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december-14

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Can Spanish bedbank deal REALLY turn Ryanair into the ‘Amazon of travel?’

december-14

On board Uniworld Antoinette sailing the Rhine during the 2016 ITAA conference

 

 

HEADLINES – AVIATION – AFLOAT – DEALWATCH – FOOD & WINE – HOTELS – INTERNATIONAL – IRELAND – STRANGE WORLD – TRAVEL TRADE

  • Things to know about Travel this week 
  • Qatar’s Dublin route still bogged down by A350 delays
  • Ryanair Holidays revives the ghost of Lowcostbeds.
  • Mary McKenna’s headline advice on hiring staff
  • American updates trade on Premium Economy & other matters
  • Cork to launch Boston AND New York as NAI finally gets license

Travel Extra TV

  • video-december-4Our video of the week is dramatic stuff. See this Emirates A380 crosswind landingWatch here.
  • Check out Tourism Ireland’s mannequin challenge in Belfast. Watch here.
  • See this cute wombat enjoy his bottle. Watch here.
  • Kereama Te Ua performs a solitary haka in protest of the installion of a multibillion-dollar oil pipe at Standing RockWatch here.
  • See Emirates’ tribute to the shortest A380 flight, Dubai to Doha. Watch here.
  • Ever wonder how a surfboard gets madeWatch here.
  • Tourism NI’s Year of Food and Drink continues. Watch here.
  • See Ryanair’s video from the launch of Ryanair Holidays. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Bjørn Kjos CEO of Norwegian

Bjørn Kjos CEO of Norwegian

As departure delays go three years is as long as it gets to wait at the gate. When Norwegian Air International were suddenly awarded their license to operate to the United States at 11PM on Friday night, tt became clear that the landscape had changed, not just for Cork, anticipating its first transatlantic services, but for the entire aviation industry. The timing caught everyone by surprise. NAI reacted quickly to say they intend to get the Boston 4w service up and running by end June / early July with tickets on sale early new year. They must have wondered why the announcement was not last April when it appeared that all the hurdles had been cleared. The ball is back in Norwegian’s court and Cork is readying itself for the launch of both Cork-Boston and Cork-New York for summer 2017, subject to an aircraft availability. Norwegian originally planned to operate Cork-Boston 4w using a 186-seat B738. They promised a Cork-New York to follow and a Cork-Barcelona 4w feeder service.

Violete Bulc

Violete Bulc

Who dunnit? Violeta Bulc. The decision of the EU commission to seek arbitration on Norwegian’s application was what pushed it over the line. The Americans had 20 days to respond and with a regime change looming with new Transport Secretary Elaine Chao arriving on Capitol Hill, it must have seemed easier to concede the license for which all arguments against smacked of protectionism. Celebrations can only really start when we see if Norwegian intends to operate a meaningful service out of Cork and Shannon airports or whether this was just an attempt to establish a bridgehead against a hostile regulatory system and whether the Cork service was just a testing ground, using the lobbying skills of Irish America to get the flights in the first place. Time will tell. See roundup of reaction hereWatch here Eoghan Corry speaking about the development on RTE’s six-one television news. Listen here to Eoghan Corry speaking about the EU action on RTE’s News at One.

Tomeu Benassar CEO of Logitravel

Tomeu Benassar CEO of Logitravel

Unbeknownst to Ryanair, they raised the spectre of the Lowcost group debacle when they announced they were moving into the package holiday business with Ryanair Holidays, or, as the newspapers who came along for the ride so eagerly reported, became ‘the Amazon.com of aviation.’ Kenny Jacobs told guests that Ryanair is prepared to invest its commission on holidays to optimise conversion and growth of the sector, brining down package holiday prices by 10pc. Ryanair threw not one, but TWO, Spaniards into the worksThe bed banks, to which Ryanair awarded the tender were surprising both in the scale and the scope of their operation. Tomeu Benassar‘s Logitravel is well known in Ireland as third biggest outbound operator from Spain. World2meet is headed up by the wife of Paul Evans, who was chasing the Ryanair accommodation contract as CEO of Lowcost Beds before it went so spectacularly pear shaped last July and stormed the Irish travel industry for €400,000. Last December Patricia Roselló moved from Lowcostholidays to the NT incoming and New Travellers companies which had been acquired by the Iberostar group where she helped launch its new brand World2meet at Fitur in Madrid in January. She is daughter of legendary Spanish travel agent Rafael Roselló. She was joined by Mark Nueschen, former CEO of Global Met and previously in Hotelbeds. The group turned over €250m in 2015 in 15 holiday destinations in Spain. It distributes its products through 10,000 travel agencies in Spain with a substantial portfolio in the Middle East and Thailand. To add to the puzzle Logitravel are licenced for just 11,560 passengers from England. Ryanair drive a notoriously hard bargain, and all of their previous accommodation contracts have ended up in dispute. Once penalty clauses kick in for not reaching targets the Ryanair website can be a very lonely place to have your brand. No doubt Benassar and Roselló are well aware of this.

six-one-newsRyanair has a licence from the Commission of Aviation Regulation by the school’s group business which was an early signal that something bigger might be afoot. Traditional Irish tour operators have been wary of airlines who dabble in their markers, with good reason, especially those with long enough memories to remember the Aer Lingus holidays debacle. How much damage Ryanair beds will do remains to be seen. Selling package holidays is a complex business and complexity has not been Ryanair’s forte in the past. See launch coverage here.

img_3266Take aways from the Irish Travel Agents Association conference held on board the River cruise ship Antoinette included:

  • Mary McKenna’s assertion that, when recruiting staff, it is not the skill set that matters but how they fit in the organisation
  • Sarah Slattery pointed out the value of authentic content in the babble of internet holidayspeak.
Cormac Meehan, president of the Irish Travel Agents Association speaking at the ITAA 2016 conference on board Uniworld Antoinette

Cormac Meehan, president of the Irish Travel Agents Association speaking at the ITAA 2016 conference on board Uniworld Antoinette

There was a surprisingly clear and frank discussion between suppliers and agents moderated expertly by Clare Dunne, where the suppliers did not hold back in saying they found agents unresponsive to promotions and incentives while agents repeated the mantra that there were not enough incentives and what used to be the only perk in the travel industry, the opportunity to travel, seems to have been whittled down over the years. ITAA CEO Pat Dawson contended that every European country, with the possible exception of Sweden, is as unprepared for the package holiday directive as Ireland is. Ireland is not alone in sitting on its hands waiting for the complex business of travel regulation to be pulled together. Ireland’s travel agents are proposing a tax per ticket to replace the existing bonding system. Social highlight of the conference was the perfect A hit right in the middle by Mary Denton and Rebecca Kelly as they sang Steve Perry’s Don’t Stop Believing (E, B, C#m,  A), and held the note as the musicians continued. All we missed was Joe Hogan (RIP) on the piano. The venue for the 2017 conference will be announced at the Irish Travel industry awards on January 26. Watch here video of the conference. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airlines, speaking at the CAPA ACTE aviation summit in Amsterdam, October 27 2016Qatar have slots to operate Dublin-Doha from March next and confirmed the route on Monday, as first reported by Travel Extra. A delay in A350 deliveries means there is no start-up date. Qatar need more A350s to release a B787 for the route. Watch here Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker speaking to Travel Extra about the Dublin Doha service.

Travel Trade

Peter O'Hanlon, Loraine Cunningham and Volker Lorenz playing during the TIGS outing sponsored by Travel Extra at The Castle gofl club, December 1 2016Volker Lorenz and Tanya Airey won the TIGS event at the Castle golf club sponsored by Travel Extra, or as Shay Mitchell called it, the Travel Extra extravaganza. At the TIGS AGM Martin Skelly became TIGS captain for 2017 and Dave Conlon became vice captain and captain elect. TIGS President Peter O’Hanlon entered the second year of a two year term (“I have been asked to keep this meeting short so let’s start with Any other Business.”) Watch video report of the event here. Picture shows Peter O’Hanlon, Loraine Cunningham and mens winer Volker Lorenz playing the ninth. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

las-vegas-fam-grand-canyon-copyEthiopian Airlines, Las Vegas CVA and Visit USA hosted a fam trip to Nevada and Arizona at the Grand Canyon, Tony Flynn of Aer LIngus was showcasing the ease of connection into Vegas via Ethiopian’s early morning service. “Because we are so early in the morning we don’t clear immigration in Ireland. But I honestly don’t think we would take them up on the offer. Because we land so early in the morning there is only one other international flight arriving at that time. You are in and out of LA in an hour and a half. We work very closely with Virgin America. We get our customers into Las Vegas at two in the afternoon. Dublin Los Angeles Vegas is no different from Dublin London Las Vegas, you still have to take the extra flight. So try us. We have everything on offer.” Picture shows Lyndsey Martin of Clubworld, Yvonne Tully of Club Travel, Dee Burdock of American Holidays, Michael Doorley of Shandon Travel, Rachel Tracey of GoHop, Thomas McEvatt of Sunway, Tryphavana Cross of Las Vegas CVA, Tony Flynn of Ethiopian Airlines, Lorna O’Brien of Sunway and Clodagh Oxley of Visit USA. Watch here interview with Tony Flynn of Ethiopian. Watch here interview with Tryphavana Cross about developments in Las Vegas.

topflight-_-melissa-whelan-jill-russell-maurice-shiels-michelle-anderson-shauna-kelly-topflightTopflight entertained the Belfast trade at an après ski party in the ski-themed Baltic Bar on Wednesday celebrating the launch of the ski season with a focus on the Salzburg ski route from Belfast City Airport. The tour operator a complimentary bar, DJ, spot prizes, a ski-themed photobooth and some games on the night. Picture shows Melissa Whelan, Jill Russell, Maurice Shiels, Michelle Anderson and Shauna Kelly. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

colman-caitrionaCaitriona Toner of American Airlines briefed the trade on the airline’s plans for 2017 including the move to premium economy. From the US to Europe, customers travelling in Business Class and Flagship First are provided with a menu created by restaurateur Maneet Chauhan. Picture shows Caitriona with Colman Burke of Club Travel.. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Departing on the Turkish fam trip to the Seychelles: Roisin Carbery from Tropical Sky, Jennifer O’Brien of Travel Counsellors, Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines, Siobhan Emma Doyle of Trailfinders, Sonya Walsh of World Travel Center and Usha Panicker of Club TravelPicture shows agents departing on the Turkish Airlines fam trip to the Seychelles: Roisin Carbery from Tropical Sky, Jennifer O’Brien of Travel Counsellors, Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines, Siobhan Emma Doyle of Trailfinders, Sonya Walsh of  World Travel Center and Usha Panicker of Club Travel.

Cork Skal Christmas President’s Lunch 2016 will take place on December 11 in  Fitzgerald’s Vienna Woods Hotel. Dublin Skal Christmas President’s Lunch 2016 on Tuesday December 13 in the Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan.consort_0286

  • Picture shows a group attending the Consort conference in Alicante. Peter Freidrich, Ciaran Mulligan, John McKibbin, Sandra Corkin and Murkesh Sharma.
  • Kenya regional roadshow comes to Dublin on December 6th with drinks, food and an exciting competition.
  • john-grehan-selfiesG Adventures, represented in Ireland by John Grehan, revealed 18 new itineraries for National Geographic Journeys for 2017. John is pictured at Machu Pichu en route to the company’s annual conference and with a friend he encountered along the way.
  • Amadeus released Graham Floater and Lisa Mackie’s report: Travel distribution is it really the end of the world as we know it? See report here. See debate here.
  • The Commission for Aviation Regulation renewed the expired license of Atlantic Sky Team Tours in Galway.group_2733
  • Picture shows a group of Irish travel writers hosted by Madrid tourism on a visit to Spain on the ground fo the royal palace at Aran. Sra Rivero of the Spanish Tourist Board, Sean Dunne of the Mail on Sunday, Yvonne Gordon, Eoghan Corry of Travel Extra, Edwina O’Connor of Lifeoffstuff and Emma Nolan of the Dublin GazetteWatch here video of Salamanca district in Madrid. Watch here Sean Retana, first generation Irish tour guide, explaining the basics of olive oil.

Strange world

  • It was estimated that NHS translators cost the NHS £9.3m in three years in Northern Ireland.
  • A dramatic advance in beaver evolution- an enterprising beaver wreaked havoc among the artificial Christmas trees in a shop in Maryland. He has been sent to a wildlife rehabilitator, presumably to learn the error of his ways. “Plastic. Wood. Plastic. Wood.”
  • A woman opened an emergency exit and jumped out of a taxiing United flight on to the tarmac after landing at Houston airport.
  • Airline regulations that alcohol levels of over 70pc alcohol by volume mean that Rivers rum from the Antoine Distillery in Grenada is simply too strong to travel.
  • A teenager dangled over the side of a Carnival cruise ship for a dare.
  • An airline kicked a disabled boy off a flight home from his first ever holiday because his service dog was too big.
  • A Guam judge sentenced a Korean Air passenger who pleaded guilty to fighting with a flight attendant who refused to serve him beer more than two years prison time.
  • Lucky Air pilot in China was suspended after telling delayed passengers to mount a protest when a bigger airline was given priority by air traffic control.
  • David Tait. a columinst with Canada’s Travel Industry Today likened Michael O’Leary to Donald Trump.
  • Mexican airline Interjet launched a FindMika campaign after losing dog. The dog has apparently been found. 
  • British Airways could serve passengers a digital pill to monitor in-flight happiness.
  • A 700ft high Hindu temple in India is set to become the world’s tallest religious building and include a theme park.

International

  • The Australian government lowered backpacker tax to just 15pc.
  • Bikes outnumber cars for the first time in Copenhagen.marcelo-rech
  • Palma de Mallorca city on the Mediterranean tourism island of Mallorca is to be called simply Palma – again
  • Wynn Resorts says it’s joining a growing number of Las Vegas hotel-casinos by ending free parking valet service
  • Newark fast food workers protests for higher wages led to 26 arrexts.
  • Our sympathy to family and colleagues of Marcelo Rech, leading Brazilian journalist and victim of the Medellin aircraft accident.
  • GoEuro Citybreaks index rated Barcelona, Prague and Berlin as their top three. Bucharest was top for transportation, Kiev for accommodation, Belrin for nightlife, London for day activities and Barcelona for food and drink.
  • The city with the most tattoo parlours per capita was Miami Beach, USA with 28.48 per 100,000 citizens.

Food & Beverage

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland and Food Safety Authority of Ireland drew up guidelines on terms to describe their food in the marketplace, most notably Artisanal, Farmhouse, Traditional (your recipe or method of food preparation must be at last 30 years old) and Natural.

The Licensed Vintners Association claimed that insurance premiums for pubs have increased by 47pc over last two years, with one publican seeing their insurance premium rise by 81pc. Average premiums have increased from €17,000 in 2014 to €25,000 this year

JD Wetherspoons is to open a new three-floor pub in Waterford city in two buildings located on Broad Street and Arundel Square, removing the party walls between them, introducing pavement cafe areas at ground floor level and a new customer garden area on the first floor. JD Wetherspoons was granted permission to open a new €4m bar and hotel on Camden Street and sold five of its nine pubs in the north to the Granny Annie’s group for £3m.

  • Pimento Wine & Tapas, which opened in November 2015 in Carlow, is looking to open a second venue in Kilkenny,
  • Northern Ireland Hotels Federation award for Hotel Restaurant of the Year 2016 went to Lough Erne Resort.
  • Euro-toques Ireland named 23-year-old Maeve Walsh of Restaurant FortyOne at Residence as Young Chef of the Year 2016. Judges included two Michelin starred-chef Nathan Outlaw; Graham Neville of Euro-toques Ireland, Paul Kelly of the Merrion Hotel; and Wade Murphy of Limerick’s 1826 Adare,
  • Teeling Whiskey’s Global Brand Ambassador, Kevin Hurley was named Industry Legend of the Year at the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards. Teeling teamed up with Chinese distributor Summerage Fine Wines & Spirits to create a new oriental infused malt.
  • Esquires Coffee chain opened four new Dublin-based stores in the past eight months, a fifth store is planned for Talbot Street in first quarter of 2017

Hotels

The head of AIB’s hospitality division Owen Travers said AIB continues to be ‘very supportive of the Irish hospitality sector’ and has approved over €300m in loans to the hotel sector in 2016.

Marker Hotel GM Charlie Sheil was enrolled into the Irish Hospitality Institute’s college of fellows at its annual Founder’s Banquet and Hospitality Management Awards. Lifetime Achievement Award went to Peter Malone. Hospitality Manager of the Year was  Des McCann, Clayton Dublin Airport

  • Airbnb said hosts will need a license to rent their homes in London for more than 90 days a year, and homes in Amsterdam for 60 days.
  • Zanzibar which has planning permission for the development of an 89-bedroom hotel. on Dublin’s Ormond Quay is on sale for €10m having been on offer for €5m last August.
  • Ireland’s Travelodge franchise, taken over by Irish hotel group Tifco, nearly doubled pre-tax profits to €4.155m.
  • The 289 room W Hotel Las Vegas opened. “If there are two things in this world that were truly made for each other, it’s W Hotels and Las Vegas,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. Carton House appointed Éanna Hassett as Director of Operations, Matthew Murphy as Executive Chef, and PGA professional David Kearney is the new Director of Golf.
  • Bedsonline announced total revenue growth in some markets of up to 200pc for its key product, accommodation, in the financial year ending September 30, 2016.
  • The five-star 192-bedroom Conrad Dublin hotel saw pre-tax profits double to €2.28m.
  • Mount Juliet pre-tax losses last year declined by 23pc to €1.9m as revenues increased by 5pc to €9.47m.
  • Shanghai-based Fosun Group is to create Fosun Tourism and Culture Group.
  • Marriott’s global brand officer, Tina Edmundson said eight of Marriott’s 30 brands are being designated luxury brands ahead of a major announcement on how the company’s 30 brands will be divvied up and categorised.
  • Property developer Johnny Ronan has applied for planning permission to press ahead with plans for a 141-bedroom hotel at Enniskerry, close to where Treasury Holdings, his former business, developed the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel.
  • Radisson Blu hotel at Dublin Airport reported a 44pc profit rise.

Aviation

Dublin’s summer 2017 slot allocations include Qatar’s planned service from March and Hainan’s prospective Beijing service via Manchester. A proportion of these slot allocations will not be taken up.

iceland-route-pic-2Pictured at the announcement of the new Icelandair 3w route from Belfast City Airport to Reykjavik to start June 2017 are Ciaran Doherty, Head of Co-operative Marketing, Tourism Ireland, Anne McMullan, Director of Marketing and Communications, Visit Belfast, and Ellie McGimpsey, Business Development Manager, Belfast City Airport.

Expect great access fares to Northern Portugal next summer. In response to Aer Lingus decision to fly Dublin to Porto Ryanair have increased their service from 2w to 5w for summer 2017.

  • The Avro RJ. aircraft involved in the soccer team tragedy in Medellin was formerly EI-RJK.
  • Aer Lingus transferred their gold circle members to a 4-tier avios system on Tuesday, meaning future points will be accumulated on revenue, not mileage.
  • The EU is to press airlines to sell €1 bottled water on board, voluntary, for now,
  • CityJet is to take delivery of 3 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft in the first half and five in all in 2017 funded by Vnesheconombank.
  • Aer Rianta International profits increased to €23.7m up 10.5pc.
  • CityJet reduced its losses from €30m in 2014 to €10m and said it was going to reshape into a profitable and sustainable operator. Pat Byrne said: “within two years we will be the largest regional wet provider in Europe, and we will probably be the number-two regional sized airline in Europe, just behind FlybeWe will carry about 1m passengers and 4m or 5m for other airlines.”Yvonne Muldoon of Aer Lingus speaking at the ITAA 2016 conference on board Uniworld Antoinette,
  • Kevin O’Malley, Betty McLaughlin of the Institute of Guidance Councillors, David Rook of Riot Games, Yvonne Muldoon, Director of Sales Aer Lingus (pictured), and Brian MacCraith, President of DCU  are among guest speakers at StudentLife Summit (website) sponsored by Aer Lingus will include US Ambassador to Ireland. Admission to the Student Life Summit is €5 and Teachers can register their classes at www.slsummit.com. To celebrate its sponsorship, Aer Lingus is also giving away two tickets to any North American destination of your choice for teachers registering classes before December 19.
  • Profits at ground handling service firm Sky Handling Partner are up 26pc to €882k.
  • Ryanair launched their 86th base In Naples.
  • American Airlines flight attendants union called on the airline to recall its new uniforms claiming the garments are to blame for a string of health problems including headaches, rashes and respiratory problems
  • Spain’s EASA authorised FTEJerez to train multi-crew pilots for Aer Lingus.
  • See here Oireachtas Transport committee discussion with Dublin Airport Authority: Chairman Designate Pádraig Ó Ríordáin.
  • Flying in Ireland reviewed Public Service Obligation air services routes and capacity needs at Ireland’s State Airports.
  • Ryanair was involved in a subsidy row at Zadar.
  • Aer Lingus won Best Sports Team or Athlete Sponsorship at the Irish Sponsorship Awards.
  • Listen here Richard Curran interview with Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh.
  • Newstalk podcast Michael O’Leary in the Midlands, and podcast with Henry McKean.
  • Vueling signed up for Travelport’s merchandising produce, Travelport Rich Content and Branding.
  • A life in aviation, watch Tony Fernandes CEO of Air Asia here and Akbar Al Baker CEO of Qatar here.

Afloat

Jo Rzymowska, Pat Ward and Loraine Quinn at the Celebrity Cruises event in L'Ecrivain.Dublin’s first homeported big ship will be Celebrity Eclipse operating five rotations from April to June 2018 including a 10-night Ireland and Iceland sailing calling at Belfast, Reykjavik, Iceland; Akureyri, Iceland; Lerwick/Shetland, Scotland; and Cork, as well as offering an eight-night Norwegian Fjords itinerary. Eclipse, after eight years of homeporting in Southampton, will split its time between Dublin and Amsterdam. Celebrity Silhouette will replace Eclipse based out of Southampton from summer 2018. Picture shows Jo Rzymowska, Pat Ward and Loraine Quinn at the Celebrity Cruises announcement. Watch here interview with Lorraine Quinn.

  • Construction began of Oceanwide Expeditions’ newest cruise ship the Polar Class 6 vessel Hondius at Croatian shipyard Brodospli.
  • MSC Cruises steel cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction of MSC Bellissima, the second of the Meraviglia class of ships, took place at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire. Construction of the new MSC cruise ship terminal begins at port of Miami.
  • Princess Cruises pleaded guilty to pollution charges and paid a $40m fine.
  • Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are to include Gratuities on cruises from Australia and NZ.
  • A Welsh woman was washed up near Lawrenny after falling overboard from the Irish Ferries Isle of Inishmore between Pembroke and Rosslare
  • Fred Olsen Cruise Lines launched its New Year promotional campaign with free upgrades to its all-inclusive drinks package for bookings of five nights or more, and a waiver of single supplements on some sailings for bookings made until March 1 2017.
  • Lindblad Expeditions‘ new cruise ship National Geographic Endeavour II sailed out ahead of schedule.
  • Rosslare Europort is to waive charges for cruise ships for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Royal Caribbean’s North Star attraction has broken the record for being the “Highest Viewing Deck on a Cruise Ship.
  • Seabourn laid the keel for Seabourn Ovation. Seabourn received its newest luxury cruise ship, 600-passenger Seabourn Encore, from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

Ireland

titanic-belfast-ceo-tim-husbands-mbe-and-vice-chairman-conal-harvey-celebrate-titanic-belfast-being-crowned-king-of-the-worldTitanic Belfast became the first Irish winner of a World Tourism Award when they were named best visitor attraction at a marathon ceremony in the Maldives where 195 winners were named, following up their European award last month. Guinness won the European attraction award in 2015 and were shortlisted as a world finalist in 2016. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers was named the world’s leading hotel, Etihad the world’s leading airline and Changi Airport, Singapore the world’s leading airport. Norwegian Cruise Line won the large cruise ship award. The United Arab Emirates won 19 awards, three more were picked by Emriates airlines.

Viewing Platform Sliabh LeagueCounty Donegal was named number one in National Geographic Traveller’s Cool List: 17 for 2017, citing filming of the latest Star Wars movie in Malin Head and the county’s “weather-nibbled coast spotted with sea stacks, Blue Flag beaches and offshore-islands,” ahead of 2 Santiago; 3 Helsinki; 4 Greenland; 5 Peru; 6 Aarhus; 7 Canada; 8 Portland, Oregon; 9 India; 10 South Africa; 11 Iran; 12 New Zealand; 13 Seoul; 14 Sudan; 15 Düsseldorf; 16 Sicily; 17 USA. Picture shows viewing platform on Sliabh League.

  • Inis Mor’s beleaguered ferry service was given a stay of execution until January 4.
  • The Hidden Ireland collection of 32 country houses and 22 self catering properties launched a coffee table book.
  • Shane Ross hit back at his critics over his performance as tourism minister at the announcement of Tourism Ireland’s marketing strategy for 2017. The body anticipates 10.5m visitors to the island in 2016 and growth of 11.5pc and expects double digit growth again in 2017 despite some challenges. Watch here Tourism Ireland’s Jump into Ireland 2017 advertisement scheduled to go live in 23 markets and featuring scenes from scenes from Antrim, Clare, Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Mayo.
  • Ireland won ‘Best Luxury Destination’ at the Travel+Leisure India’s Best Awards 2016 in India.
  • A bogus taxi was intercepted and siezed while taking passengers to Dublin Airport yesterday.
  • The CEO of Belfast International Airport Graham Keddie launched a broadside against Tourism Ireland which is chaired by the CEO of Belfast City Airport, Brian Ambrose.

Deal Watch

thomson-deal-watchThomson offers: 7 nights self catering Protur Bahia Azul Apartments, Cala Bona, Majorca from €4459pps, depart Shannon May 6 2017. 3 nights half board Hotel Nerja Club, Costa Del Sol from €331pps, depart December 15. 7 nights self catering Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €544pps, depart December 15. 7 nights all inclusive Clubhotel Riu Vistalmar Amadores, Gran Canaria from €1,069pps, depart December 24. 7 nights half board Hotel Barcelo Santiago, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife from €539pps, depart January 13 2017. 7 nights half board Hotel Ifa Catatrina, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €449pps, depart January 28 2017. 7 nights half board Hotel H10 Timanfaya Palace, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €699pps, depart February 5 2017. 7 nights half board Hotel Golden Donaire Beach, La Pineada, Costa Dorada from €679pps, depart Knock June 27 2017. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,789pps, depart June 15 2017. 14 nights all inclusive Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya, Playacar, Mexico from €1,499pps, depart July 5 2017. 7 nights Mediterranean Secrets cruise on board TUI Discovery from €1,409pps, depart Shannon July 15 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon-deal-watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel H10, Playa Meloneras Palace, Gran Canaria from €1,429pp, depart December 24. 7 nights all inclusive 3* IFA Interclub Atlantic, San Agustin, Gran Canaria from €489pp, depart January 28 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €389pp, depart January 13 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife from €389pp, depart February 3 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €419pp, depart February 5 2017. Lapland day trip from €559 per adult and €459 per child, depart December 16. 7 nights B&B 3* Sellas Hotel and Apartments, Sidari, Corfu from €429pp, depart May 19 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Ouratlantico Apartments, Praia D’Oura, Algarve from €469pp, depart May 28 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Royal Decameron Club Caribbean, Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €1,549pp, depart June 15 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,729pp, depart July 5 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 5* El Dorado Royale, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €2,469pp, depart June 7 2017. 7 nights 4* Holiday Village Kos from €2,319 2+1, from €3,249 2+2, depart June 10 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Saturno, Alcudia, Majorca form €2,079 2+1, from €2,659 2+2, depart June 14 2017. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 2* ICandy Apartments, Malia, Crete from €459pp, depart June 11 2017. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

tourism-ni-deal-watchTourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Charlemont Arms, Co Armagh from £99 per room incl. bottle of Prosecco on arrival, valid until December 31, quote Discover NI when booking, call (028) 37 522028. 2 nights B&B Westville Hotel, Co Fermanagh from £125pps incl. 3 course meal on evening of choice, available until December 31, call (028) 66 320333. 2 nights B&B Maryville House Tearooms and Boutique B&B, Belfast from £180 incl. glass of mulled wine and shortbread and festival afternoon tea, valid until December 29, call (028) 90 681510.

Sunway offers: 7 days 4* Trafalgar tour of the Best of the US Canyonlands from €2,459pp, depart May 30 2017. 8 nights self catering 2* Intouriste Apartemnts, Morocco from €399pp, depart December 30. 10 nights half board 4* Aqua Suites, Lanzarote from €1,599pp, depart Cork December 28. 7 nights self catering 2* Villa Florida Apartments, Fuerteventura from €769pp, depart December 29. 8 nights self catering 2* Oasis Apartments, Lanzarote from €909pp, depart December 30. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Marina Elite, Gran Canaria from €1,214pp, depart December 30. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights 3* half board hotel accommodation Lake Maggiore, Italy from €919pp incl. transfers, excursions and taxes and charges. Travel May to October 2017. Book here or call 01 637 1600.

ITAA offers: 3 nights Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour, Liverpool from €165pp incl. accommodation at Days Inn Hotel, tour ticket and admission to the front stage of the Cavern club, depart February 5 2017. 9 nights Norwegian Fjords cruise with Eurovision winner Dana from €779pp incl. entertainment and a captain’s cocktail party, depart June 5 2017. 4 days 4* Mercure Nemzeti Hotel, Budapest from €769pp incl. return flights, taxes, transfers, 2-course dinner in Callas Cafe, half day sightseeing tour with lunch, guided tour of Hungarian Opera House, excursion to the Danube Bend towns with lunch and ticket to see José Carreras in concert, depart January 19 2017.

Topflight offers: 7 nights 4* Bella Italia, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €499pps, depart May 6 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Villagio Verde, Sorrento from €529pps, depart May 7 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Malcesine, Lake Garda from €799pps, depart May 13 2017. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €799pps, depart June 10 2017. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Milton, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €799pps, depart June 10 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €1,099pps, depart April 30 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €879pps, depart May 7 2017. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Melia Madeira Mare, Funchal, Madeira from €799pps, depart May 11 2017. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Insight Vacations is offering 8 days Easy Pace Russia tour from €2,229pps incl. flights, transfersand accommodation. Book by January 27 2017, depart May 14 2017. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Burgundy Provence cruise on board the SS Catherine from €3,049pps incl. flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages and all shore excursions. Book by December 31, depart March 26 2017. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803. 

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Making room for EI in T2: EY go to T1

HEADLINES – AVIATION – AFLOAT – DEALWATCH – FOOD & BEVERAGE – HOTELS – INTERNATIONAL – IRELAND – STRANGE WORLD – TRAVEL TRADE

Algarve Tourism hosts international travel writers in a helicopter ride over Portimão, October 14 2016

Algarve Tourism hosts international travel writers in a helicopter ride over Portimão, October 14 2016

14 Things to know about travel this week

  • Ryanair reduces check-in window for unreserved seats to 4 days
  • Etihad back to 2 daily & moves to T1 to make way for Aer Lingus westbound
  • Thailand mourns its king, but urges tourists to come
  • Agents join DSD on behind the scenes tour of Barcelona 
  • Cityjet cabin crew threaten 5 days of strikes
  • 20 year old ship wins ‘best new ship’ award in London cruise awards
  • A trip with 747 travel to a country that does not exist
  • More flights to Canada in Summer 2017
  • Delta calls a truce with frequent fliers
  • 43-room Bullitt hotel opens for business in Belfast 
  • Tower Hotel finds new owners
  • irish passport service gets facial recognition technology
  • Short stay visa scheme extended for 5 years
  • A high octane trip to the Algarve

Travel Extra TV

video-of-the-weekOur video of the week is heart-in-mouth material. A Boeing 737 had a near-miss trying to land in difficult crosswinds at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport. Watch here.

  • More scary stuff: a great white shark manages to break into a diving cageWatch here.
  • A traveller hiking in Indonesia witnessed a magnificent volcanic eruptionWatch here.
  • A word of advice: don’t wake a sleeping tiger. Here’s why: Watch here.
  • Qatar Airways cabin crew visit Helsinki. Watch here.
  • Airbus uploaded a highlights reel from the delivery of its 10,000th aircraft. Watch here.
  • Aer Lingus posted a video of its inaugural Dublin to Hartford flight. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

chris-leeChris Lee of the Tourism Authority of Thailand stressed that that there is NO ban on alcohol or music or any form of entertainment.  Some bar and restaurant owners may choose to close earlier and/or tone down any music played as a sign of respect but there is no instruction from the government to do so. The Authority advised visitors to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal after the death of their king and the declaration of a year of mourning. If possible visitors should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public. Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites.The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners. Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of the king. All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual. Authorities have stepped up safety and security measures. The London Daily Mail reported that English tourists were enraged to hear that the red light district could close for a month.

Etihad’s move to T1 on January 24 and return to double daily on April 1 (read here) will solve some capacity problems for Dubln Airport, freeing extra widebody capacity to the 400 gates in T2 in advance of Aer LIngus pending announcement of new trans-Atlantic routes in 2017.

Amy Murphy of Rosetta Travel and Hugo Nascimento of Algarev TourismHugo Nascimento, (“there is more to the Algarve than a beach”), brought 17 travel writers and travel agents, including Amy Murphy of Rosetta Travel (pictured with Hugo Nascimento), to sample the activities within an hour of Faro, one of the best served holiday gateways from Ireland. The willing victims were treated to food, culinary and wine experiences, a cookery lesson with chef Margarida Varques at Tertulia Algarvia (website), a helicopter ride across the crumbling cliffs and glowing red-hue headlands  of the coast (website), a drive on the Algarve racetrack (website), a swim with dolphins experience at Zoomarine (website), a visit to Novacortica cork factory (website), a segway tour of Lagos city (website), a jeep safari through the cauldron mountains (website), custard tarts in Agua Mel delightful coffee shop in Alte (latte and choice of tart €1.90),  and a tasting menu in Hans Neuner ‘s two star Michelin restaurant, Ocean. The group was accommodated at the Vila Vita Park and Epic Sana hotels.

group-louleThe trip was well irrigated with Portuguese wine, and a fado performance on the final night from Argentina Freire at the Garrafeira Veneza restaurant in Mem Moniz (website). Hugo, a great supporter of the Irish trade, will be fronting up another trade mission to Ireland in 2017. Picture shows back row Hugo Nascimento, Laia Curto Igual, Herve Giraud, Fergal Hallahan. Middle row: Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, Isabel Garcia, Deborah Pham, Peta-Gal Innerarity and Kerry Skarratt. Front row: Jessice Flitter, Stephanie Van-Anh Triph, Pauline Weber, chef Margarida Vargues. Seated front: Eoghan Corry.

Michael and Barry Caslin in TransnistraMichael Caslin of 747 travel brought 40 of his loyal soccer supporters, including Travel Extra, to a country which does not exist. In a breakout from the soccer trip to Moldova the group crossed the border into the unrecognised country of Transnistra, a breathtaking throwback to the Soviet Union, complete with giant statues of Lenin and pictures armed of citizen-heros on the town hall. Like Moldova, Transnistra has its own excellent beer and wine. An English translation of the Soviet national anthem was sung on the bus journey home. Guess who? Only Ireland’s most loyal supporters made the long trip and were to be found clustered around the character laden little bars of Chişinău. And Midway through the second half you could hear the strain of We all dream of a team of James McLeans. Some things never change.

New ship? Despite the fact that it is 20 years old TUI Discovery won the best new ship in the London Cruise Critic editors’ choice awards. It just shows what a lick of paint and a new fascia board can do. Stateside, Carnival Vista, Crystal Mozart from newcomer Crystal River Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Explorer won best new cruise ships of 2016. Disney Cruise Line was named Best Dining and Best for Families.  AmaWaterways won Best River Cruise Line, What is the betting for the best new ship in 2017? Helen Caron has had her credit card out again and no doubt she will be looking for TUI Discovery 2 to come up with a ship gong, or should that be bell? Why was the ship named TUI Discovery and not Thomson Discovery? Helen Caron head of Cruise Division at Thomson/TUI explains here.

dsd-barcelona-group-2Do Something Different hosted ten agents for five nights on a famil to Barcelona including the Formula 1 race track, where the winner of the Formula 1 Race was Jayne O’Shea Limerick Travel, and PortAventura. Picture shows Sophie Phelan of Strand Travel, Tania Brown of Downe Travel, Jayne O’Shea of Limerick Travel, John O’ Brien of Just Split, Nicole Cullen of Fahy Travel Picture shows Annabel Cove of Do Something Different, Carlos of Guide, Jayne O’Shea of Limerick Travel, Tania Brown of Downe Travel, John o Brien of Just Split, Sophie Phelan of Strand Travel, Nicole Cullen of Fahy Travel. Second picture shows Jayne O’Shea and friend on the podium. dsd-barcelona-ba-bcn-12

Algarve tourism (website) will be hosting a group of tour operators at the Spanish Masters this week. Ethiopian is also hosting some golfers on a trip. It caused the unfortunate postponement of the Travel Extra sponsored TIGS golf day at The Castle which will be held in December instead.

Travel Trade

angela-taylor-oasis-travelAngela Taylor from Oasis Travel became the sixth winner in the competition for a Polo Magnifico run by Blue Insurances. She follows previous winners Helena Kilduff from Skytours, Rose Kane from Kanes Travel in Longford, Claire Mulligan from Clubworld Travel, Mandy Walsh of Travel Counsellors and Rita Gaughan from Limerick Travel.  The competition started in April and runs until March 2017. Monthly winners enter a draw for a new Volkswagen Polo in a competiton organised by Ian Dack of Ireland’s Largest Volkswagen Dealership, Frank Keane Volkswagen and Ciaran Mulligan of Blue Insurances Every five Blue Insurances policies sold each month automatically generates an entry in the monthly draw. Blue Insurances reminds agents to have their own unique login to make bookings count for their monthly draw.

sunway-winnerAlison Larkin from Falcon Travel Shop Clarehall was the winner of the Sunway competition for  a Royal Caribbean, 7 Nights Greek Isles Cruise on Vision of the Seas to travel on November 5 for 2 people including flights and transfers.

Spain, Portugal and the US are the top three destinations for Winter 2016 according to the ITAA quarterly members survey. Agents said 72pc had an increase in turnover for the third quarter of 2016 (July – September), a fifth increased their turnover by more than 20pc, 59pc said offline business increased and 48pc said that over 60pc of business is based on repeat customers. Cruise Holidays were voted the top travel trend for 2017.

Majella Green of O'Hanrahan Travel and Olwen McKinneyThe magnificent seven of travel suppliers, Travel Partners brought their roadshow to Dundalk. The partners are Amadeus Ireland, ASM, Blue Insurance Group, Classic Collection Holidays, MSC Cruises, Bookabed and Cruisescapes. Picture shows prize winner Majella Green of O’Hanrahan Travel and Olwen McKinney of Amadeus. 

Oneworld expanded their Training Academy, designed to equip agents to sell oneworld fares, available at travelagent.oneworld.com with more details on batraveltrade.com. For each Oneworld Training Academy module completed before October 31, agents will receive an entry to win one of 10 shopping vouchers worth £50/€50 each.

Skal Dublin club president Daragh O'Neill with Stephen Hanna GM Camden Court Hotel and Paula Barry Herbert Park HotelPicture shows Skal Dublin club president Daragh O’Neill with Stephen Hanna GM Camden Court Hotel and Paula Barry Herbert Park Hotel at the monthly event in the Camden Court Hotel.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel 2017 Energy, Resources and Marine Forecast said 2017 will be a volatile year for travel in the energy, resources and marine sector, driven by the combination of only slight growth in oil prices, minimal growth in both mature and emerging economies, and increases in alternative and renewable energy resources.

img_1925Topflight were hosted by the Ski Club of Ireland in Kilternan on Monday evening for an evening of skiing, fun and socialising to get their ski legs back in advance of the season and see the wonderful newly opened clubhouse. Topflight are resuming or starting four French resorts, Tignes, Aimes 200, Arc 1800, and Arc 1950. The Irish owned operator has 13 resorts in Austria for sale this winter, 13 in France, Livigno in Italy, and three in Andorra. Both of the major ski operaers out of Ireland, Topflight and Crystal, had increased capacity by 20pc for the season ahead. .
  • China Southern, represented in Ireland by Paul Weir’s APG, are introducing net fares for agents.
  • A guest blog on GradIreland featured a career in the travel retail industry.
  • ABTA, which has 75 member agencies in the north, chose Azores as the venue for its next convention.
  • Skift’s report into the travel agent of the future ($295) recommended that travel agents leverage personalisation to capture the hearts and minds of travellers.
  • A report by London School of Economics in Travel distribution: the end of the world as we know it? speculated that artificial Intelligence, virtual reality and the use of portable technology would transform travel distribution. It urged distributers to go beyond bilateral partnerships and contractual relationships.
  • The Irish Travel Agents Association pledged its support for the National Tourism Careers Programme, run by the Irish Hotels Federation and the Irish Hospitality Institute in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, with its interactive online programme for students and teachers (Tourism Insight), a free digital and print magazine on tourism career options (Get a Life in Tourism) and student work experience programme.
  • Sharon Jordan is seeking a Marketing and PR coordinator for The Travel Corporation. Agencies seeking staff at the moment include Cassidy Travel, Fahy Travel, Falcon Holidays, Limerick Travel,  Mullingar Travel. Navan Travel, Skytours, Tour America’s new cruise department and Travel Department are among the agency seeking sales staff at the moment.

Strange World

Dora Sarchese vineyard, who have opened a 24-hour wine fountainfontana del vino in Caldari di Ortona in Abruzzo, in central Italy, say it is not for the use of “drunkards” or “louts”.

Hotels

bulllittThe €4.3m 43-bedroom Bullitt Hotel (website) opened on Church Lane in Belfast complete with ski-themed bar, a 58-seater restaurant and the city’s slickest coffee machine. Former Clayton Belfast GM Michael Sullivan is the new General Manager for the development is by the the owners of the Merchant Hotel.

International

Budget 2017 allocated €4m additional funds for passport modernisation including the introduction of facial recognition technology and more streamlined renewal services.

  • TripAdvisor announced it will no longer allow users to book activities that involve contact with endangered species or captive wild animals.
  • Portugal tourism introduced All for All Portuguese tourism programme created by VisitPortugal addressed to all entrepreneurs in the tourism sector.
  • There was a record turnout for the Magical Kenya Travel Expo of 140 hosted buyers and media from 35 countries while 137 exhibitors which includes 6 tourism boards, 13 counties, 11 airlines and 12 countries are participating in the expo. Kenya recently waived visa fees for children under 16, reduced parking fees, scrapped tourism VAT and offered incentives for charter operators.
  • The number of foreign visitors to Turkey dropped 38pc in August. Hürriyet newspaper said the target of a rocket attack on Friday may have been a tanker moored at sea, and rockets were fired from a mountainous area near a highway linking the resort of Kemer to the city of Antalya.
  • Designs for $70m Statue of Liberty Museum were unveiled.
  • SITE in Dar Es Salaam has been cancelled in the wake of a tourism slump caused by an 18pc tourism tax.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car is expanding to Argentina, Paraguay and Curacao.
  • Wannabe PR was  appointed PR representation agency for the Cook Islands.
  • Residents of five US states (New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshirt, the American Samoa) may be barred from boarding a commercial flight using a driver’s license beginning in 2018 because of their states’ refusal to comply with federal proof-of-identity requirements.

Food and Beverage

Cork County Council launched Cork Incubator Kitchens to drive food production in the area, giving Cork food entrepreneurs an edge by giving them access to a fully equipped kitchen for €15 per hour with no rents or  term contracts.

  • Fitzgeralds Woodlands House in Adare unveiled Dick’s Bar as a tribute to its late owner and commissioned Dick’s Stout in Dick Fitzgerald’s memory.
  • Bullitt Belfast opened a ski-themed bar.
  • Familia Castaño, Hécula Monastrell 2014 won Wine of the Year at the Irish Wine Show Star Awards.
  • ShortCross Gin will be stocked by World Duty Free shops in George Best Belfast City Airport and selected airports in England.
  • Chefs’ Choice Award at the national organic awards went to Highbank Orchards in Kilkenny, for their Orchard Syrup. Bord Bia say the Irish organic sector grew 23.7pc last year to bring organic grocery sales to €142m. There were a record 278 entries to the national organic awards.
  • All in the Food: 75 Years of Cathal Brugha Street was launched by Senator David Norris.
  • Stonewell Rós cider won the overall award at the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards in Dingle

Aviation

Ryanair are reducing the advance check-in window to four days from seven days before departure from the beginning of November. Passengers who wish to book more than four days in advance will have to pay €6 for their choice of seat. Passengers without the Ryanair app on their smart phones who do not wish to pay the €6 will now have to source a printer while on holiday abroad. Customers who purchase seats can check-in between 30 days and up to 2 hours before their scheduled flight departure time.

  • CityJet cabin crew have announced five days of strike action from 5am on Thursday October 20 until midnight on Friday October 21, and again at 5am on October 24 until 10pm on October 26, over the loss of overnight allowances in Amsterdam.
  • Rome’s Ciampino International Airport, used by Ryanair, closed on Friday for 15 days of runway repairs.  Most of the flights to Ciampino will move to Rome’s other airport, Fiumicino, during that time.
  • Ireland is to get two more flights to Canada in summer 2017, Air Canada Rouge‘s Vancouver – Dublin in Summer 2017. Air Transat is increasing its frequency from Dublin to Toronto from 2w to 3w next summer. They also were Montreal weekly.
  • SAS are to fly Stockholm to Shannon 2w on Tuesdays and Saturdays Stockholm to Shannon from April  1 – October 7 2017, as a result of a long-standing campaign by their GSA in Ireland Alan Sparling. Shannon Airport welcomed the new service to Stockholm saying Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons was a key factor in securing the new route. Separately, the governments of Norway and Sweden say they have sold some of their shares in Scandinavian Airlines, saying the move will strengthen the regional carrier by reducing state ownership.
  • Cork (up 12.1pc) was reported as the fastest growing airport, ahead of Dublin (up 8.6pc) and Shannon (up 3.3pc) as the IAA said terminal traffic was up 5.7pc in September.
  • Aegan wil have an extended season and frequency increase to 3w next summer
  • Samsung hinted it is terminating production of its troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and warned owners to stop using their phones. The Irish Aviation Authority issued a passenger advisory notice about the device and the FAA and DOT banned Note7 phones on all US flights. Aer Lingus cabin crew have been issuing instructions to customers to have their Note 7 powered off at all times on board aircraft.
  • aer-lingua-fireDramatic photographs of the service truck fire while loading Aer Lingus EI-DUO A332 in Orlando on October 6 were widely circulated this week just before the aircraft arrived back to Dublin on Friday. Swissport employees Kevin Charles and Alexix Salgado were both injured in the incident.
  • Was Hitchcock right? Multiple bird strikes put one of Aer Lingus newest A330s, EI-FNG, out of action in Boston. _jw_7262_hr
  • Andrew Kelly of ASL Airlines Ireland was elected to the board of the European Regional Airlines at their AGM in Madrid. The conference heard that 55pc of the EU airline industry is dominated by the big five, the Lufthansa group, Ryanair, AF-KLM, IAG and Easyjet, with the remaining 45pc made up of 120 other airlines. Pat Byrne told the conference that London City Airport expansion would have an impact on raised fees. “It is a great airport, but the most expensive in Europe.” Boet Kreiken of KLM Cityhopper told the conference that consolidation of airlines in Europe does not make it easy for regional players to emerge. Cityjet won the ERAA silver airline of the year behind Spain’s Binter and ahead of Flybe.
  • AerCap delivered an Airbus A320neo on lease to Spirit Airlines. AerCap leased, purchased and sold 143 aircraft in the third quarter 2016.
  • United Airlines has suffered computer systems failure that resulted in delays and cancellations globally late Thursday and early Friday.
  • Delta Air Lines says the sudden resignation of chairman and former CEO Richard Anderson, having just taken over in May, was “part of the plan.” Delta was the first of the big three carriers to announce quarterly earnings report and took the opportunity to revoice concern over low-cost carriers (for which read Norwegian’s Cork-Boston service) cutting into its very profitable trans-Atlantic business. In a more welcome development, Delta appear to have called a truce with Skymiles members and restored some of the upgrade entitlements which had recently been removed.
  • Etihad became the ninth airline to gain five star status form Skytrax. There are 40 furtehr fourt-star airines, including Aer Lingus
  • Alaska Airlines kicked a passenger off a plane for heckling a female flight attendant, calling out “sexy!” as she demonstrated how to use a life vest.
  • An additional flight to Barbados for Caribbean fly/cruise from Belfast International Airport was announced for January 2018. One departs in November
  • Avolois to focus on Integrating CIT, and will consider M&A after 2017
  • Belfast International Airport company report was published
  • A Boeing 787-9 dreamliner visited Dublin Airport for the first time. The Boeing 787-10 went into final assembly, the landing gear has spinning hubcaps and colour lights
  • BA customers were given the opportunity to check their luggage in and have it celviered form anywhere in London for an extra £30 in an initiative by Airportr.
  • Croatia Airlines is to operate Osijek – Dublin charters in summer 2017.
  • Volotea is to operate a weekly B717 scheduled service from Cork to Verona from June 2017.
  • Datalex named Blair Koch their CTO and President of Datalex Americas.
  • Dublin Airport set a September record of 2.6m. A woman awarded €40k for a Dublin Airport escalator fall saw the award overturned.
  • FETAC grades are among the issues to be raised at the Irish Aviation Students Association second annual symposium on October 21st
  • GECAS Cargo Aircraft Group announced its first 737-800NG passenger-to-freighter conversion placement with ASL Aviation Group
  • HNA’s Avolon group is to acquire CIT Commercial Air, creating the world’s third largest aircraft lessor.
  • Joe Gill assessed the threat to the Irish aviation leasing industry from China in an article for the Irish Examiner.
  • Monarch said recent issues with the CAA were unfortunate and had an impact on holiday bookings more than flights.
  • Qatar Airways said they would unveil the business class seat at ITB 2017.
  • Ryanair CMO Kenny Jacobs told the Italian press that the airline is close to an agreement with Norwegian and Aer Lingus to feed long-haul routes to the US.
  • Ryanair deliveries resumed with the arrival of Boeing 737-8AS EI-FTB  and EI-FTD. Ryanair said it carried 1m US-based passengers in summer 2016. Ryanair is expanding Its Aircraft Maintenance Base in Kaunas. Ryanair said it could start operating from Foronda in April 2017
  • Speculation emerged that Emirates annoyance with Airbus delays with the A380neo could see it order the 787, not the A350.
  • Turkish deferred deliveries of 92 A321neos and 75 737 Max jets.
  • IATA and the Secretariat of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe agreed a new partnership for aviation security in Europe.
  • Michael O’Leary told the Irish Times Ryanair could provide a third Dublin Airport terminal for €200m.
  • Willie Walsh told the London Times he believes Heathrow‘s third runway is still a fantasy project.

Afloat

Silversea introduced free business class flights on select Mediterranean voyages booked before 3 December 2016 and with every 2016 and 2017 booking agents receive a complimentary sweet treat from Hotel Chocolat.

  • Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian’s next new build will seasonally homeport in Seattle from Summer 2018.
  • MSC added UNESCO-protected Saranda in Albania to its Eastern Mediterranean itineraries form April 2017. MSC Fantasia will replace MSC Orchestra in the Antilles and the South Caribbean in November 2017. Alternative calls were scheduled instead of Ocean Cay Marine Reserve which has been delayed until October 2018.
  • Government sources told the Irish Times they were agreeable to using Irish ports and airports to control immigration to Britain.
  • Royal Caribbean said Icon class vessels to be delivered in the second quarters of 2022 and 2024 will be fuelled by LNG. The cruise line will begin testing fuel cell technology on an existing Oasis-class ship in 2017.
  • MS Thomas Hardy, one of four new 5 Star All Suite Ships to be launched next year by Riviera River Cruises, is undergoing sea-trials.
  • A fire broke out on board the Norwegian Joy currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
  • Scenic became the first cruise line to offer a river cruising travel guarantee for every guest at no extra charge
  • Enda O’Coineen takes part in the round-the-world Vendee Globe Challenge sailing race which begins in France in early November.

Ireland

Minister Frances Fitzgerald extended the Irish Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme for a further five years, enabling visitors from 18 countries to visit both Ireland and Britain on a single visa. It covers nationals of Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Montenegro, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.coach-tour

Fáilte Ireland, in collaboration with Tourism Ireland hosted coach tour operators from Germany, Austria and Switzerland visited King House, Boyle Abbey and a tour of Strokestown Park House, Roscommon, followed by a visit to St Mels Cathedral and Corlea Trackway in Keenagh, Longford, Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre in Offaly and the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens in Kildare. Th group are pictured at King House, Roscommon with Marlene Burke, Failte Ireland.

Fáilte Ireland, in collaboration with Tourism Ireland hosted Austrian tour operator Prima Reisen in Limerick City and a visit to Lough Gur Heritage Centre at Bruff, a foraging walk with Mary Bulfin at Roundstone House in Laois, a tour of Barberstown Castle, Kildare, a tour of the Blasket Island Centre, Dingle Distillery, the Gallarus Oratory Visitor Centre and the Killarney National Park.

FRENCH JOURNALISTS SAY ‘OUI’ LOVE IRELANDThe Ireland’s Ancient East brand was the focus of separate trade and media famils this week. Picture shows a group of French journalists at the Rock of Dunamase, with tour guide Mick Langan and Anne Zemmour of Tourism Ireland. Travel agents from the United States, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Denmark also visited the Ancient East.

The itinerary for Middle Eastern journalists from Al Bayan newspaper and Condé Nast Traveller magazine included a walking tour of Galway city, visits to Ashford Castle, Gregans Castle and Dromoland Castle, the Burren and the Poulnabrone Dolmen, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Birr Castle. Picture shows Shannon Heritage’s Adrienne O’Flynn showing Ghassan Kharoub, Al Bayan and Vibha Dania-Dhawan with Asaad Masri of Four Communications around Bunratty Castle.pic-1-middle-east-meets-west-influential-journalists-visit

  • Details were announced of the Bram Stoker Festival over Hallowe’en in Dublin, designed to reinforce ties between the author of Dracula and his native city.
  • Ireland was named the number two destination on social media in France, at the International French Travel Market travel trade exhibition in Paris.
  • A judge dismissed a case of overloading involving a Killarney Lakes tourist boat saying that while “it wasn’t entrapment, a trap was set”.
  • The exhibition design and violence (website) opened at Science Gallery Dublin, exhibits include a 3D gun, bruise indicators, the controversial Camden bench, and a hoax bomb detector.

Deal Watch

tourism-ni-deal-watchTourism NI offers: 1 night An Creagan, Co Tyron from £125, valid October 21-23, call 028 80 761112. 1 night B&B Armagh City Hotel from £120pps incl. Prosecco on arrival with afternoon tea and dinner on one evening, call 028 37 51 8888. 1 night Roe Park Resort, Derry from £245 incl. unlimited rounds of golf, back massage, facial treatment and evening meal, valid until November 30, call 028 777 22222.
Thomson
 offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Ochos Rios, Jamaica from €1,669pp, depart June 8 2017. 7 nights half board 3* Nerja Club, Costa Del Sol, November 24. 7 nights half board 4* SBH Crystal Beach, Costa Calma, Fuerteventura from €726pp, depart November 22. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Papayas, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €1,109pp, depart December 31. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Barcelo Santiago, Puerto Del Santiago, Tenerife from €599pp, depart January 20 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Family Life Bahia Feliz Orquidea, Gran Canaria from €679pp, depart January 21 2017. 7 nights half board 4* H10 Timanfaya Palace, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote form €639pp, depart January 22 2017. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Cala Bona, Majorca from €599pp, depart Cork May 2 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Protur Alicia, Cala Bona, Majorca from €569pp, depart Shannon May 6 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Tequila, Playacar, Mexico from €1,579pp, depart June 14 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Island Explorer cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €969pp, depart February 3 2017. Lapland day trip from €579 per adult and from €479 per child, depart December 10, 16 or 17. 7 nights half board 5* Hotel Maspalomas Oasis, Gran Canaria from €1,959pps, depart December 31. 7 nights full board 5* Sensatori Resort Tenerife, Guia de Isora, Tenerife from €1,319pps, depart January 6 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Ochos Rio, Jamaica from €1,699pps, depart June 8 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Club med, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from €1,539pp, depart May 17 2017. Morocco offers, depart December 23: Flight only from €359pp. 7 nights self catering 2* Tilila Studio, Morocco from 2429pp. 7 nights self catering 2* Intouriste Apartments, Morocco from €449pp. 7 nights B&B 3* Argana Hotel, Morocco from €579pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights B&B 4* Kenzi Europa Hotel, Morocco from €579pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights B&B 4* Agadir Beach Club, Morocco from €729pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights B&B 4* Royal Atlas Hotel, Morocco from €839pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Founty Beach Hotel, Morocco from €899pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights B&B 5* Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay, Morocco from €1,099pp. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 236 6800.

falcon-deal-watchFalcon offers: 7 nights half board 3* Vistalmar, Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol from €499pps, depart November 6. 7 nights half board 3* Arena Beach Hotel, Corralejo, Fuerteventura from €799pps, depart November 15. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €939pps, depart December 30. 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife from €399pps, depart January 27 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* IFA Interclub Atlantic, San Augustin, Gran Canaria from €589pps, depart January 28 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plazas, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €419pps, depart January 29 2017. 7 nights half board 3* Best Cambrils, Costa Dorada from €399pps, depart May 5 2017. 7 nights B&B 3* Sellas Hotel, Sidari, Corfu from €419pps, depart May 19 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,459pps, depart June 15 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,539pps, depart June 14 2017. Lapland day trip from €579 per adult and from €479 per child, depart December 10, 16 or 17. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

tour-america-deal-watchTour America offers: 3 nights The Row New York and 4 nights the Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €699pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart February 7 2017. 3 nights The Wellington New York from €499pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart February 2 2017 7 nights The Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando from €589pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart February 16 2017. 4 nights The Excalibur, Las Vegas from €499pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart February 8 2017. Visit touramerica.ie

Classic Resorts offers: 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Riu Lupita, Mexico from €1,269pp, travel select dates in May and June 2017, book by October 31. 7 nights all inclusive Iberostar Tainos, Varadero, Cuba from €999pp, travel select dates in May and June 2017. 7 nights B&B Seaview Patong Phuket from €799pp, travel select dates in May and June 2017, book by October 31.

ITAA offers: 7 nights 4* accommodation Bernes Oberland tour, Switzerland from €1,999pp incl. 4 days planned touring, 2 free days with personal itinerary, Swiss regional pass, mountain railway ride and bale car ride, travel June to September 2017. 11 nights Nepal tour from €2,645pp incl. meals, transport, accommodation and activities. 7 nights B&B accommodation, Agadir, Morocco from €489pp incl. transfers, travel January 2017.

Insight Vacations is offering 8 days Christmas markets of Poland, Prague and Germany from €1,639pp incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart December 6. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days river cruise on the Danube on board the River Princess from €1,819pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions, depart November 9. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Topflight five-day sale: 7 nights 3* Kolpinghaus Apartments, Kitzbuhel, Austria from €659pps, depart Dublin or Cork December 31. 7 nights self catering 3* London Pub Apartments, Kirchberg, Austria from €399pps, depart Dublin or Cork January 14 2017. 7 nights B&B 3* Landhotel Martha, Zell am See, Austria from €649pps, depart Dublin or Cork January 21 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Sporthotel Austria, St Johann in Tirol, Austria from €919pps, depart Dublin or Cork March 4 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Residence La Riviere, Chamonix, France from €589pps, depart December 24. 7 nights self catering 3* Chalet Laponia, Plagne, France from €899pps, depart December 24. 7 nights self catering 3* Les Ravines, Meribel, France from €449pps, depart January 21 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sant Gothard, Arinsal, Andorra from €649pps, depart December 20. 7 nights self catering 2* Apartments Crest, Pas de la Casa, Andorra from €339pps, depart January 8 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Princesa Parc, Arinsal, Andorra from €945pps, depart February 12 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Piolets, Soldeu, Andorra from €789pps, depart February 26 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Livigno Ski Apartments from €499pps, depart December 24. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Alaska, Livigno from €719pps, depart January 21 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Intermonti, Livigno from €869pps, depart February 4 2017. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Project Rhine-Air, Ryanair jumps into Germany as Air Berlin melts down

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Travel Extra TV

screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-11-17-26Our video of the week will give you giggles: this little girl has a gas time doing loop-the-loops in a light aircraft with her pilot dad. Watch here.

  • This baby elephant gets stuck in the mud. Don’t worry — her family comes to the rescue. It’s adorable. Watch here.
  • Ryanair announces it recruitment drive. Watch here.
  • …and does Aer Lingus. Watch here.
  • The making of Emirates’ TV ad with Jennifer Aniston. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones itinerary. Watch here.
  • The next leg in Tourism NI’s Year of Food and Drink: the harvest. Watch here.

Behind the headlines 

delia-tully-claire-muligan-michaela-banks2_7320-copyTo celebrate the second birthday of Club Royal, Ben Bouldin hosted 17 agents in the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore at a morning presentation  activities including archery and cliff walking and entertainment. Ben Bouldin said that 550 Irish agents are now among the 5,500 members of Club Royal, including eight gold members. Ben Bouldin says what we have done is made golf membership easier to attain and introduced platinum membership. Three winners of the Countdown to South Africa competition were from Ireland. Royal’s makes share of the cruise business in Ireland is currently between 50pc and 55pc. Picture shows prize winner of a trip to South Africa Claire Mulligan with Delia Aston of Club World and Michaea Banks of Royal Caribbean. Watch here video of the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Kelli Hilliard from Kansas tourism, Matt Bates from Bates Consultancy,Todd Stallbaumer from Oklahoma state tourism, Vanesa Massuci from Tulsa, Lisa Weigt from Kansas state, Rebecca Roberts from Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Clodagh Oxley from Visit USA Dublin, Sandy Brice from Oklahoma City and Michael Roberts from Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma who hosted travel writers at Dunne & Crescanzi in Dublin, October 4 2016There were familiar faces amongst the eight delegates on a trade mission from Kansas and Oklahoma to Cork, Belfast and Dublin (in that order), led by Matt Bates, the Scottish-based representative for the English-speaking European market for the co-operating states. On Tuesday they lunched in Belfast with 14 trade and media representatives at Sticks and Stones lunch and hosted travel media in Dublin, visiting tour operators in all three cities. Kansas and Missouri on a joint trade mission? Naw. Not going to happen. Picture shows Kelli Hilliard from Kansas tourism, Matt Bates from Bates Consultancy,Todd Stallbaumer from Oklahoma state tourism, Vanesa Massuci from Tulsa, Lisa Weigt from Kansas state, Rebecca Roberts from Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Clodagh Oxley from Visit USA Dublin, Sandy Brice from Oklahoma City and Michael Roberts from Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma who hosted travel writers at Dunne & Crescanzi in Dublin. Watch here video of the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

disney_0104Mary McKenna’s 16th annual trade sale drew 12,000 to Moran’s Red Cow Hotel on Sunday. A bank of 30 sales staff were set up in the centre of the main room taking bookings as customers queued five and six deep to reach them. She also had 30 suppliers there to give information to customers and provide the deals for Tour America to drive €1m worth of bookings. Mary says the show has been tweaked over the years to suit the customer. “It’s a bit tacky, but it does what it is supposed to do.” Picture shows Karl Moen of Disney and Dave Cole of Universal at the event. Watch here interview with Mary McKenna.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

hamburgoct16Has an airline ever announced 76 routes in a week since the collapse of the Soviet Union? That is what Ryanair did last week and they followed it up this week. The airline confirmed their strategy to grow market share in Germany with a 20pc increase in flights at three bases. Ryanair will open a two-aircraft base ito open n Hamburg next month and add 10 new routes next summer in the wake of Air Berlin’s retreat from the airport, Dublin 5 weekly is among the routes to continue into summer. . See German announcement here, Hamburg announcement here, Cologne announcement here and Nuremberg announcement here.

turkish-eventSeychelles tourism and Turkish airlines hosted 60 agents.at an event in Dublin. Visitors to the Seychelles from Ireland are up 16pc in the early part of the year. Julia Havelka of Trailfinders, who is getting married this year, was the very excited prize winner of a trip to the Seychelles (watch here). Picture shows Onur Gul and Julienne Marie Curran of Turkish Airlines, prize winner Julia Havelka of Trailfinders, Hasan Mutlu of Turkish Airlines, Ash Behari of Coca de Met and Lauren Mills of Savoy Resorts. Watch here video of event. Watch here interview with Tinaz Wadia of Seychelles Tourism. Watch here Hasan Mutlu of Turkish Airlines. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Mary Denton and Marie Claire Porter of Sunway at the launch of the Mororco winter programme

Stephen Sands of Riviera Travel organised a roadshow in Ballinasloe with travel partners..

Sunway hosted 20 agents to launch their 2016-7 Morocco programme. Picture shows Mary Denton and Marie Claire Porter.

Topflight hosted a Lean Best Practice Visit for Enterprise Ireland client companies.

As a part of the Turkish Airlines Partnership with the European Champions Rugby Cup they are  offering 2 Tickets as a prize to agents  issue Turkish airlines tickets before  October 23. To join the competitions send us name the agency name and the ticket numbers to  Alper Sean Kanburoglu email

Sunway is taking part in Spinal Injuries Ireland’s Colour Me Friday campaign where everyone arrived to work decked out in 40 shades green and donated €4 each.

Jo Piani and  Joe Marinella of  Visit Savannah were in Dublin to meet travel partners.

Daniela Otero is the new CEO of Skål International.

Ryanair is now officially a travel agent: as it launched a new Schools tour programme under a CAR license.

The Travel Industry Golf Society AGM will take place immediately before dinner at the outing to the Castle, October 20 2016.  The agenda for the AGM is outlined below.  Written notice of any motion or changes of rules should be forwarded to me (by email) not later than 15th October, sponoered by Travel Extra. Format for the golf is singles Stableford, tees are reserved  1030 -1230. Cost is members €45  and guests €70. Tee reservations to shaymitc@gmail.com.

Strange World

A TAAG Angola Airlines flight from Porto to Luanda was forced to return to Lisbon after a ground worker loading cargo onto the aircraft was discovered missing. The member of ground staff is said to have passed out while handling animals in cargo bay and the flight took off with him still trapped inside

A group of nine young Australian tourists were arrested after stripping down to their Malaysian flag underpants during the Malaysian Grand Prix

An overheating, smoking Samsung smartphone forced the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines jet that was preparing to take off Wednesday from the Louisville airport.

A court in Myanmar sentenced a Dutch citizen to three months in prison for interfering with a religious observance by unplugging an amplifier broadcasting a late-night Buddhist sermon near his hotel in Mandalay.

Hotels

CBRE reported that hotel sales hit €238m and 35 hotel sales so far in 2016. Lisa Keogh, of CBRE Ireland’s hotel division, said the total spend on Irish hotels will match the record €710m in 2015, including the €150m sale of the Spencer, Morgan and Beacon hotels in Dublin to an investment group including John Malone.

Qantas is partnering with Airbnb where frequent flyers will earn points for every Airbnb booking

International

Irish visitor numbers to the USA are up 2pc in the period January to April, defying a decline in bigger markets such as Britain and Germany. Increased access in the autumn likely to drive figures further.

The Department of Foreign Affairs expects their issued passport rate to rise to 1m a year by 2019, up from 700,000 in 2015, and issue 6.2m Irish passports between 2017 and 2023. The department expects to receive just under 63,000 passport applications from the six counties, and 52,336 from Britain.

A survey by Arton Capital estimated Ireland has the joint 19th most acceptable passport in the world. Germany and Sweden can visit 158 countries visa free, Britain, Finland, France, Spain and Switzerland can visit 157, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and South Korea can visit 156, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Singapore and USA can visit 155 and Greece, Ireland and Japan can visit 155. Afghanistan has the least welcome passport in the world. The result differ slightly from  a survey of visa restrictions by Henley & partners which ranks Ireland joint 15th from a higher sample of countries and territories.

Tenerife Tourism reassured the travel trade that Teide is NOT going to blow after two reports in the London Daily Express on Monday: (VOLCANO WARNING: Panic on Tenerife amid fears huge Mount Teide is about to BLOW) and Tuesday (Mount Teide: Canary Islands call for urgent analysis of volcano after Tenerife quake swarm

The €20m Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology opened in Lisbon on a site next to the former Central Tejo power station in Belém.

Logarithms were blamed for the 6pc plunge in the value of sterling on Friday sending it past 90c at one stage. It is the third inexplicable tumble in the past 14 months in the $5.1 trillion-a-day-currency market. The highest the euro was against sterling was 96c on January 2 2009.

The operator of Philadelphia duck boat tours has suspended operations in the city “indefinitely” due to financial reasons.

Disney Orlando shut its doors for only the fourth time in its history for Hurricane Matthew on Friday. Disney World previously closed on Sept 26, 2004, for Hurricane Jeanne, Sept 4 and 5 1999, for Hurricane Frances and Sept 15 1999, for Hurricane Floyd. Orlando’s theme parks  closed as a precaution, with the exception of Busch Gardens.

Jocelyn McCalla: After Hurricane Matthew, will aid predators ravage Haiti?

Food & Neverage

The delicious dozen: Ireland now has a record 12 Michelin Star restaurants as Heron and Gray were added to the list for 2016 compiled by the international peer-review guide. They join Martijn Kajuiter’s Cliff House in Ardmore, Michael Deane’s Eipic and Stephen Toma’s Oxx in Belfast (both since 2016), Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in the Merrion Hotel (one star 1990-5, two Michelin stars since 1996), Ross Lewis’s Chapter One (since 2007), Derry and Sally Clarke’s L’Ecrivain (since 2003), Mickael Viljanen’s The Greenhouse in Dublin (since 2016), Ultan Cooke’s Aniar (since 2013) and Enda McEvoy’s Loam (since 2016) in Galway (Enda was previously chef with Aniar), Gareth Byrne’s Campagne (since 2014) and Cormac Rowe’s Lady Helen in Kilkenny (since 2014).

Previous kitchens to receive the award were Kei Pilz’s Shiro in Ahakista Co Cork (2001), Peter Robinson’s Armstrong’s Bar in Annamoe, Co Wicklow (1977),  Stefan Matz’s Erriseask House in Ballyconneely (2000-1) Robbie Millar’s Shanks in Bangor (1996-2005) Michael Deane’s in Belfast (2001-10), Paul Rankin’s Roscoff in Belfast (1991-8), Declan and Michael Ryan’s Arbutus Lodge in Cork (1974-83, 1987-8),  Ballylickey House Co Cork (1975), Myrtle Allen’s Ballymaloe House in Co Cork (1975-80), Hans Peter Matthiae’s Chez Hans in Cashel (1983), Declan Ryan’s Cashel Palace Hotel (1982-3),  Jean Baptiste Molinar’s Dromoland Castle (1995) Aiden Byrne’s The Commons in Dublin (2002), Rory Carville’s Locks Brasserie in Dublin (2013) Dylan McGrath’s Mint in Ranelagh, Dublin (2008-9)  Conrad Gallagher’s Peacock Alley originally in Baggot Street and then in FitzWiliam hotel Dublin (1998, 2001-2), Thornton’s originally on Portobello Road then in Fitzwilliam Hotel (1996-2015), Matt Dowling’s Russell Hotel in Dublin (1974) Barry Smyth’s The Oriel in Gilford Co Down (2004-5) Dean’s on the Square in Helen’s Bay (1997), Park Hotel in Kenmare 1983-90 and 1994-9 (Colin O’Daly 1983-1985, Brian Cleere 1994-5, Bruno Schmidt[ (1996-7 and Matthew d’Arcy 1998-9) Fergus Moore’s Sheen Falls in Kenmare (1993-8), Catherine Healy’s Dunderry Lodge in Co Cork (1986-9) and Michel Flamme’s K Club in Straffan (1993-4).

David Gilmore of James Street South in Belfast won the Yeschef award for chef of the year. Other winners: Best Fine Dining Restaurant, MacNean House & Restaurant, Blacklion, Co Cavan, Best Hotel Restaurant, Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork, Best Irish Culinary Experience, Joy Beattie, The Hot Stove, Dublin, Best Newcomer, Ochos Tapas, Portrush, Co Antrim, Best Front of House, Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork, Best Gastro Pub, Bar One, Castlebar, Co Mayo, Best World Food, Sol y Sombra Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Killorglin, Co Kerry, Best Street Food, Pyke ‘N’ Pommes, Derry, Best Golf Club Dining, 19 at Lucan Golf Club, Co Dublin, Best Indian, Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 14, YesChef Readers’ Award, Safa, Belfast, Best Casual Dining, Paddy Coynes Pub, Renvyle, Co Galway, Best Castle Dining, Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill, Co Leitrim, Best Country House, The Red Door, Inishowen, Co Donegal, Best Seafood, La Côte Seafood Restaurant, Custom House Quay, Wexford, Best Italian, Batoni’s restaurant, Emo, Laois, Rising Star, Rory Carville, Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Best Skill & Innovation, Bryan McCarthy, Greene’s Restaurant, Cork,

James Devine Sous Chef at Deanes Eipic beat nine other chefs in a cook-off at the Olympia for a chef of the year award for 2017.

Aviation

IAG figured indicated Aer Lingus is now the star of IAG group with RPK up 11.3pc and ASK up 13.1pc. Not in the statement, new trans-Atlantic routes for summer 2017 are likely to be announced October 20.

Four days of strikes called by Greek air traffic controllers next week are expected to disrupt flights across and into the country. The 24-hour strikes are planned for Oct.9, 10th, 12th and 13th – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Ryanair carried 10m passengers for the seventh month in its history and remains on course for 117m passengers in 2016: only seven airlines have ever carried 10m in a month.

Etihad signed a codeshare agreement with kulula.com.

Volotea, is to operate a weekly B717 scheduled service from Cork to Verona from June 2017.

Aer Lingus launched a cabin crew recruitment drive with a video of a day in the life of Aer Lingus Cabin Crew member Shona, as she flies on the inaugural flight from Dublin to Newark. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age or over, live and work in the Republic of Ireland, be fluent in English, both spoken and written, hold a valid EEA Passport allowing unrestricted worldwide travel and have at least 12 months combined experience in a customer service/sales role. Apply online here

AerCap‘s third quarter 2016 earnings wil be released on Tuesday.

Belfast International Airport is to hold a second Job Fair next Monday with up to 100 new jobs created.

Air Berlin says it will discuss transferring part of its fleet to a new group that would be set up by tour operator TUI Group and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, a major shareholder.

EasyJet‘s trading update showed fares down 9pc and capacity up 6pc. Shares fell 7pc on sterling worries.

Emirates launched an autumn sale: book by Oct 17th for travel from Dec 2016.  Jennifer Aniston mad a return to the Emirates A380, and a new friend, in a new global digital and TV advertising campaign. This is Anniston’s second commercial with Emirates. The first launched last year.

Airlines, including IAG chief Willie Walsh, asked permission to break antitrust law to retrieve $4bn trapped in Venezuela.

EDreams named Easyjet the best low cost carrier in Europe, yes the same eDreams that is being pursued through the courts by Ryanair.

Transavia confirmed the 3w Dublin-Munich route  reported in last week’s Travel Extra’s Sunday Supplement.

A survey by Cheapflights claims the most popular time of day for flight searches is 8pm and  Saturday and Sunday the busiest days. Thursday is the quietest day of the week for flight research.

Afloat

Hurtigruten is to operate a charter flight from Dublin airport direct to Tromso on February 25 as part of a programme of charter and regional flights to Bergen, Tromso and Oslo.

Regent Seven Seas Voyager will receive a makeover in early November.

Miss USA Deshauna Barber was chosen as Godmother for Carnival Vista.

Holland America banned smoking on all its cruise ship balconies

Ireland

Ballymahon held a community event for Center Parcs CEO Martin Dalby

The Irish Exhibition Organisers Association met last week in the RDS and were briefed on expansion plans. The group played an important role in the development of the industry over many years, undertaking exhibitor and sales personnel training, helped promote exhibitions as a marketing tool and served as a common voice when dealing with venues and contractors.
The recession reduced the number of exhibitions by over 50pc but thankfully in the last year a lot of new shows have taken place and it is time to regroup as significant new Health/Safety and insurance challenges are on the horizon and some exhibitions are already classified an official ‘Building Sites’ with the requirement for full time safety officers during build-up and knock-down.

Deal Watch

Sunway offers: 7 nights B&B Agadir and Marrakech from €599pp, travel January 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Intouriste Apartments, Agadir from €369pp, travel January or February 2017. 7 nights B&B 3* Argana Hotel, Agadir from €439pp, travel January 2017. 7 nights B&B 4* Agadir Beach Club Hotel from €529pp, travel January or February 2017. 7 nights B&B 4* Royal Atlas Hotel, Agadir from €689pp, depart January 7 or 14 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel, Agadir from €689pp, depart January 7 or 14 2017. 7 nights B&B 5* Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Hotel from €669pp, travel January or February 2017. 12 days 4* escorted tour of Vietnam from €3,189pp, depart March 25 2017. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

thomson-deal-watchThomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Vistamar, Amadores, Gran Canaria from €1,139pp, depart October 20. Lapland day trip form €579 per adult from €479 per child, depart December 10, 16 or 17. 7 nights half board 5* Hotel Maspalomas Oasis, Gran Canaria from €1,149pp, depart December 31. 7 nights full board 5* Sensatori Resort Tenerife, Guia de Isora, Tenerife from €1,318pp, depart January 6 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel H10 Timanfaya Palace, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €639pp, depart January 15 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel IFA Catarina, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €619pp, depart January 21 2017. 7 nights full board 4* Canaria Flavours cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €929pp, depart January 21 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Ochos Rios, Jamaica from €1,699pp, depart June 8 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,825pp, depart June 14 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

tourism-ni-deal-watchTourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Lough Erne Resort & Spa, Co Fermanagh from £149 incl. two rounds of golf and dinner, book by October 31, call (028) 66 323230. 1 night B&B Ten Square Hotel, Belfast from £200 per couple incl. prosecco and strawberries on arrival and three-course meal, available until November 6, call (028) 90 241001. 1 night The Whistledown Hotel, Co Down from £62.50pps incl. cocktail on arrival, box of chocolates in the room and a 3 course evening meal in The Bistro, call (028) 41 754174.

falcon-deal-watchFalcon offers: 14 nights self catering 2* Canaima Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €679pps, depart October 13. 7 nights self catering 2* Green Park, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €649pps, depart October 20. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €579pps, depart October 21. 3 nights half board 4* Hotel Barcelo Santiago, Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife from €599pps, depart November 19. 7 nights self catering 3* Bali Hotel & Studio, Benalmadena, Malaga from €379pps, depart November 20. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Club Riu Buena Vista, Playa Paraiso, Tenerife from €1,299pps, depart December 23. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel IFA Buenaventura, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €599pps, depart January 7 2017. 7 nights half board 2* Las Pirmindes Resort, Playa del las Americas, Tenerife from €529pps, depart January 13 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel H10 Rubicon Palace, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €619pps, depart January 15 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort & Spa, Mexico form €1,619pps, depart June 7 2017. Lapland day trips from €579 per adult form €479 per child, depart December 10, 16 or 17. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 3* London Pub Apartments, Kirchberg, Austria from €679pp, depart Cork or Dublin December 31. 7 nights self catering 3* Chalet Alpina, St Johann, Austria from £544pp, depart Belfast December 31. 7 nights full catering 3* Chalet Marguerite, Plagne, France from €1,269pps, depart December 31. 7 nights self catering 3* Livigno Ski Apartments, Livigno, Italy form €645pps, depart December 31. 7 nights B&B 2* Hotel Arisnal, Andorra from €749pps, depart December 27. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days best of Italy tour from €2,349pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Depart November 19. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Enchanting Danube river cruise on board the River Beatrice from €1,879pps incl. flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages and shore excursions, depart November 6. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA offers: Day trip to Lapland from €499 per child incl. return flights, 15kg baggage, all meals and activities, travel December. 2 nights trip to Lapland from €1,059pp incl. flights, accommodation, meals and activities, travel December. 4 nights trip to Lapland from €1,600 per adult incl. return flights, transfers, clothing, full board accommodation and gala dinner, husky ride, reader experience, meet the elves, meet Santa, snow games and other activities and souvenirs, depart December 7.

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Doublin Double for Dublin AND Shannon at Routes in Chengdu

Aggy and Paul Carty of Guinness Stroehouse experience a boat trip on the Shannon prior to the Irish Boat Rental Association Event in Carrick on Shannon, September 29 2016

Aggie and Paul Carty of Guinness Storehouse experience a boat trip on the Shannon prior to the Irish Boat Rental Association Event in Carrick-on-Shannon, September 29 2016

 

 

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  • Tour America turns 21 & launches luxury cruises
  • Monarch flies close to the wind but survives
  • Delta move in on Dublin-Boston with narrowbody
  • Aer Lingus say 50pc of Hartford passengers are connectors 
  • Dublin & Shannon win Routes Awards in Chengdu
  • Suppliers fly in for Sunway’s 50th celebrations
  • Virgin and Bedsonline strengthen ties
  • CSO says 5m left Ireland: but do the figures add up?
  • Will Heaneyboppers put Bellaghy on world tourism rap?
  • Shannon boat rental companies see waters rise again
  • Tourism NI fears Brexit recession and turns south
  • Michigan Lieutenant Governor leads trade mission

Travel Extra TV

  • screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-10-53-47Video of the week: Passengers on board a Qantas flight from Sydney to Singapore were treated to a classical concert at 40,000 feet performed by musicians from the Australian World Orchestra. Watch here.
  • It was orchestra week for Qatar Airways as well, who invited musicians to perform at Hamad International Airport. Watch here.
  • See Airbus’ promo for its micro-devices, which record wind data. The aircraft manufacturer teamed up with Oracle Team USA to see how the sensors are used on their racing catamarans. Watch here.
  • This adorable, young Irish dancer on holiday in Galway went viral this week. Watch here.
  • Even monkeys need a spa day. Watch here.
  • Terrifying footage from Taiwan showing a scaffolding collapse. Watch here.
  • Introducing the robot room service butler. Watch here.
  • Ryanair shows its support for Team Europe at the Ryder Cup. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Getting in before Norwegian, perhaps? Delta announced Dublin’s first new trans-Atlantic route for 2017, Boston with a daily B757-200 from May 26 to October 28, competing with Aer Lingus’s double daily A330. Boston is one of the most attractive transAtlantic routes as it is effectively a short-haul routes from either side. DL 155 will depart Dublin at 10.15am and arrive in Boston at 12.41pm. DL 154  will depart Boston at 9.10pm and arrive Dublin at 8.30am.

Declan Power and Shannon Group Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Murphy with the award at World Routes in Chengdu

For the second time in three years BOTH Dublin and Shannon won awards in their respective categories (20-50m and under 4m) at the World Routes awards 2016 in Chengdu. Cork airport was highly commended in the 4m passenger category. Four Irish airports and Tourism Ireland were shortlisted for awards. Belfast City was also nominated in the under 4m passenger category, alongside Aruba and Halifax in Nova Scotia. Tourism Ireland was nominated in the Destinations category alongside Algarve Tourist Board, Nassau Paradise Island, Poland’s Tourist Organisation and winner Tourism Queensland. Changi Airport won the over 50m category and the overall award and Athens the 4m-20m category. A short celebration was had at the Intercontinental Hotel but as Declan Power reports, there were appointments the following day to be attended. It is touch being a champion. Picture shows Declan Power and Shannon Group Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Murphy with the award.

monarch_a321s_gozbl_dub_290111_6893Are you going bust tonight?” Flights by Monarch, the Luton-based budget airline, continued to operate as normal Monday after weekend rumours that aircraft were returning for repatriation flight. Monarch issued a statement saying they were hoping to make an investment announcement in the coming days. The airline downsized their fleet last year after heavy losses and spejnt a torrid weekend renegotiating finance terms while England’s CAA put repositioning aircraft in place. Mike Kelly‘s picture shows two Monarch aircraft taken at Dublin airport.

aer-lingus-hartford-launch-3There are, of course, 6m reasons why Aer Lingus should to fly to Hartford Connecticut, that is the size of the bounty which airline got for elevating Hartford from, as Connecticut people say, ALMOST international airport to of an actual international airport for the first time in eight years. The Boeing 767 on Wednesday morning with a 30pc of a connecting, lower than the inaugurals to Los Angeles and Newark, but forward bookings for next week show 50pc of the passengers are connecting. While interest in Hartford among the travel trade will need a lot of stimulation over the coming months, a group of agent prize winners are due to sample the route. Hartford is home to a cluster of ivy league academic institutions and  insurance industry HQs. Both Aer Lingus and the airport are optimistic about the future of the daily flights. Picture shows Ivan Beacom, Yvonne Muldoon and Jenny Rafter with Aer Lingus flight crew Shauna Bermingham, Roberta Corbally, Gwen Reynolds, Carol O’Reilly and Danielle Black.

tourismni-dublin_0027TourismNI, currently anticipating that visitor numbers from Britain may recede  in the recession precipitated by Britain’s (England’s?) departure from the EU, launched its Ireland campaign this week with a TV ad and event for Irish travel media. Watch here the say hello to more video.. Watch here speech by Terence Brannigan chair of TourismNi, and watch here minister Simon Hamilton. Picture shows TourismNI Dublin office personnel Vivienne Gleeson, Clare McCoy and Aoife Fee. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Sunway team, Philip Airey, Mary Denton, Jeanette Taylor, Deirdre Sweeny, Jim Furlong, Tanya Airey and Brian McGovern at the Sunway Holidays 50th anniversary event in Mulberry Garden, Donnybrook, September 28 2016

Having celebrated their 50th at a memorable event on board Celebrity Solstice, it was the turn of suppliers to join the Sunway celebrations at Mulberry Garden in Donnybrook. Suppliers flew in from several parts of Spain and the Canary Islands, from Turkey, and Mikael Rissanen from Lapland. Tanya Airey thanked the suppliers in a small and short speech while Jim Furlong kept a grandfatherly eye over proceedings, reflecting what a tough business travel is, having seen the transition from supplier funding to clients supplying the revenue Sunway moved from a travel agency model the tour operator model in the early 90s. Fiona Bolger rejoined her former clients and travel writer friends for the occasion. Here’s to the next 50. Picture shows Sunway team, Philip Airey, Mary Denton, Jeanette Taylor, Deirdre Sweeny, Jim Furlong, Tanya Airey and Brian McGovern at the Sunway Holidays 50th anniversary event in Mulberry Garden. Watch here video of the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

heaney-homeplace-26International brand names in literature do not come any bigger than Seamus Heaney. So it was that Bellaghy was planted on the tourism map on Thursday morning at 11 AM with the opening of Seamus Heaney centre, confusingly called the Homeplace, while the real Heaney home place is a working farm a few miles outside the village. The centre cost £5m, £4m of it from the local council in £1m from Stormont, and anticipates 35,000 visitors a year. Literary centres are a hit and miss affair internationally. While every tourist board of the world proclaims the importance of cultural tourism, the sector rarely delivers the numbers are the revenue to justify the expectations of those who get excited about. But there are exceptions and maybe one of them. If you travel to the Brontë Homestead in Haworth in Yorkshire the coffee shop signs are in Japanese because of the disproportionate interest in the in literature by Japanese tourists. Heaney is already in Japan. The centre has performance spaces and Sean SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT!Doran and Liam Browne have devised a programme of events to complement the centre. Liam says that two events are months would keep the profile of the centre up and visitors rolling in. It remains to be seen whether Bellaghy, which featured so strongly in all of Heaney’s writings, the first purpose built centre dedicated to an Irish writer, can become Ireland’s signature literary attraction.  Heaney is perfect for marketing, his writings are easily translated into soundbites like Wilde, Yeats and Shaw but unlike Joyce or contemporaries such as Derek Mahon. David Boyce of Tourism Ireland accompanied literary journalists to the opening including Tim Lott ofthe Guardian; Patrick Kelly of Arts Industry magazine; and Catherine Mack, of the Guardian. Arise Bellaghy and take your place among the nations of the earth. Watch here interview with Liam Browne. Watch here Sean Doran speaking at the event. Watch here council chair Trevor Wilson speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Stephen Conlon of IBRA, Colin Bullock chair of IBRA and Paul Gallagher chair of ITIC at the IBRA event in Carrick on Shannon, September 29 2016

When the Irish Boat Rental Association celebrated its 40th anniversary, three years late, it seemed befitting for an industry known for promoting leisurely and unhurried stress free journeys on our considerable body of waterways. Cruise hire operators are back in expansion mode after years of decline. Carrick Craft, who have 115 boats on the water, will be adding five Linssens 35 foot 4 + 2 berthers in 2017. Emerald Star are bringing in three new boats to their fleet of 70 and Silver Line are bringing four new boats. Stephen Conlon paid tribute to long serving secretary Derek Dann , who could not attend. Paul Gallagher of ITIC who spoke at the event, mentioned that one of the things of having five rival operators in the room is he does not know how much a boat costs. It is €250,000. Stephen Conlon paid tribute to Derek Dann, now 92, who served as the administrator for many years and who could not attend. The industry was once prominent in Ireland’s marketing efforts. An Ireland campaign from the 1960s and 1970s would always feature boat trips on the Shannon, often on the cover. Sadly, cruise hire operators have watched the sluice gates drain their particular lock and the number of operators on the Shannon as dropped from 12 to 5, at the fleet has halved in recent years. Emerald Star once had 250 boats on the Shannon. Now they are down to 70. Ireland’s boat hire price lie 20pc  below those on the European mainland so Germans can justify the cost of a Ryanair flight to come here. They mood of optimism was helped by the prospect of Failte Ireland’s fourth brand, the Lakelands, finally elevating the boggy middle of the country to the same status as the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin’s breath of fresh air. We await the new brand. Like the 40th anniversary dinner that was held three years late, it has an unhurried semblance about it. Picture shows Stephen Conlon of IBRA, Colin Bullock chair of IBRA and Paul Gallagher chair of ITIC. Watch here Stephen Conlon speaking at the event.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

lt-governor-pauletteLieutenant Governor of Michigan, Brian Calley, hosted a media dinner at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin to promote Michigan’s 2017 tourism drive. He emphasised the state’s diversity, the music industry (“we had Motown, and The Supremes and The Temptations in the Sixties, but it’s also Bob Seger and Madonna and Kid Rock and Eminem” and also the diversity of activities. “So, there’s the music industry on top of the water sports and the outdoor recreation. Hunting and fishing and sailing and horseback riding and snowmobiles. There’s just all these things that exist there.” Picture shows Brian Calley and Paulette Moran. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

img_0017-copyIn advance of today’s sales day in the Red Cow Moran’s Hotel, Tour America celebrated their 50th in Dublin and announced they are to open a luxury cruise department, complete with its own site-themed first class lounge. Mary McKenna launched her first dedicated Aer Lingus brochure on the day of the event. She said said sales for summer 2017 were 32pc ahead of last year. Picture shows guests at the celebratory event in the Morrison Hotel. Watch here Mary McKenna speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Photography by Roger Kenny.Aer Lingus was among the exhibitors at Connect 16 in the RDS as were local tourist initiatives. The attendees included investors, entrepreneurs, and ground handlers. Next time it comes around Ireland could be even more connected. Picture shows Paul Keeley, Director of Business Development with Fáilte Ireland, Nicola McGrane, Connect16, and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Watch here Nicola McGrane speaking at Kildare Failte Connect16 event. Watch here Conor Mallaghan of Carton House. Watch here Mayor of Kildare Ivan Keatley.

park-city_0011Jennifer Plahm from Park City tourism in Utah hosted Irish travel trade and media in Dublin on Monday. The Winter sports favourite, venue for events in the 2002 Olympics, has some of the best terrain in the Rockies and in Deer Park, that treasure, a resort which is for skiers only, safe from the menacing hissing sound of the terror of an approaching snowboarder. The resort also offers the world’s first ski in, ski out distillery. Travel Extra feels a thirst coming on. Picture shows Jennifer Plahm, Graeme Spatley and Brenda Lytle of Park City. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

virgin-atlantic-and-bedsonline_30021775535_oVirgin Atlantic and Bedsonline joined forces to host 120 travel agents at the Adelphi Bar in Dublin in one of the biggest promotions of the year. Picture shows Holly Best, Liam Donaghy and Joy McLoughlin  of Virgin Atlantic with Thomas McNally and Tom Bell  of Bedsonline at the Virgin Atlantic and Bedsonline event at Adelphi Bar.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

travel-partners-dundalk-mg_0253Travel partners held two more roadshows in Kilkenny and Dundalk.The seven strong group consists of Amadeus Ireland, ASM, Blue Insurance Group, Classic Collection Holidays, MSC Cruises, Bookabed and Cruisescapes. Picture shows Alan Sparling, Jason Whelan and Niall McDonnell in Dundalk See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

gerry-ohare-sensatori-copyPicture shows Travel Extra managing director Gerry O’Hare guest of Falcon Holidays at the Sensatori Resort, Tenerife,

Cyber fraud returned to the travel agenda this week as two agents were hit. The ITAA is advising members to be aware have u system checked out and make sure their insurance policy covers it. Fraudulent emails are programmed  to bring down a system and require a ransom or to infect with a virus.

CSO statistics this week show Irish outbound travel up 4.9pc to 5,030k in the first eight months of the year, following increases of 7.7pc in 2015 and 1.1pc in 2014. Should current growth rates continue Irish people will make 7.3m international trips in 2016, still down on the 2008 peak of 7.9m. But do the figures add up? The CSO figures for Spain are running higher than Spanish tourist baord figures. Spain wil be celebrating its millionth visitor fro ireland on October 6.

yvonne-speakingCatherine Smith Commissioner Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development hosted travel trade in Dublin with Aer Lingus, Dublin airport and Tourism Ireland. Attendees included John Devereux, Mary McKenna, John Cassidy, Tony Collins and Colman Burke,  US council. Commissioner Smith was accompanied by Sharon Traficante, Director of Hartford Airport and Susan Henrique of Connecticut Convention and Sports Bureau. Picture shows Yvonne Muldoon of Aer Lingus speaking at the event.

ben-bouldin-fahy-travelMaura Fahy’s Fahy Travel is looking for qualified staff in Corrib Travel and her dedicated cruise shop which has had a successful first year.

An one evening a week course for 12 weeks, the Travel Agency Service Skills course will be hosted  by Corrib Travel in association with the Portobello Institute,  designed for people who want to be a travel agent or pursue a career in the travel industry. The course will run from 6.30-9.30 one evening a week, from November 15 to January 31, with one Saturday workshop. The cost is €795 per student. Picture shows Ben Bouldin of Royal caribbean with the Royal Caribbean staff.

photopass_visiting_studio_7804608851-jpegDoSomethingDifferent brought a group of six travel agents to Florida to experience the theme parks. The group sampled Tiffins, the new signature restaurant in Animal Kingdom to do the safari again by night. Fast Pass+ which automatically is included in all Do Something Different and ThemeParkBeds. com tickets. Picture shows some of the group listening to some quality Aerosmith on RocknRoller Coaster in Diensy Magic Kingdom:  Kathy Core of Cassidy Travel, Alana Byne of Newbridge Travel, Front Seat Stella Grant of O’Hanrahan Travel, Karl Moen of Disney.

isme-travel-centres-img_4218Travel Centres organised a workshop where 22 members attended a session on selling skills with Dave Pope.

A Women in Travel Meetup will take place at World Travel Market. Lorraine Quinn has sent a call out for an Association of Women Travel Executives exploratory meeting in Dublin on October 26.

Travel agents can earn commission with a new app from Hotelbeds Group.

paul2Visit Florida launched an e-learning programme to inform UK and Irish travel agents on Florida. The test is divided into five modules on Geography and Florida Overview, Attractions, Sports and Activities, Beaches, Multi-centre and cruise. Good to see Colin Brodie, who recently retired as Visit Florida representative in london, was back in Dublin this week.

Sad news: Paul Phillips has died. For 20 years he served as master of ceremonies and floor manager for the Holiday World Shows in Dublin, Belfast and Cork. Picture shows Paul at Holiday World in 2009.

Strange world

hotel-avalon-in-gothenburg-bearA teddy bear which was left outside  the Hotel Avalon in Gothenburg became an internet sensation before being a two-year-old Icelandic girl.

Dallas, Prague and Reykjavik were unlikely noominees for the world’s least friendly city.

It was claimed that the number of Westminster MPs applying for Irish passports since Britain’s EU referendum has reached at least double figures,

International

minister_7054Australia is reducing the proposed backpacker tax from 32.5pc to 19pc and allow working holiday visa holders to stay with one employer for up to 12 months rather than the previous six month period, as long as the second six months is worked in a different location. Picture shows Australia’s Trade minister Minister Steve Ciobo speaking about the backpacker pax during 2016 Australian Tourism Exchange at Gold Coast, Queensland. Watch here the minister’s reply to question on backpacker tax.

The Broad in Los Angeles wase overall winner of the 2016 Leading Culture Destinations Awards. Museum shop of the year was  Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, restaurant of the year was in  LouLou, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, digital museum of the year was Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc, the theme park and entertainment company, has announced their 2017 attractions, including the Kraken virtual reality roller coaster. The existing Kraken roller coaster is getting a virtual reality update, with integrated headsets and a plot centered around ancient or mythic sea creatures.

Tourist arrivals worldwide have seen a growth of 4pc for the first six months of the year, according to new UNWTO statistics.

Visit Florida is launching the ‘VISIT FLORIDA Expert‘, a 60-75 minute programme designed to inform UK and Irish travel agents on Florida. There are five modules, with each followed by a test on the subject matter: geography and Florida overview, attractions, sports and activities, beaches, multi-centre and cruise.

Food & Wine

Tomorrow Monday will see the announcement of Irelands Michelin Star restaurants for 2017. Last year’s lot were more dispersed than ever, Martijn Kajuiter’s Cliff House in Ardmore, Michael Deane’s Eipic and Stephen Toma’s Oxx in Belfast, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in the Merrion Hotel (Ireland’s only restaurant with two Michelin stars), Ross Lewis’s Chapter One, Derry and Sally Clarke’s L’Ecrivain and new addition Mickael Viljanen’s The Greenhouse in Dublin, Ultan Cooke’s Aniar and new addition Enda McEvoy’s Loam in Galway (Enda was previously chef with Aniar) and Gareth Byrne’s Campagne and Cormac Rowe’s Lady Helen in Kilkenny. Oliver Dunne’s Bon Appétit in Malahide and Kevin Thornton’s at the Fitzwilliam Hotel lost their Michelin Star status last year, Oliver counted the loss as a blessing.

paul-flynn-tannery-groupKilkenny and Waterford hosted travel media from Germany, France, Belgium and Sweden on a gastronomic tour, supported by Fáilte Ireland. Picture shows the group with Paul Flynn in the Tannery in Waterford.

Irish Pubs Global’s event, The Gathering 2016 was held in Citywest Hotel with 600 Irish pub operators from all around the world attended the event, the theme of which was ‘creating a destination pub’.

Kenmare is hosting their first Theatre and Dining Small Roads Festival between October 6-17, to celebrate the love of theatre and the food available in Kenmare’s restaurants and cafes. Four plays will be held: Shirley Valentine by Willy Russel, Hay Fever by Noel Coward, Over the Tavern by Tom Dudzick, and Not the Life I Ordered by festival director Dezy Walls, over the course of the 12-day festival. Various participating restaurants will offer a pre-theatre dinner menu.

Hotels

The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation launched their pre-budget submission. See here nine reasons why 9pc matters. Watch here interview with Eoghan O’Mara Walsh about the submission.

The Irish Hotels Federation Hotel Barometer Survey reported that 87pc of hoteliers saw an increase in business, and debt was estimated at €5.3bn.

Dalata Hotel Group are to run the former Burlington Hotel on lease from German investment fund, Deka, which purchased the hotel from Blackstone for a reported €180m.

John Malone acquired the Spencer, Morgan and Beacon hotels in Dublin for €150m from the Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels Group and Patron Capital Partners.

Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan launched a national tourism careers programme highlighting employment opportunities in Irish tourism to enable second-level students aged 15-18 to explore career paths and options. Tourism and hospitality businesses need to recruit over 6,000 entry-level employees each year. Targeting  800 post-primary schools and youth reach centres, the initiative is being run by the IHF and the Irish Hospitality Institute in partnership with Fáilte Ireland.

The Bram Stoker Hotel, formerly the Clontarf Court, was sold for €1.5m.

Dublin’s hotel bed bank is set to increase by just 16 beds this year. The Holiday Inn Express that is opening at Findlater House on O’Connell Street has 198 rooms but the 182-bedroom Clyde Court Hotel (perhaps more familiar as the Berkeley Court) in Dublin 4 was closed and demolished earlier this year.

Mount Juliet Estate was overall winner at the 2016 Keelings Gold Medal Awards

presentacion-jsf-travel-tourism-school_2Picture shows JSF representatives, a new business school created by the corporate leaders of the tourism sector, such as Hotelbeds Group, Barceló Group, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Deloitte, Amadeus or RIU Hotels & Resorts, among others. Its name is JSF Travel & Tourism School (website) and is a school specialising in executive education for the travel and tourism industry.

Leonardo Hotels is set to open a third hotel in Madrid. The news of the expansion comes just two months after the company announced two other newly acquired hotels in the city.

IHG is to develop 20 new hotels in Europe.

Aviation

Dublin was announced as host city for the IATA World Financial Symposium 2017. The announcement was made at the 2016 symposium in Singapore.

Transavia will launch Munich-Dublin 3w for summer 2017 starting 11 April.

Transport minister Shane Ross signed a memorandum of understanding with Feng Zhenglin, the administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (in Dublin under which they agree to facilitate the establishment of a direct air service between their respective countries.

gulfstream_251_dub_080505_58361Mike Kelly’s picture shows Irish Air Corps Gulfstream that that was the subject of media coverage by the Government spending watchdog the Comptroller and Auditor General. An informal recommendation from an Irish aviation consultant in 2014 advised that while repairs could be carried out and the plane kept going for a few more years, it seemed to “have had its day”.  It was subsequently sold in the USA and was in Verona taken on July 23rd 2016.

Lufthansa is to complete its takeover of Brussels Airlines by end 2016. Brussels Airlines passenger numbers grew 17pc in 2015 to 7.7m. The takeover will take the Lufthansa Group’s estimated 115m passengers past Ryanair once more as Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers.

EI-FNH, Aer Lingus second new A330-300 due this year, arrived on Wednesday.

Ryanair added nine routes from Gerona including 2w to Belfast International, added Lisbon from Toulouse. and increased frequencies to Berlin, Fes, London, Madrid, Warsaw and Malta, and added four new routes from Charleroi to Glasgow, Sofia, Toulouse, and Timisoara, announced a day ahead of the Lufthansa Brussels Airlines announcement.

An influx of tourists for Oktoberfest has seen Munich Airport break the weekly 1m-passenger barrier.

World Routes, the air service development forum, was handed over to the city of Barcelona from China’s Chengdu.

Kuwait Airways launches new transit service at Shannon AirportKuwait Airways are to extend their Kuwait-New York JFK stopover in Shannon through to 2017. This service began in June for a planned four-month period, with flights at 3w. From October 31 this will change to 6w while Kuwait airport awaits FAA clearance. Ethiopian Airlines is reportedly using Shannon as a tech stop on cargo flights to the US. although the airport says there is nothing tentative and are not expecting them on Ocobert 8 as reported.

Qatar Airways and British Airways announced a joint business agreement that will come into effect on 30 Oct 16. The Qatar ministry of Interior, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority have combined to expand free transit visa stays in Qatar from 48 hours to 96 hours.

Interview with Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission:  I have to be honest and say that I am not very impressed that we have not been able to make progress on those elements which were supposed to be only the first layer of the open skies agreement.

The IALPA pilots union launched an appeal against Dublin Airport plans for the Metro North link.

Wilbert Paulissen’s claim that the buk missile that shot down MH17 was brought form Russia to Ukraine has sparked a war of words between Russian and the west.

Routes Online interviewed Vincent Harrison, managing director at Dublin Airport.

mary-mckenna-jenny-rafterPicture shows Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus presenting  presenting Mary McKenna with a pair of tickets won at the Hartford event. Mary, not down for winning in draws, had already won a pair of tickets to Hartford which she passed on but will definitely be using these ones.

The HSE is to make €1.8m available for the construction of a helipad at Cork University Hospital.

A Ryanair flight made an emergency landing at Dublin Airport last Wednesday. Flight FR-817 was flying from Edinburgh to Dublin when the crew declared an emergency over the Irish Sea.

We are still awaiting Aer Lingus’s summer 2017 transatlantic advancement, due in the next three weeks. We will announce, said one sage like Aer Lingusian, when Stephen is ready.  CEO Stephen Kavanagh said cost will determine rate of growth at Aer Lingus and there was no cross-subsidy between short and long-haul markets at the airline and for four years there had been “break-even at best” on short-haul (watch here).

Afloat

ben-aran-sweatersBen Bouldin of Royal Caribbean is pictured on Inis Mór. Wilt be on a Royal Caribbean itinerary soon?

The Norwegian Cruise Line’s Star ship was in Dublin last Sunday as part of one of its European cruises, having left Scotland, and made its way across the Irish Sea overnight, for an early Sunday morning arrival in Dublin Port. NCL, which celebrated tits 50th brithday this week, hosted 14 agents on board Norwegian Star on Sunday. The line’s first brochure with euro pricing launches next week. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Silversea Cruises 2018 programme went on sale Wednesday. Watch here interview with Amanda Middler of Silversea.

NCL celebrated their 50th with an anniversary cruise. M/S Sunward made her first voyage from Miami to the Caribbean on December 19 1966. Norwegian Cruise Line guests, travel partners, and current and former employees are invited to upload their photos and stories to their first 50 website,

Cruise passengers arriving in Shanghai from October 1 will be allowed stay up to 15 days without a visa.

A new cruise terminal was approved for Newcastle in New South Wales.

Ireland

Picture shows Edel Mitchell , Failte Ireland Event Ireland Officer, Chris Marsh, World Archery events Director, Kevin MacDermott, Vice President of Archery Ireland and Martin Cunningham from Balbriggan who is a Competitor at the World Archery Field Championships .

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No white smoke on the new Fáilte Ireland CEO after what should have been the final round of interviews a fortnight ago. Two strong contenders are in play, one internal and an external from the world of aviation.

Irish Water Safety have put out warnings about the potentially debilitated Portuguese man-of-war of which 500 have been reported on west coast beaches. Watch here interview with  John Leech of Irish Water Safety.

CSO statistics this week report overseas visitor numbers are up 12.3pc for the first eight months of the year, with Britain up 13.4pc, North America up 15.4pc, Europe up 11.2pc and Australia and developing markets up 3pc. If current trends continue Ireland will attract 10.5m visitors to the island in 2016. Ireland now hosts 10pc of all American visitors to Europe.

Co-operation Key to Success as Tourism Industry Attend Sligo ConPicture shows Brendan McCormack, incoming President, IT Sligo; Eva Dearie, Failte Ireland; Finbarr Filan, Sligo BID and Eddie O’Gorman, Grange and Armada Development Association at the Radisson Hotel Blu Hotel in Sligo where 60 stakeholders attended a Tourism Co-Opetition for Success conference.

Fáilte Ireland is supporting the World Archery Field Championships which brings 300 participants from 32 countries to Kilruddery House in Wicklow this weekend. Competitors gathered on Bray seafront last evening for the official opening ceremony.

MINISTER DARA MURPHY LENDS A HAND TO PROMOTE TOURISM FROM SCANDIPicture shows Minister Dara Murphy in Denmark where he met the Tourism Ireland team in Copenhagen, Aeden Hall, Cliona Manahan, Ambassador of Ireland to Denmark; Minister Dara Murphy; Aileen Hickey who heads up Tourism Ireland in Scandinavia and David Lea, private secretary to Minister Murphy.

Travel Extra took a trip to Epic Ireland. The high-tech visitor attraction celebrating the Irish diaspora is partaking in trade missions to USA and will be exhibiting at WTM. Watch here.

Deal Watch

falcon-deal-watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Green Park, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €399pp, depart October 20. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €419pp, depart January 15 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €539pp, depart October 14. 7 nights all inclusive 3* IFA Interclub Atlantic, San Agustin, Gran Canaria from €939pp, depart December 24. 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife from €449pp, depart January 6 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plazas, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €419pp, depart January 15. 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, Gran Canaria from €499pp, depart January 28 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Bali Hotel, Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol from €379pp, depart November 17. 7 nights self catering 3* Castillo Apartments, Costa Caleta, Fuerteventura from €459pp, depart November 19. Lapland day trip from €619 per adults and €539 per child, depart December 10, 16 or 17. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn, Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,499pp, depart June 8 2017. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson-deal-watchThomson offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Club Hotel Riu Vistamar, Amadores, Gran Canaria from €799pps, depart October 13. 7 nights half board Hotel Barcelo Santiago, Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife from €699pps, depart October 14. 7 nights self catering Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €699pps, depart October 14. 7 nights self catering Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €539pps, depart October 20. 7 nights half board Sensimar Natura Palace, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €1,069pps, depart January 1 2017. 7 nights self catering Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €469pps, depart January 7 2017. 7 nights self catering Villa Mandi, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €489pps, depart January 13 2017. 7 nights half board H10 Timanfaya Palace, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €619pps, depart January 8 2017. 7 nights full board Colourful Coasts cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €909pps, depart January 27 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi, Turkey from €359pp, depart October 22. 7 nights 5* AmaWaterways river cruise of the Netherlands and Belgium from €1,799pp, depart March 30 2017. 3 nights 3* Yotel Manhattan, New York from €785pp incl. flights, depart November 10 to see Conor McGregor in UFC205. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Flycruisestay have an early bird 2 night taster cruise from Southampton to Hamburg on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 from €212 based on two pax sharing an inside cabin. Ocean view €311 Balcony €311 & Princess Suite €711 departing August 10th, 2018.

Tour America offers: 7 nights International Palms Resort, Orlando from €395pp, depart December 1. 5 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €589pp, depart February 9 2017. 4 nights Days Hotel Broadway, New York from €575pp, depart February 16 2017. Visit touramerica.ie.

Tourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Europa Hotel, Belfast from £95 per room incl. drink on arrival, available until October 31, call 028 90 266 009. 2 nights B&B Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry from £109pps incl. Beech Hill cream tea and a three course dinner on an evening of your choice, call 028 71 349279. 2 nights B&B Holiday Inn Express, Co Antrim from £140 per room incl. dinner for two with two glasses of wine and 10pc discount vouchers for Junction One Shopping Centre, call 028 94 425500.

westin-deal-watchThe Westin hotel, Dublin is offering family glamping in the city for a €60 supplement incl. 2 man pop-up tent, single airbed, LED torch and the Westin book butler bag with an Eason’s top 10 children’s book list. Bank holiday weekend rates from €270 incl. breakfast. Available October 28 to November 2. Visit thewestindublin.com.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights B&B 5* Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel, the Algarve from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel November. 7 nights full board 4* Roc Lago Rojo Hotel, Costa del Sol for over 50s from €399pp incl. wine with evening meals, return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel December. 3 nights B&B 3* Mariano Hotel, Rome from €149pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel December. 3 nights Agape Apartments, Budapest from €159pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel December. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

ITAA offers: 2 nights 3* Hotel Regente, Madrid from €229pp, depart November 19. 7 nights self catering Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife from €420pp incl. transfers, depart November 14. 7 nights self catering Cote d’Azur art holiday in France from €1,099pp incl. return airport transfers and five morning art tuitions with Maura O’Rourke and three half-day excursions, depart October 22.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Haus Angerer, Westendorf, Austria from €619pps, depart Cork or Dublin December 31. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Austria, Soll, Austria from €949pps, depart Cork or Dublin December 31. 7 nights self catering 3* London Pub Apartments, Kirchberg, Austria from €670pps, depart Cork or Dublin December 31. 7 nights  self catering 3* Residence Maeva Chamois Blanc, Chamonix, France from €649pps, depart December 31. 7 nights self catering 3* Residence L’Altineige, Val Thorens, France from €669pps, depart December 31. 7 nights full catering 3* Chalte Marguerite, Plagne, France from €1,269pps, depart December 31. 7 nights self catering 3* Livigno Ski Apartments, Livigno, Italy from €645pps, depart December 31. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Carvasc, Livigno, Italy from €769pps, depart December 31. 7 nights self catering 2* Frontera Blanca, Andorra from €619pps, depart December 27. 7 nights B&B 2* Hotel Arinsal, Arinsal, Andorra from €749pps, depart December 27. All prices include transfers, taxes and rep service. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Budapest, Vienna and Prague from €2,259pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart October 7. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Bordeaux, Vineyards and Chateaux cruise on board the River Royale from €1,839pps incl. flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages, all shore excursions, depart April 2 2017. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

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Kildare Failte campaign for Connect 16 launch at Carton house, September 20 2016

Kildare Failte campaign for Connect 16 launch at Carton house, September 20 2016

 

 10 Things to know about travel this week

  • Canada postpones eTA until November 10
  • Department of Transport and Dublin Airport disagree over T3
  • World’s largest hotel group is formed
  • Irish visits to Portugal up by 10pc in 2016
  • Irish airports trek to Chengdu
  • Amadeus 11th golf day is a technology triumph
  • ITAA lines up speakers for conference
  • Call for women travel executives
  • Aer Lingus and LA hosted the trade
  • You wait for years, then 4 airbuses come together

Travel Extra TV

  • screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-12-08-50Airbus brings together the A320neo, A330, A350 XWB and A380 for a showcase in the skies. Watch here.
  • Emirates interview some cartoon friends. Watch here.
  • See Tourism NI’s new promo video. Watch here.
  • Here’s why you shouldn’t take your holiday selfies by the pool. Watch here.
  • Even the family pet deserves a dip. Watch here.
  • Ryanair showcases its Belfast destinations for summer 2017. Watch here.

 Behind the Headlines

world-routes-011image1World Routes conference in Chengdu kicked off this weekend with a substantial Irish delegation among the 3,000 delegates. The event brings together 300 airlines, 700 airports, 130 tourism authorities and 13,000 meetings. Dublin airport are plying their wares with the only business class lounge past US pre-clearance. Tourism Ireland and four Irish airports are shortlisted for awards.

Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation with Karl Lonergan winner of the Amadeus golf tournament at the Slieve Russell in Cavan, September 21 2016

Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation with Karl Lonergan winner of the Amadeus golf tournament at the Slieve Russell in Cavan, September 21 2016

Rarely, if ever, does holds the host of a travel occasion get a standing ovation. What happened on Thursday when Volker Lorenz of Amadeus concluded his speech at the technology company’s annual golf day. Kickstarted by Peter O’Hanlon and Dermot Merrigan, the 110 karl-with-cup_4407guests rose to their feet as one. Olwen McKinney, Trish O’Leary and Siobhan Boskett hosted the 11th Amadeus golf day at the Slieve Russell in Cavan, its lavish hospitality ensuring its place as a highlight on the travel calendar. The golfers were treated to burgers and some liquid refreshments on the ninth. The ladies and a few gentlemen were given spa treatments in the Ciuin spa. Beef and sea bass were served up before the prize giving. First-time golfers- participants included Holly volker-in-sandBest of Virgin who was ably coached round the course by Clem Walshe. Lorraine Quinn struck a hole-in-one on the 16th with a 5 wood. Appropriately for a technology company, a trendy new app kept golfers informed while they were on the course. There was no disputing the winner from early on in the day: Karl Lonergan swept through the field playing off eight and and Audrey Headon of Headon Representation was the Ladies prize winner. The last group of golfers were washed out by torrential rain. The last stragglers exited the bar and 4 AM and, yes, the Wild Rover was sung. Roll on next year and a new location. Volker says: “We are running out of locations because we want to be outside Cork, Dublin and Belfast.”  Watch here Volker Lorenz’s speech. Watch here the story of Lorraine Quinn’s hole in one as told by Pearse Keller. Watch here the speech by winner Karl Lonergan. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Francine Sheridan of LA Tourism with Yvonne Muldoon and Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus at the Aer Lingus Los Angeles event in Sonder & Ko, Dublin, September 20 2016

Aer Lingus and Los Angeles tourism hosted 130 agents at Sonder+Ko on Monday night. It was a flamboyant LA event to give the route a winter boost after a very successful summer. The dynamic of the route will be changed beyond recognition over the coming 18 months as IAG puts together a new trans Atlantic strategy. Should anti-trust immunity be granted to IAG, a decision that is pending, Aer Lingus would be able to code share with BA and Iberia passengers will be able to use alternative routings across the Atlantic, transferring out through Dublin and back through one of IAG’s other cities. Exciting times indeed. Picture shows Francine Sheridan of LA Tourism with Yvonne Muldoon and Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

eoghan-morning-ireland-sept-20-2016_4252In the end Shane Ross‘s decision to bring the second parallel runway to an independent review was couched in language that attempted to suppress what damage might be done.  Much of the debate about the second (parallel) runway was diverted into consideration of the third terminal, something which will happen later rather than sooner and something that Dublin airport do not see as a priority. The third terminal will be situated beside the existing buildings under current plans. The figure of 32m passengers, which Dublin’s due to reach in mid 2018, would only mean that the planning terms for the existing two terminals would have to be revisited, which is a first option for the airport. In the meantime, Dublin airport say they would always have had to revisit and look for an extension on planning for the runway, which runs out in 2017. The two conditions they are trying to overturn relate to the cap on night flights, which have been exceeded already before the planning permission kicks in. An easy way round this would be to redefine the night which currently runs from midnight to 7 AM. Dublin airport ‘night’ tends to be from midnight until 5.30 AM. An obvious solution waiting for strong leadership to implement it. Where are we going to find that? Listen here to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry on RTE’s Morning Ireland. Watch here comment by Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry on the north runway.

Pat Dawson and Sharon Jordan visited Uniworld’s SS Antoinette his week to draw up plans for the ITAA conference in November. The ITAA is looking to its own industry speakers this year. They will include Sarah Slattery on blogging, a speaker from Uniworld, Mary McKenna on HR, while Pat Dawson will speak about the package holiday directive.

shaun quinnThe last time Fáilte Ireland and the hotel industry sat down to sort out the star rating system, it took three years to negotiate from 2003 to 2006. By all accounts the process of bringing that rating system up to date (wifi is not included in the standards, for example) is not going to be as complex and will be concluded by December. The only changes so far relate to one star which came into effect on August 1. Hoteliers negotiating a new three to five star matrix is negotiated were unhappy with proposed conditions for five star status that were posted on the Fáilte website and hurriedly withdrawn again. Some of the conditions were out of date, and new ones have to be fit for purpose, the federation says. Fáilte is currently awaiting the views of the IHF. IHF president Joe Dolan says that star ratings are still important in the era of Tripadvisor as it serves as a bench mark for tour operators and as a measurement standard for hoteliers themselves. We await the sound of the bellhop.

At the opening of Flight Centres Dublin office, John Appleby GM of Flight centres

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South Africa, Australia, Mexico and Thailand are the most popular destinations among the Irish consumers who visited Flight Centre in its first six weeks of business, the Gm of the Dublin office John Appleby says. Flight Centre had 300 people for last week’s official launch party in Dawson Street. Johns says: “Flight Centre has moved away from pile them high and sell them cheap. We are now putting a lot of focus on luxury holidays, our journeys brand and our escapes brand. Obviously we have a wide range of air fares at a low price point and guarantee the lowest fares in the market. We offer high class holidays at a very discounted rate. We operate in 15 retail countries and this gives us huge buying power and we can pass on those savings to consumers.” Watch here interview with John Appleby.

Luis Araujo of Portuguese Tourism in Dublin, September 20 2016

Luis Araujo of Portuguese Tourism in Dublin, September 20 2016

Luis Araujo, President of the Portuguese Tourist Board, stopped by to attend a Google conference in Dublin and said that free wifi would be introduced in Portuguese city centres. Visits from Ireland are up 10pc so far this year. He also highlighted the promotion of tourism schools belonging to the Portuguese Tourist Board in the Irish market and Irish investment in Portuguese residential tourism. Watch here interview with Luis.

Travel Extra visited Greece this week to explore the mainland of the Mediterranean country as a tourist destination post their EU/IMF bailouts. Our contributing editor Tadhg Peavoy spent time in the capital Athens, as well as the city of Nafplio and the town of Tolo on the Peloponnese peninsula. Read here.

Travel Trade

Lorraine Quinn

Lorraine Quinn

The Association of Women Travel Executives are organizing a networking event for women travel, tourism and hospitality executives on October 26.

The Travel Funday raised €55,000 for the Simon Community, My Lovely Horse/Dogs Aid, Chernobyl Children, Jigsaw and will make donations to little Batman Ben, For April, Aundrea Bannatyne and Outreach Moldova. The 2016 Fundraising Committee: Sharon Jordan of The Travel Corporation, Ciaran Mulligan  of Blue Insurances, Philip Airey of Sunway, Dave O’Grady of E-Travel, Kristin Skinner of American Holidays, John Grehan of The Travel Corporation, Fiona Foster of Innstant Travel, Sharon Lyons of Travelport, Rhona McCann of FCM, Yvonne Muldoon of AerLingus, Volker Lorenz of Amadeus and Paul Manning of Hertz.

oasis-9t2a2820Picture shows Ian Green from Lisburn who won a Mediterranean cruise on-board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas at the fund-raising raffle at the Oasis Travel Cruise Fair in Belfast and Briege McElroy, Manager of Oasis Travel Lisburn. Oasis Travel customers raised £1,821 to help send 3-year-old Cavan O’Neill from Dunmurry to America for pioneering surgery which will help the toddler who suffers from Spastic Diplegia, a type of Cerebral Palsy, to take his first steps.

cork-skal002Picture shows at the Cork SKAL Networking Event held on the 15th September in the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay: Deirdre Barry-Cork SKAL Club, Angela Dillon-Dublin SKAL Club, Sean O’ Driscoll-SKAL National President, Margaret Cahill, SKAL National Vice President
waseem-haqTravel Counsellors appointed Waseem Haq as Director of Digital and Innovation. He was Digital Strategy Director for consumer goods company PZ Cussons.

Content from Lots of Hotels is now available to Travelport-connected travel agencies through Travelport Rooms and More. Lots of Hotels, a subsidiary of ASX listed Webjet Limited, was established in Dubai in 2012.

Jonathan Adair has a waiting list of 30 for the Northern Ireland travel awards, the signature event in the calendar for the travel trade across the north.

travel-partnersPicture shows Suppliers who hosted agents from the West and mid West at Travel Partners Roadshow in Ballinasloe: Alan Lynch of Cruisescapes, Alan Sparling of SAS, Lee Osborne of Bookabed, Niall McDonnell of Classic Resorts, Jason Whelan of Blue Insurances, Olwen McKinney of Amadeus and Erica Oglesby of MSC. Travel Partners roadshows take place in Newbridge tomorrow Tuesday Sept 26 and Dundalk on Thursday September 29.

Hotels

Marriott completed its merger with Starwood to create the world’s largest hotel company. Members of both loyalty programs can now access 5,700 hotels and 1.1m rooms in 110 countries including 30 of the world’s most popular brands, like The Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott and W Hotels.

Latest STR data shows that RevPAR grew by 11pc in Dublin in August and is up 19.4pc in the year to date.

lynams-hotelThe 42-bedroom former Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street is for sale with a guide price of €4m.

The Irish Hotels Federation Hotel Barometer Survey reported 87pc of hoteliers saw an increase in business. Level of debt is estimated to be around €5.3bn.

Deirdre McGlone‘s Harvey’s Point Hotel in Donegal,  Ireland’s perennial No 1 on TripAdvisor, was awarded the Georgina Campbell hotel of the year and Good Things @ Dillon’s Corner in Skibbereen, Co. Cork,was named Restaurant of the Year. Full list of award winners:

  • Hotel of the Year: Harvey’s Point, Co. Donegal
  • Restaurant of the Year: Good Things @ Dillon’s Corner, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
  • Chef of the Year: Sebastien Masi, Pearl Brasserie, Dublin
  • Outstanding Guest Experience:Ballyvolane House, Fermoy, Co. Cork
  • Host of the Year:Kathleen O’Sullivan, Seaview House Hotel, Ballylickey, Co. Cork

    Deirdre McGlone of Harvey's Point

    Deirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point

  • Business hotel of the Year:The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin & Belfast
  • Newcomer of the Year: Nook Café and Restaurant, Collooney, Co. Sligo
  • Country House of the Year: Viewmount House, Longford
  • Guesthouse of the Year: Number 31, Dublin
  • B&B of the Year:Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge, Durrus, Co. Cork
  • Farmhouse of the Year: Killiane Castle, Drinagh, Co. Wexford
  • Bord Bia ‘Just Ask’ Restaurant of the Year: 1826 Adare, Co. Limerick
  • Taste of the Waterways Award:Two Cooks Restaurant & Wine Bar, Sallins, Co. Kildare
  • Seafood Restaurant of the Year:Jack’s Coastguard Restaurant, Cromane, Co. Kerry
  • Wine Award of the Year: ely, Ely Place & IFSC, Dublin
  • Pub of the Year:O’Dowd’s of Roundstone, Roundstone, Co. Galway
  • Family Friendly Destination: Brigit’s Garden, Rosscahill,  Co. Galway
  • Pet-friendly Hotel of the Year:The Salty Dog, Bangor, Co. Down
  • Hideaway of the Year: Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry
  • Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year: The Duck Terrace Restaurant, Marlfield House, Gorey, Co. Wexford
  • Ethnic Restaurant of the Year:Pickle, Dublin 2
  • Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year: 4 Vicars, Armagh, Co. Armagh
  • Cafe of the Year:An Fear Gorta/The Tea & Garden Rooms, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
  • Natural Food Award: Burren Glamping, Burren Free Range Pork Farm, Kilfenora, Co. Clare

International

Canada postponed its Electronic Travel Authorisation scheme for the second time to November 10 due to IT issues.

  • TripAdvisor has ranked Oslo as the world’s most expensive city with one night at a four-star hotel, a short taxi ride and cocktails and dinner for two costing €444.49.
  • Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has released the first ever drone footage over Uluru, giving a unique bird-s eye view of the 600-year-old monolith. The drone operated under permit inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
  • London has won the Best City award at the 2016 Times Travel Awards.

Food and Beverage

Boyne Valley won Foodie Destination of the year by the Restaurant Association of Ireland at a ceremony in Clare’s Hotel Doolin, ahead of 2 Derry, 3 The Burren (2015 Foodie Towns winner), 4 Cong, 5 Sligo. See foodiedestinations.ie.

  • Guinness will celebrate Oktoberfest with a two-day beer and food festival at The Open Gate Brewery on the September 29th-30th.
  • Areas, which is a global concession catering brand of Elior Group, has won a contract for Copenhagen Airport.

Aviation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArea 14 in Dublin airport is back. The underground area opened in 2007 will be used again as check in desks are closed while Dublin airport Terminal 1 undergoes a €10m refit to bring more light into the terminal. Watch here comment by Eoghan Corry on the new development.

Aer Lingus service to Hartford Connecticut commences on Wednesday.

Alison Taylor has been appointed Senior Vice President Global Sales for American. Dave Thomas who headed up the London office, has joined Qantas.

Ryanair launched its summer 2017 schedule from Belfast International airport, with 11 routes including Berlin, London and Milan, which will deliver 1.1m customers and Ryanair claims will support 800 jobs at Belfast International Airport.Ryanair’s 11 Belfast routes are to Alicante, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Gdańsk (begins November 2), Kraków (begins October 30), Lanzarote (begins October 31), London-Gatwick, Málaga, Tenerife-South (begins October 31), Warsaw-Modlin (begins November 2) and Wrocław (begins October 31). Ryanair also announced summer 2017 operations from Pescara, Lisbon, Faro and Oradea.

  • Pat Byrne’s Cityjet is in negotiations to purchase Cimber Air from SAS, which owned the heigh-fleet airline since March 1 2015. The proposed takeover would take Cityjet’s fleet from eight to 19.
  • KLM‘s codeshare on Cork-Amsterdam is not timetabled in summer 2017.
  • The Galway-Aran PSO tender deadline has passed and applications are now being assessed.  Gaeltacht Minister Sean Kyne says his department officials are liaising with the Attorney General’s office on the options available in the interim period after the current contract expires at the end of this month and the start of the new contract at the beginning of December.
  • CarTrawler released its Ancillary Revenue, branding strategy and volume reports. Ryanair earned US$1.7bn ancillary revenue in 2015. Aer Lingus is earned $240m. CarTrawler believes airlines are better maintaining their own brand identity on ancillary products rather than promoting other brands
  • The Lufthansa board is expected to approve the acquisition of Brussels Airlines on Wednesday next.
  • UNWTO found Europe guilty of financing of large aircraft to the disadvantage of Boeing.
  • IATA’s Alexandre de Juniac reiterated the Association’s forecast for a collective airline industry net profit of US$39.4 bn for 2016, which would be a record for the industry.
  • EasyJet expected to carry over 255,000 passengers on Friday (23 Sep) which would be the busiest day in its history, with more than 1,600 flights taking off across its network. The airline was reported as considering buying TUIfly to enable it to continue operations in Europe after Britain’s exit from the EU.
  • Brazil’s tax authority added Ireland, Austria, Curacao and Saint Martin to its list of countries denominated as tax havens, meaning airlines that have leased 300 aircraft from companies registered in Ireland, will have to start paying a 25pc tax rate an estimated €273.7m on leasing contracts that are signed for up to 10 years.
  • Belfast City Airport has hosted a forum for its partner airports to discuss commercial strategy, challenges and trends in relation to the retail offering, car park products, currency exchange and car hire options available at airports.
  • AerCap is to host an investor day in New York on November 16.
  • Fitch’s Aircraft Leasing Sector Review said global passenger traffic grew 6.5pc in 2015 and 6pc in the first half of 2016,
  • aviation-adBrad is single, some innovative advertising from Norwegian.
  • Austrian airline Viennaline has launched the world’s shortest flight from St Gallen–Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland with Friedrichshafen Airport in Germany. The route lasts just eight minutes and covers only 20km; it’s just one of four that Viennaline operate.
  • Etihad is holding recruitment dates for cabin crew and in-flight chefs and is calling for CV’s to the Crown Plaza Hotel in Santry, Dublin on tomorrow Monday September 26th between 8am and 6pm.   Applicants that meet the airline’s criteria will be invited back for an assessment the following day Tuesday.   Etihad Airways already employs 200 Irish staff.
  • The Lufthansa Group and Air China have signed a joint venture with the aim of expanding their codeshare deals.
  • Galway passenger Emmet Keary was presented with a pair of Aer Lingus flight tickets to New York to celebrate being the six millionth passenger since Shannon became an independent airport operation on January 1st  2013.
  • Qatar Airways is to expand their capacity to Brazil and Argentina by 40pc from December 1 2016, when upgrading its existing aircraft for both routes from a Boeing 777-200LR, to a Boeing 777-300ER.
  • Thomas Ramdahl claimed that it would use 737 MAX 8 planes to make lower fares feasible from next year. The airline’s Irish subsidiary has had its application for permission to fly from Cork and Shannon to Boston stalled by the American authorities. The 737-8 Max has also been ordered by Ryanair.
    • Watch here Michael O’Leary’s description of way Norwegian are being utterly shamefully blocked.
    • Watch here Michael O’Leary criticism the EU for being weak on the Norwegian proposal
    • Watch here Roger Dow speaking about Norwegian Air International proposed low cost routes across the Atlantic

Afloat

MSC Cruises will deploy a second ship in China, MSC Splendida, from May 2018. MSC’s all stars of the seas awards are to take place on  board MSC Fantasia on November 13-16 with awards for travel agents in six categories.

  • Carnival Corporation announced at the China Cruise Shipping Conference and International Cruise Expo in Tianjin is that it plans to create a new brand around two new ships to be built in China.
  • Celebrity Cruises is to trial progressive dinners with a different course in each restaurant.
  • Hong Kong-based Dream Cruises showcased the new 150,000-ton Genting Dream at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany
  • Crystal AirCruises, a new venture of luxury cruise line Crystal, is to deploy a Boeing 777-200LR on 14-, 21- and 28-day itineraries to take 84 travelers around the world on an air-and-land version of a cruise.
  • Princess Cruises won the best cruise line at the Cruise International awards. Viking won the best river cruise and Harmony of the seas the best new ship. Arnold Donald of Carnival won the outstanding contribution to the cruise industry award. New York, and Norway’s fjords won the destination awards.
  • Singapore Tourism Board won the Destination of the Year award at the 2016 Seatrade Cruise Awards. The top prize at the event in Tenerife was accepted by STB’s Jason Chan, area director for northern and western Europe.
Bob Binder CEO of NCL

Bob Binder CEO of NCL

Bob Binder has become President and CEO of Oceania Cruises, retaining his position of the last 11 years of Vice Chairman of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Jason Montague, President of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Andy Stuart, President of Norwegian Cruise Line, are both becoming CEO within their brands.

  • Stena Line is to add additional capacity by introducing a second ship from Europoort to Killingholme.
  • The Nunavut government is considering rules to reduce the community impact of giant ships such as the Crystal Serenity, which docked in New York last week with 1,700 passengers and crew.
  • A boat designed to carry around fifty passengers, carrying three times that amount, sank last Sunday in Thailand on the Chao Phraya river after colliding with a concrete bridge.

Strange World

A hotel in Torquay, fictional setting for Fawlty Towers, refused to let an 85-year-old widow leave until she pays £60 for a dropped key.

  • A Malaysian man used forged boarding passes he downloaded and edited on his laptop to stay in executive lounges in Singapore.
  • An Italian lawyer sued Emirates after enduring a nine-hour flight seated next to an obese man.
  • Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, a country with just 105,000 tourists a year, opened a €2.1bn airport with a capacity of 17m passengers.
  • Six passengers were stranded in Tenerife after being banned from flying following drunken behaviour on a Jet2 flight from Newcastle in England.

Ireland

A horse called Dante Nicola McGrane of Conference Partners at the Kildare Failte briefing in Carton House, September 20 2016

Connect 16 opens on Thursday. Nicola McGrane and a horse named Dante joined the stakeholders from Kildare Fáilte to publicise the event at Carton house last Thursday. Kildare Fáilte is drawing up a plan to bring 200,000 tourists to the county by 2020.

Pitching to British Coach & Group Operators as Autumn Sales BlitPicture shows Deirdre Twomey of Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel with Oonagh Kelly, Fáilte Ireland who attended the first of Fáilte Ireland’s autumn sales workshops in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel pitching their businesses to a group of 20 British Coach & Group Operators.

visit-belfast-launches-exciting-new-campaignVisit Belfast are launching their ‘Find your Belfast‘ campaign for October, funded by Belfast City Council. A cast of locals recruited via social media will offer up the things they love about the city, festivals, shopping, events, and food, via advertising on radio and billboards, social media, leaflets, and on buses and bus stops.

hook-lighthouse-photo-competition-winner-image-by-dwane-doranPicture shows the Hook Lighthouse Photo Competition winner image by Dwane Doran.

  • The National Gallery of Ireland have announced their exhibitions for 2016-2017. see here for details,
  • Read the doggie trip from London to Ireland by Cavan native and former Irish Press writer John McEntee.
  • Lovin’ Dublin founder Niall Harbison accused Fáilte Ireland of plagiarism and has sought legal advice over the State body’s use of its ‘Dublin- a breath of fresh air’ logo.
  • The GPO Witness History Visitor Centre in O’Connell Street is to unveil a letter of surrender written by Patrick Pearse on April 30th 1916, on next Tuesday.
  • Fáilte Ireland’s Autumn Tourism Barometer surveyed 600 tourism businesses and found 84p of hoteliers and 76pc of guesthouse operators reported business was up on 2015.
  • Screaming Reels won the Rosslare Small Boats Festival for a record eight year.
  • Cobh heritage centre is offering free entry on November 5th and 6th for those who had ancestors who emigrated from Cobh. . To avail of the free Genealogy service the public must email in advance the fact that they will be coming and to send details of their family story.
  • Susan Byrne formerly of Tourism Ireland in the new and emerging markets division based in London has established and launched a new company, offering marketing and representation services to Irish tourism businesses., Phoenix Travel Representation.
  • The first half of the Waterford Greenway opened from Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan.
  • Why Richard E Grant loves Ireland

Deal Watch

Aer Lingus sale ends Monday last chance to book

Tour America’s Red Cow sale day takes place next weekend

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Click and Go offers: 8 nights Asia cruise from €1,199pp incl. 1 night 4* hotel pre stay in Hong Kong, return flights, 20kg checked in bag, book by September 30, depart November 3. 3 nights 4* The Gallivant Times Square Hotel, New York from €569pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel January 2017. 7 nights half board 3* Dom Jose Beach Hotel, Quarteira, the Algarve from €359pp incl. free wine with evening meals, return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel November. 3 nights 3* Sunotel Aston Hotel, Barcelona from €149pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, depart December. 2 nights 4* Corendon Vitality Hotel Amsterdam from €169pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel November. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

Tourism NI offers: 1 night Cuanton Abbey, The Cuan, Co Down from £75pps, available October 8-9, call 028 44 881222. 1 night B&B Stormont Hotel, Belfast from £50pps incl. cocktail on arrival, available until September 30, call 028 90 65 1066. 1 night B&B Maldron Hotel, Derry from £95 per room incl. main course meal and a cocktail/beer, call 028 71 371000.

thomson-deal-watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Sensatori Resort Mexico from €2,279pp, June 14 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Christina Apartments, Rethymnon, Crete from €499pp, depart October 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Mariners Club, Alcudia, Majorca form €499pp, depart October 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach, Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €569pp, depart October 6. 7 nights self catering Club Hotel Riu VIstamar, Amadores, Gran Canaria from €839pp, depart October 13. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Barcelo Santiago, Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife from €769pp, depart October 14. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote Resort from €989pp, depart October 16. 7 nights full board Catalan Promise cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,029pp, depart October 4. 7 nights half board 5* Bahia Princess Hotel, Costa Adele, Tenerife from €1,169pp, depart January 6 2017. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €2,049pp, depart June 15 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon-deal-watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Mika Apartments, Piskopiano, Crete from €369pps, depart October 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Bellevue Club, Alcudia, Majorca from €509pps, depart October 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Jardin Del Sol Aparthotel, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €529pps, depart October 6. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €699pps, depart October 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, Gran Canaria from €379pps, depart October 13. 7 nights self catering Globales Tamaimo Tropical Hotel, Puerto De Santiago, Tenerife from €659pps, depart October 14. 4 nights self catering 3* Vistamar, Benalmadena, Costa Del Sol from €369pps, depart November 6. 7 nights all inclusive 3* SuneoClub Costa Caleta, Fuerteventura from €789pps, depart November 8. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 7 nights all inclusive 5* Rhine cruise from €1,469pp, depart December 14. 9 days Cambodia tour from €1,549pp, depart March 1 2017. 7 nights all inclusive Da Balaia, Portugal from €2,819 2+2, depart May 13 2017. 10 days escorted tour of the South, USA, from €2,979pp, depart March 22 2017. 1 night Lapland trip from €899 per adult and from €799 per child, depart Dublin or Cork December 13. 3 nights 3* Circus Circus hotel, Las Vegas from €465pp, travel January 2017. 3 nights 3* Edison Hotel, New York from €615pp, travel February 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Tilila Studios, Morocco from €449pp, depart December 23. 7 nights B&B 3* Argana Hotel, Morocco from €639pp incl. Christmas gala dinner, depart December 23. 7 nights B&B 4* Kenzi Europa Hotel, Morocco from €739pp, depart December 23. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

TDactive Holidays is offering 13 nights 4* accommodation Sri Lanka tour from €2,299pp incl. accommodation, transfers, excursions, taxes and charges, depart November 4 2017. Call 01 637 1633.

Tour America offers: 7 nights International Palms Resort, Orlando from €395pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart December 1. 5 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €589pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart February 9 2017. 3 nights Day Hotel Broadway, New York from €575pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, depart February 15 2017. Visit touramerica.ie.

ITAA Halloween offers: 2 nights 2* Holiday Inn Windsor from €370 2+2 incl. 1 day ticket to Legoland, depart October 23, 24, 28 or 29. 4 nights B&B 4* hotel accommodation Port Aventura from €1,265 2+2 incl. return flights, airport transfers and 2 day pass to Port Aventura. 7 nights Orlando from €3,079 2+2 incl. accommodation, return shuttle transfer and 2 park Universal ticket, depart October 29.

Project Travel is offering 5 nights B&B 3* Tromso hotel, Norway from €1,285pps incl. flights and 3 guided Northern Lights photography with Tom O’Donoghue, book by October 14, depart November 21. Visit project-travel.ie or call 01 210 8391.

Insight Vacations is offering 8 days Christmas markets in Poland, Prague and Germany from €1,559pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Depart November 27. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Christmas Marches cruise on board the River Duchess from €2,188pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions. Depart December 19. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Lagrange Résidence Cybèle, Brides-les-Bains, France from €399pps, depart January 14 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Apartments Crest, Chamonix, France from €399pps, depart January 15 2017. 7 nights self catering 4* Residence la Rivière, Chamonix, France from €699pps, depart December 31. 7 nights self catering 2* Haus Angerer, Westendorf, Austria from €699pps, depart December 31. 7 nights half board 4* Sporthotel Austria, St Johann in Tirol from €1,069pps, depart December 24. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Magic Pas, Pas de la Casa, Andorra from €669pps, depart December 20. 7 nights self catering 2* Frontera Blanca, Pas de la Casa, Andorra from €859pps, depart December 27. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Alaska, Livigno, Italy from €869pps, depart December 24. 7 self catering 3* Living Ski Apartments, Livgno, Italy from €669pps, depart December 31. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Michael O’Leary trims the numbers and blames Dublin airport

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Catherine Grennell Whyte, Barbara Ryan and Mary Kane pose at the viewing platform near the summit of Zugspitze, September 2 2016

Catherine Grennell Whyte, Barbara Rowley and Mary Kane pose at the viewing platform near the summit of Zugspitze, September 2 2016

 

 

 

 

  • The world’s biggest cruise ship touches water for the first time
  • Michael O’Leary trims 3pc of Dublin flights, so what’s the story?
  • Ireland has 15th most valuable passport
  • Luxury Belmond Grand Hibernian makes first tracks
  • Brand new EI_NFG launches Aer Lingus-Newark service.
  • Deutsche Bahn go right to the top in the German mountains
  • Governor of Georgia leads trade mission to Dublin
  • Victims of their own success, Cliffs of Moher have to manage the crowds
  • Dublin’s museums break visitor records

Travel Extra TV

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 16.05.15This young golfer knocks a drone out of the sky. Watch here.

  • See inside EmiratesA380 on its inaugural flight in this 360º video. Watch here.
  • A family of bears drop by to hang out in a hammock. Watch here.
  • …while this bear takes a shining to a GoPro. Watch here.
  • Curious humpback whales take an interest in a tour boat in the Bay of Fundy, North Carolina. Watch here.
  • Would you have the guts to unicycle on a chimney? Watch here.
  • This young pup goes surfing for the first time. Watch here.
  • Up close and personal with an orca pod in New Zealand. Watch here.
  • See footage of the O’Donovan brothers homecoming at Cork Airport. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

When Ryanair cut air services from one of their airport bases, they always seem to blame somebody else. So it was on Thursday when they said they were trimming summer 2017 services from Dublin by 3pc, a figure that mirrors almost exactly the predicted fall in English outbound travel caused by the EU referendum result. Michael O’Leary and Kenny Jacobs hosted the press conference at Swords and managed to blame Dublin airport for the cutbacks of about 300,000 seats or 1,600 flights, citing the ending of the Dublin Airport growth incentives. Does Ryanair know something we don’t? Could the growth incentive policy be about to be cut as Dublin airport marches on towards 28m passengers in 2016 and 31m in 2017, even allowing for Ryanair’s cuts? Listen here to Michael O’Leary’s presentation at the event. Watch here Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry speaking about Ryanair’s proposed capacity cuts.

visitor atractions 2016

As Ireland’s visitor attractions weigh up their summer numbers, the big mover for 2016 has been the National Museum at Collins Barracks which will pass Kildare Street as the museums’ biggest crowd-puller. Figures are up by 64pc putting the museum on course for 485,000 visitors in 2016 with Kildare St just behind on 466,000. Interest in the 1916 exhibtions did not fall off and has continued at a high level during the summer making this a record year for Collins Barracks. The new GPO Witness History centre at the GPO recorded 115,000 visitors in first five months of operation.

Dublin’s museums are having a great year. The National Gallery is up by 21.2pc and Book of Kells up 12pc bringing both past the Giant’s Causeway as Ireland’s fifth and sixth most popular visitor attractions. IMMA is up 23pc and on course for 600,000 or 11th place. Chester Beatty Library is up 8pc and on course for 372,000. The Natural History Museum is up 7pc and on course for 343,000. Shannon heritage sites are up 5pc to 427,000 admissions to its core portfolio of attractions and entertainment options so far this year.

The National Aquatic Centre will become the fourth visitor attraction to host 1m visitors if its 6pc increase is sustained. Guinness Storehouse is up 8pc and on course for a record 1.6m while the Cliffs of Moher are up 13pc and on course for 1.4m. Guinness Storehouse English visitors are up 9.3pc and are now 26pc of the total, and the USA is up 18pc to 23.6pc of the total, if trends continue the USA will become the Storehouse’s main market in 2017.

The Cliffs of Moher passed their millionth visitor for 2016 on Monday 22nd August, 21 days earlier than in 2015 when the millionth visitor arrived on 12th September and 59 days earlier than 2014 and implemented what it calls a string of measures to maintain the quality of the experience.

Another attraction with capacity issues is the Little Museum of Dublin which saw a rise of 23pc in first quarter and put a cap on tour numbers in the wake of this to improve visitor experience and are now operating at similar numbers to last year since April. The Little Museum says it is turning away 18-23pc of visitors due to capacity issues. The Science Gallery is up 6.4pc to 291,000 visitors compared with 272,000 at the same time last year. Dublinia says numbers are slightly up on last year, with a big increase in the American market. Newbridge Silverware say, “figures are on par with last year and they are on target to achieve approx 350k by year end.  It has been a very good August for us.”

Antonio Paradiso of MSC and Celine Kenny of Cruisescapes at the MSC Mewraviglia float our in St Nazaire, September 2 2016

MSC Bellissima is to be the name of its second Meraviglia-class ship, the cruise line revealed at the float out of Meraviglia, at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire. MSC hosted 100 agents from around the world at the event, including two from Ireland. Rebecca Kelly and Antonio Paradiso, MD for Britain and Ireland led agents through the ship. Picture shows Antonio Paradiso of MSC and Celine Kenny of Cruisescapes.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on FacebookWatch here the MSC announcement in the Palace d’Elysses of a further ship build contract in St Nazaire.

Irish travel trade and media on Zugspitze during the Deotusch Bahn fam tip to Bavaria: Barbara Rowley and Catherine Grennell Whyte of ATTS/Deutsch Bahn, Mary Kane of Kane's Travel Longford, Sabrina Vonsowski of Club Travel, Michael Flood of Irish Travel Trade News, Stephanie Ronge of Zugspitze tourism, front: Eoghan Corry of Travel Extra and Shane Cullen of Killiney Travel/Travelbiz, September 2 2016

Deutsche Bahn hosted a group of Irish travel trade and media in Bavaria and then sampled the DB lounge in Munich and the journey to Frankfurt en Main in the panoramic carriage. The group was hosted at the Dorint Hotel in 1936 Winter Olympic venue Garmisch and the new Star Inn Premium in Munich. Bavarian food and beer was sampled along the way and Travel Extra’s editor made the climb to the top of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, cheered on by the group who travelled as far as the viewing platform just below. PIcture shows Barbara Rowley and Catherine Grennell Whyte of ATTS/Deutsch Bahn, Mary Kane of Kane’s Travel Longford,  Sabrina Vonsowski of Club Travel, Michael Flood of Irish Travel Trade News, Stephanie Ronge of Zugspitze tourism, front: Eoghan Corry of Travel Extra and Shane Cullen of Killiney Travel/Travelbiz. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

According to a survey of visa restrictions by Henley & partners, Ireland has the 15th most valuable passport. The value of a passport is determined by the countries to which you can travel with that passport, without visas.

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Travel Trade

CSO statistics showed trips by Irish residents overseas from May to July 2016 were up 3.7pc.

funday2The Travel Trade Fun Day in Wanderer’s Rugby Club, raised €55,000 for Simon, Chernobyl Children and Jigsaw. Sunway defeated Topflight in the 5 a side soccer final.

Cassidy Travel appointed Ann Marie Durkin, formerly manager in the Cassidy Travel Tallaght office, to a new role looking after trade relations. Sharon Harney, formerly of Thomas Cook Ireland, has joined Cassidy Travel in a senior management role with responsibility for Product and Distribution.

mandy-burrie-portrait-150x150Mandy Burrie joined Celebrity Cruises as sales director for Britain and ireland.

The Germany Travel awards announced Oct 28 as the deadline for entires for awards ro the trade in four categories, best tour operator, best coach tour operator, best OTA, and unique Contribution to German Tourism.

andreas kosterLufthansa appointed Andreas Köster as senior director fo sales for Britain and Ireland.

Aer Lingus hosted 26 strategic partners and product managers at a Discover New England workshop in the Westbury Hotel.

Crystal Ski Holidays launched ‘its 196-page Guide to the Mountain.

 

Hotels

Aiden Murphy 001Hotel Industry in Ireland has  increased occupancy levels by 3.3p, acording to Aiden Murphy’s The Crowe Horwath Ireland Hotel Industry report.

Nevgul Bilsel Safkan has been appointed as HotelsPro’s new managing director.

International

The annual survey by Henley & Partners found ireland has the 15th most valuable passport in the world.  Most valuable is Germany and least valuable is Afghanistan.

Greece has introduced a departure tax to fund investment in 14 Greek airports.

German airport operator Fraport is to run 14 regional airports, including three on the mainland, in Thessaloniki, Aktio and Kavala, and 11 on the Greek islands of Crete, Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos, Mitilini, Kykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos and Zakynthos.

A fee of €13 per departing passenger will be applied for the next four years, starting in 2017, which could rise to €18 once the project is finished in 2020.

CheapAir.com and Affirm have launched a new service which enables US customers to buy plane tickets in monthly instalments. By booking through both companies, customers can finance airline tickets in three, six or 12-month purchase plans.

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal were in attendance at the Georgia USA tourism event at Rustic Stone on Friday September 2. The event was organised by the Georgia tourism department to promote Irish travel in the US state with head of tourism Kevin Langston also in attendance and marshaling the event. A full delegation from both Georgia USA’s tourism and economic departments were in attendance to develop relationships in both sectors in Ireland. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Food and beverage

Michelin-star Dublin restaurant Chapter One increased its accumulated profits to €308,734.

Aviation

Aer Lingus Dublin to Newark

Aer Lingus Dublin to Newark

Aer Lingus received delivery of their latest Airbus A330-302 EI-FNG c/n 1742 on Wednesday, just in time for it to take off on the carrier’s inaugural flight to Newark. The inaugural flight EI101 to Newark, New Jersey, an Airbus A330-202, named St Caoimhe, took off from Dublin airport at 12.55pm with 50pc of passengers having started their journey outside of Dublin in destinations such as Paris, Brussels, Hamburg, Manchester, London and Edinburgh.

Turkish are to reduce Dublin flights to Istanbul Ataturk from 14 to 10 weekly from October 30 to March 15.

Two more pilots were stopped for exceeding the alcohol limit of 0.02 at Glasgow. United Airlines flight was delayed by ten hours. So why Glasgow? One forum poster claimed the bar staff in the Holiday Inn have a reputation for shopping pilots, usually getting it wrong. Must be true then.

Swiss International Airlines has presented its latest passenger airline, the 125-seat Bombardier C Series 100, to the international press, in Budapest.

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Starbucks is set to open a new café in the departures lounge of George Best Belfast City Airport, creating 25 jobs in the process.The new café will be the 19th Starbucks in the north.

The ECC reported that four out of ten complaints relate to aviation.

Afloat

Irish Ferries launched the France 2017 programme with a 10pc discount on early bookings. The ferry company’s parent ICG reported that car volumes were up 5.5pc in the first half of the year and passenger numbers were down 1.9pc to 686,600.. MV Kaitake is to remain on charter until June 2020.

Andy Harmer of CLIA speaking during the CLIA rivercruise conference in Amsterdam, November 22 2015

The CLIA Britain and Ireland conference for 2017 is set for May 24-26 in Southampton. Picture shows Andy harmer.

Le Boat, the TUI owned parent of Emerald Star river cruise hire company, has announced the launch of a new wave of Horizon models in 2017. Le Boat will expand its current fleet and launch three new high-end self-drive Horizon models to suit larger groups in 2017, following what the company describes as the sell-out success of the 2016 Horizon boat, designed with a focus on couples and small families.

Ireland

Belmond Grand Hibernian

Belmond Grand Hibernian

The Belmond Grand Hibernian set off for its first journey from Dublin this week, a first for luxury sleeper trains in Ireland. The inaugural journey left from Heuston Station last Tuesday on its first six-night Grand Tour of Ireland. The longest train in Ireland carrier 40 passengers and incorporates two dining rooms and an observation deck and full bar. Full details and prices are to be found here.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The Dodder Greenway, the Grand Canal Greenway, Phase Four of the Royal Canal Greenway, the Clonskeagh to City scheme, the Drury St cycle parking  project and the Heuston to Chapelizod Greenway have all been put on hold because of the cost of the Luas cross city project..

Deal Watch

 

  • 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
    • Feb 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
    • Mar 22 2017 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Hall 3 RDS Main Hall Complex
    • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC
    • 2018

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

      2019 – 2024

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

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

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 Sunday Supplement: Is Ryanair really the WORLD’S ‘favourite’ Airline or is it just Michael O’Leary scoring a point off Willie Walsh?

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View from Johnny's Hill, Cloghaunmore, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, August 2016

View from Johnny’s Hill, Cloghaunmore, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, August 2016

  • Jennifer Callister appointed head of Ireland by Royal Caribbean
  • Etihad return to single daily Dublin-Abu Dhabi from Sept 15 using B777
  • Some travel companies report August bookings 30pc ahead of last year
  • Family fun day today at Wanderers RFC
  • Blackstone doublin’ their money at Dublin Doubletree by Hilton
  • Hotel behind Clery’s gets go-ahead from Bord Pleanala
  • Bow Lane Social is Irish pub of the year
  • TUI order two new expedition ships for Harpag Lloyd
  • Uniworld announces news ship, itineraries for 2017 
  • Finnair maintains 9w for Dublin for summer 2017
  • Dubliner Tess de Kretser launches hotel in her native Sri Lanka

Travel Extra TV

  • Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 05.27.11It was a busy week as always in the oceans. A jetski rider has a close encounter with a shark. Watch here.
  • A seal scrambles on board a boat to escape orcas. Watch here.
  • …while this friendly orca put on a show for spectators. Watch here.
  • And rescuers free a young humpback whale from shark nets. Watch here.
  • Just in case you weren’t sure if Pokemon Go is still a thing, it is in Taipei. Watch here.A captain’s view of London City Airport. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s guide to where to stay around the country. Watch here.

paul hackett h&s copyBehind the Headlines

So farewell then, August 2016, a month when prices were high but agents reported they started off with little to sell but in the end saw a lot of special offers in late August and a new run of Leaving Cert bookings. Average selling price for a holiday is close to the August 2015 at around €520. The TUI-owned Falcon found July/August storng and demand continued into Sept/Oct with some of those who came looking for a late holiday booking early for 2017. Tony Collins’ Topflight say load factors were consistently in the high 90s and September is in good shape too.  Paul Hackett’s Cickandgo anticipates that August will end up 30pc on 2015 and reports very strong demand across all sectors, sun, city, USA and cruise since the end of July. The charge to the Algarve was substantially ahead of  second placed Lanzarote, with another big gap back to Costa del Sol followed by New York and Tenerife. Leading European citybreaks were 1 Prague, 2 Budapest, 3 Rome and 4 Krakow with Berlin, Madrid and Paris tying fifth place. The Row NYC Hotel was their lead accommodation.

wilie walsh michael o'leary copyAs IATA released the figures on international air passenger travel from 2015, Michael O’Leary claimed once again Ryanair is the world’s favourite airline, deliberately using a British Airways slogan from the 1980s. See story here. With 101m passengers in 2015, Ryanair is the fifth largest airline in the world by passenger numbers, behind American (147m), Southwest (145m), Delta (139m) and China Southern (109m, and, indeed, the Lufthansa group should they be counted as one airline with 108m), Figures released by IATA confirm Ryanair has more international passengers  than its bigger rivals. Only 27m of American’s 147m passengers fly on their international routes. BA used the slogan until 2001 when Lufthansa proved that they had been carrying more international passengers than BA and therefore were the world’s “favourite” airline. IATA figures began to show Ryanair has more international passengers in 2009 and Ryanair adopted the slogan for their website, in a nod to BA;s marketing coup of 1989. Watch here the parody of the Flower Duet ad campaign by cabin crew members Nicola Keen and Jan Hartley.

Manoj Silva and Tess de Kretser at the Olcote Launch in House, August 22 2016

Olcote in Ceylon hotel launched earlier this summer, a new hotel in Sri Lanka with a strong Irish accent. See report here. Sri Lankan Irish entrepreneur Tess de Kretser, whose celebrity lifestyle included a marriage to Cathal Ryan, launched her boutique hotel in Colombo, Olcote in Ceylon, at an event in Dublin. The hotel is 40 minutes outside the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, and within easy reach of Sri Lanka’s the

Tess de Kretser speaking at the Olcote Launch in House, August 22 2016

heritage sites. Guests at the hotel can have their children looked after by Tess’s personal nanny, Kavitha Sellathurai, who is also the housekeeper. She was joined at the launch by Manoj Silva, her business partner, and his family, Renuka, Rishitha, Minoshaand and Shevon. See www.olcoteinceylon.com. Watch here  Tess de Kretser interviewed about the service levels in her new hotel
Watch here Tess de Kretser public speech about her new hotel near Colombo sat the launch for the travel trade in Dublin. Listen here to Tess de Kretser speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

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Travel trade

funday2The 2016 Travel Fun Day in which takes place on Sunday 28th August 2016 at Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. So far €40,000 has been raised. There are 16 teams (4 Groups) in this year’s 5 A Side. There must be one lady on the team of 5 and 2 substitutes. Trainers only. A new 9 hole mini-golf is being added together with more inflatables and games. The committee are calling on more support from the Travel Industry to sponsor this year’s event as the target is €70,000 and there are many worthwhile charities. they would like see more of the industry get behind this event which is the only dedicated charity event across the industry. Silver Sponsorship is only €1,500 and Headline sponsorship is €3,000.

Suzanne Reynolds from Cassidy Travel, Dundrum, winner of Topflight's holiday for two to Sorrento!

Suzanne Reynolds from Cassidy Travel won Topflight’s Sorrento prize. Next week;s prize is the Grand Hotel La Pace in Sorrento. See here

Real Caribbean’s Club Royal is offering a five nighter in Cape Town & Port Elizabeth on which 15 Club  Royal members will travel. Royal Caribbean’s Club Royal (website) members are invited to play a series of daily games to win points  with the top 15 scores overall winning a space on a five-day holiday to South Africa.

Audrey Headon, of Headon Representation, with Mr Pedro Garcia, Managing Director of Viajes Euroamerica, during a recent visit to their office in Torremolinos.

Audrey Headon’s Headon Representation has been appointed representative in Ireland of Spanish destination management company Viajes Euroamerica. See here.

Registration opened for Worldchoice Conference at Seafield near Gorey on Saturday November 19. See story here. Worldchoice last staged an Irish delegates conference and awards in Ashbourne in 2013, having previously staged conferences and awards ceremonies in Mount Wolseley, Tullow in 2011, Dunboyne in 2009, Lyrath in Kilkenny in 2007 and Citywest in 2006 and 2002.

Jennifer Callister of Royal Caribbean before Harmony of the Seas pre-launch event in Southampton, May 19-20 2016

Royal Caribbrean's Irish team, Holy Wilkinson, Jennifer Callister and Michaela Banks, August 2016

Jennifer Callister has appointed Head of Ireland by Royal Caribbean. This is a newly created role by Royal Caribbean, who previously designated their Irish chief as head of sales for Ireland. She will report  into London-based Sales Director, Ben Bouldin, and sit on his leadership team. Royal Caribbean were the first cruise line to open an Irish office back in 1999. See here.

The Commission of Aviation Regulation says 3,040 customers (see here) have submitted claims against Low-cost, the group which went into administration in July. Customers have four more weeks to submit claims. Low-cost’s administrators shut down  the company’s ‘manage my booking’ facility on Friday.

Thomson cancelled some cut-price holiday bookings, blaming a system error.

Strange World

bus boughtDavie Little, a DJ from Durham in England woke up horrified to learn he splashed €33,400 on a bus during a night out in Ibiza. He later took to Facebook to say he hasn’t actually payed for the bus yet, because he’s attempting to wriggle his way out of the terrible deal.

  • Polish hiker Michal Witoszynski earned international notoreity by pithcing a deckchair on Trolltunga in Odda.
  • The Arctic Snow Hotel in Finland (constructed of ice and snow) is looking to hire an Aurora Borealis monitor.
  • A woman tricked into having a massage by a pervert at Center Parcs opened her eyes to find him completely naked as he told her: ‘It is okay, I am a professional.

Hotels

Michael McElligott, Damien Gaffney and Glenn Valentine of Tetrarch at the Citywest hotel

Tetrarch Capital got the go-ahead from An Bord Pleanála for a 158-bedroom seven storey €16m boutique hotel behind the former Clerys department store, converting Sackville House into the new hotel. Tetrarch Capital owns the Marker hotel in Dublin and the Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow.

Trivago reports that London hotel prices are at their lowest since March, at €168 per night, down 16pc from July and 15pc on August 2015. Edinburgh hotel prices are 41pc more expensive than London.

The  Curran Court Hotel in Co Antrim was put on the market by the receiver.

TravelMag.com claimed Venice has Europe’s most exensive city hotel. See here.

Doubletree by Hilton hotel Dublin

The imminent €180m sale of 399 room DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly Burlington) hotel to German asset manager DekaBank will mean owners Blackstone will double their money, they paid €67m for the hotel in 2012 and spent €20m on refurbishment.

France, despite hosting the 2016 UEFA European Championship from 10 June to 10 July saw hotel occupancy fall 5.5pc to 68.2pc, ADR decline 7.5pc to €138.43 ($156.71) and RevPAR drop 12.6pc to €94.34 ($106.79). Turkey saw occupancy fall 23.9pc to 51pc, ADR decline 17.2pc to 271.85 Turkish lira ($92.34), and RevPAR drop 37pc to 138.55 Turkish lira ($47.06).

  • The July 2016 Pipeline Report from STR Global shows 148,483 rooms in 966 projects under contract in Europe, up 13pc on July 2015. Europe reported 63,353 rooms in 424 projects in construction for the month, up 18.4pc. Greater London reported the most rooms in construction with 5,400 rooms in 32 hotels.
  • Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Olivier Chavy as its new CEO.
  • Marriott International has opened its second Moxy hotel in Germany, the 176-room Moxy Frankfurt Eschborn, which is owned by Vastint Hospitality and operated as a franchise by Nordic Hospitality AS.
  • The 225-room Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam, which opened August 15, has joined 25 canal houses from the 17th and 18th centuries  located on the city’s Prinsengracht canal. Formerly a part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s Luxury collection, the independent property is now affiliated with Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings has signed its second hotel in Lithuania, with the news that it has struck up a franchise agreement with Vičiūnai Group for the 175-room DoubleTree by Hilton Vilnius City Center, which will open in 2019.
  • Madrid-based Room Mate Hotels has opened two boutique properties in Barcelona, the company’s flagship 81-room Room Mate Anna, located on the famed Passeig de Gràcia, and Room Mate Carla, an 88-room property on Calle Mallorca.
  • InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a franchise agreement with Bathroad Corp Sarl for a dual-branded development close at London Heathrow Airport. The two properties in the development will be a 433-key Holiday Inn and 190-key Staybridge Suites and will open in 2018.
  • IHG  has signed an agreement with developer UBM Development AG to bring a Holiday Inn to Gdansk, Poland, which will open in 2019 with 236 rooms. It will be the sixth property in Poland for IHG, and there are another six Polish assets in its pipeline.
  • Airbnb now has a disruptor of its own: The Wall Street Journal reports that a new San Francisco-based startup could simplify the process of regulating Airbnb for cities and municipalities. The startup, named Host Compliance, helps cities “crack down on Airbnb abuses by rooting out rental listings that violate local laws” by compiling data on listings and providing reports on those that might violate law regulations.

Katie Farrell

Jason Burdock joined Lynda Booth’s Blackrock Cookery School from Mulberry Gardens and Delahunt. Shonagh Byrne joined The Key Collection as front office manager of Handels Hotel. Niamh Donegan joined An Grianan in Co. Louth as interim GM from Dunbrody House. Anthony Donohue joined the Irish Whiskey Museum on College Green as operations manager from the Coach House in Gorey. Niamh Eagan joined CIE Tours to head up reservations for their bespoke chauffeur driven tours of Ireland. Katie Farrell has been appointed director of sales at The Westbury. Sarah Flavin joined Clontarf Castle hotel as deputy GM  from the Clarion in Cork and Limerick. Sean Foley joined Dromhall Hotel in Killarney as GM from the Strand Hotel in Limerick. Palmerstown House appointed Sinead McGoldrick as weddings and events manager from Trim Castle and Ballymagarvey Village. Mate Szakacs joined the Sandymount Hotel as senior duty manager from The Spencer Hotel. Vickie Whelan joined Mount Wolseley Resort from the Dolmen Hotel.

International

Istanbul’s third bridge over the Bosphorous opened, the $3bn 1,408m Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. It features 10 lanes, including two rail lines. Officials say the bridge’s 322m high  towers are  the tallest in the world.

A car blast outside the Southern Hotel in Pattani triggered more travel advisories by western governments. The DFA also updated its advice on Italy

From September 30, Canadian citizens with dual citizenships will only be allowed to fly into the country if they have a valid Canadian passport.

Tha gathering on Today with Sean O'Rourke, Noel Whelan, Gerard Howlin, Eoghan Corry, Mairead McGuinness and presenter Keelin Shanley, August 26 2016

In the week the a woman in a headscarf was photographed on a beach in Nice removing a long-sleeved top while surrounded by armed police Gathering on RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke featured the burkini debate and the world of ticket reselling. Listen here to Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry speaking on the issues. Read here Sheryl Garratt‘s powerful argument about the criminalisation of clothing. Read here an interesting insight from Huda JawadThe burkini ban is misogynistic – and Western feminists are turning a blind eye. Separately  Listen here to Eoghan Corry speaking on Today with Sean O’Rourke on travel trends for the summer.

  • Destination DC saids that Washington’s tourism industry supports 74,000 jobs as it reported 2m international vistorsi 2015, led by China (360k) followed by England, Germany, Australia and France. Curiously, the total of 2 million doesn’t include visitors from Canada or Mexico because the Department of Commerce doesn’t collect the same data at land borders.
  • Yellowstone employee 21 year old Estefania Mosquera died from a cliff fall early on Friday during a social gathering at the park.
  • The Daily Express flagged a Google Maps secret function that they say will CHANGE the way you holiday forever: open up Google Maps and type in the location, when the correct place appears, click the tag to expand the location fully, then hit the save button, denoted by a star, so you wil have a record of it the next time you go on holiday.

Food and Beverage

Krystle, the nightclub on Harcourt St will undergo a €1m refurbishment during September.

  • The Vintners Federation said a 204,000 job industry faces a threat from the proposed 15pc increase in alcohol taxes, already l€1.42 of a €4.64 price of a pint is tax.
  • Craft brewers increased their market share in ireland to 2pc, according to a report from the Brewers Association.
  • The Sky Bar of the Year was Geoffrey Nordell’s Bow Lane Social in Dublin. Tom Cleary’s The Temple Bar won tourist pub of the year. See winners here.
  • SuperValu’s Food Academy Village returns to Waterford Harvest Festival, September 9th to 11th.
  • Dalkey Lobster Festival returns this weekend
  • Rob Krawczyk RAI Best Chef in Leinster 2016, from Tankardstown House’s Brabazon Restaurant in Slane has created a Tuscan-influenced five course menu.
  • Ireland’s craft beer festival returns to the RDS for its 6th year from September 8th-10th.

AviationEtihad Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner now daily to Perth

Etihad will return to single daily on Dublin to Abu Dhabi from September 2016 and throughout 2017. The last double daily service will be on September 15 2016.The airline will offer a daily 380-seat B777 service instead of double daily 262-seat A330. Etihad operated single daily since January 2016 but returned to double daily service from Dublin to Abu Dhabi on June 15.

Ryanair have scheduled an announcement for next Thursday, with most attention on their winter routes from Dublin airport.

Aer Lingus first flight to Newark takes place on Thursday next. There is still no sign of their overdue trans-Atnbaltic noucnement for 2017. “The announcement will come when Stephen is ready,” an Aer dingus insider put it.

In-flight food review website inflightfeed.com gave Aer Lingus 9/10 and said that “all meals offered great value for money, have been well thought out and give you a taste of Irish dishes inspired from around the country”.

Finnair will fly 9w between Dublin and Helsinki as of March 27 2017, up from the the 6w winter schedule, using a mix of Airbus A319 and Embraer E190 aircraft during the 2017 summer season with a schedule to connect onto Finnair’s 12 destinations in Asia and the Far East, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Seoul and seasonal services to Krabi and Xian.The Dublin-Helsinki service commenced in 2014 and was raised to 9w for summer 2016.

alan joyce screen_8510Alan Joyce reported the best results in Qantas history, as he called them. Bookings for the first Qantas Dreamlinerflights are to open before Christmas. Qantas announced underlying profits before tax of $1.53bn for the 12 months June 30, 2016 – the best result in Qantas’ 95-year history and up 57pc on the previous year.  See results here. See Alan Joyce’s speech here. See Sydney Morning Herald editorial here: Alan Joyce’s courage under fire steers Qantas to record-breaking profit

US aviation authorities fined Alaska Airlines $40,000; American Airlines  $45,000; Southwest Airlines  $40,000; and United Airlines $35,000 for giving inaccurate information about how much compensation they should get for being kicked off an overbooked flight or having their luggage lost or damaged.

Delta Airlines is to use Radio Frequency Identification chips on luggage to make sure it doesn’t get lost.

Sri Lankan Airlines suspended the license of a pilot who failed an alcohol breath test in Frankfurt on Friday, moments before he was due to take off with 274 passengers and crew on board.

AMDAR Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay was touted as the secret to avoiding turbulence on aircraft.

A bummer. The developer of the Airlander, the world’s largest aircraft nicknamed ‘The Flying Bum’ says the blimp-shaped airship “sustained damage” after it made a bumpy landing on its second test flight in eastern England. The aircraft was initially developed for the US military for use in surveillance in Afghanistan. Did those on board experience the bum rush as it crashed?

Afloat

A Chinese woman who fell overboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas was rescued by a fishing boat crew, but not before spending 38 hours in the Pacific Ocean without a life jacket. he swam, treaded water, floated, and even caught some shut-eye before attracting the attention of a fishing boat’s crew who pulled her aboard. She was exhausted and suffered from sunburn and jellyfish stings.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ordered two expedition ships, one for German market & one for English speakers, to join the fleet in 2019. Hapag-Lloyd expeditionTwo identical 240-passenger vessels are to be built by Vard in Norway for Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for launch in April and October 2019.

Sharon Jordan and John Grehan of Uniworld

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will name its next 128-passenger river ship SS Joie de Vivre, in March 2017, the line’s first “super ship” to sail on the Seine and will be able to dock in the heart of Paris.

Construction began on Crystal River Cruises’ new Rhine-class Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler at a keel-laying ceremony at MV Werften shipyard in Wismar. The 110-passenger Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler, due summer 2017, will be the first new-build vessels introduced to the line, with a focus on sailings on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Crystal Mozart,  the largest river ship afloat on Europe’s rivers,  launched in summer 2016 as the line’s first river vessel. has marked the start of the building process for vessels.

Liverpool City Council approved a €1.1m feasibility study which could see the construction of a larger two-story cruise terminal in the city. The proposed new terminal  at the site of Princes Jetty at Princes Parade in Liverpool Waters would have the capacity to handle up to 3,600 cruise passengers and include a new passenger and baggage terminal containing passport control, a lounge and cafe, bathrooms, a taxi rank, a coach pick-up and drop-off zone, a vehicle pick-up point and a car park. The number of cruise ships visiting Liverpool has risen from 31 to 61 annually since 2012. The increase has seen passenger numbers passing through Liverpool up from 38,656 to 78,000 annually, which has generated an estimated £6.5 million for the local economy through onshore spending.

cruise ship bartons bus_0491MSC Splendia calls to Dublin on Tuesday. Dublin will sees 27 more cruise ship calls during September: Aug 28 Queen Elizabeth & Prinsendam, Aug 29 Mein Schiff I, Aug 30 Hebridean Sky & MSC Splendida, Sept 4 Clio & Aidavita, Sept 6 Saga Pearl Ii  Sept 8 Magellan & Oriana  Sept 9 Mein Schiff 5 & Silver Whisper, Sept 11 Amadea  Sept 14 Albatros  Sept 16 Clio  Sept 17 Nautical, Sept 23 Hamburg, Sept 24 Clio, Sept 25 Norwegian Star, Oct 4 Marco Polo, Oct 13 Boudicca, Oct 16 Marco Polo  Oct 17 Boudicca, Oct 17 Balmoral, Dec 20 Marco Polo, Dec 27 Black Watch.

Ireland

Eoghan O'Mara Walsh and Paul Gallagher of ITIC

The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation pointed out that one person in every nine in Ireland works in the Tourist industry and called for more government investment in the tourism sector.

This weekend sees the arrival of 2,200 overseas participants in Citywest for the World Junior and Cadet Kickboxing Championships supported by Fáilte Ireland, who estimate the week-long event will boost revenue by €1.7m. Fáilte Ireland say 25 events will bring 45,000 international participants and revenue of €32m over the next five years.

Minister Seán Kyne with Úna Galligan, Marie Duffy and Marie McKown, all Tourism Ireland, at the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Picture shows Minister Seán Kyne with Úna Galligan, Marie Duffy and Marie McKown, all Tourism Ireland, at the annual Milwaukee Irish Festival. The 36th annual Milwaukee Irish Fest – the largest celebration of Irish culture and heritage in the United States – took place in Wisconsin. With a huge audience of about 150,000 visitors, the four-day festival was an ideal opportunity for Tourism Ireland to showcase the island of Ireland.

  • Enrollment began at the Wizard School of Ashford Castle.
  • The government is reportedly seeking an adviser to help boost midlands tourism.
  • DublinBikes reported 15m trips since 2009
  • Malahide residents are opposing a forest adventure area in Malahide Demesne.
  • Minister Michael Ring says negotiations on Westport House are at a ‘sensitive stage’.
  • An invasive water lily species was recorded in Kerry.

Deal Watch

BA fare sale runs until September 21: New York from €459 return

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Bahia Feliz, Monte Feliz, Gran Canaria from €499pp, depart September 2. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Iagotel, Playa De Muro, Majorca from €449pp, depart September 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Santa Eulalia, Casa Luis, Ibiza from €399pp, depart September 22. 7 nights B&B 3* Sellas Hotel and Apartments, Sidari, Corfu from €559pp, depart September 23. 4 nights all inclusive 4* Be Live Costa Los Gigantes, Playa De La Arena, Tenerife from €699pp, depart November 29. 3 nights self catering 3* Broncemar Beach Aparthotel, Costa Caleta, Fuerteventura from €589pp, depart December 3. 7 nights b&B 4* La Isla Y Mar, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote form €1,019pp, depart December 24. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Gran Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Mexico form €1,729pp, depart June 7 2017. NRG offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Deya, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €279pp, depart Shannon September 3. 8 nights self catering 3* Deya, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €289pp, depart Cork September 3. 7 nights self catering 2* Ekati, Kavos, Corfu from €479pp, depart September 9. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Caribe, Portaventura, Costa Dorada from €799pp, depart Shannon September 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Sun Club Apartments, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €559pp, depart Cork September 13. 7 nights self catering 3* Silver Springs, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €439pp, depart September 19. 7 nights half board 5* Sensimar Lagos, Lagos, Portugal from €699pp, depart September 25. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Hotel Atlantica Portobello Royal, Helona Beach, Kos from €799pp, depart September 17. 7 nights self catering 3* Nimar Villagio, Afandou, Rhodes form €399pp, depart September 14. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Mandi, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife form €469pp, depart September 23. 7 nights full board Treasures of the Med cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,059pps, depart September 27. 7 nights self catering 3* Labranda Oasis Mango, Los Cristianos, Tenerife form €1,139pp, depart December 23. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Ocho Rios, Jamaica from €2,019pp, depart June 15 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 8 nights all inclusive Marrakech and Agadir holiday from €1,429pp, depart December 15. 7 nights self catering 2* Villa Florida Apartments, Fuerteventura from €299pp, depart September 3. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Menorca from €299pp, depart September 4. 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaimo Tropical Apartments, Tenerife from €299pp, depart September 3. 7 night self catering 2* Eirasol Apartments, Algarve from €349pp, depart September 2. 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apartments, Gran Canaria from €369pp, depart September 3. 7 nights self catering 4* Vistamar Aparthotel, Costa Del Sol from €399pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Saboia Estoril Hotel, Lisbon Coast from €549pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Meridiana Hotel, Lake Garda from €549pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Londra Hotel, Sorrento from €539pp, depart September 3. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 236 6800.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights 3* accommodation, Montréal from €1,599pp incl. return flights, transfers, excursions, taxes and charges, depart May 1 2017. Call 01 637 1600.

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Tullylagan Country House Hotel, Co Tyrone form £89 per couple incl. complimentary bottle of bubbles on arrival, call 028 8676 5100. 2 nights 4* Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry from £105pps, call (028) 71 349279. 1 night B&B 4* Dukes at Queens, Belfast from £135.95 per room incl. 3 course evening meal and passes for Belfast City sightseeing tour, call (028) 90 236 666.

Emirates is offering flights to the Dubai for the Dubai Rugby Sevens from €472, travel December. Bangkok from €670. Johannesburg from €619. Perth from €890. Singapore from €587. Visit emirates.ie.

Royal Caribbean offers: 8 nights Adriatic and Italy cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas from €999pp, depart October 28 2017. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Freedom of the Seas from €1,099pp, depart October 15 2017. 7 nights Greek Isles cruise on board Jewel of the Seas from €1,259pp, depart July 16 2017. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

ITAA offers: 7 nights half board Ski Holiday, Andorra from €677pp incl. return flights, transfers, 20 kg baggage, depart June 8 2017. 7 nights 4* Samokov Hotel, Borovets, Bulgaria from €699pps incl. return flights, ski package, return transfers, 20 kgs checked baggage and taxes, depart March 4 2017. 7 nights family ski holiday in Andorra from €1,375 2+2, depart January 15 2017.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Alto Lido, Funchal, Madeira from €529pps, depart September 1. 7 nights B&B 4* Jardins d’Ajuda Suite Hotel, Funchal, Madeira from €539pps, depart September 1. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bagli, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €519pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Villa Linda, Giardini Naxos, Sicliy from €569pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 4* La Isla y El Mar, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €899pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 5* Hotel Villa Vik, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €1,149pps, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 2* Hotel Montebaldo, Torbole, Lake Garda from €519pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sogno del Benaco, Limone, Lake Garda from €699pps, depart September 24. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Sorrento from €899pps, depart September 4. 7 nights half board 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €469pps, depart September 3. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Miami, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €549pps, depart September 3. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Classic Resorts offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Naiboa, Dominican Republic from €1,179pp, book by September 21, depart May 1 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Lupita, Mexico from €1,099, book by September 20, depart December 1. 7 nights B&B 4* Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Barbados from €1,269pp, book by September 21, travel May to June 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Antigua from €1,399pp, book by September 21, travel May to June 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Rendezvous hotel, St Lucia from €1899pp, book by September 21, travel between May 20 and June 20. 10 nights B&B Havana and Varadero Beach, Cuba from €2,099, book by October 31, travel February to March. 7 nights all inclusive Ariba from €3,099pp, book by October 31, travel February to March. Visit classicresorts.ie or call 01 874 5000.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days Best of Germany tour from €2,019pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart September 30. Visit nsightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering an 8 day Bordeaux vineyards and chateaux river cruise on board the River Princess from €2,299pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • 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
  • Feb 19-20 2017 Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport UL Limerick
  • Mar 22 2017 Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Hall 3 RDS Main Hall Complex
  • 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