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Kildare Failte campaign for Connect 16 launch at Carton house, September 20 2016

Kildare Failte campaign for Connect 16 launch at Carton house, September 20 2016

 

 10 Things to know about travel this week

  • Canada postpones eTA until November 10
  • Department of Transport and Dublin Airport disagree over T3
  • World’s largest hotel group is formed
  • Irish visits to Portugal up by 10pc in 2016
  • Irish airports trek to Chengdu
  • Amadeus 11th golf day is a technology triumph
  • ITAA lines up speakers for conference
  • Call for women travel executives
  • Aer Lingus and LA hosted the trade
  • You wait for years, then 4 airbuses come together

Travel Extra TV

  • screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-12-08-50Airbus brings together the A320neo, A330, A350 XWB and A380 for a showcase in the skies. Watch here.
  • Emirates interview some cartoon friends. Watch here.
  • See Tourism NI’s new promo video. Watch here.
  • Here’s why you shouldn’t take your holiday selfies by the pool. Watch here.
  • Even the family pet deserves a dip. Watch here.
  • Ryanair showcases its Belfast destinations for summer 2017. Watch here.

 Behind the Headlines

world-routes-011image1World Routes conference in Chengdu kicked off this weekend with a substantial Irish delegation among the 3,000 delegates. The event brings together 300 airlines, 700 airports, 130 tourism authorities and 13,000 meetings. Dublin airport are plying their wares with the only business class lounge past US pre-clearance. Tourism Ireland and four Irish airports are shortlisted for awards.

Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation with Karl Lonergan winner of the Amadeus golf tournament at the Slieve Russell in Cavan, September 21 2016

Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation with Karl Lonergan winner of the Amadeus golf tournament at the Slieve Russell in Cavan, September 21 2016

Rarely, if ever, does holds the host of a travel occasion get a standing ovation. What happened on Thursday when Volker Lorenz of Amadeus concluded his speech at the technology company’s annual golf day. Kickstarted by Peter O’Hanlon and Dermot Merrigan, the 110 karl-with-cup_4407guests rose to their feet as one. Olwen McKinney, Trish O’Leary and Siobhan Boskett hosted the 11th Amadeus golf day at the Slieve Russell in Cavan, its lavish hospitality ensuring its place as a highlight on the travel calendar. The golfers were treated to burgers and some liquid refreshments on the ninth. The ladies and a few gentlemen were given spa treatments in the Ciuin spa. Beef and sea bass were served up before the prize giving. First-time golfers- participants included Holly volker-in-sandBest of Virgin who was ably coached round the course by Clem Walshe. Lorraine Quinn struck a hole-in-one on the 16th with a 5 wood. Appropriately for a technology company, a trendy new app kept golfers informed while they were on the course. There was no disputing the winner from early on in the day: Karl Lonergan swept through the field playing off eight and and Audrey Headon of Headon Representation was the Ladies prize winner. The last group of golfers were washed out by torrential rain. The last stragglers exited the bar and 4 AM and, yes, the Wild Rover was sung. Roll on next year and a new location. Volker says: “We are running out of locations because we want to be outside Cork, Dublin and Belfast.”  Watch here Volker Lorenz’s speech. Watch here the story of Lorraine Quinn’s hole in one as told by Pearse Keller. Watch here the speech by winner Karl Lonergan. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Francine Sheridan of LA Tourism with Yvonne Muldoon and Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus at the Aer Lingus Los Angeles event in Sonder & Ko, Dublin, September 20 2016

Aer Lingus and Los Angeles tourism hosted 130 agents at Sonder+Ko on Monday night. It was a flamboyant LA event to give the route a winter boost after a very successful summer. The dynamic of the route will be changed beyond recognition over the coming 18 months as IAG puts together a new trans Atlantic strategy. Should anti-trust immunity be granted to IAG, a decision that is pending, Aer Lingus would be able to code share with BA and Iberia passengers will be able to use alternative routings across the Atlantic, transferring out through Dublin and back through one of IAG’s other cities. Exciting times indeed. Picture shows Francine Sheridan of LA Tourism with Yvonne Muldoon and Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

eoghan-morning-ireland-sept-20-2016_4252In the end Shane Ross‘s decision to bring the second parallel runway to an independent review was couched in language that attempted to suppress what damage might be done.  Much of the debate about the second (parallel) runway was diverted into consideration of the third terminal, something which will happen later rather than sooner and something that Dublin airport do not see as a priority. The third terminal will be situated beside the existing buildings under current plans. The figure of 32m passengers, which Dublin’s due to reach in mid 2018, would only mean that the planning terms for the existing two terminals would have to be revisited, which is a first option for the airport. In the meantime, Dublin airport say they would always have had to revisit and look for an extension on planning for the runway, which runs out in 2017. The two conditions they are trying to overturn relate to the cap on night flights, which have been exceeded already before the planning permission kicks in. An easy way round this would be to redefine the night which currently runs from midnight to 7 AM. Dublin airport ‘night’ tends to be from midnight until 5.30 AM. An obvious solution waiting for strong leadership to implement it. Where are we going to find that? Listen here to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry on RTE’s Morning Ireland. Watch here comment by Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry on the north runway.

Pat Dawson and Sharon Jordan visited Uniworld’s SS Antoinette his week to draw up plans for the ITAA conference in November. The ITAA is looking to its own industry speakers this year. They will include Sarah Slattery on blogging, a speaker from Uniworld, Mary McKenna on HR, while Pat Dawson will speak about the package holiday directive.

shaun quinnThe last time Fáilte Ireland and the hotel industry sat down to sort out the star rating system, it took three years to negotiate from 2003 to 2006. By all accounts the process of bringing that rating system up to date (wifi is not included in the standards, for example) is not going to be as complex and will be concluded by December. The only changes so far relate to one star which came into effect on August 1. Hoteliers negotiating a new three to five star matrix is negotiated were unhappy with proposed conditions for five star status that were posted on the Fáilte website and hurriedly withdrawn again. Some of the conditions were out of date, and new ones have to be fit for purpose, the federation says. Fáilte is currently awaiting the views of the IHF. IHF president Joe Dolan says that star ratings are still important in the era of Tripadvisor as it serves as a bench mark for tour operators and as a measurement standard for hoteliers themselves. We await the sound of the bellhop.

At the opening of Flight Centres Dublin office, John Appleby GM of Flight centres

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South Africa, Australia, Mexico and Thailand are the most popular destinations among the Irish consumers who visited Flight Centre in its first six weeks of business, the Gm of the Dublin office John Appleby says. Flight Centre had 300 people for last week’s official launch party in Dawson Street. Johns says: “Flight Centre has moved away from pile them high and sell them cheap. We are now putting a lot of focus on luxury holidays, our journeys brand and our escapes brand. Obviously we have a wide range of air fares at a low price point and guarantee the lowest fares in the market. We offer high class holidays at a very discounted rate. We operate in 15 retail countries and this gives us huge buying power and we can pass on those savings to consumers.” Watch here interview with John Appleby.

Luis Araujo of Portuguese Tourism in Dublin, September 20 2016

Luis Araujo of Portuguese Tourism in Dublin, September 20 2016

Luis Araujo, President of the Portuguese Tourist Board, stopped by to attend a Google conference in Dublin and said that free wifi would be introduced in Portuguese city centres. Visits from Ireland are up 10pc so far this year. He also highlighted the promotion of tourism schools belonging to the Portuguese Tourist Board in the Irish market and Irish investment in Portuguese residential tourism. Watch here interview with Luis.

Travel Extra visited Greece this week to explore the mainland of the Mediterranean country as a tourist destination post their EU/IMF bailouts. Our contributing editor Tadhg Peavoy spent time in the capital Athens, as well as the city of Nafplio and the town of Tolo on the Peloponnese peninsula. Read here.

Travel Trade

Lorraine Quinn

Lorraine Quinn

The Association of Women Travel Executives are organizing a networking event for women travel, tourism and hospitality executives on October 26.

The Travel Funday raised €55,000 for the Simon Community, My Lovely Horse/Dogs Aid, Chernobyl Children, Jigsaw and will make donations to little Batman Ben, For April, Aundrea Bannatyne and Outreach Moldova. The 2016 Fundraising Committee: Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation, Ciaran Mulligan  of Blue Insurances, Philip Airey of Sunway, Dave O’Grady of E-Travel, Kristin Skinner of American Holidays, John Grehan of The Travel Corporation, Fiona Foster of Innstant Travel, Sharon Lyons of Travelport, Rhona McCann of FCM, Yvonne Muldoon of AerLingus, Volker Lorenz of Amadeus and Paul Manning of Hertz.

oasis-9t2a2820Picture shows Ian Green from Lisburn who won a Mediterranean cruise on-board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas at the fund-raising raffle at the Oasis Travel Cruise Fair in Belfast and Briege McElroy, Manager of Oasis Travel Lisburn. Oasis Travel customers raised £1,821 to help send 3-year-old Cavan O’Neill from Dunmurry to America for pioneering surgery which will help the toddler who suffers from Spastic Diplegia, a type of Cerebral Palsy, to take his first steps.

cork-skal002Picture shows at the Cork SKAL Networking Event held on the 15th September in the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay: Deirdre Barry-Cork SKAL Club, Angela Dillon-Dublin SKAL Club, Sean O’ Driscoll-SKAL National President, Margaret Cahill, SKAL National Vice President
waseem-haqTravel Counsellors appointed Waseem Haq as Director of Digital and Innovation. He was Digital Strategy Director for consumer goods company PZ Cussons.

Content from Lots of Hotels is now available to Travelport-connected travel agencies through Travelport Rooms and More. Lots of Hotels, a subsidiary of ASX listed Webjet Limited, was established in Dubai in 2012.

Jonathan Adair has a waiting list of 30 for the Northern Ireland travel awards, the signature event in the calendar for the travel trade across the north.

travel-partnersPicture shows Suppliers who hosted agents from the West and mid West at Travel Partners Roadshow in Ballinasloe: Alan Lynch of Cruisescapes, Alan Sparling of SAS, Lee Osborne of Bookabed, Niall McDonnell of Classic Resorts, Jason Whelan of Blue Insurances, Olwen McKinney of Amadeus and Erica Oglesby of MSC. Travel Partners roadshows take place in Newbridge tomorrow Tuesday Sept 26 and Dundalk on Thursday September 29.

Hotels

Marriott completed its merger with Starwood to create the world’s largest hotel company. Members of both loyalty programs can now access 5,700 hotels and 1.1m rooms in 110 countries including 30 of the world’s most popular brands, like The Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott and W Hotels.

Latest STR data shows that RevPAR grew by 11pc in Dublin in August and is up 19.4pc in the year to date.

lynams-hotelThe 42-bedroom former Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street is for sale with a guide price of €4m.

The Irish Hotels Federation Hotel Barometer Survey reported 87pc of hoteliers saw an increase in business. Level of debt is estimated to be around €5.3bn.

Deirdre McGlone‘s Harvey’s Point Hotel in Donegal,  Ireland’s perennial No 1 on TripAdvisor, was awarded the Georgina Campbell hotel of the year and Good Things @ Dillon’s Corner in Skibbereen, Co. Cork,was named Restaurant of the Year. Full list of award winners:

  • Hotel of the Year: Harvey’s Point, Co. Donegal
  • Restaurant of the Year: Good Things @ Dillon’s Corner, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
  • Chef of the Year: Sebastien Masi, Pearl Brasserie, Dublin
  • Outstanding Guest Experience:Ballyvolane House, Fermoy, Co. Cork
  • Host of the Year:Kathleen O’Sullivan, Seaview House Hotel, Ballylickey, Co. Cork

    Deirdre McGlone of Harvey's Point

    Deirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point

  • Business hotel of the Year:The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin & Belfast
  • Newcomer of the Year: Nook Café and Restaurant, Collooney, Co. Sligo
  • Country House of the Year: Viewmount House, Longford
  • Guesthouse of the Year: Number 31, Dublin
  • B&B of the Year:Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge, Durrus, Co. Cork
  • Farmhouse of the Year: Killiane Castle, Drinagh, Co. Wexford
  • Bord Bia ‘Just Ask’ Restaurant of the Year: 1826 Adare, Co. Limerick
  • Taste of the Waterways Award:Two Cooks Restaurant & Wine Bar, Sallins, Co. Kildare
  • Seafood Restaurant of the Year:Jack’s Coastguard Restaurant, Cromane, Co. Kerry
  • Wine Award of the Year: ely, Ely Place & IFSC, Dublin
  • Pub of the Year:O’Dowd’s of Roundstone, Roundstone, Co. Galway
  • Family Friendly Destination: Brigit’s Garden, Rosscahill,  Co. Galway
  • Pet-friendly Hotel of the Year:The Salty Dog, Bangor, Co. Down
  • Hideaway of the Year: Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry
  • Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year: The Duck Terrace Restaurant, Marlfield House, Gorey, Co. Wexford
  • Ethnic Restaurant of the Year:Pickle, Dublin 2
  • Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year: 4 Vicars, Armagh, Co. Armagh
  • Cafe of the Year:An Fear Gorta/The Tea & Garden Rooms, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
  • Natural Food Award: Burren Glamping, Burren Free Range Pork Farm, Kilfenora, Co. Clare

International

Canada postponed its Electronic Travel Authorisation scheme for the second time to November 10 due to IT issues.

  • TripAdvisor has ranked Oslo as the world’s most expensive city with one night at a four-star hotel, a short taxi ride and cocktails and dinner for two costing €444.49.
  • Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has released the first ever drone footage over Uluru, giving a unique bird-s eye view of the 600-year-old monolith. The drone operated under permit inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
  • London has won the Best City award at the 2016 Times Travel Awards.

Food and Beverage

Boyne Valley won Foodie Destination of the year by the Restaurant Association of Ireland at a ceremony in Clare’s Hotel Doolin, ahead of 2 Derry, 3 The Burren (2015 Foodie Towns winner), 4 Cong, 5 Sligo. See foodiedestinations.ie.

  • Guinness will celebrate Oktoberfest with a two-day beer and food festival at The Open Gate Brewery on the September 29th-30th.
  • Areas, which is a global concession catering brand of Elior Group, has won a contract for Copenhagen Airport.

Aviation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArea 14 in Dublin airport is back. The underground area opened in 2007 will be used again as check in desks are closed while Dublin airport Terminal 1 undergoes a €10m refit to bring more light into the terminal. Watch here comment by Eoghan Corry on the new development.

Aer Lingus service to Hartford Connecticut commences on Wednesday.

Alison Taylor has been appointed Senior Vice President Global Sales for American. Dave Thomas who headed up the London office, has joined Qantas.

Ryanair launched its summer 2017 schedule from Belfast International airport, with 11 routes including Berlin, London and Milan, which will deliver 1.1m customers and Ryanair claims will support 800 jobs at Belfast International Airport.Ryanair’s 11 Belfast routes are to Alicante, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Gdańsk (begins November 2), Kraków (begins October 30), Lanzarote (begins October 31), London-Gatwick, Málaga, Tenerife-South (begins October 31), Warsaw-Modlin (begins November 2) and Wrocław (begins October 31). Ryanair also announced summer 2017 operations from Pescara, Lisbon, Faro and Oradea.

  • Pat Byrne’s Cityjet is in negotiations to purchase Cimber Air from SAS, which owned the heigh-fleet airline since March 1 2015. The proposed takeover would take Cityjet’s fleet from eight to 19.
  • KLM‘s codeshare on Cork-Amsterdam is not timetabled in summer 2017.
  • The Galway-Aran PSO tender deadline has passed and applications are now being assessed.  Gaeltacht Minister Sean Kyne says his department officials are liaising with the Attorney General’s office on the options available in the interim period after the current contract expires at the end of this month and the start of the new contract at the beginning of December.
  • CarTrawler released its Ancillary Revenue, branding strategy and volume reports. Ryanair earned US$1.7bn ancillary revenue in 2015. Aer Lingus is earned $240m. CarTrawler believes airlines are better maintaining their own brand identity on ancillary products rather than promoting other brands
  • The Lufthansa board is expected to approve the acquisition of Brussels Airlines on Wednesday next.
  • UNWTO found Europe guilty of financing of large aircraft to the disadvantage of Boeing.
  • IATA’s Alexandre de Juniac reiterated the Association’s forecast for a collective airline industry net profit of US$39.4 bn for 2016, which would be a record for the industry.
  • EasyJet expected to carry over 255,000 passengers on Friday (23 Sep) which would be the busiest day in its history, with more than 1,600 flights taking off across its network. The airline was reported as considering buying TUIfly to enable it to continue operations in Europe after Britain’s exit from the EU.
  • Brazil’s tax authority added Ireland, Austria, Curacao and Saint Martin to its list of countries denominated as tax havens, meaning airlines that have leased 300 aircraft from companies registered in Ireland, will have to start paying a 25pc tax rate an estimated €273.7m on leasing contracts that are signed for up to 10 years.
  • Belfast City Airport has hosted a forum for its partner airports to discuss commercial strategy, challenges and trends in relation to the retail offering, car park products, currency exchange and car hire options available at airports.
  • AerCap is to host an investor day in New York on November 16.
  • Fitch’s Aircraft Leasing Sector Review said global passenger traffic grew 6.5pc in 2015 and 6pc in the first half of 2016,
  • aviation-adBrad is single, some innovative advertising from Norwegian.
  • Austrian airline Viennaline has launched the world’s shortest flight from St Gallen–Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland with Friedrichshafen Airport in Germany. The route lasts just eight minutes and covers only 20km; it’s just one of four that Viennaline operate.
  • Etihad is holding recruitment dates for cabin crew and in-flight chefs and is calling for CV’s to the Crown Plaza Hotel in Santry, Dublin on tomorrow Monday September 26th between 8am and 6pm.   Applicants that meet the airline’s criteria will be invited back for an assessment the following day Tuesday.   Etihad Airways already employs 200 Irish staff.
  • The Lufthansa Group and Air China have signed a joint venture with the aim of expanding their codeshare deals.
  • Galway passenger Emmet Keary was presented with a pair of Aer Lingus flight tickets to New York to celebrate being the six millionth passenger since Shannon became an independent airport operation on January 1st  2013.
  • Qatar Airways is to expand their capacity to Brazil and Argentina by 40pc from December 1 2016, when upgrading its existing aircraft for both routes from a Boeing 777-200LR, to a Boeing 777-300ER.
  • Thomas Ramdahl claimed that it would use 737 MAX 8 planes to make lower fares feasible from next year. The airline’s Irish subsidiary has had its application for permission to fly from Cork and Shannon to Boston stalled by the American authorities. The 737-8 Max has also been ordered by Ryanair.
    • Watch here Michael O’Leary’s description of way Norwegian are being utterly shamefully blocked.
    • Watch here Michael O’Leary criticism the EU for being weak on the Norwegian proposal
    • Watch here Roger Dow speaking about Norwegian Air International proposed low cost routes across the Atlantic

Afloat

MSC Cruises will deploy a second ship in China, MSC Splendida, from May 2018. MSC’s all stars of the seas awards are to take place on  board MSC Fantasia on November 13-16 with awards for travel agents in six categories.

  • Carnival Corporation announced at the China Cruise Shipping Conference and International Cruise Expo in Tianjin is that it plans to create a new brand around two new ships to be built in China.
  • Celebrity Cruises is to trial progressive dinners with a different course in each restaurant.
  • Hong Kong-based Dream Cruises showcased the new 150,000-ton Genting Dream at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany
  • Crystal AirCruises, a new venture of luxury cruise line Crystal, is to deploy a Boeing 777-200LR on 14-, 21- and 28-day itineraries to take 84 travelers around the world on an air-and-land version of a cruise.
  • Princess Cruises won the best cruise line at the Cruise International awards. Viking won the best river cruise and Harmony of the seas the best new ship. Arnold Donald of Carnival won the outstanding contribution to the cruise industry award. New York, and Norway’s fjords won the destination awards.
  • Singapore Tourism Board won the Destination of the Year award at the 2016 Seatrade Cruise Awards. The top prize at the event in Tenerife was accepted by STB’s Jason Chan, area director for northern and western Europe.
Bob Binder CEO of NCL

Bob Binder CEO of NCL

Bob Binder has become President and CEO of Oceania Cruises, retaining his position of the last 11 years of Vice Chairman of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Jason Montague, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Andy Stuart, President of Norwegian Cruise Line, are both becoming CEO within their brands.

  • Stena Line is to add additional capacity by introducing a second ship from Europoort to Killingholme.
  • The Nunavut government is considering rules to reduce the community impact of giant ships such as the Crystal Serenity, which docked in New York last week with 1,700 passengers and crew.
  • A boat designed to carry around fifty passengers, carrying three times that amount, sank last Sunday in Thailand on the Chao Phraya river after colliding with a concrete bridge.

Strange World

A hotel in Torquay, fictional setting for Fawlty Towers, refused to let an 85-year-old widow leave until she pays £60 for a dropped key.

  • A Malaysian man used forged boarding passes he downloaded and edited on his laptop to stay in executive lounges in Singapore.
  • An Italian lawyer sued Emirates after enduring a nine-hour flight seated next to an obese man.
  • Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, a country with just 105,000 tourists a year, opened a €2.1bn airport with a capacity of 17m passengers.
  • Six passengers were stranded in Tenerife after being banned from flying following drunken behaviour on a Jet2 flight from Newcastle in England.

Ireland

A horse called Dante Nicola McGrane of Conference Partners at the Kildare Failte briefing in Carton House, September 20 2016

Connect 16 opens on Thursday. Nicola McGrane and a horse named Dante joined the stakeholders from Kildare Fáilte to publicise the event at Carton house last Thursday. Kildare Fáilte is drawing up a plan to bring 200,000 tourists to the county by 2020.

Pitching to British Coach & Group Operators as Autumn Sales BlitPicture shows Deirdre Twomey of Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel with Oonagh Kelly, Fáilte Ireland who attended the first of Fáilte Ireland’s autumn sales workshops in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel pitching their businesses to a group of 20 British Coach & Group Operators.

visit-belfast-launches-exciting-new-campaignVisit Belfast are launching their ‘Find your Belfast‘ campaign for October, funded by Belfast City Council. A cast of locals recruited via social media will offer up the things they love about the city, festivals, shopping, events, and food, via advertising on radio and billboards, social media, leaflets, and on buses and bus stops.

hook-lighthouse-photo-competition-winner-image-by-dwane-doranPicture shows the Hook Lighthouse Photo Competition winner image by Dwane Doran.

  • The National Gallery of Ireland have announced their exhibitions for 2016-2017. see here for details,
  • Read the doggie trip from London to Ireland by Cavan native and former Irish Press writer John McEntee.
  • Lovin’ Dublin founder Niall Harbison accused Fáilte Ireland of plagiarism and has sought legal advice over the State body’s use of its ‘Dublin- a breath of fresh air’ logo.
  • The GPO Witness History Visitor Centre in O’Connell Street is to unveil a letter of surrender written by Patrick Pearse on April 30th 1916, on next Tuesday.
  • Fáilte Ireland’s Autumn Tourism Barometer surveyed 600 tourism businesses and found 84p of hoteliers and 76pc of guesthouse operators reported business was up on 2015.
  • Screaming Reels won the Rosslare Small Boats Festival for a record eight year.
  • Cobh heritage centre is offering free entry on November 5th and 6th for those who had ancestors who emigrated from Cobh. . To avail of the free Genealogy service the public must email in advance the fact that they will be coming and to send details of their family story.
  • Susan Byrne formerly of Tourism Ireland in the new and emerging markets division based in London has established and launched a new company, offering marketing and representation services to Irish tourism businesses., Phoenix Travel Representation.
  • The first half of the Waterford Greenway opened from Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan.
  • Why Richard E Grant loves Ireland

Deal Watch

Aer Lingus sale ends Monday last chance to book

Tour America’s Red Cow sale day takes place next weekend

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Click and Go offers: 8 nights Asia cruise from €1,199pp incl. 1 night 4* hotel pre stay in Hong Kong, return flights, 20kg checked in bag, book by September 30, depart November 3. 3 nights 4* The Gallivant Times Square Hotel, New York from €569pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel January 2017. 7 nights half board 3* Dom Jose Beach Hotel, Quarteira, the Algarve from €359pp incl. free wine with evening meals, return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel November. 3 nights 3* Sunotel Aston Hotel, Barcelona from €149pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, depart December. 2 nights 4* Corendon Vitality Hotel Amsterdam from €169pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel November. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Tourism NI offers: 1 night Cuanton Abbey, The Cuan, Co Down from £75pps, available October 8-9, call 028 44 881222. 1 night B&B Stormont Hotel, Belfast from £50pps incl. cocktail on arrival, available until September 30, call 028 90 65 1066. 1 night B&B Maldron Hotel, Derry from £95 per room incl. main course meal and a cocktail/beer, call 028 71 371000.

thomson-deal-watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Sensatori Resort Mexico from €2,279pp, June 14 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Christina Apartments, Rethymnon, Crete from €499pp, depart October 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Mariners Club, Alcudia, Majorca form €499pp, depart October 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach, Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €569pp, depart October 6. 7 nights self catering Club Hotel Riu VIstamar, Amadores, Gran Canaria from €839pp, depart October 13. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Barcelo Santiago, Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife from €769pp, depart October 14. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote Resort from €989pp, depart October 16. 7 nights full board Catalan Promise cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,029pp, depart October 4. 7 nights half board 5* Bahia Princess Hotel, Costa Adele, Tenerife from €1,169pp, depart January 6 2017. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €2,049pp, depart June 15 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon-deal-watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Mika Apartments, Piskopiano, Crete from €369pps, depart October 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Bellevue Club, Alcudia, Majorca from €509pps, depart October 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Jardin Del Sol Aparthotel, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €529pps, depart October 6. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €699pps, depart October 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, Gran Canaria from €379pps, depart October 13. 7 nights self catering Globales Tamaimo Tropical Hotel, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife from €659pps, depart October 14. 4 nights self catering 3* Vistamar, Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol from €369pps, depart November 6. 7 nights all inclusive 3* SuneoClub Costa Caleta, Fuerteventura from €789pps, depart November 8. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 7 nights all inclusive 5* Rhine cruise from €1,469pp, depart December 14. 9 days Cambodia tour from €1,549pp, depart March 1 2017. 7 nights all inclusive Da Balaia, Portugal from €2,819 2+2, depart May 13 2017. 10 days escorted tour of the South, USA, from €2,979pp, depart March 22 2017. 1 night Lapland trip from €899 per adult and from €799 per child, depart Dublin or Cork December 13. 3 nights 3* Circus Circus hotel, Las Vegas from €465pp, travel January 2017. 3 nights 3* Edison Hotel, New York from €615pp, travel February 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Tilila Studios, Morocco from €449pp, depart December 23. 7 nights B&B 3* Argana Hotel, Morocco from €639pp incl. Christmas gala dinner, depart December 23. 7 nights B&B 4* Kenzi Europa Hotel, Morocco from €739pp, depart December 23. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

TDactive Holidays is offering 13 nights 4* accommodation Sri Lanka tour from €2,299pp incl. accommodation, transfers, excursions, taxes and charges, depart November 4 2017. Call 01 637 1633.

Tour America offers: 7 nights International Palms Resort, Orlando from €395pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart December 1. 5 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €589pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart February 9 2017. 3 nights Day Hotel Broadway, New York from €575pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart February 15 2017. Visit touramerica.ie.

ITAA Halloween offers: 2 nights 2* Holiday Inn Windsor from €370 2+2 incl. 1 day ticket to Legoland, depart October 23, 24, 28 or 29. 4 nights B&B 4* hotel accommodation Port Aventura from €1,265 2+2 incl. return flights, airport transfers and 2 day pass to Port Aventura. 7 nights Orlando from €3,079 2+2 incl. accommodation, return shuttle transfer and 2 park Universal ticket, depart October 29.

Project Travel is offering 5 nights B&B 3* Tromso hotel, Norway from €1,285pps incl. flights and 3 guided Northern Lights photography with Tom O’Donoghue, book by October 14, depart November 21. Visit project-travel.ie or call 01 210 8391.

Insight Vacations is offering 8 days Christmas markets in Poland, Prague and Germany from €1,559pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Depart November 27. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Christmas Marches cruise on board the River Duchess from €2,188pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions. Depart December 19. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Lagrange Résidence Cybèle, Brides-les-Bains, France from €399pps, depart January 14 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Apartments Crest, Chamonix, France from €399pps, depart January 15 2017. 7 nights self catering 4* Residence la Rivière, Chamonix, France from €699pps, depart December 31. 7 nights self catering 2* Haus Angerer, Westendorf, Austria from €699pps, depart December 31. 7 nights half board 4* Sporthotel Austria, St Johann in Tirol from €1,069pps, depart December 24. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Magic Pas, Pas de la Casa, Andorra from €669pps, depart December 20. 7 nights self catering 2* Frontera Blanca, Pas de la Casa, Andorra from €859pps, depart December 27. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Alaska, Livigno, Italy from €869pps, depart December 24. 7 self catering 3* Living Ski Apartments, Livgno, Italy from €669pps, depart December 31. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

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