The government is reportedly seeking an adviser to help boost midlands tourism.
  • DublinBikes reported 15m trips since 2009
  • Malahide residents are opposing a forest adventure area in Malahide Demesne.
  • Minister Michael Ring says negotiations on Westport House are at a ‘sensitive stage’.
  • An invasive water lily species was recorded in Kerry.

Deal Watch

BA fare sale runs until September 21: New York from €459 return

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Bahia Feliz, Monte Feliz, Gran Canaria from €499pp, depart September 2. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Iagotel, Playa De Muro, Majorca from €449pp, depart September 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Santa Eulalia, Casa Luis, Ibiza from €399pp, depart September 22. 7 nights B&B 3* Sellas Hotel and Apartments, Sidari, Corfu from €559pp, depart September 23. 4 nights all inclusive 4* Be Live Costa Los Gigantes, Playa De La Arena, Tenerife from €699pp, depart November 29. 3 nights self catering 3* Broncemar Beach Aparthotel, Costa Caleta, Fuerteventura from €589pp, depart December 3. 7 nights b&B 4* La Isla Y Mar, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote form €1,019pp, depart December 24. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Gran Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Mexico form €1,729pp, depart June 7 2017. NRG offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Deya, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €279pp, depart Shannon September 3. 8 nights self catering 3* Deya, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €289pp, depart Cork September 3. 7 nights self catering 2* Ekati, Kavos, Corfu from €479pp, depart September 9. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Caribe, Portaventura, Costa Dorada from €799pp, depart Shannon September 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Sun Club Apartments, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €559pp, depart Cork September 13. 7 nights self catering 3* Silver Springs, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €439pp, depart September 19. 7 nights half board 5* Sensimar Lagos, Lagos, Portugal from €699pp, depart September 25. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Hotel Atlantica Portobello Royal, Helona Beach, Kos from €799pp, depart September 17. 7 nights self catering 3* Nimar Villagio, Afandou, Rhodes form €399pp, depart September 14. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Mandi, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife form €469pp, depart September 23. 7 nights full board Treasures of the Med cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,059pps, depart September 27. 7 nights self catering 3* Labranda Oasis Mango, Los Cristianos, Tenerife form €1,139pp, depart December 23. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Ocho Rios, Jamaica from €2,019pp, depart June 15 2017. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 8 nights all inclusive Marrakech and Agadir holiday from €1,429pp, depart December 15. 7 nights self catering 2* Villa Florida Apartments, Fuerteventura from €299pp, depart September 3. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Menorca from €299pp, depart September 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaimo Tropical Apartments, Tenerife from €299pp, depart September 3. 7 night self catering 2* Eirasol Apartments, Algarve from €349pp, depart September 2. 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apartments, Gran Canaria from €369pp, depart September 3. 7 nights self catering 4* Vistamar Aparthotel, Costa Del Sol from €399pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Saboia Estoril Hotel, Lisbon Coast from €549pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Meridiana Hotel, Lake Garda from €549pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Londra Hotel, Sorrento from €539pp, depart September 3. Visit or call 01 236 6800.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights 3* accommodation, Montréal from €1,599pp incl. return flights, transfers, excursions, taxes and charges, depart May 1 2017. Call 01 637 1600.

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Tullylagan Country House Hotel, Co Tyrone form £89 per couple incl. complimentary bottle of bubbles on arrival, call 028 8676 5100. 2 nights 4* Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry from £105pps, call (028) 71 349279. 1 night B&B 4* Dukes at Queens, Belfast from £135.95 per room incl. 3 course evening meal and passes for Belfast City sightseeing tour, call (028) 90 236 666.

Emirates is offering flights to the Dubai for the Dubai Rugby Sevens from €472, travel December. Bangkok from €670. Johannesburg from €619. Perth from €890. Singapore from €587. Visit

Royal Caribbean offers: 8 nights Adriatic and Italy cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas from €999pp, depart October 28 2017. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Freedom of the Seas from €1,099pp, depart October 15 2017. 7 nights Greek Isles cruise on board Jewel of the Seas from €1,259pp, depart July 16 2017. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

ITAA offers: 7 nights half board Ski Holiday, Andorra from €677pp incl. return flights, transfers, 20 kg baggage, depart June 8 2017. 7 nights 4* Samokov Hotel, Borovets, Bulgaria from €699pps incl. return flights, ski package, return transfers, 20 kgs checked baggage and taxes, depart March 4 2017. 7 nights family ski holiday in Andorra from €1,375 2+2, depart January 15 2017.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Alto Lido, Funchal, Madeira from €529pps, depart September 1. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €539pps, depart September 1. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bagli, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €519pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Villa Linda, Giardini Naxos, Sicliy from €569pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 4* La Isla y El Mar, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €899pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 5* Hotel Villa Vik, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €1,149pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 2* Hotel Montebaldo, Torbole, Lake Garda from €519pps, 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 €899pps, depart September 4. 7 nights half board 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €469pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Miami, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €549pps, depart September 3. Visit or call 01 240 1700.

Classic Resorts offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Naiboa, Dominican Republic from €1,179pp, book by September 21, depart May 1 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Lupita, Mexico from €1,099, book by September 20, depart December 1. 7 nights B&B 4* Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Barbados from €1,269pp, book by September 21, travel May to June 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Antigua from €1,399pp, book by September 21, travel May to June 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Rendezvous hotel, St Lucia from €1899pp, book by September 21, travel between May 20 and June 20. 10 nights B&B Havana and Varadero Beach, Cuba from €2,099, book by October 31, travel February to March. 7 nights all inclusive Ariba from €3,099pp, book by October 31, travel February to March. Visit or call 01 874 5000.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Best of Germany tour from €2,019pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart September 30. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day Bordeaux vineyards and chateaux river cruise on board the River Princess from €2,299pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade


  • 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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