TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Le $30bn shopping spree, Irish air heads spend big at Paris air show.

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Things to know about travel this week

  • Irish aviation’s 30bn spending spree in Paris
  • Dublin airport’s new record, 102,000 passengers in one day
  • KLM to stay 5 daily on Dublin Amsterdam in winter, and use B737
  • Dublin-Southend back on the departure board
  • Delta/AF/KLM BBQ with chicken on the menu and hens among the guests
  • TIGS in Straffan
  • Etihad to end chauffeur service
  • Thailand on show to TTM delegates
  • Komodo dragon turns out to impress travel trade in Bali
  • Qatar best Emirates at Skytrax awards
  • Stuttgart’s finest, Volker Lorenz, will stay in Ireland after leaving Amadeus

Travel Extra TV

  • Here are the highlights from Airbus’s flying display at Paris Air Show. Watch here.
  • Qatar Airways posted highlights from the launch of its Dublin to Doha daily service. Watch here.
  • BA posted a guide to New York with US journalist Dan Rookwood. Watch here.
  • Take a look at Tourism Ireland’s promotion for the Causeway coastal route. Watch here.
  • Etihad celebrated its Skytrax awards. Watch here.
  • These  paddle-boarders got up close and personal with some orcas. Watch here.
  • Have you even seen a squid on a surfboard? Watch here.
  • Grange Stone Circle in Lough Gur, County Limerick played host to a dawn greening for the summer solstice. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Boeing’s new Max 10 was king of the bling unveiled at Paris Air Show, which fired up the engines with characteristic swagger this week. Boeing’s Ray Conner (Tipperary ancestry) celebrated his last air show by topping John Leahy (Kilkenny ancestry) and Airbus for the first time since 2012, order commitments from Boeing were 766 and Airbus 331, excluding 229 order conversions announced during the show, and $58m-$25bn in sales (and re-announcements, some deals were being aired for the second or even third time round, in fact letters of intent and MoUs tend to outweigh actual orders).  Just under half of the buyers were from Ireland with Clare ordering 225 aircraft (ahead of the Munster hurling final) and Dublin 160. The option to convert to the Max 10 was floated by Domhnal Slattery’s Avolon as it ordered 75 single-aisle B737 Max 8 aircraft and options to acquire an additional 50, bringing the fleet to 925. Aengus Kelly’s AerCap ordered another 30 Boeing 787-9 making it the largest customer for the Dreamliner. Gecas placed an order for 100 A320neo bringing its A320 fleet to 600. CDB Aviation, based in St Stephen’s Green, ordered 42 737 MAX 8s, 10 737 MAX 10s and eight 787-9 Dreamliners. Viva Air, founded and backed by Declan Ryan, ordered 50 A320’s for Viva Colombia and Viva Peru. Ryanair used the air show to highlight their purchase of ten Boeing 737 Max 200 jets. John Mulligan estimated the Irish spending spree at the show at $30bn, without the discounts everyone knows they are getting. Watch here Pilots Warm Up for Paris Airshow 2017. Watch here Lockheed Martin’s F-35A Flying Display at Paris. Watch here the new Boeing 737 MAX 10. Watch here new aircraft at the show.

Anyone with an interest in the finer points of the industry can acquaint themselves with a variety of products from “DryCleaning” an aircraft with no water, to a self locking nut. In fact almost every single facet of aviation is covered at the event The majority of visitors come to see the big ticket aircraft types. The Paris (and Farnborough) shows have traditionally launched new aircraft types and the public get to view these new types up close. This year was no exception. Visitors got a chance to see some of the latest new aircraft types up close and personal including Airbus‘s A350-100, A321NEO, Boeing‘s B737 MAX 9, B787-10, Embraer E195E2, Sukhoi SSJ100, and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet 90. Of course it was not all civil aircraft. Noise and excitement was provided by, among others, the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning flown by company test pilot Billie Flynn. A stunning, albeit very noisy display was flown by the Dassault Rafale C of the French Air Force. If noise, after-burners, steep climbs and fast turns do not excite you, the sight of a small electric plane, the extra 330LE towing a glider and releasing it to soar gracefully in silence above the crowds might just be your cup of tea. As the 2017 show comes to an end, it was time to sit back relax and tend to the sunburn and weary feet.

Volker Lorenz will remain in Ireland after deciding to leave his positon as Amadeus chief in Dublin to look for a new challenge after 12 very successful years with Amadeus. I have recently been involved in the IAG Negotiations for Amadeus and this project has now ended, so it is a good time to look for a new venture. After 23 years in Ireland I have no plans to move anywhere. For the summer he will be taking a bit of time off and will enjoy various beaches and pools around Europe. Volker grew up near Stuttgart and became hooked on Ireland after encountering Irish fans at Euro 88. After joining Lufthansa in global contact centre management he became MD for the main European call centre for Lufthansa located in East Point in Dublin. He joined Amadeus in May 2005, and among his big projects was the launch of m-Power on top of the day job.

Einar Adalsteinsson was the unlikely Déise hero as he introduced a new airline to serve three routes from Waterford to Birmingham 3w, Luton 5w and Manchester 3w. Aer Southeast is, a subsidiary of Slovenia crew training and airworthiness management company Aer Lipican (website). They also intend serving the Irish charter market. Waterford has been without commercial service since now-bankrupt Belgian airline VLM withdrew in mid-2016. it was recently awarded a 1m grant from the Department of Transport for safety and security upgrades. It can also access an additional e870,000 once scheduled services are resumed. Aer Southeast will use Saab 340 S5-BBS 33-34 seater aircraft, of which one was mocked up with a logo for the website. Ticket prices to all destinations will start from €79 one-way.

Qatar Airways regained top spot from Emirates in the annual (and controversial) awards run by Singapore-based ratings company Skytrax (both have won four times). Aer Lingus retained its much flaunted four-star staus, climbing 11 places to 38th at the awards, which took place at Paris air show and placed Qatar ahead of perennial rivals Singapore (three times champions), ANA and Cathay (three times champions). Nine airlines won five star status. The top ten:  1 Qatar, 2 Singapore, 3 ANA, 4 Emirates, 5 Cathay Pacific, 6 EVA Air, 7 Lufthansa, 8 Etihad, 9 Hainan. 10 Garuda Indonesia, Etihad won best first class, Qatar best business class, Thai best economy class, AirAsia best low-cost airline, Bangkok Airways best regional airline, Eva Air the cleanest cabins, Emirates best in flight entertainment and Garuda best cabin crew. Turkish Airlines won best business class airline lounge, best business class onboard catering and best business class lounge dining. Seat awards went to Etihad for first class, Qatar for business class, Qantas for premium economy and Japan Airlines for economy.  Best airline in Europe was Lufthansa.

One year on since Britain voted to exit the EU, Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry spoke to business site Fora.ie about why Michael O’Leary is right to worry that post-Brexit flyers could be back “chasing the boats”. Read here.

Travel Trade

Social highlights of Thailand Travel Market 2017 in Chiang mai included the Centara Event at Khum Phaya (watch here) and the Hmong Hill tribe experience (watch here). A party on Phi Phi island (watch here) and a boat trip to the iconic Maya Bay on Phi Phi (watch here). For the high jinks of the post-TTM Island hopping trip to Phuket by British and Irish travel trade and media watch here. Picture shows Brendan Barry of Discover Travel with Chris Lee of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra at Paradise Koh Yao and Tree House Villas on Koh Yao, Phuket.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

KLM‘s Dublin to Amsterdam service will remain five daily for winter and a B737-800 will replace the Embraer on one of the rotations. The news was delivered by Siobhan Scanlon, country manager for AF/DL/KLM at the airline group’s fifth annual summer barbecue. They hosted 163 agents on Friday night in the Trinity Capital Hotel with chicken on the grill and hens in the audience. The guests included a hen party for one of four brides-to-be currently on the FCM team (pictured) Clair Delaney. Emma McDonnell, Danielle Smyth and Roz Drew. Big prize winners on the night included Rachel McAnespie of American Holidays who won the Delta tickets, Dajana Szekeres of USIT Travel who won the Air France tickets, Reneta Pereira of RCSI who won the KLM prize, Sarah Jane Jones of Cassidy Travel who won the Transavia prize and Deirdre Gunn of American Holidays who won the Platinum Services prize. The event included a series of quiz questions designed to raise awareness of Air France, Delta, KLM and Dublin Airport product. One great unanswered question on the night is how did Lisa and Maureen McAuley of FCM ending up wearing similar tops? Watch here interview with Siobhan ScanlonWatch here speech by Edel Redmond of Dublin airport. Watch here speech by Siobhan Scanlon.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Eimear Farrell and Paul Dawson were the winners from a field of 62 golfers at the TIGS President’s Day outing to the Smurfit Course at the K Club, where Paul shot what Gordon Penney described as an amazing score of 44 points playing off 16. Picture shows the winners with TIGS president Peter O’Hanlon, TIGS captain Martin Skelly and Beatrice Cosgrove, Ireland country manager of sponsors Etihad. Watch here video of the event including another classic Peter O’Hanlon golf joke. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Picture shows Deborah Harris from Belfast International Airport and Michael O’Neill, Jet2.com Station Manager, celebrating the tenth anniversary of Jet2holidays out of Belfast with a cake which was handed out to departing customers. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays also celebrated four route anniversaries from Belfast, the 10th anniversary of its Majorca and Ibiza routes, and fifth anniversary of Alicante and Faro.  The airport has handled 800,000 Jet2.com and Jet2holidays customers.

Picture shows Douglas Hastings and Travel Counsellors Ireland General Manager, Cathy Burke at the Travel Counsellors Ireland mini-conference at Dunboyne Castle, where the company’s latest training resource, TC coach was unveiled. The my TC app 2.1, wil be released in the coming months with personalised information, real time flight information and accommodation reviews. Cathy Burke says Travel Counsellors has invested €4.8m in technology in the past year, Tyrone born Jim Eastwood moderated a panel discussion with Sherry Meagle, Mary Foyle, Sharon Tiernan-Murphy and Brenda Murray-Flynn. The mini-conference was sponsored by MSC Cruises, G Adventures and Emirates Airline with the evening meal and fun quiz sponsored by Turkish Airlines. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel folk aren’t used to being on the menu, but that was the fate facing the European media pack who came face to face with the dreaded Komodo dragon, one of the few lizards that are harmful to humans. After the Bali and Beyond Travel Fair, they were treated to a Garuda flight from Denpasar in Bali to the Komodo International Airport, an hour and a half away on Flores island. They were in the capable hands of the guides from locally based Komodo Tours, who showed them the sights of Flores, including the Mirror Cave, which rose up from under the sea about 1m years ago. Flores is something island – a place that looks more like a Caribbean island than, well, the Caribbean itself. Frederick Horipun from Komodo Tours explained that reggae rules on the tiny island. “No woman, no cry is our anthem,” he told Travel Extra. Indeed, the view from the island’s Paradise Bar is pure Caribbean – think St Lucia, except with the local beer, Bintang, and potent firewater, Arak (think poitin meets grappa).

It was like something from King Kong’s Skull Island as the group took an early-morning boat, complete with Nile-style deck cabins, from Flores to Komodo National Park. The first stop en route was to lonely Padar island, remote and untouristy, and home to the odd dragon. It’s not the kind of place where you’d expect to feet a fellow Irishman, but the Irish do have a tendency to get everywhere.  And it was on top of a mountain where we bumped into Loughrea man Alan McGrath. Taking a career break from the Defence Forces, the nephew of Minister Finian McGrath is packing in as much of Indonesia and the Far East as possible during a two-year career break.

And then on to the dragons themselves, at Komodo island. They look lazy and slow, but they will take a bite out of you, and death from venom and disease could be just hours away. Indeed, the rangers on the island told of the last biting victim – Lon Lee Alle, a 50-year-old Singaporean touris, was attacked by a dragon. He survived,  but his left leg was severely injured. That was in May. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. Closing event at the Bali & Beyond trade fair (watch here) and a close encounter with a Komodo dragon (watch here)

  • Intercontinental Hotel GM Nicky Logue will host the annual Skal summer barbecue on Tuesday 11th July. Meet at 18.00 for BBQ at 18.30Hrs, members €30, guests €35.
  • Europcar is to boost its presence in low-cost market with a Goldcar deal
  • The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota is promoting special offers through the trade to celebrate their 25th Anniversary.
  • The Munster travel golf society, STAGS have an outing in Douglas Golf Course Cork on Friday August 11 at 3pm, home club of Noel McAuliffe and Paul Dawson.

Strange World

Julia Buckley decried the new social media travel phase- taking a picture of your exposed rear in a famous place.

  • Five English army guardsmen faint during the trooping of the colour in Buckingham Palace, during England’s hottest day in 40 years.
  • Ocean Conservancy said it removed 1.86m cigarette butts, 56 toilets and a piano from beaches and waterways around the world.
  • Genoa airport lifted the liquids ban for pesto (and only pesto genovese), provided passengers make a donation to a local children’s charity.

International

Irish tourism numbers to Spain in April were up 44pc on April 2016 to 181.271.  Figures for the first four months of the year were up 17.7pc, according to Spain’s Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica.

Irish Tourism Numbers to Portugal were up 19,5pc in April and bed nights also up 20.6pc making Ireland the third fastest growing market after Brazil and the US, according to Portugal’s Instituto Nacional de Estatisticas. The dominant Algarve market was up 14.2pc and bednights 16.3pc; Porto, where ITAA Conference will be held, up 68.2pc and bednights up 72.8pc; Centro up 27,9pc and bednights 71.9pc; Lisbon up 22.2pc and bednights 24.6pc; Madeira up 20pc and bednights up 25.4pc and Alentejo up 14.2pc and bednights up 16.3pc.

Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino was gored to death after tripping on a cape, the second Spanish matador to die in the ring in the past year. After Victor Barrio was killed after being gored by a bull last July.

  • Uber reversed its longstanding policy in allowing tips for drivers as founder Travis Kalanick resigned as chief executive after months of chaos.
  • China based Young Pioneer Tours (“budget trips to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from”)  is reconsidering sending North America tourists to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier,  see statement on website.
  • The passport office said 65,916 outstanding applications are not affecting waiting times of 14 working days for renewals and 20 days (four weeks) for first time applicants. Applications in May are up 7.6pc, British applicants for Irish passports so far this yeat up 55pc.
  • TravelBird’s 2017 beach price index showed suncream is most expensive when bought from beaches in the Seychelles, costing €25.12 for a 200ml bottle.

Food & Beverage

Details were announced of Food On The Edge symposium (website) in Galway on October 9 and 10.

  • Teeling Whiskey Distillery will host the “Spirit of Dublin Summer Craft Fair” on Saturday July 8.
  • English based travel trade organisation ABTA urged the Westminster government to close a legal loophole which allows bogus food poisoning claims against all inclusive resorts by holiday makers, which could lead to a ban on English holiday makers. TUI recorded 15 times more illness claims in 2016 than in previous years.
  • Entries are open until August 1 for the fifth Irish Whiskey Awards in 20 categories at the newly refurbished Jameson Distillery on Thursday October 19.
  • Voting opened here for the Irish street food awards.

Hotels

Nama is to sell Dublin’s Gibson Hotel for €80m.

Fingal County Council started enforcement action against the owner of a property in Malahide following complaints the house was being used exclusively for short-term lettings on Airbnb.

Hastings Group said the 304-bedroom Belfast Grand Central Hotel will open on the first week of June, 2018.

Daithí Downey of Dublin City Council told the Oireachtas Committee on Housing that 48pc of Airbnb rentals in Dublin city are available more than 90 days a year. There are 5,300 rentals in Dublin city and 6,700 in Dublin county. The average number of days per year that a “highly available” listing is booked for is 132 days, with entire homes being taken for 236 days.

  • Family Vacation Critic named Dromoland Castle the best Hotel for Families in Europe.
  • A £2m refurbishment began at Galgorm Resort and Spa in Co Antrim.
  • Cork City Council are planning a budget hotel and hostel for three buildings it intends to sell at Parnell Place
  • McKeever group purchased Antrim’s Dunadry hotel from the Mooney Group.
  • Marriott joined competitors in extending its cancellation deadline from 24 to 48 hours
  • Skift estimated that TripAdvisor non-hotel revenue could reach a third of the total by 2020.
  • The Residence on Stephen’s Green halved its pre-tax losses in 2015 to €150,030
  • Arrivals by Travel Extra’s hard working team of travel writers this week include Le Coral beyond Phuket (watch here), Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (watch here), the Racha Koh Racha (watch here), Paradise Koh Yao (watch here), Phi Phi Island Village (watch here).

Aviation

Dubln airport handled a record number of passengers in a single day, 102,000 last Sunday June 18 2017. The airport has four days over 100,000 so far this year and the record is likely to  be broken again in the coming weeks.

Stobart Air’s new Dublin to London Southend Airport route under the Flybe brand with an Embraer 195 leased from Flybe will operate up to three flights per day, commencing October 29, part of a three-year growth strategy which includes a €25m investment, 60 new jobs and the addition of two new Embraer E195s jet aircraft to its fleet. Lead in fares start at €29.99 one way, including taxes and charges.

Ryanair’s purchase of 10 more Boeing 737 Max 200 aircraft, five to deliver in the first half of 2019, and five in the first half of 2020, offers 197 seats per flight compared with 189 at present. The Max will reduce fuel consumption by 16pc and reduce noise emissions by 40pc. The order is on top of the existing firm order for 100 Max 200s (and 100 options), allow Ryanair to grow its traffic to 200m customers by 2024.

Shannon Group’s International Aviation Services Centre and DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs are partnering with Boeing and Datalex to assist new start-up aviation and travel tech companies at Shannon.

  • Heatwave in south-western US causes flight cancellations, limited sales on flights which are still running, and reductions in amount of luggage carried.
  • The Business Travel Coalition urged the EU to block booking fees from BA and Lufthansa.
  • Heathrow Express has partnered with British Airways to launch €15 ticket for British Airways’ day tripper passengers.
  • Everest hotelier conqueror John Burke and his wife Aoibhín led 2,000 runners and walkers at the Bank of Ireland Night Run at Shannon Airport.
  • Norwegian confirmed the first 737 MAX delivery date for June 29. Bjorn Kos said at Paris Air Show Norwegian’s partnerships would be in Paris Charles de Gaulle and Gatwick with Easyjet and in Ireland for Ryanair. He said he expected two hours would be plenty for transfer times.
  • GECAS signed signed a commitment letter to create a US2bn global aircraft financing platform with CDPΩ.
  • Peter Bellew’s Malaysia is nearing an A330Neo Deal
  • Vladislav Masalov of Sukhoi told Flight Global that CityJet’s use of the SuperJet is expected to stir interest among other carriers.
  • Nicholas Davis’s Sion based virtual airline Powdair plans to apply for an Irish air operator’s certificate, operate using two wet-leased Embraer 170 and fly from Dublin to Sion for winter 2017-8.
  • Tony Fernandes said in Paris that AirAsia now has no intention of returning to London or even Europe (he had negotiaed with Dublin airport in the past). We will stick to the 8 to 9 hours. Our focus will be Asia, with the odd route like Hawaii which is actually 8 hours from Japan. We let the full service guys fight it out over Europe. Many of them bleeding so much.
  • Analysis by Ralph Anker’s Anna Aero listed three countries with the highest proportion of international seats provided by home-based carriers  Iceland 80.0%pc, Turkey 78.6%pc and, Ireland 77.7pc.  Towards the other end of the range, 19.5pc of seats to/from Spain, and 13.4pc to/from Italy, are on home-based carriers.
  • Failte Ireland’s new tourism facts release show that 23pc of North American visitors arrive via Britain and 22pc via Mainland Europe, with 53pc arriving on direct trans-Atlantic flights.
  • TrueNoord closed a financing facility for two Embraer E190 aircraft leased by Air Astana
  • Aer Lingus awarded Dublin Aerospace a five year landing gear contract
  • Aergen launched a new website.
  • Bombardier Belfast’s pay dispute ended.
  • Jet2.com is planning a one off Belfast – Newark flight.
  • Catherine Deane of McCann FitzGerald was named Best in Aviation at the European Women in Business Law Awards.
  • Hemmed in? Qatar Airways launched a video: no borders, only horizons (watch here).
  • Icelandair cited research showing four in ten air passengers regard the flight as wasted time and 78pc say cabin crew can make or break their journey. Passengers can now change their boarding pass for an Icelandair stopover pass.
  • Gavin Haines of the English Daily Telegraph declared a ”secret button” underneath the armrest, towards the back of the seat that allows passengers sitting in aisle seats to adjust what appears to be a fixed armrest: about as much use as a wallet full of drachma.
  • Dublin Airport is inviting tenders to research and develop new techniques to keep wildlife off the airfield.
  • Luke Ming Flanagan engaged in twitter banter with Aer Lingus after branding them #chancers.

Afloat

Avalon Waterways launched its 2018 brochure, and a newly designed website with trade portal, backed by a mainstream TV ad campaign, to raise awareness of the brand.

  • Stena Line is offering savings up to €175 on their summer holiday this June and July with Haven holidays four and seven night breaks.
  • Celebrity Cruises Caribbean shore excursions are offering complimentary cocktails and local delicacies, with the added treat of $300 on-board spending money.
  • CMV announced a series of child-friendly sailings, from August 2017.
  • American cruise lines launched American Constellation.
  • Antarctica XXI ordered a new polar vessel.
  • Ritz-Carlton announced new cruising yachts to launch in 2019
  • Viking Ocean named their cruise ship Viking Sky
  • Emerald Waterways’ newest ship, Emerald Radiance, was named in Portugal
  • Seabourn announced their new 2018-2019 itineraries including cruises to Asia.
  • Celebrity Cruises marked the keel laying of Celebrity Edge
  • Former NBA star Yao Ming and his wife are to name the new Princess cruise ship
  • Tropical storm Cindy affected cruise ship itineraries in the Caribbean.

Ireland

Bleeperbike is to introduce a stationless bike-sharing scheme in Dublin city centre over the weekend despite a warning by Dublin City council it may remove the bikes from the streets Users log onto an app to find the nearest bike, that has GPS beacons fitted, and lock it up when they’re done.

  • Conor McMahon reported from a bizarre press conference with Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave, who suggested that financial technology conference Moneyconf could some day become a 20,000-person event in Dublin.
  • English pop-rock stars Scouting For Girls have been confirmed to perform at the closing ceremony of the Irish Open at Portswtewart on Sunday July 9.
  • Dingle based Brendan Griffin was appointed new Minister of State for Transport, Tourism & Sport by Taoiseach (and former tourism minister) Leo Varadkar.
  • Shannon Heritage losses doubled to €400,000 in 2016.
  • The warm weather brought out the comedians. Picture is from the Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth.

Deal Watch

Falcon offers: 14 nights half board 3* California Garden, Salou, Costa Dorada from €789pp, depart Knock July 25. 7 nights half board 3* California Apartments, Salou, Costa Dorada from €579pp, depart Cork September 5. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €649pp, depart August 25. 7 nights B&B 3* Sellas Hotel & Apartments, Sidari, Corfu from €459pp, depart August 25. 7 nights self catering 3* Ambavris I, Kos Town from €419pp, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 3* Poseidon Apartments, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €429pp, depart August 28. 14 nights B&B 3* Cassablanca Hotel, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €959pp, depart July 19. 7 nights self catering 2* San Marcial, Matagorda, Lanzarote from €519pp, depart Shannon September 4. 7 nights self catering 2* Playa Sol Apartments, Es Cana, Ibiza from €419pp, depart September 28. Visit falconholidays.ie or on 1850 45 35 45.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Germany tour from €2,369pps. Depart August 18. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA offers: 8 nights Sol Principe Hotel, Costa del Sol from €599pp, depart October 9. 7 nights half board Hotel Kaktus Albir, Costa Blanca from €869pp, depart October 16. 3 nights B&B accommodation Iceland from €579pp, depart October 12.

Sunway offers: 8 nights Switzerland tour from €2,150pp, depart September 30. 7 nights full board 5* Danube river cruise from €2,035pp, depart November 1. 10 days Vietnam tour from €1,529pp, depart October 10. 7 nights all inclusive Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from €1,527pp, depart September 4. 7 nights B&B 3* Esat Hotel, Kusadasi from €399pps, depart July 1. 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apts, Gran Canaria from €549pp, depart July 1. 7 nights self catering 2* Los Mocanes Apts, Gran Canaria from €639pp, depart July 8.  4 nights Las Vegas for Conor McGregor v Mayweather UFC fight from €765pp, travel August. 3 nights Duba Rugby 7 package from €939pp, travel November. 10 nights Western Caribbean cruise and stay on board Oasis of the Seas, depart September 28. 8 nights Fort Lauderdale and Virgin Islands fly-cruise on board Allure of the Seas from €1,325pp, depart October 28. Visit sunway.ie.

Thomson offers: 7 nights self catering Mayflower Apartments, Tingaki, Kos from €419pp, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering Cosmos Maris, Lardos, Rhodes from €419pp, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering Cosmos Maris, Lardos, Rhodes rom €419pp, depart August 30. 7 nights self catering Ionian Blue Studios, Kalamaki, Zakynthos from €479pp, depart August 29. 7 nights B&B Jupiter Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €439pp, depart August 28. 14 nights half board Hotel Son Baulo, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €889pp, depart July 26. 7 nights half board H10 Salou Princess, Salou, Costa Dorada from €929pp, depart Knock July 25. 7 nights B&B Hesperia Lanzarote, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €709pp, depart Cork August 31. 7 nights self catering Protur Bahia Azul Apartments, Cal Bona, Majorca from €549pp, depart Shannon August 26. 7 nights self catering Jardin Del Sol, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €459pp, depart September 28. 7 nights full board Mediterranean cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €929pp, depart July 25.

Topflight offers: 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Adriatic Riviera, Cattolica from €549pps, depart July 1. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Ninfea, Adriatic Riviera, Cattolica from €569pps, depart July 8. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Villa Linda, Sicily, Giardini Naxos from €599pps, depart July 1. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €599pps, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 4* Grand Hotel Hermitage, Sorrento from €669pps, depart July 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Ambassador Suite Apartments, Lake Garda, Riva from €599pps, depart July 8. 7 nights self catering 4* Belvedere Village, Lake Garda, Castelnuovo from €699pps, depart July 8. 7 nights B&B 4* Grand Hotel Riva, Lake Garda from €769pps, depart July 1. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Cambridge, Venetian Riviera, Lido di Jesolo from €863pps, depart July 1. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Orlando from €469pp, travel February 2018. 3 nights New York and 3 nights Las Vegas from €659pp, travel February 2018. 3 nights New York and 7 nights Orlando from €689pp, travel February 2018. 3 nights New York City and 3 nights Boston from €819pp, travel February 2018. 7 nights Baltic Capitals fly-cruise on board MSC Preziosa form €649pp, depart September 22. 12 nights France, Italy and Greek island cruise on board Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas from €1,349pp, depart October 28. 10 nights Dubai and the Emirates fly-cruise from €1,529pp, depart November 27. 9 nights Orlando and Caribbean fly-cruise from €1,059pp, depart February 26 2018. Visit touramerica.ie.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights B&B 4* accommodation, Sorrento Coast from €699pp, depart July 3. Click here or call 01 637 1600.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day Danube river cruise on bard SS Maria Theresa from €2,699pps. Book by June 30, depart October 22. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

What we learned

Less than 10pc of world’s population has flown in an aircraft. China has built over 115 new airports over the past twenty-five years, going from 94 airports to over 210.

 

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