TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Cityjet calls quits on Stobart deal & agents go to the Hartford of the action

Irish travel agents on the Aer Lingus fam trip to Hartford Connecticut tour Yale university

HEADLINES – AVIATION – AFLOAT – DEALWATCH – FOOD & WINE – HOTELS – INTERNATIONAL – IRELAND – STRANGE WORLD – TRAVEL TRADE

  • Cityjet calls off 80m Stobart takeover
  • Daily Dublin-Doha from Qatar starts June 12
  • Aer Lingus showcases Hartford CT to the trade
  • Bookabed sales 30pc ahead of last year
  • Turkish take agents to the Garden of Eden
  • Qantas to fly direct London to Perth 17 hour flight
  • Fake US embassy closed after issuing visas for 10 years

Travel Extra TV

Video of the week: Behind the scenes at Airbus showcase of its new line of jetliners, complete with a flight formation of an A320neo, A330-200, A350-900 and A380 aircraft. Watch here.

  • Madison House Autism Foundation shares the challenges of what it is like to travel when you have autismWatch here.
  • Matsue Vogelpark in Shimane, Japan had a Christmas party for penguinsWatch here.
  • father and daughter got up close and personal with a grizzly bear sow and cubs. Watch here.
  • This seal was in an affectionate mood with these divers at Port Lobos, California. Watch here.
  • On board Qatar Airways’ inaugural Doha to Krabi, Thailand flight. Watch here.
  • Emirates posted a video to showcase its Christmas menuWatch here.
  • See this timelapse of Jet Aviation St Louis giving this Bombardier Global 5000 a makeover. Watch here.
  • Have a 360º peak around SAS’ A320neoWatch here.
  • Finnair jumps on the tearjerker Christmas ad bandwagonWatch here.

Behind the Headlines

If therein ever a livelier agents fam trip, Travel Extra would like to sign up. The eight participants in the Aer Lingus educational to Hartford Connecticut topped off their four day trip with an impressive mannequin challenge at New England Air Museum (watch here).

The seven hour flight and arrival at Bradley International airport and on to the Marriott Hartford Downtown Aer Lingus fam trip to Hartford the flight (watch here) was followed by a concert by Al “year of the Cat” Stewart, an enchanting snow spilled visit to Winvian resort, a tour of Yale university, shopping in Clinton Crossing Outlets and a visit to Madison village, which had the Irish flag flying in their honour and Madison Beach Hotel (watch here), a visit to Mystic Seaport and Mystic’s aquarium, Foxwoods casino resort and Tanger Outlet Shopping followed by dinner and overnight accommodations in the Mohegan Sun (watch here), visits to Wadsworth Atheneum and Mark Twain house museum, Simsbury Inn, the New England Air Museum and Sheraton Bradley Hotel (watch here). Picture shows Laura Barber, Laura Burke and Shirley Webster take a selfie at Mystic aquarium

The generous hosts organised by Sue Henrique for the group included Kim Beal of the Mark Twain centre (watch interview  here), Ed Crowley of Stony Creek Brewery (watch here), Kevin Dillon of Brafley Hartford Airport (watch here), Jan Massee of Simsbury Inn (watch here), John Mathers of Madison Beach resort (watch here), Robin McHill of Downtown Marriott in Hartford, (watch here), Paolo Middei GM of Wimviam resort (watch here), Rita Rivero of Mystic country (watch here), Sarah Spencer of Mystic Seaport (watch here) and Andrew Wood of Mystic Aquarium (watch here). Most enjoyable night fo the enjoyable trip was the evening in Madison beach resort hosted by John Mather (pictured), his wife Melissa, and the Mayor of Madison who was treated to a rendition of the Politician’s Song and some impromptu Irish dancing by the participants. And yes the parting glass was sung.

Picture shows the group with a playful Beluga whale who splashed them at Mystic aquarium: Chris Clingan of American Holidays, Teresa Ginnell of WTC Selective Travel, Emma Crowe of Bookabed, Shirley Webster of Cassidy Travel, Ian Collins of Strand Travel, Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus, Susan Henrique of Connecticut Tourism and (front row) Laura Burke of Budget Travel, Laura Barber of Shandon Travel and Ivan Beacom of Aer Lingus. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Lee Osborne of Bookabed and Holly Best of Virgin Atlantic hosted a thank you briefing for the trade in The Residence in Dublin. Lee Osborne (Watch here) reported  that Bookabed was up 35pc year on year. The Irish owned Geneva headquartered bedbank hoped to roll out more destinations and more accommodation in 2017. Adam McKnight formerly of A2B has joined as international business development looking on xml long-ins. Lee told agents that this was one of the years when supply outstripped demand in the sector. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Antonio Padeira of Portugal’s tourism board updated media in Dublin that tourism numbers are back to pre-crash levels and tour operators are booking bed banks earlier for next year’s peak season due to a shortage of hotel beds. Irish visitor numbers hit 260,000 for the first three-quarters of 2016. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Alan Sparling, GSA for SAS in Ireland, stepped down as local chair of Star Alliance at the aviation alliance’s seventh annual agent’s Christmas thank you event in Dublin (Watch here video of event). Dublin’s status as a separate Star Alliance entity will end with his departure, as London chair Bob Schumacher of United will assume the role from now on. Keynote sponsors of the event was Shannon Airport, ably represented by Declan Power and Isabel Harrison. Star commenced with seven airlines in 1997 and now was 28 members. Bob Schumacher told agents that reports of the demise of the airline alliances were premature (Watch here). Alan Sparling (watch here) said Star’s aviation partners have expanded capacity out of Ireland every year of the seven years of the annual event: Every single premium booking you give to the Star Alliance helps us to grow and develop in this market and there is no doubt that 2017 is a testimony to the support we get from the trade:

  • Aegean are back increasing season and growing to 3w Dublin to Athens.
  • Air Canada, represented nowadays by Bláithín O’Donnell will have 14w, 11 to Toronto and 3 to Vancouver
  • Ethiopian increase to 4w to Addis and Los Anegles (“actually you can say it is eight frequencies” Alan said.)
  • Lufthansa have 55w from Ireland with an average of 150 seats each, Frankfurt 21w, Munich up to 13w and Shannon-Frankfurt, with Swiss offering Dublin-Zurich 8w, Dublin-Geneva 5w and Cork-Zurich 2w, and Brussels Airlines Belfast to Brussels 5w.
  • Scandinavian Dublin to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo 25w and a new Shannon-Stockholm rooute.
  • Turkish with new country manager Hasan Mutlu continue two daily with connections to 300 destinations, Caracas, Phuket and Havana most recently added.
  • United have double daily Dublin-Newark, daily Dublin-Chicago, daily Dublin-Washington, daily Shannon-Newark and daily Shannon-Chicago.

Picture shows airline managers at the event Bob Schumacher of United, Bláithín O’Donnell of Air Canada, Helen Fyfe of Lufthansa, Pat Reede of United, Hasan Mutlu of Turkish Airlines and Alan Sparling of SAS. Watch here Cormac Meehan President of the ITAA thanking Star Alliance on behalf of the trade. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Fam Trip of the year? Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines led a delegation of hardy souls through the Seychelles to the Garden of Eden. The group stayed at Constance Ephelia Resort, Coco De Mer hotel and Constance Lemuria Resort, and visited Praslin (Seychelles’ second UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Vallee De Mai with its 6,000 Coco-de-mer trees, La Digue island and its signature Anse Source d’Argent (reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world), the capital Mahe and its clock tower, and CaranaBeach. Dining experiences included Bonbon Plume and Bravo Restaurant. Elaborate selfie incudes Roisín Carbery from Tropical Sky, Jennifer O’Brien of Travel Counsellors, Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines, Siobhan Emma Doyle of Trailfinders, Sonya Walsh of World Travel Center and Usha Panicker of Club Travel. Watch here interview with Tinaz Wadia of Seychelles Tourism. Watch here Hasan Mutlu, Director of Turkish Airlines in Dublin. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Connecticut’s sales mission, led by Sue Henrique, was attended by 36 travel agents at the Westbury Hotel on Friday. Winner of the Aer Lingus flights to Hartford was Gillian Lynch of Budget Travel. Picture shows Gillian receiving here award from Dermot Lee, Ivan Beacom and Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus. Watch here Connecticut roadshow event and prize giving. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Sunway’s weekly charters to Alghero, Malaga and Palma from June 3 will use Cityjet’s Superjet SS-100. According to Philip Airey of Sunway the arrival fo the 100-seat aircraft on the Irish charter market has brought down prices and made routes more manageable, rather than the 180-seat alternative.

Nicola Quigley from O’Hanrahan travel became the third finalist from Ulster in the Blue Insurances competition to win a Volkwagen Polo. Every five Blue Insurances policies sold each month automatically generates an entry in the monthly draw. Blue Insurances reminds agents to have their own unique login to make bookings count for their monthly draw. Nicola follows previous finalists Angela Taylor from Oasis TravelHelena Kilduff from Skytours, Rose Kane from Kanes Travel in Longford, Claire Mulligan from Clubworld Travel, Mandy Walsh of Travel Counsellors, Rita Gaughan from Limerick Travel, and Kate McGillycuddy from Abbey Travel in Killarney.

Stuart Leven and Ben Bouldin were both promoted by Royal Caribbean, Stuart to head up Europe and the Middle East and Ben to head up the London office.

The seven member Travel Partners Group will announce the winners for its eight-week agents’ competition on its Facebook page on Friday December 23rd. Weekly entrants are put into a draw for the Grand Prize of an adventure weekend in Iceland sponsored by Obeo Travel. Agents can like a previous post to get their name into the Grand Prize draw.

  • CWT said corporations could reduce travel over-spend by up to 15pc by enforcing existing corporate travel policies.
  • Travel Counsellors was named Growing Business of the Year at the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards.
  • Cruise co headed up in Ireland by Elaine O’Brien (email) is seeking homeworkers and offering a basic salary of €24,000 plus commission package and regular incentive schemes.
  • Flight Centre Business Travel is seeking a business travel consultant (email).
  • Watch here American Airlines event to update and thank the the travel trade in Dublin
  • Ryanair sued Google and eDreams over web search issues.

Strange world

A fake US embassy in Ghana was shut down after issuing visas for 10 years. Turkish and Ghanaian organized crime rings operated the faux embassy, where they issued US $6,000 fraudulently obtained legitimate and counterfeit visas and ID documents to people from across West Africa

  • Hawaii got 3ft of snow
  • A counting error caused a Thomas Cook flight diversion
  • Rome banned gladiators and rickshaws from tourist locations
  • A 57-year-old American Airlines senior air stewardess was arrested after being found eight times the alcohol limit while giving a pre-flight safety demonstration
  • Thick fog causes travel chaos in Dubai and contributed to some amazing pictures
  • An English spa firm won a battle over word Titanic in hotel name
  • Southwest Airlines aircraft made an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina, after a baby was born durng the flight.

International

Irish passport applications from the north are up a third to 33,000.

Ireland and US agreed to extend the J1 visa programme for another three year, although fears ingered that it might be cancelled by president-elect Trump.

The warmest November on record has left ski resorts hanging on to the remnants of their earlier snowfalls. In Austria, some of the slopes are becoming patchy in places, and the lower runs are dependant on an artificial base.  In Italy and Switzerland the best skiing is available at higher altitude.   No snow is forecast in France for the foreseeable The best skiing in France is still to be found in the Southern Alps. The Pyrenees are offering a fair amount of skiing with fantastic views.

Food & Beverage

Five Irish restaurants were included in the top 1,00 in the La Liste Outstanding Restaurants 2017 Guide. JP McMahon’s Aniar in Galway, The Cliff House in Ardmore, Co Waterford, Marlfield House in Gorey Wexford, and The Ross in Killarney.

The inaugural Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink Awards will have eight categories, including Best Food Event or Festival; Best Local Market; Best Tours and Trails; Best Marketing Achievement; Best Food Innovation; Best Food Story; Roots to Market; and Growing for the Future, with winners to be announced February 2.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland served four Enforcement Orders on food businesses during November, closure Orders on Roma Grill (take-away in Boyle and Clonark bakery) in, Athlone, Kebab Zone (take-away in Ballindine, and a prohibition order on Salius Milasius (retailer) in Edgeworthstown.

Yesterday Saturday December 10 was the busiest night for restaurants on the Christmas party circuit. A survey by OpenTable revealed 40pc of Irish adults plan to dine out at least once a week over the Christmas period with 51pc preferring traditional Irish dishes, 14pc Chinese and 13pc Italian.

Bernard Walsh, Chairman of the Irish Whiskey Association and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, launched an Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy with the aim of overtaking Scotland to make Ireland the world leader in whiskey tourism by 2030 and increase the 653,277 tourists who visit an Irish whiskey distillery each year to 1.9m. Walsh said excise rates mean that a bottle of Irish whiskey that costs €42 in Ireland, costs just €27 in the US and said that new proposals under the Public Health Alcohol Bill will restrict the new entrants and smaller distillers.

  • Tom Cleary’s Temple Bar pub in Dublin has appealed to An Bord Pleanála against Dublin City Council’s decision that planning permission is needed to carry out work on its beer garden.
  • James Quincey is to become the new CEO of Coca-Cola in succession to Muhtar Kent.
  • Heineken Ireland appointed Radina Shkutova new MD from the Heineken Zagorka Brewery in Bulgaria.
  • Healthyireland.ie launched their new food pyramid and guidelines on serving size and dietary variations, recommending lean meats over processed meats.
  • David Boyd-Armstrong’s Rademon Estate Distillery in Downpatrick released a new batch of Shortcross Cask Aged Gin.

Hotels

STR Global said average Saturday night occupancy in Dublin during the past 12 months was 89.6pc and overall occupancy was a record 82pc. RevPAR is up to 23pc.

Planning permission was sought for three new hotels in Dublin with a total of 248 rooms, a four-star, 136-bedroom, seven-storey hotel on 21 Ship Street, Dublin 8 with a bar, restaurant, gym, and 5,699sqm meeting space, a €40m 95-bedroom boutique hotel in the former Loreto Hall on 77 Stephen’s Green with a restaurant and spa treatment centre on the ground floor and hotel bar and function room on the first floor, and a 17-bedroom hotel on 72 Abbey Street with reception and dining space and rooftop penthouse suite with a terrace facing North Lotts, sought by Weiyu Wu.

CBRE said there were 55 Irish hotel sales worth €7010m in 2016, down from 63 properties worth €710m in 2015. They were led by the sale of the former Burlington Hotel for €180m and the Gresham Hotel bought by Spain’s Riu Hotel Group for €92m.

Clare County council revealed at a public meeting that the wall plan at Donald Trump‘s Doonbeg resort has been abandoned. Trump’s company shelved plans to construct defences about 2.8km k long at his golf resort in Doonbeg. Michael O’Sullivan, responsible for coastal protection at the Doonbeg resort, said the barrier is not a wall, ” “Our concern was that the full protection scheme would have taken too long to push through the planning process.”

  • A €2m investment was revealed for the Cork Clayton hotel
  • Richard Branson was reported to  considering a bid for the Central Bank site to bhuild a five star hotel.
  • Slieve Russell Hotel returned to profit
  • Mount Juliet Hotel pre-tax lossesdropped to €1.9m.
  • The world’s largest hotel is turning 30 with suggestions is might actually open for the first time
  • Profits reached €430,000 at Bono and Edge’s Clarence Hotel.
  • The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas was the most instagrammed hotel in 2016.

Aviation

Qatar’s service from Dublin to Doha, first revealed by Travel Extra, will commence June 12 with staggered morning and afternoon flight times to suit transfer destinations such as newly added Krabi and the lucrative Sydney route. Outbound from Dublin QR20 is at 8.50 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and 15:25 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, return QR19 at 01:25 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and 07:20 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and  Sunday. Arrival times in Doha are 18:05 and 00:40, arrivals in Dublin at 07:25 and 13:20.

CityJet chairman and CEO Pat Byrne said CityJet would move on to other initiatives having called off the 80m acquisition of Stobart, including the acquisition of another European regional airline and a major wet lease deal.

Aer Lingus Gold Circle members who do not qualify under the new Aerclub four-tier structure are to lose their lounge access on December 23rd.

Lufthansa are to increase Dublin-Munich from daily to 13w from March. Andreas Koster, new three-country manager for the airline, based in London, told journalists in Dublin that 80pc of passengers on the route were inbound to Ireland. Prominent transfer destinations include Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo in the Far East, and Moscow, Sofia and Belgrade in Eastern Europe. Lufthansa faces competition from Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Transavia on the route.

United are not to use a Dreamliner as originally scheduled during a cross-over period next spring. The schedule would have offered Ireland’s only first class trans-Atlantic service albeit for a period of ten days.

  • Kuwait’s Shannon transit serve is to go daily from December 18th. Passengers pre-clear for USA at Shannon.
  • Qantas are to operate non-stop London to Perth 14,498km 17-hour flights from March 2018
  • Stobart say they are to add up to 18 destinations from Southend airport.
  • Cork’s Flybe Cardiff route is down to 1w from June.
  • In the wake of the Chapecoense plane crash, the head of the airline was arrested.
  • Coinnicidence? Norwegian NAI permit came exactly three years after it first applied (December 2, 2013). There was much speculation about where flights to the Boston and New York region (rather than airport) might be destined, anyone for Rhode Island?
  • Aer Lingus passenger traffic in November was up 16.3% with a passenger load factor of 79.5%, up 2.1 percentage points
  • Stephen Kavanagh told an Aer Lingus conference call we do not have that level of demand that justified the reinstatement of  (premium short-haul, but we are looking at something like Vueling has done with the centre seat free in the first number of rows.
  • Ryanair November passenger numbers are now at summer 2013 levels. Passenger numbers are up 15pc to 8.8m, load factor up 2pc to 95pc and rolling annual traffic to Nov up 16pc to 115.5m.
  • Dublin announced a data scientist approach to travel hackathons
  • President elect Trump wiped $1bn off Boeing‘s stock market value with one tweet Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!, but the White House said he had got it wrong: the deal is only worth $170, exaggerated by a factor of 23.
  • Padraig Ó Céidigh doubled his Stobart Air stake to 10pc
  • IAG criticised Government for Chinese visa delay
  • An airline’s amusing response to a customer complaint about in-flight service went viral
  • Passengers who book United Airlines lowest-priced basic economy seat in mid-2017 will not even get space in an overhead bin.

Afloat

Holland America, Cunard Line and P&O Cruises cancelled all 2017 Calls to Turkey

RCCL’s Royal Caribbean and Azamara brands and all three NCL brands, Norwegian, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas are to feature Cuba from spring 2017 offering shore excursions in compliance with US regulations, focusing on Cuban culture, art and history. Pearl Seas’ Pearl Mist will also offer 11 10-night Cuba cruises, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. Celestyal Cruises is to offer cruises to Cuba year-round.

Carnival has raised its prices for bottled water for the second time this year to $4.50 (plus gratuity if ordered on board), having banned passengers from bringing their own bottles on board since July 2015

  • CMV’s 800-passenger Marco Polo will offer a series of itineraries from Cardiff in 2017, including Norwegian Fjords and Spain, Portugal & France voyages; plus a special summer Gardens & River Seine cruise from the port.
  • CLIA said three quarters of travel agents say cruise spending is on the rise
  • Carnival launched a new agent campaign features a new loyalty rewards scheme, online training programme and a chance for 15 top selling agents across Britain and Ireland to win a trip to Ibiza next summer.
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said 184-passenger expedition ship MS Hanseatic will remain in its fleet for an extra six months  until the end of September 2018.
  • Celebrity Cruises introduced an agent loyalty programme.

Ireland

Local festivals and events can now apply for funding under Fáilte ireland’s regional festivals programme. Last year the fund allocated €690k to support 205 events across the country. Evaluation criteria can be found here and applications must now be made online through Fáilte Ireland’s Trade Portal which can be accessed from www.failteireland.ie.

Brian Ambrose of Belfast City Airport and outgoing Chairman of Tourism Ireland fired a riposte back at Graham Keddle of Belfast International airport as he  passed over the reins of Chair to Joan O’Shaughnessy (pictured): “Since I became Chair, the board’s strategy has contributed to a 34pc increase in overseas visitors, 2016 will be another record year with almost 2.1 million international visitors to Northern Ireland, with revenue generated expected to be £527m. Those are figures of which any organisation would be justifiably proud and are recognised by the tourism and hospitality sector in Northern Ireland. This remarkable growth in Northern Ireland has kept pace with the growth in Republic of Ireland, this despite a 9pc VAT rate on tourism businesses and zero air passenger duty.”  The rival airport CEO had demanded that Tourism Ireland should adopt a policy to bring visitors to the island through Belfast rather than Dublin. Tourism Ireland aims to grow overseas tourism revenue by 4.5pc in  2017

Picture shows Eoghan O’Mara Walsh of Irish Tourist Industry Confederation, Finola O’Mahony of Tourism Ireland; Mylène Campalto of Abbey Ireland Group; and Monica MacLaverty of Tourism Ireland, at the Paris launch of Tourism Ireland’s marketing plans for 2017, attended by 50 French tour operators, travel agents and travel journalists and addressed by Irish Ambassador to France, Geraldine Byrne Nason.

Game of Thrones Dark Hedges in Antrim was voted one of world’s most beautiful places.

Irish Hotels’ Federation President, Joe Dolan, spoke of the problem of regionality and seasonality at the  AIB Let’s Talk Tourism event in the five-star Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney.  The 20 guest speakers including Trinity College Professor of Finance, Brian Lucey, Dalata Hotel Group chief Pat McCann, MEP Sean Kelly, Kerry TDs Michael Healy-Rae and Brendan Griffin and Chief Executive of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation, Eoghan O’Mara Walsh.  On the Saturday the forum transferred to Dingle where the progress made in the town in terms of tourism was explored prior to A Taste of Kerry lunch at which Bridgestone Guide author John McKenna was the keynote speaker. Watch here Joe Dolan speaking on seasonality.

Sad news, Joe Malone, 1930 –2016, formerly of Bord Fáilte, has died.

An AA survey of 9,000 people showed 25.41pc plan on leaving the state for the purpose of Christmas shopping, 12pc in the north and 5.33pc in Britain. Clothes, alcohol, and food or groceries topped the shopping list for those leaving shopping outside the state.

Deal Watch

Falcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Playa Sol Apartments, Es Cana, Ibiza from €449pps, depart May 28 2017. 4 nights half board 3* Nerja Club Hotel, Nerja, Costa Del Sol from €499pps, depart Cork December 18. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Be Live Costa Los Gigantes, Playa de la Arena, Tenerife from €1,129pps, depart December 23. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel H10 Playa Meloneras Palace, Meloneras, Gran Canaria from €1,629pps, depart December 24. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €399pps, depart January 13 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 2* IFA Interclub Atlantic, San Agustin, Gran Canaria from €499pps, depart January 14 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* San Marcial Apartments, Matagorda, Lanzarote from €429pps, depart January 29 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Emerald Studios, Rhodes from €459pps, depart May 24 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,489pps, depart June 8 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,749pps, depart June 28 2017. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Thomson offers: 7 nights half board 5* Riu Palace Tenerife, Costa Adeje, Tenerife from €1,049pp, depart January 13 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €439pp, depart January 21 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Lanzarote, Playa De Los Pocillos, Lanzarote from €699pp, depart January 15 2017. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Mandi, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €499pp, depart January 27 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Papayas, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €629pp, depart January 28 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Lanzarote, Playa De Los Pocillos, Lanzarote from €699pp, depart January 8 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Ochos Rios, Jamaica from €1,699pp, depart June 8 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,499pp, depart June 7 2017. 7 nights full board Aegean Shores cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,139pp, depart May 30 2017. 4 nights self catering 4* Riu Moncia Hotel, Costa Del Sol from €499pp, depart December 18. 7 nights half board 4* SBH Crystal Beach, Esfucs, Fuerteventura from €849pp, depart December 17. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

TDactive is offering 15 nights South Africa tour from €2,849pp incl. return flights, 4* B&B hotel accommodation, select meals, domestic flights, excursions, transfers, taxes and charges, depart June 14 2017. Click here or call 01 637 1600.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Costa Mar Aparthotel, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote form €385pp incl. kids club, return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel February 2017. 7 nights self catering 4* Paraiso de Albufeira Aparthotel, the Algarve from €229pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel March 2017. 3 nights 3* Santa Costanza Hotel, Rome from €149pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in January. 3 nights 4* Mediterran Hotel, Budapest from €149pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel February 2017. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Tourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Corick House Hotel & Spa, Co Tyrone from £85pps incl. casino night, available December 16-17, call 028 85 548216. 1 night B&B Marine Court Hotel, Bangor, Co Down from £70pp incl. four-course evening meal, afternoon cocktail making lesson, VIP entry to Calico Jacks Nightclub and access to health suite, available until December 17, call 028 91 45 1100. 2 nights B&B Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry from £135pps incl. dinner on evening of choice, walking tour with Martin McCrossan city tours, visit to Tower or Siege museums, available until December 31, call 028 71 140300.

Sunway offers: 12 days family tour of Thailand from €6,959 2+2 incl. tours transport, meals, guides, return flights and accommodation, depart July 7 2017. Call 01 231 1800. 7 nights full board Baltic Cruise on board Serenade of the Seas from €999pp, depart May 20 2017. 7 nights Eastern Caribbean cruise on board MSC Divina from €1,399pp inc. 3 nights pre stay Miami, depart March 1 2017. 7 nights full board Greek Isles cruise on board Norwegian Star from €1,025pp, depart October 8 2017.  10 nights full board Spain and Italy cruise on board Celebrity Constellation from €1,540pp, depart September 18 2017. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 2311868

Insight Vacations is offering 7 days Canyonlands from €2,739pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, book by January 27 2017, depart June 10 2017. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Rhine cruise on board River Empress form €2,879pps incl. airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions from €2,879pps, book by December 31, depart March 29 2017. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA offers: 3 nights B&B 4* Rantasipi Pohjanhovi Hotel, Finnish Lapland from €604.50pp incl. returns flights, depart January 16 2017. 5 nights B&B 4* accommodation Stockholm and Copenhagen tour from €1,269pps incl. tours, high speed train and Riviera tour manager services, depart July 14 2017. 7 nights Norwegian Fjords cruise on board MSC Fantasia from €1,049pp incl. return flights, meals, baggage and port taxes, depart May 28 2017. 

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €499pps, depart May 6 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Villagio Verde, Sorrento from €529pps, depart May 7 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Malcesine, Lake Garda from €799pps, depart May 13 2017. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardin Naxos, Sicily from €799pps, depart June 10 2017. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Milton, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €799pps, depart June 10 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €1,099pps, depart April 30 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Sandos Papagayo Reach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote form €879pps, depart May 7 2017. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Medlia Madeira Mare, Funchal, Madeira from €799pps, depart May 11 2017. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700. 

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