TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Ryanair vows to bring fares below €40 as profits soar

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View of Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas and Dublin port from onboard Silver Whisper. There will be 24 cruise ship calls to Dublin during June

  • ThingTHito Things to know about travel this week
  • Who was responsible for the British Airways power outage? And the high vis jackets you need to wear in IT. 
  • Dublin Airport launching Doha route
  • From tourism minister to Taoiseach: is this an elevation or a demotion? 
  • Print edition of Travel Extra coming out
  • IAG’s proposed €9.50 distribution charge on GDS bookings will not apply to Aer Lingus.
  • The Commission for Aviation Regulation will meet the Irish Travel Agents Association next week as part of the consultation process for reform of the licensing and bonding scheme for Travel Agents
  • Strike by fuel tank drivers in France may lead to petrol shortages
  • ACLU issues travel alert for tourists visiting Texas 
  • Over three-quarters of chief executives in the food and drinks industry believe the sector is inadequately prepared for the impact of Brexit
  • Cappuccino and latte prices in Ireland rose 4pc to over €3
  • Applications open on June 15 for the Restaurants Association of Ireland Foodie Destinations award
  • Ryanair launched a 60-day check-in service for those who pre select seats
  • IATA says worldwide demand is up 10.7pc on April 2016 with “indications that passengers are avoiding routes where the laptop ban is in place.” IATA’s 73rd Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit is taking place in Cancun Monday. 
  • Dublin Airport will handle 370,000 passengers this June bank holiday weekend.
  • An English court ruled that Ryanair compensation claims must be heard in Ireland. 
  • Paul Carty of Guinness Storehouse will chair the new Association of Visitor and Entertainment Attractions.

Travel Extra TV

  • Take a look at these two chilled out lizards. Watch here.
  • This croc gave two fishermen a fright in west Australia. Watch here.
  • Introducing asset care at Cork Airport. Watch here.
  • What makes Ireland special in the summertime, according to Tourism Ireland. Watch here.
  • See Qatar Airways’ guide to Dublin. Watch here.
  • Check out Ryanair’s guide to Malaga. Watch here.
  • This seagull tried to make off with a beachgoer’s iPhone. Watch here.
  • Behind the Headlines

 

Ryanair’s €1.3bn profit is due to rise and average fare of €41 due to fall by 15pc, according to gung-ho CE Michael O’Leary after his trading year results this week. Issues raised by Michael O’Leary included negotiations with Boeing for extra aircraft, Ryanair’s revised passenger targets, expanded feeder deals with other airlines, his concerns about Brexit including his fear flights will be halted and the prospect Europe will use aviation as a pressure point to bring home the implications of Brexit to England’s electorate.

The blame game continues at British Airways for the power outage that saw the airline cancel over 800 flights, including eight from Dublin, and strand 75,00 customers. But CBRE, the contractor which manages the facilities at BA’s ageing Boadicea House data centre near Heathrow, said claims that a maintenance worker had inadvertently switched off the power supply were “not founded in fact”. In an internal email to staff, Bill Francis, the head of IT for BA’s parent company, IAG, said an uninterruptible power supply to a core data centre at Heathrow was over-ridden.

The GMB union said IT outsourcing had contributed to the failure. Much of the comment was about Alex Cruz’s high vis jacket. “BA chief wants you to know he takes today’s IT meltdown, and cancellation of all flights, so seriously he has donned a florescent jacket.” What’s so dangerous about British Airways offices that you need to wear hi-vis? The tea trolley?  Watch here Eoghan Corry speaking about the BA shutdown & Ryanair results on the Marian Finucane Show on RTE radio 1.

Rebecca Kelly led the MSC-hosted Irish delegation to Le Havre this weekend for the launch of MSC Meraviglia. Meraviglia  is one of the six new ships due to come into service between 2017 and 2020. She is due to set sail towards the Port of Le Havre for her christening ceremony on 3 June. She will then begin her first sailing along the Atlantic coast, calling at Vigo (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), all the way to the Mediterranean, calling in Barcelona (Spain), Marseille (France) and eventually Genoa (Italy). She will commence the first regular 7-night itinerary on 11 June, sailing from Genoa on to Naples (Italy), Messina (Italy), Valletta (Malta), Barcelona, Marseille and back to Genoa on 18 June.

And so, it came to pass that Enda Kenny (Tourism Minister No 17, 1994-7) was succeeded by Leo Varadkar (Tourism Minister No 23, 2011-4). Being a tourism minister is apparently an advantage in the Fine Gael party. Another former Taoiseach John Bruton was tourism minister No 10, 1983-7 and Garret FitzGerald acted briefly as tourism minister. Leo is on record as saying Ireland should join Shenghen but could not because of the border with Britain. Travel Extra, which feels Ireland should be in Shenghen, will watch developments with interest.

Danielle Favier and Kathryn Chambers of Failte ireland hosted travel writers on a tour of Ireland’s Ancient East. The tour included Dunmore Caves where the tour guide improvised with a tune on a  tin whistle, the Beresford family’s Curraghmore House and Shell House, the Viking 3D Virtual Reality in Waterford City, a cliff tour of Ardmore with Liam Suipéil (Watch here agus féach anseo an leagan gaeilge) and a stay at the Michelin and AA Rosette honoure Cliff House Hotel where they were hosted by Adriaan Bartels. Picture shows the group at the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore. Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra Ireland, Danielle Favier of Failte Ireland, Ruth O’Connor, Kathryn Chambers of Failte Ireland, Yvonne Gordon and Barry Coughlan at Cliff House Hotel during the Failte Ireland media visit to Ardmore. Watch here walk around of the Cliff House hotel See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Dublin airport’s marquee route launch of summer 2017 will be Doha from Qatar Airways, to start on Monday June 12. Travel Extra sneaked out in advance to have a look on an itinerary that included the Museum of Islamic Art, (watch here), Katara Village (watch here), a dhow trip (watch here), Souq Waqif Doha (watch here), and dune bashing at Khor Al Adaid (watch here) Watch here interview with Valentina Bambuchova of Argana Restaurant Doha. Jenna (Ji Sun) Li of the Shangri La hotel in Doha Qatar talks about the hotel, (watch here).

The print edition of Travel Extra (see here) will reach travel agencies in the coming days.  Highlights in this month’s issue include a guide to what’s new in USA 2017, a guide what’s happening with theme park openings of 2017 including Universal’s Volcano Bay and Disney’s Pandora, a navigation through the complicated world of river cruise offerings, developments in car hire, Ryanair’s surprising numbers, Busman’s holiday from Sara Zimmermann of the Travel Department, Ireland’s hotel sales boom and what it means to the Irish tourism industry  and the latest industry news and competition winners. Travel Extra‘s team of award winning travel writers and photographers are already trotting the globe preparing the July issue. Travel Extra is dedicated to offering the broadest and most extensive (by a distance) coverage of the Irish industry through its ten print publications each year, the most widely read ezine, the largest reach among industry media on social media and the most comprehensive video coverage of the industry on travelextra.tv, 185,000 views and counting. We have the largest and most experienced team, we are the most invited, most widely travelled, and most importantly, the most respected source of news and information in the travel industry. We offer professional travel industry coverage BY professionals FOR professionals.

Travel Trade

IAG’s proposed €9.50 distribution charge on GDS bookings will not apply to Aer Lingus (Irish agents cannot book Aer Lingus on GDS short haul). The charge takes effect on November 1.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation will meet the Irish Travel Agents Association next week as part of the consultation process for reform of the licensing and bonding scheme for Travel Agents, who currently bond 4pc of turnover, and tour operators, who bond 10pc. The ITAA is asking licensees to join their lobby to change a system that was brought in, as CEO Pat Dawson says, to repatriate passengers stranded in the event of a tour operator failure in a pre-internet, pre credit card age. The ITAA wants a 50 cent charge on all departing passengers to replace the current bonding system, which cost agents between €3 and €5 a passenger. CAR received 2015 regulated entity accounts for Dublin Airport.

Bookabed had a record turnout in Cork for their event co-hosted with Do Something Different, AA/BA and Seaworld, and one of the biggest in Ireland for a trade event. The event continued late into the early hours at famous travel industry hostelry Crane Lane where some of the oldest swingers in town were embedded in the heart of the action. Picture shows Graham Hennessy of DSD, Michaela Gray of SeaWorld, Caitriona Toner of American Airlines, Tara Magee of British Airways and Lee Osborne of Bookabed.

Delta and Massachusetts hosted a group of agents in Boston to mark their new daily Dublin flight. Pictures shows Teresa Murphy of Delta, Edel Shanahan of American Holidays, Andrea Dixon of Cassidy Travel, Patricia Purdue Massachusetts Tourism, Sue Morrell, Rachel Fitzgerald of American Sky, front row Carla Kidd of Trailfinders and Diane Bowman of Travel Counsellors. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Aer Lingus and Universal hosted agents in Orlando at Universal’s new onsite hotel Sapphire Falls Resort. Aer Lingus has increased their service to Orlando to 4w. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Holidaymakers could be choosing their global destinations based on what switches on their brainwaves when plugged into software, Adventure specialists Explore claimed as they showcased the EEG technology in Dublin.

 

Andalusia and the Spanish Tourist Board hosted travel agents and media for a Flamenco evening in Trinity College. Picture shows Teresa Gancedo and Antonio Martin.

Peter McMinn’s Balkan Ski have expanded their capacity to Pamporovo and Borovets in Bulgaria and Poiana Brasov in Romania with direct flights from Dublin to Sofia and a separate programme from Belfast to Plovdiv. Prices start €749 half board with full ski pack.

Picture shows Olivia Price, Clubworld Travel, Lurgan, Claire Cartin, Thomson, Omagh, Paul Keenan, Falcon Holidays and Thomson, Emma Deighan, Natalie Davis, Oasis Travel, Lisburn, Janine Barr, Terra Travel, Newry, Emma McHugh, Atlantic Travel, Letterkenny and Diane McCafferty, Thomson, Derry on the Falcon/Thomson fam trip to Gran Canaria. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The Travel Corporation’s summer agent incentive offers the chance to win €1,000 to the agent who books Insight Vacations or Luxury Gold escorted tour, Uniworld river cruise, Contiki trip or Red Carnation Hotel stay by July 31. Send booking details here with booking reference number.

Picture shows Veronica Culleton of Hilary Murphy Travel with Janet Tobin Martin winner of a €2,500 cash contribution towards her holiday to Orlando this summer with Sunway Holidays which she booked through Hilary Murphy Travel in New Ross and Deirdre Murphy of Hilary Murphy Travel.

Skal Dublin members will join Holland America Princendam at Dublin Port for their cruise ship event this Thursday June 8. Cost is €30 per person for both members and guests

Picture shows on a post Indaba fam trip which involved shark cage diving at Rocky Bay, Mandela Capture Site, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, Giants Castle bushman art, Spioenkop Dam and Game Reserve, Three Trees Flagship Battlefields Tour and Eseweni Safari Lodge: Umang Gossain, Sarah Longbottom, Simon Coyle, Alan McGowan, Harriet Mallinson and Vivian McCarthy.

American Express Global Business Travel has appointed Martine Gerow as its new Chief Financial Officer, she was previously CFO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Kathleen O Rourke and Shona Fagan of Tour America

Picture shows Kathleen O Rourke and Shona Fagan celebrating Tour America’s win for “Best Use of Social Media” at the 2017 Social Media Awards.

TIGS President Peter O’Hanlon, invites all members to join him for Presidents Day in the K Club on June 22,  sponsored by Etihad Airways. First Tee Off: 11.00am. Dinner: 6.30pm. Members: €65. Guests:  €90

A new online booking platform claims to be “turning people into travel agents the way Airbnb is turning people into hosts and Uber is turning people into drivers.”

Strange world

 

Photo by Louise Acheson with brilliant pun and claim that she had found a hare smoking a cigarette at Dublin airport (it is an overgrown tooth by the way).

The mayor of Florence mayor proposed keeping picnicking tourists at bay with hosepipes.

A group of 18 women on a hen party was kicked off a flight from East Midlands to Majorca for wearing “bitches on tour” T-shirts.

  • A New York City carriage horse broke free and ran through rush hour traffic before making her own way eleven blocks home.
  • JetBlue diverted a flight to Grand Rapids after a lithium battery in a passenger’s laptop started a fire.
  • The owner of Blackpool’s Lolly’s Hotel was given a 26-week jail sentence for six health and safety offences when he rigged makeshift cables to bypass the electricity meter at his establishment after it was cut off.
  • A naked passenger was caught on camera lounging in arrivals at Majorca Airport.
  • Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue was covered in red paint in a protest against whaling.

                                                                                                                     International

Drivers to France were warned of petrol shortages due to a strike by fuel tanker drivers.

  • Queensland government officials say Coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef is worse than expected.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union issued a travel alert to tourists in Texas after state-wide regulation SB4 gave police officers the right to question the immigration status of anyone they arrest or detain.
  • Tourists to Morocco were warned by several government of the risk of violent protests. DFA advice is to exercise a high degree of caution in Morocco.
  • Drivers to France were warned of petrol shortages due to a strike by fuel tanker drivers.
  • Discover Los Angeles released the Discover L.A. app
  • The Cyprus Tourism Organisation predicts 2017 will be a record-breaking year from Ireland.
  • Visit Jersey launched a four-part content series, ‘Find Your Freedom’

Food & Beverage

Former Munster and Ireland rugby international Alan Quinlan launched new food offerings at Cork Airport aimed at showcasing local producers and other Irish suppliers.

  • Over three-quarters of chief executives in the food and drinks industry believe the sector is inadequately prepared for the impact of Brexit. The Love Irish Food members’ survey also found that 89pc food and drinks business leaders had already felt an impact of Brexit.
  • Cappuccino and latte prices in Ireland rose 4pc to over €3, according to research by Allegra World Coffee Portal. Allegra predicts turnover will rise to €600m by 2021 and branded coffee shops from 632 to over 800.
  • Applications open on June 15 for the Restaurants Association of Ireland Foodie Destinations award and will be accepted until Thursday July 13th. To download a template of the form please visit here.
  • Glendalough Distillery’s new gin Wild Botanical won gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
  • Peter Byrne is new Executive Chef at Restaurant FortyOne in Residence, Stephen’s Green.

Hotels

Savills Hotels predicted that the number of hotel rooms in the capital will rise by over 3,000 before the end of 2019. It said 55pc of new bedrooms will come from new hotels in 2018 with the rest coming from extensions to existing hotels.

  • Supermac’s owner Pat McDonagh will invest €6m in Limerick’s Castletroy Park Hotel, increasing its current size by almost 50pc over 18 months.
  • The GM of the Radisson Blu Little Island, Shane Fitzpatrick, talked to the Irish Examiner about his general manager of the year award for western Europe at the Carlton Rezidor Awards in London.
  • Arrivals by our hard working staff this week include the Shangri La Doha (watch here), Four Seasons Hotel Doha (watch here), Nobu Restaurant Doha (watch here), Argan Restaurant Doha (watch here) and Orient Pearl restaurant Doha (watch here)

Aviation

Ryanair launched a 60-day check-in service for those who pre select seats. Pre-booked seats cost from €2 for rows 6-15 and 18-33, €7 for rows 2 (A,B,C) to 5, and €11 for extra legroom rows 1, 2 (D,E,F) and 16-17. Passengers may check in for free between four days and two hours before departure. Ryanair has changed its system of randomly assigning seats for customers who do not reserve seats.

Michael O’Leary told CNBC there is not a chance in hell fares will go up, there is another risk of a laptop ban on airlines. He said he may buy an extra four or five aircraft from Boeing and repeated an offer to take over Alitalia’s short-haul business. John Mulligan reported that Ryanair held clinics with more than 180 airport operators from across Europe to invite them to pitch for extra business,. Michael O’Leary wants a ‘beauty parade’ to decide who builds Dublin Airport’s third terminal. He said summer demand spiked from the BA outage. The Centre for Aviation Analysis concluded Ryanair sees more growth opportunities than their fleet plan can accommodate. ATWonline reported Ryanair is in talks to accelerate fleet growth.

Willie Walsh will chair IATA’s 73rd Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit which airs at Cancun on Monday. It will kick off with keynote addresses by Gerardo Ruiz, Mexico’s Minister of Transport and Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organsation. Wicklow born Malaysia CEO Peter Bellew features on the the CEO Insight panel which also features Oscar Munoz of United, Enrique Beltranena of Volaris and Rickard Gustafson of SAS. Watch here interview with Peter Bellew.

Dublin Airport will handle 370,000 passengers this June bank holiday weekend.

Avolon CEO Dómhnal Slattery was confirmed as speaker at the Institute of Directors on September 22. Avolon delivered an Airbus A320-251N to Garuda. Avolon is to become the first tenant at Number one Ballsbridge.

An English court ruled that Ryanair compensation claims must be heard in Ireland. Liverpool County Court dismissing an application by Hughes Walker to have their cases heard in England. Ryanair said “claims chaser” firms are charging up to 50pc of their compensation by forcing them to sign liens and deliberately bringing them through the courts. Customers with valid claims who claim directly from Ryanair will receive 100pc of their EU261 compensation entitlement without the deduction of these excessive “claims chaser” fees.

  • Swiss commenced Cork to Zurich seasonal service 2w until October 2.
  • Icelandair commenced Belfast City Airport (to Keflavik year-round 3w on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
  • international investment manager 3i Group plc took ownership of George Best Belfast City Airport.
  • Belfast City Airport won a responsible company of the year at the Community NI Responsible Business Awards.
  • Iberia published Excelente’s Special Edition – Iberia’s 90th Anniversary
  • IATA says worldwide demand is up 10.7pc on April 2016 with “indications that passengers are avoiding routes where the laptop ban is in place.”
  • United added Boston–San Francisco to its premium transcontinental route network, upgraded meal service and amenities in business class and added complimentary hot meal and beverage service for customers in Economy Plus.
  • Gatwick Airport and Lyon-Saint Exupéry become the latest carbon neutral airports in Europe bringing the total to 27.
  • Delta appointed Corneel Koster as Senior Vice President Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.
  • Dublin Airport was expecting its busiest weekend of the year and issued tips to passengers.
  • Cork Airport is aiming to attract more Swiss visitors to Ireland with the launch of Zurich service with Swiss. Connect to the album of Facebook.
  • EI-FWF, the latest Cityjet Sukhoi Superjet appeared in Brussels Airlines livery
  • Another week, another transatlantic sale, this time with WOW offering one-ways from Dublin Airport and Cork Airport, via Reykjavik, to LA, Miami, San Francisco, New York, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Toronto.
  • Level, the low-cost transatlantic arm of IAG, commenced flights from Barcelona to Los Angeles with a full A330 flight of 314 passeners. The airline is looking at Paris Orly and Rome Fiumincino as additional bases.
  • ESA business incubation centre announced its first client, DroneSAR.
  • Knock Ireland West Airport is to hold its annual charity 5k runway fun run this weekend
  • Leonardo and Sloane helicopters partnership sees a stronger presence in Ireland’s VIP helicopter markets
  • US stalled a further decision on Norwegian Air International
  • Norwegian‘s 737MAX 8 inaugural date was moved to June 15.
  • Dublin Aerospace reported profits up 20pc
  • Foynes airshow details were announced with 16 acts and 29 aircraft on Sunday July 22.
  • Knock Airport is leading Irish passenger growth. A Strategic Development Zone was confirmed for Knock airport and three new Directors were appointed to the board.
  • There were calls to name a park in Dublin after Rescue 116 victim Paul Ormsby.
  • John Drysdale was appointed new Business Development Manager at International Aviation Services Centre
  • Over 500 people have prepared for a runway run at Belfast City Airport
  • American is eliminating full beverage service on short haul flights effective June 1.
  • Finland concluded a deal with Russia to increase Siberian overflight rights from 65w to 80w, critcial for Finnair growth but they need more.
  • Stefan Pichler returned to the Middle East from Air Berlin to be CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines.
  • Air Canada will replace Air Canada Rouge on the Dublin-Toronto route from 30 October with A330-300
  • Airport passenger numbers are up across the board but down slightly in Shannon and Cork
  • ASG received approval to operate as an Approved Training Organisation of the European Aviation Safety Agency.
  • Datalex Labs released details of their airline retail platform for airlines and their start-up partners.
  • Norwegian revised their planned Boeing 737MAX 8 operations, previously due to the delay of aircraft delivery, selected routes will be operated by Norwegian Air Shuttle 737-800 (DY 73H), affecting Belfast – Providence, Cork – Providence, Dublin – Providence, Shannon – Newburgh Stewart and Shannon – Providence.
  • Ryanair CFO David O’Brien said there are lots of opportunities for expansion all across Europe
  • Swiss International is to operate once-off Geneva-Dublin Bombardier CS300 service on June 21
  • Norwegian is to increase Dublin – Newburgh Stewart to 6w for Winter 2017
  • SMBC Aviation Capital concluded a two aircraft deal with new customer Philippine Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic is to increase flights between Belfast and Orlando
  • United is to start providing free meals and alcohol to Economy Plus passengers on Premium Transcon flights.
  • Russia’s challenger to 737 and A320 made its first brief flight.
  • Emirates’ new first class cabin will feature six private suites in 1-1-1 layout, compared to 8 private suites in 1-2-1 on its existing 777 fleet.
  • Ryanair’s CFO David O’Brien said traffic is up strongly
  • Ryanair expanding European fleet with new Boeing jets (watch here).
  • Aer Lingus Viscount Awards 2017 (watch here).
  • Belfast City Airport was sold to an international investment fund as part of £700m deal
  • Pat Byrne said CityJet is eyeing new airline acquisitions in 2017.
  • Aer Lingus became a benefactor member of Flight Safety Foundation.
  • Willie Walsh said IAG’s budget long haul airline Level is to increase its fleet to five in 2018 – CEO
  • Inspire Mind your Mind music tour will include Belfast City Airport.
  • Cabin crew who are members of Unite in the mixed fleet at British Airways have announced they will hold a four-day strike on June 16-20.
  • Virgin Atlantic will treble seats on Belfast – Orlando route from next summer
  • Willie Walsh broke his silence on the fiasco to praise Cruz and the British Airways leadership.
  • BA’s online claim forms instruct applicants to first seek compensation via their travel insurance – leaving many liable to pay an excess.
  • B&F featured 60 seconds with Enda Corneille
  • CityJet marked the occasion of flying its 500,000th passenger from Antwerp International Airport to London City Airport at a reception in the Belgian city. The service began in 2008.
  • HNA said it is to acquire 25pc of Aegean Airlines, according to them, one of the few profitable and sound European investments.
  • Qatar Airways launched their Discover Dublin video in advance of their June 12 inaugural. Watch here.
  • Gardaí hosted a conference to prepare Dublin Airport staff for terror attack
  • Malaysia is the cheapest country to book an air ticket at €3.84 per 100km according to Online travel agency Kiwi.com, followed by 2 Bulgaria, 3 India, 4 Turkey, 5 Romania, 6 Indonesia, 7 Portugal, 8 Thailand, 9 Sweden and 10 Spain. Ireland was in 36th place.

Afloat

MSC used the presence of French President Macron at the flag ceremony for MSC Meraviglia to announce two 6,850-passenger LNG-powered mega cruise ships in 2022 and 2024, with options for two additional vessels. The four ships will become MSC Cruises’ World Class.

Watch here interview with Amanda Middler on board Silver Whisper in Dublin. Watch here walk around of the Silver Whisper in Dublin.

  • Emerald Star is aiming for 12pc growth in the Irish market, and will have a new class of ships, Horizon, in three sizes on Irish waterways this season. Watch here presentation by Mark Roding of Emerald Star
  • The 2017 hurricane forecast predicted above normal storm activity.
  • New York cruise terminals received a $38.5m investment
  • Ponant‘s ‘Blue Eye’ underwater lounge will have hydrophones and  ‘body listening’ couches which will vibrate to the sounds of the sea and marine animals.
  • Saga cruises disclosed more about new ship Spirit of Discovery
  • Carnival‘s newest cruise ship will have new cabin category for families and more Havana cabins.
  • Tim Rice show is now fleetwide on Seabourn Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean gets whimsical with operation Little Bear– a spy-themed trailer has been released for a muster drill movie.
  • Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises confirmed a return to Lifou in 2017/2018
  • Celebrity Cruises appoints Sam Otter as director of marketing and PR for Ireland and Britain.
  • Princess Cruises offered up to $350 onboard spend on 2018 sailings.
  • Mentalist David Meade invites people to a levitation stunt to launch Royal Caribbean’s 2018 brochure on July 1 where passers have a chance to win the Royal Caribbean ‘Golden Ticket’ to board the soon to be launched, Symphony of the Seas, while other shoppers and passers-by can post pics to win a €100 voucher for Jamie’s Italian in Dundrum Town Centre.
  • Seven Seas Explorer call to Dublin has been cancelled.

Ireland

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Tourism Ireland’s Julie Wakley as new Head of Britain. Julie joined Tourism Ireland in January 2016, as Deputy Head of Great Britain – Consumer Marketing. Previous senior managerial posts have included Marketing Manager – BBC Politics & Current Affairs, where she led the marketing activity on TV, radio and online around the Scottish Referendum and the 2015 English General Election. She was also part of the team responsible for the Westminster Government’s ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign, promoting trade and tourism in international markets to maximise economic benefits during 2012.

Minister Paul Kehoe, and Andrew Lloyd Webber unveiled a €1.6m Fethard Horse Country Experience designed by Event.

Paul Carty of Guinness Storehouse will chair the new Association of Visitor and Entertainment Attractions. Membership is open to all Visitor Attractions and Experiences including Gardens, Leisure & Entertainment Visits, Museums, Galleries, Historic Buildings & Estates, Monastic Sites, Cathedrals/Churches, Farm Visits, Themed Trails (guided), Boat Trips, Evening Entertainment & Theatres. Watch here interview with Paul Carty at the launch of AVEA. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • The late Dermot Morgan’s son and grandsons were guests of honour at the opening of the National Wax Museum Plus at a new location, Lafayette House on Westmoreland Street in Dublin. Watch here interview with Paddy Dunning of the Wax Museum, which opened in a new location, Glimpse inside here or connect on Facebook here.
  • Trim-based youth group Gluais treated stranded passengers to renditions of Paint the Town Green and ‘Oró Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile’ and a dance in Charles de Gaulle Airpor when returing from performing at Disney Paris. See their Facebook page here.
  • Belfast is among the cities shortlisted for the title of Europe’s leading city break destination in the World Travel Awards.
  • Turkish Airlines Sponsors Best International Film at the Fastnet Film Festival in Schull on  May 21-29.
  • The National Competitiveness Council report published The Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2017.
  • Lord Pirre’s 18 ct gold pocket watch, two original launch day tickets and a broken Rivet from RMS Olympic have been added to Titanic Belfast’s galleries to mark the 106th anniversary of the ship’s launch.
  • IT Sligo will host annual Tourism & Hospitality Research Conference on June 15th & 16th where Michael Hall from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand will be keynote speaker. See here.

Deal Watch

Emirates summer sale: Dubai from €459. Phuket from €709. Kuala Lumpur form €559. Perth from €999. Johannesburg from €589. Click here.

Falcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Labranda Oasis Mango, Los Cristianos, Tenerife from €539pps, depart June 9. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €639pps, depart June 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €689pps, depart June 18. 7 nights half board 4* Villa Romanam, Salou from €739pp, depart Knock July 25. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Cala Font, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €629pps, depart Cork June 13. 7 nights self catering 2* Costa Volcan, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €489pp, depart Shannon June 19. 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, Gran Canaria from €3,059 2+3, depart July 6. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal by Don Pablo Collection, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €2,239pp, depart July 5. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,959pps, depart July 12. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Haven/Irish Ferries is offering 7 nights Hafan Y Mor park in North Wales from €899 for a family of six incl. return car ferry. Book by July 1, travel between June 9 and July 28. Visit irishferries.com/haven or call 0818 300 400.

InterContinental Dublin is offering a Father’s Day Cuban-themed brunch from €47pp incl. Havana Club rum station, Cuban-style suckling pig, Cuban sandwiches, mouth-watering Latin shrimp cocktail, traditional ropa vieja and churros. See intercontinentaldublin.ie.

Insight Vacations is offering 8 days Greece tour from €2,159pps, depart July 25. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA offers: 7 nights B&B 5* Madeira from €879pps, depart October 5. 8 nights all inclusive 4* Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa, Bali from €2,299pp, travel between September and October. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Corfu from €3,009 2+1, depart August 18.

Sunway offers: 9 nights Nashville to New Orleans tour from €3,269pp, depart September 20. 7 nights Inca Trail tour from €1,950pp, depart October 9. 5 nights all inclusive Sandpiper Bay, Florida and 2 nights Cabana Bay, Orlando from €4,799 2+2, depart September 19. 7 nights B&B 3* Esat Hotel, Kusadasi from €299pps, depart June 10. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Da Oura  Aparthotel, Algarve from €399pp, depart June 16. 7 nights self catering 2* Puertocarmen Apts, Lanzarote from €429pp, depart June 17. 7 nights self catering 3* Oasis Dunas Apts, Fuerteventura from €449pp, depart June 17. 4 nights 3* Stratosphere, Las Vegas from €499pp. 7 nights 3* Rosen Inn at Pointe, Orlando from €819pp incl. Universal Park tickets. 7 nights B&B 3* Kata Sea Breeze, Phuket Island from €789pp, travel September. 7 nights Mediterranean Cruise on board Jewel of the Seas from €1,325pp, depart September 3. 10 nights Western Caribbean cruise on board Oasis of the Seas from €1,219pp, depart September 28. Visit sunway.ie.

Thomson offers: 7 nights half board Globales Santa Lucia, Palma Nova, Majorca from €669pp, depart June 13. 7 nights half board Hotel Belvedere, Salou, Costa Dorada from €669pp, depart Knock July 25. 7 nights self catering Morromar Apartments, Matagorda, Lanzarote from €559pps, depart Cork August 31. 7 nights self catering Protur Bahia Azul, Cala Bona, Majorca from €509pps, depart Shannon August 26. 14 nights all inclusive Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites & Spa Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €2,069pps, depart June 28. 14 nights all inclusive RIU Caribe, Cancun, Mexico from €2,179pps, depart July 5. 7 nights self catering Driades Apartments, Hersonissos, Crete from €509pp, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B Jupiter Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €539pp, depart June 26. 7 nights half board Hotel Mediteran, Porec, Croatia from €809pps, depart September 26. 7 nights full board Spanish Delights cruise from €929pp,depart June 13. Visit falconholidays.ie.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Madison Apartments, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €399pps, depart June 17. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €569pps, depart June 17. 7 nights B&B 4* Blu Lake Hotel Sirmione, Lake Garda from €699pps, depart June 10. 7 nights B&B 4* Parc Hotel Gritti, Bardolino, Lake Garda from €869pps, depart June 10. 7 nights self catering 4* Aparthotel Duas Torres, Funchal, Madeira from €329pps, depart June 8. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Baia Azul, Funchal, Madeira from €569pps, depart June 8. 7 nights B&B 4* Grand Hotel Hermitage, Sorrento & Amalfi Coast from €699pps, depart June 11. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Conca Park, Sorrento & Amalfi Coast from €799pps, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Delle Palme, Letojanni, Sicily from €499pps, depart June 10. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €899pps, depart June 24. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Cambridge, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €899pps, depart June 17. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Dorchester Hotel, Miami from €899pp, travel November. 7 nights Rosen Inn International, Orlando from €619pp, depart January 18 2018. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €499pp, depart February 16 2018. 4 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €599pp, depart February 9 2018. 7 nights all inclusive Barcelo Maya Grand, Cancun from €1,299pp, depart October 11. 7 nights Miami and Caribbean fly-cruise from €1,629pp on board MSC Seaside, depart February 9 2018. 7 nights Miami & Bahamas fly-cruise on board Norwegian Sky from €1,459pp, depart January 8 2018. 10 nights Miami and Caribbean cruise on board Celebrity Equinox from €1,499pp, depart November 15. 6 nights Miami and Mexico fly-cruise on board Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas from €1,219pp, depart March 10 2018. Visit touramerica.ie.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights 4* half board hotel accommodation, Tuscanyfrom €999pp incl. live performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Gran Teatro all’Aperto in Torre de Lago. Depart July 26. Click here or call 01 637 1600.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Castles along the Rhine river cruise on board River Empress from €2,549pps, depart October 18. Book by June 30. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

What we learned.

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