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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: A week of blows to the international travel industry

HEADLINES –  AVIATIONAFLOATFOOD & WINE – HOTELS – INTERNATIONAL – IRELAND – DEAL WATCH – TRAVEL TRADE – EVENTS – STRANGE WORLD

Promdenade des Anglais in Nice has reopened to tourists after Thursday's attack

Promdenade des Anglais in Nice has reopened to tourists after Thursday’s attack

Things to know in travel this week:

  • Lowcost group goes into administration
  • Agents say clients turned away because of unpaid bills
  • Turkey’s tourism trade dealt another blow
  • DFA advises Irish citzens against non-essential travel
  • A night of confusion for Turkish Airlines staff
  • Yes pray, but also travel for Nice
  • Aer Lingus’ trans-Atlantic plans are bigger than we thought

Travel Extra TV

video of the weekHave you got the nerve to handle our video of the week? Glide down the mountains of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland with these wing suit base jumpers. Watch here.

  • A humpback whale gets up close and personal with a group of jetski riders. Watch here.
  • Two keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo rescued a baby seal that fell out of the water. Watch here.
  • Airbus pays tribute to the A350 XWB, A380 and A400M flight crews for their performances at the Farnborough International Airshow. Watch here.
  • See Cork Airport’s launch video for the Global Startup Gathering 2016. Watch here.
  • Learn how to make a fire with sticks and a coconut. Watch here.
  • Tourism New Zealand recruited Avatar director James Cameron for its latest marketing campaign. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Paul EvansLowcostbeds, the bed bank based in Majorca and headed up by Paul Evans (pictured), went into administration along with its consumer facing operation, lowcostholidays. Irish travel agents have been reporting that clients have been turned away at hotels where they have been booked in recent weeks because of unpaid bills. An advertising campaign offering supposed savings of 60pc had also driven consumer sales in recent weeks.

The failure has financial implications for travel agents in Ireland, where lowcost does €50m worth of business, of which only the tour operator turnover of €35-40m will be bonded, and for the bonding system which does not cover bed bank failures.

A web notice from lowcostbeds stated: If you are already on holiday you will be in possession of your flight tickets which remain valid. You may be asked by the hotel suppliers, transfer suppliers and car parking suppliers (if you have booked these services) to pay them locally which you may have to pay and reclaim against.

beverleigh-lee-300x214Bookabed launched a rescue service for lowcostbed clients and extended their opening times. The Irish Travel Agents Association advised holidaymakers who booked holidays with lowcostholidays to contact the Commission for Aviation Regulation.

Turkey’s tourism trade was dealt another blow in the early hours of Saturday morning after a failed military coup led to the deaths of more than 160 people, including many civilians. This comes just weeks after the militant attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement advising Irish citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Turkey: The Department of Foreign Affairs and our embassy in Ankara are monitoring the evolving situation in Ankara and Istanbul where a heightened security presence and some incidents of violence are reported. The situation is unclear, and Irish citizens considering travel to Turkey are advised to delay travel until the situation becomes clearer.

Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said “member agents are striving to keep customers informed and facilitate anyone who needs to change their travel plans.” The ITAA advised those concerned about family or friends in Turkey to call the Department of Foreign Affairs on 01 418 0200. Around 100,000 Irish people visited Turkey last year, and Sunway Holidays sends about 20,000 Irish visitors to Turkey each year. The tour operator has stressed that it still sees strong repeat business from customers to the country.

Ataturk airport

Confusion worse confounded. Istanbul Ataturk airport was in chaos on Friday night with virtually no information available to passengers. A notice at 3am from Turkish Airlines directed passengers to a website that contained no information, as yet. Turkish staff in Dublin had no information on whether Saturday’s flights were still due. As it happened the morning flight was cancelled. Turkish will offer refunds and accept rebookings for journeys up to July 31.  At Ataturk, the airline came under criticism for failing to pass information on to passengers.

Nice_Prom_Anglais_Est_01

Yes pray, but also travel for Nice, writes Conor McMahon. France is yet again in mourning after the horrific attack in Nice on Bastille Day, which left at least 84 people dead and 200 injured. One Irish man was left in a critical condition but has since stabilised. The motive for the attack is still unclear, even though ISIS has claimed that it inspired it. There have been contradictory reports about the assailant, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who is not thought to have been radicalised. So far, there is nothing to verify that this was an extremist attack. His intention was to kill as many people as possible, but probably not on behalf of any militant organisation.

Regardless, his actions will be a cause of alarm for security officials. Even in France’s state of emergency, which has been extended by at least three months, the nature of the attack was unprecedented. Weaponising a truck infringes grossly on our freedom to travel and celebrate public events in other countries.

Security will become more of a hassle than it already is for tourists, with heightened levels of anxiety and more pressure on already overworked gendarme and military officials. Armed police will have a more visible presence, which will unsettle some visitors. It will be enough to convince many people to defer their travel plans and stay at home—even Irish citizens, who are among the most well-travelled in Europe. But who benefits from that kind of reaction? We must defy barbarism by properly evaluating risk. We should not let fear unnecessarily dictate our freedom to explore the world.

french flagAround 200 Irish people die abroad each year. Even in light of Thursday’s awful tragedy, travellers are still more likely to die from things that would have killed them at home anyway, such as underlying heart conditions, rather than murder. We should travel with the same amount of precaution as ever: Follow travel advice given by the Department of Foreign Affairs; be aware of local laws and customs; have an emergency contact for the nearest Irish or EU embassy; and make sure you have bought travel insurance. According to UNWTO figures, France is the world’s most popular travel destination. And rightly so. There is so much to love about France, so why should we let an act of hate control our desire to visit it?

stephen kavanagh skytrax announcement

How big are Aer Lingus‘ trans-Atlantic plans? Bigger than we thought, apparently, after the traditional July routes announcement was hurriedly rededicated to another purpose on Monday. A brief corporate statement from IAG explained that two A330s on the group order book were to be allocated to Aer Lingus for summer 2017, fulfilling the capacity promise Willie Walsh made during the Aer Lingus takeover. That opens up the possibility of a third A330 daily service to JFK and three or four new destinations with up to 3w service. Dallas, Miami and Philadelphia are high on the wanted list.  Willie is more enthusiastic about expansion than Stephen Kavanagh, but Aer Lingus might look to Iceland which has 17 trans-Atlantic services with a smaller inbound tourism or indigenous population. Picture shows chief executive Stephen Kavanagh announcing the airline’s four star rating from Skytrax. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

  • skal functionPicture shows J Collins, Nicky Logue and Michael Byrne at Skal’s recent function at The Gibson Hotel.
  • Representatives from Glasgow’s tourist board met the travel media in Dublin this week. Elaine Dickie spoke to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry about the new slogan, People Make Glasgow (watch here). Gordon Boag spoke about two world piping band championships coming to the city (watch here).
  • Thirteen Travel Centres agents visited HAL’s Prinsendam cruise ship when she visited Dublin port.
  • Screen Shot 2016-07-16 at 18.12.13The trade bid farewell to Gonzalo Ceballos last week as director of the Spanish Tourist Board in Ireland.
  • Travel Partners Group announced a number dates for its next leg of trade roadshows: Ballinasloe September 13, Newbridge September 26 and Dundalk September 29. Venues TBC.
  • Steve Williams left Royal Caribbean to join MSC as sales director for Ireland and Britain.
  • BCD Travel launched a partnership with Airbnb for Business to provide corporate travel clients with a security and risk management system that can track the location and trip patterns of business travellers who book Airbnb listings.
  • Avis launched a car rental app, Avis Now.

Strange World

sheep camThe Faroe Islands tourist board uploaded a 360º sheep-cam video calling on Google to help fix some of the problems they have been having adding footage to Street View. You can watch it here. Their timing was a little off with whaling hunting season underway, prompting environmentalists to renew calls for a ban on the tradition.

Barcelona, which is already dealing with the effects of 27m visitors a year, has banned seaways from the city’s seafront for the summer months following complaints from residents of Ciutat Vella.

Augmented reality video game Pokémon Go has become the latest tech phenomenon, with an estimated 15m downloads since it launched last week. The game has generated hundreds of wacky news stories, with reports of gamers discovering a corpse and listicles of strange places Pokémon characters have shown up. A taxi driver in Mexico “kindly” offered to drive customers around in search of the creatures—for a hefty fare, no doubt.

A brown bear highjacked a vehicle in Jefferson County, Colorado—but somehow managed to lock himself inside, prompting police officers to come to the rescue.

Swedish police are investigating reports of a viking re-enactment at Foteviken that went wrong. A female visitor was allegedly captured by actors at the park who then put her up “for sale” at the museum marketplace.

dont feed the monkeysHere’s why you don’t feed the monkeys. The photograph uploaded to Reddit shows a tourist overwhelmed by dozens of primates.

A 26-year-old man was charged for urinating on passengers as he left a flight at Edinburgh Airport.

LuvByrd, a dating app targeted at skiers and other adventure types, was launched in the US.

South Korea has set up a task force to tackle embarrassing mis-translations on restaurant menus. Research in Seoul found that a number of Chinese-language restaurants in the city offer dishes such as “roast grandmother” and “chicken asshole house”.

Spanish pole-vaulter Didac Salas was forced to pull out of the Rio Olympics after Vueling lost his pole in Amsterdam.

Hotels

  • Katie Farrell westburyKatie Farrell (pictured) was appointed director of sales at The Westbury. With over 10 years hotel experience, Katie has worked for the Millennium in New York and The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Peter Brennan has was appointed GM of the Osprey Hotel + Spa in Naas, Co Kildare.
  • Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is reportedly seeking expressions of interest from firms to operate a floating hotel or “flotel”.
  • Travelport and Indian hotel room aggregator OYO signed an agreement to add 6,000 hotel properties to Travelport’s travel commerce platform. Travelport launched an online hotel booking tool for travel management companies with Groupzie.
  • Universal Orlando opened its fifth on-property resort, the 1,000 room, Caribbean-themed Loews Sapphire Falls.
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts debuts its upmarket W Hotel brand in India with the opening of a property in Goa on September 29.
  • Accorhotels acquired Canadian hotel management company, FRHI Hotels and Resorts, and its three brands: Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel.

International

health appBrazil’s Ministry of Health launched a smartphone app, Guardioes da Saude (Guardians of Health), which users use to indicate their health conditions on a daily basis. It is similar to Saude na Copa, which was used to monitor disease outbreaks in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Twenty-three people died and 52 were injured in a head-on train crash on a single track between Andria and Corato in Italy’s Apulia region.

TUI Travel predicted this week that the printed glossy travel brochure will cease to exist by 2020. As the entire print publishing industry undergoes a major transformation, Conor McMahon met Canada’s La Presse newspaper and learned how they have shifted from paper to tablet. “Tablet fills the gap between print, mobile and web,” said Pierre-Elliott Levasseur, chief operating officer of La Presse. Read more here.

One man was gored in the leg and seven others experienced minor injuries in the seventh bull run in this year’s San Fermin festival in Spain. Overnight rain made the streets more slippy than usual.

Food & Wine

Sprout & Co opened a second branch on Dublin’s Lower Mount Street.

Dublin Airport was highly commended in two categories at the 2016 Airport Food and Beverage Awards: Wrights of Howth in Terminal 1 and 2 for airport food to go offer of the year and Marquette in Terminal 1 for airport food court of the year.

Aviation

Busy Dublin Airport 2[1]Dublin Airport had its busiest day ever on June 24 when it handled over 100,000 passengers.

Figures from the Irish Aviation Authority indicate that traffic handled by ATC was up 8.1pc in June to 106,076 flights.

Boeing released its annual Current Market Outlook at the Farnborough International Airshow. The report projected an increase in demand by 4.1pc over last year, with an estimated value of $5.9 trillion for the new aircraft.

IAG announced that it will convert two A330-300 long haul options to firm orders for Aer Lingus. The aircraft will be delivered in 2017.

WOW air announced the purchase of four new A321 from Airbus. Two of the aircraft will be delivered in 2017 and the remainder will be delivered in 2018. WOW air is an all Airbus operator with 11 aircraft in its current fleet. This is expected to grow to 17 by the end of next year.

Boeing celebrated its 100th birthday at the Farnborough Airshow. The aircraft manufacturer announced a number of new orders at the show, Egyptair’s deal for nine next generation B737-800s and Air Europa’s order for 20 B737 Max aircraft.

solar powered flightSolar Impulse 2 became the first solar-powered aircraft to successfully cross the Atlantic. The flight from New York to Seville lasted 70 hours cutting the expected arrival time short by 20 hours.

A man died on board an Aer Lingus flight from Boston to Ireland.

DAA will renew its offer to buy 40 houses in the path of noise generated by the planned second runway.

TripAdvisor launched a flight review function on its website.

A survey by Honeywell claimed that three out of four air passengers would switch airlines to have access to faster and more reliable Wi-Fi connection.

Afloat

  • anthem-seasAn eight-year-old boy died after he fell into a swimming pool on board Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas.
  • NCL suspended shore excursions to Nice and introduced increased security for all ships operating in French ports. P&O Cruises cancelled shore excursions to the city. Royal Caribbean canceled two calls at Nice. MSC Cruises gave passengers the option to cancel or change their excursion plans, while HAL said it would continue to monitor the situation.
  • MSC Cruises announced that the second of its Seaside-generation ships will be named the MSC Seaview. The ship will set off on her maiden voyage on June 10, 2018, from Genova, Italy.
  • pepper robotCosta Cruises’s Costa Diadema introduced five Pepper robots to its crew. Pepper bots are able to recognise a number of human emotions and interact with their surrounding environment.
  • Low water levels caused by limited rainfall on the Elbe River affected some river cruises this week.
  • Crystal River Cruises christened Crystal Mozart, at a ceremony in Vienna.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Frank Del Rio said the cruise line is close to getting permission to sail to Cuba.
  • Carnival opened the Arison Maritime Centre, a €75m cruise safety training facility in Almere, the Netherlands.
  • Avalon Waterways cut short an Amazon River cruise after their ship was raided.
  • Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was reportedly spotted on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, sailing from New York to Southampton.
  • Next month, Celebrity will debut a wine-blending pilot programme, Blendtique, on board the Celebrity Solstice. Passengers will be given the chance to make a personalised wine blend.

Ireland

galway culture capitalGalway was chosen to host the 2020 European Capital of Culture alongside Rijeka, Croatia. With competition from Limerick and the Three Sisters (Waterford-Wexford-Kilkenny), Galway was one of three Irish candidate bids that were shortlisted. Watch here the reaction to the announcement.

The European Travel Commission reported a 17pc growth in Ireland’s tourism business.

A grant of €896,000 was awarded to Galway County Council for the Connemara Greenway and a grant of €225,000 was given to the OPW towards phase one of a new visitor facility on the Great Blasket Island from Fáilte Ireland’s Capital Grants Allocation.

google trekkerMore images from around Ireland were added to Google Street View. The images were collected last year when Fáilte Ireland used the Gogle Trekker to document remote areas. Among the locations now available to view are Erris Head Loop, Melifont Abbey and Howth Head.

DOWN TO BUSINESS FOR THE WILD ATLANTIC WAYEight tourism companies travelled to Britain to take part in a Meet in Ireland roadshow to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way to business tourism buyers. The three-day even was organised by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland and saw Irish companies network with 70 MICE buyers. Picture shows Gillian Griffin, Adare Manor; Ann Shanahan, The Brehon, Killarney; Joyce McElroy, Tourism Ireland; Tom Shanahan, Dromoland Castle; Allan O’ Connor, Killarney Park Hotel; Becky Hargrove, Kerry Convention Bureau; Rachel Walker, The Malton, Killarney; Karen Brosnahan, Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau; and Ruth Vaughan, The Savoy Hotel, Limerick.

STRENGTHENING BUSINESS LINKS BETWEEN CALIFORNIA AND IRELANDMembers of the California Legislative Irish Caucus visited Dublin this week as guests of Tourism Ireland. Picture shows Finbar Hill, Honorary Consul General of Ireland, Los Angeles; Assemblyman Bill Brough, Co-Chair of the California Legislative Irish Caucus; Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the welcome reception.

SAY CHEESE! TOURISM IRELAND AND CONTIKI TEAM UP ON PHOTO SHOOT IN IRELANDWith support from Tourism Ireland, Contiki held photo shoots around the country to capture images to promote its Ireland itineraries. Picture shows Caroline MacCormac, Tourism Ireland, with models Matt Mantalvanos, Colleen O’Reilly, Aisling O’Reilly and Brian Rozo; and Rachel Storey and Ed Askey, both Contiki, during the photo shoot at the English Market in Cork.

Tourism Ireland and Guinness Storehouse jointly launched a marketing campaign to promote Dublin to markets in Italy, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

Deal Watch

Sunway offers: 3 nights 3* Arabian Park Hotel, Dubai from €579pp, travel September. 7 nights 4* Old Phuket, Thailand from €819pp, travel September. 10 days Discover Vietnam tour from Hanoi to Saigon from €1,899pp incl. mixed meal plan, travel May 2017. 3 nights 3* Circus Circus, Las Vegas from €585pp, travel September. 3 nights 3* Wyndham New Yorker, New York from €599pp, travel February 2017. 3 nights 3* Courtyard Marriot Downtown, Toronto from €649pp, travel March 2017. 7 nights half board 3* San Fermin Hotel, Costa Del Sol from €699pp, depart Dublin, Cork or Shannon August 6. 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi from €559pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Bayside Apartments, Algarve from €609pp, depart August 5. 7 nights self catering 2* Villa Florida Apartments, Fuerteventura from €579pp, depart August 6. 7 nights self catering 2* Playa Blanca Apartments, Minorca from €739pp, depart August 7. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Meridiana Hotel, Lake Garda from €769pp, depart August 6. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

travel department deal watchTravel Department offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa, Albufeira, the Algarve from €749pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes and charges, depart August 22. 7 nights half board 4* Mellieha Bay Hotel, Ghardira Bay, Malta from €719pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, return coach transfer from Belfast to Dublin Airport available on select dates, travel September to April 2017.

Falcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Hyde Park Lane, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €509pp, depart February 19 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Fiesta Tanit Hotel, Cala Gracio, Ibiza from €719pp, depart August 25. 7 nights self catering 2* Iris Hotel, Kos Town from €569pp, depart August 27. 7 nights half board 4* Villa Romana, Salou, Costa Dorada from €699pp, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 2* Stefania, Stalis, Crete from €519pp, depart August 28. 7 nights half board 2* Hotel Polyusi, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €589pp, depart August 29. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Cala Font, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €539pp, depart Shannon August 26. 7 nights self catering 4* Pueblo Marinero Apartments, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €559pp, depart Cork August 25. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 2* Mika, Piskopiano, Crete from €399pp, depart August 28. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Grand Riviera Princess, Cancun, Mexico from €1,869pp, depart June 7 2017. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive San Miguel Beach Club, Ibiza from €639pps, depart August 25. 7 nights self catering Mayflower Apartments, Tingaki, Kos from €529pps, depart August 27. 7 nights half board Hotel Majestic Beach, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €699pps, depart August 29. 7 nights half board Hotel Cala Bona, Majorca from €549pps, depart August 30. 7 nights self catering Cosmos Maris Lardos, Rhodes from €399pps, depart August 31. 7 nights full board Spanish Sunsets cruise, Costa Del Sol from €989pps, depart August 28. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 9 nights Greek Isles cruise on board Jewel of the Seas from €1,539pp incl. return flights, depart May 5 2017. 12 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Brilliance of the Seas from €1,609pp incl. return flights, depart May 1 2017. 14 nights Mediterranean Beaches cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €2,009pp incl. return flights, depart July 15 2017. Visit royalcaribbean.ie  or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Rosen Inn International, Orlando from €649pp incl. return flights, depart April 11 2017. 2 nights San Francisco, 2 nights Santa Barbara and 3 nights Los Angeles from €999pp incl. inclusive car hire for five days and return flights, depart April 13 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,189pp incl. return flights, depart April 12 2017. Visit touramerica.ie.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa, Olhao, the Algarve from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel November. 7 nights B&B 4* Playaluna Hotel Aparthotel, Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Almeria from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel October. 7 nights B&B 3* Windmills Apartments, Protaras, Cyrus from €449pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in August. 2 nights 4* Coredon Vitality Hotel Amsterdam from €179pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel in August. Cyprus offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Windmills Apartments, Protaras, Cyprus from €449pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel August. 7 nights 4* St Nicolas Elegant Residence Apartments, Paphos, Cyprus from €559pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel July. 7 nights B&B 5* Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus from €989pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel August. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

ITAA offers: 7 nights 4* Hotel Baia Cristal Beach & Spa Resort, the Algarve from €559pp incl. flights and 1 checked bag pp, depart August 28. 7 nights B&B The Grand Hotel Park, Dubrovnik from €899pp incl. return flights, depart July 27. 7 nights Protaras resort, Cyrus from €1,759 2+2 incl. return flights and airport transfers, depart August 10.

Topflight offers: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sporting Baia, Sicily from €769pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Portofino, Lido di Jesolo from €719pp, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €599pp. 7 nights self catering, 4* Bella Italia, Lake Garda from €369pp, depart September 24. 7 nights half board VIK Hotel San Antonio, Lanzarote from €949pp, travel August. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, Portugal from €599pp, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bagli, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €599pp, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €639pp, depart August 18. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and 20kg baggage pp. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

irish ferries deal watchIrish Ferries is offering a midweek summer fare on sailings to Britain from €119 each way for two adults and a car. Valid Tuesday to Thursday on night sailings from Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke from July 19 to December 16. Additional adults from €35. Visit irishferries.com or call 0818 300 400.

Classic Resorts offers: 14 nights B&B 5* Le Canonnier Hotel, Mauritius from €2,079pp, travel September. 14 nights B&B 4* Le Mauricia Hotel, Mauritius from €1,975pp, travel September. 14 nights B&B 5* Shandrani Resort & Spa, Mauritius from €2,249pp, travel September. 14 nights B&B 5* Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa, Mauritius from €3,149pp, travel September. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Riu Lupita, Mexico from €965pp, book by August 2, travel between December 1 and March 31. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,169pp, book by August 2, travel between December 1 and March 31. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Secrets Silversands Riviera & Spa, Mexico from €1,679pp incl. $400 resort vouchers for honeymooners, book by July 31, travel between December 1 and March 31. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Beach Palace Cancun, Mexico from €1,719pp incl. in-resort credit of $1,400, book by August 2, travel between December 1 and March 31. Visit classicresorts.ie or call 01 874 5000.

Insight Vacations is offering a 10 day holiday to Budapest, Vienna and Prague from €1,995pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Book by July 31, depart September 30. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day river cruise along the Rhine on board the SS Antoinette from €2,328pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions to four countries. Depart October 23. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Cassidy Travel last minute offers: Algarve from €335pp. Lanzarote from €379pp. Majorca from €395pp. Costa Del Sol from €369pp. Salou from €399pp. Tenerife from €395pp. Malta from €435pp. Gran Canaria from €365pp. Corfu from €375pp. Ibiza from €409pp. Fuerteventura from €369pp. Bulgaria from €399pp. Benidorm from €409pp. All prices include flights, transfers, accommodation, taxes and charges. Visit cassidytravel.ie or call 0818 332 500.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • July 18 Kimpton Hotels event
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • 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
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

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

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

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
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

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: NCL rolls out euro pricing for Ireland

Storforsen waterfall, Swedish Lapland, July 8 2016

Storforsen waterfall, Swedish Lapland, July 8 2016

Things to know in travel this week:

  • Aer Lingus 2017 trans-Atlantic routes not announced yet
  • Dublin airport carparks fully booked for first time ever
  • Insight Vacations say 2017 prices will be down 16pc
  • Boarding passes more easily managed after Aer Lingus upgrade
  • At last, Norwegian Cruise Line launches euro pricing for Ireland

Travel Extra TV

video of the week july 10 2016Video of the week: In anticipation of the Farnborough Air Show, which opens tomorrow, Boeing and ANA Airways uploaded this video of a spectacular B787 Dreamliner air display. Watch here.

  • TAP recruited Portugal’s national Olympic committee to help deliver its inflight safety video. Watch here.
  • Two months make a difference. Watch this Samoyed puppy’s growth from eight to 16 weeks. Watch here.
  • Tourists play real life Hungry Hippos. Watch here.
  • A spear fisherman and his catch gets chased by a nurse shark off the coast of Florida. Watch here.
  • A shark snags a fisherman’s line with a backflip. Watch here.
  • Aer Lingus shows how to make a booking on its updated mobile app. Watch here.
  • Koko, the gorilla that can speak American sign language, celebrated her kittens’ birthdays. Watch here.
  • See Discover NI’s roundup of the Door of Thrones campaign. Watch here.
  • Ryanair at the 2016 Euro championship. Watch here.
  • Swan Creek sailors rescue a racoon in troubled water. Watch here.
  • Airbus uploaded a video to promote the A350 XWB. Watch here.
  • See Emirates’ timelapse painting of an LA Dodgers A380. Watch here.
  • First officer Christine performs a stunning night landing at Toronto on Air Canada’s A321 from Montego Bay. Watch here.
  • How do you get to Skellig Michael? Watch here Tourism Ireland’s video.
  • A black rhino begs for more treats. Watch here.
  • Spectacular slow mo footage of two tiger cubs taking part in a friendly battle at Dreamworld on Australia’s Gold Coast. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Aer Lingus  called a press conference at Dublin Airport tomorrow, originally on the premise that the 2017 trans-Atlantic routes will be announced (an announcement originally scheduled for July 4). There are questions, however, is whether the deal will be finalised in time. It is likely to be realigned for another announcement, such as the long sought after Skytrax validation should the routes not be finalised.

ncl euro pricingNorwegian Cruise Line has launched euro pricing for Ireland.  The cruise line says euro pricing is part of a robust roll-out plan that focuses on education of Irish travel trade partners. Until now Norwegian had relied on their Irish wholesaler Sunway to get over the cost and technological challenge of offering prices in euro. Many Irish partners are already taking part in training sessions through webinars or face-to-face workshops. Picture shows Christian Boell, France Riley, Andy Stuart and Harry Sommer of NCL hosting a press conference.

Dublin airport’s car parks were all booked out, as was rival Quickpark, this week for the first time in the history of the airport.

insight vacationsInsight Vacations say that their 2017 prices will be 16pc down on 2016 for their premium coach tours. Speaking at a launch in Dublin Sharon Jordan said that South American product would lead the way in a brochure that is full of “bucket list” experiences. Picture shows John Grehan, Egle Godliauskaite and Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation/Insight Vacations. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

aer lingus appAer Lingus mobile app, available for Android and Apple iOS mobile devices. has been updated to allow boarding passes to be stored on wallet.

Travel Trade

Nessa Hurley, Bernie Whelan, Cathy Burke and Ciara MacConnell from Travel Counsellors Ireland Head Office

Travel Counsellors partnered with developer Apadmi to develop its first consumer app, my TC, which is available from the Apple Store and Google Store. It provides leisure and corporate customers with instant access to travel information, itineraries and travel documents, and constant contact with the customer’s Travel Counsellor. Picture shows Nessa Hurley, Bernie Whelan, Cathy Burke and Ciara MacConnell from Travel Counsellors Ireland head office.

  • The Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin organised a barbecue at The Church pub in Dublin to celebrate “San Fermines” fiesta.
  • Amadeus has partnered with MasterCard and Ixaris have partnered to simplify virtual payments for travel agencies
  • Riviera Travel launched escorted tours to Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga and also to Malaysia, Borneo and Singapore.

Strange World

  • Angkor Wat templeFrom August 4, visitors to the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia will be expected to cover their knees and shoulders if they are exposed. This is after a series of nude photographs taken at temples last year.
  • English security group DS-48 launched Overwatch, an app that tracks users every three minutes to within eight metres so that a emergency response team can be deployed if a traveller gets in trouble, from natural disasters to hostage situations. The future of travel safety looks grim.
  • Fundamentalist Christians, rejoice. A 51-foot by 85-foot Noah’s Ark opened in Williamstown, Kentucky—it is built according to the dimensions dictated in the Bible.
  • Twelve people reportedly died from dehydration and exhaustion in a three-day traffic jam in Indonesia.
  • Thousands gathered to see Kumo the giant mechanical spider in front of Nantes cathedral. Watch here.
  • A 6ft man was discovered in a suitcase by Swiss border control. He was trying to enter Switzerland from Italy.

Hotels

doyle collectionDoyle Collection have unveiled the remodelled public spaces at The Kensington, including the lobby, drawing room, new Town House restaurant and The K-bar. They have also revamped the hotel group website (see here) to drive direct bookings and act as a gateway to the group’s picture gallery and blog, which it says “offers current and future guests insight into each hotel and its neighbourhood.” The Doyle Collection says a rebrand to celebrate its 50th anniversary will introduce a new look “that reveals each hotel’s font and colours.” The new look can be viewed here. The group recently unveiled plans for a €40m investment programme at The Bloomsbury and The Dupont Circle, where the architecture and design were overseen by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The hotel group’s origins go back 50 years to founder PV Doyle and the connection is retained through his daughter Bernie Gallagher (pictured). It follows a €200m investment in the hotels over the past seven years.

notenotteWork has been completed on the €5m refurbishment of Frankie Whelehan’s 4-star Montenotte Hotel, the third largest in Cork. Key improvements include: A six metre outdoor covered terrace providing what they describe as one of the best views of Cork city and a new bar and restaurant, Panorama.

king sitricThe King Sitric on Howth harbour, a member of Ireland’s Blue Book, has completed a refurbishment of eight en-suite guest bedrooms.

Sri Lankan native Tess de Kretser, who has lived in Ireland for 34 years, has launched a new boutique hotel Olcote in Ceylon near Piliyandala.

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel appointed Joseph Scott Lennon as duty manager.

CarTrawler announced a partnership with Hotels.com, offering partners of both companies to sell car hire, private transfers and hotels.

OFF Seine, a 58-room floating hotel, opened near the Gare d’Austerlitz, Paris.

International

Gary Franklin at the launch of the Belmond Grand Hibernian Irish-based train

Belmond’s eighth luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer, is coming to Peru in May 2017. The new train is set to travel along one of the highest rail routes on earth traversing the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa. Belmond Andean Explorer joins Belmond Hiram Bingham in Peru, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Europe, Belmond Royal Scotsman, and Belmond Grand Hibernian which is expected to launch in Ireland in summer 2016. Picture shows Gary Franklin at the launch of the Belmond Grand Hibernian Irish-based train.

  • European Health Insurance CardA survey by GoCompare, carried out before the EU referendum, found that 23pc of English holidaymakers felt worried that a Brexit would mean they would lose valuable medical protection provided by the European Health Insurance Card.
  • Travel dating website and app for solo travellers, TourBar.com, says 12.6pc of members named USA as their top spot for a sightseeing visit followed by Britain (10.6pc), Spain (10.3pc), Thailand (9.1pc), Australia (6.6pc) and Italy (5.7pc).
  • Philadelphia hosts 5,000 Democratic Party delegates at the Wells Fargo Centre between 25 and 28 July, the first time that Philadelphia has hosted the event for the Democrats since 1948.
  • Sicily’s Verdura Resort showcased its fitness product.
  • liberty-parkAn elevated park that offers a new view to visitors at the World Trade Centro has opened in New York. The one-acre Liberty Park, a $50m project, overlooks the memorial to those who died in the September 11 attacks. Liberty Park is modelled after Manhattan’s High Line – the abandoned railroad tracks that were transformed into one of the city’s most visited green spaces.
  • Tanzania introduced an 18pc VAT tax on tour services with just a week’s notice.
  • English operator Anatolian Sky, which specialises in tours to Turkey and North Cyprus, ceased trading shortly after last week’s Ataturk Airport tragedy.
  • Mentalist Derren Brown collaborated with Thorpe Park, England to launch a VR Ghost Train ride.

Food and Wine

Heineken partnered with KLM to launch the “mile high pub”, a beer keg and dispenser that works at 35,000 feet.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland launched the 2016 Foodie Destination initiative. Applications will be accepted from July 14 to August 11.

Aviation

self-service-kiosk-copyDublin airport unveiled 18 self-service bag drop units in T1 check-in Area 13 for use by Ryanair and three further self-service bag drop units in check-in Area 7 for common-use by other airlines. This is in addition to the 42 self service kiosks in T1 for Aer Lingus passengers which comprise 32 self-service kiosks and 12 self-service bag drop units. The 12 self tag units for Aer Lingus T2 customers are touchless bag drop kiosks, which remove the need for the passenger to interact with the machine beyond depositing the bag. The machine will automatically detect the tag and assess the weight of the bag.

  • Jet2 announced a capacity increase of 25pc in its winter programme from Belfast.
  • Ryanair kept fans in the soccer mood going by announcing launched Dublin – Bratislava on Nov 11 at 11:05hrs and Bratislava – Dublin on Nov 13 at 15:15hrs.
  • Gatwick Airport opened a next-generation security area in North Terminal, the terminal Ryanair use.
  • Flybe started operating a fifth daily weekday flight between Belfast City and Leeds Bradford.
  • British Airways launched a new in-flight meditation channel on the airline’s long-haul routes, claiming former monk, Andy Puddicombe’s Headspace is packed with content designed to help travellers unwind in the air, by practicing simple meditation and mindfulness exercises.
  • TAP Portugal commenced daily operations from Lisbon to the Jetblue terminal in JFK. TAP and JetBlue recently established commercial ties, which include a code-share.
  • Air Transat increased checked baggage allowance on all new bookings for travel from November 1st.
  • Emirates are to sponsor the UTV Business Eye Awards in Belfast, which celebrate their 10th anniversary this year
  • Finnair will take over four of Norwegian’s nine weekly flights to Helsinki starting 26 March 2017. Norwegian will also extend Helsinki to year round from October, operating twice weekly.
  • Hainan’s Manchester route is going from 7w to 10w with suggestions that the three extra flights might go on to Dublin.
  • Ryanair June traffic was up 11pc with 10.6m. Load factor was up one percentage point to 94pc.
  • IAG group traffic was up 13.6pc in June.
  • Avolon is to acquire a portfolio of 45 aircraft from GECAS. Avolon appointed Lynn Guiney as head of EMEA, former MD of aviation finance at Standard Chartered. Avolon delivered an A321-200 to Frontier Airlines and an A320-200 to Air Berlin.
  • Santry Residents’ Association objected to additional night flights at Dublin Airport during refurbishment of the main runway.
  • CityJet took delivery of its second SSJ100.
  • AWAS delivered the first of two planned A330-300s to Hong Kong Airlines.

Afloat

fly cruiseRoyal Caribbean launched free flights to selected 2017 European Sailings for the first and second guest of Royal Caribbean cruises including free transfers. Irish passengers who may prefer to sail from Ireland can enjoy free port parking in Southampton. Book before September 5 for travel between Apr 19 and Nov 17 2017.

  • Lee’s Travel are to charter Jewel of the Seas on June 11 2017.
  • Irish Ferries and Haven Holidays say they are offering ‘generous discounts’ on 7, 4 and 3-night stays at any of the Haven Holidays resorts in Britain. Book by July 18 and travel July 1-25.
  • Silversea expanded its silver select promotion to voyages In 2017
  • MSC Cruises’s second Seaside ship will be named MSC Seaview. It is expected to enter service in June 2018.
  • Asian cruise line Dream Cruises announced that China’s Got Talent will provide entertainment on board the inaugural Genting Dream cruise ship.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line said that as of July 15, passengers are not allowed bring bottled water and soft drinks on cruise ships.
  • Fred Olsen Cruise Lines cancelled the next departure of the Black Watch after last week’s fire in the engine room.

Ireland

Tourism Ireland created a new online film showcasing ten Dublin attractions including areas outside the city such as Howth Head and the Phoenix Park. Tourism Ireland uploaded an online film to promote Galway International Arts Festival

Fáilte Ireland Host Spanish Media on Back of New Route to CorkFáilte Ireland and Iberia Express hosted Spanish journalists on the Madrid-Cork flight and an itinerary including Cork city, Blackrock Castle Observatory, English Market, Food Trail walking tour, Shandon Bells of St Anne’s Church, Rising Sons Craft Brewery, Kinsale and attractions such as Desmond Castle and Charles Fort Sumer Cove, Fota Wildlife Park with head warden Willie Duffy, Cobh and St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh Heritage Centre and Titanic Experience Cobh. Picture shows Ciara Sugrue and Kevin Cullinane, both Fáilte Ireland, with the group and Iberia rep.

DISCOVERING THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY BY HORSEBACKPhotographer Florian Wagner, from Bavaria, is travelling on horseback through the West of Ireland, from Mizen Head to Malin Head.

ITIC met with Lisa Kennedy, Chief Executive of ITAS, to hear more about the assistance granted to tourists. See here.

Deal Watch

Summer sales were announced this week by airlines including Emirates and South African.

Norwegian Cruise Line seven-day sale,offered up to €200 savings per stateroom on booking between July 6-12 for travel between July 13 2016 and March 31 2017.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Diverhotel Lanzarote Hotel, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €469pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes and charges, travel October. 7 nights self catering 4* Estrela do Vau Aparthotel, Praia do Vau, the Algarve from €319pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel September. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Costa Tropical Aparthotel, Fuerteventura from €459pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel October. 2 nights 4* The RE London Shoreditch Hotel, London from €179pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel August. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights full board Hellenic Classics cruise from €1,199pps incl. flights, depart July 29. 7 nights half board Hotel Golden Donaire Beach, La Pineda from €779pps, depart Knock August 16. 7 nights B&B Roda Oasis, Corfu from €469pps, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering Nirides Beach, Psalidi, Kos from €429pps, depart August 27. 7 nights half board Hotel Majestic, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €699pps, depart August 29. 7 nights self catering Katerina Palace, Argassi, Zante from €399pps, depart August 30. 7 nights half board Belvedere Hotel, Salou, Costa Dorada from €499pps, depart Cork August 30. 7 nights self catering Cosmos MarisLardos, Rhodes from €349pps, depart August 31. 7 nights Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €629pps, depart March 11 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €559pps, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €379pp, depart August 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €469pp, depart March 12 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, depart Shannon August 29. 7 nights half board 3* Cala Font Hotel, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €519pp, depart Cork August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Emerald Studios, Lardos, Rhodes from €379pp, depart August 31. 7 nights self catering 3* Loulas Village, Psarras, Corfu from €439pp, depart August 30. 7 nights self catering 3* Smaragdi, Lambi, Kos from €399pp, depart August 27. 14 nights B&B 3* Marvel Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €549pp, depart August 29. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Jewel Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €2,219pp, depart June 15 2017. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 2* Odysseus, Kavos, Corfu from €449pp, depart August 5. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 5 nights Western Caribbean cruise on board Brilliance of the Seas from €1,773pp incl. return flights, depart March 25 2017. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Freedom of the Seas from €1,609pp incl. return flights, depart May 14 2017. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €2,409pp incl. return flights, depart August 7. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Travel Department is offering 12 nights full board Mediterranean cruise from €1,629pp incl. B&B board in Venice, transfers, taxes and charges. Depart April 20 2017.

Sunway offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Costa Tropical Aparthotel, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €749pp, from €2,089 2+1, from €2,679 2+2, depart July 16 or 23. 7 nights B&B 4* Briza Beach Resort, Khao Lak from €969pp, travel September. 7 nights 5* Gems of South East Europe AmaWaterways river cruise from €1,734pp incl. shore excursions, depart August 28. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Tour America offers: 5 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €699pps, depart October 6. 4 nights Marriott Hotel Downtown, New York from €799pp. 7 nights all inclusive Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,269pp, depart October 15. 7 nights Caribbean cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas and 3 nights Doubletree by HIlton, Orlando from €1,059pp incl. car hire for port transfers, depart September 20. Visit touramerica.ie.

ITAA offers: 3 nights 3* Kyriad Disneyland Resort Paris from €199pp incl. flights, depart November 2. 3 nights Francuski hotel, Krakow from €319pp incl. flights, transfers and excursion to Auschwitz and salt mines, depart Shannon October 28. 4 nights B&B Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland from €618pp incl. return flights, airport meet and greet with tour leader, transfers and 20kg checked baggage pp, depart November 3.

irish ferries deal watchIrish Ferries and Haven Holiday are offering €60 off 7 night stays, €35 off 4 night stays and €25 off 3 night stays at any Haven resort in Britain booked by July 18 for stays until July 25. Visit irishferries.com/haven or call 0818 300 400.

Topflight offers: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Malcesine, Lake Garda from €999pps, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 3* Apartments, Fariones, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €829pps, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Astoria, Sorrento from €749pps, depart July 24. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €1,199pps, depart July 31. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €899pps, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Eddy, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €649pps, depart July 16. 7 nights half board 4* Four Views Baia, Funchal, Madeira from €719pps, depart July 21. Prices include return flights, transfers and 20kg luggage allowance. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

bus eireann deal watchBus Éireann reduced fares on its X7 Expressway return service from Dublin Airport—Dublin city—Kilkenny—Clonmel. Visit buseireann.ie.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering a 2 night B&B extension in the Angkor Holiday Hotel, Cambodia on selected tours of Vietnam incl. sightseeing in Angkor and return transfers, and a 2 night stopover in the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Hong Kong on selected group tours os China or Burma incl. half day city tour and transfer. Book by August 1 for travel August 16 to November 30, December 29 to March 31 2017, or April 17 2017 to May 31 2017. Visit wendywutours.ie or call 0818 776 380.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days highlights of Poland from €1,899pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart September 16. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering Enchanting Danube river cruise on board the River Beatrice from €1,988pps incl. flights, transfers, meal and beverages and shore excursions, depart October 30. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • July 8 Gonzalo Ceballos farewell
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • July 18 Kimpton Hotels event
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • 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
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

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

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

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
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

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Irish leasing company delivers Africa’s first A350

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Sunrise photographed from Africa's first A350, ferry flight of Ethiopian Airlines Simien Mountains to Addis Adaba from Toulouse, June 29 2016

Sunrise photographed from Africa’s first A350, ferry flight of Ethiopian Airlines Simien Mountains to Addis Adaba from Toulouse

 

 

 

 

  • When the going gets tough, Meath man takes over at Malaysia
  • Ethiopian gets Irish-owned A350, Africa’s first
  • Hassan Mutlu succeeds Murat Balandi as Ireland manager at Turkish
  • Teresa Gancedo to succeed Gonzalo Ceballos at Spanish TB in Dublin
  • Pat Dawson honoured by King of Spain

Travel Extra TV

video of the week july 3 2016Our video of the week gives a 360º view inside an Aer Lingus jet en route from Dublin to San Francisco. If you are reading your Sunday Supplement on an iPad or other compatible device, tilt the screen to look around. If not, use the button in the top left corner to toggle the screen. Watch here.

  • Extraordinary footage shows the fire that engulfed the right wing of a Singapore Airlines aircraft after its engine caught fire during an emergency landing at Changi Airport. Watch here.
  • Check out this time-lapse of the painting of an Emirates A380. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland uploaded a video of CEO Niall Gibbons talking about Brexit. Watch here.
  • A volunteer at South Africa’s Cheetah Experience is reunited with an old friend. Watch here.
  • A Ryanair pilot has the craic with Euros-bound Irish fans (this was uploaded before the devastating France defeat). Watch here.
  • Footage of a police officer proposing to his partner at London Pride went viral. Watch here.
  • See an art restorer give a landscape painting at the Ulster Museum a Game Of Thrones twist. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland uploaded a bloopers reel from its recent Euro 2016 promo. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

peter bellew bestBettystown-born but adopted Kerryman Peter Bellew is the new CEO of Malaysia Airlines to succeed Christoph Mueller. It is a stormy position for the airline that Ireland’s favourite German airline CEO delivered from near-bankruptcy, but a welcome challenge for the man who increased Kerry airport’s numbers from 6,000 to 300,000 in the early 2000s, in between two spells working with the airline who delivered it (Ryanair).

travel show launch_1548The Travel industry Trade Show will take place in hall 3 of the RDS on March 22 2017. The event has a surfeit of car parking facilities compared with the 2016 venue will come complete with trade lunch, evening BBQ and breakout rooms for AGMs of major trade bodies. This is a separate venue, fronting on to Merrion Road, from the Holiday World show at Simmonscourt. Picture shows Pat Dawson CEO of the ITAA and Maureen Ledwith 0f Business Exhibitions at the announcement of the event.

Tewolde GebreMariam CEO of Ethiopian Airlines and Philip Scruggs Chair of AertCap exchange trophies before the Ethiopian A350 ferry flight, June 28 2016

If it has happened before, Travel Extra cannot remember when. The transfer for title for the Ethiopian Airlines’ new Irish-owned Airbus A350, the first to be operated by an African carrier, took place ON THE SAME DAY as the ferry fight from Toulouse to Addis Adaba. Despite some panic moments everything was cleared in time for the flight to Addis Adaba where Ethiopia’s president awaited the arrival of the aircraft, the first time the head of state has done so. There were 40 invited personnel on board, including AerCap chair Philip Scruggs and Travel Extra. The aircraft is noticeable quieter than the Dreamliner. Ethiopian have it configured in two class 30-313. What did do at the end of the stressful day? He sat down and checked the Ethiopian music in the newly installed IFE (similar to Qatar’s on their A350) and to listen to Listened to Temesgen Zegeye’s Tewenes (see here). Picture shows Tewolde GebreMariam CEO of Ethiopian and Philip Scruggs, chair of AerCap. Joaquin Toro-Prieto of Airbus briefed journalists: the interesting thing about the A350 is it is not an isolated aircraft, it is part of a family. Watch here Tewolde GebreMariam answering a question on what routes the A350 will serve, first short haul routes such as Dubai and then London. Watch here Tewolde GebreMariam speaking about the historic decision by Ethiopian to add Airbus aircraft to its all-Boeing fleet. Watch here Philip Scruggs answering a question from Travel Extra on the advantages of leasing for the African air industry. Watch here Philip Scruggs speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

kevin o'malley_1648Irish ambassador Kevin O’Malley hosted 2,200 guests at the annual independence day garden party in the Phoenix Park. It will be his last as ambassador, he reckons, no matter who wins the November election. It was also the last independence day event for Stuart O’Dwyer from Maine, a huge supporter of the travel trade in Ireland and at 6’7, the Mount McKinsey of the diplomatic corps. The United Airlines team was at the event. Picture shows ambassador O’Malley with Edmund Hourican and Maureen Ledwith of Business ExhibitionsSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

pat order of merit_1545Pat Dawson was honoured with a merit award from King Felipe VI of Spain at an emotional ceremony in Thomas Prior House. It was an emotional day, one of the last public functions to be organised by Gonzalo Ceballos of the Spanish Tourist Board before his departure back to Madrid. Gonzalo Ceballos compared Dawson with the Spanish naval captain who is never congratulated unless he brings the ship back in good shape. You have brought the ship back in good shape. Invited guests were irrigated with Marques de Riscal -Reserva 2011 and the festivities continued long into the evening. Picture shows Antonio Martin of Andalusia tourism, Gonzalo Ceballos Director of the office of the Spanish Tourist Board in Dublin, Pat Dawson CEO of the Irish Travel Agents Association and Cormac Meehan President of the ITAA. Listen here to the formalities at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Teresa GancedoTeresa Gancedo Nieto is to succeed Gonzalo Ceballos at Spanish Tourist Board in Dublin. She is Madrid-born and bred, studied at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and holds a doctorate in chemistry. At the Ministry of Industry and Energy, she headed international relations for the ministry and the council of the patents department. She moved to Turespaña’s Madrid headquarters as head of quality and technological development and innovation. She was previously director of the Tourist Office of Spain in Chicago.

Hassan Mutlu 001Hassan Mutlu who succeeded Murat Balandi as Ireland manager at Turkish Airlines at the end of May will be joining the Irish office in the coming weeks when his documentation comes through. Hassan participated in the tenth anniversary celebrations when his CE visited for the IATA conference. Murat who planned the event was not there. He intends remaining in Ireland.

ihi panelA lively panel discussion (listen here) covering the 9pc VAT rate, Brexit and other matters and involving Michael Vaughan, Adrian Cummins, Paul O’Toole, and (obscured) Patrick Delaney and Joe Dolan was the highlight of the AGM and summit of the Irish Hospitality Institute in the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Dublin on Thursday. Listen here to the panel discussion involving Michael Vaughan, Adrian Cummins, Paul O’Toole, and (obscured) Patrick Delaney and Joe Dolan. The speakers at the Rising Summit were Maureen Bayley of Christies’s who spoke about the acceleration in hotel transactions and prices, Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry and Valentina Doorly whose long CV includes transformation of the Guinness Storehouse brand as marketing manager. Listen here to Eoghan Corry’s presentation on the impact of 1916 on the hospitality industry.

Travel Trade

Picture 5[1]Pictured at the launch of the inaugural flight for Falcon and Thomson‘s new weekly sun service to Costa Dorada from Ireland West Airport Knock were Aine O’Brien from Ballaghadereen and Charlotte Brenner of Falcon Holidays.

According to the latest Irish Travel Agents Association quarterly survey, 50pc of Irish travel agents have seen an increase in bookings compared to the same period in 2015. 70pc of travel agents surveyed saw an increase in turnover for the Q2 2016. Unsurprisingly, Spain, Portugal and the USA are the most popular summer destinations.

James Lavin 001James Lavin is the new sales manager for Contiki in Ireland. Contiki the 18-35 year old specialist has grown 140pc this year. Bookings are by free phone 1800 989898.

Brian Hynes is joining The Travel Corporation from Trailfinders as Senior Sales Manager from July. Brian will visit Irish travel agents nationwide where he will put a strong focus on Insight Vacations & Uniworld Boutique River Cruise products.

Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year, Dublin Airport, Terminal 1 (pic 2) copyThe 24 finalist photographs in the inaugural Topflight Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 are on display in Dublin Airport on the Mezzanine level in Terminal 1.

CWT new appointments include: Andrew Jordan as end-to-end product delivery lifecycle and innovation. Kelly Kuhn as Chief Customer Officer, Patrick Andersen as Chief Strategy & Commerce Officer, Scott Brennan as President Hotels, David Moran as Chief Human Resources Officer. See website.

Susanne Svensson and Nessa McAuliffe at the Expedia 20 Years Celebration eventPicture shows Susanne Svensson and Nessa McAuliffe at the Expedia 20 year celebration event.

Declan Hughes US Jeep in VietnamThe Sustainable Tourism Conference in Da Nang, Vietnam learned that every day for the last 40 years of so since the Vietnam war, up to four men, women and children are killed or seriously maimed by landmines left behind by the US army. Declan Hughes of Flycruisestay is pictured with an abandoned US army jeep.

Travel-Trade_Cormac-Meehan-2ITAA President Cormac Meehan says the Irish Travel Agents Association planned to work with ABTA members in the north to ensure that their customers rights are protected and their obligations are met across the Irish border. Meehan, who is based in Bundoran, 9km from the border said, “I can assure you that we will endeavour to influence government decisions to the benefit of our members and through them, the travelling public.”

Agent Promotion

wendy wu promoWendy Wu Tours and Turkish Airlines are offering agents the change to have the office fridge filled with goodies during the month of July. To enter, book a Wendy Wu tour flying with Turkish Airlines before close of business on July 31.

The Affordable Car Hire secret shopper winner this week was Jenny Twomey from Premier Travel Cork. Jenny won €50 cash when the Affordable Car Hire secret shopper called into Premier Travel for a car hire quote.

Hotels

  • 3 mobile announced 3Plus Breaks as part of its loyalty rewards programme, offering members special offers on 300 hotels in Ireland.
  • The 5* Dromoland Castle hotel saw profits increase from €17.3m to €19.5m in 2015.
  • Ashford Castle won best grounds category in the annual 2016 Jetsetter Best of the Best Hotel Awards.
  • Mount Juliet Estate in Thomastown is offering family five night packages including Mount Juliet Juniors caters for children aged 5-16 years.
  • Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo launched the first of four join-venture hotels with Pestana Hotel Group in Funchal.
  • AC Hotels by Marriott plans to open 30 hotels over the next three years in the USA< Caribbean and Latin America.
  • The European Commission for Competition approved Marriott International’s purchase of Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
  • Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia is slated to open in 2017.
  • Three beach hotels in Mombasa were closed after a fire.
  • Starwood opened the Four Points in Havana.

Strange World

  • Oliver Park, a 51-year-old German, died while trying to take a selfie at Machu Picchu. He fell 100 metres into the ravine. A warden who was nearby alerted emergency services but the man was declared dead at the scene.
  • The tourist board in Jesolo, Italy is offering refunds for the host of hiring a sun lounger and parasol at its beaches if hourly rainfall exceeds 3mm between 11am and 5pm.
  • An Indian couple were accused of faking images of themselves on Mount Everest. Dinesh and Tarkeshwari Rathod claimed to be the country’s first couple to climb the mountain. One experienced climber noted on social media how the couple appeared to have changed their clothes, including footwear—an impossible task given the weather conditions. Another said that the couple had photoshopped his genuine Everest snaps.
  • There were reports this week of two Moroccan passengers causing a diversion on a flight from Ancona to Rome because they were praying on board.
  • Police in England reported a huge increase in the number of reported hate crimes in the wake of Brexit. Shocking footage of teenagers racially abusing a passenger on board a tram in Manchester was widely circulated on social media.

International

Seaworld Catherline O'H riding mako copyThe scared looking travel writer on the right is Catherine O’Halloran of the Star pictured at the opening event for Mako in Seaworld Orlando.

The Department of Foreign Affairs  launched a J1 advice guide with information on insurance, legal issues, accommodation, and personal safety.”

Kenya saw visitor numbers up 16.8pc. Arrivals at Jomo Kenyatta Interantional Airport in Nairobi were up 13.6pc. The Kenya Tourism Board expects 1.5m visitors for 2016. Other news from Kenya: The Kirinyaga County Government has announced plans to install a cable car to Mount Kenya.

It has emerged that no shorts were fired in the Orlando Pulse nightclub until a police swat team entered the building. Read FBI transcript here. It is not clear how many of the 49 victims were shot by police.

A new travel booking app has been developed by a group of Dubliners.

Ten people, including eight children, were injured after a rollercoaster derailed in Scotland.

Food & Beverage

Jamie Oliver uploaded a video featuring Glenarm to his channel on YouTube. Watch here.

Taste of Cavan takes place August 12 and 13. This year’s event features Neven Maguire, Rachel Allen and Richard Corrigan.

Aviation

Cyprus-based Australian-backed Cobalt is to operate a 2w scheduled service from Dublin to Larnaca on Wednesdays and Saturdays from July 9 until September 3.

CityJet’s new Superset SSJ100 entered service this week, departing Cork for La Rochelle.

iaa trialsThe Irish Aviation Authority says it has commenced trials using SAAB engineered remote tower technology to provide air traffic control services for Cork and Shannon airports from Dublin. The project has been co-funded by the EU’s Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU).

Diarmuid O Conghaile 000Diarmuid Ó Conghaile is joining Ryanair as new Director of Public Affairs from Dublin Airport, where he was general manager of strategy, planning and economic regulation. Diarmuid will commence work with Ryanair on July 1. He succeeds Cristian Samoilovich who joined Ryanair from Uber as Head of Public Affairs.

Avolon’s MD of capital markets, Victoria Goodenough, left for a similar role at the Bank of Australia. Avolon launched its Hong Kong office. Avolon is to acquire a portfolio of 45 aircraft from GECAS.

Dublin Champions to Bring Breath of Fresh Air to VisitorsLorna Conway from Athlone, who was travelling to Edinburgh with Flybe for a wedding with her parents, was the 10 millionth passenger to pass thorugh Knock airport. Passenger numbers are up 4pc meaning passenger number could reach 750,000 for the first time. Picture shows Patrick Maloney, Customer Services Agent, Ireland West Airport, Margaret Conway, Seamus Conway, Lorna Conway (10,000,000th passenger) and Audrey Elliott, Marketing Executive, Ireland West Airport. kuwait airways

Kuwait Airways new 3w transit service through Shannon on its Kuwait to New York/JFK route started last weekend, using a Boeing 777-200 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Pictures Nasser Ismaeel, Captain Tareq Alshugayer, Captain Ahmad Al-Kreebani, Andrew Murphy, Chief Commercial Officer, Shannon Group, and Senior First Officer Abdullah Alali, Shannon Airport, Co. Clare.

  • Swiss took delivery of its  first Bombardier CS100 aircraft in Montreal.
  • Ryanair added 4,500 extra flights across its European network for Christmas.
  • Acumen Aviation appoint Eileen Gueris as associate VP of sales and marketing.
  • Irelandia Aviation denied that is planning to enter Argentina’s market.
  • Turkish Airlines reported that bookings have not been affected by the militant attack on Ataturk airport, where 86pc of Irish travellers are transit passengers. Listen here to Travel Extra‘s Eoghan Corry speaking about the Istanbul attack.

Afloat

  • miami terminalRoyal Caribbean Cruises and Miami-Dade county announced an agreement to build a terminal at PortMiami, slated for December 2018. It will be large enough to accommodate Oasis-class ships.
  • Ovation of the Seas was named by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing at a ceremony attended by 100 Australian travel agents and cruise line executives.
  • MSC Cruises announced that the second Seaside-generation smart ship due in June 2018, will be named MSC Seaview and will homeport in Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona. MSC Seaview has a 360° promenade with glass balustrades that runs around the ship.
  • The expanded Panama Canal, linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, was officially inaugurated. It will provide an additional lane of traffic.
  • A fire on board Fred Olsen’s Black Watch damaged three out of seven auxiliary engines. Passengers were returned home by aircraft and there were no injuries.
  • Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and Windstar cancelled cruise calls to Istanbul after Tuesday’s airport bombing.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas had to return to port hours after departure when an eight-year-old boy was found unconscious in one of the pools.
  • Hurtigruten intends to launch up to four new expedition ships.
  • The world’s oldest ocean-going passenger vessel, Astoria, will leave Cruise and Maritime Voyages in 2017.

Ireland

Bus Éireann launched a brochure for its routes along Ireland’s Ancient East. Open Road passes, which offer three days unlimited travel out six, are available for €60.

failte grant schemeFáilte Ireland will hold a number of information sessions on its 2016-2020 grants scheme for large tourism projects, which will provide a pool of €65m for new and existing tourism attractions and experiences. Capital grants from €200,000 to €5m will be available. Deadline is 12pm, August 12. Information sessions:

  • Kilkenny – Friday July 8, Newpark Hotel from 10am to midday
  • Killarney – Monday July 11, Malton Hotel from 10am to midday
  • Donegal – Thursday July 14, Harvey’s Point Hotel from 10am to midday
  • Athlone – Thursday July 14, Radisson Hotel from 10am to midday
  • Carrickmacross – Thursday July 14, Nuremore Hotel from 3pm to 5pm
  • Galway – Friday July 15, Salthill Hotel from 10am to midday
  • Dublin – Monday July 17, Radisson Blu Golden Lane from 2pm to 4pm

final door of thronesAnother week, ANOTHER Game of Thrones door. Finally, the last of Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland’s commemorative doors was unveiled in The Dark Horse, Belfast.

Fáilte Ireland has appointed 350 business owners, managers and staff as Wild Atlantic Way Champions in counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Clare, Galway, Cork and Kerry.

The Garrihy family of Doolin2Aran Ferries won marine tourism & leisure operator of the year award at the Docklands Business of the Year award.

Dublin Champions to Bring Breath of Fresh Air to VisitorsEighty members of the Dublin tourism trade completed Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Champions Programme, a training initiative to improve overall visitor experiences of the city and county. Another 350 tourism business owners, managers and staff completed the Wild Atlantic Way Champions Programme.

Seven journalists from India, Canada, England, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain visited Ireland’s Ancient East as guests for Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland.

Courteney Cox, aka Monica from Friends, was in Kerry filming a segment for Bear Grylls’ Running Wild TV series.

The Central Statistics Office reports that overseas visits to Ireland are up 13.7pc in the first five months of 2016. North America is up 18pc, Britain up 16pc, mainland Europe up 11.5pc of which Italy was up 3pc, Spain up 13.5pc and the Benelux countries up 29.5pc. The figures mean that visits to the island of Ireland will pass 10m in 2016 for the first time if sustained.

Deal Watch

To celebrate the launch of the TV3 series ‘Ready for Take Off’, Qantas are offering special fares to Australia from July 10, economy return published fares from Dublin to Melbourne or Sydney, via London Heathrow and Dubai are from €899.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Roda Oasis, Corfu from €489pps, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 3* Nirides Beach Apartments, Kos from €449pp, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* Katherina Palace, Argassi, Zakynthos from €449pp, depart August 30. 7 nights self catering 2* Costa Maris, Rhodes from €419pp, depart August 31. 7 nights half board Hotel Golden Donaire Beach, La Pineda, Costa Dorada from €799pps, depart Knock August 16. 7 nights self catering Sunclub Salou, Cap de Salou, Costa Dorada from €499pps, depart Cork August 30. 7 nights half board 4* Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €1,159pp, depart December 23. 7 nights full board Moorish Delights cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €999pps, depart August 2. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Haiti, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €699pps, depart Cork August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* Amfitri Hotel & Studios, Pefkos, Rhodes from €499pps, depart August 24. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Servatur Waikiki, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €649pp, depart August 25. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €589pps, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 3* Smaragdi, Lambi, Kos from €439pps, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €559pps, depart Shannon August 29. 7 nights B&B 3* Marvel Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €499pps, depart August 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife from €589pps, depart December 30. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Riu Cancun from €1,439pp incl. flights, taxes, baggage and transfers, travel April 2017. 10 nights all inclusive Caribbean cruise on board Silver Spirit from €4,079pp incl. butler service and 3 hotel pre nights in Barbados, depart December 12. 19 nights all inclusive Mexico and Panama Canal cruise on boar Silver Whisper from €6,819pp incl. butler service, depart November 24. 11 nights all inclusive Greece and Italy cruise on board Silver Spirit from €4,050pp incl. butler service and 1 pre and 1 post hotel stay in Athens, depart August 30. 21 nights all inclusive Panama Canal and Brazil cruise on board Silver Spirit from €8,165pp incl. 3 nights pre hotels tay in Fort Lauderdale, depart January 13 2017. Lisbon offers: Flight only from €399pp. 7 nights B&B 3* Saboia Estoril Hotel from €629pp, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Estoril Eden Hotel from €699pp, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Pestana Cascais Hotel from €799pp, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 5* Grand Real Villa Italia from €959pp, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 5* Palacio Estoril from €1,079pp, depart July 16. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

royal caribbean deal watchRoyal Caribbean all in offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,645pp, depart December 19. 12 nights Mediterranean Greek Isles cruise on board Brilliance of the Seas from €2,809pp, depart June 6 2017. 3 nights Paris and Bruges cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €599pp, depart April 28 2017. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights B&B Footsteps of the Camino tour from €899pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges, accommodation, 5 evening meals and 4 days guided walks. Travel September or October. Other offers: 5 nights B&B New York City from€1,249pp incl. return flights, accommodation, transfers, taxes and charges, depart March 15 2017.

WOW air fares from Dublin to New York via Reykjavik available from €129 one way.

Cassidy Travel Cyprus offers: 7 nights 3* Marion Hotel Polis form €389pp. 7 nights 3* Green Bungalows Avia Napa from €429pp. 7 nights 4* St Nicolas Elegant Residence Paphos from €479pp. 7 nights 4* Callisto Holiday Village, Ayia Napa from €699pp. 7 nights 3* Marion Hotel from €399pp. 7 nights 3* Green Bungalows from €409pp. 7 nights 4* Club Coral View from €429pp. 7 nights 4* Callisto Holiday Village from €599pp. 7 nights 3* Sunny Hill from €369pp. 7 nights 3* Green Bungalows from €409pp. 7 nights 4* Club Coral View from €409pp. Prices include flights to Larnaca ex Dublin, 15kg baggage pp, transfers, taxes and charges. Visit cassidytravel.ie or call 0818 332 500.

ITAA offers: 4 nights 4* Hotel, Manhattan from €555pp, depart March 2 2017. 7 nights Rosen Inn, Pointe Orlando from €669pp, depart August 23. 8 days B&B New England tour from €2,750pps incl. welcome dinner, 2 three-course table d’hote dinners and 1 Celebration Dinner, an Insight Tour Director, transport in Insight’s air-conditioned 40-seat coach, hotel and restaurant tips, all taxes and porterage charges at hotels and airport transfers.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Four Views Monumental, Madeira from €599pps, depart July 7. 7 nights B&B 4* Four Views Baia, Funchal, Madeira from €649pps, depart July 7. 7 nights self catering 2* Jable Bermudas Apartments, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €579pps, depart July 9. 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto Carmen, Puerto del Carmen from €549pps, depart July 9. 7 nights half board 4* Vik San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen from €859pps, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €819pps, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Tysandros, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €599pps, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €829pps, depart July 9. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Adriatic Riviera from €599pps, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €599pps, depart July 10. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Sorrento from €769pps, depart July 10. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €1,069pps, depart July 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Sporting Baia, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €699pps, depart July 16. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Savoy Palace, Lake Garda from €1,049pps, depart July 16. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and 20kg baggage pp. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Spain and Portugal from €1,769pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Depart September 10. Visit insightvacations.com or call s01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Paris and Normandy river cruise on board the River Baroness from €2,469pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions, depart July 31. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Classic Resorts 10 nights B&B 4* Patong Merlin Resort, Phuket from €1,079pp, travel September. 10 nights all inclusive 5* Occidental Grand Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from €1,579pp, travel September. 9 nights all inclusive 4* Occidental Grand Xcaret, Mexico from €1,659pp, travel September. 9 nights B&B 4* Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort, Seychelles, travel September. 9 nights B&B 5* Long Beach Golf and Beach Resort, Mauritius, travel September. 9 nights B&B 4* Reethi Beach Resort, Maldives from €1,969pp, travel September. Call 01 874 5000.

Riviera Travel is offering 7 nights B&B Prague, Vienna, Bohemia and the Danube Valley from €949pp incl. 3 evening meals and 4* accommodation, depart August 26. 7 nights half board 4* Savoy Palace, Lake Garda, Venice and Verona from €1,209pp, depart July 18. 7 nights half board 4* Astoria Hotel, Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn from €1,229pp, depart August 30. Visit rivieratravel.ie.

Irish Ferries’ flash sale continues until midnight, July 4. Valid for Dublin-Holyhead and Rosslare-Pembroke services for travel up to July 15. Visit irishferries.com or call 0818 300 400.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • July 6 Insight Vacations brochure launch
  • July 8 Gonzalo Ceballos farewell
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • July 18 Kimpton Hotels event
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • 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
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

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
  • Mar 22 travel Industry Trade Show, RDS
  • 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

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

Previous issues

July 2016: Wintersun issue
June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
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

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Cork to Boston, Roger Dow rows in on side of NAI

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  • Black Friday for travel as Britain exits EU
  • Roger Dow pledges support for Cork-Boston
  • Dublin leads REVpar in Europe
  • June 1 opening for Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • Spanish Tourist Board hosts Irish travel writers
  • Sean Brogan ends second stint as CEO in Stobart Air saga
  • Ethiopian Airlines hope to increase Dublin-Addis Adaba service

Travel Extra TV

video of the week june 26Video of the week: Take a 360° cockpit tour of Emirates Airbus A380. Use the the navigation at the top left-hand corner to toggle around the aircraft. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

roger-dow_0590-copy-300x225America is NOT a fortress, the US Travel Industry Association CEO Roger Dow told delegates at IPW in New Orleans. He produced big numbers for a big debate, as the visa wavier programme comes under threat from Capitol Hill (as is the J1 programme): 52pc of visitors to the US creating a $119bn impact supporting 780,000 jobs: A few less-than-informed US leaders called for shutting this programme down entirely. However, through active engagement with our lawmakers, we were able to preserve and even enhance it.

The American inbound conference hosted 22 delegates from Ireland including seven media among 6,000 delegates and 490 media at its largest ever conference. Roger Dow told TRAVEL Extra we had better stop talking about being a record because some year it will not (it was not for media this year).

Chris ThompsonIn response to a question from TRAVEL Extra about the proposed NAI operation which includes routes from Cork and Shannon to Boston, Roger Dow (watch here) said that the argument that it was a threat to US pilots did not hold water for him and he supported and looked forward to working with Norwegian Air International. CEO of Brand USA Chris Thompson (watch here) said that he hoped the visa spat between the US and EU would not happen, and David Scowsill made a similar call at the US Travel Association press conference. Chris Thompson said brand USA had generated 3m incremental visitors. The IMEX film to celebrate the centenary of the National Parks was shown to delegates, 1m people bought tickets in the first 10 weeks making it the most successful widescreen movie of all time. Coolest video on show was a Happy Birthday to You National Parks video.

Gil KerlikowskeGil Kerlikowske of US CBP says it was open season on pre-clearance and that they were inviting airports all over the world to submit pre-clearance proposals before end August. Up to 40 more airports will be participating in the expansion, and Iceland may be amongst them. The facility, available in Dublin and Shannon, is already scheduled for major hubs, Amsterdam, Heathrow, Istanbul and Madrid, as well as Brussels, Manchester, Oslo, and Stockholm and airports in Japan and Dominican Republic.

volcano bayUniversal announced the opening date for Volcano Bay would be June 1 next year (see below). New York announced its smart city initiative which would see universal wifi through the streets. Ireland has slipped to the 19th most important market to New York city with 210,000 visitors a year but an increase of 12pc would leap frog five places. Fred Dixon said the hotel beds would reach 120,000 from 107,000 in 2016 and reach 135,000 in 2019 and that demand was growing by 3.6pc, 33.7m room nights were sold in 2015: we have added the whole inventory of San Francisco to New York over the past seven years.” Los Angeles showcased their new Metro line extension to Santa Monica and said the Metro to LAX would be completed in 2019. Cindy Tang showcased the intercontinental hotel where guests will check in on the 50th floor. Washington DC promised to keep us irrigated and keep us moving next year, the microsite for IPW 2017 went live. Read here.

Tribute was paid at the Monday luncheon event to the victims of the Orlando shooting. Roger Dow side-stepped a question about gun law from Graham McKenzie of Travelmole at the US travel Association press conference.

Roger Dow told delegates that the issue of security queues at American airports was being tackled, 99pc of travellers now wait less than 30 minutes in security lines, and 93pc wait less than 15 minutes.

gladys knightNew Orleans was en fete for the occasion (watch here), with Dr John performing at the opening, Gladys Knight performing at a lunch event, the Broadway showcase featured the cast from Beautiful, Chicago (celebrating 20 years), Paramour, Wicked and On Your Feet in one breath-taking spectacular, with the Denver and Washington DC parties giving San Francisco a run for their money. Six post-fams departed for the hinterland on Thursday under the watchful organisation of Jeff Richard. Delegates engaged in one day showcase trips of the city TRAVEL Extra combined a riverboat trip on the Naxes and walking tour, but missed the music tour where tour guide, Pulitzer winning author Chris Rowe melted down mid tour and lost most of his party (although the ones who stayed said it was their best tour ever).

There were breakout parties such as one at the only Irish-owned plantation. John Devereux led a breakout of Irish traditional musician delegates to an Irish pub on Monday night for a session. And yes, the Lakes of Ponchatrain was sung, (as well as the parting glass). See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 23.35.41It will take two years to complete Britain’s exit from the EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty. Thursday’s referendum left English people frantically Googling what the EU is, hours after voting to leave it. TRAVEL Extra’s verdict is that this is bad news, a black Friday for travel, partly because of the exit decision itself, partly because of the prospect of the ugly xenophobia expressed during the campaign be written into law by a government led by Boris Johnson.

willie walsh_2664 copyMost reaction fell into the “putting a brave face of it” school of PR. IAG estimates that ticket sales will contract 2-3pc. Heathrow rushed out a statement saying it was still open to international visits (it cannot possibly be sure). IAG said profits would take a hit, but they will still be profitable. The prospect of bringing transit passengers through Dublin instead of Heathrow never looked so wise (did Willie know something was up when he bought Aer Lingus?). Cruise lines are committed to Southampton in 2017 but they will no doubt be weighing up their options. For Irish travellers a whole raft of EU consumer law no longer necessarily applies, caps on roaming charges for mobile phones, air delay compensation and access to health with the EHIC card. Feistiest statement was from Tourism Ireland confirming they were here not under threat from the result.

Hard border checks are more likely to be imposed at Belfast’s airports and harbour than the back road between Carrickmacross and Keady (while England (53/46) and Wales (52/48) voted to leave, Scotland (62/38) and the north (56/44) voted to stay.

Uncertainty now surrounds the Common Travel Area system which is effectively a visa-waiver applied in Ireland (and vice versa) for citizens of 18 countries who have accessed the other jurisdiction with Irish or British visas. Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Montenegro, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

Six nationalities are visa free in Ireland but not in Britain: Bolivia, Fiji, Guyana, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland.

Seven nationalities are visa-free in Britain but not in Ireland, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia federation, Namibia, Palau, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. Large markets such as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico still require separate visas for both countries. Ireland is now free to join Shenghen, which it had been reluctant to do under the old system.

For the north there is another problem. Tourism interests will lose access to considerable EU structural fund support under five funding categories, without which many of them will not survive. Cross-border tourism marketing initiatives will also be threatened. And of course, duty free. Booze cruises to Holyhead will be legal again. Perish the thought.

Ireland exports 13pc of its produce to Britain, down from more than 70pc when we joined the EEC in 1972, so the countries are not as tied as the famous Dublin Opinion cartoon form 1962 would suggest.

donald trumpDonald Trump, on a visit to Scotland, celebrated: I think I see a big parallel. People want to take their country back and they want to have independence in a sense. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. Oh dear.

Five Irish travel writers were initiated into the delights of some of the lesser-known parts of inland northern Spain this week as the Spanish Tourist Board in Dublin took them to Segovia, Leon and Burgos. Sara Rivero Lopez, the STB’s media manager in Dublin, hosted the four-day trip before the group returned to Barajas Airport, Madrid, via the Grupo Yllera Wineries in the village of Rueda. The group stayed at the Hotel San Antonio El Real in Segovia, lunching at the iconic Meson Candido on slow-roast suckling piglet before journeying two and a half hours north to Burgos where they stayed in Hotel Meson El Cid, with views over Burgos Cathedral. Dinner in La Favourita involved seven courses of tapas including the local delicacy “morcillo” (black pudding). In Leon, the following day, the group stayed at Hotel Silken Luis de Leon and sampled a nine-course lunch at Racimo de Oro (the “Golden Bunch of Grapes”) in the old city. They dined at the Parador in Leon before leaving for Madrid and the wineries of Yllera the following day.

sean broganSean Brogan has ended his second stint as CEO in the soap-opera that is the Stobart Air takeover. Most intriguing phrase in the departure statement was the reference that he will stay on as Chief Executive as the board identifies a new CEO for the airline, to ensure that necessary regulatory requirements are in place for a smooth transition, working in partnership with the Irish Aviation Authority, amid rumours that regulators were concerned about management of the former Aer Arann. This has been in structural tumult since Invesco Perpetual decided they wanted to offload their shareholding, triggering a similar response by Stobart itself. This included a boardroom reshuffle and the arrival and departure of ex-Ryanair Tim Jeans within a six month period. Media commentators have pushed the idea of a Cityjet takeover (one recalls Pat Byrne talking about one big airline at an ITAA conference some years ago) but there are other bidders including Dublin-based Aviation Finance Company. Stobart recently confirmed it is retaining its presence in Carlisle, as well as Southend and Isle of Man but the Santry based airline may be looking elsewhere in Europe after the referendum result.

ethiopian airlinesEthiopian Airlines wish to increase their Dublin to Addis Adaba service (and on to Los Angeles) to 4w in the short term and 5w in the medium term, up from 3w at present, TRAVEL Extra was told at a trade event in L’Ecrivain in Dublin to celebrate the first anniversary of Ethiopian’s Addis-Dublin-LAX service. Ethiopian will shortly take delivery of their first Airbus A350 from Airbus in Toulouse to become the first African operator of the type For passengers whose connecting flight is over 8 and up to 24 hours, interline desk at Addis will facilitate hotel accommodation provided that such passengers have transit /entry visa. For those nationals/ citizens who are eligible for transit visa on arrival, interline desk will facilitate such transit visa. The airline provides a hotel bus service for layover transit passengers. Picture shows Ashmika Sukhdeo, Michael Yohannes and Liza Haileselassie of Ethiopian Airlines  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Mayor of North Down, Alan Graham, and Sandra Corkin at the opening to the new Oasis Travel Bangor branch with the Bangor team (l-r) Jill McBurney, Heather Mitchell, Manager Lynn Jamison, Nicola Ferris, Melanie Harper and Deborah Stewart.

Celebrity Cruises is to offer new flight direct from Belfast International Airport as part of Regional Jet Set Sail programme. Oasis Travel is offering a charter flight on July 13 2017 from Belfast International Airport to Venice to join Celebrity Celebrity Constellation on a nine night eastern Mediterranean itineraries. Part of Celebrity Cruises’ Regional Jet Set Sail programme, the flight allow guests to enjoy free car parking, reduced airport check-in times, larger seat pitches in-flight, an increased luggage allowance and interlined service from airport check-in to on-board accommodation. Guests travelling with Oasis Travel will also enjoy priority embarkation to the ship. Luggage will be transferred from the airport to the ship as part of the service. Picture shows Mayor of North Down, Alan Graham, and Sandra Corkin at the opening to the new Oasis Travel Bangor branch with the Bangor team:  Jill McBurney, Heather Mitchell, Manager Lynn Jamison, Nicola Ferris, Melanie Harper and Deborah Stewart.

To celebrate Ireland’s final match in the group stages in Euro 2016 as Ireland took on the Italians, Topflight, the Italian Specialist treated travel agents to a night to remember in Copper Face Jacks.

bookabed bar billPicture shows Beverleigh Fly and Lee Osborne being presented with the bar bill at the Bookabed A2B resorts and Universal event for the trade in Cork. Bookabed, Universal and A2B Transfers hosted 100 travel agents at an appreciation night in The Court Yard by Sober Lane venue in Cork City. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

A statement from Skål said they are about to restart the recruitment process for a new CEO. They have received 100 responses in their search for a CEO. Deadline for applications is June 30.

Agent Promotion

Lorraine Quinn and Jo Rzymowska of Celebrity Cruises who hosted agents and travel writers on board Celebrity Silhouette in Dublin, May 31 2016

Celebrity Cruises is giving agents the chance to earn up to €24 in Celebrity Rewards points on every 2016 booking with the luxury cruise line that is made before July 3. At the end of the campaign, the top 100 agents selling 2016 Celebrity Cruises sailings will win their very own Celebrity Moment that includes an extra 25,000 Celebrity rewards points, a luxury hamper, flowers and a top 100 Celebrity Cruises trophy. Both incentives are applicable on bookings made between now and July 3. Agents can convert the points into luxury gifts, such as designer jewellery, tech gadgets, or even put their points towards a cruise holiday. Picture shows Lorraine Quinn and Jo Rzymowska of Celebrity Cruises.

Travel Media

conor and teamWith all the talk at the Global Editors Network Summit of emerging platforms, what about the poor old newspaper? TRAVEL Extra‘s Conor McMahon was in Vienna to hear about the future of journalism and media. La Presse in Canada explained how they transformed their business model from print to digital-only. After a three-and-a-half year study — and a $40 million investment — the newspaper migrated from paper to tablet as La Press+. “Tablet fills the gap between print, mobile and web,” said Pierre-Elliott Levasseur, chief operating officer of La Presse. “[Publishers have] lost control over distribution. A move to tablet for us is a natural progression to what we do spectacularly well: Great storytelling and massive reach.”  Conor also met Mic.com‘s Cory Haik to talk about making news relevant to millenials, learned about how virtual reality is becoming a reality for publishers, and spoke to Charlie Hebdo‘s editor-in-chief about cartooning in an age of instability. Read it here.

Strange World

giraffeA new documentary narrated by David Attenborough says that there are now just 90,000 giraffes roaming the African plains, fewer than the endangered African elephant. With the population at around 150,000 just 15 years ago, numbers have decreased by 40pc because of habitat loss and poaching

Bizarre Facebook complaints of the week: A man from Perth was allegedly kicked off a cruise for flicking a cigarette off the side—leaving his wife onboard, while a passenger was supposedly kicked off a flight for having an “Arabic-looking” beard. Both stories were reported in the Daily Mail, so handle with care.

Buy a car, get a free AR-15 rifle. New Hampshire car dealer Mike Hagan is giving away weapons with each sale. Could this be the most reckless promotion ever?

shark died after a group of tourists took it out of the water to pose in photographs with it.

Chengdu Civil Aviation Academy released pictures of Chinese cabin crew taking part in military training, supposedly to help them deal with emergency situations.

A compilation video was posted online showing a number of terrified tourists being dragged across glass bridges in China. Watch here.

Hotels

  • STR Data reported Ireland was the top performing country for RevPAR cumulative first six months of the year up 21.2pc to €77.18. Year to June occupancy was up 6.3pc, and ADR up 13.9pc. RevPAR in Dublin hotels was up 22.2pc.
  • Tom Moran of the Red Cow Hotel is “out of danger”, according to news reports, after he was put in a coma following a fall in Spain.
  • Amaris Hospitality appointed Donal Rooney, formerly of NAMA, as its new CFO.
  • GTMC survey  found that 75pc of business travellers prefer to stay in chain hotels.
  • Limerick’s Strand Hotel launched a 72-hour Brexit sale for those who “need a break from it all”.
  • OTA Reservations.com signed a partnership with HotelPlanner.
  • Four Points by Sheraton hotel is expected to open in Havana in the next two weeks.

International

cheetah on bonnet 001 copyThe annual wildebeest migration has arrived in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Each year Maasai Mara Reserve plays host to the famous wildlife spectacle as herds of wildebeest and zebra storm the banks of the Mara and Talek rivers in their millions in search of fresh pastures.

TRAVEL Extra’s Eoghan Corry writes: The stadium event of safari is the Serengeti migration in Tanzania and across the border in Kenya, a great circular motion across a national park the size of Munster, and the neighbouring plains and savannah woodland in the adjoining Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

cheetah two vehicles 003 copyThe charge is led by the zebras, advance guards of the migration. They eat the taller grass, chasing away the tsetse flies that harass the thinner-skinned wildebees that in turn eat the shorter grass. They all have different talents. Zebras can see clearly, wildebeest can’t but have a sharp sense of smell, while gazelles have good ears. Serengeti gets its name comes from a Masai word for ‘endless plain’ and contains 2.5m animals., a million and a half wildebeest (also known as gnus), half a million zebras, and hundreds of thousands of assorted gazelles. And there are also tourists, in lines of buses and land rovers, here to feast as well.

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that Columbus, Ohio has been selected as the winner of the US Department of Transportation’s $40m Smart City Challenge. Two wins in a week for Columbus, whose basketball team’s victory sparked off some of the wildest celebrations in sporting history.

The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority launched their MyMauritius app for smartphones and tablet devices.

Fourteen people, mostly children, tragically drowned in a lake in northwest Russia after a tourist boat capsized during a storm.

bill cunninghamLegendary New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham died, age 87. A pioneer of street style, Cunningham documented the clothes and culture of Manhattan for 40 years. He was the subject of Richard Press’s 2010 documentary film Bill Cunningham: New York, which is available on Netflix. It portrays a simple, eccentric photojournalist, wholly dedicated to his work—he sometimes refused payment and never ate or drank even a glass of water at functions in order to protect his journalistic integrity. He was obsessed by the clothes he saw on the streets of New York and Paris, but himself wore the same outfit every day (a blue workman’s coat).”The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.”

Food and Wine

  • According to Go Euro’s beer index, Bratislava is the cheapest city of the 70 surveyed to buy a bottle of beer with an average price of €1.47. Lausanne is the most expensive with an average of €8.47. Dublin ranked at number 37 with an average of €5.56.
  • Fabulous Food Trails added a coffee walk to their programme, guided by food writer Aoife McElwain. The next one takes place July 2, 11am-1.30pm and costs €50.
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology student Patrick Brady, from Donegal, was awarded one of 12 bursaries worth €12,000 for a Spanish gastronomy and tapas training programme at Valladolid’s International School of Culinary Arts.

Aviation

iberia corkCork’s new direct service to Madrid with Iberia Express, part of the IAG group, began on June 18 and will operate until September 17. Flights will be operated by an Airbus 320 aircraft, equipped with 180 seats distributed in 18-162 configuration. Spain is the most competitive tourism industry,  Picture shows Joe Carroll, Deputy County Cork Mayor; Cllr. Chris O’Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork; Gonzalo Ceballos, MD, Tourist Office of Spain, Dublin; Rafael Soriiano, deputy head of mission, Spanish Embassy; Catalina Goode Lopez, Viceconsul of Spain in Cork and Kevin Cullinane, head of communications, Cork Airport. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

NewRunway_Dublin_f copyDublin Airport‘s public information and consultation event at Roganstown Hotel and Country club heard that, when planning permission was granted originally, a condition listed as “Condition 5” stated that on completion of the new runway, the average number of night time aircraft movements shall not exceed 65 per night (between 2300 and 0700).  The DAA confirmed to me that currently, the amount of movements within the same “night time” period are 100 On completion of the new Northern runway, the original runway ( Southern runway) will be the preferred runway to be used for departing aircraft when the winds are from the East.  When the winds are from the West, the Northern runway will be preferred departure runway. Slide attached showing the planned runway operation when completed.

Stobart Air confirmed that Aer Lingus Dublin to East Midlands 7w, Doncaster-Sheffield 6w and Cardiff 12w will cease with effect from November 1. Frequencies on other routes will be increased including Dublin-Bristol up 4w.

Getting to and from Caracas is becoming increasingly more difficult. Aeromexico followed other followers in suspending the Mexico City – Caracas route on Friday after almost five years due to the difficulty of getting revenue from ticket sales out of the country.

KLM_Embraer190_PHEZC_AMS_250315_8658 copyKLM is to use a 100-seat Embraer 190 on its new double daily service from Dublin to Schiphol to commence October 30. KLM become the third carrier on the route after Aer Lingus and Ryanair. Aer Lingus codeshare with KLM on Dublin-Amsterdam will remain in place. Flight KL935 from Amsterdam to Dublin will depart at 12:00 hours and arrive at 12:40 local time. Flight KL936 will depart 13:15 hours, arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 15:50 hours. The evening flight (KL939) will leave Amsterdam at 21:20 hours and arrive at 22:00 hours. The return flight (KL932) will depart the following morning at 05:55 hours, touching down in Amsterdam at 08:30 hours.

iaa bursary prizePicture shows IAA’s Brian Skehan presenting Florian Byrnes of Atlantic Aviation Group with the prize for the DIT Aircraft Maintenance IrelandSkills competition, which was sponsored by the aviation authority. Florian was awarded a further education bursary prize worth €1,000.

Kuwait Airways launched a 3w Kuwait to New York JFK via Shannon service operated by a B777-200.

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 00.56.14Do you know the happy couple that got engaged on an Aer Lingus flight to New York?

aer lingus cycleThe third annual Aer Lingus Charity Cycle, in association with the Shannon Group, takes place July 23. Proceeds from the 110km cycle got to Irish Children’s Arthritis Network and Abalta Special School in Galway. The first 100 participants to register will be entered into a draw to win flights to Boston or New York. Register here.

  • AWAS delivered an A320 aircraft to VivaAerobus.
  • Reports suggested that a merger between CityJet and Stobart Air could be finalised.
  • Ethiopian Airlines to replace Cairo with Malta as its re-fuel stop on the Addis Ababa to Madrid service operated by a B737-800, effective June 30.
  • AWAS announced an order with Airbus for 12 A320ceo and three A321ceo aircraft.

Afloat

  • norwegian dawnThe Irish Maritime Development Office gives a total of 4,383,953 ferry passengers through Irish ports in 2015.
  • NCL‘s Norwegian Dawn emerged from a month-long dry dock with updated restaurants, bars, lounges and cabins and public spaces.
  • From July 1, Royal Caribbean will launch an express, takeout version of Izumi sushi.
  • Series three (yes, really) of the YouTube teen drama series set on a Royal Caribbean cruise  has been released. Watch the trailer here.
  • Elisabeth Gurtler was chosen as the godmother of Crystal Cruises‘ first river ship, Crystal Mozart. The christening ceremony will take place in Vienna in July.

Ireland

door of thronesAnother week, another Game of Thrones door from Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland (there are now 20). This time, at Ballygally Castle Hotel in Co Antrim. Picture shows Stephanie Brooks of Ballygally Castle Hotel, Paul Coleman of Tourism NI, Andrew Sheehan of Tourism Ireland and Tina Duffield of Ballygally Castle Hotel.

Jim DeeganRailtours Ireland first class announced a new day tour for summer 2016 to Belfast and the Gobbins. It was originally built in 1902 by the Northern Counties Railway Companies chief engineer Berkeley Deane Wise as a major Edwardian tourist attraction. The trip features a two mile trek through basalt cliffs and a guided tour of Belfast City. Picture shows Jim Deegan of Railtours Ireland.

CHINESE JOURNALISTS HAVE A WRITE TIME IN IRELANDTwo editors and a photographer from China’s Traveler Magazine visited Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI. Their visit coincided with Bloomsday and included Lissadell House and Gardens, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Derry. Picture shows Demi Yang of Tourism Ireland, tour guide Min Ling with Yu Feng, Zhen Chen and Yao Wei of Traveler Magaine at Lissadell Hosue.

The Top Gear episode featuring Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way airs this Sunday, 8pm on BBC2.

Deal Watch

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,599pps, depart July 3. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,549pps, depart July 4. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,249pps, depart July 11. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,649pp, depart July 3. 7 nights half board 5* Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €959pp, depart July 21. 7 nights B&B 2* Imparator, Olu Deniz, Dalaman from €699pp, depart July 25. 7 nights B&B 3* Roda Oasis Roda, Corfu from €539pp, depart July 29. 7 nights self catering 2* Cosmos Maris, Lardos, Rhodes from €489pp, depart July 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Nirides Beach, Psalidi, Kos from €529pp, depart July 30. 7 nights half board 3* Golden Donaire Beach, Costa Dorada, Salou from €789pp, depart Knock July 26. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Angela, Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol from €739pp, depart July 24. 7 nights half board 4* Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €1,159pp, depart December 23.  7 nights full board Cosmopolitan Classics cruise on board TUI Discovery from €1,519pp, depart July 30. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights 3* Poseidon Apartments, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €499pps, depart July 4. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Gran Bahis Principe, Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €1,577pps, depart July 3. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Catalonia Royal Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,999pps, depart July 4. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Haiti, Ca’n Picafort from €699pps, depart Cork July 30. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Calypso Salou, Costa Dorada from €629pps, depart Knock July 12. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Atlantica Akti Zeus Hotel, Amoudara, Crete from €1,049pps, depart Jul 17. 7 nights self catering 2* Odysseus Apartments, Kavos, Corfu from €499pps, depart July 22. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Servitor Waikiki, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €899pps, depart July 23. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Blue Lagoon Resort, Kos Town from €799pps, depart July 30. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plaza Apartments, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote form €1,859 2+1, from €2,379 2+2, depart April 16 2017. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 2 nights B&B 3* Mercure Sevilla Hotel Havana and 5 nights all inclusive 4* Iberostar Tainos Varadero from €1,589pp incl. flights, taxes, transfers and visa, travel September. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Paradisus Princesa del Mar, Varadero from €1,659pp incl. flights, airport transfers and Cuban visa, depart September 13. 8 days Peral of the Caribbean tour from €2,079pp incl. all flights, transfers, tours, Cuban visa and most meals, depart September 8. 8 days Cuba Libre G Adventure tour from €1,779pp, depart September 17. 15 days Cuba Colonial G Adventure tour from €2,329pp incl. flights, accommodation, scheduled tours, guides, most meals and Cuban visa, depart October 1. 8 days Sailing Cuba G Adventure tour from €2,329pp incl. flights, accommodation, sailing catamaran, tour guides, most meals and Cuban visa, depart October 1. 7 nights full board Western Mediterranean Cruise on board Norwegian Epic from €929pp incl. taxes, fees and ultimate drinks package, depart October 16. 9 nights Eastern Canaries cruise on board Norwegian Epic from €989pp incl. taxes, fees and drinks package, depart April 14 2017. 7 nights full board Eastern Mediterranean cruise on board Norwegian Jade from €939pp incl. taxes, fees and drinks package, depart October 23. 10 ninths Baltics cruise on board Norwegian Getaway from €1,439pp incl. 1 night pre stay in Copenhagen, taxes, fees and drinks package, depart May 15 2017. 7 nights 5* AmaWaterways river cruise of the Danube from €1,850pp incl. flights, transfers, meals on board, sightseeing and short excursions, depart August 7. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Ballygally Castle in Co Antrim is offering a picnic package from £85pps incl. 1 night B&B, stay between July and August. Electric bike hire from £20pp or order a taxi from £24 return. For more information, click here.

Tour America offers: 14 nights Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando from €749pp, depart April 7 2017. 5 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €585pp, depart November 17. 3 nights 4* Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €719pp, depart November 24. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Riu Cancun from €1,269pp, depart May 1 2017. Visit touramerica.ie.

Royal Caribbean all in offers: 7 nights Western Caribbean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,299pp, depart May 6 2017. 10 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,73pp, depart April 30 2017. 14 nights Canaries and North Africa cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €2,289pp, depart September 29. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Stein Travel Lanzarote offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Playa Club from €658pp. 7 nights self catering 4* THB Tropical Island from €766pp. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Vik Hotel San Antonio from €882pp. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Mirador Papagayo from €899 pp. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Dream Gran Castillo rom €1,131pp. All prices based on 2+2 sharing and include flights ex Dublin July 17, 24 or 31.  Flight only, €449 July 17-24, €449 July 24 – 31, €409 July 31 –  August 7. Visit steintravel.ie or call 01 517 5990.

ITAA offers: 7 nights 3* Camping Bi Village, Croatia from €1,575 2+2 incl. return flights and private airport transfers, depart August 27. 8 nights camping in France from €1,899 2+2 incl. return ferry with car, depart August 18. 14 nights camping in Camping el Garda, Lake Garda from €4,198 2+2 incl. flights, baggage and transfers, depart July 16.

hastings hotels deal watchHastings Hotels conference offers: Conference room at Stormont Hotel’s Confex Centre from £30pp incl. drinks and snacks throughout the day and facilities including projector, flip chart, paper and pens, available until August 31, minimum booking of 15 delegates, call 028 9065 1066. Conference suite at Europa Hotel’s Euro Business Centre from £100 for half day/ £150 for full day incl. facilities, sweets and water, available until August 31, call 028 9027 1066. Conference suite hire at Culloden Estate and Spa from £45pp incl. refreshments, facilities, lunch and day pass to spa for an additional £25pp, available until August 31, minimum booking of 10 delegates, call 028 9042 1066. Visit hastingshotels.com.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering business class upgrade on Vietnam tours in 2016 for departure September 1 to December 8. Also on offer, no single room supplement on 2016 tours across China, south east Asia and India, depart Dublin and Cork. Call  0818 776 380.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Alto Lido, Funchal, Madeira from €619pps, depart June 30. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Melia Madeira Mare from €899pps, depart June 30. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €549pps, depart July 2. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia, Pescheira, Lake Garda from €799pps, depart July 2. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Savoy Palace, Riva, Lake Garda from €1,049pps, depart July 2. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve form €599pps, depart July 2. 7 nights self catering 2* Puerto Carmen Aparthotel, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €609pps, depart July 2. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Sorrento from €799pps, depart July 3. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €1,069pps, depart July 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel San Vincenzo, Sicily from €599pps, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €599pps, depart July 10. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Classic Resorts honeymoon offers: 8 nights 4* Tubkaak Boutique Resort, Krabi, Thailand from €1,239pps incl. taxes, depart September 1. 2 nights 5* Pathumwan Princess Hotel Bangkok and 8 nights 5* Layana Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta from €2,679pps incl. flights, tropical flowers, champagne and chocolates on arrival. Call 01 874 5000.

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers; 1 night B&B Newforge House, Co Armagh from £117.50pps incl. tea/coffee and homemade bakes on arrival and a six-course seafood tasting dinner, available July 16 and 17, call (028) 611255. 1 night B&B 4* Corick House Hotel & Spa, Co Tyrone from £80pps incl. late check out, 25-minute spa treatment and champagne and strawberries on arrival, call (028) 85 548216. 1 night B&B Ten Square Hotel, Belfast from £175 per couple incl. Prosecco and strawberries on arrival and 3 course meal in Jospers Steakhouse, call (028) 90 241001.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • June 27 CLIA@ Cork
  • June 28 CLIA @Galway
  • June 29 CLIA@Dublin
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 6 Insight Vacations brochure launch
  • July 8 Gonzalo Ceballos farewell
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • July 18 Kimpton Hotels event
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • 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
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

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

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

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
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

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: 3 strikes and hundreds of flights are out

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Anantara Si Kao resort, June 13 2016Lone bather in Anantara Si Kao resort, June 13 2016

Things to know about travel this week

  • Ryanair adds virtual premium economy to virtual business class
  • Falcon launch Cancun & Montego Bay & confirm 2017 season
  • Who took a sledgehammer to the worlds’ highest glass bridge?
  • Fiona goes fire dancing on the Krabbi coast
  • Sunway staff celebrate 50 years
  • MSC’s Antonio talks up Cirque and his big ships
  • TRAVEL Extra samples the CityJet superjet
  • New Orleans hosts IPW for first time since 2002

TRAVEL Extra TV

liberte egaliteVideos of the week: The Irish fans at Euro 2016, even by their own legendary standards, are exceeding themselves, serenading a nun, changing a flat tyre for a French couple, helping a cyclist pass through the crowd, helping an old man back to his feet, singing ABBA with Swedish fans, (before telling them “go home to your sexy wives”), interrupting a Hungarian TV presenter, cheering the French Guy who lives above an Irish pub, and organising the funniest protest French police have ever seen. They also have an insane collection of flags.

dad videoSeeing as it’s Father’s Day, is this the most Dad video ever? Evan Griffin writes:” Gave my Dad my GoPro while he was in Las Vegas. I did not, however, instruct him on how to use it. So my dad being my dad, and a culchie, didn’t know which way to point the f**king thing.” The results are spectacular. Watch here.

  • A great marketing stunt by Emirates at LA Dodgers baseball game. Watch here.
  • The makers of a 300m high glass skywalk in Zhangziazie Grand Canyon invited the BBC’s Dan Simmons to repeatedly slam it with a sledgehammer to prove its safety. It is scheduled to open for tourists, including bungee jumping, in July.
  • Would YOU have spotted her? A lifeguard dived in and rescued a three-year-old girl about to drown in a wave-pool in South Carolina. Watch here.
  • A passenger who ‘tried to break into the cockpit’ on a Chinese Southern Airlines flight from Wuhan to Harbin was tied to his seat mid-flight by cabin crew and other flyers. Watch here.
  • Watch here the implosion of the Riviera Hotel and Casino, the Las Vegas Strip’s first high-rise, once famous for its ties to organised crime early Tuesday with a cinematic implosion, complete with fireworks.
  • A seagull swipes an iPhone from a beach in England. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Roz Purcell with RYANAIR LAUNCH NEW LEISURE PLUS FARE & IMPROVED BUSINESS PLUS OFFERINGHaving introduced a virtual business class, without a bigger seat or a curtain, Ryanair has now introduced virtual premium economy. This latest development on the unrelenting march of PE was announced on Thursday by Kenny Jacobs with the help of model Roz Purcell. Leisure passengers (Ryanair does not have economy and business class) can purchase a bundle of travel extras that includes priority boarding, a reserved seat and a 20kg bag for €51.99. Ryanair’s business ticket now has more extensive ticket change facilities having been extended to two days on either side of the day of travel.

Falcon Montego Bay Family copyChris Logan and Charlotte Brenner of Falcon Holidays waved off two of the marque route launches of the summer, the first of six TUI’s rotations to Cancun and Montego Bay, and confirmed the season for 2017. While Mexico has same number of rotations next year,  Jamaica has reduced. Falcon say they are already getting bookings for wedding groups on both for next year. Picture shows Charlotte Brenner, Brian, Mia, Karen and Nahla Carey and Michelle Reilly at the gate ceremony for TUI’s inaugural flight from Dublin to Montego Bay.

Departure board 003Three strikes, and many of us were out. Last weekend 400 SAS pilots walked out in a dispute over pay and conditions on Friday, with 230 flights affected on Monday and 240 on Tuesday, following a failed bid by mediators to end the dispute. Swedish fans bound for the Ireland match in Paris were badly affected by the event but Scandinavian’s sales manager in Ireland Alan Sparling made it (he cheered for Ireland). Air France pilots took part in a four-day strike, with short, medium and long-haul services all affected. French air traffic controllers also renewed their ongoing strike action, much to Michael O’Leary’s chagrin. Dublin lost seven flights to strike action on Tuesday, and, to add to the carnage, United’s Newark flight also went tech and failed to arrive.

Delegates from around the world arrived in New Orleans for IPW 2016. Gossip at the pre-opening round of parties last night (headed by the Washington DC event) concerned the upcoming visa spat between Europe and the USA. TRAVEL Extra will be raising the issue of NAI’s delayed permit application at Tuesday’s Travel Association and Brand USA press conferences and with the State Department representatives at the event.

Akbar Al BakerA surprise route from Dublin from a major network carrier almost got announced on Tuesday. A room was booked in the Shelbourne Hotel. A time was set and a brief statement declared that “one of the world’s major airlines will announce that it is to launch a new daily service from Dublin Airport. In addition to strengthening Dublin and Ireland’s connectivity with important global markets, the route will generate millions of euro in visitor revenue, contributing to the overall Irish economy.” Then it all got cancelled. The route is likely to be announced before the winter slot conference on Tuesday, or on the day. Separately, Dublin-Doha is likely to start May 2017. Akbar Al Baker says that the route would start next year, while Stephen Kavanagh of Aer Lingus says it was a medium-term project: the only question is whose metal will operate on the route.

calle o'reillyFitcuba celebrated Canada and Europe’s importance in tourism to the Caribbean island, just as American carriers were cleared to fly to the island again. Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero told delegates, “Cuba will never abandon those who have sided with us.”  The feeding frenzy has already started with tour Manuel-Marrero-Cruzoperators finding hotel prices hiked and contracts being renegotiated in mid season. It will not be pretty. Cuban says 2,400 new rooms are coming online each to increase to 5,000 each year after 2019, 126 investment projects and 76 approved contracts from foreign companies include 17 new hotel companies. Marrero reminded delegates that until the US Congress approves the current 12 authorised travel licenses into law, Americans will not be free to travel to Cuba. Cuba is the only country in the world in which a US citizen cannot go with a tour package.

Thailand June 2016 419 copyChris Lee of the Tourism Authority of Thailand entertained members of the trade, including Fiona Dobbyn from Classic Resorts and TRAVEL Extra’s Eoghan Corry in a resort tour of the Krabi Coast. Host venues included Layana Resort, which gets an annual ranking from Tripadvisor as one of the most romantic resorts in the world, represented in Ireland and Britain by the popular Jas Anand. Watch here an interview with Chris Lee of the London Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. And yes the parting glass was sung.

group layanaPicture shows the group at Layana Resort Andy Bennett of STA/Bridge the World, Gengis Khan of Tropicus Holidays, Chris Lee of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Guy Allison of Destination Asia, David Tan of Lee’s Travel, Nicholas Wilson of Hayes and Jarvis (back, obscured), Eoghan Corry of TRAVEL Extra (front), Alex Wilson of Kenwood Travel, David Kevan of Chic Locations, Rebecca Turner of DNATA, Gavin Dixon of Freedom Asia (back, obscured),  Fiona Dobbyn of Classic Resorts, James Jones of Dial a Flight, Elizabeth Wilkes of Flight Centre, David Carlaw of Premier Holidays, Michael Priest of The Holiday Place, Iain Reaper of If Only (back), Jas Anand of Layana Resort (front), Aaron Little of Secret Escapes and Stefan Heintz of Layana Resort. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

coughlan dignamAnd as delegates gather for IPW, here is John Coughlan and Paddy Dignam from media marketplace the last time the city staged the American inbound event 14 years ago. Good job none of us are getting older. 

mscThe London-based two country MD for MSC cruise ships in Ireland and Britain Antonio Paradiso hosted travel media in Dublin. MSC have expanded their team in Ireland with the appointment of Erica Oglesby to work as support to Rebecca Kelly. Erica previously worked with Sunway and Thomas Cook Antonio Paradiso, the former director of emerging markets at MSC who succeeded Giles Hawke as two-county manager, plans on coming over to Ireland more often: “I plan in coming to Ireland more often, hopefully four times a year.” The West Mediterranean is the most popular destination for the Irish people on MSC Splendida, which is home porting in Rome, and Orchestra which homeports out of Barcelona (as will Meraviglia next year). Antonio says that there is a lot of competition which is good and it is a learning curve for him. Picture shows Erica Oglesby, Rebecca Kelly, Antonio Pradiso and Rose Darby of MSC. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Marian Benton and Paul Melinis at the TIGS event in Luttrellstown sponsored by The Travel Corporation, June 15 2016

Paul Melinis from event sponsors The Travel Coroporation had a bountiful trip to Lutrellstown for the TIGS June outing, capturing the overall prize. Marian Benton of MAP Travel was the ladies winner, giving the Travel Industry Golf Society two first-time champions on the same day for the first time in three years. The winners:

  • Overall Men Paul Melinis (19) 41 points;
  • Overall Ladies Marian Benton (35) 39 points;
  • Men: Category 1 Joe Tully (18) 33 points; Category 2 Tom Lonergan (20) 35 points; Category 3 Bill Smith (22) 32 points; Front 9 John Spollen (11) 19 points; Back 9 Dave Smith (23) 19 points; Longest drive: Philip Airey; Nearest pin: Brian Garland and Dave Smith (shared!);
  • Ladies: Category 1 Tanya Airey (23) 35 points; Category 2 Audrey Headon (18) 34 points; Front 9 Miriam Skelly (33) 14 points; Back 9 Yvonne Lennox (15) 14 points; Longest drive: Yvonne Lennox; Nearest pin: none ; Guest Sean Finlay (24) 25 points. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Group mauritius copyPicture shows Irish agents in Mauritius on a fam trip hosted by John McKibbin of Getabed and Onur Gul of Turkish AirlinesWe asked them what they thought of the experience.

CSO figures suggest outbound travel by Irish residents  increased by 13.1pc between January and March, and the average duration of overseas trips made by Irish residents increased from 7.1 nights to 7.2 nights, expenditure by Irish residents overseas increased 22.3pc from €794m  to €971m, when fares are included, total expenditure on overseas trips increased by 20.5pc from €980m to €1,181m.

Tanya SpeechThe Sunway staff celebrated their 50th birthday in style last weekend with a champagne barbecue in the Morgan Hotel in Temple Bar. They travelled by luxury coach with some champagne to help them along the way, watched a big screen slideshow of old staff photos, dined on barbecue with cocktails before partying into the wee hours. Tanya Airey thanked the team for their huge commitment to Sunway throughout the years and toasted another 50 years of success. And check out the Travelagent Sunway Facebook page. Sunway will continue their 50th birthday celebrations with a travel trade lunch on August 10 and a Media and Travel partners event on September 28.

michael doorley in indoMichael Doorley told Sean Gallagher that losing his job was the motivation he needed to start Shandon Travel, because travel is my hobby. I am one of those fortunate people who gets to work at something I truly love.

Kim Bielemberg, writing in the consumer section of the Irish Independent, said that the Pestana Salvor Praia turned out €1,760 more expensive to book direct than through Sunway holidays in August for a family of four. Michael Vaughan and TRAVEL Extra’s Eoghan Corry are quoted in his article: Get a Room: The secret to saving money when booking hotels.

air canada winning team G0695Picture shows the winning Air Canada team in the Irish Canadian Business Association golf outing to Castleknock, Stephen McKenna of Atlas Travel, Derek Keogh of GTI Travel, Joanne Burgess of Premair/Air Canada and Tom Kiernan of Ask Susan. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

paul hackett on harmonyRoyal Caribbean released a statement acknowledging that passengers on the first sailing of Harmony of the Seas were affected by construction work that was still taking place. “We recognise there were simply too many projects being completed during this sailing. We offer our apologies to customers who were affected. To have the opportunity to welcome them again, we are offering each guest a future cruise certificate worth 50pc of the cruise fare paid.” Irish agents on board Harmony of the Seas, we asked them what they thought. As Dominic Burke said:  Who, in their right minds, would accept the keys to an entire town the size of Trim without expecting a few screws to be loose here or there; a patch of wall where the paint still wasn’t dry or (as happened to us) the shower attachment was missing in our bathroom. Picture shows Paul Hackett of Clickandgo trying out the ultimate abyss on board, the Talent water slide at sea.presentation montage copy
As part of Jonathan Adair‘s big event for the travel trade in the north, Star Alliance hosted a breakfast business briefing with travel agents at the Hilton Templepatrick Hotel. Alan Sparling, chairman of Star Alliance in Ireland said Star Alliance Gold Track Security innovation for Star Gold Members has already been implemented in 113 airports worldwide and we wanted to convey this message to the trade.

  • The London advertising standards authority’s Committee of Advertising Practice is to change its rules because travel agents no longer have fixed arrangements with suppliers and that prices available through online systems change at short notice.
  • FCM Travel Solutions Ireland will move to larger offices during the summer.  The new premises at FCM House, formerly Corrigan House, is located on Fenian Street, Dublin 2.

Travel Media

hebdoTRAVEL Extra‘s Conor McMahon was in Vienna this week covering the Global Editors Network Summit.  Virtual reality was one of the big topics at the Summit — even Mozart had his goggles on. As was the rise of platform-driven news from the likes of Facebook and Google. You can read Conor’s posts here. Luiza Puiu’s picture shows Conor interviewing Gérard Biard, editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo.

Strange World

A woman apparently gave birth mid flight over Ireland on board a Saudi Arabian Airlines B777 flight from New York to Jeddah.

alligator_sightedWe get it about Disney. In a state with 1m alligators, theme parks and have a problem, children would be scared of “beware of alligators” signs on the lakeside beside, for example, the Grand Floridian Resort beside Magic Kingdom. It is not what holiday makers with small children want to see. So they put up no swimming signs instead. Would alligator warnings have prevented two year old toddler Lane Graves from Nebraska, being pulled underwater and drowned by an alligator? Probably not, but the gator signs are going up. It was the first alligator attack at Disney since 1986 when a predator bit the legs of an eight-year-old boy, who survived, on Disney’s Fort Wilderness campground. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission gives Disney full autonomy in dealing with gators on its property.

A passenger at the airport in Shenzhen smashed the head of a Juneyao Airlines clerk with a brass plaque.

A shark attacked a five-year-old girl floating in a rubber ring off Pirates Beach in Gavelston, Texas.

social media desecrating rocksCasey Nocket, a San Diego woman who painted and drew on natural rock formations at seven national parks across western USA and shared her work on social media (why?) pleaded guilty to defacing government property

  • Sixty abandoned Hungarian hikers on the Rax mountain range near Venice had to call the emergency rescue service when their over-served guide disappeared after lunch.
  • Two men aboard a Hainan Airlines flight from Datong to Chongqing demanded to be upgraded to business class as their flight was taxiing, then fought with a member of the cabin crew and a passenger who tried to help, and pounded on the cockpit door.
  • Passengers complained that strong light at English railway stations is causing self-service machines to malfunction.
  • Oregon rancher Robert Borba jumped on his hors and lassoed a man who was trying to steal a bicycle in the parking lot of an Eagle Point Walmart, and dragged him to one end of the parking lot.
  • Ready-made Contactless Infusion X5 kits selling for £500 on London’s black market enable criminals to clone up to 15 contactless bank cards a second from victims who are simply standing nearby, and write details onto a blank card
  • A holidaymaker caught by cabin crew ‘smoking in the toilet’ on Ryanair flight from Tenerife to Manchester was escorted off the aircraft by police on landing.
  • A YouGov survey shows that 9pc of car hirers arrive to be told that no cars are available. The survey found that travellers often face a long wait when they arrive to pick up their car and for 20pc the queue is more than half an hour before they are served at the rental desk.

Hotels

A report on tourist accommodation to Dublin carried by Fitzpatrick Associates on behalf of Fáilte Ireland (see here) estimated the contribution to bedstock from Airbnb was equivalent to approximately 780 hotel bedrooms available year-round. Dublin had 148 hotels in 2015, 18,531 bedrooms and 41,816 bedspaces and Fitzpatrick predict a shortfall of 1,700 bedrooms in 2016 and 2,800 in 2017. There are currently plans for just 5,550 new hotel rooms, 3,796 rooms in new hotels and 1,749 in extensions to existing hotels, many of which will not be available until after 2018.

denise-bartlettDublin has seen average hotel prices rise 23pc since June 2015, according to the monthly index from Trivago. The room rate on Trivago’s price index is €183, lifting it to one of the 10 most expensive cities in Europe with prices on the level of European cities such as Milan and Stockholm. Killarney prices are up 20pc, and, from a smaller volume, Athlone prices are up 24pc and Donegal up 23pc.. Trivago lists 32 hotels in Athlone and 38 in Donegal compared with 193 in Killarney and 404 in Dublin. Picture shows Denise Bartlett of Trivago.

  • The EU commission is close to approving the Marriott/Starwood merger.
  • Holiday home rental group Owners Direct introduced a controversial 4pc to 8pc service fee for customers.
  • A judge awarded €18,000 for boy who lacerated his arm on a pull out bed in the Castleknock Hotel & Country Club.
  • Spain’s Riu Hotel Group, Goldman Sachs and private equity firms Apollo and Cerberus are among the bidders for Gresham Hotel with final offers of up to €85m.
  • Starwood Preferred Guest partnered with Club ITC allowing members will be able to redeem their points for nights across 1,300 Starwood properties.
  • Accorhotels are to open the 39-storey Novotel London Canary Wharf in 127-metre-high tower.
  • The hotel group behind Gleneagles is to launch NoCo, a £100 a night budget chain.

International

irish passportsThe Department of Foreign Affairs said people should allow six weeks for new passport applications, Passport Express renewals are taking 13 working days and first-time applications 21 days, 233 additional staff have been drafted, 62 more than last year.

Overseas spending by Irish people with credit cards rose to €1.4bn.

The family of Cork airport employee Paula Healy, who died on holiday in Greece, was hit with a €6,000 bill to release her body from airport storage after her travel insurance company said weight and blood pressure issues had not been disclosed.

Shanghai Disneyland castleAnalysts expect Shanghai Disneyland, which opened this week, to attract between 15m and 50m guests a year, compared with 19.3m at Disney’s flagship park in Orlando in 2014.. After the entrance to the US$5.5bn park in what Disney chairman Bob Iger promised a “distinctly Chinese experience” Main Street USA is renamed Mickey Avenue, the garden leading to the group’s largest castle is a Garden of the Twelve Friends using characters such as Remy from Ratatouille and Tigger from Winnie the Pooh as animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

seaworld hakoSeaWorld Orlando’s new steel hypercoaster ride Mako opened to the public last weekend. The ride mimics the movement of the Mako shark, cruising at 56 kph and accelerating 96.5 kph when pursuing its prey, the ride accelerates to 117kph. Riders drop of 60m and cover 1.6 km. The queue starts in an area called Shark Wreck Reef, which appears to be under a pier, with a shipwreck as the loading station. Creative director Brian Morrow, said, “This is an airtime monster with nine perfect moments of weightlessness.”

Rasha AzaiziEgypt’s Tourism Authority re-launched the Red Sea Riviera logo to include the region’s other leading beach resorts. The initiative will see the logo, first used in 2004, revived by the Egypt Tourism Authority and tour operators in promotional activities and advertising campaigns to help restart tourism to the region and remind holidaymakers of what it describes as “the allure of the Red Sea, thanks to its luxury resorts, clear blue skies and sandy beaches.” The original logo coincided with the rise of the reputation of Sharm El Sheikh. The Egyptian Tourism Authority aims to extend this success to other sun-drenched Red Sea Riviera destinations, such as El Gouna, Hurghada, Sahl Hashish, Makadi Bay, Soma Bay and Marsa Alam. Picture shows Rasha Azaizi, London-based director of the Egyptian Tourism Authority.

 

Atlantic Road NorwayA survey of psychologists by Satnav manufacturers TomTom rated Europe’s best drive: the 8km-long Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway across a series of tiny islands with the sea either side and mountains in the distance. Second was Portugal’s Estoril Ocean Drive, the drive around Lake Como third and Greece’s The Peloponnesus fourth.

  • Dreamland Margate offered free entry in an attempt to revive the park after an £18m renovation.
  • Uber began a helicopter service in Sao Paulo.
  • Willy Wonka-style sideways elevators could be coming to London Underground.
  • Sky News reported a 25pc increase in the number of applications being made for Irish passports in Britain in advance of the Brexit referendum.
  • SurpriseTrips2 launched what they called a unique booking experience, where the destination is only revealed once the traveller gets to their designated departure airport.

Food and Beverage

Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura

Stephan Chomka’s Restaurant magazine’s much criticised selection of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2016 awarded more than two thirds of its accolades to Europe or USA, including first time table-topper Massimo Bottura’s (pictured) Osteria Francescana in Modena where dishes include an amuse bouche of a tomato and mozzarella macaron and a presentation of Parmesan in five different stages of aging. The selection included seven from Spain, six from USA, four from Italy, three from Denmark, England, France, Mexico and Peru, two from China, Germany, Japan, Thailand, one from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. The awards are based on the votes of 837 “chefs, restaurateurs, critics and fun-loving gourmands.” The full list: 1 Osteria Francescana, Modena, 2 El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, 3 Eleven Madison Park, New York, 4 Central, Lima, 5 Noma, Copenhagen, 6 Mirazur, Menton, 7 Mugaritz, San Sebastian, 8 Narisawa, Tokyo, 9 Steirereck, Vienna, 10 Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, 11 DOM , Sao Paulo, 12 Quintonil, Mexico City, 13 Maido, Lima, 14 The Ledbury, London, 15 Alinea, Chicago, 16 Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, 17 Piazza Duomo, Alba, 18 White Rabbit, Moscow, 19 Arpege, Paris, 20 Amber, Hong Kong, 21 Arzak, San Sebastian, 22 The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, 23 Gaggan, Bangkok, 24 Le Bernardin, New York, 25 Pujol, Mexico City, 26 The Clove Club, London, 27 Saison, San Francisco, 28 Geranium, Copenhagen, 29 Tickets, Barcelona, 30 Astrid y Gaston, Lima, 31 Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, 32 Restaurant Andre, 33 Attica, Melbourne, 34 Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, 35 Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, 36 Borago, Santiago, 37 Nahm, Bangkok, 38 De Librije, Zwolle, 39 Le Calandre, Rubano, 40 Relae, Copenhagen, 41 Faviken, Jarpen, 42 Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, 43 Biko, Mexico City, 44 Estela, New York, 45 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, 46 Combal Zero, Rivoli, 47 Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, 48 Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, 49 Quique Dacosta, Denia, 50 Septime, Paris.

food champions irelandDavid and Stephen Flynn of The Happy Pear will attend the 2016 Cork and Kerry Food Forum in Cork City Hall, Sunday June 26.

Fáilte Ireland added 16 “food champions” to join the Food Tourism Network Development.

Aviation

IAG CEO Willie Walsh told shareholders at the company’s AGM in Madrid that Aer Lingus is helping to bolster IAG’s ambitions.

Test flight of the Cityjet Superjet SSJ100, June 15 2016Media, including TRAVEL Extra‘s Michael Kelly, were hosted on a flight on CItyJet’s new Sukhoi SuperJet. The aircraft will be showcased at Farnborough air show. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Ethiopian Airlines took deliver of its first A350. TRAVEL Extra will be checking out the aircraft in Toulouse.

  • Dubai International Airport closed its airspace for 69 minutes due to unauthorised drone activity.
  • Ryanair called a halt to Shannon- Beauvais.
  • Emirates‘ second daily service between Dubai and Melbourne is to go non-stop from October 30. Previously the second flight was routed via Kuala Lumpur.
  • Egypt said it has spotted and obtained images from the wreckage of the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, killing all 66 people on board.

Bombardier_CS100_CGWXZ_CptAdamMason_DUB_020616_4996Bombardier said aviation authorities in Europe and the United States have now certified its CS100 series passenger planes, demonstrated in Dublin this month, clearing the way for delivery of the aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines by the end of the month

England’s equality watchdog criticised BA for its treatment of disabled passengers after an actor launched legal action against the airline for alleged damage to her wheelchair.

Cork-Cityjet-summer-2016-214-copy-300x200Cityjet launch two direct flights from Cork to France this weekend using a 95-seat Avro RJ85. Inaugural flights depart to La Rochelle on Saturday with flights every Tuesday and Saturday up to August 27, and to Nantes on Sunday continuing weekly until August 28. Picture shows members of the Roarty family with CityJet cabin crew and Daragh Hanratty, head of aviation marketing at Cork Airport.

  • Hainan Airlines regarded as the most likely airline to commence Dublin-Beijing, launched their first British service.
  • America’s TSA claimed that new airport security lanes in Atlanta are 30pc more efficient.
  • A survey by money.co.uk claimed 70pc of delayed passengers do not claim compensation, the equivalent of €11m left unclaimed by Irish passengers.
  • Avolon delivered an A321-200 to Air Berlin.
  • AWAS delivered the second of two planned A320 aircraft to Vietjet.

Afloat

  • Belfast Harbour annual report shows 1.4m used ferry services to Britain. This compares with 1.6m for Dublin and 900,000 for Rosslare. Belfast handles about one fifth of Ireland’s entire seaborne trade. It is spending £100m on infrastructure projects, including a new hotel and the city’s second dedicated film studios at North Foreshore. Almost seven million more tonnes of goods passed through the port in 2015 than in the depths of the recession.
  • Ship captain Joao Simoes pleaded guilty for the failure of a passage plan in breach of regulations for the incident in May 2015 when the Conti Group’s MV Hamburg sailing from Dublin to Hamburg hit rocks near Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. The ship suffered a power outage with 297 passengers and 164 crewmembers on board. An investigation indicate that the crew must also share the blame.
  • ncl news officeNCL relocated the English offices of its three brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises to port city Southampton. The three brands will share an office in England for the first time since NCL acquired Prestige Cruise Holdings, parent company of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, in November 2014. Sunway act as GSA for Norwegian Cruise Line in Ireland. Picture shows Christian Boell, Frances Riley, Andy Stuart and Harry Sommer of NCL.
  • NCL announced itineraries for the 2017/18 autumn/winter season. Norwegian Jewel will be based in the Asia Pacific with departures to and from Australia beginning November 2017. San Juan, Puerto Rico returns as a seasonal homeport, with Norwegian Dawn sailing from the Caribbean port, as well as Tampa, Florida, along with a new 14-night Western Caribbean sailing from New York on Norwegian Breakaway.

Ireland

Weaknesses in the Irish public transport system continue to frustrate and deter tourists, a report for the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation concludes. The report notes the growth in non-car tourism and anticipates there could be 5.3m non-car tourists in Ireland by 2020. The report notes Ireland is behind its mainland European competitors in public transport facilities and says rural transport providers need to integrate scheduled services with key tourism facilities. Picture shows Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of ITIC.

PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE SET TO RETURN TO IRELAND IN 2017Ireland will host the 2017 Travel Classics International writers’ conference. The four-day conference, which will be attended by writers from Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar and other publications, will take place along Ireland’s Ancient East. Fáilte Ireland will be organising pre and post fam trips.

Waterford council spent €1,000 a kilometre to clean up the R680 tourist route, between Kilmeaden and Carrick-on-Suir.

Dublin-based Express Bus Ltd took legal action over the Minister for Transport’s failure to renew its operating licence.

itasA tourist support office for victims of crime who are visiting Dublin has opened in Pearse Street Garda Station by the Irish Tourist Assistance Service. ITAS, which has assisted over 14,000 tourist crime victims since its inception, will operate from the station seven days a week. The service offered is free and confidential and will include emotional support and practical assistance which can include help with obtaining Emergency Travel Documents from embassies, rescheduling travel plans with airlines, accessing funds and complimentary accommodation, meals and transport in emergency situations.

Fáilte Ireland launched its domestic TV campaign to promote Ireland’s Ancient East.

city sightseeing bloomsdayPicture shows the free City Sightseeing Dublin Bloomsday vintage bus tour.

Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland launched the final door in the Door of Thrones promotion at Mary McBride’s, Cushendun, Co Antrim.

bus eireannBus Éireann’s Cork Harbour open top bus tour operates again this summer with a hop-on, hop-off service of Cork city, Fota Wildlife Park and Cobh.

Fáilte Ireland hosted 30 golf tour operators along the Wild Atlantic Way, staying and playing in the Northwest. The event was organised in partnership with the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) and Tourism Ireland.

failte bloggersFáilte Ireland hosted a group of bloggers on a tour of Ireland’s Ancient East. Picture shows the group at Loughcrew Cairns.

Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way virtual reality experience can be downloaded via apps and desktop.

Deal Watch

  • Sunway offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Londra Hotel, Sorrento from €619pp, travel July. 7 nights B&B 2* Plisse Hotel, Sorrento from €639pp, travel July. 7 nights B&B 3* Metropole Hotel, Sorrento from €679pp, travel July. 7 nights B&B 3* Zi Teresa Hotel, Sorrento from €729pp, travel July. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €499pp, travel July. 7 nights B&B 3* Villa Linda, Sicily from €569pp, travel July. 7 nights B&B 4* Taormina Park Hotel, Sicily from €939pp, travel July. 7 nights B&B 3* Meridiana Hotel, Lake Garda from €749pp, travel July. 7 nights B&B 3* Mavino Hotel, Lake Garda from €799pp, travel July. 7 nights B&B 4* Portici Hotel, Lake Garda from €799pp, travel July. 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apartments, Gran Canaria from €499pp, depart July 9. 7 nights 2* Villa Florida Apartments, Fuerteventura from €549pp, depart July 9. 7 nights self catering 2* Bayside Apartments, the Algarve from €599pp, depart July 15. 7 nights self catering 2* Puerto Carment Aparthotel, Lanzarote from €649pp, depart August 6. 7 nights self catering 2* Vista Blanes Apartments, Menorca from €379pp, depart September 11. 7 nights 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi from €399pp, depart October 15. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €499pp, depart July 9. 7 nights B&B 3* Londra Hotel, Sorrento from €599pp, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* Meridiana Hotel, Lake Garda from €749pp, depart July 9. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.
  • Travel Department offers: 7 nights half board hotel Adriatic Coast from €549pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart between August and October. 7 nights half board hotel Dubrovnik from €659pp incl. return flights ex Dublin or Belfast, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart between August and October. Visit traveldepartment.ie.
  • Lowcostbeds offers, based on 7 nights, 2+2, depart June 28: 3* Balaia Sol, Albuferia, the Algarve from €22pppn self catering. 3* Alcudia Centre, Alcudia, Majorca from €45pppn self catering. 3* Salou Suites, Salou from €11pppn self catering. See lowcostbeds.com.
  • falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Iris Hotel, Kos from €589pps, depart July 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Royal Sun Apartments, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €629pp, depart July 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Punta Del Rey Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €629pps, depart July 14. 7 nights self catering 3* Tinas Studios and Apartments, Faliraki, Rhodes from €579pp, depart July 6. 7 nights self catering 4* Marina Suites Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €1,469pps, depart December 24. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
  • thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights B&B Helena Sands Bourgas, Bulgaria from €899pps, depart July 4. 7 nights self catering Nicon Apartments, Kos Town from €599pps, depart July 9. 7 nights self catering Nimar Villagio Afandou, Rhodes from €549pps, depart July 9. 7 nights half board Hotel Cala Bona, Majorca from €579pps, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering Mariners Club Alcudia, Majorca from €599pps, depart August 27. 7 nights half board Sensimar Los Gigantes, Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €1,199pps, depart December 23. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
  • Click and Go offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Four Elements Suites Aparthotel, Salou from €289pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel October. 7 nights B&B 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa, the Algarve from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel November. 7 nights half board 4* Royal Al Andalus Hotel, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol for over 50s from €349pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel October. 3 nights B&B 4* Union Hotel, Prague from €159pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel December. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.
  • ITAA offers: 3 nights all inclusive Azamara mini cruise from €601pp, depart August 19. 7 nights full board Western Caribbean cruise from €1,489pp incl. return flights, transfers and 20kg baggage, depart September 10. 7 nights Danube river cruise on board the 4* MS Beethoven River cruise ship form €1,689pp incl. return flights, return transfer airport/port, meals, drinks on board, taxes and checked baggage, depart August 25.
  • Stein Travel Lanzarote offers:  7 nights self catering Atlantis Las Lomas from €590pp. 7 nights self catering El Guarapo Apartments from €605pp. 7 nights self catering Bellevue Aquarius from €635pp.  7 nights self catering 4* THB Tropical Island from €774 pp. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Mirador Papagayo from €825pp. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Dream Gran Castillo from €1,155pp. All prices based All prices based on 2+2 sharing and include flights departing Dublin Airport 17, 24 or 31 July.  Also Flight Only Prices 17-24 July €449, 24 – 31 July €449, 31 – 7 July €409. Visit www.steintravel.ie or call 01 517 5990.
  • Topflight Tuscany offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Manzoni, Montecatini Terme from €869pp incl. return flights, return airport transfers, three dinners on excursion days, airport taxes, checked baggage and trees excursions, depart July 14. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.
  • Cassidy Travel Corfu offers, based on 7 nights, all prices incl. flights, transfers, accommodation, 20kg baggage pp, taxes and charges: From €519pp, depart July 5. from €525pp, depart July 19. From €369pp, depart August 13. from €359pp, depart August 23. From €249pp, depart September 13. From €249pp, depart September 24. From €249pp, depart October 1. Click here.
  • Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,204pp incl. all inclusive drinks, depart December 26. 12 nights Mediterranean Venice cruise on board Brilliance of the Seas from €1,319pp, depart July 13. 7 nights Greek Isles cruise on board Jewel of the Seas from €1,692pp, depart August 28. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

What we learned this week

What we learned this week: Those little overhead air vents give economy passengers have more access to cold air than business class passengers on most airline’s B777s. In business class you have to ask the crew to reduce the temperature for the entire cabin.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 22 Ethiopian 1st anniversary event
  • June 27 CLIA@ Cork
  • June 28 CLIA @Galway
  • June 29 CLIA@Dublin
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 6 Insight Vacations brochure launch
  • July 8 Gonzalo Ceballos farewell
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • July 17 Foynes Air Show
  • July 18 Kimpton Hotels event
  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • 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
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

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

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

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
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

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Vancouver becomes Dublin’s fifth Canadian route

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Anantara Ki Sao resort in Krabi which hosted delegates to Thailand Travel market on a post fam

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  • Vancouver route launches, and is the ONLY widebody to Canada from Dublin
  • A new Discovery—TUI launches their cruise flagship 
  • Royal’s Michael Bayley & Richard Fain sing Harmony’s praises
  • Amadeus wants to give agents 49pc of their time back
  • One visa for SE Asia: Is it REALLY just one year away?
  • Qatar-Dublin speculation fires up on two fronts 
  • Where is safe to go in 2016? TRAVEL Extra editor’s advice
  • Fancy a cruise for €103,000?
  • A visit to the boyhood home of The Greatest

Travel Extra TV

video of the week june 12Our video of the week has seriously got the cute factor. A baby gorilla took on a baby bonobo in a hill-rolling competition at Twycross Zoo, England. Watch here.

  • More aping around. Two orangutans  compete in a game of tug of war. Watch here.
  • Bleedin’ French on strike again.” See Ryanair’s hilarious Euro 2016 promo. Watch here.
  • Four migrating grey whales take an interest in some stand up paddleboarders. Watch here.
  • Footage of tour guide Naude Dreyer saving a stranded baby Benguela dolphin went viral this week. The video, which attracted over 58,000 views, was shot on a beach in Namibia. Watch here.
  • See Airbus’s quirky video explaining head-up display. Watch here.
  • An alligator wanders around a golf course. Watch here.
  • Elephants cool off by drinking from this woman’s backyard swimming pool. Watch here
  • I don’t give a f*** about your kids. The police remove a disruptive passenger from an aircraft in Memphis after he forced the Atlanta to Las Vegas flight to divert. Watch here.
  • Ma’am, ma’am, straighten up, straighten up Air traffic controller’s tragic last words to woman piloting a plane with her husband and his brother before she crashed and killed all three in Houston. (Watch here, warning graphic footage)
  • How to speak Belfast, from Discover NI. Watch here.
  • A Game of Thrones character was painted on a painting at the Ulster Museum. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s promo for Euro 2016. Watch here.
  • FAI TV uploaded footage of the Irish team jetting off to Euros 2016. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Harry Miller Maragret Skinner Stephen Gerrard John HurleyAnd then there were five. Dublin airport’s second marquee route of the year commenced on Friday, and the fifth to Canada. Air Canada Rouge fly to Vancouver 3w direct. It is a sign of the times and technology that are in it that this is one of the only widebody services to Canada this summer (Air Transat use an A330 twice a week and an A310 to Toronto). The 280-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft offers a two class configuration, operating until October 9. Flights 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. Picture shows Harry Miller, Maragret Skinner, Stephen Gerrard and John Hurley. 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 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. Next year there are more gate events for the inaugurals to Cancun and Montego Bay. Two long haul routes and a new ship, it has been a quiet, run of the mill fortnight for Falcon Holidays. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

trish olwen volkerAmadeus have just promised travel agents 49pc of their time backRob Golledge joined Volker Lorenz, Trish O’Leary and Stephen Brennan in giving a media presentation on Amadeus Solutions Showcase for the Irish media. They demonstrated what is effectively an app for travel agents that will allow them to hand-hold their clients when they are on the move. Amadeus promised time-saving facilities and greater productivity to enable travel agents grow their revenues through advanced retailing from their new selling platform connect which means agents can stay connected to their customers 100pc of the time and can manage their client’s entire journey from one place. Amadeus says there is a 68pc average time saving by booking ancillary services, a 54pc average time saving when they integrate external content, and a 49pc average time saving on complex and repetitive tasks. Picture shows Trish O’Leary, Volker Lorenz, and Olwen McKinney of Amadeus. See here.

Fiona Dobbyn of Classic Resorts and Brendan Barry of Discover Tavel attending the opening session of TTM plus in Chiang Mai, June 8 2016

Thailand’s Travel Market moved home after 14 years being hosted in Bangkok, and the event in Chiang Mai was favourably received. Phuket, Pattaya and Nakhon Ratchashima (Korat) in northeast Thailand are in the running to stage the event next year, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn told TRAVEL Extra the event would probably move each year from now on, based on Chiang Mai’s success hosting the show. London based TAT director Chris Lee hosted a trade group that include Brendan Barry of Discover Travel and Fiona Dobbyn of Classic Resorts (pictured) and on of TAT’s legendary post-fams departed for Krabbi yesterday. minister eoghanTo get into the mood here is a video highlight from a visit to Naka Noi private Island after a previous TTM. Tough work but somebody has to do it. Watch here interview with Chris Lee. Watch here a video report from the event. Watch here Yuthasak Supasorn Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand speaking at the event. Watch here Thailand’s tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangku launches the new sports tourism initiative. Picture shows Kobkarn Wattanavrangku and Eoghan Corry. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Surin Putsuran former head of ASEAN speaking at TTM Plus in Chiang Mai, June 8 2016

Surin Putsuran former head of ASEAN speaking at TTM

A common tourist visa for South East Asian countries who are members of Asia will be introduced in about a year, according to Tourism Authority of Thailand officials. While ASEAN has ten members, the visa is expected to apply to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. See here.Tanes Petsuwan, European Regional Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand told TRAVEL Extra that next year was the anticipated timescale, while Governor of Tourism Thailand Yuthasak Supasorn gave the same answer to TRAVEL Extra at a press conference: maybe in one year or two years from now (Watch here). Keynote speaker Dr Surin Pitsuwan the former head of ASEAN also told delegates that they should expedite the issue of a single visa entry for tourists. Chris Lee, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand’s London office is less optimistic. “It will take a long time and I would say that the focus of any discussion in ASEAN should not focus on the visa. It is the end goal. It is not the means to. I think that is the realistic scenario (listen here).”  See here.

ttm video reportWatch here Yuthasak Supasorn Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand says he expects a single visa for tourists to SE Asia within one year, speaking at TTM+. Watch here video report of TTM+. Watch here interview with Chris Lee of Tourism Authority of Thailand London office interviewed at TTM+. Watch here Interview with Tanes Petsuwan, European Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand speaking at TTM. Watch here Yuthasak Supasorn Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand speaking at TTM. Watch here Thailand’s tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangku launch the new sports tourism initiative at TTM+ 2016.

Tanes Petsuwan said a goal of holding TTM would be to expand direct international air services to cities other than Bangkok. Emirates and Etihad already serve Phuket. Qatar are due to launch services to Krabbi and Chiang Mai in December.

Harmony press conference copyRichard Fain and Michael Bayley hosted international media on board Harmony of the Seas. At the press briefing Michael Bayley explained how the nature of cruising has changed and developed with the demographic moving from older couples to younger couples and up to three generations of families (grandparents, parents and children) travelling together. With the latter they have reconfigured cabins to accommodate linked rooms so families can stay together.

Harri Kulovaara, Executive Vice President Maritime and Newbuilding expanded further at an architectural immersion session. Royal Caribbean set up a committee of five women to look at the design of the stateroom. This coupled with input from customers resulted in a lot more storage space and a bathroom that you can swing a cat in.

Richard FainWhen asked if there was a limit on the size of a cruise ship, Captain Gus Andersson said no, but they had to take into account the accessibility of ports.

Richard Fain (pictured) was in the audience for the press briefing. When a journalist asked Michael Bayley why Royal Caribbean had put a blue stripe on Harmony instead of leaving it all white like the rest of the fleet, Fain gave a succinct reply. “Because it’s cool“.

marie carberryTravel Extra‘s Marie Carberry, always one for the scariest rides, risked her life on the carousel, another thing on harmony that is exceedingly cool. Watch here Michael Bayley’s comments on the relaunch of Royal’s controversial dynamic dining concept.

TUI DiscoveryMembers of the Irish media, including TRAVEL Extra’s Michael Kelly, and agents were hosted by Thomson Cruises onboard the latest addition to their fleet, TUI Discovery, in Palma this week.

fireworks displayAround 1,000 invited guests were treated to an evening of entertainment featuring performers from destinations visited by the Thomson fleet, including belly dancers, Middle Eastern whirling dervishes, Caribbean carnival dancers in full costume and a beautiful rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma. Highlight of the evening was the arrival on stage of the surprise artist Jess Glynne (watch here) raising the tempo of the evening with a medley of her number one hits. The evening ended with a firework display.

Discovery will be the largest ship in the Thomson fleet with over 900 cabins, 40pc of which will have balconies. The mid-sized ship has a capacity for 1,830 passengers and will initially be based in Palma cruising the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean for the winter season.

Features include an outdoor movie screen, rock climbing wall, Broadway show lounge with capacity for over 800 people, two swimming pools, four whirlpool baths, casino, and extensive dining choices. From Summer 2017, TUI Discovery will be the first in the fleet to offer all-inclusive drinks packages as standard. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

muhammad-ali-boyhood-home1Listen here to TRAVEL Extra editor Eoghan Corry speaking on RTÉ Radio about safe and unsafe places to travel in 2016.

How ordinary it looked, the home of The Greatest. Eoghan Corry remembers a visit to 3302 Wes Grand Avenue, Louiville—the childhood home of the late Muhammad Ali. Read here.

Travel Trade

grainne caffrey copyGráinne Caffrey has joined Sunway from Low-cost beds. She will look after Club Med, AMA Rivercruise, Trafalgar escorted tours, G Adventure,  Neilson, Sunsail and Mark Warner holidays starting in early July.  Before Low Cost Beds, Grainne headed up Inghams in Ireland, and previously worked in trade relations for Joe Walsh Tours and Falcon Holidays. See here.Alan Sparling and Rannveig Snorradottir

Alan Sparling was appointed GSA in Ireland for OBEO Travel the Scandinavian destination management company, run by Icelandic born Rannveig Snorradottir who has been a big supporter of the trade in Ireland. See here.

Paddy Condon montageSee here Shay Michell’s tribute to Paddy Condon, formerly of Aer LIngus. See here reminiscence of life in the Irish Press group by Michael Keane, former editor of the Sunday Press and judge in the Travel Extra travel writer of the year awards.

There are 22 Irish delegates booked for IPW (formerly Pow Wow) in New Orleans on June 20-24 of which seven are media.

Oasis Travel’s two Belfast branches at Howard Street and Lisburn Road won the customer service excellence, multiple retailer in the Belfast Chamber Business Awards.

peter mcminnPeter McMinn’s Travel Solutions are transporting 2,000 NI fans to the Euros, including day trippers who checked in at 4am this Sunday morning to fly to Nice for the north’s opening match.

World Travel Centre and Selective Travel Management received Investors in People accreditation.

The Irish Travel Agents Association issued a statement calling for a vote for Britain to remain in the EU in this month’s referendum. It warned that Brexit “could lead to increased regulations for Irish travel agents and higher travel costs for Irish consumers travelling to and from the UK and Northern Ireland”.

Wendy Wu Tours and Emirates are offering agents the chance to win a one night break for two at the Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa. Book a tour for travel between September and November before close of business on June 30.

Topflight launched a sale today. See Deal Watch for more.

Agent Promotions

Rose kane winner 300Latest winner of the Blue Insurances monthly draw for May was Rose Kane from Kane Travel in Longford, celebrating 60 years in business this year. She wins an iPad Mini and is invited to the Grand Final in Dublin in April ‘17 to compete for a Volkswagen Polo. Blue Insurances reminds agents to have their own unique login to make bookings count for their monthly draw, every five Blue Insurances policies sold each month automatically generates an entry. Agents can win a bonus place at the final by posting, to Facebook or Twitter, a humorous picture or videos featuring themselves with a car with the hashtag #DontRenewUnlessItsBlue. See here.

Travel Media

yvonne gordon awardTravel writer Yvonne Gordon has won the newspaper category of the Malta Tourism Authority Press Awards 2015 for a travel feature about Gozo island in Malta which was published in The Irish Independent in March 2015. There were entries from around the globe for the newspaper category and the award for first place was presented to Yvonne at a special ceremony in Valletta, Malta, last Thursday night. Yvonne won the TRAVEL Extra Travel Journalist Of The Year Home Holiday for 2015 in January. Read the winning Gozo travel feature.

Strange World

Yellowstone National Park rangers suspended efforts to recover the body of an Oregon man who fell into a boiling hot spring on Tuesday, saying there were no remains left to recover.

  • A 2,000 year old ceremonial platform was “discovered” at Petra from drone photography having hidden “in plain sight.”
  • Air Canada passengers were screened on the tarmac at Toronto airport after 17 travellers flew from Paris without passing through security.
  • Three English tourists found themselves in Syria after a night out clubbing in Ayia Napa.
  • Japan’s first naked restaurant imposed a ban on overweight diners.
  • A passenger called 999 after he woke up and found himself trapped inside a dark and empty train having travelled from Liverpool to Manchester.
  • A Virgin Australia flight attendant was caught napping on the job by owner Richard Branson, who took a selfie then woke him up
  • Sunbathers stripped off on Brighton Beach in a ‘free the nipple’ protest in a bid to make breasts more accepted in society.
  • So funny it should be true, Tayto tout story in Waterford Whispers.

Hotels

  • The Burj Al Arab opened a 10,000 sqm outdoor terrace stretching 100 metres out into the sea with a 612 sqm freshwater pool and an 828 sqm saltwater pool.
  • kenny roomsRyanair set a deadline and terms for October 1 launch of Ryanair Rooms, declaring it will be a new style accommodation product to include homesteads as well as hotels. A Ryanair holidays product is still 18 months off, according to Kenny Jacobs. See here.
  • A statistic from TTM Plus in Chiang Mai: 1,383 new hotel brands have launched in the last ten years.
  • The iconic Ritz Paris reopened on Monday.
  • The Rhatigan Group, owners of the four star Radisson BLU Royal Hotel Golden Lane submitted planning permission for an extension of eight storeys over two basement floors that will bring the hotel’s room count to 255, up by 100 rooms.
  • Corinthia Hotels will open a 300-room beachside resort in Dubai in 2019s located on the site of the former Meydan Beach Club.
  • Radisson Blu is to open a 207-room hotel in Durban in 2019.
  • JP McManus’s Adare Manor hopes to host the Ryder Cup within 10 years.
  • Dream Hotel Group is to open six new properties in the US and Qatar: The 175-room Dream Palm Springs (2018), the 169-room Dream Nashville (mid-2018), the 260-room Dream Dallas (second half of 2018), the 239-room Dream Times Square (second half of 2018), the 254-room Dream Long Island City (2019) and the 325-room Dream Doha (late 2019).
  • The planning board greenlit a41-bedroom McKillen hotel in Ranelagh. 
  • The Imperial Hotel in Cork celebrated its 200th birthday.
  • The Cliffs of Moher Hotel in Liscannor has reopened with Mark Cronin as GM. Bremeline Muthurajah was appointed Sales Manager at the Dylan Hotel. Jana Motesova joined the Spencer Hotel as F&B Manager from the Radisson BLU Royal Hotel Golden Lane. Ciara O’Leary joined the Grand Hotel as Banqueting Coordinator from Station House Hotel. Barbara Tierney joined Bellinter House as wedding coordinator from the City North Hotel. Anne Marie Hallinan joined Lyrath Estate in Corporate Sales from The Springhill Court Hotel.
  • trianon palace.jpegAnd for those who haven’t had enough of the Euro soccer championships (only four weeks to go), Ireland are based in the recently redesigned Trianon Palace (website), a woodland retreat nestled on the edge of the domaine royal, 20km from Paris. It comes with spa, manicured gardens, and Michelin-starred chef. Château de PizayNorthern Ireland are staying in the Château de Pizay, St-Jean-d’Ardières (website) a four-star hotel in the heart of Beaujolais country in the centre of France, 45 minutes from Lyon. It comes with 48 duplex suites and 80 hectares of vineyard and 30 hectares of forest, a 1000sqm spa, a heated outdoor pool, a tennis court and restaurant with a courtyard.
  • Trump Hotels announced that it will launch a lifestyle brand. The name has not been announced yet, but reports suggest it will not include ‘Trump’.

International

madridAstonishing data from INE: international travel to Spain grew 13pc in January-April and Ireland is the fastest growing major inbound market of all, up 25.6pc on 2015 for those four months and just ahead of Netherlands with 25.5pc.

Indonesia reports a surge in arrivals from Ireland following the recent introduction of the visa free policy for British nationals as well as an uplift in flight capacity. Garuda Indonesia have introduced non-stop direct flights to Jakarta from London Heathrow.

charlie-flanaganMinister for Foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan launched a new smartphone app from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to provide Irish travellers with updated travel advice and consular information. The app, Travelwise, is free to download. Travellers can favourite countries they are travelling to and will receive push notifications of any significant security updates issued from the Department. Other information can be downloaded for use offline. See here.

Executives of Prince’s Paisley Park studios are reportedly looking to turn the late musician’s estate into a Graceland-style tourist attraction.

Airbnb announced a tool for business travel managers to book listings for employees. The facility will allow coworkers to book Airbnb stays for each other. but will not be available to travel agents, external travel managers, or travel management companies. Read more here.

Food and Wine

Department of Finance officials lobbied Finance minister Michael Noonan to end the lower VAT rate for the hospitality industry to raise €640m

  • Irish Restaurant Awards 2016€10,000 was raised for charity at the Irish Restaurant Awards.
  • Unite lodged a claim with the employment tribunal over the unfair sacking of ‘fair tips’ activist, Robert Czegely, a waiter at the five star STK restaurant in the Melia ME Hotel in Aldwych, central London.
  • Kilmegan Dry Cider from Co. Down has won the Reserve Champion prize at the British Cider Championships.
  •  John Crowe hospitality and catering lecturer at NWRC in Derry was named Chef Lecturer of the Year at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards in London.
  • Catex 2017 will take place on February 21 to 23 2017 at the RDS Simmonscourt.
  • Natasha Kinsella, ex-CEO of the Irish Hospitality Institute, has been appointed as one of the 9 Regional Skills Forum Managers as part of the National Skills Strategy under the Department of Education.
  • Westport Food Festival launches June 24 with The Banquet at Hotel Westport. Tickets €45pp. Book here or call 098 25122.

Aviation

stephen kavanaghQatar-Dublin is now only a matter of time. At IATA Congress in Dublin, Akbar Al Baker apparently told Max-Kinglsey Jones that the route would start next year, while Stephen Kavanagh (pictured) said it was a medium-term project: the only question is whose metal will operate on the route.

Etihad’s double daily service from Dublin to Abu Dhabi returns on June 15. The airline will operate a B777-200 3 days a week (Wed, Thur and Fri) for the EY42 (morning departure from DUB). The other 4 days will have a A330. The EY48 (evening departure) will operate using a A330 all days. The A330 will have 262 seats and the B777 has 412 seats.

willie walsh_2664 copyWillie Walsh has been elected chair of IATA board of governors to succeed Andres Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico, Willie is the 75th Chair of the IATA BoG and the third Irishman after Jerry Dempsey in 1962 (see retrospective here) and Alan Joyce in 2012 The accession was automatic as he was elected vice president last year. In turn Goh Choon Phong CEO of Singapore Airlines will serve as chair-elect for a one-year term to take office from June 2017 following Walsh’s term. The board members include the CEO of Jetblue, regarded as a low cost airline rather than a legacy carrier: :, Vitaly G Saveliev of Aeroflot, Andrés Conesa of Aeromexico, Calin Rovinescu of Air Canada, Alexandre De Juniac of Air France/KLM, Douglas Parker of American Airlines, Harry Hohmeister of Austrian Airlines, German Efromovich of Avianca, Chu Kwok (Ivan ) Leungn of Cathay Pacific, Liu Shaoyong of China Eastern Airlines, Tan Wangeng of China Southern Airlines, Safwat Musallam of Egyptair, James Hogan of Etihad Airways, Tewolde Gebremariam of Ethiopian Airlines, David Bronczek of Fedex Express, Mark Dunkerley of Hawaiian Airlines, Masaru Onishi of Japan Airlines, Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways (India) , Robin Hayes of Jetblue Airways, Mbuvi Ngunze of Kenya Airways, Pieter Elbers of KLM, Yang Ho Cho of Korean Air, Enrique Cueto of LAN Airlines, Carsten Spohr of Lufthansa, Alan Joyce of Qantas, Akbar Al Baker of Qatar Airways, Rickard Gustafson of SAS, Saleh Nasser Al Jasser of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Goh Choon Phong of Singapore Airlines, Temel Kotil of Turkish Airlines and Pham Ngoc Minh of Vietnam Airlines.

Mark Schwab CEO of Star Alliance at the ITAA AGM in Dublin, June 2 2016Star Alliance announced a new IT baggage hub and other technology enhancements, designed to drive efficiency and reduce costs at all the 1,300 airports the Alliance serves. The technology will standardise processes for off-airport and self-service check-in and self-tagging, faster and more efficient bag drop process at the airport, and automated travel document validation. The hub is to launch for its member carriers by the end of this year, and will simplify the baggage handling process. It is the latest in a series of plug and play applications supporting by Star’s 27 member airlines. Picture shows Mark Schwab CEO of Star Alliance.

  • VLM cancelled Waterford Airport’s last flights.
  • Virgin is ordering 12 A350-1000 to replace part of its B747-400 fleet.
  • An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Perth made its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi. Read here.
  • Dublin Airport estimated 30,000 Irish soccer fans will travel from to the Euro 2016 finals over the next two weeks.
  • emirates live sportsEmirates added a second live in-flight sports channel enabling passengers on selected B777 and A380 aircraft to watch events including Euro 2016 and Wimbledon
  • Stansted announced the installation of 500 additional seats in the departure lounge, and additional body scanners at security.
  • Carstin Spohr caused a delayed-effect storm with a remark in Miami a fortnight agon that 90pc of aircraft managers would like to impose a GDS surcrhagre similar to Lufthana’s. Three US senators want him to pbe prosecuted under anti-trust legislation.
  • Delta are to launch a Glasgow-JFK route beginning May 26 2017.
  • Russia’s state-owned United Aircraft Corporation rolled out the 211 passenger MC-21 e passenger aircraft which is expected to be in service by late 2018 to compete with the Airbus A320neo, and Boeing’s B737 MAX aircraft.
  • British Airways removed economy hot meals from its longest short-haul services including Athens, Istanbul and St Petersburg.
  • Ryanair announced 2,000 extra flights across its European network for the October holidays.
  • Qantas is Official Airline of The Lions for their much-anticipated 2017 Tour to New Zealand. Qantas will fly the squad to the match next year as well as working with the Lions to fly thousands of fans
  • John Delaney, Martin O'Neill, Pat Byrne and Cathal McConnell
  • Ireland’s soccer team flew to the Euro 2016 in CityJet’s new Russian manufactured Superjet SSJ100, the first flight in Cityjet colours. Picture shows John Delaney and Martin O’Neill of the FAI with Pat Byrne and Cathal McConnell of Cityjet.
  • Cork Airport will reach 2,225,000 visitors in 2016 if the 8pc increase form the first four months of the year is sustained. An additional 65,000 passengers passed thorugh the airport January to May. New summer services include Dusseldorf with Aer Lingus, Madrid with Iberia Express, Leeds and Southampton with Aer Lingus Regional
  • Not far from the IATA aviation conference venue in Dublin airport trade unions got together to complain about low wages at airports. The average wage at a US airport is $10.10 an hour.
  • Figures from the Irish Aviation Authority show a 10.3pc YOY increase in terminal flight traffic at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports in May with 22,485 flights. Dublin traffic was up 10pc to 18,719 flights, Shannon was up 4.8pc to 1,807 flights and Cork was up 19.6pc to 1,959 flights.
  • AWAS delivered an A320-200 on lease to IndiGo and an A320 to VivaAerobus.
  • Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines signed a codeshare agreement.
  • Twenty-five pilots, 35 maintenance technicians, 43 cabin crew and 244 commercial and ground service staff graduated from Ethiopian Airlines’ aviation academy at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, now in its 70th year.
  • A number of passengers were treated for minor injuries after a Malaysian Airlines flight from London to Kuala Lumpur experienced severe turbulence. Pictures of the aftermath onboard appeared on social media.
  • In a bid to alleviate the massive drop in visitor numbers, Turkey increased a subsidy for charter flight operators by 30pc to $7,800 for flights carrying at least 150 passengers between now and August 31.

Afloat

  • Silversea Cruises opened bookings for its 121-day world cruise from Los Angeles to Rome, departing January 6 2018, with prices to match: $57,750 per person sharing or €103,000/$115,500 a cabin.
  • stena line eurosStena Line offered free ferry travel for life to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland teams if they win UEFA Euro 2016.
  • Royal Caribbean opened its Tidal Wave water slide on Liberty of the Seas.
  • The first steel was cut for the Seabourn Ovation at a ceremony in Genoa’s Fincantieri yard.
  • Celebrity Cruises is to replace the Bistro on Five creperie with Sushi on Five following a four-month trial on Celebrity Reflection.

Ireland

kim phucKeynote speaker at the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing, which begins in Lismore on Thursday, will be Kim Phuc best known as the nine-year-old child depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War on June 8 in 1972. Turtle Bunbury will host the festivals ‘Literary Breakfast’ at Lismore House Hotel at 8.30am. while Listowel’s Fergal Keane also speaks.

Tourism Ireland launched a Euro 2016 campaign video to target fans converging on Paris from across Europe, to run at key times throughout the tournament on giant screens in the city’s official fan zone to a potential 1.6m and on Tourism Ireland’s social media channels – Facebook (about 3.6m fans), Twitter (346,000 followers) and on YouTube, as well as on Ireland.com (16.6m visits in 2015). See here.

Alaskan masseur Matthew Gale is to host a 4 week residency at the five-star Monart Destination Spa in county Wexford from June 7 to July 7 2016.

Race to the End of the Earth’ from the American Museum of Natural History, will be on display at Titanic Belfast from 25th June to 28th August.

clare tourism website

Clare.ie, the first website dedicated to the promotion of tourism in County Clare, has gone live. The Visit Clare brand was launched in early 2016 to showcase brand qualities including landscapes, locations, people and music. The website features details on where to stay, what to do and where to dine as the county prepares to welcome more than 400,000 people for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann this August.

Cork has the potential to create a co-working hub for startups. Writing in the Irish Examiner this week, TRAVEL Extra’s Conor McMahon spoke to entrepreneurs from the city about shared work spaces. Read here.

door of thronesPicture shows the latest #DoorOfThrones door, unveiled at Gracehill House, Stranocum, Co Antrium, as part of Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland’s joint promotion.

Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan launched Fáilte Ireland’s 2016–2020 capital investment supports for large tourism projects. A pool of €65m in investment is available for new and existing tourism experiences across Ireland. Read more here.

tourism ni love dairyTourism NI’s Year of Food and Drink celebrates dairy this month. Picture shows Tourism NI’s Rachel Quigg with Soda the cow. Punters are invited to guess the location on Twitter using the hashtag #LoveDairy.

A reminder that City Sightseeing Dublin is offering a free vintage bus tour for Bloomsday, departing The Hugh Lane Gallery at 10.15 and 12.15 on June 16.

Deal Watch

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Punta Del Rey Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €559pp, depart June 23. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Calups, Salou, Costa Dorada from €699pp, depart Knock June 28. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globaes Playa Estapona, Estapona, Costa Del Sol from €699pp, depart Cork June 12. 6 nights B&B 3* Fariones Apartments, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €829pp, depart December 26. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Hastings Hotels is offering 1 night B&B at Culloden Estate and Spa from £90pps incl. £10pp credit to use as you wish in the estate. Valid until August 31. Call 028 9042 1066. Hastings is also offering 1 night at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast from £99pps incl. a bottle of Prosecco and strawberries. Valid until August 31. Call 028 9065 1066.

Stein Travel Lanzarote offers:  7 nights self catering Bitacora Lanzarote Club  from €564pp.  7 nights self catering Atlantis Las Lomas from €568pp. 7 nights self catering Playa Club from €600pp.  All prices based on 2+2 sharing a 1 bed apartment and include flights departing Dublin Airport 17, 24 or 31 July.  Also Flight Only Prices 17-24 July €449, 24 – 31 July €449, 31 – 7 July €409.

Sunway offers: 7 nights 3* International Palms Resort, Orlando from €555pp incl. flight, travel September. 5 nights 3* Cova Hotel, San Francisco from €998pp incl. flight, travel February 2017. 5 nights 3* Cape Codder Hotel, Cape Cod from €929pp incl. flight, travel September. 7 nights B&B 2* Ulisse de Luxe Hotel, Sorrento from €599pp, depart June 25. 7 nights B&B 3* Londra Hotel, Sorrento from €599pp, depart June 25. 7 nights B&B 3* Zi Teresa, Sorrento from €599pp, depart June 25. 7 nights B&B 3* Metropole Hotel, Sorrento from €699pp, depart June 25. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,489pp, depart August 28. 6 days escorted Northern Lights of Iceland tour from €2,065pp, depart October 2. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,139pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Tequila, Playacar, Mexico from €1,269pp, depart June 27. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,329pp, depart June 26. 7 nights half board 5* Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €759pp, depart June 17. 7 nights self catering 2* Tamanaco, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €529pp, depart June 23. 7 nights self catering 3* Mythos, Tingaki, Kos from €599pp, depart June 25. 7 nights half board 3* Son Baulo, Ca’n Picfort, Majorca from €589pp, depart Cork June 18. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Villa Dorada, Costa Dorada from €749pp, depart Shannon July 1. 7 nights full board 4* Moorish Delights cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,139pp, depart August 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €839pp, depart December 24. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Eastern Caribbean cruise on board Oasis of the Seas from €847pp incl. all inclusive drinks, depart March 5 2017. 7 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,020pp incl. all inclusive drinks, depart May 26 2017. 10 nights South Pacific cruise on board Explorer of the Seas from €1,301pp incl. all inclusive drinks, depart January 25 2017. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering from €100pp to €500pp off 200 departures with Emirates for 2016.  Call 0818 776 380 for more information.

Travel Department is offering 6 nights in a 4* hotel, Munich and the Black Forest from €749pp incl. return flights, taxes, charges and transfers, depart May 17 2017.

irish ferries deal watchIrish Ferries is offering €70 off 7 night Haven holidays book before June 20 for stays until August 15 and €45 off four night breaks booked by June 27 for stays until October 24. See irishferries.com/haven or call 0818 300 400.

Tour America offers: 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €729pp, depart November 10. 8 nights New Jersey and Bahamas cruise from €1,379p incl. 1 night at New York hotel and 7 nights on board Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, depart December 8. Visit touramerica.ie.

Topflight offers, sale ends June 17: 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €739pps, depart June 18. 7 nights self catering 4* Camping Cisano & San VIto, Bardolino, Lake Garda from €399pps, depart June 18. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €669pp, depart June 18. 7 nights B&B Jardins d’ajuga Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €469pps, depart June 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Vile Gale Marina, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €839pp, depart June 25. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €549pp, depart June 25. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Atlas, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €599pp, depart July 2. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Resort, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €369pp, depart September 24.7 nights Christmas Med Cruise onboard Norwegian Spirit from €1,199pp incl. return flights, return airport transfers, meals, 20kg checked in bag and airport taxes, depart December 20. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

ITAA offers: 8 nights camping in France from €1,475 2+3 incl. return ferry, depart June 19. 14 nights Colina Mar Apartments, Gran Canaria from €2,259 2+2 incl. return flights, bags and transfers, depart Cork June 24. 7 nights B&B Vila Galé Tavira, Portugal from €3,469 2+2 incl. private transfers, depart July 12.

Contiki is offering a 6 nights trip to Canada from €1,869pps incl. flights and transfers. Book by June 30, depart July 22. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 9 nights Best of Germany tour form €1,949pps incl. flights and transfers, depart July 22. Depart insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day river cruise on the Danube on board River Beatrice from €1,849pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions. Book by June 30, depart October 30. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

spotted in Chiang Mai copyWhat we learned this week

Spotted in Chiang Mai. Has Michael O’Leary finally got his wish and have the French air traffic controllers been fired?

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • June 14 Skal function, Merrion Hotel
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • 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
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch

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

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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The old man and the jetski. Eoghan Corry and Graham Howe jet ski with Aquavue Café and Watersports at Hervey Bay on Queensland's Fraser Coast as part of a post-famil after Australian Tourism Exchange, May

The old man and the jetski. Eoghan Corry and Graham Howe jet ski with Aquavue Café and Watersports at Hervey Bay on Queensland’s Fraser Coast as part of a post-famil after Australian Tourism Exchange, May

  • Emirates A380 in Dublin: it is a matter of when
  • Ireland pushes NAI case at gathering of aviators
  • Dublin port starts work to allow cruise ships to turn
  • Uniworld to host ITAA conference on Rhine river cruise
  • Cityjet get its first superjet
  • Cork loses Menorca service
  • Ryanair baggage charges: doing the maths

Travel Extra TV

video of the week june 5 2016Do not try this one at home. Our video of the week shows a man on holiday lighting a barbecue with a droneWatch here.

  • See Ricky Mackenzie’s encounter with a frilled neck lizard in Australia’s outback. Watch here.
  • ‘From the Australian Department of Environmental Irony and Mining Apocalypse.’ This satirical “Visit Australia” video has received over 156,000 views on YouTube. Watch here.
  • Extraordinary close up footage of lava flowing from Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii. Watch here.
  • Gorillas in Rwanda put on a show for the cameras. Watch here.
  • See Emirates’ seven football club-themed aircraft take off from Dubai International. Watch here.
  • Richard E Grant visits BelfastWatch here.

Behind the Headlines

The International Air Transport Association announced their 2017 congress will be hosted by Cancun after three days basking in the uncustomary sunlight in Dublin. The board of governors dinner in Dublin Castle state aprtments on Tuesday evening hosted 31 leading CEOs for the most high powered gathering of aviation leaders in the history of the industry.

1christophe mueller stephen KavanaghThere is no collective noun for Airline CEOs but a plumage of them arrived in Dublin this week for the IATA AGM and conference, led by Ed Bastian of Delta, Carstin Spohr of Lufthansa, Doug Parker of American, Alexandre de Juniac of Air France/KLM (soon to become Director General of IATA), Osamu Shinobe of ANA, Calin Rovinescu of Air Canada, Ahmet Bolat of Turkish and 80 others, with local aviation celebrities Willie Walsh of IAG. Alan Joyce of Qantas and Christophe Mueller of Air Malaysia joining Stephen Kavanagh of Aer Lingus in informal roles as co-hosts. Just under 1,000 delegates attended, the third largest in IATA history, including 220 media. There is no limit on airline delegations, which was the largest sector, and manufacturers and suppliers made up another 300. Guinness Storehousebuilt by Arthur Guinness himself in the words of CNN’s Richard Quest who chaired a panel discussion, was the venue for the Thursday night gala. Picture shows a suntanned Christophe Mueller of Air Malaysia and former CEO of Aer LIngus with Stephen Kavanagh CEO of Aer Lingus at the IATA gala dinner in the RDS. Christophe’s verdict on Malaysia: It was a difficult time but I enjoyed every minute of it. Picture below shows CEO of Aer Lingus Stephen Kavanagh being interviewed by Richard Quest of CNN at the gala in the Guinness Storehouse. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

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Outgoing director general of IATA Tony Tyler said airline profit will fall 7pc in 2016 reflecting a fall in average ticket prices. Incoming director general Bernard de Juniac promised to

A much mentioned non-member, (including by transport minister Shane Ross in one of his first public engagements in opening the congress) rather unkindly described the gathering as a bull-shitters ball. No prizes for guessing who. 1shane ross speaking

Shane Ross (pictured above) and Eamonn Brennan CEO of the IAA both used the opportunity to address the delay in the granting of a license to NAI for their planned routes to Boston from Cork and Shannon. Eamonn Brennan (watch here) said untruths were being told about the issue. Shane Ross said that he looked forward to the US authorities confirming the tentative decision to grant a license to the Irish airline. such competition was exactly what the open skies agreement was designed to achieveWatch here Shane Ross speaking about NAI and Watch here Shane Ross’s full speech at the opening session of the IATA Congress.

Kenny jacobs Bags_June 2016 copyWith their usual timing skills (91pc of 57,000 flights in April arrived on-timeRyanair chose the day of their annual summer-spoiler hike in baggage charges to give us some good news, they reduced their convoluted baggage charge logarithm from 108 options down to six, and Kenny Jacobs joyously slid down the slide at the Swords headquarters with his suitcase to celebrate. How did they calculate 108? Travel Extra took out the sums book from St Anne’s two teacher school in Ardclough and tried to work it out, three charge options on three baggage categories, over three sector lengths at three different stages of booking is 3 4 which is 84 plus another 3 3 for the second bag which is 27 added together, carry the one, take the fingers from the second hand off the wine glass and, yes, that’s 108. We think. Apply for further details to anyone sitting honours maths when the Leaving Cert starts on Wednesday. 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 six baggage options). Read here.

ryanair max bagAs for those charges: Ryanair hiked 15kg bag fees from €20 to €30 and from €25 to €40 on longer flights such as Greece and the Canaries. Aer Lingus hiked 15kg baggage fees from €15 to €25, 20kg bags from €20 to €35 and fees on longer flights from €20 to €35, and from €35 to €45.

While Kenny Jacobs was sliding with his suitcase, Michael O’Leary took himself to Marconi House to talk to another horse-racing aficionado Ivan Yates.

As Kenny was sliding with his suitcase Michael O’Leary took himself to Marconi House to talk to another horse-racing aficionado Ivan Yates on Newstalk. Talk quickly turned from baggage fees and his support for a parrallel runway at Dublin airport to tax (he has paid over €10m, the first time a figure has been mentioned) and Luas workers: “it takes two and a half nano seconds to learn how to drive a Luas tram. I would have sacked them all, they turned down 20pc for a job that is paying double that for a Blackpool tram driverListen here to Michael’s considerable views to brighten up your morning and listen here to his previous appearance on the executive chair.  Vincent Wall of Newstalk offered an alternative insightful piece about his battles with Michael O’Leary.

cruise europe three_8098Delegates from 20 countries and 120 member ports at the Cruise Europe conference in Dublin heard that Western Europe was regarded as a safe destination at a difficult time foe cruise lines. Watch here interview with Mike McCarthy, the man who made it happen. David Dingle gave an overview of the industry which showed that cruise order books are full until 2021 with 61 ships worth $40bn on the order books.  Watch here interview with David Dingle.Cobh, which is anticipating 58 cruise ships this year, plans to refit its cruise terminal at a cost of €10m. Dun Laoghaire has plans to extend the berth by 333 metres to accommodate up to 100 ships a year. Last year was a bad year for Dun Laoghaire when weather caused the cancellation of visits from ships scheduled to tender passengers off. Picture show Mike McCarthy and David Dingle at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Tanya airey group_4524Vikki Courtman of Holland American Line and Tanya Airey of Sunway  hosted the trade in Dublin in Dublin to tell agents about the cruise line’s new partnership with the tour operator. Sunway offer wholesale rates to Irish agents on HAL cruises. Picture shows Dawn Conway of Sunway, Tanya Airey of Sunway, Vikki Courtman of Holland America and Deirdre Sweeny of Sunway at the Sunway and Holland America cruise line event in the Dylan Hotel. Watch here interview with Vikki Courtman. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

CityJet_Sukhoi_SSJ100_EIFWA_Delivery_DUB_020616_5373It was a big week for Cityjet who took delivery of the first of their Sukhoi SS100s at Dublin. EI-FWA flew from Venice to Dublin, arriving at 1830. A second is expected to arrive mid June. CityJet will lease 15 Superjet SSJ100 aircraft with an option for an additional 16 in a deal is worth over $1bn, including option and after-sales services. The CityJet aircraft is in the 98-seat configuration with an interior designed by Pininfarina, with five abreast seating in a 32” seat pitch combining with a wider seat and cabin height of over 2m.

In a historic week for Dublin Port, the first piles were sunk of the €230m development that will see the demolition of Alexandra Basin and new berthing facilities for cruise ships up to 360m closer to the city centre, as well as facilities enabling cruise ships to turn within the harbour. Pat Ward of Dublin port said We were only able to turn a 300 metre ship in Alexandra Basin. we will see 360m cruise ships coming up the harbour in 2020From the East Link bridge 10km out we are going to deepen the channel, we are going to cut 120 metres off north wall extension and we We will focus on home porting, we have fantastic air connectivity and a nice ten minute leisurely walk down to O’Connell. The aim is to have 20 ships a year home porting in Dublin. Watch here interview with Pat Ward.

uniworld_4692The Danube, the Duoro, and the Rhone were considered, but Wednesday’s board meeting of the irish Travel Agents Association eventually decided that the ITAA conference on November 26-28 will be heading for the Rhine on board Uniworld‘s luxurious SS Antoinette. Yvonne Muldoon has arranged for Aer Lingus to offer a straightforward 50pc discount rate for delegates available on its Amsterdam flights, rather than a seat allocation as in previous years. Picture shows Sharon Jordan and John Grehan of Uniworld who will be hosting the conference’s 150 delegates. Watch here interview with ITAA President Cormac MeehanRead here.

1MG Lorraine Quinn Jo Rzymowska 8042Jo Rzymowska and Lorraine Quinn of Celebrity Cruises with ship captain Athanasios Peppas and hotel manager Christophe Belaubre hosted eight groups of agents, media, prize winners and customers on board Celebrity Silhouette on its Dublin call. Jo Rzymowska said Eastern Med itineraries are going to be good value this year and that Ireland was in the plans for future port calls . Captain Peppas said that he looked forward to the port development. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

margaret cronin groupThere will be 121 cruise ship calls to Dublin this years compared with 93 last year, but one of the major cruise ship handlers Margaret Cronin says that Dublin city needs a more coach-friendly approach. She warns it is becoming impossible to do a loop of the city’s attractions with a coach with road works and the proposals to pedestrianise College Green. Picture shows Aisling O’Sullivan, Niall Cronin and Margaret Cronin of Cronin’s coaches who organised the coach transfers from Celebrity Silhouette in Dublin.

Travel Trade

seafieldWorldchoice Ireland’s first conference since Ashbourne in 2014 has been for November 19 in the Seafield Resort in Ballymoney near Gorey. Worldchoice has 52 members in Ireland, 40 in the 26 counties and 12 in the six counties. Read here.

Ciaran Mulligan of Blue Insurances entertained travel trade at Shelbourne Park on Thursday evening for a pleasant. So how did the gurus of actuarial economics fare with the bookies? Host Ciaran Mulligan was the Pamela Fagan & Sarah Butterly_8531biggest winner, €60 on one race. but Holly Best of Virgin Atlantic also came out ahead and Jackie Herssens of Travelmood earned a whopping €17 on the last race. Watch here interview with Ciaran Mulligan about strike cover and impending developments at Blue including the new two-year travel insurance scheme. Picture shows Pamela Fagan and Sarah Butterly of Blue Insurances at the Blue Insurances event at Shelbourne Park. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

topflight nollaig ward caroline o'toolePicture shows Nollaig Ward of Topflight and Caroline O’Toole from Fahy Travel, Galway, the final winner in the Topflight Hello Summer Family Holiday competition. She won a holiday in Madeira staying at the 4 star Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel in Funchal. Read here. Agents who sold Topflight holidays were eligible to win a family holiday for themselves. Previous winners were Marc Lynch from Abbey Travel, Dublin, Michelle McDonagh from Navan Travel and Sheila Deasy from Lee Travel, Princes Street, Cork.Kate henry and declan keane
A photograph taken in Liguria won a prize in Sorrento for Declan Keane from Co Louth in Topflight’s photography competition. The competition engaged 1.7m on social media. Picture shows Kate Henry and Declan Keane with shortlisted pictures. Read here.

gillian purser montageGillian Purser from Marble City Travel was the winner of the United Airlines and Bookabed incentive to win 2 flights to Washington, New York or Chicago. Second picture shows Lee Osborne of Bookabed, Tom Britton of Marble City accepting the prize and Aoife Gregg of United.Rob Broere and Yanak Hoyles of IATA at the IATA AGM in Dublin, June 3 2016

  • Aer Lingus is one of the 30 airline partners announced as part of the New Development Capability launch at the IATA Congress in Dublin. Three years after NDC was unveiled Yanak Hoyles of IATA told Travel Extra a that GDS’s and agents alike have nothing to fear from the distribution scheme as its sole purpose was to give customers more access to differentiated product such as larger seats and ancillaries. He pointed out that Amadeus PSS Altéa was NDC certified this week. Picture shows Rob Broere and Yanak Hoyles of IATA where were explaining NDC to delegates at the congress. Watch here interview with Yanak Hoyles.
  • Papers submitted as part of a legal case in England claims travel agents allegedly lowered their prices to try and “entice” more holiday makers to Tunisia in the wake of the Bardo Museum attack in March 2015.
  • Celebrity is currently recruiting for managers for the North East and Scotland and Ireland under a restructuring programme.Brand USA fam trip 002
  • Brendan White of Tropical Sky and Claire Somers of American Holidays are pictured on the Brand USA MegaFam 2016 in partnership with American Airlines and British Airways Alaskan Adventure itinerary, www.VisitTheUSA.com. http://www.USADiscoveryProgram.co.uk, Brendan fifth from the right and Claire third from the right.
  • Wendy Wu Tours and Emirates are offering agents the chance to win a one night break for two at the Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa. Book a tour for travel between September and November before close of business on June 30.Paddy Condon montage
  • Sad news: Paddy Condon, long standing member of TIGS and perhaps the oldest members of the travel community, has died. Among the many amazing stories from his life is how he cycled from Dublin to Berlin to attend the 1936 Olympics. The Nazi Olympics were boycotted by Ireland but Paddy set off anyway to watch the events. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
  • Skal Dublin’s next function takes place in The Merrion Hotel on June 14. michael keane judging
  • Sad News: Michael Keane, former editor of the Sunday Press and judge in the Travel Extra Travel Writer of the Year awards, has died. Picture is of Michael at the judging in January 2016. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam delis.
  • MTT launched Engage on eDreams ODIGEO’s mobile offering.
  • Air Namibia signed up to Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding.

Hotels

Kata Rocks in Phuket was pronounced a poser’s paradise in the English Daily Mailthe $100m Thailand hotel which rich kids are queuing up to visit.

  • An ABC news study of 15 US hotels found 11 failed to sanitise the water glasses before new guests arrived.
  • Gleneagle Group are to manage Sheen Falls Country Club’s 26 self catering units in Kenmare aimed at the luxury market. Read here.
  • STR research suggested hotel occupancy recovers three months after a militant attack, AND RevPAR not affected as badly as occupancy. Read here
  • James Moore of the Save Joycean Dublin Committee raised objections to Monteco’s plans for a 121-bedroom hotel at the site of the Ormond Hotel.
  • mad hatters headpieceThe Westin Dublin marked the launch of its Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea by commissioning a headpiece by milliner Laura Kinsella, which is on display in the foyer.
  • Prem Group bought the four-star Tulferris Hotel and Golf Resort near Blessington for €8m. 
  • STR Global says Greater London has 5,456 rooms in 33 hotels under construction, the highest in Europe, followed by Istanbul (4,203 rooms in 24 hotels); Moscow (3,487 rooms in 14 hotels); and Greater Berlin (2,123 rooms in six hotels). STR says Europe reported a 3.5pc increase in occupancy to 71.4pc in April compared with April 2015. ADR up 3.8pc to €109.54 and RevPAR up 7.4pc to €78.20.
  • PwC says occupancy levels at US hotels have begun to stabilise after reaching peak levels in 2015 in its report Hospitality Directions.
  • Iberostar Hotels are to open two new hotels as part of the groups US expansion: a 4-star boutique hotel with 205 rooms spread across 16 floors opens June 15 on 70 Park Avenue in the heart of Manhattan. A second hotel will follow in Miami.
  • Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with InTown Hospitality GmbH for a Hyatt House hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany to open January 2017
  • AC Hotels by Marriott has opened its first two hotels in England in Birmingham Centre and Manchester Salford Quays.
  • Bulgari signed an agreement with Russian investor Alexey Bogachev to open in Moscow in 2019
  • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton have opened the Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody Hotel

Wayne Neilon is the new GM of Maldron Hotel Limerick in a move Dalata/Maldron say reflects a focus on the hotel’s F&B product. The Meath native graduated in professional cookery from Athlone IT, worked in McCloskey’s Restaurant, St. Andrew’s Golf Hotel and as Head Chef in Freddy’s Bistro. In 2005 he began kitchen consultancy for the proprietor of the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel to develop their food business and served as GM from 2007 until 2011, completing an Executive Management Development Programme through Cornell University in 2009 which was facilitated by Failte Ireland. From 2012 to 2015, Wayne managed a number of properties for Pillo Hotels who were acquired by Dalata Hotel Group in February 2014. Wayne returns to Limerick following a stint in Galway as Deputy GM of The Connacht Hotel. Other moves: Jodie Ambrose has a new role with Clayton Cardiff Lane and Susan Whelan is the new Sales and Marketing Manager at the Radisson Hotel in Limerick.

International

The EU cautioned governments against banning Uber and Airbnb.

Travelzoo claimed an English exit from the EU would cost England’s tourism industry £4.1bn in lost tourist spending. The House of Commons Northern Ireland committee has warned that strengthened identity checks on travellers between the two islands may be a more feasible option than the reintroduction of controls along the land border between North and South.

  • The social programme for IPW in New Orleans will include two pen evenings for the first time in many years, The programme: Sunday, June 19 evening event Carnival in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Monday, Brand USA Luncheon, evening open, Tuesday NYC Lunch, evening open, Wednesday Experience Kissimmee Lunch, Evening event Tastes of Louisiana on Mississippi river boats
  • Turkey confirmed tourism was down 16pc in the first past four months of 2016 and the decline is accelerating., April was down 28pc to 1.75m. European tourism was down 18pc to 2.76m and Russian visits to Ankara down 68pc
  • Residents in Palma de Majorca have criticised a parking ban.
  • Airport security story of the week is how Yusuf Abdi Ali, a former Somali national army commander wanted for war crimes, was hired as an airport security official at Dulles airport by a private security firm sub contracted by the American TSA. He gave his real name on his application and a google searh shows up some incriminating material, yet he passed the FBI check. Recently a convicted terrorist was given Precheck clearance and a fugitive with a nationwide arrest warrant was given a job at the DHS.
  • And a last reminder for the fans heading for France for the Euros 2016 which start next Friday. For those driving to the Euros it can cost €77 to get from Bordeaux to Lille in tolls alone. See here.

Food and Wine

A replica of the diner from the 90s programme, Saved by the Bell, opened in Chicago.

  • Seán’s Bar in Athone featured in Lonely Planet’s 50 Bars to Blow Your Mind.
  • Chef Gavin McDonagh will present a dinner at Ranelagh’s Brioche made from ingredients sourced from Lambay Island. Tasting menu costs €60. Call 01 497 9163.
  • DIT Cathal Brugha Street 75th anniversary celebrations take place on June 16.
  • Deliveroo is partnering with ten restaurants and cafés to offer a breakfast delivery service with orders taken from 9am: Brother Hubbard, Cocu, Doughboys, Sister Sadie, Eathos, Freshii, Krust Bakery, Counter Culture, and Dublin Cookie Co. Oliver Dewhurst, GM of Deliveroo plans to offer the breakfast service in Galway, Cork and Belfast.
  • Aldi’s Exquisite Collection Chilean Sauvignon Blanc 2015 won Gold medal at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards. Exquisite Collection, available in 124 Aldi stores nationwide, is priced €8.99 and from the Casablanca Valley in Chile and is part of Aldi’s core wine collection. Aldi had a total of 22 award winning wines at the DWWA in 2016, including three silver awards.

Ornaith Daly has returned from Florida to become Restaurant Supervisor at The K ClubMegan O’Shea has also returned from New Jersey to join The K Club. Carton House Head Chef Cathal Kavanagh has left to study an MSc in Applied Culinary Nutrition at Tallaght IT and he is now directing food operations at The Blackrock Clinic. Peter Dalton has returned to Galway as the Radisson Blu Restaurant Manager. Barra Hurley, previously Head Chef at The Butchers Block and in Shanahans on the Green, returns to The Tap House Bar & Grill in Ranelagh. Malcolm Starmer has moved to The Reg in Waterford having worked in Dylan McGrath’s stable of restaurant at Brasserie 66 and Fade Street Social. Before that he was in La StampaDaniel McCormack has taken up the role of Bar Manager in The Merrion Hotel. Elaine Bennett, Florence Quelet and Maxime Besutti have joined Greenlight EventsYvonne Murray (Ballymagarvey Village and Trim Castle) and Jessica Collins (Roganstown and The Waterside Hotel) have joined Event PartnersViktor Stambuk has left the hotel business to run the Google Café in Dublin. Sean O’Sullivan is heading up the kitchen at Freshiis on Mespil Road,

Aviation

Bombardier_CS100_CGWXZ_CptAdamMason_DUB_020616_4996The Bombardier demonstrator FTV5 was in Dublin for the IATA conference, registered C-GWXZ and in Swiss livery. The aircraft visited Dublin to leverage publicity at the IATA AGM which was held in Dublin. Swiss will take delivery of their first CS100 about a week or so after the Farnborough Air Show. The cockpit image shows Captain Adam Mason (Bombardier) part of the flight crew that took the aircraft from Montreal to Dublin non stop

Swiss_Bombardier_CS100_CGWXZ_DUB_010616_4911_fPicture shows the aircraft arriving at Dublin at Dusk on June 1. Bombardier say the aircraft will be capable of flying non stop from London City to New York, as soon as it is certified for LCY operations. BA currently operate the small Airbus on this route, but it must make a fuel stop at Shannon on the westbound leg

CSO figures for airport use completed the picture for overall passenger numbers at Irish airports in 2015, showing they were up 11.2pc to 37,166,000 from 33,423,000. Dublin was up 15pc on 2014 to 24,962,518 (up 8pc on 2008), Belfast international up 9pc to 4,390,000, Belfast City up 5pc to 2,693,000, Cork down 3.4pc to 2,065,678, Shannon up 8pc on 2014 to 1,680,272, Knock down 2.7pc to 684,671, Kerry up 2.7pc to 303,039, Derry down 19pc to 284,000, Donegal up 3.2pc to 36,552, Waterford up 3.2pc to 34,249, Indreabhán up 2.7pc 19,753, Inis Mor up 5pc to 12.071. Separately Kerry Airport chairman Denis Cregan reported passenger numbers on Kerry-Dublin are up 4pc and load factor, while up 67pc from 56pc, is short of the 75pc target.

The Cork-Menorca 1w service that Lee Travel and Stein Travel had announced using a Cityjet aircraft was cancelled.

Tim Clarke president of Emirates at the ITAA AGM in Dublin, June 2 2016

Speaking to Travel Extra at the sidelines of the IATA conference in Dublin, Tim Clarke the Emirates president and part-time Lismore resident said that it was a question of when and not if the Emirates A380 comes to Dublin. Prague is among the latest routes to get an A380 service and there are nine more A380s on their way to Emirates in the autumn. What is the timeline? You’ll know, said Tim.

Speaking at the sidelines of the IATA congress in Dublin Egyptar CEO Safwat Musallam said flight MS804 had not experienced any maintenance issues before departure and that the plane was normal. French media reported the Airbus A320’s warning systems signalled anomalies three times during the plane’s last six rotations before it disappeared, between Asmara in Eritrea, Cairo and Tunis.

United’s sleep-focused Polaris business class service will launch December 1 on intercontinental flights. New pre-departure United Polaris lounges will offer chef-designed pre-flight dining, spa-like showers and sleep pods. Read here.1irish aviation panel

Aengus Kelly’s AerCAP delivered Cathay Pacific’s first A350. The Dublin leasing company has become an A350 specialist. AerCap’s fleet of 1,670 is bigger than IAG, Lufthansa & Ryanair combined Read here. Picture shows Irish aviation briefing in advance of the IATA AGM at the RDS: David McWilliams, Stephen Kavanagh CEO of Aer Lingus, Aengus Kelly CEO of AerCAP, Kevin Toland CEO of Dublin Airport, Eamonn Brennan CEO of the IAA and Conor McCarthy CEO of Dublin Aerospace. Aengus Kelly  told the briefing that 43pc of aircraft are leased, up from 12pc just 15 years ago but that market share would be difficult to increase because of the scale of finance that would need to be raised. Watch here.

  • Delta is to launch a new service between Heathrow and Portland, Oregon in May.
  • Night flight restrictions in An Bord Pleanála’s planning approval for a new runway at Dublin airport may be set aside after EU legislation comes into force this month.Oyster King Colin Shirlow and Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines at Turkish Airlines announcement of their sponsorship of Hillsborough Oyster Festival August 30 to September 4 in Hillsborough Castle
  • Turkish Airlines announced their sponsorship of Hillsborough Oyster Festival August 30 to September 4 in Hillsborough Castle Oyster. Picture shows Onur Gul with oyster king Colin Shirlow at the launchSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
  • A Reddit thread created some turbulence when a flight attendant said passengers had no idea a man had died mid-flight and a pilot said the cockpit’s windscreen suddenly shattered.
  • Alex Hamberger from Buffalo New York wrote a contender for airline complaint letter of the year and persuaded American Airlines to waive a $200 change fee.
  • Watch here interview with Peter Harbison of CAPA speaking about Ireland as a venue for aviation conferences, CAPA Airlines in transition returns to Powerscourt, Co Wicklow for the fifth year in succession in March 2017
  • Willie Walsh said Iberia’s Luis Gallego or BA’s Alex Cruz were potential successors as IAG CEO.
  • Taoiseach Enda Kenny said security at Shannon Airport has cost the State €5m in the past 13 years in a written Dáil reply to Fianna Fáil Mayo TD Lisa Chambers.
  • Knock is to finalise a deal with the seven local authorities in the west and north-west to receive €7.3m investment in the airport for a 17.5pc share of the company.

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Dublin airport became the first airport to be mapped on Google street view.

  • eoghan marian finucane_7873 copy 09.54.023 unions, 3 issues, 24 soccer teams, why we are facing a summer of discontent in French airspace, Listen here to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry talking on the Marian Fiuncane show on RTE about the complex HR scenario which is causing strife in French air space. Read here.
  • Avolon delivered an A320-200 to Nile Air.
  • Ryanair May passenger numbers were up 12pc to 10.6m and load factor up two points to 94pc.
  • etihad first class loungeEtihad officially opened its first class lounge and spa at T3 Abu Dhabi International Airport.
  • Transfer passengers passing through Dublin Airport were up 50pc to 250,000 in the first four months of the year.
  • Traffic at Kerry Airport was up 4pc YOY last year with over 307,000 passengers traveling through the airport.
  • usb window shadeB/E Aerospace released artistic impressions of a solar-powered window shade with a USB charge point for smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices.

Afloat

Irish Continental Group plc invests €144 million to build a new cruise ferryIrish Ferries ordered a €144m new ferry build with cinemas, pet facilities and private passenger balconies, designed to replace Epsilon on Dublin-Cherbourg & Dublin-Holyhead with capacity for 165 freight vehicles & 300 cars on dedicated car deck, 1,885 passengers and 435 cabins to be built by FSG in Flensburg. It will have a top speed of 22.5 knots, slightly slower than Epsilon, and meet Europe-wide emissions standards. Read here.

antoinette chris helen_8094 copyHelen Caron of Thomson Cruises has had her credit card out again, and purchased the 1,832-passenger Legend of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International. Legend will be renamed TUI Discovery 2 and join the TUI fleet in May 2017 and , sister ship of Splendour of the Seas which is to launch as TUI Discovery next weekend in Palma. Helen is just back form the shipyard and says she is very excited about the new ship, which offers a new suite of dining options. Watch here interview with Helen Caron in advance of the launch of TUI Discovery. Picture shows Antoinette Young and Chris Logan of Falcon Holidays in Dublin with Helen Caron, where she was a speaker at the Cruise Europe conference.

Harmony of the seas generalRead here Nicola Brady’s review of Harmony of the Seas in the Sunday Independent: Wonderland serves up avant-garde cuisine, and the cocktails beat the robots’ efforts hands down. Read here Hilary Fennell in the Irish ExaminerImagine Dundrum Shopping Centre drifting out to sea. This weekend Travel Extra joined a pre-inaugural media event on board the world’s largest cruise ship as it arrived in BarcelonaSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • Limerick-based Frazer Ferries, owner of Carlingford Ferries, has bought Passage East Ferry Company in Waterford. The 28 vehicles and 130 passenger service sails an average of 106 sailings per day seven days a week.
  • erica oglesbyMSC Cruises appointed Erica Oglesby to work as support to Rebecca Kelly. Erica previously worked with Sunway and Thomas Cook. Read here
  • MSC Fantasia itineraries from Dubai will stop at private island from this winter after MSC announced a Caribbean style private island off Abu DhabiSir Bani Yas is beside a nature reserve and dhow tours will offer wildlife sightings. Read here.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas is to get an aqua park with new cyclone and typhoon waterslides and new restaurants to be fitted during dry dock, an Izumi Asian restaurant is to be added and dry-aged steaks added to Chops Grille as well as the flowRider surf simulator. Read here
  • Passengers on board Cunard’s newly rejuvenated Queen Mary 2, will now be able to indulge in a unique collection of 450 fine wines, including the highly sought after California Screaming Eagle at $4,500 per bottle, which is to be served by the glass for the very first time. Cunard is adding 35 cabins to the top deck of Queen Mary 2, during dry dock in Hamburg while elsewhere 15 single cabins and 12 animal kennels are being fitted. Queen Mary 2 will return to Southampton on June 23 before crossing to New York.
  • New attractions to be fitted on Disney Wonder during an autumn dry dock in Cadiz will include a Marvel Super Hero Academy, It’s a Small World Nursery, Tiana’s Place restaurant, an English-style pub and It’s a Small World Nursery.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line is to update its private Caribbean resort Great Stirrup Cay with a zip line, luxury villas and new restaurants. Great Stirrup Cay was the first private island to be owned by a cruise line when it was purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line in 1977.
  • Carnival Cruise Line has added a $10 children’s menu for shildren 12 and under to steakhouses across the fleet.
  • Hurtigruten is name its newest ship, MS Spitsbergen, in Svolvaer on July 6, on the Lofoten islands under the Midnight Sun.
  • Croisi Europe has expanded its Walk & Cruise program in response to passenger feedback featuring guided walks through France, Germany and Spain.
  • Star Clippers 2017/2018 itineraries inclulde all-new Bali sailings and a winter season in Thailand and Malaysia homeporting in Phuket. New bookings made by July 1 will receive prepaid gratuities.
  • Saga Cruises added a second all-inclusive sailing for solo cruisers on the 80-passenger Douro Princess departing November 3 following the success of its first solos cruise.
  • American Cruise Lines named the 185-passenger America on the banks of the Mississippi River at Louisiana’s Oak Alley Plantation.
  • Holland America is to expand its cruisetour resort in Denali, Alaska.
  • As another cruise line raises the compulsory daily gratuities to pay their staff (rather than doing so themselves), the financial reports of the three cruise lines shows up how much their CEO’s are earning: Frank Del Rio president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, US $32ml, Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation, $9.3m, Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises $9.4m

Ireland

Former prison Spike Island in Cork harbour, which opens to visitors this weekend after a €5.5m refurb, has set a target of 70,000 visitors a year. Norman Crowley’s Cool Planet Experience, due to open in 2017 in a two-story building beside the Powerscourt Gardens, has set a target of 45,000 visitors in their first year. Exhibits are to be installed by Martello Media.

Dublin Zoo mourned the death of 19 year old silverback, Harry the Gorilla, father of six and one of its main attractions.

‘Tubs’ Stamp of Approval for New Wild Atlantic Way Passport! (2)Ryan Tubridy broadcast along the Wild Atlantic Way this week as part of a promotion with Fáilte Ireland. Picture shows him getting his souvenir WAW passport stamped in Buncrana post office. The passport costs €10 and is available to buy at over 130 post offices.

This week Fáilte Ireland is hosting a group of high profile international journalists on a trip to Skellig Michael to follow in Luke Skywalker’s footsteps to see for themselves how the force was awakened. The journalists visit is being hosted and managed by Fáilte Ireland in collaboration with Tourism Ireland. The group are pictured on their way to Skellig Michael with Ellen Redmond, Fáilte Ireland and local guides Lucey Burke and Will Collins. Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan

Fifty members of the inbound trade attended Castles and Conquests, a workshop in Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny on Ireland’s Ancient East.

A group of travel agents representing the luxury market visited Ireland to experience Ireland’s Ancient East, the Wild Atlantic Way and Dublin—A Breath of Fresh Air.

Deal Watch

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Terraza Mar Suites, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €499pp, depart June 9. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €529pp, depart June 17. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe, Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €1,259pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Playa Del Carmen, Azul Fives, Mexico from €1,869pp, depart June 13. 7 nights self catering 2* Iris Hotel, Kos Town from €439pp, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 2* Sun Apartments, Marmaris, Dalaman from €299pp, depart June 13. 7 nights self catering 3* Poseidon Apartment, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €399pp, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Santa Ponsa Park, Majorca rom €559pp, depart Shannon June 11. 7 nights half board 3* Cala Font Hotel Cap de Salou, Costa Dorada from €529pp, depart Shannon June 7. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 3* Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,049pp, depart June 13. 7 nights self catering 2* Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from €449pp, depart June 9. 7 nights half board 4* Grecotel Kos Imperial from €679pp, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 3* Nimar Villagio, Afandou from €359pp, depart June 15. 7 nights self catering 3* Silver Spring, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €559pp, depart June 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Albatros Apartments, Marmaris from €339pp, depart June 20. 7 nights B&B 4* La Isla Y El Mar, Puerto Del Carmen from €689pp, depart Shannon June 13. 7 nights half board 3* Globales Santa Lucia, Palma Nova, Majorca from €699pp, depart Cork June 11. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Ocean Maya Royale, Riviera Maya from €1,439pp, depart June 27. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Montego May, Jamaica from €1,339pp, depart June 26. 7 nights full board 4* Catalan Promise cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €914pp, depart July 12. Lapland day trip from €659 per adult, from €559 per child. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando from €529pp, depart March 8 2017. 5 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €589pp, depart February 9 2017. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €649pp, depart March 2 2017.

Travel Department is offering 12 nights B&B California tour from €3,199pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges, rail tickets and excursions, depart September 1.

ITAA offers: 2 nights B&B Jurys Inn Hotel, Birmingham for Paddy Power Open Cheltenham 2016 from €459pp incl. return flights, airport transfers and racecourse transfers, depart November 11. 2 nights B&B in 4* accommodation Rome for Italy V Ireland Six Nations 2017 from €629pp incl. return flights ex Cork and private airport transfers, depart February 10 2017. 3 nights 5* Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from €1,455pp incl. return flights, private airport transfers, 2 day Abu Dhabi Hills tickets with after race concerts featuring The Chemical Brothers and Rihanna, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi tickets and access to Yas Waterworld, depart November 25.

Sunway offers: 3 nights 3* Arabian Park Hotel, Dubai from €489pp, travel June. 3 nights 4* Radisson Blu Deira Hotel, Dubai from €529pp, travel in June. 3 nights 5* Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai from €665pp, travel June. 3 nights 3* Arabian Park Hotel and desert safari from €549pp, travel June. 12 days Sri Lanka on a Shoestring from €1,559pp, depart September 17. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Contiki is offering 10 days European Horizon tour from €1,199pps incl. flights and transfers. Book by June 6. Depart July 12. Visit contiki.com or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Highlights of Poland from €1,999pps incl. flights and transfers, depart June 17. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Paris and Normandy from €2,049pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions. Book by June 30. Depart October 16. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Click and Go offers: 3 nights 4* Mediterran Hotel, Budapest from €259pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Costa Tropical Aparthotel, Fuerteventura from €519pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights B&B 4* Puerto de la Cruz Hotel, Tenerife from €599pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in July. 7 nights half board 4* Gloria Palace San Agustin Thalasso and Hotel from €799pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in July. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Royal Caribbean offers: 13 nights Discover the Canaries cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,459pp incl. all inclusive drinks and return flights ex Cork, depart October 28. 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,559pp incl. all inclusive drinks and return flights, depart December 12. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Anthem of the Seas from €1,859pp incl. all inclusive drinks and return flights ex Shannon, depart December 9. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

hastings hotels deal watchHastings Hotels is offering 1 night B&B at Culloden Estate and Spa from £90pps incl. £10pp credit to use as you wish in the estate. Valid until August 31. Call 028 9042 1066. Hastings is also offering 1 night at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast from £99pps incl. a bottle of Prosecco and strawberries. Valid until August 31. Call 028 9065 1066.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Aparthotel Suas Torres, Madeira from €399pps, depart June 9. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, the Algarve from €399pps, depart June 11. 7 nights half board 4* Vik Hotel San Antonio, Lanzarote from €669pps, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 4* Los Fariones Hotel, Lanzarote from €719pps, depart June 18. 7 nights self catering 4* Camping Cisano & San Vito, Lake Garda from €319pps, depart June 11. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Lake Garda from €769pps, depart June 11. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Finn Lough  resort, Co Fermanagh from £82.50pp incl. 3 course evening meal, available until June 30, call 028 683 80360. 1 night B&B Benedicts of Belfast from £75 per room, available until July, call 028 90 591999.

What we learned this week

Passengers never die on the flight because there is no-one to pronounce them dead. Most common medical situations involve diabetics who haven’t had anything to eat or drink.” From A flight attendant answers the 20 questions you’ve always wanted to ask in the London Independent.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • June 8-10 TTM Plus, Bangkok
  • June 9 Thomson Discovery launch
  • June 14 Skal function, Merrion Hotel
  • June 18-22 IPW (Pow Wow), New Orleans
  • June 28-July 2 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • July 11-17 Farnborough Air show
  • July 12 Skal evening function, Gibson Hotel
  • 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
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 15 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch

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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