Things to know abut travel this week
- Spain heads for 2.09m Irish visitors as tourism up 16pc
- Portugal also going for record with tourism up 11pc
- High Court throws out three legal challenges against €320m Dublin Airport runway
- Dublin runway renovations to finish April, despite storms
- 200-year-old hotel gets makeover as Riu Plaza The Gresham
- Visit USA gives thanks to agents for Thanksgiving – with a Seattle prize up for grabs
- Can Cyprus rise again? Cobalt dreams of 3w year-round from 2018
- Topflight’s Tony Collins received lifetime achievement honour
Travel Extra TV
A video went viral of musicians Sheldon Thornhill and Sean Sullivan leading an impromptu sing-along of delayed passengers in the waiting area of Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Passengers awaiting a delayed flight to Newfoundland and Labrador belted out “Sweet Forget Me Not,” “Grey Foggy Day,” “Aunt Martha’s Sheep” and other folk classics. Watch here.
- A private Dreamliner. Watch here.
- Pandas experience snow for the first time. Watch here.
- A girl who has battled cancer achieved her dream of becoming a British Airways cabin crew member. Watch here.
- Go behind the scenes as 1,800 runners take part in the Cork Runway Run here.
- Model Chanel Iman flies from New York to Abu Dhabi for an exclusive photoshoot to reveal Etihad‘s new Grid Girls Uniform for the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Watch here.
- Heathrow Airport‘s new Christmas bear ad is already being called a classic. Watch here.
- In a season of giving, Qantas explains how UNICEF donations can help children all over the world here.
- Ryanair launched the “Great Christmas Giveaway” competition and fundraiser in aid of ISPCC Childline, its 2017 charity partner. Watch here.
- Tourism Ireland shows you the best of Ireland in just one minute. Watch here.
- Watch here a video of a story featured by Travel Extra this week as Chargé d’affaires Reece Smyth pardons Dustin the Turkey in the US Ambassador’s Residence in Phoenix Park, Dublin ahead of Thanksgiving 2017.
Behind the headlines
The Grand Dame of Dublin hotels, The Gresham Hotel, has been a Spanish Lady – for a while now and is looking good for a 200-year-old, thanks to a massive makeover. Bought for a reported €92m, it’s been rebranded as the Riu Plaza The Gresham. It’s only the second Riu Plaza property in Europe, after Berlin, but the offshoot of the family-run empire has a big footprint in the Americas, with Riu Plaza hotels in New York, Miami, Mexico and Panama. Ricardo Luque Ferrandez, Managing Director, Riu Hotels & Resorts, left the sunny climes of Miami Beach to launch the rebrand and spoke to Travel Extra here. Picture shows Ricardo Luque Ferrandez MD, and Laura Malone, Director of Communications, at the relaunch. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Irish visits to Portugal so far in 2017 are up 11.6pc and heading for 282,000 for the year, with bednights up 10.6pc. Algarve was up 8.6pc (bednights 8.3pc) off the highest base, Lisbon up 11.6pc (bednights 10pc), Northern Portugal up 47.5pc (bednights 49.8pc), Central Portugal up 62.7pc (bednights 92.3pc), Alentejo up 24.2pc (bednights 24.4pc), Madeira down 5.9pc (bednights -6.9pc).
Tourist average daily expenditure in Spain is up 6.6pc to €144. Average expenditure per tourist is up 0.8pc to €1,068. Average stay is down half a day to 7.4 days. Tourism growth from Ireland slowed to 0.9pc in September but is up 16.2pc for the year to date, heading for 2.09m.
In yet another bit of fallout from Britain’s EU exit, Belfast and Derry may be banned from the European Capital of Culture competition as the European Commission maintains that they will be outside the EU after 2019, so will be ineligible for consideration. The cities launched a high-profile bid to secure the title for 2023 back in July by mayors of Belfast Nuala McAllister and Maoliosa McHugh of Derry.
Visit USA hosted an agents’ appreciation night in Church on Dublin’s Mary Street during a week of Thanksgiving celebrations. Caroline Gallagher from the Travel Department won the big prize of the night – a fam trip place to Aer Lingus’ new destination, Seattle, while Caroline Mongey of FCM won a €150 prepaid Mastercard, courtesy of Hertz, who were partners for the night along with Experience Kissimmee and Francine Sheridan’s Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Picture shows Jean Claffey, Bronwyn Clinton and Adele Walsh, from Joe Walsh Tours, Catch more pictures from the night here or on Facebook here.
Irish visitor numbers to Cyprus have dwindled from 70,000 a year to 6,525 so far this year – which is itself up 69pc on last year. But Cobalt Air sees a chance to bring back the boom, it told invited agents and operators in Dublin, as it formally launched its year-round service from Dublin to Larnaca. The airline’s Irish executive, David Lee, told Travel Extra that it’s looking to expand next year from 2w to 3w. Bookings for agents here are handled by Paul Nolan’s APG. Full story here. Picture shows Paul Nolan, APG, and David Lee, Cobalt Air, with prize-winner John Spollen of Cassidy Travel. Connect to the album from the night here or on Facebook here.
Clodagh Connolly won agent of the year and Grogan’s Travel agency of the year at the Worldchoice awards. Thomas McNally and Michaela Banks shared the supplier rep awards and Bookabed won supplier of the year. See here the full winners of the Worldchoice awards 2017. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Louth-born James Treacy, Senior PR Executive for Tourism Australia in Ireland, Britain and northern Europe, is to leave the tourism organisation. He said “It’s with great sadness that tomorrow is my last day at Tourism Australia. I’ll be heading to tour operator Abercrombie & Kent in a newly created PR & Comms Manager role, starting on December 1.”
Tony Collins won the lifetime achievement award at the Irish Travel Trade News awards. Martin Skelly’s Navan Travel won the agency award.
Nine years ago, Pamela Brownlee was told that she’d be crazy to open a travel agency as “everyone’s booking online nowadays”. Almost a decade on, and the Fly Away Travel boss is seen celebrating with staff Rachel Devers and Elma Ni Ghiollarnath at her agency in Mayo.
- Agents who liked a post on Travel Partners Group Facebook page can win a prize every Tuesday and Thursday until December 21. The eight partners will offer a €50 One4All Christmas shopping voucher, and comprise of Amadeus, ASM (representing SAS, ANA , OBEO Travel and Your Car Hire), Blue Insurance , Bookabed , Classic Collection Holidays, Cruisescapes, Irish Ferries and MSC Cruises.
- Diane Risk of Belfast City airport and Andrea Hunter of Aer Lingus hosted travel agents on a flight from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow, where they were met by Heathrow staff to explore the offering available to travellers as well as transfer options.
- The Cork Skal event takes place December 10 at Fitzgerald’s Vienna Woods Hotel in Glanmire, Cork, €50 per person. 087 6709211 or email.
- Picture shows travel agents on a Spanish Tourist Board group trip to Lanzarote in Jameos del Agua, Clare Dunne , Travel Broker; Rebecca Kearney, Club Travel; Rachel Walsh and Mary McKiernan from Best4Travel; Ciara Mooney, Freedom Travel; Antoinette Young from TUI and Kathryn McDonnell on the island of La Graciosa.
- Jet2holidays/Jet2 winter programme out of Belfast International is up 17pc, 16,000 additional seats with a new winter route to Madeira.
- ETOA the European tourism association was awarded the “Golden Experience” award for sustainable tourism, presented at the International Mayor’s Forum in Seville.
- Pre-tax profits at the main Irish arm of Hertz rose by 21pc to €15.6m last year. But revenues at Hertz Europe Service Centre Ltd fell from €62.72m to €60.63m.
Mickey has a new rival – a penis-themed theme park in South Korea. Legend has it that the park was built to keep the spirit of a fabled virgin happy, and Haesindang Park features 300 statues.
The airline whistleblower who exposed the actions of the Korean Air chairman’s daughter who forced a plane to return to its gate at JFK Airport in a kerfuffle over macadamia nuts is suing her and the airline, accusing them of illegally demoting and ostracising him. The nuts were apparently bagged, rather than plated.
A chartered train in India is supposed to have gone 160km in the wrong direction. Passengers were alerted when the train stopped at an unfamiliar location. They were travelling overnight to the western state of Maharashtra after taking part in a protest rally in Delhi. The railway firm denies the allegations.
The Swiss town of Albinen, located in the scenic canton of Valais, is voting on an initiative to pay people €21,461 each to move there for at least 10 years, the money to be repaid on moving out within that time. The town has just 240 residents.
Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were detained in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana for dressing up as his character Borat in mankinis.
Austria has had the best snowfall in the Alps so far this winter season with a storm last weekend followed by clear skies, bringing forward the opening dates of most ski resorts. Tignes (30/60cm) and Val Thorens (50/60cm) are the only two early season resorts currently open in France. St Moritz (13cm/38cm), and Murren (35cm/58cm) in Switzerland, Arabba (25/48cm) and Courmayeur (10/130cm) in Italy, Beaver Creek (46cm), Steamboat (30cm) and Vail (46cm) in Colorado open this weekend.
NYC & Company launched a $15m campaign called True York City which will pair iconic sights with a deep dive into local neighbourhoods and their unique experiences, with advertisements and promotion in 17 countries, with some additional content here.
A bus driver died in a “complete inferno” after deciding to drive straight into boulders on a narrow mountain road to try to save his passengers, an inquest heard. British driver Maurice Wrightson had been driving down from French ski resort Alpe d’Huez with a coach full of resort staff in 2013 when the brakes failed and he took the full force of the crash.
- Trump has lifted the ban on importing lion and elephant trophies hunted in Africa.
- Authorities in Rome have started classes for 750 taxi drivers to learn inter-cultural manners and English.
- Caribbean nations hardest hit by twin Hurricanes will get more than $2bn to underwrite rebuilding efforts. At a donor conference held by the United Nations and regional organisation CARICOM, donor nations will give $1.3bn in aid and at least $1bn in loans and debt relief.
Food & Beverage
- Breanagh Catering, which operates Copper Face Jacks on Dublin’s Harcourt Street, recorded pre-tax profits of €5.16m last year.
- Conor Halpenny, a young chef mentored by Ross Lewis of Chapter One, won the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year competition presented by La Rousse Foods.
- British pub chain owner Mitchell & Butlers – in which Irish horseracing names JP McManus and John Magnier have a combined 23,1pc stake – said Brexit and rising costs have created “unprecedented headwinds” for the pub industry.
- Kevin Coppinger, who co-owns Corbett’s and Coppingers bar in Thurles with All Ireland winner Lar Corbett hit back at the storm over a Black Friday 99 cent pint promotion. He said pubs are being forced into cut-price promos to compete with cheap beer in big supermarket chains.
- An Italian-themed restaurant is to open at the redeveloped Royal Hibernian Way off Dawson Street in Dublin 2.
- Ken Healy hosted the sixth European castle awards at Barberstown Castle in Straffan.
- Hotel owner and operator Tifco plans to add 60 bedrooms in a five-storey extension to its Crowne Plaza property near Dublin Airport.
- The company which operates the Shelbourne Hotel on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green, Kennedy Wilson-owned KW Shelbourne Ops Ltd, recorded pre-tax profits of €3.9m last year. Rugby coach Joe Schmidt lit up the Shelbourne Christmas tree, and greeted fans at the hotel during the week. Catch the album here on or Facebook here.
- US President Donald Trump is feeling his own Trump Slump as average room rates have fallen by as much as 63pc in 12 of his 13 hotels. Hardest hit was Trump Las Vegas, according to analysis by FairFX, the currency provider. The only one to see a rate rise? His property in Doonbeg, Co Clare.
- The family of a small boy who died in an accident at an Atlanta hotel filed a lawsuit with Marriott International. The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel is facing litigation after the five-year old became trapped in a revolving track at the popular 73rd floor Sun Dial revolving restaurant.
- MGM Resorts, owners of the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay hotel from where a gunman shot dead 58 people, is being sued by more than 450 victims of Stephen Paddock.
- Managing Director Bill Kelly reports that occupancy rates at the Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare hit 92pc last year. He was speaking after new accounts show that pretax profits increased from €688,261 in 2015 to €772,282 in 2016.
- Ireland’s largest hotel operator, Dalata Hotel Group, is to extend its existing lease agreement on the Ballsbridge Hotel until at least October next year. There is then the option to extend the lease further up to March 2019.
Dalata Hotels officially launched its own-brand coffee offering, called Red Bean Roastery. Alan Deller, General Manager of Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown, Dublin; Samuel Pezzaioli, Cafe Manager; and Pat McCann, CEO Dalata Hotels, are pictured at the opening of the standalone Red Bean Roastery Coffee Shop at the Clayton Hotel Leopardstown.
Hollywood boutique hotel The Standard plans to become America’s first hotel with its own lobby ‘pot shop‘ in a joint venture with a cannabis firm.
Both Aer Lingus and Ryanair show a 5pc increase in seats offered this winter and increases in ASK of 11.6pc (Aer Lingus) and 9.2pc (Ryanair). Wizz Air are up 19.8pc and 20.3pc, Vueling up 14.5pc and 11.8pc, Transavia France up 13.2pc and 22.9pc, Finnair up 11.0pc and 11.6pc, Icelandair up 10.2pc and 12.1pc, Norwegian up 9.1pc and 29.0pc, and Brussels Airlines up 8.4pc and 21.1pc.
Business group Ibec welcomed the High Court ruling to dismiss three legal challenges against plans for a new €320m runway at Dublin Airport. “Recent growth in passenger numbers has meant that the airport is often at full capacity during peak periods. Completion of the proposed North Runway by 2020 will help to relieve this. International connectivity needs to be consistently improved, expanding tourism and trading opportunities globally,” said Ibec Planning and Infrastructure Policy Executive Órla Casey. “This investment is vital not just for today or tomorrow, but to ensure the growth of our economy for the next 50 years.”
Work to resurface Dublin Airport’s main runway, R10/28, is more than two-thirds complete. DAA spokeswoman Siobhan O’Donnell told Travel Extra: “It’ll be finished by the end of April – but we lost a few days because of the weather.” She said that despite the major storms this year, contractors are working to make up lost ground on the work. The runway, which is 28 years old, also needs an upgrade of its ground lighting system and a full replacement of all cabling and ducting. Picture shows asphalt-laying on Dublin Airport runway on August 11. The runway ground lighting system is being upgraded with 1,700 new LED lights, to reduce energy consumption by 66pc. More than 10km of new electrical ducting and 200km of electrical cabling are also being installed. During the construction work, Dublin Airport’s oldest runway, R16/34, is being used. Since the project started, 78pc of flights have been directed to a northerly flight path while 22pc have been directed to the southerly approach. Watch the work here.
Ryanair extended its connecting flights service at Milan Bergamo Airport, adding a further 31 routes including Budapest, Lisbon and Ibiza providing Ryanair customers with an expanded 131 connections. Ryanair will add 18 new, extended from winter or revived routes to its Italian summer schedule next year, including an additional aircraft based at Bergamo and extra frequencies on other routes including Dublin. Ryanair extended its agreement with Perugia airport for a further five years.
- Jet2 announced Belfast International B738 to Dalaman 1w from June 26th 2018 Tuesdays Departing 16:20/arriving 02:45. Belfast now has two operators to both Antalya and Dalaman. Graham Keddie is forecasting 5.7m passengers for the year.
- Glasgow Airport was closed temporarily after a towing vehicle hit a passenger plane getting ready for take-off. The incident happened in “freezing conditions” on Friday, November 24, and involved a British Airways plane.
- Builder John Sisk & Son is firm favourite to win a near €99m contract to build a hangar for Boeing that will house its biggest aircraft at Gatwick Airport.
- The Commission of Aviation Regulation approved an €0.06 increase in max average airport passenger charges at Dublin Airport for 2017 and 2018 as arrival/departure segregation at Pier 2 is attained.
- Monarch’s administrators have won their appeal against a British Court decision which prevented them from selling valuable take off and landing slots at Gatwick and Luton airports. EasyJet, IAG, Wizz Air and Norwegian Air Shuttle have all previously expressed an interest in buying the slots.
- Domhnall Slattery’s Dublin-based Avolon firmed up an order for 55 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and 20 Boeing 737 MAX 10s, and said it may order 20 more, in a deal claimed at €3.4bn.
- Aer Lingus cabin crew have been hailed as “absolute professionals” online by passengers after “awful turbulence” affected a flight from Boston to Dublin on Tuesday, November 21.
- Dozens of flights to and from Schiphol Airport were delayed or cancelled because of a technical problem with air traffic control systems.
- The A350-1000 has gained certification from both EASA and FAA type. Airbus expects to deliver the first A350-1000 to launch customer and operator Qatar Airways before the end of this year, the first of 169 firm orders from 11 customers.
- State-owned airline Air China suspended flights between Beijing and North Korea due to what it claims was a lack of demand.
- Insurers have agreed to pay €81m to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the 9/11 attacks. The settlement on behalf of defendants including American Airlines and United Airlines was described in papers filed in Manhattan federal court.
- Gatwick restated plans for a second runway after reporting that the six month period to the end of September was the busiest in its history with passenger numbers rising by 5.1pc to 26.4m.
- Air France KLM defended its new GDS booking fee, conceding that two-thirds of the group’s seats are sold through travel agents. Jean-Marc Janaillac, Air France-KLM chief executive, said the airline was forced to impose a fee to maintain its position against leading rivals.
- Berlin Brandenburg Airport, originally scheduled for 2011 had its opening date put back a SEVENTH time – this time to mid to late 2020.
- Ryanair is recruiting engineers.
- Bloomberg reported that Rolls-Royce non-offers may have been an element in the Emirates A380 deal collapse.
- British Airways was criticised in social media for a new boarding policy which will see passengers with the cheapest tickets forced to board last. The airline claimed the new policy, which is being introduced from next month, will speed up the boarding process.
- ASL Aviation Holdings Ireland sold Farnair Handling Hungary to Menzies Aviation.
Less than a week after embarking on its maiden expedition voyage to Antarctica, Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud had to cancel the sailing due to mechanical problems. The ship has returned safely to port, and all passengers are enjoying the onboard amenities until they disembark.
David Dingle, Clia Europe’s deputy chair, said that the cruise industry “absolutely recognises it has an enormous duty” to protect the environment, and said while it is working with cities such as Dubrovnik amid overtourism fears, the wider travel sector must up its game.
P&O Cruises was forced to cancel a 50-night January voyage on the Oriana due to a maintenance issue. Instead of sailing around the Caribbean and America, the ship will enter dry dock for three weeks early in the New Year.
- The monastic beehive huts of Skellig Michael have been made into Lego toys ahead of the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’.
- Carol Gleeson of Burren Tourism (pictured) hosted 160 delegates at a tourism conference in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon where issues such as overcrowding at the Cliffs of Moher were teased out in a series of panel discussions.
- As British inbound figures decline this year, Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI introduced 33 Irish businesses to 41 top British meetings and events, inviting professionals to enjoy a taste of Ireland, at the annual ‘Ireland Meets the West End’ event in London.
- Maybe it’s a sign of less chivalrous times, but Irish Rail hopes to help more pregnant women get seats on trains by introducing a “baby on board” badge for expectant mothers. Instead of having to ask a stranger to give up their seat, pregnant travellers will now be able to wear badges, which the rail company hopes will encourage other commuters to give up their seats.
- The Freebird Club was among the winners at the first Smart Ageing Innovation Awards. The Freebird Club is now running a crowdfunding campaign.
- Tourism Ireland and Qatar Airways co hosted a travel trade workshop in Doha. Picture shows Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Hanan Koura and Samira Darwish, of ST Qatar; and Paul Kavanagh, Irish Ambassador-Designate of Qatar,
- Insight Vacations offers: Easy Pace Italy – 10-day tour including flights, transfers and 9 nights’ accommodation in the best locations, from €2199, depart March 31. Book and pay in full by December 1, 2017 . Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
- ITAA offers: Trip to see Manchester City v Chelsea, one night’s hotel with match ticket from €199, depart March 3 with Cassidy Travel. www.itaa.ie/2017/11/14/football-break Dublin to Porto, 3 nights 3* TRYP Porto Centro Hotel, from €285, depart June 15 with Wallace Travel Group. www.itaa.ie/2017/11/14/porto-break Dublin to Berlin, 3 nights 4* Leonardo Hotel Berlin Mitte, with transfers, guided tour and tickets to see Andre Rieu in concert, from €599 with Travel Escapes, depart January 31. www.itaa.ie/2017/11/14/berlin-concert
- Sunway offers: Dublin to Lapland, one night full board Sky Hotel , from €2792 for two adults and one child, depart December 1. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self-catering 2*+ Oasis Apts, from €399, depart January 13, 20 or 27. Dublin to Fuerteventura, 7 nights self-catering 3* Oasis Dunas Apts, from €369, depart January 13, 20 or 27. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 2* Monte Verde Apts, from €379, depart January 13, 20 or 27. Dublin to Orlando, 7 Nights 3* Rosen Inn at Pointe, from €479pp, based on 2 adults & 2 children U12 sharing. Dublin to Dubai, 3 Nights 3* Arabian Park, from €495. Montenegro & Greece Fly Cruise, 7 nights onboard Crown Princess, from €1199, depart July 21. Short Mediterranean Fly Cruise, 5 nights onboard Symphony of the Seas, from €969, depart March 31. Dubai, Vietnam Cruise & Hong Kong Stay, 15 nights with cruise onboard Ovation of the Seas, from €1249pp, depart April 26. Balcony Stateroom from €1550pp. Classic Italian Fly Cruise, 7 nights onboard MSC Fantasia with €100 onboard credit per cabin, from €919, depart October 10. Arctic Highlights Voyage, 5 nights onboard Ms Nordkapp, from€1249 , depart February 23. www.sunway.ie
- Topflight offers: Black Friday offers – sale ends tomorrow. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sonnalp, was €1760, now €1339, depart December 30. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Elisabethpark, was €1399, now €1139, depart December 30. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights B&B 3* Pension Hochwimmer, was €865, now €639, depart December 30. Dublin to France, 7 nights self-catering 3* Le Hammeau du Mottaret, was €819, now €699, depart December 30. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights B&B 3* Landhaus Roscher, was €1019, now €709, depart December 30. Dublin to Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Piolets, was €1446, now €1219, depart December 31. Dublin to France, 7 nights self-catering 3* Résidence La Riviére, was €449, now €329, depart January 6. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Jakobwirt, was €1069, now €869, depart January 6. Dublin to Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sant Gothard, was €649, now €499, depart January 7. Dublin to France, 7 nights catered chalet 3* Chalet Laponia, was €1099, now €849, depart February 17. www.topflight.ie
- TUI offers: Black Friday sale deals also available for a limited time. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights half board 3* Barcelo Margaritas, Playa Del Ingles, from €1,089, depart December 21. Dublin to Lanzarote, 14 nights half board 4* TUI Sensimar Natura Palace, Playa Blanca, from €1,239, depart December 31. Cork to Tenerife, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Catalonia Las Vegas, Puerto De La Cruz, from €1,269, depart December 24. Cork to Lanzarote, 7 nights half board 4* TUI Sensimar Natura Palace, Playa Blanca, from €1,419, depart December 28. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 3* Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Maspalomas, from €359, depart January 25. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self-catering 2* San Marcial, Matagorda, from €429, depart January 21. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self-catering 2* Laguna Park II, Playa De Las Americas, from €499, depart January 26. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights half board 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, from €389, depart February 8. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self-catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise Club, Costa Teguise, from €379, depart February 18. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self-catering 2* Globales Tamaimo Tropical, Puerto De Santiago, from €419. Dublin to Tenerife, Colourful Coasts cruise onboard Marella Dream, Decks 6/7/10 Inside Cabin, FB, 7 nights from €789, depart January 19. www.tuiholidays.ie, Call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI store/travel agent.
- Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers: Gems of Italy cruise, 8 days, includes flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages, all shore excursions and 7 nights in a Category 5 stateroom onboard the River Countess, from €2459. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book before December 31, 2017. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803
What we learned
- Dublin Airport’s main runway has seen 4m takeoffs and landings since opening in 1989.
- See travelextra.tv for more video.
- Email email@example.com to have your say or it is @TravelExtraIre on Twitter if that’s your bag.