Things to know about travel this week
- Dublin-Doha commences with connection options to grow
- Teflon Thailand continues to grow tourism despite death of king
- Bali celebrates its hinterland
- Eamonn Brennan becomes DG of Eurocontrol
- BA’s £80m IT headache
Travel Extra TV
- To celebrate Father’s Day, Emirates posted a short video about two brothers that decided to follow in their father’s footsteps and became Boeing 777 pilots. Watch here.
- Stunning shots of a heavy fog covering the Grampians in Victoria, Australia. Watch here.
- Can you ‘skimboard’ like this border collie? Watch here.
- Highlights from Airbus of the first A320neo delivery to Easyjet. Watch here.
- BA has posted a series of guides to New York City. Watch here.
- See Tourism Ireland’s ad for golfing on the island. Watch here.
- Traditional musicians Daoirí Farrell, Geoff Kinsella and Robbie Walsh entertained passengers with an impromptu session when a flight from Newcastle to Dublin was delayed by two hours. Watch here.
- A camera on a weather balloon over Newark, NY near Rochester, NY (not Newark NJ) captured footage of DL159 passing just 500 feet above. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
Was it coincidence that Qatar Airways inaugural flight from Doha to the Guinness capital had the registration number A7-ALE? Qatar sent senior vice president for Europe Jonathan Harding to shrug off questions about the blockade of the country by its Middle eastern neighbours amid a gate ceremony attended by Niall Gibbons CEO of Tourism Ireland. Picture shows Niall Gibbons, CEO, Tourism Ireland pictured with Jonathan Harding, Qatar Airways SVP Europe and Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison at the launch of the inaugural Dublin to Doha route at Dublin Airport. Although an A350 was used on the inaugural flight, the route will be served by a 254-seat 787 in 22-232 configuration. Following the Dublin launch, Qatar Airways will be adding flights to two Thai destinations, Chiang Ma and Utapao south east of Bangkok as well as Abidjan on Ivory Coast; Accra in Ghana; Canberra in Australia; Chittagong in Bangladesh and Mombasa in Kenya. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. Watch here pictures from gate ceremony for Dublin-Doha inaugural. Watch here takeoff and landing.
What is there to see in Doha when you get there for those who avail of the free 48 hour stopover on offer by the airline? Travel Extra went to find out and will be featuring Qatar in the next print edition. Some of the sites we visited and people we met: the Museum of Islamic Art watch here, Katara Village (watch here), a dhow trip (watch here), Souq Waqif Doha (watch here), adune bashing at Khor Al Adaid (watch here Shangri La Doha (watch here), Four Seasons Hotel Doha (watch here), Nobu Restaurant Doha (watch here), Argan Restaurant Doha (watch here). Watch here interview with Valentina Bambuchova of Argana Restaurant Doha. watch here interview with Jenna (Ji Sun) Li of the Shangri La,
Thailand’s Tourism Authority hosted international travel trade and media, including Brendan Barry of Discover Travel, in Chiang Mai. This was the second successive year that Thailand Travel Market has moved to the provinces from the capital and the fair will be heading to Pattaya next year. Regional connectivity was the big topic of the week with four carriers now serving Phuket over the middle east avoiding a time consuming Bangkok stopover, Etihad, Emirates, Qatar and, form July, Turkish. Chris Lee of Thailand tourism is planning his first fam with Turkish Airlines this autumn. And yes the parting glass was sung. Watch here interview with Seila Hul of Cambodia Tourism. Watch here interview with Krisada Khuiaphai of Hmong Hilltribe Lodge. Watch here the visit of Thailand tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul to the Maiiam Museum Chiang Mai. Watch here the free the frogs campaign. Travel Extra raised the issue of the prospect of a single visa for ASEAN countries (watch here). Picture shows Brendan Barry of Discover Travel el with David Kevan of Chic Locations. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Tourism Authority of Thailand London office director Chris Lee took time to talk to Travel Extra about the prospect of direct Flights to Dublin (watch here, are you listening Norwegian?), air services to regions through the Middle East (watch here), the wisdom of TTM in Chiang Mai (watch here), Teflon Thailand’s ability to continue to grow tourism through a coup and the death of its king (watch here), developments in Phuket and Krabi (watch here), on itineraries Travel Agents Can Sell (watch here), its green tourism initiatives (watch here) and the affinity between Ireland and Thailand (watch here). Picture shows Chris Lee and Pataraporn Sithivanich European Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
While the Thailand Travel Market may dominate the headlines, it’s not the only game in town in terms of Asian tourism fairs. Nearby Indonesia arguably has even more potential to become a major destination. It’s got 18,000 islands – there’s so many they’re still counting them all – with Bali obviously the jewel in the crown for now. The country hosted its fourth annual Bali and Beyond Travel Fair, in Nusa Dua on the island, attracting 230 buyers from 55 countries and 179 sellers from all over Indonesia. The country is hoping that the event will become more international and reckoned this year’s BBTF would create €500m worth of business. Inbound Irish figures are lumped in with Britain, but the latest total is 34,803 – a rise of 35.8pc, so roughly 3,000 Irish visit each year, and the aim is to raise that. And it’s clear that Bali is not that far off the beaten track for the Irish, with the return flight from the capital, Denpasar, to Dubai on Emirates hosting at least a dozen Irish voices.
The Tourism Ministry’s Renata Permadi and her crew hosted the European media – with Travel Extra the only representative from Ireland (or even our neighbours in Britain), along with two journalists from the Netherlands, one from Austria and Russia. See here as the group visited paddy fields, sun-drenched beaches and historic villages. It was just a taster for what was to come. Discover next week if the press pack survived a man-eating dragon (yes, really) and find out why the Irish are everywhere – even on the top of a mountain on a deserted island.
The 60mph Viking Voyage €8m flume ride opened at Tayto Park. This is a big step up for Ireland’s eighth most visited attraction, they are moving in to position to become the first real theme park in Ireland. Westport House always had a few rides but Tayto’s numbers of 762,000pa is close to giving them critical mass similar to some of the smaller European theme parks.
Clem Walshe is to host an event to launch Teletext holidays in Ireland.
The Spanish Tourist Board hosted Tapas day with chefs from Lanzarote. Picture shows Yvonne Muldoon of Aer Lingus, Teresa Gancedo, Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus and Katheryn McDonnell of the Spanish Tourist Board.
Travel Counsellors hosted an Irish conference in Dunboyne Castle. The business was ranked in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 in 164th place.
Picture shows Augustin Garcia of the Spanish Tourist Board in London, Katerina Bomstein of Gran Canaria Tourism and Maureen Ledwith of Business Exhibitions at the Big Event in Templepatrick, Co Down.
Skal’s postponed cruise ship visit will take place in Dublin on Thursday August 10th. Dublin club’s next function will be the BBQ in the Intercontinental Hotel on July 11th.
Sandals Resorts is to be made available on GDS for first time.
Tui completed the sale of Travelopia for €369m.
Travel Extra‘s post family after IPW in Washington DC included a trip along Maryland‘s Atlantic coast and the plush eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay. People we met along the way included Angela Crenshaw of the Harriet Tubman Centre who says he learned all she knows about visitor centres from working in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin (watch here), Marci Ross of Visit Maryland who explained how the state originated and why Maryland is smaller than Pennsylvania and Virginia (watch here), Susan Meredith of Blackwater Paddle & Pedal (watch here) Lloyd Deveigne of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (watch here), Todd Powell of Perry Inn by Belmond St Michael’s (watch here) and Cassandra Banhooser Talbot County Tourism (watch here). Picture shows Back row: Maha Shihabi of Jerusalem Express Travel in Jordan, Susan Seifried of Annapolis Tourism, Marlon Mejia of Arrecife Tours Honduras, Hiba Abualsoud of Jerusalem Travel Express Jordan, Jose Ballesteros of Revista Enfoque Del Café Colombia, Ana Maria Madalina Nicolescu of Panolimpic Tours Romania, Hiba Abualsoud of Jerusalem Travel Express Jordan, Scott Balyo of Captial Region tourism, Henning Ktretschmer of Revista Vivir De Viaje Honduras, Carmen Demetriade of World Travel Romania, Henning Ktretschmer of Revista Vivir De Viaje Honduras, Lucia Ballesteros of Revista Enfoque Del Café Colombia, Beatrix Bourguignon of BAV Events France, Anuj Bang of Rooms SML India, Carsten Andersen of TTO Scandinavia Denmark, Aileen Clemente of Rajah Travel Philippines, Alban Tapin of Senso Day Events France, Nicolae Demetriade of World Travel Romania, Marci Ross of Maryland Tourism, Esther Kalt of Hotelplan Suisse, Front row: Ismail Abusaoud of Jerusalem Travel Express Jordan, Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra Ireland, Alena Parobekova of USA Experts Slovakia, Pavel Parobek of USA Experts Slovakia, Alberto Lapenta of Linkviajes Argentina. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Bali & Beyond trade fair (watch here)
An AeroMexico flight from Mexico City to Chicago O’Hare was carrying a scorpion which managed to sting a passenger in the elbow two hours before the aircraft reached its destination
- A brawl broke out between English tourists and Turkish hotel staff after one of its maids allegedly pushed over a female guest. Watch here.
- Rome starting imposing fines for frolicking at famous landmarks, (the English Guardian called it the Trevi levy).
- American tourist Tommy Schlather found a kilo of cocaine washed up on a beach near the Minaun Cliffs in Dookinella on Achill Island.
- A 40 year old woman Louise Borrett flew from Heathrow to Munich on her 14-year-old step daughter’s passport
Helen McGrath told Joe Duffy on RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline that her Marbella hotel ‘had no record of €2,500 five-star holiday booking’ made through website Alpharooms.com.
- A survey by price comparison site Bonkers.ie found that 61pc are unaware of the new law to scrap mobile roaming costs around Europe.
- Days after a post IPW fam visited Ocean City Maryland the US attorney general Brian Frosh said the resort can legally ban topless women.
- Daredevil Erendira Wallenda hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls.
- Gervais Dylan Gatete, 21, of Raleigh, North Carolina suffered severe burns after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park.
- The White House released a memorandum saying the effective date of the executive order banning travellers from six Muslim-majority countries “is delayed or tolled” until all relevant court injunctions “are lifted or stayed.”
- The famous neon sign of a cowgirl on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas has been taken down as part of the construction of a planned casino-resort.
Food & Beverage
Legislation permitting Ireland’s pubs to open on Good Friday from 2018 has been extended to all premises and not just pubs.
- The Restaurants Association of Ireland claimed a shortage of chefs is forcing restaurants to close on Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Osprey Hotel Naas plans a 130 seater restaurant called Herald & Devoy as part of a €3m investment by Prem Group to include a ‘casual chic’ brasserie in the lobby area.
- Applications are now open for the restaurants Association of Ireland Foodie Destination awards, until Thursday July 13th.
- The Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy aims to work with distilleries around the South West to attract 190,000 visitors to four locations, Dingle Distillery, the Jameson Experience Midleton, Clonakilty Distillery and West Cork Distillers.
- Empathy Research claimed 80pc of Irish adults surveyed and 97pc of 18-24 year olds surveyed order take-away food on a regular basis.
- JD Wetherspoon were granted permission to open a two-story pub in a former Baptist church and an adjoining building on Dublin’s Lower Abbey Street.
- Louis Fitzgerald pub and hotel group reported pre-tax profits of €7.8m.
- Paul Byrne, Fiona McHugh and Frank Murphy of Fallon & Byrne say they “feel the group is now very well positioned to take advantage of further opportunities for growth” after growoing turnover to €13.2m.
- Delphi Resort in Leenane on the Galway Mayo border named Daniel Willimont, formerly of Mount Falcon, as executive head chef.
- Conor Boyle is chef at the newly opened The Gallery café and bar on Belfast’s Dublin Road.
- Restaurant magazine named Stephen Harris’s The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent as England’s best restaurant
Dublin finished 23rd in a survey of accommodation costs by campsite online booking platform Campsy which compares the price of accommodation in over 200 cities and regions. Dublin hostels cost €18, one star €300, two star €372, three star €437, four star €527 and five star €861. Peer to peer costs €100 according to the survey.
- German budget boutique hotel chain Motel One is considering opening in Dublin.
- Jurys Inn launched a new integrated “Stay Happy” marketing campaign following a £2.9m investment.
- Lawrence Kenwright said his £80m investment in four new hotels in Belfast will add 500 new bedrooms and create 350 jobs, 150 at the refurbished Crumlin Road courthouse, over 200 at two hotels in Waring Street, one of these themed on George Best, and 80 at the Scottish Mutual Building.
- The Dylan Hotel showcased its €10m extension as part of a celebration of a decade in business, increasing the number of bedrooms from 44 to 72.
- Castlemartyr hotel applied to Cork County Council for a wedding-and-conference centre to two-storey gym, a 61-space car park and extensions to the Knight’s Bar, Franchini’s Restaurant, and spa area.
- Sam Field Corbett is seeking to raise €2m to convert the former Aran Islands ferry Naomh Éanna, into a boutique hotel/hostel, café and restaurant to be berthed beside the CHQ building on Dublin’s north quays.
- Rajesh Rana of Andras Hotels plans to demolish the Londonderry Hotel building in Portrush and replace it with a 103-bedroom £8m hotel. million.
- Cork’s Metropole hotel is planning a €50m development to replace the wings of the heritage building running from MacCurtain Street to St. Patrick’s Quay to doubling its room count, adding shops to the ground floor and adding a three-star sister hotel, The M, to be linked by two bridges above Harley Street.
- Naas’s Osprey Hotel plans to redesign its dining space and lobby, which will hold a new 130-seater restaurant called Herald & Devoy. The owners of the four-star Kildare hotel, The PREM Group, have started the redesign which is part of an overall €3m investment into the Osprey.
- Ireland’s Blue Book appointed Shannon Sweeney as Marketing Executive.
- Connacht Hotel, Galway won The Tourism & Hospitality Category Award at the Gaillimh le Gaeilge Awards, Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh.
- NH Hotel Group opened the NH Collection Grand Sablon, in Brussels
- Arrivals by Travel Extra’s hard working team of travel writers this week include Hmong Hilltribe Lodge near Chiang Mai (watch here), La Vela Khao Lak (watch here), the Grand Hyatt Chesapeake Bay (watch here), Perry Inn by Belmond in St Michael’s Maryland (watch here), Robert Morris Inn Oxford Maryland (watch here), Holiday Inn in Ocean Beach (watch here), Phillips Crab house in Ocean beach (watch here), the Waterfront in Annapolis (watch here), the Hilton Washington (watch here) and Atlantic Hotel Berlin Maryland Washington (watch here)
Graham Keddle led Belfast International Airport came under fire for a billboard campaign targeting people in the border counties: “choose BEXIT and enjoy more destinations and greater savings than ever before when you EXIT from Belfast International (Belfast’s airport code is BFS not BE and the majority in the north voted remain)
- The cost of British Airways IT failure was estimated at €91.5m.
- Heathrow had a a baggage system failure at terminal 3 and terminal 5.
- Norwegian names Jonathan Swift and Tom Crean as low-cost airline’s ‘tail fin heroes’
- Almost three-quarters of dads want a weekend away for Father’s Day, Ryanair said (unsurprisingly) in a survey. Just 11pc wanted match tickets, while a tiny 1pc wanted another child.
- The hunt is on to replace Eamonn Brennan as head of the Irish Aviation Authority. The Chief Executive is off to Brussels to become Director General of air traffic control giant Eurocontrol.
- Hong Kong based rankings site AirHelp Score ranked Aer Lingus 9th and Ryanair 83RD of 87 airlines for on-time performance, customer service efficiency and quality of service. Singapore finished top followed by 2 Etihad, 3 Qatar, 4 Austrian, 5 Transat, 6 Dolomiti, 7 BA, 8 Virgin, and 10 TUI Netherlands.
- Cork Airport won the ACI Airport of the year in the under 5m passenger’ category. Naples and Aiicante won the other categories.
- Galway born Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority wil become Director General of Eurocontrol from January 1.
- Michael Kerkloh, President & CEO of Munich Airport was elected to lead the organisation as President.
- Turkish Airlines, which operates 14w from Dublin to Istanbul, plans to increase to 17w next year.
- British Airways expect to maintain full services in the face of a threatened strike by mixed crew from July 1.
- An Irish company is to maintain Boeing’s Dreamliners
- Aer Lingus launched an Irish Filmmaker Competition with Irish Film Board
- Reuters reported that Ryanair is in talks with Boeing about placing an order for its proposed new 737 MAX 10 airliner.
- The European Union proposed new rules to tackle alleged unfair competitive practices by foreign airlines after complaints about Gulf carriers receiving illegal government subsidies,
- Qatar Airways closed bookings for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and UAE until October 28 2017.
- Air Transat will operate charter flights from Dublin to Toronto on December 20, 2017 and return on January 2, 2018.
- The IDA released a video on Ireland’s influence on the Aviation industry
- Acceptance at last? Tallaght’s finest aviation prodigy Alan Joyce was named a Companion of the Order of Australia
- Ryanair appointed Chiara Ravara senior sales and marketing manager.
- ACI ranked Dublin Airport among the top 20 for airport connectivity.
- CityJet got its sixth Superjet
- SMBC Aviation Capital reported profits up 48PC
- A survey by flight delay compensation company AirHelp rated Kuwait the worst airport of 76 in the world with Gatwick second, Manchester was third and Edinburgh fifth. Sinapore, Munich and Hong Kong are rated the top three.
- An art exhibition opened in Donegal Airport. It was claimed airline investment could provide positive knock-on effects for Donegal
- Ferghal O’Connor forecast turbulence ahead for Kevin Toland’s successor as DAA boss
- JetBlue’s chairman claimed loyalty programs have made airlines ‘lazy’
- Online travel company eDream said their survey showed one in ten passengers claimed to have had a fling on an aircraft
- Question and Answer section on Aviation Security at the IATA congress in Cancun watch here
- Donald Trump’s plans to overhaul US air traffic control, watch here.
P&O Cruises’ 710-passenger adults-only ship Adonia returned to its homeport of Southampton this week following a refit, which includes a new restaurant and new entertainment.
- In an unusual move, P&O is charging for entry to one of the shows onboard Pacific Explorer. Tickets run from $15 to $29pp for adults-only cabaret Love Riot, but will include a cocktail and souvenir glass ($15 ticket). The dearer ticket is branded as VIP and includes dinner, a cocktail and souvenir glass.
- Royal Caribbean floated out the world’s biggest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas
- English newsreader and Angela Rippon officially named CMV Columbus
- P&O introduced cover charges for shows on Pacific Explorer.
- Lindblad Expeditions delayed the launch of first new cruise ship, National Geographic Quest
- Seabourn cancelled zodiac-only ventures excursions in Alaska
- Norwegian Cruise Line changed ‘free at sea’ inclusions for passengers in The Haven
- Pacific Princess emerged from dry dock with new suites and restaurants.
- Cunard’s Queen Victoria returned to Service after refurbishment
- Cruisescapes are inviting agents to join them in Dublin to board Port Fred Olsen’s Black Watch on July 12th and Balmoral on August 12th commencing about 10.30 for a presentation, ship tour and lunch ending shortly before 2pm. Details here or contact Cruisescapes on Dublin 01-2941000. Fred Olsen new sales campaign Free On Shore Spending Money & Added Benefits is available for new bookings until June 30, 2017, on cruises of seven nights and more departing from April 3, 2018 until end 2019.
- Watch here the video of the moment Amanda Lacey won a ticket to board Symphony of the Seas next year during a levitation stunt on South King Street in Dublin’s City Centre by TV Personality, David Meade.
CSO figures for inbound toruism to Ireland show a decline in British visitors in January to March by 7pc, North America is up 13pc, Europe up 65pc and Australia up 16pc. Overall visits are down 1pc.
The OPW expressed concern over the impact of Star Wars was as visitors to Skellig rose from an average of 11,100 to 12,560 in 2015 and 14,678 in 2016.
There was lots of reaction to the claim by Australian academic Michael Hall who told the Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference in Sligo that Dublin was a rip-off and questioned Ireland’s dependence on dead writers.
Picture shows Gretel O’Sullivan of Gleneagle Group; Catherine Moylan of Listowel Writers Week; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Joan O’Shaughnessy Chairman of Tourism Ireland; and Breffni Ingerton of the Gleneagle Group, before the Tourism Ireland board meeting at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel in Killarney.
- The husband of an American woman who died in a cycling accident while holidaying in Kerry paid tribute to the people of Killarney and local gardaí.
- Sligo joined the Amalfi coast, Marbella, Puglia and The Cote d’Azur on the Vogue magazine list. Of the county it purred: “Think dramatic mountains, glimmering beaches, rolling green hills, magical woodlands and vibrant seaside towns.”
- Minister Patrick O’Donovan unveiled the Shannon Estuary Drive through 207km through , Limerick City, Kilcornan, Askeaton, Foynes, Tarbert, Killimer, Labasheeda, Killadysert, Ballynacally, Clarecastle, Ennis and Bunratty. Click HERE to view brochure.
- Terence Doorley of NUI Maynooth is hosting the Historic Houses of Europe conference in Dublin Castle next week. Travel trade are welcome.
- Cork Convention Bureau expects a 25pc increase in exhibitors at its Keep Cork Meeting event in Devere Hall, UCC on June 21. A picture shows Trade Liaison Officer Anne Cahill, Executive Chairman Seamus Heaney, Cork Convention Bureau, Chloe Isaacs, Vienna Woods Hotel and Business Development Manager Evelyn O’Sullivan, Cork Convention Bureau.
- Duncannon Village in county Wexford will host Ireland’s first Gourmet Beach Market on August 27.
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What we learned
You cannot put sunbeds on the beach in two places in Thailand, Khao Lak and Krabi.
Phrase of the week
Between the devil and the DUP.
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