Things to know about travel this week
- PremAir has been sold to Aviareps
- No laptop ban, but security queues will get longer
- Norwegian takes to the air from Belfast, Cork and Dublin with Shannon to follow
- Trips from Ireland up 8.1pc in January-May.
- US charge d’affaires Reece Smyth shows irish language skills
- Michael O’Leary says the future belongs to him
- Dubai Duty Free hosts the trade on ractrack and golf course
- Catch a falling teenager, a video tale from Albany
- ITAA confirm Porto as venue for annual conference on October 13.
- Travel Extra TIGS@The Castle confirmed for November 23
Travel Extra TV.
- See Nice from the cockpit of an Emirates A380. Watch here.
- This clever chimp has a taste for fizzy drinks. Watch here.
- A group of tourists in Iceland decided to give kayaking a go. They didn’t get off to a great start. Watch here.
- Reasons to drive 113 mile from Miami to Key West from Aer Lingus. Watch here.
- Google’s chairman is a fan of the A380. Watch here.
- See Tourism Ireland’s introduction to traditional Irish music. Watch here.
- The Empire State Building was lit up in the colours of Qatar Airways to mark 10 years of flying to the US. Watch here.
- A group of zoo visitors were surprised to see an antelope tackle a giraffe. Watch here.
- Watch here as a man catches a teenager who fell about 25 feet from the stopped Six Flags Sky Ride in Queensbury park, about 55 miles north of Albany NY, Saturday night.
- Watch here a surfer thrown into the air by a wave.
Behind the Headlines
No, it is not just you. The lines are getting longer at Europe’s airports. Airlines emailed prospective passengers to want them to check in earlier. The problem is airport security, which has got a lot worse as the continent’s airports hit peak passenger levels. To make matter worse, the US department of Homeland Security John Kelly demanded increased security measures from airports and airlines in lieu of extending the laptop ban to all flights. He wants more swabbing ion laptops, vetting of airport security staff and sniffer dogs. The summer months are evidently going to have a large Q in them. Listen here to Travel Extra‘s Eoghan Corry speaking about the new security measures on RTE’s Morning Ireland and listen here to Travel Extra‘s Eoghan Corry on KFM radio.
The July print edition of Travel Extra examines wintersun options for 2017-8 focussing on the growth of Ireland’s growing holiday exodus to the Canary Islands which reached 465,203 last year.We report from the Paris air show where Irish buyers spent €30bn, the glittering launch of MSC Meraviglia, the cruise line’s largest ever ship, Volcano Bay in Orlando. Destination reviews include Thailand’s honeymoon islands, Doha, the latest direct destination from Dublin, Las Vegas through the eyes of Catherine Murphy who had never previously visited the city and the “fifth Canary” treasure that is La Gomera, We feature the riddle of row 33, Ryanair’s confusing new seat strategy, the prospect of expanded services to Istanbul from Turkish Airlines in 2018, Dublin airport’s record daily numbers, Dublin’s hotel pipeline and whether it will solve the bed shortage in the city, and plans for the third Irish Travel Trade Show in 2018 and the favourite holiday spot of Malaysia Air chief Peter Bellew. See online version here or check out the print editon in your agency.
Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste, ná Béarla cliste. Born in Ohio, raised in Texas, Reece Smyth the charge d’affaires at the US embassy started with an impressive Irish-language introduction to his independence day speech at the US ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park on Thursday (watch here). The embassy, awaiting a nominee from the new White House administration since Brian Burns withdrew his nomination, hosted 1,400 guests including many form the travel trade on a rainy Phoenix Park evening. Entertainment was provided by the Swing Cats, two flag parties presented the colours and rousing national anthems were sung by Sibéal Ní Chasaide (watch here) and the Star Spangled Banner by male voice quartet Four in a Bar, (Shane Barriscale, Tristan Caldwell, Eoin Conway and Paul McGough, watch here). United Airlines chef Gerry McLoughlin, originally from Kevin St in Dublin but now resident in Chicago, flew in for the occasion. “I went to America for St Patrick’s Day in 1984, is it over yet? Picture shows the United Airlines team and catering friends at the event, Kevin Lennon of the Irish popcorn company with Clareanne Phillips of United Airlines, Amit Badiani acting Ireland manager of United Airlines, Gerry McLoughlin head chef of United Airlines, Massimo Larini of United Airlines and Beth Macaulay of the Irish popcorn company. Watch here video of event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Colm McLoughlin of Dubai Duty Free began a busy week of sports sponsorship at the Curragh yesterday where he hosted 350 people in the VIP hospitality tent at the Irish Derby. Later this week he will head north to Portstewart where the Irish Open takes place. Picture shows Dermot Mannion, former CEO of Aer Lingus and Royal Brunei with Eoghan Corry at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
The Irish Travel Agents Association confirmed Porto as the venue for the annual conference on October 13, as first reported by Travel Extra. Antonio Padeira and Ana Celina Tavares will host the event on behalf of the Portuguese Tourist Board, the first time since 1999 that Portugal has hosted the conference. The 150 delegates have a choice of flights direct to Porto with Ryanair or a discounted Aer Lingus flight to Lisbon with a train journey to Porto. The autumn calendar looks somewhat less strenuous for suppliers and agents than last year’s intensive November, starting with the ITAA conference on October 13, Jonathan Adair’s NI Travel Awards on October 20, Dominc Burke’s Travel Centres conference on November 10, Carol Anne O’Neill’s Worldchoice conference on November 17, Travel Extra TIGS on November 23 and Michael Flood’s Irish Travel Trade News summit and awards on November 24.
The Travel Industry Golf Society AGM and outing at the Castle sponsored by travel Extra has been confirmed for November 23.
Picture shows Yvonne Watson of Oasis Travel, Lisa Clarkson National Account Manager, Oceania, Tracy McLoughlin of Tour America, Dublin, Karen Kierans of Globe Travel, Drogheda, Deirdre Lehane of Tour America, Cork, and Louise Eaves of Cruise.ie aboard the Oceania Insignia from Bordeaux to Dublin.
PremAir has been sold to Aviareps English operation. Eamon Flanagan says it is a positive development for Premair and its staff. Meanwhile it is business as usual
ATTS has been appointed GSA in Ireland for Flexible Autos.
Picture shows Caitriona Toner of American Airlines and leaders from Club Travel at the Robbie Williams concert.
Travelport say the new Travelport Fusion will enable airlines to launch a feature-rich mobile app in weeks and provide a sophisticated yet cost-effective mobile offering, whilst accentuating the airline brand on mobile. The market app solution includes flight search, booking, check-in, boarding, passport scanning and day of travel assistance via mobile. Travelport’s signed an agreement with Right Cars, one of the fastest-growing car rental brands in the industry. Based in Brighton, UK, the company operates in 23 countries, providing car rental services in more than 140 locations including airport terminals.
Sportstours launched a new website.
Belfast International Airport marked Thomas Cook‘s 2017 inaugural flight to Cancun, Mexico
An elderly Chinese lady delayed a flight by throwing coins into the engine to ensure a safe flight.
- A US passenger tried to open the door on Southwest Airlines Flight 4519 mid-flight to Houston.
- Japanese airline Vanilla Air apologised to wheelchair user Hideto Kijima when he had to pull himself up the stairs after airline staff refused to allow his friends to carry him aboard.
- Lisa Feinman, the owner of the lobster that went viral when posted by an airport official is not happy about its treatment by airport official
- United Airlines won an injunction against Canadian Jeremy Cooperstock who runs Untied.com, a parody of United’s official website. After being irked by a stock reply to a complaint he made in 1997, Cooperstock has collected 31,000 complaints from other United passengers and gives tips on how to complain or sue the airline.
- A new island appeared off the coast of North Carolina with visitors warned to be wary of circling sharks and stingrays. Watch here.
- US airport security started telling passengers to remove books from their carry-on bags
- A Qantas passenger claimed she was asked by a flight attendant to look out the window and check on the engine on board a flight that was forced to turn back.
- An Australian had the chip from his Opal travel card implanted under his skin
- A passenger nominated Aegean for the dullest airline meal ever, a vegetarian Oriental option which consisted of a few slices of raw vegetables.
The price of a one-year tourist visa to India is set to change from $100 to $153, with charges for British passport holders up from $162 to $248. Nationals from Canada, Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand will now pay $459 instead of $300 for an employment visa from over a year and up to five years, British passport holder will pay $741 instead of $484.
- Four Indian tourists and three local residents died when a cable car crashed down from a height of 30 metres in Gulmarg in Kashmir.
- Söll, famous for the Skiwelt Skiing area has seen a growth of 20pc in summer visitors in the year that the town celebrates its 800th anniversary.
- Euro Disney and Pierre et Vacances Group revealed their plans for a holiday park to open in August, Villages Nature Paris 5m from Disneyland Paris and 13km from Paris.
- Riders were stuck hung upside-down for 45 minutes on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers.
- Los Angeles greenlit a $1.5bn museum of narrative art funded by star wars creator George Lucas
Food & Beverage
New proposals to restrict advertising and sponsorship will decrease the volume and value of cultural sponsorship by drinks companies, putting these partnerships and local cultural events around the country in jeopardy, according to Alcohol Beverage Federation Ireland
- Voting is open now on irishpubsglobal.com for the fourth annual Irish Pubs Global Awards. The awards ceremony will be in the Mansion House in Dublin on October 10.
- Salamanca has been bought by a private investor for €2.8m.
- Dunnes Stores has introduced a Cook with Neven Maguire magazine.
- Dublin Airport’s Marqette won food hall of the year at the FAB
- English restaurant company the Ivy Collection is planning to open in Dublin next year.
- JD Wetherspoon is set to start development work on its new €15 million ‘super pub on Camden St and 98-bedroom hotel in February 2018, with a projected opening date of early 2019.
- Diageo launched a new Galway Gold beer to help raise funds for the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme.
- The Westbury launched Elle Macpherson’s Super Elixir WelleCo Boosting Berry Smoothie at the Juicery
STR said occupancy rates in Dublin exceeded 90pc January to May 2017 and dropped below 70pc on 35 occasions. STR forecast the average daily rate of Dublin hotel rooms will rise to €150 by 2021, and occupancy rates to hit 85pc.
- Premier Inn will update investors on Wednesday of their to acquire sites in Dublin 1 and Dublin 2 to build 1,500 new bedrooms.
- The former Forster Court Hotel at Forster Street in Galway city will reopen at the end of July.
- Tetrarch Capital is to buy hotel sites 7-9 Parnell Place and 1-2 Deane Street from Cork City Council.
- Associated Luxury Hotels International added The K Club, Cameron House in Scotland and The Belfry in England’s West Midlands to the “ALHI Golf Collection”
- Harvey’s Point invested €1m in a conference centre, named The Garden Suite,, catering for a total of 4,000 delegates.
- Hard Days Night Hotel Liverpool, has announced Stephen Fearnley as the new General Manager.
- Hastings Group completed a £10 million renovation programme of six hotels.
- Galway’s Skeffington Arms highlighted social media as one of the challenges facing business following pre-profit dip from €527,857 to €515,411.
Norwegian inaugural flights took off yesterday from Belfast, Cork and Dublin to Providence Rhode Island and today from Dublin and Shannon to Stewart International in upstate New York..Picture shows Lars Garde Captain, Diana Menzes Cabin Crew, Robert Bjorkholm Co-pilot and Graham Keddie MD of Belfast International Airport. Norwegian Air International CEO Tore Jenssen said he is considering direct flights between Dublin and Asia if it can secure permission for overflights across Russia
- Waterford based start-up Aer Southeast was prevented from selling tickets because it does not have a licence from the Commission for Aviation Regulation.
- Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker, who is due in Dublin this week, said the blockade of Qatar by some of its neighbours was having no adverse affect: In the past seven days, 510,949 passengers have flown from Hamad International Airport on board more than 2,900 flights. During the peak Eid-Al Fitr holiday period, 22-24 June, 49,794 of those passengers were joining flights directly from Doha.
- It will be a winter of mixed fleet on Amsterdam and Paris routes. Air France are reduce Dublin to CDG from 5 to 4 daily with two flights from Air France, one by Hop and one by Cityjet. As reported last week by Travel Extra KLM are to increase Dublin Amsterdam from 2 to 5 daily with two from KLM and three by City Hopper with the possibility of some of the flights being served by 737.
- Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary told the 500 delegates from 70 airlines at Future Travel Experience conference in the RDS we own the future of travel – nobody is going to get remotely bloody close to us‘. He said that Ryanair will reach its limit and ‘tap out’ when it has 40pc of the European short haul market or 350m passengers a year. Other Michael O’Leary observations, Air France-KLM could be the next Alitalia, Ryanair Labs will ultimately dwarf Ryanair. Ryanair could be tempted by Max 10 at the right price. Listen here to his full presentaiont.
- VivaColombia became the latest budget carrier to express interest in so-called vertical seating, akin to perching on a bar stool,
- Aer Lingus was named ninth best ailrine in the world and Ryanair fifth worst by flight delay compensation firm AirHelp. Singapore Airlines, Etihad and Qatar were the top three in the world. Ryanair was fifth worst after Bulgaria Air, Czech carrier SmartWings, Tunisair and England’s Monarch. AirHelp ranked the airlines according to a combination of their on-time performance, quality and service according to their Skytrax rating, and their efficiency in handling compensation claims. Kuwait was rated the world’s worst airport followed by Gatwick and Manchester.
- Ryanair claimed there is no such thing as journalistic privilege as it sought to name the sources for Channel 4 Dispatches “Secrets from the Cockpit” programme, broadcast in August 2013.
- Flybe will increase Cork to Cardiff to 3w over winter operating Tue, Thu, Su,
- Strange goings on at Sion where flights for sale on the Skywork website are offering the same destinations that Powdair is proposing.
- Bourgas flights were being blamed for data which showed Belfast International had an average delay time of over 20 minutes.
- The first ever direct flight from Japan to Ireland, a golf charter with 240 Japanese operated by Japan Airlines, has sold out.
- Avolon delivered a Boeing B737 MAX 8 to Malindo Air. AWAS delivered a Airbus A319 to Germania,
- Minister Shane Ross is allocating €1.94m under the Regional Airports Programme: Donegal €22,500, Knock €1,109,430, Kerry €769,537, Waterford €39,330
- Nine Qatar Airways A320s arrived in Heathrow for use in the event of a planned 16-day strike due to start Saturday by some BA cabin crew.
- Anna aero analysed the decision by Ryanair to add connecting flights at Milan Bergamo.
- Belfast International Airport said the decision between the Conservative Party and the DUP to review Air Passenger Duty is a step in the right direction.
- Pat Byrne said CityJet is actively pursuing two airline acquisitions.
- Dublin Airport Authority is expecting 3.2m more passengers by 2020. Dublin Airport launched a new community fund
- EU Internal Market for Aviation was described as the stand out achievement of the EU over last 25 years,
- Peter Bellew observations this week, there is a future for A380 due to surprising charter demand, Thompson is developing new direct aisle access seat for 737.
- Kellstrom aerospace group acquired vortex aviation
Norwegian Joy was named in Shanghai
- Royal Caribbean is to host a third president’s cruise on Harmony of the Seas. Royal Caribbean’s next new ship will likely be called Spectrum of the Seas.
- Model Lena Gercke named AIDAperla, the twelfth ship in the AIDA fleet in the harbour of Palma de Mallorca
- Belfast Harbour reported a record £32m profit and plans to invest £105m to enhance its facilities in coming years
- P&O cruises scrapped their future cruise deposit scheme
- Hurtigruten unveils coastal USA. and Cnada voyages
- Variety cruises Callisto motor yacht cancelled summer 2017 sailings because of damage.
- Viking Ocean introduced a winter northern lights cruises
- Three more Princess Cruise ships is to feature Carnival ocean medallion technology
- Celebrity Cruises announced its new 2018/19 brochure for agents.
- Celebrity Edge will feature a three-deck high Eden Lounge
- Cruise & Maritime Voyages announced a series of child-friendly sailings from August 2017
From this weekend, all children under 12 will be admitted for free to all Heritage Sites managed by the OPW Heritage Service.
Ireland inbound January-May show Britain down 6.8pc, down on last year by 100,000 more than important source markets such as the Scandinavian countries or Netherlands. Overall figures are up 3pc, N America up 23.6pc.
- Forty front line tourism representatives from across the city and county were honoured as Dublin Champions at a ceremony in The National Maritime Museum of Ireland.
- A Cork convent which has undergone a €10m conservation and regeneration project is set to open as a heritage and visitor centre
- Museum of Free Derry opened on the Bogside.
- Six German media arrived in Ireland to take part in a press trip along the Wild Atlantic Way. Tour operators Eurotours, Sabtours, AG Traveltrend, Cotravel and ThobaReisen from Germany, Austria and Switzerland also visited the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East. Pictue shows the group at Ferhill House Hotel and Gardens in Clonakilty with Martin Canty, Fáilte Ireland.
- Kilmainham Courthouse on its Best Conservation/Restoration Building award at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) 2017 Architecture Awards
- New artwork was unveiled at Drumglass Park as part of major refurbishment project
- Keynote address at the Kennedy Sumer School will be by Bob Shrum and RTE’s Washington Correspondent Caitriona Perry.
- Gobbins Cliff Path reopened as the repair bill rose to £800k
- Tourism Ireland announced the appointment of Louise Finnegan as Head of Business Partnership
- Cork City launched a free pocket-sized brochure with a print run of 40,000 highlighting’s top tourist attractions
- Nasa astronaut Dan Tani rang the Tap Tavern in Kinsale from the ISS
- Killarney National Park retained reserve status.
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