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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: 170 ways to N America every week from Dublin

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LAExperience event to publicise Aer Lingus new route from Dublin to Los Angeles due to commence May 4

LAExperience event to publicise Aer Lingus new route from Dublin to Los Angeles due to commence May 4

 

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Things to know about travel this week

  • Canada the focus of Travel Extra May edition
  • 179 T/A flights a week from Dublin this summer
  • Tiocfaidh ár LA: Lingus lights up new destination
  • Vancouver gets thumbs up from ambassador
  • Fanad sheds a new light
  • Who will head up Fáilte Ireland?
  • Irish agents shine in Birmingham.
  • Passport office looks back
  • Sunway turns 50
  • German beer purity turns 500 (let’s drink to that)

Travel Extra TV

video of the week may 1Our video of the week shows incredible drone footage of grey whales and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of California. Watch here.

  • Nicole Kidman stars in Etihad’s virtual reality film trailer, shot on board an A380’s Residence suite. Viewers can explore the aircraft using Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear headsets. You can still have a look around if you don’t have the technology (use the arrows on the top left corners to toggle the screen). Watch here.
  • Joe Joe the capybara takes a dip in the pool. Watch here.
  • Embraer celebrated the delivery of its 1,000th business jet. Watch here.
  • Perth stand up paddle boarders had to get out of the water after salmon went into a “flapping frenzy”. Watch here.
  • Emirates posted a video of its Arabian Travel Market highlights. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s video showcasing Game of Thrones activities and locations in N Ireland. Watch here.
  • Ryanair staff list where they would travel this bank holiday weekend. Watch here.
  • Aer Lingus promoted its Los Angeles route by bringing The Calypso Tumblers from Venice Beach to South King Street. Watch here.
  • See timelapse footage of the Mama & Baby Panda sculpture being installed on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas. Watch here.
  • Fáilte Ireland published a new video to promote Dublin—A Breath of Fresh Air. Watch here.
  • Shocking footage was published online this week showing an English family being attacked by a crowd of hooligans while they were on a night out in Thailand. Readers are warned that they may find this footage upsetting. Watch here.
  • Turkish Airlines drove the Batmobile to Istanbul as part of its latest marketing campaign. Watch here.
  • See a B787-9 Dreamliner being assembled and painted. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

travel extra cover may 2016 900Left or right? Which way should you turn when you enter a theme park? Check out the knowledge section in the May 2016 print edition of Travel Extra which will be hitting the agencies in the coming days. It features news of Canada’s 29 flights each week from Ireland this summer with destination reviews of the sprawling country, Halifax in Nova Scotia (watch video here) and the polar bears of Manitoba where Travel Extra caught up with a man who had a lucky escape when confronted by a polar bear on the streets of Churchill (watch dramatic video footage here). We also review the Midi-Pyrenees district where separate Aer Lingus services to Toulouse and (new) Montpelier have opened up new road trips (watch video here, see interview with Anne Romiguerre in the French heritage village of Conques here and watch our report on the highlights of Montpelier here). We hear from new ITAA President Cormac Meehan on his plans to grow membership of the organisation (watch video here) analyse the great rate debate in Dublin hotels, the merger of big hotel groups, the three big theme park openings in Florida and other theme park news, how the third ship in Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class Ovation of the Seas is a game changer, and how Tourism Ireland’s eye have turned to Germany and our extensive aviation section features Ryanair’s latest u-turn on bag charges., Travel Extra‘s team of award winning travel writers and photographers are already trotting the globe preparing the May 2016 issue which will detail what is a big year for tourism to each of America’s 50 states and an exciting summer for river cruise for 2016. See the print issue here

Declan Kearney and Paula Donaghy of Aer Lingus at the Aer Lingus LA pre-launch event in the Marker Hotel, Dublin, April 27

The LAExperience event in the Marker Hotel in Dublin helped create a little excitement for Aer Lingus big-ticket route launch for this summer, with tumbling dancers, hair and make-up, bicycle smoothies and hoop yoga on offer for invited media. The direct service to LAX which is due to recommence on Thursday (yes, Travel Extra will be travelling on your behalf). Watch here the fun and frolics from the event. Aer Lingus say Los Angeles is a very different route from the San Francisco service which Aer Lingus resumed in 2014, with fewer “beyond” connections on the American side. Flights will be four weekly and take 11 hours. Picture shows Declan Kearney and Paula Donaghy of Aer Lingus. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

celebrity cruises 001Celebrity Cruises and Travel Centres hosted travel agents at L’Ecrivain, the restaurant owned by avid cruisers Sally Ann and Derry Clarke. Agents pictured with Lorraine Quinn of Celebrity Cruises and Derry Clarke include: Dominic Burke of Travel Centres, Clare Dunne of The Travel Broker, Catherine Myler of Newbridge Travel, Ciara Mooney of Freedom Travel, Jeff Collins of Best4 Travel, Sarah of Best4Travel, Jackie Spain of K Travel, Emily of K Travel, Fiona Kelly of Freedom Travel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

john keogh colin brodieFlorida is anticipating a record 100,000 visitors from Ireland in 2016, according to Colin Brodie from Visit Florida who hosted 70 members of the travel trade at and event in the Morrison Hotel. Picture shows John Keogh from Aer Lingus with Colin at the event. Irish people tend to visit the state when it is at its hottest and most humid but there are signs that that may be changing. Aer Lingus will have four flights weekly from September. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Germany celebrated the 50th anniversary of their famous beer purity laws this week. Watch here the exploration into Bavarian and Thuringlian beer culture by 16 fearless travel writers from 14 countries, all delegates to Germany Travel Market, with Ireland’s national reputation rested in the safe hands of Travel Extra. And yes the parting glass was sung.

eamon flanagan ambassador_5589Canada has been the star performer among destinations served from Dublin airport, airport MD Vincent Harrison told 65 guests at a function in the Canadian Embassy on Thursday, watch here (or listen here). The pre-launch event was to promote the Dublin to Vancouver 3w direct service which Air Canada Rouge commences on June 10, the only widebody service to Canada this summer with a 280-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft in a two class configuration, operating until October 9. Flights will depart Dublin at 11.35 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, arriving at 13.35 in Vancouver. The return service will depart Vancouver at 15.05 arriving in Dublin at 08.35 the next morning. Watch here Canadian ambassador Kevin Vickers, who told guests that the Dublin flights were shorter than some internal flights in Canada (listen here). Watch here Eamon Flanagan reminding agents of the Premier Rouge premier options and wide number of onward connections from Vancouver (or listen here). Watch here Air Canada’s new two-country manager Stephen Gerrard, based in London, say that Air Canada was the fastest growing airline in the world outside of the Gulf and Turkey (or listen here). Picture shows Eamon Flanagan of Premair/Air Canada Rouge and Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickers. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Des Smyth and Tony Lenehan being interviewed at Punchestown, April 27 2016Kildare Fáilte’s new chair Tony Lenehan told guests at an event in Punchestown that he welcomed input into a new strategy document for the county to help double the number of overnights spent in Kildare by 2020. It is a big year for Kildare tourism with a food festival associated with the Irish Open in Straffan in May and with the Derby in the Curragh in June. Watch here Tony Lenehan speaking at the event (or listen here) and watch here Dick O’Sullivan, manager of Punchestown racecourse (or listen here) The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is targeting over 100,000 with the possibility the total might reach 130,000 beating the record of Royal Portrush in 2014. Picture shows Des Smyth and Tony Lenehan being interviewed at Punchestown.

fanad lighthouseFanad Lighthouse opened its new visitor centre and three accommodation unties to the public on Friday, and now becomes the second stop on the wild Atlantic way going south. It is the only lighthouse in the Gaeltacht open to the public. Failte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn spoke at the opening. Watch here interview with Eimear MacMathuna, manager of the facility.

La gomera group walking_5235Travel Extra fulfilled a long-wished for visit to the fifth Canary island La Gomera, a 30 minute ferry ride from Tenerife to an island that has preserved the high-leaked landscape and dreamy romanticism of the Canary Islands of our childhood. Watch here some forest walks, whale watching, fine dining, fun and frolics from the Irish travel writers who were hosted on the island by Canaries Tourism and the Spanish Tourist Board and watch here interview with tour guide Gordo Wenck who came to visit in 1977 and never left. Watch here the dolphin and whale watching trip with Tina Excursions (and yes, that is Travel Extra‘s editor in the water, NOT as many thought, a whale). Picture shows Gordo Wenck, John O’Dowd, Aisling Scally, Thomas Breathnach, Roisin Healy, and David Donohue. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

NYC_180416_TryphavanaCross_ReginaldCharlot_9276Tryphavana Cross and Reginald Charlot of NYC & Company hosted travel agents at a table quiz in The Marker Hotel to publicise the city’s tourist programme for 2016. By July 2016, 500 state-of-the-art LinkNYC kiosks will come to New York City’s five boroughs, offering free high-speed Internet, phone calls, and device charging for residents and visitors. Staten Island Ferry service was expanded to run every 30 minutes, seven days a week, between St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island and Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.he MTA’s Second Avenue Subway will be New York City’s first major expansion of the subway system in more than 50 years, due December 2016, Mark Ashfield was the quiz winner.

Travel Trade

sunway_6204Sunway turned 50 this week, watch here interview with Tanya Airey by Travel Extra, watch here the official Sunway commemorative video and read here feature on Sunway in the print edition of Travel Extra. Sunway’s 50th Trade birthday party will take place on August 10. Picture shows Tanya Airey MD of Sunway with Product managers Mary Denton and Deirdre Sweeny,

Royal Caribbean will host 200 trade partners fromIreland on the pre-inaugural sailing from Southampton on Friday May 20 until Sunday May 22, making this the largest ever Irish trade event on board a cruise ship and the largest exodus of travel trade on one outing since the ITAA conferences in Benalmadena in 1996 and Algarve in 1999. Listen here to Ben Bouldin speaking about the importance of hosting agents over a period of days rather than port ship visits, which is like seeing the ship with the lights off.

Pamela Brownlee 001Pamela Brownlee of Flyaway Travel won most forward thinking agent at the TTG awards in Birmingham. Tom Donohue won best Irish agent and Sandra Corkin of Oasis the best agent from the north. Dublin once had a Viking queen called Aud the Deep-minded. Ballina now has their own.

This year’s Travel Funday takes place on August 28th 2016 in Wanderers Football Club, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. The 2016 Travel Funday team is Sharon Jordan of TTC, Ciaran Mulligan of Blue Insurance, John Grehan of TTC, Yvonne Muldoon of Aer Lingus, Paul Manning of Hertz, Volker Lorenz of Amadeus, Philip Airey of Sunway, Fiona Foster of Innstant, Rhona McCann of FCM, Dave O’Grady of ETravel, Kristin Skinner of American Holidays and Sharon Lyons of Travelport. The trade is asked to nominate charities with a proposal of 1,000 words by May 20 to jack.goddard@bookttcie.com

topflight madeira 001Topflight say they have improved conversion rates by 20pc and increased average margin for both Topflight and our Travel Agents with a sales process that ensures the first quote provided to a customer matches requirements more exactly. Maurice Shiels, Topflight’s Sales Manager, says  improvements have been particularly significant for our multi-centre itineraries in USA, Canada, Mexico and Thailand and their Cruise and Stay programme. Picture shows Anthony Collins of Topflight and Joana Dias of Madeira Promotion Bureau with Michelle Anderson and Maurice Shiels of Topflight at the Topflight Madeira training evening. Jennifer Byrne and Greta Paulauske were prize winers on the night. Topflight is recruiting senior sales staff for its worldwide division. Details here. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Tianguis_20160427_016Picture shows Anthony Long Nolan at Tianguis Turistico in Guadalajara with the secretary of Tourism Valladolid. He was interviewed for state television Jalisco. Anthony is working in tourism in Mexico in conjunction with Celtic Horizons.
Picture shows Shannon O’Dowd of Etihad and Majella Greene of O’Callaghan Travel at Etihad hosted travel agents in Dundalk, April 13 2016the Etihad Airways regional event at Riva’s restaurant Dundalk. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Irish freelance travel writer Yvonne Gordon has been shortlisted for the International travel writer award at the Malta travel awards.

Superbreak launched a guaranteed free place groups policy. For every 20 adults travelling, the 21st will be accommodated for free.

Watch here John Grehan talking up Uniworld’s offering to the trade in his own inimitable fashion in a presentation to agents at The Residence in Dublin. Watch here Sharon Jordan launching Uniworld’s 2016-7 programme. Eilish Wall also spoke to agents about the importance of the trade in selling five and four star Red Carnation product, which has a solid presence in London. Watchuniworld_4692 here. Sharon Jordan emphasised the value of river cruise in what will be a summer of high prices for holidays in general (listen here), pointed out that rivercruise could be a family holiday (listen here) and reported that Uniworld had been voted best of 300 river ships on the Nile (listen here). John Grehan stressed that the boats all have their own character (listen here) and extolled the virtues of the three for two offer (listen here). See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Kirsi-Marja Salonen Pat DawsonPicture shows Kirsi-Marja Salonen of the Finnish travel agents association and Pat Dawson CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association. Pat made a presentation on the evolution of dynamic packaging to Finnish travel agents a their AGM in Dublin.

An announcement on the venue for the 2016 ITAA conference on November 26-29 is imminent. Watch here Cormac Meehan speaking on whether the conference should be held at home or abroad (or listen here).

  • grenham travel awardGrenham Travel was named family business of the year at the Athlone Business Awards. Picture shows Pauline Grenham, Edel Parker, Marie Grenham, John Mc Grath, President of Athlone Chamber of Commerce, Amanda Sharkey Byrne and Rachael Donnelly.
  • Skal Dublin’s next function takes place in The Conrad Hotel on May 10.
  • Travelport’s Mobile Agent app is now available on Windows-operated smartphones. Germania Swiss is live on Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding.
  • Liam Lonergan was 203rd on The Sunday Times’ 2016 Irish Rich List. His wealth was estimated to be €58m.

Hotels

Ardilaun 170316 99The IHF Western Branch Annual Hospitality Ball in the Ardilaun Hotel raised €3,390.30 for local charity Jigsaw Galway. Pictured presenting the cheque are: John Ryan of, Ardilaun Hotel & Shay Livingstone, Chairman of Galway Irish Hotels Federation andThe Connacht Hotel and Justin McDermott of Jigsaw Galway. Jigsaw Galway is a free confidential support service for young people (15-25) living in Galway city and county.

  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts said it expects to grow its Middle East portfolio by 100 hotels by 2020.
  • B&B Ireland announced a partnership with its French counterpart, CléVacances.
  • Choice Hotels signed an agreement with Equinox Ventures to develop its brands across the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
  • Marriott plans to open 17 new properties across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

International

  • disney diningDisney has reintroduced free dining when booking a Disney moderate, deluxe or deluxe villa resort or free breakfast for Disney value resorts.
  • Wendy Wu Tours unveiled a brand new 11-day tour for winter 2017 where travellers can spend a day at the Sapporo Snow Festival.
  • EU mobile roaming charges were reduced this week. The maximum cost of making a call has been reduced from 19c to 5c per minute plus the domestic network’s price. The charge for downloading data has been reduced from 20c per MB to 5c per MB plus the domes network’s price.

Food and Wine

  • Kinsale All ireland ChowderNancy’s Barn of Ballyliffen, Co Donegal was named All-Ireland Chowder Champion at the sixth annual All-Ireland Chowder Cook-off in Kinsale.
  • Burren Slow Food Week Festival 2016 takes place May 27–29.
  • Fáilte Ireland issued a reminder for nominations to join its Food Tourism Development Network. Nominees are asked to email foodtourism@failteireland.ie or call Shan Raftery on 01 884 7835 by 12 noon this Friday (May 6).

Aviation

ryanairRyanair announced four winter 2016 routes from Belfast International to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw, in addition to the seven routes announced earlier to Alicante, Berlin, Krakow, Lanzarote, Malaga, Milan and Tenerife

Dublin Airport issued a statement detailing its busiest ever summer, with seven short-haul and six long-haul destinations added to the flight schedule, five of these already served by other carriers. For ten weeks this summer Dublin will be busier than the busiest week of last summer. North America capacity is up 13pc with 24 flights a day and 170 flights a week to 12 USA and four Canadian destinations, Europe up 9pc.

Whither Stobart Air? This week there was an intriguing referenence about the former Aer Arann in The Irish Times to IAA concern about “management tensions.“ Tim Jeans has been replaced as chairman by Stobart Group CEO Andrew Tinkler. CEO of Stobart Air, Sean Brogan, would like to head a buy-out. Cityjet may also be interesting with Aer Lingus’s chariman Willie Walsh watching his franchise with a stern eye.

The large selection panel is still finding it difficult to find a new director of administration for the Commission for Aviation Regulation. Re-advertising the position is under consideration.

John Griffin (Kerry County Council Tourism Officer), Kathleen Walshe (Communications, Cork Airport), Kevin Cullinane (Cork Airport Head of Communications), Kate O'Leary (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) and Paul O'Neill (Killarney Chamber) at an event hosted by Cork Airport in The Killarney Park Hotel. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (macmonagle.com)

Picture shows John Griffin the Kerry County Council Tourism Officer, Kathleen Walshe Communications, Cork Airport, Kevin Cullinane Cork Airport Head of Communications, Kate O’Leary President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and Paul O’Neill of Killarney Chamber at an event hosted by Cork Airport in The Killarney Park Hotel.

  • etihad fashionEtihad Airways announced a deal with WME | IMG to become a sponsor to 17 fashion week events around the world annually.
  • Routes Europe was handed over from Krakow to Belfast, where the conference will be held in 2017, Picture shows Anita Gackowska, Head of Aviation Marketing and Mathias Richter, Aviation Marketing Specialist from Cork airport who attended the event.
  • China Southern become the 157th airline to adopt Travelport Rich Content and Branding.
  • Cape Verde’s international airports adopted Amadeus airport common use service.
  • AWAS placed an A330-300 into storage after it came off lease from Singapore Airlines and placed two A330-300s on long-term lease for Hong Kong Airlines
  • shannon airport fleadhShannon Airport is the main sponsor of this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis.
  • WOW air launched a Snapchat competition, calling on entrants to submit a Snap Story to snaptraveler.wowair.com. The winners will each visit four destinations serviced by the airline and document their travels on Snapchat.
  • Shannon Group reported post-tax profits of €7.3m for 2015. Passenger numbers at Shannon Airport were up 5pc last year.
  • THY Side by Side Photo Shoot Randy Lander, DEGENFELDER ALEXANDRA rms283050 nef2015 rms281966 nef2015As part of its Batman v Superman marketing campaign, Turkish Airlines drove the Batmobile to Istanbul. See the promo video in this week’s Travel Extra TV.
  • A survey by Skyscanner found that Dublin Airport is the most popular airport for self-connecting passengers.
  • Boeing will deliver a record number of aircraft to Turkish Airlines this year: six 777-300ERs and 20 Next Generation 737-800s.

Afloat

dacia stena lineDacia partnered with Stena Line. Passengers are offering up to 50pc off sailings from Ireland to Britain and up to 20pc off sailings from Ireland to France when they order and register a 161 Dacia before May 31.

  • Forty-four passengers on Rhapsody of the Seas reportedly had to abandon their cruise after a large wave broke windows and flooded cabins during the first night of a nine-night cruise in the Mediterranean.
  • Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 was denied entry to Aqaba and Salalah because of a suspected outbreak of norovirus.
  • Godmother Claudine Pepin, daughter of French chef Jacques Pepin, christened Oceania Cruises’ 684-passenger Sirena in Barcelona.
  • Hurtigruten will introduce its young explorers programme to MS Midnatsol from November 2016 to March 2017. The programme, aimed at passengers aged seven to 13, features activities focused on the environment.
  • Disney Cruise Lines relaxed the dress code at its adult-only restaurant, Palo, allowing passengers to wear jeans.

Ireland

The race is on for a new CEO for Fáilte Ireland with the imminent departure of Shaun Quinn. John Concannon and Paul Keeley are the leading internal candidates but the question is whether the ex-Ryanair chair of Fáilte Ireland Michael Cawley would prefer someone from an aviation or retail background.

  • The refurbishment of Dublin T1 will reportedly leave no Fáilte Ireland information desk in the terminal which receives more incoming visitors than any other in the State.
  • NEW ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN TO SHOWCASE NORTHERN IRELAND TO MILLIONS OF GAMES OF THRONES® FANS WORLDWIDETourism Ireland continues its Game of Thrones advertising campaign as the popular series launched its sixth season. The 2016 campaign includes the unveiling of 10 carved doors depicting moments from the show and a Game of Thrones-themed stamp.
  • CSO figures show that visits to Ireland between January and March were up 16.6pc YOY.
  • The Irish Open - Day TwoEPIC Ireland, an interactive visitor experience documenting the influence of Irish diaspora, opens to the public at CHQ on Custom House Quay this Thursday (May 7).
  • Brian Cody helped launch the new zip line at Castlecome Discovery Park. At 300m long, it claims to be Ireland’s longest over-water zip line.
  • Martin Kaymer confirmed that he will participate in this month’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at The K Club.

Deal Watch

turkish airlines deal watchTurkish Airlines is offering Dublin–Hong Kong via Istanbul from €476pp incl. taxes and charges. Book by May 4, depart by May 26. Visit turkishairlines.com.

Lowcostbeds offers, 7 nights based on two sharing, depart May 21: 2* Castillo Beach, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €9pppn self catering. 2* Puerto Sol, Caleta de Funste, Fuerteventura from €13pppn self catering. 3* Atlantic Gardens, Corralego, Fuerteventura from €17pppn self catering. 3* Kirstal Hotel, Torremolinos from €17pppn B&B. 3* Parasol Gardens, Torremolinos from €20pppn B&B. 3* Buensol Apartments, Torremolinos from €21pppn self catering. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Elotis Suites Aparthotel, Crete from €389pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 4* Sana Sesimbra Hotel, Costa Azul from €499pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in September. 7 nights B&B 5* The Volcan Lanzarote Hotel from €599pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in December. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,159pps, depart June 13. 14 nights all inclusive Clubhotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,359pps, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Tequila, Mexico form €1,239pps, depart June 20. 7 nights self catering Roda Oasis, Corfu from €469pps, depart May 20. 7 nights self catering Ourania Apartments, Gouves, Crete from €369pps, depart May 22. 7 nights self catering Silver Springs Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €329pps, depart May 23. 7 nights full board Mediterranean Medley cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €959pps, depart May 31. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Belvedere, Costa Dorada from €699pps, depart Knock July 12. 7 nights half board Hotel Talayot, Cala Millor, Majorca from €539pps, depart Shannon June 18. Summer 2017 collection is on sale now. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 8 day escorted adventure tour of Costa Rica from €1,359pp, solo traveller from €1,758pp, depart June 11. 7 nights all inclusive Punta Cana from €1,539pp, depart November 12. 11 nights 5* Celebrity Eastern Med Cruise on board Celebrity Reflection from €1,249pp, depart August 29. 13 nights 5* Holland America Line Baltics cruise on board MS Zuiderdam from €1,259pp incl. 1 pre night in Copenhagen, depart May 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Miramar Apartments, Albufeira, Algarve from €299pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Vistamar Aparthotel, Costa del Sol from €329pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 2* Puerto Carment Aparthotel, Lanzarote from €369pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €379pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Bouganvillia Aparthotel, Santa Ponsa from €299pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €349pp, depart May 14. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Travel Department offers: 4 nights B&B Costa Brava from €299pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes and charges, depart May 12. 7 nights half board Salamanca from €699pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and some excursions, depart October 6. 12 nights half board Sri Lanka from €2,799pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes and charges, depart February 4 2017.

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Royal Caribbean offers: 14 night Italian Mediterranean cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,659pp, depart Cork July 10. 14 nights Mediterranean beaches cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €1,404pp, depart June 18. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €2,155pp incl. all-inclusive drink package and $150 on board credit, depart July 24. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America offers: 3 nights LA, 3 nights Santa Barbara, 4 nights Huntington Beach from €1,299pp incl. flights and 10 days fully inclusive, depart September 16. 7 nights Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando from €549pp, depart October 18. 4 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €639pp incl. return flights, depart October 19. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €699pp incl. return flights, depart November 24. Visit touramerica.ie.

deal watch irish ferriesIrish Ferries is offering free travel for children aged 15 years and under for families traveling from Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke. Up to six children per booking, travel until December 18. Book by May 17.

ITAA offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Aparthotel Resort Del Mar, Banjole, Istria Riviera, Croatia from €499pps incl. taxes, transfers and local rep, depart June 4. 7 nights Orlando from €589pp incl. return flights and accommodation, travel October. 11 days Borneo from €1,475pp incl. meals, transport, 2 nights accommodation in guesthouse, 1 night in homestay, 2 nights in hotel, 3 nights in jungle lodge and 2 nights in resort.

Topflight offers: 7 nights 4* Bella Italia, Lake Garda from €1,196 2+2, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights 3* Madison Apartments, Adriatic Riviera from €2,076 2+2, depart June 18. 7 nights 4* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €1,876 2+2, depart May 7. 7 nights 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira from €1,998 2+2, depart June 4. 7 nights 4* Hotel Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €2,987 2+2, depart May 28. 7 nights 4* Barcelo Lanzarote Resort, Costa Teguise from €3,625 2+2, depart June 18. All prices include transfers, taxes, return flights and €30pp online discount. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Lowcostholidays offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Rio Apartments, the Algarve from €259pp, depart June 21. 7 nights B&B 5* Aqua Hotel Riverside Resort & Spa from €1,210 2+1, depart July 6. 7 nights self catering 3* Club Bellevue Apartments, Majorca, Algarve from €335pp, depart June 7. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Gran Bali, Costa Blanca from €1,305 2+1, depart July 6. 7 nights 3* Ramada Gateway Hotel & Inn, Orlando from €629pp, depart June 7. 5 nights 3* Seton Hotel, New York from €985pp, depart October 8. 5 nights 3* Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas from €649pp, depart October 8. 7 nights 3* Blue Sea Cancun Plaza, Cancun from €929pp, depart September 3. Visit lowcostholidays.ie or call 01 485 3835.

Stein Travel offers: 7 nights self catering Vista Blanes Apartments, Menorca from €589pp, depart Cork June 25, July 2 or July 9. 7 nights self catering Roc Lago Park, Menorca from €625pp, depart Cork June 25, July 2 or July 9. 7 nights B&B Sol Milanos Pinquinos Hotel, Menorca from €828pp, depart Cork June 25, July 2 or July 9. 7 nights self catering Lanzarote Paradise from €489pp, depart July 17, 24 or 31. 7 nights self catering Costa Mar Apartments, Lanzarote from €532pp, depart July 17, 24 or 31. 7 nights B&B 5* Volcan Lanzarote from €723pp, depart July 17, 24 or 31. 7 nights self catering Royal Costa, Costa del Sol from €548pp, depart Cork July 15, 23 or 30. 7 nights self catering Buensol, Costa del Sol from €605pp, depart Cork July 16, 23 or 30. 7 nights B&B 5* Gran Hotel Elba Estepona, Costa del Sol from €712pp, depart Cork July 16, 23 or 30. 7 nights self catering Mirachoro, the Algarve from €450pp, depart July 17, 24 or 30. 7 nights self catering Presidente Apartments, the Algarve from €527pp, depart July 17, 24 or 30. 7 nights B&B 5* Vale D’Oliverias, the Algarve from €809pp, depart July 17, 24 or 30. Visit steintravel.ie or call 01 517 5990

Cassidy Travel all inclusive offers: Algarve from €186pp. Costa Dorada from €238pp. Costa del Sol from €253pp. Majorca from €280pp. Lanzarote from €330pp. Fuerteventura from €344pp. Malta from €389pp. Visit cassidytravel.ie or call 1800 332 500.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • May 2-5 We Are Africa, Cape Town
  • May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
  • May 10 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Sligo
  • May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
  • May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
  • May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
  • May 12 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Limerick
  • May 17 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Cork
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • May 24 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Waterford
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th Trade birthday party, details TBA
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9, WTM London
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • February 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Uniworld go down to the river

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Re-enactment of the Magdeburg phyiscist Otto von Guericke's air pressure experiment of 1654 at the opening of Germany Travel Market in Magdeburg, April 17 2016

Re-enactment of the Magdeburg phyiscist Otto von Guericke’s air pressure experiment of 1654 at the opening of Germany Travel Market in Magdeburg, April 17 2016

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5 things to know about travel this week:

  • Jean-François favourite for Air France job
  • Uniworld to host ITAA conference on the Danube
  • Petra Hedorfer expects changes to German border control experience in 2016
  • Wittemberg expects 600,000 visitors for Reformation’s 500th anniversary
  • Peter O’Hanlon hosts the TIGS President’s Prize

Travel Extra TV

video of the week april 24 2016Extraordinary footage in our video of the week. Two stand up paddle boarders in Vancouver captured the moment a humpback whale surfaced. Watch here.

  • See how volunteer Darrick summons the elephants at Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. Watch here.
  • Robert Downey Jr visited the Eiffel Tower for the premiere of Captain America: Civl War and puts on a bit of a light show. Watch here.
  • Guinness Storehouse and Tourism Ireland teamed up to create a video of the perfect pint. Watch here.
  • See Tourism NI’s promo for the Causeway Coastal Route Road Trip. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

christoph mueller h&s iata 001In the week that the news broke that Christophe Mueller is leaving Malaysian early for personal reasons, it emerged that one of the biggest jobs in aviation has no obvious candidate. The next CEO of Air France/KLM could be an internal candidate (Frédéric Gagey (CEO Air France, or Lionel Guérin, CEO of HOP) but there are others circling, Jean-François Cirelli, former CEO of Gaz de France and GDF Suez, now president of the French branch of BlackRock, and Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO of the public transport group Transdev. Thierry Antinori, the current number two of Emirates, and Fabrice Bregier, Airbus CEO, Olivier Piou from Gemalti and Guillaume Pepy, CEO of SNCF, have all declined. French trade unions might keep an eye on Christophe.

uniworld_4692Uniworld hosted trade and press at separate events in The Residence on Stephen’s Green on Thursday to tell agents they have extended their for three months their offer of a free river cruise to agents who book three river cruises. John Grehan (“book six and I will travel with you,” he said—he was joking, we think) reminded the trade that Uniworld was the only fully inclusive rivercruise company, “Others say they are all inclusive, but with us all drinks and gratuities are covered” (listen here). Sharon Jordan spoke about Uniworld’s worldwide programme (including the pioneering Ganges programmes that sold out within days of their launch last year) (listen here). Eilish Wall updated guests on the Red Carnation group and reminded agents to think Red Carnation when booking London properties (listen here). Picture shows Sharon Jordan and John Grehan at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

petra klaus_4277There was some reassuring news from Germany Travel Market in Magdeburg where Tourism Body CEO Petra Hedorfer said she expected changes to the border control experience in 2016 that would make things easier for travellers. She welcomed competition among low cost airlines precipitated by Ryanair’s move to grab 20pc of the German market and noted that point to point travel by low cost airlines, rather than international traffic through the major hubs, has driven much of the recent growth enjoyed by German tourism. Hier zuhoeren Petra’s reply to Eoghan Corry’s question about the impact of Ryanair expansion on German tourism. . Hier zuhoeren Petra Hedrofen’s presentation to the conference where she stresses the role played by the 2006 World Cup in moving Germany to a top five destination in world tourism. Picture shows Petra Hedorfer and Klaus Lohmann, who heads up the London office of Germany tourism looking after the Irish and British markets. Hier zuhoeren Minister Iris Gleicke opening at GTM. Hier zuhoeren Lutz Trumper, mayor of Magdeburg. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Germany videoWatch here Ralf Niebergall conducting international travel writers on an archtectural tour of Magdeburg during Germany Travel Market.

The town of Wittemberg expects about 600,000 visitors next year to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the reformation (Martin Luther ‘s 95 theses were allegedly posted on a door there on October 31 1539). Travel Extra called by on the Martin Luther trail in advance of the anniversary. Germany is currently celebrating the 500th anniversary of their famous pure beer laws in 1516 (water, malt, hops and yeast are the only ingredients allowed). Could the two events be related?

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 00.35.35Watch here Julia Wilkomm conducting international travel writers on a tour of the Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed mulit-pupose building in Magdeburg city centre during Germany Travel Market.

miriam skellyThe TIGS President’s Prize at Druids Glen was loquaciously hosted by Peter O’Hanlon. Martin Dempsey of Dempsey Travel in Navan was the men’s winner with an impressive 42 points playing off 11. Niamh Byrne of Ask Susan Travel won the ladies with 25 points. Picture shows Beatrice Cosgrove of sponsors Etihad, Miriam Skelly of Navan Travel and TIGS President Peter O’Hanlon at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Cooks Gonzalo groupCancun in Mexico and Montego Bay in Jamaica are back on the Falcon holidays programme for 2017. Falcon/ Thomson/ TUI will also have additional flights to Costa Dorada in Spain, a new Splashworld resort in Tenerife and a range of luxurious hotels branded A La Carte. Falcon’s new-look incorporates the parent company TUI’s distinctive red smile, evidence of further integration within the brand. Falcon and Gran Canaria hosted the travel trade for a hilarious evening at Cook’s Academy on Thursday night. Picture shows Antoinette Young, Gonzalo Ceballos, Kathryn McDonnell and Leila McCabe at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

group_4923 copyPicture shows David Donohue, John O’Dowd, Roisin Healy, Aisling Scally, Thomas Breathnach and Eoghan Corry on a press trip to La Gomera. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Grenham Travel loresGrenham Travel won the Family Business of the Year Award at the Athlone Business Awards organised by the Athlone Chamber of Commerce at the Sheraton Hotel last weekend. Picture shows Pauline Grenham, Edel Parker, Marie Grenham, John McGrath, President of Athlone Chamber, Amanda Sharkey Byrne, and Rachael Donnelly.

NYC_180416_IvanBeacom_EI_RoisinCarbery_TropicalSky_9288Picture shows Ivan Beacom of Aer Lingus and Roisin Carberry of Tropical Sky at the NYC & Company event in the Marker Hotel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • SAS has signed up for Amadeus Fare Families.
  • Pat Dawson of the ITAA delivered a well received talk to the Finnish travel agents on dynamic packaging and the how the landscape for the regulated industry in Ireland.
  • Avalon Waterways personnel hosted the CLIA Travel Agent Advisory Council.
  • Pamela Brownlee of Flyaway Travel is a finalist in the TTG travel agent awards on Monday in Birmingham.
  • philip airey groupOther winners at the TIGS event in Druids Glen, Gents Cat 1: Clem Walshe (5) 38pts (back 9) Cat 2: Tom Coade (16) 38pts, Cat 3: Des Abbott (27) 29pts, Front 9: John Power (14) 29pts, Back 9: Conn Connolly (5) 20pts, Long Drive: Conn Connolly, Nearest Pin: Volker Lorenz, Ladies Cat 1: Nicholas Burns (12) 25pts, Cat 2: Marian Benton (35) 23pts, Front 9: Miriam Skelly 15pts, Back 9: Gillian Lowry 10pts count back, Long Drive: Nicholas Burns, Nearest Pin: Niamh Byrne.
  • cartrawler agreementCarTrawler signed a partnership with Spain’s national train operator, Renfe. Picture shows CarTrawler’s Michael Cunningham and Aida Ordains.
  • Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS trade training days: Sligo, May 10. Limerick, May 12. Cork, May 17. Waterford, May 24. Venues to follow. For more information, email grainne.caffrey@lowcostbeds.ie or ommckinney@ie.amadeus.com.
  • morrison hotelPicture shows Olivia Byrne of American Holidays and Phyllis Walters of Travel Counsellors at the Visit Florida and Aer Lingus event for the trade at the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
  • Sabre added the option for airline tickets and ancillary products, rail and service fees through its virtual payments system.

Hotels

  • Dublin Airbnb Host, BrigidAirbnb expects 200 of its hosts for an event on May 7 to talk taxation, insurance, cleaning, and home design. Airbnb says the average host is 44 years old and 14pc of all hosts are retired and 43pc self-employed. Airbnb launched its “Live There” advertising campaign this week.
  • AccorHotels which serves 150 million meals a year announced intent to reduce food waste by 30pc and a large part of making that happen will be the planting of vegetable gardens at some of their hotel sites.
  • Radisson Red opened in Brussels.

International

Charlie_Flanagan_2014The Euro 2016 championship will be played under a state of emergency after the French government extended their emergency powers imposed in November. Foreign Affairs minister Charlie Flanagan urged fans to register with the DFA in advance of the tournament as part of a first eleven travel tips for fans (some of them very odd indeed).

  • Ireland’s overnight stays to Germany are up 9.5pc in February.
  • Las Vegas’s new adrenaline attraction Speedvegas celebrated a ceremonial track opening
  • Algarve Tourism Association launched new golden tees to celebrate the region’s 50th year of golf.
  • Texas based TourConnect’s integration with Tourplan is ready to go live.
  • Trip Advisor named the Travellers’ Choice Awards list in the best islands of the world category.
  • Some interesting discussion at Queen’s University in Belfast this week where Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry gave a talk on the Zika Virus. One academic posed the question how many universities listen to their own experts rather than the more panic-prone government advisories in their travel advice for staff and students. You guessed the answer. So did we.

Food and Wine

Fáilte Ireland requested nominations for food companies to join its Food Tourism Development Network.

Aviation

Brussels ZaventemBrussels Zaventem airport will take longer than expected to get back to normal. Brussels Airlines the only operators using the airport until end June at least. Ryanair is diverting passengers through Charleroi and Aer Lingus through Amsterdam, using an A321 in place of an A320.

Routes Europe takes place in Kraków until April 26 with all the main Irish airports (but neither of the airlines) in attendance.

  • Google maps technology has been extended to allow passengers view Aer Lingus business class. Business Class fully lie flat seats have been added to Aer Lingus’ Boeing 757 aircraft to match “the levels of comfort, storage and space” on the A330 fleet (except with more throne seats). The inaugural flight of the newly-fitted 757 was made in February from Shannon to Boston and four additional aircraft will be fitted with the new business class cabins by mid-May.
  • China Southern signed up for Travelport Rich Content and Branding
  • Air Transat announced a new premium economy Club Class.
  • Donegal Airport was voted one of the world’s most scenic airport landings in a poll conducted by PrivateFly.
  • Flybe selected CTC Aviation for Pilot Recruitment Roadshow in Dublin.
  • Ryanair took delivery of a B737-800, serial 44732.
  • There were reports this week of a near collision between and Aer Lingus aircraft and a drone at Charles de Gaulle airport.

Afloat

Design features on MSC’s Seaside Class design will give more outdoor space and three walkways with glass balustrades and a glass floor will give guests the feeling that they are walking on water. The first of three ships will come into service in December 2017 and will sail year-round from Miami.

  • Irish Ferries supports Garda challengeIrish Ferries is supporting An Garda Siochana’s Chris Crossing charity boat row across the Irish Sea in air of the National Neurosurgical Centre at Beaumont Hospital.
  • CLIA will host the 2016 Technical & Regulatory Forum in London.
  • Silversea celebrated one year-to-go until the christening of its new flagship Silver Muse with commemorative on board all eight of Silversea’s ships around the world.

Ireland

paul gallagherPaul Gallagher of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation says the government tourism targets are too modest and should be revised upwards to €6.2bn by 2025 instead of €5bn. “Tourism’s strong recent growth has meant that overseas earnings from tourism have risen already to €4.2 billion per annum. As tourism leaders we can’t be satisfied with 2pc annual growth for our industry. Imagine the food or pharmaceutical or IT industry accepting a 2pc annual growth target? Why should we in tourism be any less ambitious? A figure of 4pc annual growth should be eminently achievable for tourism. This would create an additional 50,000 jobs.”

Fanad Lighthouse opens Friday next in time for the great lighthouses of Ireland festival over the May bank holiday weekend. Elsewhere guests can listen to the Singing Sistas at Clare Island Lighthouse and listen to the tales and stories of lighthouse keeping on Ballycotton island. See greatlighthouses.com.

GOING DUTCH IN IRELANDPicture shows representatives from de Jong Intra Vakanties, together with 16 travel agents who toured Ireland as guests of Tourism Ireland.

Cavan for Walking Festival takes place over ten days, April 29 to May 8.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car opened its new city centre branch, located on Russell Street, Dublin 1 beside Croke Park.

TOURISM IRELAND LEADS SALES MISSION TO CHINATourism Ireland and 14 partners will visit Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen as part of a sales mission to grow tourism from China.

ACTOR RICHARD E GRANT LENDS A HAND TO PROMOTE THE ISLAND OF IRELANDFetch me the finest wines known to humanity. Tourism Ireland has teamed up with actor Richard E Grant and Smooth Radio in a promotion to showcase Ireland to English holidaymakers.

Cork International Choral Festival anticipates 100 events and 5,000 international singers.

John Neilly of Nephin Whiskey the only remaining master cooper in Ireland demonstrated his traditional barrel making skills at the launch of Féile na Tuaithe 2016 at the National Museum of Ireland Castlebar. Féile na Tuaithe takes place on 21-22 May 2016.

milwaukee ennisPicture shows Milwaukee festival personnel in County Clare with local tourism interests, Mary Gleeson of Old Ground Hotel, Maurice Walsh of Durty Nelly’s, Ger Dollard CEO and Patrick Boyle Executive Director Milwaukee Irish Festival, Maureen Cleary of Clare Tourism, Paul Madden Chair Clare Tourism & MD Temple Gate Hotel, Marie Slattery of Shannon Group & Míchéal Ó’Riabhaigh, Chair of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

John Ducie conducts a guided walking tour of Powerscourt Gardens and the wider landscape beyond in County Wicklow on 4th of May at 11am.

Bus Éireann will provide coach travel for Irish golf clubs wishing to travel to this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on May 19-22 as organisers target an attendance record for a European tour event.

Tony Lenehan & DerekMcGrathPicture shows Tony Lenehan, Chairman of Kildare Failte with Derek McGrath, the CEO of the Curragh Racecourse at the Kildare foodscape forum in the Curragh.

Fáilte Ireland chief executive Shaun Quinn confirmed that he will move on after his term of office expires later this year.

Laser World Championships 2016 Set for Dun Laoghaire Bringing €2.5m BoostThe Youth and Men’s Laser Radial world championships will take place in Dun Laoghaire this July, with 400 boats representing 40 nations participating.

International Media in Ireland on a Seafood Journey of the Wild Atlantic WayA group of international media are touring the Wild Atlantic Way on a food-focussed press trip. Picture shows the group with Eithna O’Sullivan at Eithna’s By The Sea in Mullaghmore, Sligo and Antoinette Reilly of Fáilte Ireland.

imex failte irelandFáilte Ireland attended the IMEX Frankfurt Trade Exhibition to promote the island’s MICE products.

Eight British tour operators visited Ireland’s Ancient East this week.

US shopping channel Evine Live TV was filming in Waterford this week, their first time filming outside the States.

Journalists from Germany and Beligium visited Ireland’s EDEN award-winning sites this week, on a press trip organised by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland. Picture shows the group with Jane Stokes of Fáilte Ireland at Sheep’s Head.

The historic town of Celbridge launched an audio guide.

Deal Watch

Lowcostbeds offers, based on 7 nights, 2 sharing, depart June 8: 3* Parasol Gardens, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol from €26pppn B&B. 3* Bajondilla, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol from €33pppn self catering. 2* Mar a Vista, Albuferia, Algarve from €14pppn self catering. 3* Algarve Gardens, Albuferia from €19pppn. 2* Salou Pacific from €16pppn self catering. 3* Best Club Cap Salou from €25pppn B&B. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 2 nights &B The Cookehouse, Belfast from £70pps incl. welcome bottle of Prosecco, available until May 31, call (028) 9514 4648. 2 nights B&B Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry from £119pps incl. cocktail on arrival and 4-course meal on evening of choice, available until May 31, call (028) 7114 0300. 2 nights B&B Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh from £129pps incl. dinner at Belleek restaurant on evening of choice and access to leisure facilities, available until May 31, call (028) 6862 2200.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 5* Real Marina Hotel and Spa, Olhao, the Algarve from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in November.

3 nights 4* Ilunion Pio XII Hotel, Madrid from €239pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights 4* Sands Beach Resort Apartments, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €449pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in September. 7 nights B&B 4* Playaluna Hotel, Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Algeria from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May.

4* Roquetas de Mar, Spain in May from €299pp Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Sunway offers: 11 days escorted tour of Myanmar from €3,225pp (add flights for €999pp), depart September 28. 14 days decorated tour of Myanmar with Bangkok from €4,166pp (add flights fro €910pp), depart September 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Miramar Apartments from €349pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira from €349pp, depart May 14. 7 night self catering 4* Paraiso de Albufeira Aparthotel, Albufeira from €469pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 2* Bayside Apartments, Albufeira from €499pp, depart June 17. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Miramar Apartments, Albufeira from €649pp, depart June 17. 7 nights B&B 4* Algarve Casino Hotel, Praia da Rocha from €719pp, depart June 17. 7 nights self catering 3* Estrela do Vau Apartments, Portico from €2,016 2+2, depart July 1. 7 nights self catering 3* Dorisol Florasol Apartments, Funchal from €1,296 2+2, depart July 1. 7 nights self catering 4* Aqualuz Apartments, Lagos from €2,559 2+2, depart July 1. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800

Sunway fly/cruise offers: 13 nights Baltics cruise on board MS Zuiderdam from €1,299pp, depart May 28. 11 nights Eastern Med on board Celebrity Reflection from €1,299pp incl. classic drinks package, depart May 16. 7 nights Eastern Med cruise on board Norwegian Jade from €849pp incl. premium drinks package, depart October 16. 9 nights Med Cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas from €959pp, depart October 18. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from €399pp, depart May 12. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Paradise Valle Taurito, Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria from €1,769 2+1, depart May 12. 7 nights B&B 2* Sinem Hotel, Marmaris, Turkey from €349pp, depart May 30. 7 nights self catering 3* Stefania Studios, Stalis, Crete from €369pp, depart May 29. 7 nights self catering 2* Rosamar, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €449pp, depart Shannon May 30. 7 nights half board 3* More Hotel, Alcudia, Majorca from €379pp, depart Cork May 14. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn, Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,189pp, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Grand Sirenis Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,239pp, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Holiday Village Marmaris, Turkey from €1,869 2+1, from €2,549 2+2, depart May 30. 7 nights self catering 2* Deya Apartments, Santa Ponsa, Majorca form €189pp, depart Cork May 14. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Resort Mexico, Riviera Maya from €1,949pp, depart June 20. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Yacatan, Playacar, Mexico from €1,459pp, depart June 13. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Belvedere, Salou, Costa Dorada from €689pp, depart Knock May 21. 7 nights half board 3* Son Baulo Hotel, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €549pp, depart Cork May 17. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,439pp, depart June 12. 7 nights full board Adriatic Explorer cruise on board Thomson Dream from €1,159pp, depart May 27. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 10 nights all inclusive Eastern Caribbean cruise on board Anthem of the Seas from €2,209pp incl. $100 on board credit and return flights, depart November 10. 7 nights For Lauderdale round-trip on board Oasis of the Seas from €1,449pp incl. return flights, depart September 17. 7 nights Mediterranean family cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,069pp incl. return flights, depart May 29. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America is offering complimentary Disney Dining when you book a Moderate or Deluxe resort hotel by November 3, or complimentary breakfast for value resort bookings made by July 7. Offers: 7 nights B&B Disney All Star Music Resort from €1,099pp incl. transfers, 7-day ultimate ticket, depart January 6 2017. 7 nights Disney’s Caribbean Resort from €1,269pp incl. dining plan, transfers and 7-day ultimate ticket, depart January 6 2017. 7 nights Disney’s Animal Kingdom from €1,539pp incl. transfers, dining plan and ultimate ticket, depart January 6 2017.

Lowcostholidays offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Rio Apartments, Vilamoura, Algarve from €295pp, depart June 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Carlota Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €359pp, depart June 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Ramada Gateway Hotel, Orlando from €650pp, depart June 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Blue Sea Cancun Plaza, Mexico from €970pp, depart June 9. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Gran Bali Hotel, Costa Blanca from €1,020 2+1, depart June 8. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Club Bellevue Apartments, Alcudia, Majorca from €1,265 2+1, depart June 8. Visit lowcostholidays.ie or call 01 485 3835.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Florasol from €399pps, depart May 12. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal from €539pp, depart May 12. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Baia Azul, Funchal from €599pps, depart May 19. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Mimosa, Funchal from €599pps, depart May 19. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Mimosa, Funchal from €499pps, depart May 26. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal from €569pps, depart May 26. 7 nights B&B 5* Melia Madeira Mare, Funchal from €799pps, depart June 2. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Contiki is offering 8 days Italy tour from €1,127pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Book by April 26, depart May 23. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Highlights of Poland tour from €2,250pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Book by May 13, depart June 10. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8-day river cruise on the Rhine on board SS Antoinette from €2,491pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions. Book by May 31, depart July 17. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Cassidy Travel offers: 7 nights 3* Cafiris, Corfu from €1,739 2+1, depart June 3. 7 nights 4* Paradise Valle Taurito, Gran Canaria from €2,179 2+1, depart June 4. 7 nights 3* Revoli Playa, Gran Canaria from €1,489 2+1, depart June 9. 7 nights 3* Sunclub Apartments, Costa del Sol from €1,749 2+1, depart June 10. 7 nights 4* Club Aida, Dalaman from €1,259 2+1, depart June 13. 7 nights 3* Loulas Village, Corfu from €1,659 2+1, depart June 17. 7 nights 4* Family Life Marmari Beach, Kos from €2,179 2+1, depart June 18. 7 nights 5* Club Turban, Dalaman from €2,049 2+1, depart June 27. Visit cassidytravel.ie or call 0818 332500.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • Apr 23-26 Routes Europe Krakow
  • April 24-27 Rendez-vous Canada
  • Apr 25-28 Tianguis Turistico, Guadlajara
  • April 25-28 ATM, Dubai
  • April 28 Air Canada trade reception, Canadian Embassy, Wilton Place, 6pm
  • May 2-5 We Are Africa, Cape Town
  • May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
  • May 10 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Sligo
  • May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
  • May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
  • May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
  • May 12 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Limerick
  • May 17 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Cork
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • May 24 Lowcostbeds, Amadeus, Blue Insurance, Classic Collection, MSC and SAS training day, Waterford
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9, WTM London
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • February 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Farewell to Ryanair’s 108 crazy bag charges

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7 things you need to know about travel this week:

  • Did Ryanair really have 108 baggage charge? It is down to six now:
  • 500 years of pure German beer, we fearlessly go tasting on your behalf.
  • Visit USA roadshow gets an Ethiopian touch
  • Travel Department celebrates 20 years
  • SAS celebrates 50 years in Ireland, okay, 48 and a bit but who is counting?
  • The coolest toy on Ovation of the Seas? The pods of course
  • Hotspots of Irish tourism; 70 attractions sampled by visitors to Meitheal

Travel Extra TV

video of weekOur video of the week shows animal behaviour expert Mark Vette training rescue dogs to fly. Watch here.

  • Ryanair uploaded its “satisflying” TV spot to YouTube. Watch here.
  • Ten Titanic-themed things to do in Belfast, from Tourism Ireland. Watch here.
  • See our report from Visit USA‘s Ireland roadshow for the Irish travel trade. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland uploaded behind-the-scenes footage of Star Wars: The Force Awakens being filmed on Skellig Michael. Watch here.
  • Footage shows a crane carrying an Air India aircraft crashing at Hyderabad Begumpet Airport. Watch here.
  • An oblivious snowboarder gets chased by a bear. CGI or flesh and bone? (It’s CGI of course). Watch here.
  • This one is NOT a fake. It shows what happens when you give a Dublin Zoo tiger a wake up call. Watch here.
  • A close call for this snowboarder, who dodges an avalanche. Watch here.
  • Thousands of seals were spotted at Massachusetts Beach. Watch here.
  • Airbus uploaded a video explaining its Runway Overrun Prevention system. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

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Royal Caribbean hosted 164 Irish agents and media on board Ovation of the Seas for an unscheduled pre-launch event portside in Southampton. The cruise line did not initially expect to hold an event on Ovation, but the ship arrived early and was looking splendid when Travel Extra stopped by for a look. On the face of it not much is different, a noodle bar and a change of restaurant. But the décor is more interesting with artworks and a pair of pandas are installed where the polar bear and Gigi the Giraffe were placed on Quantum and Anthem respectively. Ovation is bound for the Chinese market, and Claudia King of Royal Caribbean told Travel Extra that ships in Asia are more focused on concierge services. IN general the ship is more refined, seems more high end and a little more purple gives a very classy feel to the product. Watch here the tour of the ship with Irish agents and international media. Picture shows Irish agents Caroline O’Toole of Fahy Travel, Ciara Sweeney of Corrib travel and .Kaspars Kivlenieks of Fahy Travel. Watch here Johann Hill explaining the coolest thing on the ship.

ovation_2956Johann Hill the Royal Caribbean staff captain was asked by Travel Extra what was the coolest piece of equipment he had on board Ovation of the Seas. His answer: the two 20.5-megawatt ABB Azipod XO propulsion units. Watch here. Picture shows Falcon agents Mary McGrath Kilkenny, Denise Kirby Savoy, Mark Aagfield Talbot St, Catherine Cinnamond Limerick, Paula Smith Clondalkin, Andrea Power Tallaght, Elaine Keating Waterford and Clodagh Whelan Mahon Point.

ovation_2938Michael Bailey, CEO of Royal Caribbean has not given up on his no-set-time dynamic dining concept, which left cruise customers underwhelmed when it was launched on Quantum of the Seas at the 2014 ITAA conference. It is to be relaunched with a new name, my dining. Watch here Michael’s comments to Travel Extra on board Ovation of the Seas. Picture shows Travel Counsellors on board the ship, Mandy Walsh, Nadine Farrelly, Ann Marie Nolan, Sharon Tiernan Murphy, Karen Morgan Murphy, Sinead Lonergan, Lorraine Wynne and Helen Kelly. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Visit usa_3149Dee Burdock headed the Visit USA roadshow where seven partners hosted the trade in Dublin and in Cork. Irish visitor numbers to the USA are likely to hit 440,000 when the final tally  is reached for 2015. S9me of the most interesting comments were made by Tony Flynn of Ethiopian Airlines, a newcomer to Visit USA as a result of their Los Angeles service in which he stressed the links to Vegas and San Francisco and the net rates for business travel available agents (watch here/listen here). Picture shows Beverleigh Fly of Bookabed and Tony Flynn of Ethiopian Airlines at the Visit USA Roadshow in Dublin, April 12 2016. Watch here/listen here Matt Bates representing Kansas and Oklahoma, speaking at the event. Watch here/listen here Jo Piani representing Kissimmee and Savannah. Watch here/listen here Jo Ashley representing New England. Watch here/listen here Dee Burdock, Visit USA chair. Watch here/listen here Gerry Boyle representing Discover USA. Watch here/listen here Patricia Purdue representing Massachusetts. Watch here/listen here Francine Sheridan. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Michael O’Leary was on hand on Tuesday to unveil year three of the Always Getting Better programme (is it just us, or does the slogan have a slightly Stalinist slogan feel to it?). What was left to announce? One big innovation is the Myryanair club getting priority access to sale fares. It is a first in aviation, and you can see what they are at. The database that Ryanair will accumulate with this incentive will be invaluable. Ryanair is not going to have a curtain, but they will have business customers and they can persuade, as is their wont, commercial partners to offer further benefits to this database. Ryanair say year 3 is all about digital acceleration and innovation, which likely means Ryanair gets to make more money and kudos at somebody else’s expense. They have ramped up the groups programme that they initially started and the bag options has been made less clear, down to six.

michael o'leary kenny jacobs laughs_2172Ryanair says they previously had 108 bag options (we tried to count them too but succumbed). Apparently they had a 15kg bag which could be booked at high or low season (2), at 3 different stages of booking (during booking, added to booking or at airport) (3), across 3 different route lengths / types (short, long or domestic) (3) and as 3 different bag options (1st 2nd or 3rd bag) (3).. Now customers will be able to choose to book a 15kg, 20kg or third 20kg bag and will pay one price per bag size regardless of whether the bag is booked during the initial flight booking, added to the booking or booked at the airport. High season and low season baggage fees will be consolidated to one set rate, which will only be higher on longer haul routes (thus offering 6 baggage options). We will finalise these fees shortly and the new baggage options will be introduced in June. Sixteen separate enhancements were announced, some of them evolved from previous AGBs. Things can only get worse after three AGBs.

eoghan gtmGermany Travel Market commences this weekend in Madgeburg in Germany, kicking off with a lavish opening ceremony last night. The most up to date figures for Ireland are for 2014 when there were 170,338 arrivals from Ireland and 385,423 overnight stays, up 22.3pc, including camping. Overnight stays have grown by 68.5pc since 2005, continuing a boost jump started by the 2006 world cup. Ireland did not even qualify and sent one of the largest delegations of visiting fans, what does that mean for France and the 2016 euros? See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook

IMG_3961 copyGermany is celebrating the 500th anniversary of their beer purity laws enacted by Herzog Willem in 1516. Travel Extra joined a culinary tour based out of Bayreuth to check out the revolution in craft breweries and distilleries that has engulfed the heartland of the Bavarian beerlands. Visits included breweries and distilleries old and new including the quaint Maisel’s Bier Erlebniswelt museum, a Danube cruise, visits to the Wagner museum in Bayreuth and the historic town of Weimar. Picture shows Claus Alboth conducting a cookery class for international travel writers at Romantikhotel Dorotheenhof. Picture shows Ann Ruppenstein, Christine Retschlagm, Megan Scheel Drillinger, Michael Schoenberger, Prachi Joshen,Yumiko Tsuboi, Eoghan Corry, Jan Blazej, Xue Wang, Mayan Si, Eoghan Corry, Sigi Burth, Alzabeta Capkova, Xiaoli Jia, Sigi Burth, Jan Protic (obscured), Claus Alboth, Sha Jin, Francisco Gavilan, Anja Dietrich and Hsiao Mei Yin. Missing: Bachir Sleiman, And yes, the parting glass was sung.

Travel Department celebrated their10th anniversary. The tour company has grown and prospered through siege of traditional tour operators and through recession alike. It started with four people and will soon be up to 42 now.

sas three copySAS celebrated 50 years in Dublin (they suspended the service from Nov 1977 until Feb 1979 but who are Travel Extra to quibble, the break was collateral damage caused by SAS Manchester-Dublin rights were revoked by London over a dispute regarding BMA’s Birmingham-Copenhagen rights). Picture shows Hans Dyhrfort General Manager SAS Europe, Hans Asaa. former Country Manager Ireland (retired) and Alan Sparling SAS Manager Ireland. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Fáilte Ireland hosted the largest ever Meitheal over two days at the RDS in Dublin, with 455 Irish tourism suppliers and 310 overseas buyers, including 40 tour operators who have not previously had Ireland on their books. After Meitheal, 100 international buyers from more than a dozen key tourism markets have arrived in Belfast for a Meet the Buyer event organised by Tourism NI. Ten fam trips organised for visiting tour operators criss-crossed the country in the days before the event, taking in 70 visitor experiences in all, one of which has not yet opened, which reads like a guide to the action spots in Irish tourism: Abbey Theatre Backstage Tour, Altamont Gardens (Carlow), Athlone Castle (Westmeath), Baltimore Sea/Safari/Whale Watch West Cork (Cork), Bantry House & Garden (Cork), Belvedere House Gardens and Park (Westmeath), Beyond Barricades 1916 Bus Tour (theatrical tour), Birr Castle Gardens (Offaly), Blarney Castle (Cork), Blarney Woolen Mills (Cork), Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Meath), Castletown House, (Kildare), Charles Fort, (Kinsale), Chester Beatty Library (Dublin), Christ Church Cathedral, Clonakilty (Cork), Clonmacnoise (Offaly), Dalkey and Biddy’s Cottage, Dalkey Castle interactive live theatre, Donegal Castle (Donegal), Drumcliffe Church and Graveyard, Dublin City Bike Tour, Dublin Contemporary Tour of Dublin, Dublin Creative Quarter walking tour, Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, Dunbrody Famine Ship (Wexford), Dursey Island Signature Point (Cork), English Market (Cork), Epic Ireland (Dublin), Fanad Lighthouse (Donegal), Fota Wildlife Park (Cork), Glendalough (Wicklow), Glengarrif (Beara Peninsula tour), Glenveagh Castle and Gardens (Donegal), GPO Witness History, Grange, walk with Seatrails (Sligo), Guinness Experience (Dublin), Heywood Gardens (Laois), Hill of Uisneach (Westmeath), Hook Lighthouse (Wexford), House of Waterford Crystal (Waterford)), Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa (Cork), Irish National Stud (Kildare), James Joyce Tower and museum, Kildare Village (Kildare), Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience (Kilkenny), Kilkenny, St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Castle (Kilkenny), Kinnegar Craft Beer Brewery (Rathmullan, Donegal), Kinsale Town (Cork), Knowth (Meath), Lissadell House & Gardens (Sligo), Little Museum of Dublin (Dublin), Lough Boora Discovery Park (Offaly), Mizen Maritime Museum and Visitor Centre (Cork), Mullaghmore (Sligo), Newbridge Visitor Centre (Kildare), Powerscourt Estate and Gardens (Wicklow), Rock of Cashel (Tipperary), Salthill Gardens (Donegal), Seatrails walk to the Shelly Valley (Sligo), Skibbereen Heritage Centre (Cork), Slieve League Cultural Centre (Donegal), Titanic Experience Cobh (Cork), Trinity College / Book of Kells (Dublin), Trinity College, Long Room and Book of Kells (Dublin), Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre (Offaly), Viking Splash Tour, Voya Seaweed Baths, Strandhill (Sligo), Waterford Museum of Trasures/Viking Triangle.,

jennifer o'brien group copySunway hosted the travel trade at a thank you event for their support. Picture shows Phyllis Walters of Travel Counsellors, Katerina Bomshtein of Gran Canaria Tourist Board and Jennifer O’Brien of Travel Counsellors at the Sunway Trade event in Amuse Restaurant, April 13 2016. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

travel dept 20 yearsTravel Department celebrated its 20th birthday at Fiorentina Restaurant on Parliament Street. Speaking at the event, founder Bob Haugh, credits the company’s survival to innovation and customer service. He remarked at the pace of change in business: “20 years is quite a milestone for us… The average life expectancy of a business is just 12 years.” For the next 20 years, “who know what it has in store,” he said. “Maybe we might float the business… if we do decide to go public, I hope you’ll all buy a share.” Listen here to Bob’s speech and listen here to Marty Whelan entertaining. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Pat Dawson gave a well received presentation to the Finnish travel agents body SMAL in Dublin on Friday on dynamic packaging and how the travel trade in Ireland responded to the collapse of their traditional charter market.

Tanya Airey of Sunway says most customers are transferring to Izmir after the cancellation of the tour operator’s Bodrum flights last week. The cancellation means Sunway have one weekly charter to Turkey this summer, down from four in 2013.

Topflight launched its five-day sale today. See Deal Watch for more.

Hotels

The Irish Hotels Federation called for a strong tourism focus from government on regionality, value for money, and more state investment in tourism.

joe green amarisAmaris Hospitality appointed Joe Green as head of development.

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel in Enniskillen celebrated their 40th year in business.

AccorHotels group said that it intends to reduce food waste by 30pc and to plant its own vegetable gardens at a number of properties.

International

The European commission proposed the suspension of Schengen visa waivers for US and Canadian visitors because the US requires visas from citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania. This is not going to be solved easily. While Croatia and Poland are close to visa waiver status and could get it if the rejection quota guidelines are altered (Roger Dow has been lobbying for this), Romania is still a way off visa waiver status.

Expedia’s Global Millennial Traveller Report in eight markets: Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, South Korea and US, showed 1 in 4 millennials think it is important for people to comment on the holiday photos they post on social media, rising to 46pc of American millennials, 2 in 3 millennials want an authentic holiday experiences above all else when travelling and 31pc felt that having an authentic experience and having people comment on their photos are equally important.

scottish dog campaignScotland’s pet-friendly holiday prize was won by ten year-old mongrel Becky, recently returned from her trip which she enjoyed as part of her prize courtesy of Stena Line and VisitScotland, from Stena Line and three night’s accommodation at the luxury dog-friendly Trigony House Hotel in Dumfries and Galloway.

Listen here to Hakan Ateş at World Tourism Forum

VisitScotland expo 2016 plans to increase its economic impact by 40pc with 420 international tourism and 190 from England meeting 275 Scottish tourism suppliers.

Luggage manufacturer Samsonite is to roll out suitcase tracking technology by the end of the year.

Food and Wine

  • United trade union called for the publication of an investigation into dubious tipping practices by the London government, as a result of evidence that Pizza Express. and other popular restaurant chains which were pocketing a portion of tips instead of passing them on to staff while there were questions about how service charges are shared out in 4 and 5-star hotels, with allegations of sharp practice, lack of transparency, unjustifiable admin fees and large sums of money diverted to salaried managers.
  • Barton & Guestier is now distributed by Findlaters.
  • Chef Challenge 2016 was launched by Cono Sur Wine.

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Ryanair announced three new winter services from Cork to Gran Canaria, Malaga and Tenerife bringing the total to nine. Cork Airport installed their long awaited second airbridge at a cost of €450,000. Picture shows Bill Daly, Head of Asset Care at Cork Airport and Brian Culloty, Airport Engineer with Cork airport’s new airbridge which has been installed at aircraft parking stand 8 and following some power and systems testing, will be operational over the coming weeks

Dublin airport passenger numbers continued to increase by 17pc in March to 2.1m. The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub is up 71pc to 51,000.

Delta Air Lines Announces March Quarter Profit.

Dalmac continued its major European Recruitment Campaign for Ryanair, no previous cabin crew experience is required, applicants must be over 18 years of age.

Belfast International Airport passengers were up 12pc in March to 370,000.

Dublin Airport announced €10m investment in the T1 arrivals hall and façade including new flooring, a replacement ceiling, the removal of desks from window areas, relocation of all restaurants to one area and concentration of services such as the Tourist Information Office, bus, travel and the information desks in one area.

turkish airlines euro liveryTurkish Airlines unveiled an A330-300 passenger aircraft painted in the Euro 2016 livery.

Jet2.com announced a new service from Belfast to Girona for Summer 2017.

  • Etihad Airways and Avianca signed a codeshare partnership
  • A subtle policy change by USA-based airlines means that customary multi-city ticketing can no longer use the lowest available fare on each segment. Instead, the new policy combines the highest refundable fares available on each segment and returns a round-trip single price that is substantially higher than if a consumer purchased separate one-way fares.
  • The 19th Annual Global Airfinance Conference is confirmed for January 17th – 19th 2017 in Dublin.
  • A Carlson Wagonlit Travel analysis of 6.4m air booking transactions suggested women book their flights 1.9 days earlier than their male counterparts and pay an average of around 2pc less for their tickets than men.
  • Foynes hosted a Pan Am workers reunion.
  • Singapore Airlines signed up for Amadeus Revenue Management technology.
  • British Airways will increase capacity by 784 seats a week on flights between London and Nairobi for summer 2016
  • Ryanair say 88pc of their flights were on time in March.
  • The IAA reported a 13.2pc increase in operating profits to €33.6m in 2015.
  • Turkish Airlines released pictures an A330-300 in the UEFA Euro 2016 livery.
  • Dublin International Aviation Training Academy was ACI training institute accreditation.
  • American Airlines celebrated its 90th birthday.
  • Avolon delivered a B787-9 to Virgin Atlantic and an A320-200 to Thai AirAsia.

Afloat

  • P&O Cruises announced a 14 night fly cruise to Barbados on February 3rd 2018 on board Britannia.
  • Avalon Waterways launched Avalon Passion in the Austrian town of Linz with Jill Ellis acting as godmother, their second suite ship in a week bringing the total to 12 in a European fleet of 16.
  • Azamara Club Cruises offered spring savings on 16 participating voyages in 2016 and 2017, book by May 31.
  • Chinese actress, Fan Bingbing, will be the Godmother for Ovation of the Seas
  • Jeremy McKenna was appointed Norwegian Cruise Line’s head of sales for Ireland and Britain.

Ireland

  • Visitors surveyed in Failte Ireland‘s Visitor Attitudes Survey 2015, conducted by Millward Brown, showed value for money was rated “very good” by 18pc and “good” by 45pc, up from 14 and 41pc. Ireland exceeded the expectations of 44pc of holidaymakers and 55pc of North Americans, 28pc said the weather was better than they expected and 27pc the food better than expected, 64pc said that they would return soon and 39pc sometime in the future.
  • Bláthnaid Treacy is to judge the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition at the Punchestown Festival.
  • Éigse Michael Hartnett 2016 began in Newcastle West
  • Titanic Belfast has kick-started its Year of Access, which aims to highlight the issue of disability access.
  • The Guinness Storehouse recorded 15pc growth in the first three months of the year and their busiest day on record on March 18th with 10,000 visitors on that day alone.
  • Visit Belfast launched a £200,000 marketing campaign utilising 360º virtual reality technology leading to 40,000 bed nights and £3.4m extra revenue.
  • Iarnród Éireann and Translink released a video showing customers the €15.3m refurbishment and improved customer facilities on the Dublin-Belfast Enterprise service.
  • Consultants were appointed to design Doolin’s new pier facilities.
  • Leonardo da Vinci exhibition opens May 4th at the National Gallery of Ireland
  • Kathryn Thomas’s Pure Results bootcamp announced a 2016 partnership with Quest adventure Race series. The camp takes place in Parknasilla in April and May and moves to Temple Lodge in Westmeath from June to September.
  • Tourism Ireland launched the next phase of its Star Wars campaign with a behind-the-scenes film shot during the making of The Force awakens on Skellig Michael in 2014. See Travel Extra TV.
  • The seventh annual Gospel Rising Music Festival takes place in Ennis, May 13–15.

Deal Watch

Sunway Tenerife offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaino Tropical Apartments from €2,499 2+2, depart July 2, 9 or 16. Ski offers: 7 nights all inclusive Cervinia, Italy from €1,259pp, depart November 27. 7 nights all inclusive Wengen, Switzerland from €1,259pp, depart December 19. 7 nights all inclusive Val Thorens Sensations, France from €1,279pp, depart November 20. 7 nights all inclusive Les Deux Alpes, France from €1,429pp, depart January 7 2017. 7 nights all inclusive Tignes Val Claret, France from €1,479pp, depart November 27. 7 nights all inclusive Pragelatto, Italy from €1,589pp, depart December 11. Other offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Clube Oceano Apartments, Algarve from €369pp, depart Dublin and Cork in May. 7 nights self catering, 4* Vistamar Apartments, Costa Del Sol from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €399pp, travel in May. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Florisol Hotel, Madeira from €419pp, travel in May. 7 nights self catering 2* Puerto Carmen Apartments, Lanzarote from €429pp, travel in May. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Lowcostbeds offers, 7 nights based on 2 sharing, depart May 7: 2* Castillo Beach, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €10pppn self catering. 3* Villa Florida, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €16pppn self catering. 3* Las Terrazas, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €12pppn. 3* Los Tulipanos, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €14pppn self catering. 3* Oro Blanco, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife from €20pppn self catering. 3* Columbus, Playa del las Americas, Tenerife from €21pppn self catering. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights half board The Pyrenees, Andorra and Catalonia from €799pp incl. flights, transfers, taxes and charges, depart October 19. 5 nights B&B Lake Garda yoga retreat from €729pp incl. return flights, transfers, 8 yoga sessions and half day Lake Garda boat excursion, depart September 14.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €389pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. 3 nights B&B 4* Quality Hotel Nova Domus, Rome from €289pp incl. airport taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights half board 4* Royal Al Andalusia Hotel, Costa del Sol from €369pp over 50s incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in October. 7 nights B&B 4* Park Lovran Hotel, Croatia from €599pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in July. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Thomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Fethiye, Dalaman from €979pp, depart June 13. 7 nights full board 5* Guia de Isora, Sensatori, Tenerife from €1,299pp, depart May 13. 7 nights half board 5* Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €679pp, depart May 12. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Morramar Apartments, Matagorda, Lanzarote from €699pp, depart May 30. 7 nights half board 4* Fiesta Milford Hotel, San Antonio Bay, Ibiza from €469pp, depart May 26. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,439pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Mexico, Riviera Maya from €2,229pp, depart June 20. 8 nights half board 5* Melia Salinas Hotel, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €749pp, depart April 24. 7 nights half board 3* Sol Tenerife, Playa De Las Americas from €599pp, depart April 22. 7 nights full board Midnight Magic Gran Canaria cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,499pp, depart December 31. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Sun Palace, Faliraki, Rhodes from €1,769 2+1, from €2,359 2+2, depart June 1. 5 nights self catering 2* Green Park, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €579pp, depart April 30. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Portobello Beach, Helona Beach, Kos from €2,179 2+1, from €2,499 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Los Zocos resort, Costa Teguise, Lanzartoe from €1,799 2+1, from €2,499 2+2, depart Shannon June 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Bouganvillia, Santa Ponsa from €399pp, depart May 14. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn, Montego Bay from €1,259pp, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Grand Sirenis Resort, Riviera Maya from €1,589pp, depart June 20.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,895pp incl. return flights, depart December 12. 13 nights transatlantic cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,409pp incl. return flights, depart November 10. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,315pp incl. return flights, depart October 2. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Irish Ferries is offering 7-night Haven Holidays to Britain from €950 for up to six people incl. return car ferry travel.

ITAA offers: 3 nights Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas from €619pp, travel September. 10 nights Chicago, Nashville and Memphis from €1,899pps, depart October 2. 9 days American Parks Trail from €2,940pps, depart August 17.

Topflight offers, book by midnight April 21: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Place, Malcesine, Lake Garda from €699pp, depart May 14. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €799pp, depart May 1. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €499pp, depart May 1. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Albatros, Letojanni, Sicily from €499pp, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €829pp, depart June 18. 7 nights self catering 3* Madison Apartments, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €529pp, depart June 18. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel MIlton, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €849pp, depart June 25. 7 nights 4* Hotel Manzoni, Tuscany from €859pp incl. three excursions, depart May 12. 7 nights 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €999pp incl. three excursions, depart May 1 or 8. 7 nights 3* Hotel Lario, Lake Como from €949pp incl. three excursions, depart May 28. 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €369pp, depart April 23. 7 nights B&B 4* Los Fariones Hotel, Lanzarote from €599pp, depart April 30. 7 nights self catering 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, Algarve from €549pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albuferia, the Algarve from €479pp, depart May 7. 7 nights B&B Dorisol Mimosa, Madeira, Funchal from €399pp, depart May 12. 7 nights 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €549pp, depart May 19. All prices include airport transfers, 20kg baggage pp. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Contiki is offering 8 nights Berlin and Prague tour from €1,686pps incl. flights and transfers, depart June 25. Book by April 30. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days best of Germany from €2,286pps incl. flights and transfers, depart May 13. Book by May 13. Visit insight insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Rhine Discovery on board the River Ambassador from €2,278pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions, depart June 19. Book by May 31. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • April 11-12 Meitheal, RDS, Dublin
  • April 12-14 COTTM, Beijing
  • April 13 Sunway Trade Lunch
  • April 17-19 Germany Travel Market, Magdeburg
  • April 17-21 Virtuoso, Cape Town
  • April 18 NYC & Company Sales Mission
  • April 19-20 Eyefortravel Travel Distribution Summit, London
  • April 19-21 IMEX, Frankfurt
  • April 23 Irish Tourism Industry Awards
  • Apr 23-26 Routes Europe Krakow
  • April 24-27 Rendez-vous Canada,
  • Apr 25-28 Tianguis Turistico, Guadlajara
  • April 25-28 ATM, Dubai
  • April 28 Air Canada trade reception, Canadian Embassy, Wilton Place, 6pm
  • May 2-5 We Are Africa, Cape Town
  • May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
  • May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
  • May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
  • May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9, WTM London
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • February 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: LNG takes to the high seas

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Anaximena Esquivel from Panama admires a Jean Frederic Bazille painting in the Musée Fabre de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, April 5 2016

Anaximena Esquivel from Panama admires a Jean Frederic Bazille painting in the Musée Fabre de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole.

 

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Things to know about travel this week

  • Cormac Meehan wants to grow ITAA membership by 20pc
  • Visits to Spain—an overstatement?
  • Trade show in D4
  • Sleepless in Montpellier
  • Ships with everything

Travel Extra TV

video of the week apr 10 2016Video of the week: Emirates cabin crew perform a Bollywood inspired welcome demo at the cricket World Twenty20 2016 final, Kolkata Eden Gardens, India. Watch here.

  • Divers get up close and personal with a marine iguana off the Galápagos Islands. Extraordinary footage. Watch here.
  • Snowboard with Austrian freerider and stuntman Thomas ‘Fuego’ Feurstein. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland launched a golf campaign in the USA. Watch here.
  • See the Love Local promo for N Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

chain handover photographed copycormac meehan press briefing copyNew president of the Irish Travel Agents Association Cormac Meehan wants to grow Association membership by 20pc over the course of his two year presidency. At a measured press briefing held in the D4 hotel after his election at Thursday’s AGM he said that he wished to raise the ITAA’s advocacy status with legislators at Irish and EU levels at this important time when new consumer legislation was being drafted (listen here) and to enshrine the ITAA’s position to serve both the business interest of members and of consumers. Picture shows Cormac Healy photographing the handover of the Presidential chain from Martin Skelly to Cormac Meehan and the press briefing after the event. Watch here interview with Cormac after his election as president in Dublin on Thursday. Watch here Cormac Meehan’s reflection that business is moving back (listen here) to the high street for travel agents, and watch here his plans to grow ITAA membership by 20pc. He said the annual ITAA conference would likely be held abroad because of the higher level of sponsorship available compared with conferences at home (listen here). He talked about the urgency of the need for a training scheme for travel agents and that the ITAA would set up FETAC apprenticeship scheme (listen here) and he plans to consult tagents (listen here). He spoke of the challenge to serve (listen here) and the way that travel agents have reinvented themselves (listen here). Watch here Cormac Meehan on the links between travel agents’ survival and the bonding scheme and watch here Cormac Meehan speaking about the exhorbitant cost of the bond for travel agents compared with other industries. He would have a cabinet minister at the trade show if it was possible (listen here). He said he would be happy if, during the course of his two year presidency, he could make the ITAA “a smidgeon better (listen here).”

gonzalo ambassador copyAt first sight the news from the CSO household survey the Irish visits to Spain are up to 1.68m should be a cause to celebrate for Gonzalo Ceballos as he enters his last three months as director of the Spanish tourist Board office in Dublin, but the statistics (rips up 22.56pc, bednights up 15.87pc and spend up 24.97pc) seem a tad too high when measured against air capacity and the Spaniards’ own figures of 1,377,720. They are based on questionnaires returned from hotels, and when you measure that against air capacity of 1.9m it does not leave much room for the 300,000 that Tourism Ireland’s Barbara Wood sends in the other direction, even allowing for absurdly high load factors. Spain’s tourist arrivals are the equivalent of France, Portugal and Italy put together. Picture shows Gonzalo Ceballos and Spanish ambassador Jose Marie Rodriguez at he Spanish tourist board lunch for delegates at the Irish travel Industry Trade show.

outbound 2015 300While the CSO household travel survey figures seem to have overstated Spain, with trips outnumbering tourist trips by 300,000 (figures for trips to Portugal by 80,000 more than Turismo de Pottugal’s figures released last week), have they understated trips to North America? These are DOWN 6.6pc despite extraordinary growth in passenger numbers. About 30pc of those flying to North America re originating off island, according to Aer Lingus, but it still seems odd that the numbers travelling west have fallen by one in twenty. Italy was the big winner according to the CSO up 42pc. Domestic trips were up over 2pc leading to some celebratory coverage in the newspapers. Let us hope that the domestic figures are more reliable.

yvonne grouplee photograaphedThe Irish Travel Industry Trade Show considers its next step for 2017 after a successful day at the D4 hotel. The morning AGMs of Worldchoice and Travelsavers attracted 40 and 15 delegates respectively, with the Travelsavers group granting two nights at the Waldorf Astoria to each of the agents who attended. There were 130 registered trade at the lunch and 210 registered at he Aer Lingus sponsored barbecue, venue for Yvonne Muldoon‘s first appearance to the trade since being appointed director of sales (watch here or listen here) and Cormac Meehan’s first speech as president of the ITAA, watch here and listen here.

The show will likely need to find a new home for 2017, as the D4 hotel is scheduled to close in 2018. Watch here a video roundup of the Travel Industry Trade Show. Watch here Martin Skelly making his last speech as ITAA president at the at the Spanish TB event April 7 2016 (or listen here). Watch here Javier Hernandez speaking on behalf of Iberia at the Spanish Tourist Board event (listen here). Gonzalo Ceballos spoke of the competitive advantages of Iberia (listen here) and paid tribute to Iberia’s first country manager Con Horgan (listen here).

Picture above shows Lydia Worrell, Yvonne Muldoon, Declan Power of Shannon Airport, John keogh and Roisin Duffy at the Aer Lingus barbecue. Second picture shows Lee Osborne and Philip Airey being photographed by Sarah Slattery at the event.ireland's ancient east_0091

Delegates are arriving in Ireland for Meitheal 2016 from 20 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the USA. The RDS will host 455 Irish tourism suppliers and 310 overseas buyers on Monday and Tuesday, including 40 tour operators who have not previously had Ireland on their books, predominantly from China, India, the Gulf States and South Africa.  and 12,000 face to face meetings organised through Fáilte Ireland. Last year’s Meitheal event resulted in 2,650 new business contracts being signed, including 900 contracts with international operators who had never programmed Ireland before. Fáilte Ireland hosted tour operators on fams around Ireland including tours within Ireland’s Ancient East and along the Wild Atlantic Way. Picture shows Paul Keeley with Paschal Donohue and Michael Ring at Meitheal 2015.

maria madigan_1712 copyFrance’s tourist board attracted 740 suppliers and 900 tour operators and journalists from around the world for the annual Rendez Vous de France, hosted this year by Montpellier. Fish was served at the opening night gala for buyers. The pirate-themed party of the regions which hosted 2,000 people on Tuesday night was festooned with the big salty Mediterranean oysters and scallops from Sette, the under-rated local wine and a good selection of Grand Crus from Bordeaux and (the best) Burgundy. Picture shows Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra with Maria Madigan of Madigan Wine Tours who was using the exercise to check out some new vineyard options and some accommodation for her scrum-half son who is bound for Bordeaux at season’s end.

agnes angrand eoghan corry copyAgnes Angrand said that Irish visitor numbers to France were very running very high until November’s Balatclan attack, and she is anticipating another strong year in 2016 for French tourism. Carole Delga, Présidente of the Midi Pyrénées Languedoc Roussillon Région, where tourism brings €14bn revenue and 110,000 jobs, described the event as a chance to showcase an alternative to the three pillars of French tourism, Paris, the Riviera and Bordeaux. The 14 fam trips for 160 tour operators offered and 15 journalists an opportunity to promote regional product where the industry is dependent on French domestic tourism: “qui ne viennent pas sur des salons plus régionaux où on ne voit que des entreprises françaises.” This is the first time Montpelier has staged Rendez Vous, which rotates through provincial venues and every third year returns to Paris, where attendance is traditionally highest. Under a plan to reach 1m passengers by 2020 Montpellier airport hopes to double the number of destinations, from 27 to 53.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Tour guide Celine Dupin in Montpellier, April 5 2016Aline Couquet of Montpelier tourism hosted travel writers during Rendez Vous de France. Aer Lingus commences direct flights to Montpellier on May 20. So want is there to see? Tour guide Celine Dupin (pictured) described (watch here) Montpellier as a lively student city with magnificent limestone architecture. Watch here Celine Dupin in the Cathedral de Maguelone. Watch here the story of the Montpellier press trip. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

mscShips with everything (part one). Those who attended the MSC announcement in Paris on Wednesday got a rare insight into the politics of European cruise ships. French President Francois Hollande joined Gianluigi Aponte of MSC and Laurent Castaing of STX France for the announcement of MSC Cruises’ four 5,400 pax LNG-powered ships from STX France for delivery in 2022, 2024, 2025 and 2026, a new class: World Class. This additional €4bn investment raises MSC expansion to €9bn including orders with STX France for two Meraviglia and two further Meraviglia-Plus Class ships and another three Seaside Class ships from Fincantieri in Italy. Fincantieri also carried out the €200m Renaissance Programme of four of 12 of the Company’s fleet. Francois Hollande told the audience at the Élysée Palace that STX was in danger of losing orders and jobs when he introduced a series of measures to bring costs back into line with Pappenberg. “The question is no longer have we enough orders but how are we going to satisfy them?” Laurent Castaing said that France had to put supports in place to compete against shipyards that were getting explicit state aid in their attempts to woo major cruise line build contracts, “even liberal governments.” A lesson there for Harland & Wolff perhaps? Watch here a report of the MSC announcement in Paris.  Écoutez ici a Francois Hollande. Écoutez ici a Gianluigi Aponte. . Écoutez ici a Laurent Castaing.

Drawing of one of the new Stena Line RoPax vessels.

Ships with everything (part two). Stena ordered eight LNG-fuelled RoPax ferries of 3,000 lane meters and 1,000 passenger capacity, the first four for delivery 2019 and 2020, from AVIC Shipyard in China. The vessels for use in Northern Europe is 50pc larger than today’s standard RoPax vessel. Dublin-Holyhead is “a strong contender” for one of the new vessels. Dan Sten Olsson, Chairman in Stena Line foresaw “a continued demand growth for short sea services in Northern Europe.”Group Chateau de Fontagnes copy

conques treasury saint foy reflected_1409 copyPicture shows international travel writers reflected in the 10th century reliquary of Saint Foy in Conques in France. Watch here the story of the four-day pre-famil for Rendez Vous delegates to the Midi Pyrenees UNESCO heritage sites. Watch here Anne Romiguerre in the French heritage village of Conques, Watch here Marine Gil in Albi and Watch here Jerome Homiere talking about the importance of the Canal du Midi project. Picture above shows Tour operators and travel writers with their hosts from Midi Pyrenees tourism in Maison Fontagnes, Rodez, April 3 2016: Back row: Joaquim Pereira, Pablo Silva, Carlos Pacheco, Judith Erdei, Nelson Oliveira, Celine Briens, Oleg Salatov; Middle Row: Marine Gil, Rina Ogawa, Michal Barszap, Natacha Skliarova, Natalia Mikulinaska, Jose Weis, Sylvia Zeilerbauer, Andrea Blumauer; Front Row: Eric Maury, Makoto Hasegawa, Yumi Naito, Luisa Yu, Solange Abreu and Eoghan Corry. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. 

Travel Trade

Uniworld Castles along the Rhine 001 copyUniworld hosted agents on board the SS Antoinette on their Castles of the Rhine cruise, complete with Alsatian Wine Village tours, Vinegar tasting at the Doktorenhof Estate, a visit to the Heidelberg Castle, spa treatments and lots dining and wining. Travel Agents have the opportunity of winning a free all-inclusive river cruise with Uniworld when they book three Uniworld cruises before 31st May 2016. Send booking references here. Picture shows Nicola York of Just Split, Sarah Brady of J Barters Travel, Lisa Warren of Killiney Travel, Caroline O’Toole of Fahy Travel, John Grehan of Uniworld, Patricia Kenny of MAP Travel and Austin Carroll of Platinum Travel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Watch here Sunway’s Tanya Airey speaking about the history of the Irish tour operator on its 50th anniversary, 1966-2016

Royal Caribbean’ will host 200 agents on Ovation of the Seas on Monday and Tuesday. The cruise line’s roadshow clocked up 30,000 kilometers in all in visiting 160 travel agents throughout 28 of the 32 counties. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

topflight team 002 copyTopflight ski away day to Manchester, April 6 2016Topflight hosted agents at their inaugural ski away day to manchester indoor ski centre. Agents who made any Topflight booking before March 25 were entered into a draw. Ski bookings counted as double entries. Winners were limited to one staff member per travel agency. Picture shows the Topflight team at the event, Peter Chatham, Michelle Anderson, Maurice Sheils, Tricia Mitchell, Anthony Collins and Greta Pauluske at the Topflight ski away day to Manchester, April 6 2016

Tourism businesses, organisations and initiatives around the world are now being invited to submit an entry into the World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London.

  • Travelport acquired their third party distributor, Galileo Japan. EasyJet and Travelport announced a new long-term agreement. Skylord Travel, Travel with Lia, OneTwoTrip and Travel Loop are now using Travelport’s Universal Application Programming Interface.
  • Pól Ó Conghaile, Donal Corkery and David O’Beirne of the Irish Independent, won the best use of digital media at the CLIA Ireland and Britain cruise journalism awards for online and video reviews on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas and Silversea’s Silver Cloud for #TravelTV elements.
  • Two popular figures in aviation with travel trade and media are heading for the departure gates next week. Ann Marie Dalton is departing Turkish Airlines and Gillian Culhane is departing Aer Lingus. Travel Extra wishes them both well in their new careers.
  • Upgrade customers to First with British Airways on selected Club World flights. Book by June 14, for travel until September 8.

Hotels

  • westburyThe Westbury is now a member of luxury network Virtuoso.
  • Boston has added 905 rooms to its hotel inventory.
  • Hilton London Metropole appointed Omer Lang, Director of Operations and Right, Georgina Bansal, Director of Sales.
  • The petrol station from the 1974 cult classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre is to be re-opened as a hotel.
  • A historic US embassy building in London’s Mayfair is expected to reopen as a luxury hotel.
  • Accor is buy onefinestay from Airbnb for €148m.

International

Orlando copySeaWorld Orlando’s new coaster (the so-called hypercoaster), Mako will launch June 10th, bringing riders to 200 feet high and speeds up to 73 mph (endure shark-attack speeds).

America’s National Park Week takes place from April 16-24.

Germany reports overnights from Ireland are up 10.8pc in January 2016.

European singers will represent their countries in a promotional event as part of a three day visit to Tel Aviv in advance of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest from April 11th to 13th. Artists will tour Tel Aviv restaurants, and participate in a gala event hosted by Tel Aviv’s mayor, Ron Huldai.

Florida’s Tourism Industry hosted a record 105m visitors in 2015.

Sean EganWaterford engraver Sean Egan and Councillor John Cummins will present a crystal memorial sculpture to the 2013 Boston Marathon memorial Tribute Committee on April 15. Picture shows Sean with the sculpture.

Uber driver Corey Robinson earned a suspension from the ride-sharing app and multiple traffic violations after he allowed a passenger to drive while he napped and wake up in the middle of a high speed police chase.

Food and Wine

This club sandwich cost €44 - Le Bristol in Paris, April 6 2016This club sandwich cost €44 in Le Bristol Hotel in Partis on Wednesday. And no, we didn’t get to keep the plates and cutlery.

Glendalough Distillery is to join the Findlater Wine & Spirit Group portfolio.

eoghan business barEmirates airline says it has purchased 13 million bottles of wine last year for its customers. Picture shows Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry preparing to drink 12m of them at the business class bar on board Emirates A380.

Aviation

Dublin airport North Runway-Diagram-simplified-v02 01 copyDublin Airport’s new north runway will be 3,110 metres and will be built 1.6km north of the existing main runway and is expected to be delivered in 2020. The existing runway is 2072 metres, a product of the politics of the 1980s when Jack Daly, chairman of Aer Rianta, insisted that Dublin’s runway should be 700 metres shorter than Belfast and 1,200 metres shorter than Shannon so that future politicians would not be tempted to attempt to launch trans-Atlantic flights from Dublin.. Listen here to Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland about the parallel runway.

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Picture shows Eamonn Brennan of the IAA, Stephen Kavanagh CEO of Aer Lingus, Dermot Mannion of Royal Brunei Airlines, Alan Joyce CEO of Qantas Group, Christoph Muller CEO of Malaysia Airlines, Willie Walsh CEO of IAG and Pat Byrne CEO of Cityjet at the Aviation Ball at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. All airlines servicing Ireland attended the Gala Bal, at which Alan Joyce was honoured, and eight of the top ten lessors were represented. Other guests on the night included Dómhnal Slattery, CEO of Avolon, Sean Brogan, CEO of Stobart Air, Michael Cawley, Chair Tourism Ireland and Kevin Toland, CEO of Dublin Airport.

Fuel farm panorama-3 copyDublin Airport awarded the Spanish company CLH Group a €40m contract to increase the existing aviation fuel capacity six fold.

Flybe will serve Leeds Bradford daily from Belfast daily from July.

CarTrawler is to provide passengers with direct online access to a range of ground transportation solutions from Shannon including car rental, taxi, shuttle, and private transfer, which it says is the first of its kind for any Irish airport.

IAG reported a RPK of 1,383 and ASK of 1,676 for Aer Lingus in March.

Ryanair will launch Always Getting Better 3 on Tuesday. March traffic grew 28pc to 8.5m customers and load factor rose 4 to 94.

A Qantas Boeing 737-800 and a Tesla Model S P90D electric car raced down the runway at Avalon Airport, near Melbourne on Saturday April 2. Images.

Finnair launched what it calls an easier way to book stopovers while connecting flights in Helsinki, stopover.finnair.com.

Amadeus and Lufthansa signed a framework contract for Amadeus Altéa Departure Control Flight Management.

Dublin Airport was shortlisted for two accountancy awards. Yes, we thought about that Monty Python song too when we heard the news.

IAA figures show that traffic handled by air traffic control was up 12.8pc YOY in March to 85,672 flights. Flights handled at Dublin were up 11.3pc YOY, Shannon up 8.8pc YOY and Cork up 12.2pc YOY.

Ryanair March passenger numbers up 28pc YOY to 8.5m. Load factor up four percentage points to 94pc.

Finnair partnered with Steven Liu from China and Sasu Laukkonen from Finland for its business class menu.

Etihad Airways & RCPI 1Etihad Airways patterned with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland to offer training and research opportunities in occupational medicine. Picture shows Colm Bergin, VP of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland; Dr Declan Whelan, Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine RCPI; Dr Nadia Bastaki, Vice President Medical Services, Etihad Airways and Dr Saeed Mohammad Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Ireland.

Aer Lingus launched its winter 2016/17 short haul programme with 400,000 seats. Lanzarote capacity up 15pc YOY with 100,000 seats from Dublin, Cork and Shannon. 80,000 seats to Malaga available with Dublin and Cork capacity up 25pc YOY.

red arrows brayThe Air Force Red Arrows will display at the Bray Air Display on July 24.

Flyover Country, a smartphone app, available on smartphones tells passengers what they are flying over.

Afloat

norwegian keel laying chinaNorwegian Cruise Line (that’s 诺唯真 in Chinese) celebrated the keel laying in Papenberg of Norwegian Joy, which will welcome Chinese guests in summer 2017. The cruise liner will feature a go-kart track.

Holland America’s new 2,650-pax Koningsdam commenced sailings from Rome. New to the line features such as a 270-degree LED screen in the main theatre, family cabins and solo cabins with no single supplement.

  • Hurtigruten is exploring the possibility of adding Ireland and Britain to its itineraries.
  • Celebrity is expanding Xcelerate, its new, high-speed internet service, to the entire fleet (with the exception of Celebrity Xpedition, a Galapagos-based vessel). The increased wi-fi speed is based on Royal Caribbean’s satellite feeds.
  • Princess Cruises signed an agreement with Fincantieri for a fourth and fifth 3,560-pax Royal-class ships for delivery 2019 and 2020. Princess now has 16 ships scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2020. The class will have balconies in 80pc of the cabins.
  • P&O Cruises’ Oceana failed a US health inspection.
  • CLIA reports an enthusiastic response to its new European travel agent conference, Cruise360, to launch in Marseille in October 2016.
  • Avalon named the Imagery II.
  • Tauck named the 130-passenger Grace in Maastricht on Sunday.
  • CroisiEurope is to add a river cruise ship on the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers in Africa in 2017.
  • Ponant opened sale of Antarctic cruises for Winter 2017-2018.
  • Royal Caribbean launched its multi-day adventures programme, offering passengers two-night overnight excursions. Royal Caribbean took delivery of Ovation of the Seas.

Ireland

The first delegates have started arriving in Ireland for Meitheal.

GPO witness programme 001 copyGPO Witness History attracted 10,500 visitors in its first week.

International Literature Festival Dublin was launched on Wednesday by Dublin City Arts Officer Ray Yeates and Festival Programme Director Martin Colthorpe.

Tourism Ireland unveiled 660 metro ads promoting Ireland in Paris.

Lucasfilm’s 2016 “Force for Change” charitable initiative will offer Star Wars fans the chance to win a trip to Ireland, sponsored by Tourism Ireland in New York.

Suede and The Gloaming are headline music acts and Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour and A Simple Space are headline stage act for Galway International Arts Festival 2016 on July 11-24. Tickets go on sale on Friday April 8, www.giaf.ie.

Eigse Michael Hartnett Fest launch 4-4-16 7 copyPicture shows Joan Cahill, Newcastle West with Sheila Deegan and Pippa Little, Limerick Arts Office at the launch of Éigse Michael Hartnett Festival 2016 at the Red Door, Newcastle West. Colum McCann will join Donal Ryan, Rita Ann Higgins and Mike Mac Domhnaill at the Éigse on Thursday April 14th to Saturday April 16th.

Chinese travel writers visited Dublin and Ireland’s Ancient East, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

To promote the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, shoppers at Kildare Village were invited to participate in a putting challenge to win tickets to the event.

Kilmainham Gaol expects to attract 500,000 visitors a year after a €5m renovation.

BUSINESS ‘BUZZ’ FOR THE ISLAND OF IRELAND IN BRUSSELSSix Irish tourism companies attended a Meet in Ireland event in Brussels. Picture shows Aoife Glenn, Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall; Catherine Bodley, O’Callaghan Hotels; Christoph Haustein, TIFCO Hotel Group; Gráinne Ní Ghiollagain, Croke Park Hotel and Conference Centre; Sarah Fleming, Visit Belfast; Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland; Letitia Wade, Fáilte Ireland; Orla Kraft, Tourism Ireland; and Rachel Deegan, Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau.

GROWING BUSINESS TOURISM FROM FRANCEThree Irish tourism companies attended Salon Réunir International MICE trade show at Carrousel du Louvre, Paris. Pictures shows Eva Schmid of Killarney Hotels, Christophe de Patoul of Irish Horizons, Eileen Timmons of Tifco Hotel Group, and Caroline Phelan of Tourism Ireland.

Deal Watch

Click and Go offers: 7 nights Salou Suites Apartments, Salou Town from €269pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel May. 7 nights B&B 3* Villa Linda Hotel, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €569pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel September. 7 nights half board over 50s 4* Beatriz Playa & Spa Hotel, Lanzarote from €529pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, wine with evening meal, travel May. 3 nights B&B 4* Magic Circus Hotel, Disneyland Paris from €449pp incl. return flights, airport taxes, charges and 4-day theme park tickets, travel May. Visit clickandgo.com or call (01) 539 7777.

Sunway offers: 3 nights 4* Chelsea Hotel, Toronto from €599pp incl. flights and taxes, travel September. 7 nights 3* Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Orlando from €639pp incl. flights and taxes, travel May. 7 nights 4* Old Phuket Resort, Thailand from €859pp incl. flights, taxes and transfers, travel September. Algarve offers, depart Dublin or Cork: 7 nights self catering 2* Presidente Aparthotel from €249pp 3 share, €299pp 2 share, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Clube Oceano Aparthotels from €329pp 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Clube Oceano Apartments from €329pp 3 share, €399pps 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Petra Apartments from €329pp 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Petra Apartments from €309pp 3 share, from €369pp 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Miramar Apartments from €359pp 3 share, from €449pp 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Paraiso Aparthotel from €379pp 3 share, from €469pp 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Sunway “bucket list” offers: 9 days Kruger and Victoria Falls from €2,199pp, depart February 14 2017. 9 days Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil form €3,469pp, depart July 23. 11 days Discover Sri Lanka from €2,489pp, depart October 10. 8 days Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, Israel from €2,489pp, depart October 9. 14 days Explore Costa Rica from €2,696pp, depart June 26. 10 days Botswana Safari Experience from €5,319pp, depart October 26. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya from €1,579pps, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Holiday VIllage, Sagirme, Dalaman from €2,239 2_1, from €3,039 2+2, depart August 8. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Holiday Village, Marmari, Kos from €2,499 2+1, from €3,779 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €419pps, depart April 23. 8 nights B&B 4* Hesperia Lanzarote, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €699pps, depart April 24. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Alcudia, Majorca from €419pps, depart Cork May 14. 7 nights half board 3* California Garden Apartments, Costa Dorada from €659pps, depart Knock August 9. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Riu Tequila, Playacar, Mexico from €1,689pps, depart June 20. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay from €1,689pps, depart July 3. 7 nights full board Hellenic Classics cruise from €929pps, depart June 3. 7 nights half board Estival Centurion Playa, Cambrils, Costa Dorada from €529pps, depart May 6. 7 nights half board Hotel Protur Alicia, Cala Bona, Majorca form €669pps, depart June 1. 7 nights half board Protur Sa Coma Playa from €539pps, depart Cork May 7. 7 nights half board Son Baulo Hotel, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €529pps, depart Shannon May 14. 7 nights all inclusive Be Live Experience Playa Las Arenas, Tenerife from €669pps, depart April 16. 12 nights half board Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €849pps, depart April 30.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, Orlando from €679pp, travel June or August. 6 nights Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, 4 nights Postcard Inn on the Beach in St Petes from €799pp incl. return flights and 10-day fully inclusive car hire, depart June 8. 7 nights Caribbean cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas from €1,489pp incl. 4 nights in Orlando, meals and $100 onboard credit, depart June 8.

Royal Caribbean offers: 10 nights Canaries cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €2,639pp incl. $300 on board credit and flights from Cork or Shannon, depart June 6. 14 nights Italian Mediterranean cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €2,259pp incl. $300 on board credit and flights. 7 nights Eastern Mediterranean cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,179pp incl. $150 on board credit and flights, depart June 11. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Travel Department is offering 5 nights half board Madrid from €699pp incl. flights, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart September 5.

Etihad Airways’ business class sale ends tomorrow (April 11).

Topflight Lanzarote offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto Carmen from €299pps, depart April 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Barcelo Lanzarote Resort, Costa Teguise from €499pps, depart April 16. 7 nights B&B 4* La Isla y el Mar, Puerto del Carmen from €699pps, depart April 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Los Fariones, Puerto del Carmen from €669pps, depart April 16. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen from €739pps, depart April 23. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Princesa Yaiza, Playa Blanca from €1,069pps, depart April 23. 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto Carmen from €439pps, depart April 30. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and €30pp online discount. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Danube river cruise on board the River Beatrice from €2,443pps incl. flights, transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions. Book by March 31. Depart August 14. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 9 days Spain and Portugal from €1,919pps incl. flights and transfers. Book by April 30. Depart May 28. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Contiki is offering 11 days Berlin to Budapest tour from €1,826pps incl. flights and transfers. Book by April 30. Depart May 7. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • April 11-12 Meitheal, RDS, Dublin
  • April 12-14 COTTM, Beijing
  • April 13 Sunway Trade Lunch
  • April 17-19 Germany Travel Market, Magdeburg
  • April 17-21 Virtuoso, Cape Town
  • April 18 NYC & Company Sales Mission
  • April 19-20 Eyefortravel Travel Distribution Summit, London
  • April 19-21 IMEX, Frankfurt
  • April 23 Irish Tourism Industry Awards
  • Apr 23-26 Routes Europe Krakow
  • April 24-27 Rendez-vous Canada,
  • Apr 25-28 Tianguis Turistico, Guadlajara
  • April 25-28 ATM, Dubai
  • April 28 Air Canada trade reception, Canadian Embassy, Wilton Place, 6pm
  • May 2-5 We Are Africa, Cape Town
  • May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
  • May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
  • May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
  • May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9, WTM London
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • February 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: 170,000 reasons to worry about your passport

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Things to know about travel this week:

  • 170,000 reasons to worry about your passport
  • 43 strikes not out: 2 solutions to the cyclical French ATC grievance
  • Bookabed business up 40pc in Ireland
  • Iberia Express will bring your dog to Spain

Travel Extra TV

video of the week april 3 2016Our video of the week is very moving: Expedia showed the world to the children of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital through 350 degree virtual reality because they are too sick to travel. Watch here.

  • This GoPro footage shows the shocking moment two skydivers collided. Watch here.
  • This dad celebrated his 70th birthday in style—by jumping out of an aircraft. Watch here.
  • Aer Lingus uploaded a promo for the College Football Classic between Boston College Football and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Watch here.
  • Airbus uploaded incredible footage of an exploding star. Watch here.
  • See highlights from Airbus’ week at FIDAE 2016. Watch here.

More video on Travel Extra’s YouTube channel.

Behind the Headlines

sean o brienIrish rugby international Sean O’Brien, the pride of Tullow (alongside Pat Dawson of course) will be guest of Aer Lingus at the Travel Industry Business Show at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4, this Thursday, April 7 2016. With 117 exhibitors, including a Portuguese Pavilion made up of 21 companies, this will be the biggest travel trade show ever held in Ireland. Click here to register and click here for a place at the BBQ and entertainment sponsored by Aer Lingus. 

dublin airport skybridgeSince Friday, all Irish people travelling to the US via the Visa Waiver Programme need an electronic passport. As electronic passports have been issued since October 16th 2006 in Ireland, this affects 170,000 Irish passport holders worldwide. The electronic symbol is visible at the bottom of the cover of the passport booklet.

royal caribbean eventRoyal Caribbean sent three teams out to visit 160 Irish travel agencies over four days this week, running up 11,500km each as they cross crossed the country. The cruise line says it has regained market share after a drop-off in 2013 (listen here) and wanted to deliver the news about their two new ships to launch in the same month, a first cruise industry and offer the last cabin on Harmony of the Seas that is up for grabs. Picture shows Jenny Rafter, Jennifer Callister, Holly Wilkinson and Michaela Banks. Watch here interview with Ben Bouldin as the roadshow set off. In an extended interview Ben Bouldin said that Royal had so much to talk about this year the road show was moved to an earlier month (listen here), new to cruise was still central to Royal Caribbean’s growth plan (listen here) cruise was a good alternative to land based holidays (listen here) with higher service levels (listen here), Harmony had boosted Barcelona bookings which were now, alongside Venice, 60-70pc of the total cruise market from Ireland (listen here), Ireland is now 10pc of Royal Caribbean’s business (listen here), he enjoyed a great response from agents in Ireland (listen here) explained how they did not originally plan an event on Ovation of the Seas (listen here) but as a result of the extra sailings Royal were now putting an unprecedented 4,000 agents on ships (listen here), and that he was considering another roadshow in August (listen here). Following discussions in Fort Lauderdale last week direct pick-ups from Ireland were up for grabs in 2018 (listen here). Niki Stanford from ClickandGo.com won the first spot prize of a Spa day for two). See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook

adam bev lee_0583 copyPicture shows Adam McKnight of A2B transfers with Beverleigh Fly and Lee Osborne, of Bookabed who hosted 30 members of the trade in the Dean Hotel on Thursday. Lee Osborne said Bookabed’s Irish business was up 49pc in the first quarter, and business from the trade overall up 40pc in the four markets where Bookabed operate. New additions include a mix and match facility for low cost airlines out and back, and an email quote system with the agency logo, and the bottom of the home page will have printable special offers. He says that the move towards dynamic packaging by agents seems to be gathering pace rather than slowing and may be past 80pc. Adam McKnight said that A2B Transfers business is also growing, and that his company was 98pc focussed on the trade. Listen here to Lee Osborne, listen here to Adam McKnight and listen here to Martin Skelly replying on behalf of the trade. Watch here our video report from the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. 

iberia eventCarlos Pinacho of Iberian Express says that he expects more than 80pc of the traffic to be point to point on the new 2w Cork to Madrid route to launch on June 18, but that the route also offers connections on Iberia’s extensive South American network and to popular destinations such as South Africa. Gonzalo Ceballos said Irish tourism traffic to Spain is up 17pc so far in 2016 and outlined the competitive advantages Iberia will offer (listen here), the only business class service out of Cork and a facility for carrying pets (€120, but cheaper than leaving them at home given kennelling costs). The French Air Traffic Control strike prevented Ana Alvares Sostres of Madrid Destino and Paloma Utrera of Iberia Express reaching the event but Gonzalo Ceballos deputised with the Madrid presentation. Listen here to Kevin Cullinane’s hilarious opening to his speech on behalf of Cork Airport. Listen here to Gonzalo Ceballos’s Madrid presentation and listen here to Carlos Pinacho. Gonzalo paid tribute to Iberia’s man in Ireland all of 51 years ago when it offered the first non westbound jet service out of Dublin, Con Horgan at the event (listen here). See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

keith butler_0524 copyKeith Butler of Aer Lingus said that his airline is now the airport of choice for Bostonians and almost a home service carrier in Boston because of the number of connections through Dublin (watch here). An Aer Lingus aircraft will cross the Atlantic 30 times a day this summer, the airline’s busiest summer ever, reflecting Aer Lingus position as the fastest growing airline over the Atlantic in the aer lingus three_0576 copypast four years and the fastest growing international airline at Logan Airport. He was speaking at Trinity College to mark the launch of ticket sales for the Boston College v Georgia Tech colleges football match at the Aviva stadium next September. Tickets, from €35 go on general sale next Wednesday, April 6 at 9am via Ticketmaster. Trinity College, Dublin. Listen here to Ambassador Kevin O’Malley, listen here to Warren Zola of Chief Executives Club, listen here to Adrian Neilan of Trinity College and listen here to Padraic O’Kane speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The 43rd French Air Traffic Control strike was a bit more complicated than its predecessors, a multi-union strike related to French employment policy rather than the usual shopping list of staffing, wage and equipment upgrades (French unions are loathe to even mention the impending single European sky which is the real target of their disdain). A4E, the new five-airline group headed up by Willie Walsh and Michael O’Leary issued their strongest yet condemnation of the tag-team strikes. The two pronged demanded is to require French ATC unions to engage in binding arbitration instead of strikes to resolve their claims, or allow Europe’s other ATCs to operate overflights over France while ATC unions are on strike. The air and midi prail strikes disrupted the arrivals for the pre-fams in advance of next week’s Rendez Vous de France in Montpelier. Only 30 were missing on Thursday night, one Toulouse tourism representative explained, which was a better outcome than had been the case earlier in the day. Travel Extra is among 12 journalists being hosted by Midi Pyrenees this weekend. Midi-Pyrenees tourism hosted 15 separate groups of tour operators in advance of Rendez Vous de France in Montpelier next week. Watch here Marine Gil speaking to Travel Extra outside Albi cathedral. Watch here Jerome Homiere  Canal di Midi. See pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Ana Celina Tavares Antonio PadeiraIreland is the fastest growing market to Portugal in 2016: visitor numbers to Portugal were up 41.8pc in January and overnights up 25.9pc with Algarve visitors up 45.2pc and overnights up 35.6pc. The Irish market is now the fifth largest to the Algarve, with visitors up 8.6pc to 185,400 in 2015 and overnights up 4.7pc to 1,000,500. Visitor numbers from Ireland to Portugal in 2015 were up 9.2pc to 255,500 and overnights up 5.6pc to 225,300. Porto and Northern Portugal were up 25.3pc (overnights were up 21pc) and Central Portugal up 12.4pc. Lisbon hosted 44,600 visitors and 138,300 nights stays. Thanks to increased air capacity Madeira visitor numbers were up 120.9pc and overnights up 113.6pc. Portugal’s overall visitor numbers were up 9.7pc and overnight stays up 7.3pc. Picture shows Ana Celina Tavares and Antonio Padeira of the Portuguese Tourist Board.

aer lingus business class_0034Aer Lingus upgraded business class seats, launched on the A330 last year, are now available on their 757 services, and there is a surprise advantage: 757 passengers get four throne seats instead of just two, two each on rows 1 and 3, while the seats to get on the A330 are 3k and 5k . Picture shows Aer Lingus demonstrating their business class seat at the last Travel Industry Trade Show.

Travel Trade

audrey group_3255Picture shows Emma Lane of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Audrey Headon of Headon Representation and Celine Kenny of Cruisescapes on board the Balmoral for the Fred Olsen 2017/18 Worldwide brochure.

Topflight are looking forward to their first ever Ski Away Day on Wednesday, April 6. They will be joined by agents from all over the country and members of the travel trade press.

SuperBreak expanded its America short break programme.

National AGM of the SKAL Clubs of Ireland is being held on Thursday April 7 in the Radisson Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick 10.30am followed by lunch with tea and coffee at 12.30pm, cost of the lunch is €25pp.

spanish tb group copyAgents hosted by the Spanish tourist board in Almeria pictured yesterday: Gary Byrne from Sunway, Bettina Haltmeyer and Zita Fordde from ClickandGo, Brenda Roche from Travelfox, Kathryn McDonnell from the Spanish Tourist Board, Tony and Sheila Brazil from Limerick Travel and Robert Moran from EuTours.

Sad news: the death of Mona, the wife of John Brown’s (past PR director for Fáilte Ireland and Hon Secretary of the Skål Club of Dublin) and a familiar face at travel events and good friend of Travel Extra. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Cabforce was appointed taxi and transfer provider to OTA Etraveli.

Hotels

  • Galway’s five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel launched its new website in conjunction with Bookassist.
  • rachel walkerRachel Waker was appointed corporate sales manager for Hayfield Manor, Killarney Royal and The Malton Killarney. She will be based in Dublin.
  • Riu Hotels & Resorts inaugurates its first hotel in New York City, Riu Plaza New York Times Square.
  • AccorHotels renewed its partnership agreement with booking.com.
  • Hilton Worldwide guests can book a ride with Uber through the HHonors app.

International

Introducing Oribiter of the Galaxies copyRoyal Caribbean promised to go where no cruise line has gone before with its April Fools gag—Orbiter of the Galaxies, a state-of-the-art spaceship, was confirmed for 2030. Other jokes from the industry: Holiday park operator Darwin Escapes announced plans to open a holiday resort exclusively for pets, no humans allowed. Contiki launched virtual reality tours. Virgin America unveiled a new logo. Hooters restaurant bought a tropical island. Hipster Air, a new boutique airline, launched—if you like it, then they probably won’t. Alamo Rent A Car offered classic woodies station wagons.

  • Global blue acquired dynamic currency conversion business from Travelex.
  • National Car Rental’s Priority Service was extended to frequent business renters at 25 European Airports
  • A survey for VisitScotland found that holidays with pets had an average spend of an extra £126 compared to holidays without pets, while over two thirds consider their dogs as family members when booking holidays.

Food and Wine

  • A BBQ—claiming to be the “first barbecue centre of excellence”—opened at The Orchard Garden Centre in Celbridge. It was part of an initiative by Weber World in England.
  • RTÉ food entrepreneur show The Taste of Success opened entries for the competition to find a new product to be stocked in Lidl stores around the country. Closing date May 5.

Aviation

The ERA Regional Airline Conference 2016 takes place on 6–7 April in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dublin Airport teamed up with Skyscanner to provide a suite of data technology services.

Aer Lingus will use a BA Embraer 190 98-seater to boost capacity to France and Spain on weekends between May 28 and September 4, providing an additional 12,000 seats to Lyon, Nice and Perpignan in France and to Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The aircraft was used by Sunway on charter last summer.

2014 Winners Castletroy college copyIrish Technology Leaders Group Young Innovators return to Shannon on Wednesday next, April 6 when students will compete for their schools in groups of eight to ten to imagine the world in 2066 in an event backed by tech companies such as Dell, Intel, Analog, Johnson and Johnson, Cook Medical, Zagg and Logitech.

SAS_3 copy 2SAS celebrated 50 years flying at Dublin Airport this week. The airline has carried 4.5m passengers on its three routes between Dublin, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Osla since it started services on April 1 1966.

flybe 2 new routes1Flybe commences new year round services to Birmingham and Edinburgh from Ireland West Airport, 70,000 new seats.

Etihad Airways signed up for Amadeus rich content.

Virgin Atlantic launched new services through Manchester to Boston and San Francisco.

Zaventem airport partially reopened this week after Belgian officials agreed to unions’ request for passengers to be checked before they enter the terminal. The provisional reopening mean the airport can receive 800 departing passengers per hour, roughly 20pc of the normal capacity for the airport.

American Airlines resumes its seasonal A330-200 Dublin to Chicago O’Hare and Charlotte Douglas International Airport routes from May 6. This will be the first year an A330 operates the Chicago service.

Thomas Cook Cancun PR copyThomas Cook Airlines announced that it will fly Belfast–Cancun in 2017.

  • Ryanair took delivery of a B737-800, serial 44728.
  • Emirates is to extend its online checkin to 48 hours before departure. US flights are the exception—online checkin is available 48 hours before departure but boarding passes will only be issued 24 hours in advance.
  • Acumen Aviation appointed Eamonn Cronin as global head of trading and re-marketing.
  • The 72nd IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit takes place in Dublin, June 1–3.
  • AWAS delivered an A320-200 to IndiGo, an A320 to VivaAerobus and an A320 to Aegean Airlines.
  • Avolon delivered an A320-200 to Vietjet Air and an A330-300 to Garuda Indonesia.
  • Poor weather conditions at Dublin Airport resulted in dozens of delayed flights on Friday. Runway 16/34, the crosswind runway, was in use in the morning.

Afloat

ncl pride of americaNorwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America returned to her homeport at Honolulu after a three and a half week dry dock where she was fitted with newly designed public spaces, new venues and decor in all staterooms.

  • Irish Ferries launched a 25pc spring sale entitled Epic on Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke, excluding the 11:50 & 14:30 Swift sailings and 14:15 Epsilon sailings in July and August, book before April 15, sail before December 18 irishferries.com 0818 300 400.
  • Celebrity Cruises announced ‘Ben Fogle’s Great Adventures’ Abu Dhabi excursion.
  • Celebrity Cruises will premiere A Taste of Film on two more ships, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Millennium this spring.
  • As previously reported by Travel Extra, Brittany Ferries confirmed early bookings were up 19pc YOY. The operator started its new season yesterday with the return of its Cork-Roscoff route, which continues until November 4.
  • Carnival Cruise Line announced a partnership with Miami’s Concrete Beach Brewery, which will see the opening of the Red Frog Pub and Craft Brewery on board Carnival Vista.

Ireland

Rathlin IslandRathlin West Light Seabird Centre on Rathlin Island reopened to the public recently having undergone major refurbishment.

The Burren Way warden project won a Greenlife Fund.

British Tourism & Travel Show are saying they want Ireland to be very much a part of their show and they use the tag line. The decision to change the name from the Best of Britain and Ireland (BoBI) to the British Tourism & Travel Show involved consultation with the industry and it was felt that the new name better explained the type of event that this is with a focus on tourism and travel.

  • doolin folk festivalThe Hothouse Flowers, Jerry Fish, Finbar Furey, Dervish and Luka Bloom were confirmed for the line-up of this year’s Doolin Folk Festival, June 10–12.
  • Dublin hosted the Japan Karate Association European Championship at Tallaght’s National Basketball Arena yesterday. Fáilte Ireland’s Events Ireland team is looking to win the bid to host the 2018 world championships.
  • CSO figures show that overseas visitors to Ireland were up 17pc YOY from December to February.
  • Titanic Belfast visitor centre saw visitor numbers up 2pc in 2015 to 625,000, but profit before tax fell by almost a third.

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Deal Watch

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 3 nights B&B Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim from £135pps incl. evening meal on two nights of your choice, available until April 17, call (028) 9446 2929, quote Spring Offers when booking. 1 night B&B Culloden Estate and Spa, Holywood, Co Down from £155pps incl. 55-minute Espa spa treatment, available until April 17, call (028) 9039 3000, quote Spring Offers when booking. 2 nights B&B 4* Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen from £109pps incl. 4 course meal on each night and use of health club, available until May 31, call (028) 6632 3481.

Sunway offers: 12 night Mediterranean cruise on board Norwegian Spirit from €1,159pp incl. drinks package, depart May 19. 7 nights Western Med cruise on board Norwegian Epic from €649pp, depart April 17. 8 nights Western Caribbean cruise on board Norwegian Cruise incl. 1 night pre stay in Miami and drinks package, depart May 1. 8 nights Norwegian Fjords cruise on board Norwegian Star from €949pp incl. 1 night pre stay in Copenhagen and drinks package, depart April 30. 7 nights Paris and Normandy river cruise from €1,599pp, depart July 7. 10 days Imperial Europe escorted tour from €2,149pp, depart July 1. 10 days Imperial Highlights escorted tour from €1,510pp, depart May 13. 7 nights all inclusive Sicily from €899pp, depart September 8. 16 days Inland and Amazon G-Adventure tour from €2,139pp, depart June 25. 7 nights half board 3* Cotillo Beach Hotel, Fuerteventura from €669pp, depart June 4. 7 days Jewels of Italy escorted tour form €1,299pp, depart May 29. 7 nights 5* Paris to Normandy river cruise from €1,589pp, depart July 8. 7 nights self catering 3* Happy Aparthotel, Kusadasi from €259pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 2* Acqua Maris Balaia Apartmens from €2,269pp, depart May 14 or 21. 7 nights self catering 2* Deya Apartments, Majorca from €279pp, depart May 14 or 21. 7 nights self catering 2* Acurio Sol 2 Apartments, Lanzarote from €299pp, depart May 7, 14 or 21. 7 nights self catering 3* Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €299pp, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Menorca from €299pp, depart May 22. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €349pp, depart May 14 or 21. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights 4* Hotel 252, Los Alcazares, Costa Calida Murcia Region from €399pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel April. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, the Algarve from €269pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel April. 7 nights Verdemar Apartments, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €399pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel May. 3 nights 4* Best Western Hotel Franklin Feel the Sound, Rome from €299pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel April. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights full board Med Medley Thomson cruise from €919pps, depart May 17. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,499pps, depart June 12. 7 nights half board Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso, Psalidi, Kos form €769pps, depart June 4. 7 nights half board Hotel Guayarmina Princess, Costa Adeje, Tenerife from €599pps, depart May 13. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Tequila, Playacar, Mexico from €1,789pps, depart June 20. 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Haita, Majorca from €459pps, depart Cork May 21. 7 nights half board Hotel Belvedere, Costa Dorada from €689pps, depart Knock July 19. 7 nights half board Sol Tenerife, Playa de las Americas from €519pps, depart April 15. 7 nights all inclusive Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €669pps, depart April 16. Visit thomsonholidays.ie.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Sun Beach Apartments, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €199pps, depart Cork May 10. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Mexico from €1,689pps, depart June 20. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Holiday Village, Sagirme, Dalaman from €1,939 2+1, from €2,689 2+2, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Holiday Village, Cala Millor, Majorca from €2,859 2+1, from €3,779 2+2, depart June 8. 5 nights all inclusive 3* Dunas Mirador, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €549pps, depart April 30. 8 nights B&B Hesperia Lanzarote, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €699pps, depart April 24. 7 nights half board 4* Grupotel Los Principes & Spa, Majorca from €489pps, depart Cork May 14. 7 nights half board 3* Best Cambrils, Costa Dorada from €669pps, depart Cork June 14. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Tour America offers: 4 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €649pp, depart May 18. 5 nights Elara Hotel, Las Vegas from €739pp, depart October 20. 4 nights Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas from €779pp, depart October 27. Visit touramerica.ie.

Lowcostbeds offers, based on 7 nights 2 sharing, depart June 10: 4* Cesar’s Bodrum Hotel, Gumbet, Turkey from €22pppn B&B. 3* Club Paloma Apartments, Gumbet, Turkey from €6.50pppn self catering. 4* Vile Gale Village, Cascais, Lisbon from €72pppn B&B. 4* Pestana Cascais Ocean, Lisbon from €48pppn B&B. 4* Windsor Hotel, Sillema, Malta from €23pppn B&B. 4* Hotel Santana, Qawra, Malta from €26pppn B&B. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Experience Norway cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,089pp, depart Shannon May 30. 7 nights Explore Europe cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €1,139pp, depart May 28. 7 nights Discover the Greek Isles cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,279pp, depart August 13. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

IRISH FERRIES - ULYSSES Pic: Miki BarlokIrish Ferries is offering 25pc off sailings from Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke routes, excluding the 11.50 and 14.30 Swift sailings and 14.15 Epsilon sailings in July and August. Book by April 15, travel by December 18. Visit irishferries.com or call 0818 300 400.

travel department deal watchTravel Department offers: 9 nights solo-friendly B&B St Petersburg and Moscow from €1,789pp incl. flights, taxes, charges, guides and excursions, depart September 15. 3 nights B&B Cannes from €499pp incl. flights, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart November 10.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto Carmen, Lanzarote from €349pps, depart April 9. 7 nights B&B 4* Barcelo Lanzarote Resort, Costa Teguise from €599pps, depart April 16. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Princesa Baiza, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €999pps, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €569pps, depart May 14. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €499ppa, depart May 7. 7 nights B&B 4* Dorsal Mimosa, Funchal, Madeira from €399pps, depart May 12. 7 nights B&B 5* Melia Madeira Mare, Funchal from €749pps, depart May 26. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €429pps, depart May 7. 7 nights 3* Hotel Albatros, Letojanni, Sicily form €569pps, depart May 28. All princes include return flights, transfers, taxes and €30pp online discount. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

wendy wu tours deal watchWendy Wu Tours is offering 2-night extensions to Cambodia on select Vietnam tours and free 2-night extensions to Hong Kong on group tours to Japan, China or Burma, inclusive of the current price. Offer ends April 30. See wendywutours.ie or call 0818 776 380. For trade support, contact john.booty@wendywutours.ie.

ITAA offers: 7 nights full board 3* Club Valamar Hotel, Dubrovnik from €669pp incl. half day tour of Dubrovnik, full day tour to Montenegro, taxes, charges and 15kg baggage pp, travel May and October. 7 days guided tour of Madrid, Salamanca and Toledo from €809pp incl. flights, accommodation, guided tour of Toledo, sightseeing tour of Madrid, walking tour of Salamanca and castle visit to Aranjuez, depart May 18. 9 nights China Experience from €1,990pp incl. international flights, domestic transportation, departure taxes, fuel surcharges, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides, daily tours and visa fees.

Cassidy Travel offers: 7 nights self catering Deya Apartments, Majorca from €299pps, depart May 14. 7 nights self catering President Apartments, Portugal from €299pps, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering Acurio Sol Apartments, Lanzarote from €349pps, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering Vistalmar Apartments, Costa del Sol from €369pps, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €369pps, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €399pps, depart May 14. 7 nights B&B Greco Residential Hotel, Madeira from €399pps, depart May 12. All prices include flights and resort transfers. Visit cassidytravel.ie or call 0818 332 500.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • April 2-9 Mountain Travel Symposium, Keystone Heights
  • April 4-9 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Dubai
  • April 5-7 Rendez Vous France, Montpelier
  • April 5-7 WTTC Global Summit, Dallas
  • April 6-8 WTM Africa, Cape Town
  • April 6-8 World Tourism Forum summit, Istanbul
  • April 7 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Ballsbridge Hotel (formerly Jury’s Hotel)
  • April 7 ITAA AGM
  • April 11-12 Meitheal, RDS, Dublin
  • April 12-14 COTTM, Beijing
  • April 13 Sunway Trade Lunch
  • April 17-19 Germany Travel Market, Magdeburg
  • April 17-21 Virtuoso, Cape Town
  • April 18 NYC & Company Sales Mission
  • April 19-20 Eyefortravel Travel Distribution Summit, London
  • April 19-21 IMEX, Frankfurt
  • April 23 Irish Tourism Industry Awards
  • Apr 23-26 Routes Europe Krakow
  • April 24-27 Rendez-vous Canada,
  • Apr 25-28 Tianguis Turistico, Guadlajara
  • April 25-28 ATM, Dubai
  • April 28 Air Canada trade reception, Canadian Embassy, Wilton Place, 6pm
  • May 2-5 We Are Africa, Cape Town
  • May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
  • May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
  • May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
  • May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9, WTM London
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • February 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Terminal blow to the future of Airport Security

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Garda checkpoint in Dublin airport in the aftermath of the Zaventem attack on Tuesday.

Garda checkpoint in Dublin airport in the aftermath of the Zaventem attack on Tuesday.

5 things to know about travel this week:

  • Air transport has been changed utterly by slaughter in Zaventem
  • GPO Witness History opens to the public on Tuesday
  • April edition of Travel Extra out now
  • Turkish Airlines “now flying to Gotham City”
  • Final list of sponsors for the Irish Travel Industry Trade Show revealed

Travel Extra TV

video of week march 27Video of the week: See this baby false killer whale learn how to swim. Watch here.

  • Looking to entertain yourself mid-flight? Switch on Apple Maps and watch yourself glide across the screen. Watch here.
  • Emotional footage  circulating on social media this week. The Grover family are reunited at the airport with their adoptive sons from the Republic of Congo three years after their adoption was made official. Watch here.
  • More false killer whale action: Tourists off the coast of Dana Point, California witnessed the moment a mother whale gave birth. Watch here.
  • Another week another GoPro video. See inside Waterbom Bali waterslide. Watch here.
  • Qatar Airways welcomes you to the Qatar International Food Festival 2016. Watch here.
  • Introducing Airspace by Airbus. Watch here.
  • See the promo for Emirates Fly With me and Lonely Planet Kids in-flight goody bags for junior passengers. Watch here.
  • Behind the scenes of air maintenance at Etihad Airways. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

eoghan corry six one March 22 2016Much talk this week about the implications of the Zaventem airport attack on the future of airport security. Brussels was effectively in lockdown, with the DFA issuing temporary “all but essential travel” advisory status to the city. Read here the analysis by Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry in the Irish Independent, watch here Eoghan Corry on RTE’s Six One News speaking about implications for airport security. See Reuters roundup of reaction to the incident. brussels cancelled march 22 2016_0279Ryanair came under fire over the way they handled a group of English people returning from Brussels. All Zaventem passengers are now being flown to and from Charleroi with passengers asked to be at the airport three hours in advance to allow for extra security. Picture above shows armed Gardaí stopping cars driving from T1 on the day of the Zaventem attack. Airport police were also stopping cars on the approach to the terminal.

GPO four_1737The €10m GPO Witness History permanent visitor attraction at the GPO will open to the public on Tuesday following its official opening yesterday morning. An Post’s Head of Corporate Communications, Anna McHugh, says the attraction is the culmination of more than five years’ planning and hard work by historians, architects, construction, design, IT display and project teams. The centre, which explores all aspects of 1916 history anticipates 300,000 visitors a year. Admission costs €10, and the entrance is at the GPO façade and the exit at Princes Streetgpo wh activities1. Listen here to Barney’s description of the centre and its conception and listen here to Aline FitzGerald. Handling the 300,000 visitors would not be a problem, it is fewer than the GPO accommodated on that fateful day on Easter Monday 1916 (listen here). For the Q&A at a preview press conference listen here. Picture shows John Horgan, Aline FitzGerald, Barney Whelan and Nandi O’Sullivan. Aidan McGuinness was the project manager for the centre. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Aprtil 2016 cover 300The April 2016 print edition of Travel Extra will be hitting the agencies in the coming days. It features a look at the summer 2016 cruise scene summing up the latest development sin a fast changing sector and summing up how agents can see the sector. We review Alentejo and the battlefields of Flanders, how Ryanair’s plans may extend to Charles de Gaulle, what Michael O’Leary said to Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and how Ethiopian are considering using Anerican CBP at Dublin airport, how displacement of German tourists is driving prices up in Spain and Portugal, how  the upturn in Ireland;s hotel business is affecting room prices, Dublin Port’s plans for a cruise terminal, Sunway‘s 25th anniversary and the ITAA’s plans for the 2016 conference. Travel Extra‘s team of award winning travel writers and photographers are already trotting the globe preparing the May 2016 issue which will feature Canada, and the theme park scene for 2016. See the print issue here.

martin skelly speaksSome confused passengers have been contacting Turkish Airlines to know if they can fly to Gotham City, says Julie Curran of Turkish. Julie, Ann Marie Dalton and Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines hosted 80 members of the trade at a special preview showing of Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice in Dundruin. The ingenious Turkish Airlines ads “now flying to Gotham City” (watch here) and “now flying to Metropolis” (watch here) showing before Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice have each already had 22m views on Youtube. Listen here to Julie Curran speaking at the event and listen here to Martin Skelly’s call on the Irish travel trade to support Turkish Airlines. Turkish say that they have had virtually no cancellations in the aftermath of last week’s bomb attack in Istanbul, but point about that 86pc of their passengers are connecting to points beyond Turkey, with Cape Town currently the big seller. Picture above shows Martin Skelly speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Flying chef Tuncay Hatipoglu with Julie CurranGuests at the Thursday night preview were given a copy of the intricately produced and fine detailed guide to Gotham City and Metropolis also sponsored by Turkish Airlines. Travel Extra has already picked their favourite spot, Dooley’s pub in metropolis: conveniently located next door to the Daily Planet buildings is perhaps the quintessential example of the no frills style having set the benchmark for soups, sandwiches and burgers for more than 50 years. Dooley’s has been an institution for generations of reporters, editors and other ink-slingers. Fare tends toward burgers, dogs and bowls of chilli but the real attractions are the famed Daily Planet front pages that cover a century’s worth of memorable headlines. The bar offers 25 beers on tap and is always crowded. Don’t leave the city without trying a Metropolis style hot dog and al beef dog topped with sweet chilli spicy mustard, diced onion and a pickle spear on the side. Reminds us of a cross between Mulligan’s, Bowes’s, and the Oval. Picture shows Flying chef Tuncay Hatipoglu who served food at the event with Julie Curran of Turkish Airlines.

The final list of sponsors for the Irish Travel Industry Trade Show in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4 on April 7 include Aer Lingus (BBQ and Entertainment), Spanish Tourist Office (Travel Agent Lunch), Dublin Airport (registration), Lowcostbeds lanyards), Travelport, ITAA AGM). Click here to register and click here for a place at the BBQ and entertainment sponsored by Aer Lingus 

Fishermen, Porto das Barcas, Alentejo, March 20 2016The big question is how are these fishermen spotted by Travel Extra in Porto das Barcas last Sunday going to get off the sea stack? The undiscovered region of Alentejo hosted Travel Extra to showcase their food, wine, culture and portfolio of some of the finest beaches in Europe.

Watch here interview with Monica McGill, President of Casas Brancas tourism in Alentejo, speaking in the beautiful fishing village in Porto das Barcas about creative tourism. She alentejo restaurant_0140says visitors there are guided by a local instead of a guide. “Local is the new travel destination. It took a while to convince people, some of them said I cannot speak English but we say you don’t need to, just do what you do. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Picture shows Monica McGill and Sofia Cabecinha of Porto das Barcas Restaurante & Wine bar in Vila Nova de Milfontes, Alentejo. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

american airlines prize winnerPicture shows Michael Holmes of World Travel Centre in Belfast receiving his prize of two tickets to USA on American Airlines from Caitriona Toner Country Sales Manager and Lizzie Mothersill Account Services Manager for American Airlines. Agent site is here.

Uniworld Travel Agent incentive gives agents the chance to get a free river cruise for their own personal holiday if they book just three Uniworld River Cruises (watch here).
This incentive is open for all bookings made from Tuesday next to Tuesday May 31. Email your three references here.

cork airport_0050Cork airport hosted the trade to promote the nine new routes from the airport this summer. Picture shows Gillian Noonan and Carla Kidd, both of Trailfinders at the briefing at the Cork International Hotel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

blue insuracnesIan Dack and Ciaran Mulligan invite agents to compete for a Volkswagen Polo with Blue Insurance. Competition starts Monday week April 4, first become one of the 12 monthly winners by selling as many travel insurance policies as you can, five policies sold each month gets you one entry into their monthly draw, the 12 monthly winners and a bonus winner win an iPad Mini compete in the grand finale in April 2017 in Dublin. Website. Picture shows Ciaran Mulligan of Blue Insurances and Olwen McKinney of Amadeus.

hills balfour threePicture shows Sophie Banna, Jasmine Ruston and Annabel Jenkins of Hills Balfour on their roadshow at The Pig’s Ear in Dublin. Destinations promoted included Abu Dhabi, Arizona, The Gambia, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Jerusalem, Kenya, Mauritius, and Québec. The Hills Balfour portfolio now includes Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Arizona Office of Tourism, Cruise Lines International Association, Evaneos Travel, The Gambia Tourism Board, Hawaii Tourism Board, Heritage Hotels, Iglu Ski, Qatar Tourism Authority, Namibia Tourism Board, Tahiti Tourisme, and Vienna Tourist Board. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

yvonne muldoon h&sYvonne Muldoon, ex Continental/United and Cartrawler has been appointed sales manager of Aer Lingus.

Irish winners of the Celebrity Loves Agents Awards include Michelle Barron of Stein Travel, Sinead Daly of Travel Counsellors, James Fleming of Sunway, Jennifer Greene of e-Travel, Eva Janichova of Cassidy Travel and Karen Whyte of American Holidays.

Royal Caribbean’s Irish Roadshow commences this Tuesday, with surprise calls to agencies thoroughout the country. Irish winners of the race to Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas included Alice Carrick from Tour America, Tracy McLoughlin from Tour America and Kelly O’Connor from Cassidy Travel.

Skal Dublin’s next function takes place at Mary Bowe’s Marled House and Violet Williams’s Wicklow brewery. Price €35 for members and guests. The Dublin club are holding an information/recruitment evening in the Dean Hotel Harcourt St on Monday April 11 at 18.30. The national meeting decided to hold a convention every two years so this year’s national AGM this year-will be held in Radisson Limerick on Thursday April 7.

Hotels

ellen kenmarePark Hotel in Kenmare provided a giveaway on the Ellen de Generes show on Patrick’s Day (watch here) with six days at Park Hotel Kenmare, tickets from Aer Lingus and spa treatments by Sisley. She tweeted her 54.8m admirers later that evening. Francis Brennan suspects the Park hold the honour of the most tweeted Irish connected item of the day.

AccorHotels appointed Inge can Ooteghem as senior VP for upscale and midscale hotels Ireland and Britain.

Blathnaid McGroarty_4481 copyDobiquity say their on-the-Job training app for the hotel trade is going to revolutionise the management and recording of on-the-job training in our industry (website). Picture show Blathnaid McGroarty of Dobiquity (email) at the IHF conference in Killarney.

Dublin is the top Easter break destination for Trivago’s Irish users. 52pc of them opened for a four star hotel and will stay an average of five nights. London, Amsterdam, Galway and New York complete the top five.

Hard Rock International announced the opening of Hard Rock Hotel Dalian.

International

  • New EU roaming regulated rates will apply from April 26.
  • Ferrari plans to open a theme park in China.
  • Unesco designated the entire Isle of Man a Biosphere Reserve.
  • Following the lead of United Airlines, Uber is offering up to $10,000 to hackers that can identify critical flaws in their app’s security.
  • Jamaica’s tourism minister Edmund Bartlett said he does not believe the normalisation of the USA’s relationship with Cuba threatens Jamaica’s tourism market.

Food & Wine

galway gastronomyGalway and North Brabant in the Netherlands were named European Regions of Gastronomy for 2018. Picture shows Galway’s bid team with Diane Dodd of the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT! 9+ MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO READ ABOUT NORTHERN IRELAND’S FOOD AND DRINKFood and travel writers from nine countries visited N Ireland as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI to explore the Year of Food and Drink Their itinerary included a food tour of Belfast, a guided tour of food producers in Co Down and the Legenderry Food Festival in Derry, which included a Taste of Derry lunch and the Legenderry Food Cycle Tour. Picture shows the group with Lucia King of Tourism NI and tour guide Lorcan McBride outside the Walled City Brewery in Derry.

SHOWCASING NORTHERN IRELAND’S YEAR OF FOOD AND DRINK IN LONDONLifestyle and food journalists based in England attended a Tourism Ireland event highlighting N Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink at HIX Soho restaurant in London. Picture shows Naomi Waite of Tourism NI, Tracey Hamilton of Mash Direct, Vanessa Markey of Tourism Ireland and Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats.

Tasting menu ash_6872Picture shows ash squid, leeks and granja dos moinhos cheese served to Travel Extra part of tasting menu at Herdade do Esporão wine estate in Alentejo. Ireland is one of the estate’s biggest customers with Mount Velho wine proving extremely popular. The estate is and hour and a half drive from Lisbon in Alentejo.Watch here Monica McGill demonstrating Alentejo’s place on the map of Portugal. Watch here António Roquette of Herdade do Esporão guiding Travel Extra through the tasting menu. Watch here António Roquette explaining how 189 varieties of grape in the Herdade do Esporão vineyard’s ampelographic field is helping preserve the country’s native grape biodiversity. See more pictures from the tasting menu here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Aviation

Ben Affleck-Turkish Airlines chairman Ilker AycıTurkish Airlines sponsored the world premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Picture shows Ben Affleck with Turkish Airlines chairman Ilker Aycı.

An IdeaWorksCompany report of email marketing by the top six ancillary revenue airlines found that Aer Lingus and EasyJet send promotional emails every three days. The report, sponsored by CarTrawler, also found that Ryanair is a moderate marketer compared to the other five airlines studied in terms of frequency and word count (average 222 per mail).

minister pat byrne_6161The repurchase of CityJet was completed by Pat Byrne and private equity backers from Intro Aviation. The airline is expected to launch its IPO in 2018 or 2019. CityJet expects the delivery of the first of eight CRJ900s by the end of this month with the remainder expectedly the end of June.

  • Knock airport uploaded an Easter video. Watch here.
  • malaysia airlines a330Malaysia Airlines unveiled the first of its A330 aircraft.
  • airbus airspaceAirbus introduced a cabin brand, Airspace by Airbus, which will debut on the A330neo.
  • A drone came within 200 feet of a Lufthansa A380 jet landing at LAX.
  • 3d printed sweets the loopKatjes Magic Candy Factory launched its 3D printed sweets at The Loop at Dublin Airport.
  • Aer Lingus is reportedly wet-leasing an E190 from BA for Saturday operations from Dublin between the end of May and early September.
  • Avolon delivered an A320-220 to Batik Air and a B737-800 to Fuzhou Airlines.
  • CityJet concluded its three-year agreement with the Netherlands’ SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance, which provided line maintenance services on the Scandinavian route, covering its CRJ900 fleet.
  • German airport passenger numbers grew 7.2pc in February to 14.12m.

Afloat

An MMGY Global study claimed 35pc of people on cruises said they have more sex than when they are at home, 57pc said they eat more and 46pc said they drink more alcohol. dublin at cruise show copy

Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain told the 32nd annual Seatrade cruise conference in Fort Lauderdale that erroneous impressions about cruising are proving difficult to dislodge, “How do you argue that cruising is sedentary when you can go surfing and rock climbing, the innovations that we do are really designed to help posture the industry. Most of our guests won’t actually go sky diving, but they want the option and it says something about who we are as an industry.” Frank del Rio, chairman of Norwegian, Arnold Donald, president of Carnival and Pierfrancesco Vago, chairman of MSC joined Fain on the CEO panel which recommended more balance between building new ships and refurbishing existing ones. Pictured discussing turnarounds at Cruise Shipping in Fort Lauderdale with Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises are Leo McParland, Port Services Director at Hamilton Shipping, Adam Sharp Head of Port Operations & Guest Services Royal Caribbean International, Pat Ward Head of Corporate Services Dublin Port Company, Lotfi Trabelsi  Royal Caribbean International and Margaret Cronin Specialised Travel Services.

  • clingerBrittany Ferries carried 1,185 pets in 2015, a 20pc increase, Travel Extra’s frolicsome feline Clinger Corry repurrts. There was a 64pc increase on numbers carried in 2011.
  • Viking Cruises will christen Viking Sea on the Thames on May 5. She leaves Istanbul for the Borough of Greenwich on April 3.
  • Crystal Cruises is adding a sister to Crystal Esprit, a polar class mega-yacht.
  • Seabourn is adding a Thomas Keller restaurant to all ships.
  • Norwegian‘s new private island port in Belize, Harvest Caye, will offer a seven-acre sand beach, 15,000-square-foot pool, zip lining, suspensions bridges and free fall jumps, and five dining and beverage venues.
  • Roy Yamaguchi is to proivde a pan-Asian restaurant on MSC Cruises.
  • Ponant is to build four new expedition ships.

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Epic Ireland will open Saturday May 7 (Launch event 6th). Watch here Dervla O’Neill speaking about the new centre. Picture shows the Epic Ireland team Brian Donovan genealogy advisor, Mervyn Greene MD of the CHQ building, Karen Keogh head of operations, Dervla O’Neill sales and marketing director, Michael Maguire head of retail, Michael Counshan project director, Audrey Kavanagh accounts and Fiona Ross museum director.

teeling awardThe Teeling Whiskey Distillery was named Best Whiskey Visitor Attraction at London’s World Whiskies Awards.

Dublin came 22nd in Europe in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for destinations, with Killarney, Galway, Dingle, Cork, Cong, Westport, Donegal Town, Sligo and Newmarket on Fergus making up a somewhat surprising Irish top ten. London, Istanbul, Marrakech, Paris and Ziuem Reap in Cambodia were the first five past the post worldwide. Ubud in Bali (10) and Cusoo in Peru (22) were surprise top 25 destinations.

MINISTER SEÁN SHERLOCK LENDS A HAND TO BOOST TOURISM FROM SCOTL

Picture shows Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Seán Sherlock with Elaine Murray, Caroline Mulligan and Linda Duncan of Tourism Ireland in Ednburgh.

RTE have organised free 1916 walking tours on Easter Monday 12pm-4.30pm, leaving from City Hall, Bernardo’s square. There are, four different routes to choose from leaving every 20 minutes, just sign up on the day.
166 golf clubs in Ireland will take part in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge.
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Deal Watch

westbury deal watchThe Westbury is offering 1 night B&B from €430 incl. collection of Olfactive Studio’s Discovery fragrances, invitation to discover fragrances at Parumaria and champagne afternoon tea for two on The Gallery. Available until May 31. Book online or call 01 646 3333.

tourism ni offersTourism NI offers: 2 nights B&B 4* Bushmills Inn Hotel, Co Antrim from £130pps incl. £50 credit for a la carte dinner, available until April 17, call (028) 2073 3000, quote Spring Offers when booking. 2 nights B&B midweek stay 4* Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh from £55pps, available until March 31, call (028) 6862 2200. 2 nights B&B 3* Armagh City Hotel from £165 per family incl. access to health and leisure club and family ticket to a key attraction, available until April 17, call (028) 3751 8888, quote Spring Offers when booking.

Sunway offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Florasol Aparthotel, Madeira from €449pp, depart May 12 or May 19. 7 nights B&B 3* Qrquidea Hotel, Madeira from €499pp, depart May 12 or May 19. 7 nights B&B 4* Madeira Regency Club, Madeira from €549pp, depart May 12 or May 19. 7 nights self catering 2* Aquaria Sol Apartment, Lanzarote from €399pps, depart May 7, 14 or 21, from €439pp depart May 28. 7 nights self catering 2* Puerto Carmen Aparthotel, Lanzarote from €429pp, depart May 7, 14 or 21, from €469pp, depart May 28. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel San Antonio, Lanzarote from €729pp, depart May 7, 14 or 21, from €749pp, depart May 28. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights half board 3* Miramar Hotel, Rabac, Istrian Riviera, Croatia from €499pp incl. transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights self catering 4* Elotis Suites Aparthotel, Crete from €299pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in April. 7 nights half board 4* Beatriz Playa & Spa Hotel, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €539pp incl. airport transfers, taxes, charges and free wine with evening meal, travel in April. 3 nights 5* Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin from €289pp incl. airport taxes and charges, travel in May. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Club Alize, Marmaris, Dalaman from €1,399 2+1, from €1,929 2+2, depart June 6. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plaza, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €1,679 2+1, from €2,249 2+2, depart June 9. 14 nights 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Rivera Maya, Mexico from €1,719pp, depart June 13. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay from €1,399pp, depart June 19. 12 nights all inclusive 3* Servatur Waikiki, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €769pp, depart April 30. 8 nights self catering 2* Bitacora, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €369pp, depart April 24. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Belvedere, Costa Dorada, Salou from €749pp, depart Ireland West Airport Knock August 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Bouganvilla, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €329pp, depart Cork May 7. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,489pp, depart June 12. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Cala Llonga Playa, Ibiza from €759pp, depart May 26. 7 nights half board 4* Los Gigantes Hotel, Tenerife form 2699pp, depart May 6. 7 nights full board Hellenic Classics cruise on board Thomson’s Spirit of Iberia from €1,129pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Ocean Maya Royale, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,919pp, depart July 11. 7 nights self catering 3* Cala D’or Playa, Majorca from €359pp, depart Cork May 10. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Golden Port Salou from €769pp, depart Knock August 2. 15 nights half board 5* Melia Salinas Hoel, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €1,279pp, depart April 1. 7 nights self catering 4* Colon Il Apartments, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife form €399pp, depart April 15.

Royal Caribbean offers: 9 night France, Spain and Portugal cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,129pp, depart May 21. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,679pp, depart September 11. 7 night Greek Isles cruise on board Vision of the Seas form €1,529pp, depart May 28. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Travel Department offers: 11 nights Cuba from €2,599pp incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart October 3. 7 nights half board Venice, Lake Bled and Croatia from €999pp incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart October 13.

Sunway USA and Canada escorted tours by Trafalgar, book by March 29: 15 days Route 66 tour form €2,657pp, depart May 15. 14 day Western Discoverer tour from €2,468pp, depart September 22. 14 days East Coast USA & Canada from €2,727pp, depart June 17 or July 29. 27 days Trans American Grand Adventures from €5338pp, depart June 15. 9 days Best of Eastern Canada tour from €1,838pp, depart July 9. 9 days Canadian Rockies tour from €1,943pp, depart June 11. 10 days Tastes and Sounds of the South tour from €1,925pp, depart May 26. 11 days Canadian Maritimes tour from €2,048pp, depart August 6. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Sunway Easter offers (notice the price): 7 nights self catering 3* Colina Village Apartments, the Algarve from €1,916 2+2, depart July 1, 8, 15 or 22. 7 nights self catering 2* Acurio Sol 2 Apartments from €1,916 2+2, depart July 2, 9, 16 or 23. 7 nights self catering 4* Vistalmar Aparthotel, Costa del Sol form €1,916 2+2, depart June 4, 11 or 18. 7 nights self catering 3* Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments, Gran Canaria from €1,916 2+2, depart July 2 or 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Las Marimbas Apartments, Fuerteventura from €1,916 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Menorca from €1,916 2+2, depart June 19. 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaimo Tropical Aparthotel, Tenerife from €1,916 2+2, part June 4, 11 or 18. 7 nights B&B 3* Kalofer Hotel, Bulgaria from €1,916 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Bouganvillia Apartments, Majorca from €1,916 2+2, depart June 18. Book by midnight tomorrow (March 28). Visit sunway.ie. Other offers: 7 nights B&B 2* Greco Residential Hotel, Madeira from €399 per adult, from €369 per child, depart May 12. 7 nights self catering 3* Summer Garden Apartments, Bodrum Peninsula from €259 per adult/child, depart May 8 or 15. 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Hotel, Kusadasi from €299 per adult/child depart May 8 or 15. 7 nights self catering 3* Deya Apartments, Majorca from €299 per adult, from €249 per child, depart May 14. 7 nights self catering 2* Presidente Aparthotel, the Algarve from €299 per adult/child, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering 2* Aquaria Sol 2 Apartments, Lanzarote from €349 per adult, from €279 per child, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering 4* Vistalmar Aparthotel, Costa del Sol from €369 per adult, from €249 per child, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering 3* Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €369 per adult, from €299 per child, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €399 per adult, from €299 per child, depart May 7 or 14.

Topflight offers, book by March 29: 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto Carmen, Puerto Del Carmen from €349pps, depart April 2. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorsal Momsa, Punchal, Madeira from €419pps, depart May 12. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €429pps, depart April 23. 7 nights self catering 3* THB Tropical Island, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €439pps, depart April 23. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthoel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €499pps, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €569pps, depart May 14. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Tysandros, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €599pps, depart May 28. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Hilton Vilamoura Golf & Spa, the Algarve from €889pps, depart May 7. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €949pps, depart May 8. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Turkish Airlines is offering return Dublin–Cape Town from €506 incl. taxes. Book by April 15, travel between now and July 9.

Stena Line is offering spring and summer Haven holidays from €495 for a family of up to six incl. self catering accommodation, return car ferry Dublin–Holyhead or Rosslare–Fishguard and access to Splashzones park. Book before April 8 and travel by July 22. Visit stenaline.ie/havenoffers or call 01 907 5399. Stena is also offering Rosslare-Cherbourge from €89 single, book by March 29 for travel up to December 16. Book online or call 01 907 5555

ITAA offers: 5 nights half board 5* Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate hotel, Dubai from €1,065pps incl. return flights, private transfers and airport taxes, stay between May 6 and June 6, book by April 30. 7 nights all inclusive Globales Hotel Santa Ponsa Park, Majorca from €490pps incl. flights, transfers, checked baggage and travel taxes, travel May. 3 nights Hotel Eduardo VII, Lisbon from €229pp incl. taxes and return flights, single room supplement €98, depart May 3.

Kevin Heery’s Irish Hill Walking tours are offering cultural experience tours to Hidden Spain this year -focused on Asturias, Cantabria, Castila y Leon & Galicia. The first Hill Walking tour is going to Picos de Europa 29 May to 4 June flying direct from Dublin to Santander. Prices from €950 excluding flights. weblink.

What we learned this week

inquirer, the stackThis week, we learned that print isn’t dead. Travel Extra’s Conor McMahon appeared on the latest episode of The Stack on Monocle magazine’s digital radio station, M24. He interviewed Lois Kapila, managing editor of previously online-only newspaper Dublin Inquirer, about the launch of their new monthly print edition. The newspapers will be distributed through coin-operated coin boxes (pictured) as well as through postal subscriptions. Listen here.

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Email editor@travelextra.ie to have your say or it is @TravelExtraIre on Twitter if that’s your bag.

Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • March 26-27 Skål National Convention Ireland, Killarney
  • March 29-31 Royal Caribbean 2016 Irish Roadshow
  • March 31 Spanish TB event to promote Cork-Madrid route, Cork
  • April 2-9 Mountain Travel Symposium, Keystone Heights
  • April 4-9 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Dubai
  • April 5-7 Rendez Vous France, Montpelier
  • April 5-7 WTTC Global Summit, Dallas
  • April 6-8 WTM Africa, Cape Town
  • April 6-8 World Tourism Forum summit, Istanbul
  • April 7 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Ballsbridge Hotel (formerly Jury’s Hotel)
  • April 7 ITAA AGM
  • April 11-12 Meitheal, RDS, Dublin
  • April 12-14 COTTM, Beijing
  • April 13 Sunway Trade Event, Dublin
  • April 13 Nea York State event, Dublin
  • April 17-19 Germany Travel Market, Magdeburg
  • April 17-21 Virtuoso, Cape Town
  • April 18 NYC & Company Sales Mission
  • April 19-20 Eyefortravel Travel Distribution Summit, London
  • April 19-21 IMEX, Frankfurt
  • April 23 Irish Tourism Industry Awards
  • Apr 23-26 Routes Europe Krakow
  • April 24-27 Rendez-vous Canada,
  • Apr 25-28 Tianguis Turistico, Guadlajara
  • April 25-28 ATM, Dubai
  • April 28 Air Canada trade reception, Canadian Embassy, Wilton Place, 6pm
  • May 2-5 We Are Africa, Cape Town
  • May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
  • May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
  • May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
  • May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 27 CLIA cruise roadshow, Cork
  • June 28 CLIA cruise roadshow, Galway
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • June 29 CLIA cruise roadshow, Dublin
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9, WTM London
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • February 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

Previous editions of Travel Extra’s Sunday Supplement: 

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Previous issues

April 2016 Summer cruise edition

March 2016 Awards Issue

February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue
July/August 2015: Wintersun issue
June 2015: USA issue
May 2015: The Australia issue
April 2015: Summer Cruise issue

TRAVEL EXTRA’s Sunday Supplement: Turkey on a travel advisory tight-rope

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Detail from chapel of the bones at San Francisco monastery, Évora UNESCO World Heritage City, Alentejo, being visited by Travel Extra this week

Detail from chapel built entirely from human bones at San Francisco monastery, Évora UNESCO World Heritage City, Alentejo, being visited by Travel Extra this week

5 things to know about travel this week

  • Cork airport’s woes hit the White House
  • Turkey on an upturn
  • Was free Philly comes to Dublin
  • Audrey Hepburn’s star turn at Newbridge
  • Agents hosted at sports events in different cities

Travel Extra TV

video of the week march 20 2016Introducing Derrick the baby wombat, who stars in our video of the week. Derrick was rescued after his mother was tragically killed by a passing car and is now being looked after a local woman in Tasmania. The video shows Derrick chasing after photographer Sean Scott. Watch here.

  • See Dublin from the point of view of this crane. Watch here.
  • Deep Blue Kayak Fishing Charters put together a clever promo, featuring an unlucky hammerhead shark. Watch here.
  • Ryanair claims itself as “Ireland’s national airline” in its all-dancing St Patrick’s Day video. Watch here.
  • Mundy performs for the Aer Lingus Patrick’s Day video. Watch here.
  • Disney makes sure this deaf family don’t miss out on the magic by signing for them. Watch here.
  • Emirates cabin crew sing at ChoirFest Middle East. Watch here.
  • Discover NI uploaded a new video to promote the Year of Food and Drink. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland uploaded highlights from the St Patrick’s Day concert in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Watch here.
  • Fáilte Ireland uploaded a video promoting its 3D experience of the Wild Atlantic Way. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

casualtly list istanbulThe DFA advice on travel to Turkey remains unchanged after yesterday’s bomb attack on Istiklal Street in Istanbul in which two Irish people were injured. Most other European countries left their “exercise caution” advice in place and told citizens to avoid the area where the explosion took place, the lowest of five levels of advisory open to governments. Contrary to reports on one website the DFA did not suggest that all non-essential travel be avoided. Anyone with concerns for Irish citizens in Turkey to call +3531 4082000, or the Irish Embassy in Ankara on +90 3124591000.

philly_6234Ann Tok and Greg Evans of Philadelphia CVB hosted travel media in Dublin this week as part of a tr that took in ITB and International Media marketplace in London. Flagship attractions are the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, Eastern State Penitentiary and Independence Hall. After the opening of the Barnes Foundation in 2012, next up for Philadelphia is the Liberty Museum. Less prominent is the Rodin Museum, home to the largest collection of Rodin sculptures and drawings outside of Paris, including “The Thinker.” Franlin Mills is the first stop for shoppers. Picture shows Caitriona Toner of American Airlines with Greg Evans and Ann Tok of Philadelphia CVB at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.tony flynn group

The ITAA hosted the sponsors for their annual industry awards at Ireland v Scotland at the Aviva stadium. Picture shows Tony Flynn of Ethiopian Airlines, Declan Power of Shannon Airport, Carol Anne O’Neill of Wordlchoice Ireland and Edmund Hourican of Buisness Exhibitions before the Ireland v Scotland match at the Aviva stadium. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

darren julien william doyleNewbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icons launched the Audrey exhibition celebrating Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn including the famous Givenchy pink dress worn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a Givenchy designed silk floral print dress worn in the 1957 hit film Funny Face and a black dress with detailed beading from the 1963 movie Charade. Other additions include some new pieces from Kim and Khloe Kardashian, January Jones and Christina Hendricks.Newbridge Silverware attracts 350,000 visitors a year and is Irelands 21st most visited attraction. “Without the museum of style and icon it would be about 100,000William Doyle says. Picture shows Darren Julien of Julien’s auction house, William Doyle of Newbridge Silverware and Martin Nolan of Julien’s at the launch. Listen here to William Doyle of Newbridge silverware and listen here to former RTE newsreader Ann Doyle speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

António Lacerda Eoghan Corry Victor Silva copyAlentejo tourism hosted Travel Extra’s editor this week, to showcase the bits everyone misses if they drive from Lisbon to the Algarve without stopping. Ruben Obadia  told Travel Extra (watch here) that Alentejo is like Tuscany forty years ago, a culinary haven that offers small boutique family run hotels and vineyards and amazing heritage, including the church built entirely from human bones above. Picture shows CEO of Alentejo tourism António Lacerda, Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra and President of Alentejo Tourism Victor Silva pctured in Cafe de Alentejo in the Évora UNESCO World Heritage City, See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

beer and whiskey festThe annual Irish Beer and Whiskey Fest kicked off at the Main Hall at the RDS Dublin from March 16 – 19. The festival, which is in its fifth consecutive year, boasted a variety of stalls, including eighteen brewers and five distillers. Despite the festival’s name, the event is not confined to just beer and whiskey – it also included cider, vodka and gin, alongside a variety of Irish food stalls and a live music stage. Tickets were €10 per person, and attendees were presented with a free souvenir glass and a token for a free half pint on arrival. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

The three-year sentence for Con Murphy, formerly of United Travel, was suspended by Judge Pat McCartan after his family repaid to the Children to Lapland appeal the €18,643 that he had lodged to a personal account.

emirates group seated cropPicture shows agents hosted by Emirates at Ireland v Italy at the Aviva stadium, Robert Newberry of Selective Travel, Gordon Pullen of GPS, Rhona McCann of FCM, Eimear Hannon of Eimear Hannon Travel, Rob MacDonald of Emirates, Ian Finn of Emirates, Gabrielle Martin of FCM, Keith Raymond of WTC and Glenn Lowry of Selective Travel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The ITAA’s final board meeting of Martin Skelly’s presidency showed a €45,000 surplus, showing that the finances of the Association have been turned around in four years by about €100,000 from a €50,000 deficit.

veronica flood don thomas liz wrightTour America and Kennedy Space and Visitors Centre combined with Dublin’s Q102 to give a child the chance to win a visit to Florida from astronaut Don Thomas. Picture shows Don Thomas with Veroncia Flood and Liz Wright of Tour America. Listen here to Don Thomas speaking about his experience in Space and listen here to Andrea Farmer of Kennedy Space Centre talking about developments at the attraction.

arsenalPicture shows agents hosted by Lisa Rabbitte of Emirates at Arsenal v Watford in the FA cup at Emirates stadium: Rose Kane of Kanes Travel, Jane Murray of World Travel Centre, Lisa Rabbitte of Emirates, Judith Hall of Thompson Travel, Lorna Wood of Atlas Travel and Racqel Chaves of Corporate Travel Management.celebrity cruises Tour America March 14 2016

Celebrity Cruises say the team in Tour America is the first to be fully trained up Celebrity Captains in their Cruising For Excellence training programme. Picture shows Lorraine Quinn of Celebrity Cruises with Tour America’s Emma Dunne, Daniel McCluskey, Mary McKenna, Kathleen O Rourke, Alice Carrick, Rachel Ross, Erin Lynch, Tracy McLoughlin, Orla Dunne, Leslie Marshall and Ross Waters. Celebrity Cruises extended the four tiered simplified approach to its agent loyalty and incentive scheme, Celebrity Rewards. Celebrity Cruises is awarding agents double points between now and May 3 for every 2016 European cruise that they sell on-board Celebrity Eclipse and Celebrity Reflection.Jenny group crop

Royal Caribbean entertained 25 Travel Centre members from Munster in The Clarion Hotel Cork. Pictures show Jenny Rafter of Royal Caribbean, Tara Murphy of Blackpool Travel, Gillian O’Flaherty of Blackpool Travel and Lenka Hlinkovicova of Travel Focus. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • Cosmos Tours & Cruises and luxury river cruise line, Avalon Waterways has broadened the trade sales strategy to include the north of Ireland. Kelly Calver has been appointed Trade Sales Manager for the South of England.
  • Amadeus and Virgin Australia extend partnership to distribute airline’s full content.
  • Agents report a quiet week due to St Patrick’s day and school holidays. The recovery of interest in Turkey reported last weekend is less marked this week but bookings are coming in.
  • Wendy Wu Tours trade incentive: Book a tour flying with Emirates before March 31 to be in with a chance of winning one of three Debenhams/House of Fraser vouchers.
  • Cabforce announced an integrated taxi and transfer partnership with Hogg Robinson Group.

Hotels

trivago dublin surveyTrivago said that their average room prices in Dublin varied between €157 on the southside and €120 on the northside. Visitors from UAE pay most, followed by France, Israel, England and Norway. Finland are best bargain hunters, paying an average of €118. The IHF says that Trivago’s index relates to just 5pc of hotel bookings.

St Regis Langkawi is due to open in Malaysia on April 6 2016.

A survey by Dukes Dubai said 78pc of hotel guests expect an ‘above average’ level of cleanliness.

International

new passport cardBest regional ID document was awarded to the Irish Passport Card at the High Security Printing Europe Conference held in in Bucharest.

The Spirit of Scotland Travelpass was launched Monday by VisitScotland in partnership with ScotRail and CalMac will allow people to travel by land, sea and track for one fixed price.

Shared travel app TourBar allows members simply tick ‘sports’ as their interest and reason for travelling solo and then begin the journey of matching with someone else doing just the same.

Research by Airport Parking & Hotels revealed that ski resorts, La Plagne, St Moritz in Switzerland and Valle d’Aosta in Italy, charge a call out rescue fees varying from €180 at Valle d’Aosta to €735 at La Plagne. French resorts including Chamonix, La Plagne and Les Deux Alps provide Carte Neige Insurance from €37.50 to €57, which covers medical and rescue fees for on and off-piste skiing and immediate replacement of lost lift passes. Alternatively, Verbier in Switzerland offer Snow Assist insurance for €4 per day or €85 per season which covers refunds for rescue costs, ski rentals, lift passes and skiing lessons.

  • PATA reported Vietnam and Myanmar led the region growth during 2015, reporting year-on-year growth of 18.4 percent and 16.9 percent respectively.
  • A festival in the cathedral city of St Albans will feature every single one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays to make the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death,
  • A clerical officer in the Passport office was jailed for two years, who was paid €12,500 to process five passports for South African nationals who were not entitled to them.
  • The Aichi region in Japan is hiring full-time ninjas to promote tourism. They will perform acrobatics, use ninja weapons and post for photographs with tourists.
  • The UAE was awarded the Guinness World Record for having the biggest flag to be formed by humans, with 3,929 people participating.
  • SeaWorld agreed to stop breeding orcas. The 28 killer whales currently in its care will be the last generation at SeaWorld.

Food and Wine

Chin Chin Labs (website) pioneers of made-to-order artisanal liquid nitrogen ice cream, is part of the line up of Per Aquum Niyama festival (website) this week, at the pop-up parlour on the resort’s new island, Play offering fresh to order flavours ranging from Roasted Sweet Coconut Curry, Mango & Saffron, Banana Blossom & Jasmine to dairy free options such as Passionfruit & Raw Cacao Nib.

burren food eventSixty foodies—professional and amateur—attended a food event in Lisdoonvarna’s Burren Storehouse, where Kevin Thornton, Jamie Simpson from the Culinary Vegetable Institute of The Chef’s Garden and Enda McEvoy, owner of Loam Restaurant in Galway, hosted cooking demos and Q&A sessions.

200 aspiring chefs graduates from Fáilte Ireland’s pilot Commis Chef Programme.

Aviation

  • FlyDubai say pilot’s error responsible for B-738 Crash in Rostov-on-Don in Russia in which 62 died (video).
  • New Aer Lingus Regional Shannon Edinburgh route takes offAer Lingus Regional launched new year round services to Southampton and Leeds Bradford from Cork. Stobart Air, which now operate 10 services from Cork Airport, aims to carry an additional 60,000 passenger through Cork this year.
  • Aer Lingus Regional launched its 6w Shannon to Edinburgh service on Tuesday with fares from €30 one-way.
  • dublin airport skybridgeDublin Airport have projected late May possible early June opening for their new lounge past US pre-clearance on Pier 4. First look at the new lounge end of Pier 4, with a concierge on entry, private VIP area and luxury shower rooms.
  • IAG‘s planned capacity growth in 2016 is 9.4pc for Aer Lingus, 14.5pc for Vuelling, 6.2pc for Iberia and 2.9pc for BA.
  • cityjet faiCityJet was named official partner of the FAI.
  • ASL Aviation Group’s four European airlines and two support companies joined the European Regions Airline Association.
  • Dublin Airport handled 370,000 arriving and departing passengers over St Patrick’s Day weekend.
  • US President Barack Obama told Taoiseach Enda Kenny that there is no political impediment to Norwegian International Airways commencing flights from Cork to Boston later this year
  • BA revamps CLAirPortr same day and on-demand service that delivers bags between London airports and any London address (hotels, offices, residential, inter-airport) is now operational in all Heathrow terminals, so inbound and outbound passengers can travel bag free to/from the airport.
  • Air Transat is changing the economy-class menu on its transatlantic flights.
  • Airbus predicts that in the next 20 years, India will require over 1,600 new passenger and freighter aircraft to meet growth in demand.
  • Aegean Airlines took delivery of one A320-200 on lease from AWAS.
  • British Airways revamped their T5 Club Lounge.

Afloat

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Dublin Port Company launched a new Cruise Tourism Development and Marketing agency, Cruise Dublin, and noted that plans to promote Dublin as a homeport will require more five star hotel supply in the city.

CLIA said aggregated Irish  cruise numbers were up 14pc to 35,972 in 2015, of which 21,475 (60pc) chose the Mediterranean and 22pc the Caribbean. River cruise numbers were up 8pc. The average length of a cruise was 10.6 nights (rates have fluctuated between 9.7 and 11.1 nights in the last ten years), average cruising age fell by three years to 55.2 years having increased by 2.7 years over the previous decade and 3.4 years in the previous four years. CLIA says travel agents earn an average 10pc in commission from a typical booking, so for a couple at an average price of €1,827 will earn a travel agent €365. England was overtaken by Germany as Europe’s main cruise market in 2014 and the gap is widening despite a 9pc increase inc cruise bookings in England in 2015.

AIDAprimaAIDA Cruises took delivery of new flagship AIDAprima and announced an additional short cruise to start from Hamburg from April 25.

Stena Line celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a three-day €1 foot passenger sale on the Irish Sea.

MSC Cruises announced a partnership with pan-Asian chef Roy Yamaguchi.

Celebrity Cruises launched its 2016-17 luxury cruises worldwide brochure featuring 282 destinations in 76 countries with new ports of call including Monte Carlo, Sète in France, Aomori and Hiroshima in Japan as well as 30 double overnight stays.

Arnold Donald, Adam Goldstein and Larry Pimentel were announced as Keynote Speakers at the 2016 CLIA Conference in Southampton.

ovation of the seasOvation of the Seas completed its conveyance from Meyer Werftshipyard in Papenburg down the river backwards to get to the North Sea.

Norwegian Cruise Line changed departure times of Norwegian Escape from Miami to 19:00 hours making cruise possible without prior overnight stay.

Serena Melani from Tuscany has been appointed the first female captain of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

AmaWaterways’ AmaStella completed her maiden voyage this week.

Ireland

ICE SWIMMING LAKE AND SWIMMERS IN THE TAMPERE REGION, FINLAND, JOIN TOURISM IRELAND’S GLOBAL GREENINGTourism Ireland’s Global Greening lit up over 200 global icons for the first time after 30 more landmarks signed up in the days coming up to St Patrick’s Day.

The Irish pavilion was smaller than last year at the Birmingham British Travel and Tourism show, aafter a very strange name change from “Best of Britain and Ireland,” the organisers have now excluded Ireland from the show’s name. Exhibitors were pleased with the first day’s attendance. Wales had a very strong presence at the show.

Shannon chair Rose Hynes, Andrew Murphy and Marie Slattery visited Washington, Boston, New York and Philadelphia over the course of three days to promote the region.

CSO figures confirmed overseas visitor revenue were up 19pc and holiday visitors up 20pc in 2015

IRELAND IS ‘BLOOMING’ IN PHILADELPHIAPicture shows Michelle Maguire of Ireland’s Blue Book. Alison Metcalfe of Tourism Ireland. and Jenny De Saulles of Fáilte Ireland, on the Tourism Ireland stand at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

For the 12th year in a row, the Tourism Ireland publicity team was named in the Top 10 among all tourist boards represented in Germany, in the annual ‘Verkehrsbüro (read here) des Jahres awards. Tourism Ireland was voted tnumber two tourist board in Germany, by a jury of 139 journalists.

The Wild Atlantic Way - Now Virtually Impossible to Miss!Fáilte Ireland captured the Wild Atlantic Way for virtual reality viewing. The 3D tours of the coastal route was piloted at ITB Berlin. 

A Shannon Group delegation is this week attending a number of high-level political and business events in the US to promote the wider region for inward investment and tourism.

things to do in niEaster events in N Ireland: Castle Ward Easter Fair, March 27–28. The Good Life Festival, Oxford Island, Co Armagh, March 25–26. Morning, Afternoon and Evening at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, March 24–26. Easter celebrations at Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, March 26–28. Entertainment at Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady, March 26. Old MacDonald’s Farm, Navan Cenre and Fort, Armagh, March 26–29. Watertop Farm’s Monster Easter Egg ROll, Watertop Farm, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, March 27–28. Easter activities and bunny cruise, Share Discovery TOURISM EVENT IN HOUSE OF LORDS KICKS OFF PROGRAMME OF ST PATRICVillage, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, March 27. Curiously Comber, Co Down, March 24. Féile An Earraigh, Belfast, March 21–28.

Picture shows Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Britain, Angela Harris of Richmond, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Vanessa Markey of Tourism Ireland, at the CHAMP St Patrick’s reception in the House of Lords in London sponsored by Tourism Ireland.

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Deal Watch

Lowcostbeds offers, 7 nights based on 2 adults, arrive May 15: 3* Silchora Apartments, Albuferia, Algarve from €9.50pppn self catering. 3* Ourasol, Albuferia, Algarve from €10pppn self catering. 3* Ora Blanco Apartments, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife from €15pppn self catering. 3* Barranco Bungalows, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife from €15pppn self catering. 3* Las Terrazas del Puerto, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €11pppn self catering. 3* Los Tulipanes, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €13pppn self catering. Visit lowcostbeds.com.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Il Paladin Hotel, Malta from €319pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in April. 7 nights self catering 4* Estrela do Vau Aparthotel, Praia do Vau, the Algarve from €229pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes, charges and kids club. 3 nights B&B 5* Niebieski Art Hotel & Spa, Krakow from €309pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in May. 7 nights all inclusive 3* BelleVue Lagomonte Hotel, Majorca from €479pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in May. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Sunway offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Presidente Aparthotel, Portimao, the Algarve from €299pp. 7 nights self catering 3* Colina Village Apartments, Carvoeiro, the Algarve from €339pp. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Miramar Apartments, Albufeira, the Algarve from €369pp. 7 nights 3* Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €399pp, travel May. 7 nights self catering 3* Cordial Green Golf Apartments, Gran Canaria from €409pp, travel May. 7 nights B&B 4* Gloria Palace San Agustin Thalasso Hotel, Gran Canaria from €549pp, travel May. 7 nights self catering 3* Vistapicas Apartments, Cala’n Forcat, Menorca from €399pp, depart May 22, from €419pp, depart May 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Beach Club Aparments, Son Parc from €399pp, depart May 22, from €419pp, depart May 29. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Cala’n Forcat from €459pp, depart May 22, from €499pp, depart May 29. 7 nights half board 4* Princesa Playa Hotel, Cala’n Bosch from €499pp, depart May 22, from €549pp, depart May 29. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Blue Lagoon Resort, Kos from €2,199 2+1, from €2,899 2+2, depart May 21. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Club Del Sol, Puerto Pollensa, Majorca from €1,629 2+1, from €2,199 2+2, depart May 10. 12 nights all inclusive 3* Servatur Waikiki, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €659pps, depart April 30. 8 nights self catering 3* Costa Sal, Matagorda, Lanzarote from €479pps, depart April 24. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights half board Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €609pps, depart May 13. 7 nights all inclusive Sensimar Oceanis Beach & Spa, Psalidi, Kos from €769pps, depart May 28. 7 nights full board Hellenic Classics cruise on board Thomson Dream from €989pps incl. flights, drinks package from €15pppn, depart June 3. 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Haiti, C’an Picafort, Majorca from €469pps incl. flights ex Cork, depart May 7. 7 nights half board Hotel Golden Port Salou, Cosa Dorada from €689pps incl. flights ex Ireland West Airport Knock, depart August 2. 7 nights self catering Colon Il Apartments, Play De Las Americas, Tenerife from €449pps, depart April 1. 7 nights half board Tryp Tenerife Princesa Dacil, Los Cristianos, Tenerife from €499pps, depart April 15.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights B&B accommodation, Lake Garda from €479pps incl. flights and transfers, depart March 29 or 31. Call 01 637 1600.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering a 17-day tour of South Africa from €5,446pp incl. international flights, taxes, domestic transport, accommodation, all meals, tour guides, entrance fees and visa fees. Tour highlights include Kruger National Park, Swaziland, the Garden Route, Cape Town, the rhinos of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and the Winelands of the Western Cape. Visit wendywutours.ie or call 0818 776 380.

irish ferries deal watchIrish Ferries is offering 2 nights stay in 3* Malin House Hotel, Wales from €537 2+2 incl. return car cruise ferry and one full day pass to Oakwood Theme Park. Visit irishferries.com/oakwood or call 0818 300 400.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, Orlando from €599pp, depart May 21. 5nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €699pp, depart October 20. 7 nights all inclusive Jade Resort, Mexico from €1,059pp, depart October 4.

ITAA over 50s offers: 7 nights half board Playaluna Hotel, Costa de Algeria from €295pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, 10kg hand luggage and all taxes, travel April. 7 nights half board 4* Las Palmeras Hotel, Calella from €685pp incl. return flights, transfers, 10kg hand luggage pp and one 15kg checked in bag, depart May 8. 8 nights half board 4* Sol Principe Hotel, Torremolinos from €499pp incl. flights, 15kg baggage and transfers, depart April 12.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel, Puerto Carmen, Lanzarote from €349pps, depart April 2. 7 nights B&B 4* Barcelo Teguise Beach, Lanzarote from €749pps, depart April 9. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Princesa Yaiza, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €999pps, depart May 21. 7 nights self catering 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €599pps, depart May 14. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €529pps, depart May 7. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Mimosa, Funchal, Madeira from €479pps, depart May 12. 7 nights B&B 5* Melia Madeira Mare, Madeira from €799pps, depart May 19. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €429pps, depart May 7. 7 nights 3* Hotel Tysandros Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €619pps, depart May 28. Prices include transfers taxes and €30pp online discount.  Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8-day Bordeaux, Vineyards and Chateaux cruise on board the River Royale from €2,369pps incl. flights, transfers, all meals and beverages and shore excursions, depart May 29. Book by March 31. Visit unwired.com or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 8-day Italian Intermezzo tour from €1,761pps incl. flights, transfers, depart November 6. Book by August 25. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Contiki is offering 9 days Thai Island Hopper West from €1,698pps incl. flights, transfers, depart September 24. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • March 17-20 Tur, Gothenburg
  • March 23-27 MITT, Moscow
  • March 24 Turkish Airlines, Superman v Batman VIP screening, Movies at Dundrum
  • March 26-27 Skål National Convention Ireland, Killarney
  • March 29-31 Royal Caribbean 2016 Irish Roadshow
  • March 31 Booked event Dublin
  • March 31 Spanish TB event to mark Cork-Madrid, Cork
  • April 2-9 Mountain Travel Symposium, Keystone Heights
  • April 4-9 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Dubai
  • April 5-7 Rendez Vous France, Montpelier
  • April 5-7 WTTC Global Summit, Dallas
  • April 6-8 WTM Africa, Cape Town
  • April 6-8 World Tourism Forum summit, Istanbul
  • April 7 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Ballsbridge Hotel (formerly Jury’s Hotel)
  • April 7 ITAA AGM
  • April 11-12 Meitheal, RDS, Dublin
  • April 12-14 COTTM, Beijing
  • April 12 Visit USA Roadshow, Dublin
  • April 13 Sunway Trade Lunch
  • April 13 Visit USA Roadshow, Cork
  • April 17-19 Germany Travel Market, Magdeburg
  • April 17-21 Virtuoso, Cape Town
  • April 18 NYC & Company Sales Mission
  • April 19-20 Eyefortravel Travel Distribution Summit, London
  • April 19-21 IMEX, Frankfurt
  • April 23 Irish Tourism Industry Awards
  • Apr 23-26 Routes Europe Krakow
  • April 24-27 Rendez-vous Canada,
  • Apr 25-28 Tianguis Turistico, Guadlajara
  • April 25-28 ATM, Dubai
  • April 28 Air Canada trade reception, Canadian Embassy, Wilton Place, 6pm
  • May 2-5 We Are Africa, Cape Town
  • May 7-9 Indaba, Durban
  • May 10-13 Trenz New Zealand
  • May 10-13 World Travel Fair Shanghai
  • May 11-15 Fitcuba, Havana
  • May 19-20 CLIA, Southampton
  • May 15-19 ATE, Gold Coast
  • May 19-22 Irish Open, Straffan
  • May 22-26 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Scottsdale
  • June 1-3 IATA world congress, Dublin
  • June 1-4 ILA Berlin Air show
  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9, WTM London
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • Feb 19-20 2017 Fly Shannon show, UL Limerick
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC

2018

  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW (Pow Wow), Denver

2019 – 2024

  • Jan 18-20 2019 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25-27 2019 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • June 1-5 2019 IPW (Pow Wow), Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW (Pow Wow), Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW (Pow Wow), Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW (Pow Wow), Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW (Pow Wow), San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW (Pow Wow), Los Angeles

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