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Dermot Lee, Jenny Raffter and Yvonne Muldoon of Aer Lingus who hosted 106 agents at the Aer Lingus Miami event in House, Leeson St, Dublin, July 24 2017

  • Things 

Things to know about travel this week.

  • Ryanair predicts average fare will drop to €37
  • Irish tourism growth beats Tourism Ireland predictions
  • Falling like a stone, British visitors down by 200,000 this year
  • Michael O’Leary sitting pretty on €3.2m pay pot last year
  • Aer Lingus brings some Miami cool to Dublin
  • Celebrity Silhouette hosts the capital’s business chiefs
  • Distillery boom continues with Pearse Lyons opening
  • Fidelma is latest winner in Topflight competition
  • Travel Extra TV.

Glimpse inside The First Wing ,the new exclusive check-in area for British Airways’ First, Gold Executive Club and Oneworld Emerald customers at Heathrow Terminal 5, leading directly into the Galleries First lounge and Concorde Room.

Pilots can be anoraks too – and four from Arsenal partner airline Emirates were happy to fly their English Premier League heroes. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Latest CSO figures reinforce the view that Brexit (Breat-imeacht) is already having  a huge detrimental impact – in inbound tourism. The headline figures will tell you that Ireland’s visitor numbers grew 4.2pc in January-June, double Tourism Ireland‘s growth guidance. But that’s only part of the story, with US growth (up 20.9pc to 629,000, Europe up 10.1 and Germany up 9pc masking the fact that Ireland’s largest inbound market is in decline. Visitor numbers from Britain fell 6.4pc to 949,000 and are likely to be down by 200,000 in 2017, and this follows recent dire warnings from DAA CEO Kevin Toland that British numbers are “falling like a stone”. Watch here  

Tourism Ireland boss Niall Gibbons conceded that  “the currency challenge for Irish tourism is very real and the drop in British visitor numbers (-6.4%) for the January to June period reflects that”, while Failte Ireland boss Paul Kelly was more gloomy, saying: “This growth of 4.2pc is to be welcomed and it has certainly been buoyed up by a very impressive North American performance. That performance is masking a worrying trend downwards in the British market as a weakening sterling makes Ireland more expensive for British visitors.”

How do you know you’re doing well? When your share price slips, ever so slightly. Just ask Apple, Facebook, Amazon – or our own Ryanair. Making hundreds of millions each year isn’t enough to quench the thirst of the Wolves of Wall Street. Ryanair shares dropped during the week, when CEO Michael O’Leary revealed that the average fare will drop to €37 this summer. Despite the knee-jerk reaction on the markets, the airline’s latest bottom line is looking more than healthy, with passenger numbers hitting 35m in the first quarter of the year, costs down and load factor up 2pc to 96pc. O’Leary continued his wake up about Brexit campaign, saying if there’s no clarity on Open Skies, “we may be forced to cancel flights and move some, or all, of our UK-based aircraft to Continental Europe from April ’19 onwards.  We have contingency plans in place and will, as always, adapt to changed circumstances in the best interests of our customers and shareholders.” Read the full report here. 

Travel Trade

Dublin’s House venue turned South Beach as Yvonne Muldoon, Jenny Rafter and friends launched the latest Aer Lingus destination in North America – Miami. Many of the passengers will be tying in with cruise departures from the city, and the route has already attracted many non-Irish passengers, who’ll be connecting from British cities, plus many through Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, Picture shows Jenny Rafter, Yvonne Muldoon and Dermot Lee of Aer Lingus. See more pictures here or connect with the album on FacebookWatch here the prize winners on the night. Watch here video of the event. Watch here speech by Yvonne Muldoon. Watch here speech by Seb Sarassin of Miami CVB.

Fidelma Brady from Travel Counsellors is the latest winner in Topflight’s ‘Win a Holiday’ Travel Agent Incentive. She joins Eva Jancichova from Cassidy Travel & Judith Hall from Thompson Travel who were the first two winners. Fidelma wins a holiday for 2 to the stylish 4* Grand Hotel Croce di Malta in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany. The final winner will be announced on Friday 4th August, and the draw will take place live on Topflight’s facebook page at 3pm on Friday 4th August. The final holiday in the ‘Win a holiday’ travel agent giveaway is a holiday for two to Sicily. The winner and their guest will stay in the Hotel Delle Palme in the resort of Letojanni. Agents who

Agents who book a Topflight last minute holiday (departure within 14 days of booking) and e-mail your booking reference to travelagents@topflight.ie. There are also numerous spot prizes. Shauna Kelly is about and doing deliveries, so keep booking and watch out for Topflight calling to your door.

The Aer Lingus discount offer for delegates travelling to the ITAA conference expires on July 31st and that there are a limited number of seats being held on the Ryanair flight Porto to Dublin on October 15.

  • Qatar Airways have a premium business class competition to the trade effective from Monday, July 31st . Agents who sell a premium  ticket, first/business before August 9 for travel before March 31 2018 are elgible to win a business class ticket themselves and a prize.
  • Austria expert Aileen Eglington hosted travel trade, media and walking group leaders to showcase Austria’s hiking and cycling product. Picture shows  John Barrett of Ski Club of Ireland, Patricia Duffy of The Roving Soles Walking Club, Ruth Whelan of Moutaineering Ireland, Jessica Keeffe of Limerick Climbing Club, Harry Dillane of Bishopstown Walking Club, Ailbhe Roche of Extreme Ireland, Catherine Murphy travel writer, Jim Gallagher travel writer, Blathnait Ni Murchu travel writer, Dan King travel writer,, Front Frank Lynch of Independent Organised Trips, , Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra Ireland, and tour guide Johnny Hagsteiner. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
  • Celebrity Cruise Line hosted busies leaders and travel agents at separate events on board Celebrity Silhouette in Dublin port. Picture shows Declan Curtin, Chartered Land; Lorraine Quinn, Ireland Sales Manager, Celebrity Cruises; and Mary Rose Burke, Dublin Chamber onboard Celebrity Silhouette, Dublin Port. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
  • Indonesian tourism hosted Irish travel trade at a golf event in Portmarnock to showcase the country’s 160 world class golf courses. Picture shows John Spollen of Cassidy Travel, Maria Mayabubun Deputy Director of Wonderful Indonesia tourism ministry, Martin Skelly of Navan Travel, Igde Pitana Deputy tourism Minister of Indonesia, Gordon Penney and Philip Airey of Sunway. Watch here interview with Igde Pitana Deputy Tourism Minister of Indonesia. Watch here Igde Pitana speech at the event.  Watch here his comments on the safety of visitors to Indonesia. Watch here speech by Miranda Hough about relations between Indonesia and IrelandSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
  • Blue Insurance boss Ciaran Mulligan‘s carhireexcess.com, is calling on the EU to regulate car hire companies and the selling of ‘excess’ insurance at car hire desks.  “Holidaymakers are being charged up to €25 a day at the rental desk abroad and they should avoid these last minute rip off charges imposed by going online before they trave,” he says. Ciaran Mulligan’s alarm over the sector was echoed by Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath who expressed his concern regarding the regulation of the car rental sector following reports of dubious practices  on the part of some car hire firms, such as staff being given €4.50 each time they spot ‘damage’
  • Celtic Horizon Tours has been appointed by Manchester City as the sole “Official Supplier of Supporter Travel” in Ireland.
  • Revenues at the Irish arm of Trailfinders in the year to end Feb17 rose by 11.5pc to £75.33m.
  • London’s Foreign Office has changed its advice against travelling to large parts of Tunisia, including Tunis and beach resort Sousse. Sami Tounsi, trade manager for the Tunisian National Tourist Office in Ireland and Britain, said: “We’re overwhelmed by this great news and it represents a great excuse for a big party in Tunisia.” 
  • Overseas trips by Irish residents are up 7.3pc to 2,119,000.

Strange world

A US man stands accused of killing his wife during a Murder Mystery dinner onboard the Emerald Princess Alaska cruise. Video report here.

  • Be careful on those hikes: A brown bear is being hunted in the Italian Alps after biting a hiker’s arm and leg following several other attacks on holidaymakers. The man was saved by his dog, who drew the bear off, allowing him to escape.
  • The twinned towns of Dull (Scotland) and Boring (Oregon) have been joined by Bland (Australia) to form the “League of extraordinary communities” to promote tourism.
  • Switzerland is anticipating an unwanted tourism boom from neighbouring nations after a supermarket chain is now legally selling marijuana cigarettes.

International

  • Uber’s cheap Madrid airport transfer service has been referred by the city council to the country’s national antitrust watchdog for review, Reuters reported.
  • Venice is to crack down on misbehaving tourists after Belgian holidaymakers were seen swimming in the Grand Canal. Littering, dawdling and jumping in the canals will now invite fines of between €25 and €500. Tourists will also have to cough up if caught picnicking in public places, cycling through pedestrianised areas and flaunting too much flesh.
  • Europcar reported a net loss of €27m due to one-off restructuring costs and ‘transformational’ merger and acquisition-related fees.

Food & Beverage

  • Adare Manor has been granted a new bar licence for the Halfway House bar, between the ninth and 10th holes.

  • The Irish Brewing Association has welcomed cabinet support for the introduction of a new law which will allow craft brewers and distillers to sell their produce onsite to visitors.
  • The distillery tourism business continues to boom with the opening of the Pearse Lyons distillery in Dublin’s Liberties area.
  • The Restaurants Association of Ireland has announced the top 10 finalists in the ‘Foodie Destinations’ competition 2017. They are: Boyne Valley, Cong, Galway’s Westend, Kilkenny, Kinsale, Loop Head Peninsula, Monaghan, Sligo, West Cork and West Waterford.
  • Online sales now make up over 55pc of Domino’s Pizza’s total sales in Ireland, the company reported.

Hotels

  • Radisson Blu has got the go-ahead for a €35m makeover of its Golden Lane hotel in Dublin.
  • Wicklow County Council refused planning permission for developer Johnny Ronan’s €50m sports-themed hotel with 141 bedrooms at St Valery’s, Enniskerry.

Cork City Council has granted conditional planning permission for Ireland’s first floating hotel on the city’s northern quays. It would allow for the berthing of a 105 metre, three-deck river cruiser with 96 cabins and accommodation for 156 people at Penrose Quay, next to the Michael Collins Bridge.

  • The proposed €50m refurbishment of Cork’s Metropole hotel would feature 400 new bedrooms.

Aviation

Etihad’s new Irish CEO Ray Gammell says the market is challenging. Although the Abu Dhabi airline carried a record number of passengers, it suffered a loss of $1.87bn due to one-off charges and fuel-hedging costs. Full story here.

  • Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic announced plans for a 15-year partnership on routes between Europe and the US and equity deals which will see them take stakes in each other. The joint venture will see the three carriers share their profits on transatlantic routes.
  • British Airways is giving travel agencies an option to avoid the airline’s $10 GDS booking surcharge, to be put in place November 1. The airline has partnered with TPConnects to establish a direct connect to British Airways’ res system. The connection has IATA’s New Distribution Capability standards, giving agents access to ancillary services, rich content like photos and videos, and personalsed preferences.The European Commission, in response to a complaint from Ryanair, found that the exemption for transfer and transit passengers from the defunct Irish air travel tax was in line with EU state aid rules.  The exemption was in line with the underlying logic of the Irish air travel tax which was to tax journeys by air originating from Ireland.
  • A 49-page Labour Court submission by Aer Lingus said short-haul operation is “structurally unsustainable” and has been negatively impacted by Ryanair’s improved customer focus. Aer Lingus is also concerned about the threat it faces on US routes from Norwegian Airlines.  The document says cabin service managers in Aer Lingus earn €63,000, 38pc more than in EasyJet and cabin crew on €38,000 earn 31pc more than EasyJet.

    Powdair virtual airline, based in Ireland, which plans flights from Sion to eight destinations from December, will now partner with the Danish Backbone Aviation to which Powdair will provide 2 Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. The airline plans to secure an Irish AOC to be able to operate with its own aircraft as from the winter of 2018/2019.

    Ireland West Airport Knock and Stewart International Airport NY established the first Sister Airport Relationship, forming a strategic alliance to facilitate the exchange of information and promote and develop air access between the airports.

    AWAS chief executive David Siegel is stepping down and will not join the lessor’s acquirer Dubai Aerospace Enterprise when the transaction is completed in August

  • IAG is converting three Airbus A330-200 longhaul aircraft options into firm orders for new long-haul low-cost brand Level. 
  • The aviation sector did more than any other to damage its reputation over the last year through poor customer service and increasing complaint levels, a new study by design consultancy Engine found.
  • The US Court of Appeals in Washington has ordered aviation regulators to consider setting minimum standards for the space airlines give passengers. “This is the Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat,” Judge Patricia Ann Millett wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel. “Aircraft seats and the spacing between them have been getting smaller and smaller, while American passengers have been growing in size.”
  • Trade union Unite on Monday said it will fight a temporary lay-off of four staff at Waterford Airport, a move blamed on the delayed launch of Air Southeast services to England.

 

Afloat

Cork Port is to build a new terminal to cater for cruise arrivals, with Cork likely to attract a record 100-plus arrivals next year. With 97 ships booked in, over 200,000 passengers are expected to visit the area.

Norwegian Cruise Line are testing a flat-fee surcharge at Margaritaville

Ireland

 

  • The push is on to attract high-spending golf tourists to the country. Failte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland, invited a team of golf media from a key target market, the US, to play on courses in Dublin and the Ancient East.

The golf media have a combined audience of 20m in the States, and Failte Ireland says 200,000 holidaymakers play the game while visiting the country. The trip is showcasing of some of our courses including Portmarnock Golf Club; Woodenbridge Golf Club, Wicklow; County Louth Golf Club, Baltray and the Royal Dublin Golf Club.

Included in the visiting US golfing media, are representatives from leading online outlets such asSports Illustrated and Yahoo Sports,  TV channels such as Golfing the World and Golf Chicago TV as well as a representative from leading radio station, CBS and their The 19th Hole Show. Full story here.

Guinness Storehouse managing director Paul Carty, who’s also the Chairman of the Association of Visitor Experiences & Attractions, has been appointed to the board of the National Tourism Development Authority, along with Sean Boland of Hertz Ireland.

  • The latest Dublin Economic Monitor showed that the city’s hotel market remained buoyant in Q2 2017 as occupancy rates exceeded 82pc and Average Daily Room Rates reached a new post-recession peak. Click Here for graph
  • It also showed that public transport trips reached a new peak of almost 51 million passenger journeys in Q1 2017 in spite of industrial action in the quarter, reflecting a strong tourism market.Click Here for graph

Deal Watch

Falcon offers: Dublin to Bulgaria, 7 nights self-catering 3* Poseidon Apartments, Sunny Beach, from €639, depart August 28. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self-catering 2* San Marcial, Matagorda, from €549, depart August 28. Dublin to  Algarve, 7 nights self-catering 3* Ouratlantico Apts, from €559pp, depart August 27. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 3* Rocamar, Puerto Rico, from €459, depart August 31. Cork to  Costa Dorada, 7 nights half board 3* California Garden, Salou, from €499pp, depart August 29. 04-Sep-17, Shannon to  Lanzarote, 7 nights self-catering 2* San Marcial Apartments, Matagorda, from €439pp, depart September 4. Visit www.falconholidays.ie, or 1850 45 35 45

Thomson offers: Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self-catering 4* Colon II, Playa De Las Americas, from €479pp, depart September 22. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 2* Puerto Plata, Puerto Rico, from €599, depart August 24. Shannon to  Lanzarote, 7 nights self-catering 3* Morromar Apartments, Matagorda, from €439pp, depart September 25. Dublin to Zakynthos, 7 nights 3* Hotel Roseland, Kalamaki, from €769pp, depart August 29. Dublin to Costa Dorada, 7 nights self-catering 3* Sunclub Apts, Cap De Salou, from €639, depart August 29. Visit www.thomsonholidays.ie, or 1850 45 35 45

Sunway offers: Dublin to Fuerteventura, 7 night self-catering 2* plus Villa Florida Apts, from €549, depart August 12. Dublin to Sicily, 7 night self-catering 2* Carmen Miosotis Apts, from €549, depart August 12. Dublin to the Algarve, 7 night self-catering 2* plus Bayside Apts, from €449, depart August 11. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 night self-catering 2* Monte Verde Apts, from €549, depart August 12. Dublin to Bulgaria, 7 night B&B 3* Lira Hotel, from €549, depart August 12. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 night B&B 3* Londra Hotel, from €589, depart August 12. Dublin to Vietnam, 10-day private tour from Hanoi to Saigon, including flights and tours, from €1939. Eight-night Miami, Caribbean Fly Cruise & Las Vegas, sailing on Norwegian Sky premium all inclusive, from €1340, depart May 22, 2018. Book online at www.sunway.ie

Topflight offers: Dublin to Tuscany, 7 nights self-catering 4* Fattoria Castiglionchio, was €877 now €599pps (2 adults & 2 children sharing), depart August 11. Dublin to Lake Garda, 7 nights self-catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalow, was €739 now €599pps (2 adults & 3 children sharing), depart August 26. Dublin to Lake Garda, 7 nights self-catering 4* Camping Cisano & San Vito, was €729 now €569pps (2 adults & 4 children sharing), depart August 12. Dublin to Sicily, 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, from €969, depart August 12. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €1149, depart August 13. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic, from €799, depart August 6. Dublin to Rimini, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel de France, from €729, depart August 5. Dublin to Lido di Jesolo, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Eden, €799, depart August 5. Dublin to Madeira, 7 nights self-catering 4* Aparthotel Duas Torres, €899, depart August 3. Call Topflight on 01 240 1700, or visit www.topflight.ie

ITAA offers: Dublin to Lake Garda, 7 nights half board 4* Majestic Palace, from €899, depart July 29, with The Travel Broker. For more info, check www.itaa.ie/2017/07/18/lake

Dublin to San Giovann, 7 nights B&B, from €945, depart September 3, with Joe Walsh ToursFor more info, click www.itaa.ie/2017/07/17/san

Click and Go offers: Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 3* Maracaibo Apartments, Puerto Rico, from €399, September departures. Dublin to the Algarve, 7 nights B&B 5* Real Marina Hotel & Spa, from €289, depart November.

Visit www.clickandgo.com or call (01) 539 7777

Cassidy Travel offers: Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 2* Colina Mar, from €1799 for two adults and two children, depart August 23. 8786888.

Uniworld offers: All inclusive Paris to Paris river eight-day cruise onboard the SS Joie de Vivre, was €2709 now €1349, depart December 13. All inclusive 15-day cruise,  Budapest to Amsterdam. Cruise was €7,409, now €3,699, depart September 27. (01) 7753803.

Insight Vacations offers: Nine-day Italian trip, visiting Puglia and the Neapolitan Riviera, was €2075, now €1869, depart September 2. Ten-day Best of Germany tour, was €2025, now €1,819, depart August 18. To book, (01) 7753803.

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TRAVEL Extra Sunday Supplement: Delta shuts down, so who forgot to put a nickel in the metre?

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White Strand, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, August 9 2016

White Strand, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, August 9 2016

 

 

  • Agents hosted on four cruise ships
  • Delta outage brought down 1,170 flights
  • DFA urges high degree of caution after Thai tragedy
  • Ireland’s 13pc tourism growth
  • Ross distracted by doping

Travel Extra TV

video of the week august 14 2016Lots of headlines generated from footage of a passenger jumping off a disconnected gangway and running across the tarmac to catch a Ryanair flight in Madrid. The man, who was allowed board the flight, was arrested on arrival at Gran Canaria and issued a fine. The footage was captured by baggage handlers. Watch here.

  • Looking for some thrills? Why not skateboard on top of a Hong Kong high-rise building? Watch here.
  • If that doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping, try some rooftopping. Watch here.
  • Still not pumped? Go cliff jumping in Vermont (obviously, don’t try any of these daredevil feats at home). Watch here.
  • The windy weather in Scotland sent this kite flyer airborne. Watch here.
  • Nibbles the duck enjoys a dip in a paddling pool. Watch here.
  • Fishermen in San Diego capture the incredible moment a hooked shark jumps through the air. Watch here.
  • Next in Ryanair’s humorous airport athletes series, the kayaker (watch here) and the weightlifter (watch here).
  • See Aer Lingus’s promotional video for Connecticut. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland briefs visitors on the Irish weather. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

oceania visitTravel agents were hosted on four cruise ships this week, part of a roster of 22 cruise ships calling to Dublin this month. HL, Celebrity, Fred Olsen and Oceania Cruises entertained agents at separate events. See more pictures or connect with the album on Facebook.

Who did not pay the light bill at Delta? A power outage brought down 1,170 flights, we were told. Then Delta revealed that a fire at Atlanta headquarters took down the carrier’s flights globally and the new CEO apologised for itineraries run amok. the Dublin and Shannon flights were unaffected but customers had to be rerouted.

paulhudsonPaul Hudson of private consumer group Flyersrights claimed that the Delta outage is only one out of many suffered by USA airlines due to ageing computer systems—and warned that there are more to come. A critical piece of equipment failed at the airline’s Atlanta headquarters, the airline said. The wait for passengers to talk to a representative was two hours at peak on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Two Thais died and seven foreigners were wounded after four bombs exploded in a popular night-life section of Hua Hin, a resort 117km south of Bangkok. Two were said to be from England but the nationality of the others is unknown. Two bombs hidden in plant pots 50 metres apart were detonated using mobile phones. There have been other bombings on Patong beach, the most popular of the 17 sandy beaches on the island of Phuket and the southern provinces. One man was killed and five other people were injured when a bomb went off in Muang district in Trang on Thursday. There were further reports of explosions in Surat Thani, where one person was killed, and a number of blasts in Phang Nga. Irish visitors are advised to exercise a high degree of caution. A statement on the DFA website said: There are no indications of any Irish casualties. Any Irish citizens in Thailand should avoid the affected areas, monitor the media, follow the advice of local authorities, and let people back home know you’re safe.

passports landscape2Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs received 503,596 applications for Irish passports up to the end of July, up 10.7pc from 454,931 in the same period in 2015. The biggest year-on-year increase came in May largely from soccer fans travelling to support the Irish soccer team at Euro 2016. Applications in May 2016 rose 21.4pc to 91,056 from 75,016 in May 2015. There was a 63pc increase in demand for Irish passports from the North in July, as the implications of the British referendum vote became apparent. Applications in Britain rose 73pc from 4,070 in July 2015 to 6,638 in July 2016. Overall July was the first month when total applications fell for the first time compared with the corresponding month in 2015.

shane ross tourism ireland_6067When Minister for Tourism Shane Ross arrived for his first tourism appearance to talk to media about Ireland’s 13pc tourism growth in 2016, he was best with questions about Olympics doping and tickets. Niall Gibbons retrieved the situation with some video. Éist anseo le Eoghan Corry, eagarthóir Travel Extra ar Raidio na Gaeltachta ar na statistici. After the King’s Road was damaged by Storm Gertrude, here is the video about the restoration. Watch here Dublin film, which Tourism Ireland been sharing via our social channels. Watch here the video about Ireland’s Ancient East. See more pictures on Facebook.

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Travel Trade

sunway Philip and Tanya Airey and Jim Furlong cakeSunway celebrated its 50th birthday on the Celebrity Silhouette. Picture shows Philip and Tanya Airey and Jim Furlong marking the occasion. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The ITAA Conference on board Uniworld SS Antoinette has sold out . The river cruise line, headed up in Ireland by Sharon Jordan, will be hosting 154 passengers at the conference.

Travel agents report that August has been a slow month with high prices and low availability curtailing bookings.

The next ITAA board meeting will be held in Cork on September 8 with agents getting together on evening of September 7.

ITAA is warning members of increased instances of cyber fraud and advising members to guard against or insure against breaches of their security system.

Blue Insurance Polo Magnifico July Winner - Mandy Walsh 03July winner of the Blue Insurances monthly draw for a chance to win a car was Travel Counsellor Mandy Walsh. June winner. June winner was Claire Mulligan from ClubWorld Travel. May winner was Rose Kane from Kane Travel in Longford, celebrating 60 years in business this year and April winner was Helena Kilduff from Skytours. Agents win an iPad Mini and are invited to the Grand Final in Dublin in April 2017 to compete for a Volkswagen Polo Magnifico. Blue Insurances reminds agents to have their own unique login to make bookings count for their monthly draw, every five Blue Insurances policies sold each month automatically generates an entry. Agents can win a bonus place at the final by posting, to Facebook or Twitter, a humorous picture or videos featuring themselves with a car with the hashtag #DontRenewUnlessItsBlue. See here.

fun dayThis year’s travel industry fun day target is €70,000 on Sunday August 28 2016 at Wanderers Rugby Football Club, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. The committee say would like see more of the industry get behind this event, which is the only dedicated charity event across the industry. Five-aside football teams wishing to compete should register now at as there is a limit of 16 teams in four groups. There must be one lady on the team of five and two substitutes. Trainers only to be worn. Silver sponsorship is €1,500 and Headline sponsorship is €3,000. In addition to the usual games, a new nine-hole mini-golf is being added, together with more inflatables and games.

charlotte brennerFalcon Holidays say demand for their summer 2017 programme, which went on sale at the end of April, almost two months earlier than last year, has been consistent across all booking channels. Charlotte Brenner of Falcon says: It is not just families. Our platinum/premier range is strong. Falcon say feedback form their long haul programme to Cancun and Montego Bay which ended last week has been excellent and weddings and honeymoon booking are going well now for next year’s programme.

caminoCamino de Santiago specialist CaminoWays.com sponsored the Galicia GAA team at the Etihad Airways GAA World Games.

As previously reported by Travel Extra, the third annual Irish Travel Industry Trade Show will take place at Hall 3, RDS Main Hall on March 22 2017.

Outbound trips were up 12.8pc in Q1 with 1.5m foreign trips taken by Irish citizens, according to CSO data.

Adventure travel company Exodus Travels, which concentrates on solo travellers, says bookings are up 39pc this year. Abbey Travel is Exodus’s agent in Ireland.

Agent Promotions

Madeleine Roast, Graham Balmforth and Wendy Cameron of Superbreak at Holiday World in RDS

Travel agents can win a €50 gift card by liking SuperBreak‘s agent’s Facebook page for Ireland, which has just been set up to inform agents on product developments and short break ideas.

In order to join agents can either click ‘like’ on the Facebook page SuperBreak for Travel Agents – Ireland, or email with their agency name and account number and SuperBreak will add them. A winner will be selected by lottery at the end of August.

Travel Media

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Travel Extra‘s Eoghan Corry appeared on Today with Sean O’Rourke, presented by Katie Hannon, to talk about the Thai attacks, booking a cheap holiday and other travel market news. Listen here.

A German think-tank poured cold water on Dublin’s hopes of becoming a major financial centre post-Brexit. Conor McMahon reported on the issue for Fora.ie, The Journal’s business website.

Strange World

  • chinese passportA passenger at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China was caught trying to smuggle his pet turtle past airport security by disguising it as a KFC chicken burger.
  • A man was killed on the Gatwick Express after he stuck his head out the window and was struck by an oncoming train. Despite some news reports, inspector James Tyrrell from London Transport Police confirmed that the man was not decapitated.
  • A small monkey was discovered in the cabin of a Frontier Airlines flight from Columbus to Las Vegas. A passenger snuck the monkey onboard in a duffel bag and said it was an emotional support animal, but failed to inform the airline.
  • Twycross Zoo in England granted free entry to visitors with red hair to mark World Orangutan Day.
  • A Chinese tourist whose wallet was stolen spent a week at a refugee camp after accidentally filling out an asylum seeker’s application instead of a police report.
  • The head of Poland’s computer emergency response team, Przemek Jaroszewski, created a fake QR code boarding pass to gain entry into the Turkish Airlines lounge in Istanbul. He filmed the hack, which you can view here.

Hotels

  • sirbnb projectIs Airbnb building a hotel? No—it’s building a “communal housing project” in Japan. The purpose of the project is to create a community centre in rural Japan where travellers can stay while the local residents could serve as hosts to the tourists.
  • Room prices in Paris have halved as visitor numbers dropped after the recent terror attacks in France. The occupancy rate in the capital was 32pc in the second half of July, according to junior tourism minister Matthias Fekl.
  • The hospitality group that operates the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Ampleforth, reported an 80pc in profits last year.
  • Lemeul’s bar opened at the Conrad hotel as part of an €8m renovation plan.

International

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

The UNWTO has supported Indonesia’s grant visa-free travel to citizens from 169 countries, including Ireland. The visa-free policy allows for a maximum stay of 30 days and has no restriction on the number of visits per year.

The move is seen as the first step towards a common visa for the ASEAN countries. Visa facilitation in ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) is projected to increase tourist arrivals by 10m  in the upcoming years, thus increasing tourism revenue by US$12bn, suggests UNWTO/WTTC Report Impact of Visa Facilitation in ASEAN Member States

  • The Canary Islands Statistics Institute predicts that 14m people will visit the Canary Islands by year-end. 13.3m visited the archipelago in 2015, inclusive 457,000 Irish tourists. Over 238,000 Irish tourists visited in the first six months of 2016, up 8pc.
  • SeaWorld Entertainment shares dropped 14pc to its lowest level ever. Attendance is down 7.6pc.
  • Disney World Florida started building a wall around the lake where a toddler was tragically killed by an alligator last June.
  • Holidaymakers in St Ives, Cornwall were warned not to get too close to a group of seals swimming in the harbour.
  • New York’s Independent Drivers Guild, which represents Uber drivers in the city, launched an online petition calling for an electronic tipping function to be added to the app.
  • Vienna Zoo celebrated the birth of a rare giant panda, born to mother Yang Yang and father Long Hui.
  • Mount Rushmore turned 75 this week.

Food & Wine

Pamela byrneA prohibition order was issued to a Waterford restaurant by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. The authority served a prohibition order under the EC Regulations 2010 to Kearney’s Restaurant, Main Street, Tallow. Closure orders were issued against four restaurants and three take-away businesses last month. A butcher in Longford and a wholesaler in Donegal were also issued with closure orders and Cork pub was forced to stop its food production, handling and storage due to the FSAI order.

dylan mcgathDylan McGrath’s Fade Street Social was one of 12 venues ordered to close on Friday July 15 but re-opened the following morning after a drainage issue was resolved.

A report commissioned by the Support Your Local campaign, and written by Tony Foley, lecturer in Economics at DCU, stresses tourism’s dependence on  the hospitality and drinks sector. The report states that Brexit will potentially have a negative effect on possible growth on tourism, and that the sector should be supported appropriately so that it can contribute to this growth. According to the report, the pub was mentioned as a positive distinguishing feature of Ireland by almost one in three visitors surveyed, in 2015, and that ‘listening to Irish music in the pub’ was the top-ranked experience.

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with (from left) BBC broadcaster Nigel Barden; Tourism NI chairman Terence Brannigan; Laura Briggs of BBC Good Food magazine and Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell at the launch of the Tourism NI year of food and drink in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, January 14 2016

Tourism NI selected August to be ‘Love NI Meat’ month as part of its Year of Food and Drink campaign.


Aviation

  • Dublin Airport PassengersThe Irish Aviation Authority reported a 9pc increase in traffic handled by Irish air traffic control in July to 109,806 flights. Commercial terminal flights at Dublin were up 7.6pc to 650 average daily movements. Cork up 14.4pc to 68 average daily movements. Shannon down 1.3pc to 68 average daily movements.
  • American Airlines launched its renovated arrivals lounge at London Heathrow T3.
  • Virgin Atlantic is rolling out live TV on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with Sport 24, BBC World News and CNN International available. Live TV is accessed via passengers’ own devices using onboard WiFi.
  • Monarch extended the cancellation of its services to Sharm el Sheikh until February 2017. It is offering refunds for bookings.
  • AerCap reported earnings of $1.46 on revenues of $1.23bn in their Q2 results. The company posted earnings of $1.73 on revenues of $1.34bn for the same quarter of last year.
  • The world’s longest aircraft was brought out of the hangar for the first time. The aircraft, the Airlander 10 (nicknamed the Flying Bum) took 10 years and $43m to develop and build.

Afloat

  • aida cruises china marketingAIDA Cruises launched a marketing campaign in China ahead of AIDAbella’s deployment in China from April 2017, operating all year round in cooperation with Costa Asia.
  • Crystal Cruises scrapped plans to renovate the SS United States ocean liner, calling barriers to restoring the ship “insurmountable”.
  • An elderly Princess Cruises passenger was left behind in Juneau, Alaska after getting lost on a day hike.
  • P&O Cruises cancelled Azura’s call at Funchal because of a wildfire in Madeira.
  • Carnival Cruise Line added an election-themed educational programme to its Seuss at Sea programme. Activities include face painting and the for chance to vote for their favourite Dr Seuss book.
  • Seaborne announced a spa experience in partnership with Dr Andrew Weil.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society members will no longer be offered discounts on balcony cabins or suites, starting from September 1.

Ireland

  • Fáilte Ireland estimated that the GAA World Games generated €600,000 in revenue and brought 7,000 visitors to Dublin. Fifty-six teams from 20 countries participated in the week-long competition.
  • CSO figures for H1 2016 show a 13pc increase in overseas visitors to Ireland. Visitor numbers from Britain were up 16pc, North America up 15pc and Mainland Europe up 11pc. Domestic trips were up 1.2pc to 2m trips in Q1 2016, according to the CSO’s latest Household Travel Survey.
  • Ireland's Ancient East Orientation Sign at Wicklow Gaol (7)Fáilte Ireland began the first phase of rolling out signs along Ireland’s Ancient East with signs installed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, New Ross, Wexford; Ferns Castle, Wexford; and Wicklow Gaol.  Another 80 signs are expects to be in place by year-end.
  • David McGowan, the man who hauled a Boeing 767 from Shannon to Sligo, said he is looking to refurbish a helicopter as accommodation at his Quirky Nights Glamping Village.
  • AN INDIAN SUMMER FOR IRELAND – AS TOP TOUR OPERATORS PAY A VISITSeven Indian tour operators visited Ireland this week as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI. Picture shows Lyandra D’Souza of Tourism Ireland with the group at Adare Heritage Centre, Co Limerick.
  • Maureen Cournane, Killarney Cycling Festival, Gleneagle Hotel, with Fionnbar Walsh, LiveLife Foundation, Adam King, Champion Hammer Thrower and Neilie Fitzpatrick, Ballinscelligs, at the launch the Killarney Cycling Festival
  • The Killarney Cycling Festival on Saturday August 27 offers two routes for cycling enthusiasts: The Wrong Way Round and the Hard Way Round, so there’s no winning. The Wrong Way Round is 160km, from The Gleneagle Hotel through Molls Gap, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, Glenbeigh, and Killorglin. The Hard Way Round is 180, and diverts from the Wrong Way Round by going through the heart of Kerry to Ballaghoisin, and around the Skellig Ring. The Donal Walsh LiveLife Foundation is the official charity of the festival.

Deal Watch

Sunway offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,449pp, book by August 19, depart March 14 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Bayside Apartments, Algarve from €399pp, depart August 26. 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaimo Tropical Apartments, Tenerife from €399pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apartments, Gran Canaria from €429pp, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 3* San Fermin, Costa Del Sol from €449pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €449pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 3* Oasis Dunas Apartments, Fuerteventura from €469pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €449pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Minorca from €479pp, depart August 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Bellevue Apartments, Majorca form €499pp, depart August 27. 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Turkey from €559pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 4* Clube Do Lago Apartments, Lisbon from €559pp, depart August 27. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1833.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Fiesta Tanit Hotel, Cala Gracio, Ibiza from €869pp, depart August 25. 7 nights half board 3* Aeolos Beach, Lambi, Kos from €569pp, depart August 27. 7 nights self catering 3* Ouratlandico Apartments, Praia D’Oura, Algarve from €629pp, depart August 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Golden Bay, Gournes, Crete from €489pp, depart August 28. 7 nights self catering 3* Hotel Palazzo, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €299pp, depart September 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Calypso, Salou, Costa Dorada from €529pp, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Globales Hotel Pioneer and Santa Ponsa Park, Majorca from €679pp, depart Cork September 3. 7 nights self catering 2* Sun’s Gardens, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €569pp, depart January 7 2017. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 2* Ekati 2, Kavos, Corfu from €449pp, depart August 26. Lapland day trips from €659 per adult and €559 per child, depart December 10, 16 or 17. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Tequila, Playacar, Mexico from €1,839pp, depart June 14 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Tamanaco, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €469pp, depart September 1. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Villa Dorada, Salou, Costa Dorada from €769pp, depart September 2. 7 nights half board 5* Grecotel Kos Imperial, Thlasso, Psalidi, Kos from €829pp, depart September 3. 7 nights B&B 3* Elkomi, Malia, Crete from €399pp, depart September 4. 7 nights self catering 2* Rafael Studio, Lindos, Rhodes from €409pp, depart September 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Family Life Coma Gran Sa Coma, Majorca from €629pp, depart Cork September 9. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Villa Dorada, Salou, Costa Dorada from €639pp, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights full board Moorish Delights cruise on board Thomson Majesty, depart September 6. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Cataonia Oro Negro, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €1,219pp, depart December 23. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call  1850 45 35 45.

TDactive Holidays and Dublin Photography School are offering 3 nights photography tour in Tuscany with demos and tutorials by Stewart Kenny from €799pp incl. B&B hotel accommodation, return flights, transfers, excursions, taxes and charges, depart March 25 Yoga Dublin Studios are also offering 5 nights yoga holiday in Lake Garda with Emma Burke Kennedy from €799pp incl. 3* B&B hotel accommodation, return flights, transfers, taxes, charges, twice daily yoga sessions and half day boat excursion, depart September 14 2016. Call 01 637 1600.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Greece and Croatia cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas from €1,279pp incl. return flights for first and second guests and transfers, depart July 29 2017. 12 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Brilliance of the Seas from €1,429pp incl. return flights for first and second guests and transfers, depart May 1 2017. 12 nights Canaries Adventures on board Independence of the Seas from €1,649pp incl. return flights for first and second guests and transfers, depart May 15 2017. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Cruisescapes offers: 8 nights Norwegian Fjords cruise on board 4* Boudicca from €1,349pp, depart Belfast April 30 2017. 8 nights Lochs of Scotland cruise on board 4* Boudicca from €1,479pp, depart Belfast May 8 2017. Call 01 294 1000.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Ambassador Suite Hotel, Riva, Lake Garda from €699pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Garda, Riva, Lake Garda from €1,029pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Senior, Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera from €669pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 4* Vila Gale Marina, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €939pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Portofino, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €769pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Tysandros, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €669pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Sant Alphio Garden, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €699pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Londra, Sorrento from €659pps, depart August 21. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €1,199pps, depart August 21. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and rep service. 7 nights Outsider Magazine hiking trip, Ehrwald, Austria from €749pps incl. half board accommodation at Sonnenburg Hotel, return flights, return transfers, baggage, welcome drinks and snacks, and guided hikes and excursions, depart August 21. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

ITAA offers: 2 nights B&B 4* Hotel Senator Gran Via 70, Madrid from €359pps incl. category C match tickets to see Real Madrid v Real Sociedad, depart January 29 2017. 1 night hotel stay, Liverpool from €299pps incl. mate ticket to see Liverpool v Chelsea, depart February 1. 2 nights B&B accommodation, Barcelona from €229pps incl. match ticket to see Barcelona v Alavés, depart September 10.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • 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

TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Green sweep, FIVE of the 25 nominees for Routes International aviation awards are from Ireland

HEADLINES  – AVIATIONAFLOATDEAL WATCHFOOD & WINEHOTELSINTERNATIONALIRELANDSTRANGE WORLDTRAVEL MEDIATRAVEL TRADE

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Today expected to be the 2nd busiest day in the history of Dublin Airport with 99,500 passengers passing through

  • Four Irish airports and Tourism Ireland nominated for World Routes awards
  • Parents that travel with children on Ryanair forced to purchase €8 reserved seat
  • Air France warns of last-minute cancellations and delays
  • Outbound travel from Ireland is up 7pc
  • Aer Lingus operating profit for H1 was €42m

Travel Extra TV

video of the week july 31 2016Video of the week: This French bulldog is a superb little swimmer — too bad there is no water in the pool. Watch here.

  • Amazing footage of a tiger shark attacking a hammerhead shark. Watch here.
  • See the Gauteng tornado sweep towards Kempton Park in South Africa. Watch here.
  • This frightening footage captures the dramatic moment lightning struck a Chicago train line. Watch here.
  • Cork Airport posted its launch video for the 2016 Global Startup Gathering. Watch here. Now check out AirCam Ireland’s footage of Cork Airport from above. Watch here.
  • See shocking footage of a delayed passenger attacking airport police at a check in desk in Frankfurt airport. Watch here.
  • Here is British Airways’ funny guide to beach etiquette in Brazil. Watch here.
  • Introducing London Heathrow’s own Mr Men character, Mr Adventure. Watch here.
  • Richard E Grant explores the Wild Atlantic Way as a guest of Tourism Ireland. Watch here.
  • July was Seas, Rivers and Loughs month in N Ireland’s Year of Food & Drink. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

The headline on the Ryanair press release on Thursday went: Ryanair cuts the cost of reserved seats for passengers travelling with children (under 12) as fares fall 10pc (€4) in 2016. Of course, this being Ryanair there was a catch. Every parent who travels with a child will be forced to purchase an €8 reserved seat.

Siobhan McManamy accepts the overall Routes 2015 award on behalf of Tourism Ireland.

Four Irish airports and Tourism Ireland have all received nominations for the 2016 World Routes Awards to be announced in Chengdu on September 26. The World Routes awards are voted by airlines worldwide and are divided into four categories based on airport size. Dublin Airport has been nominated for the 2016 World Routes Award in the 20m-50m passengers per year category for the third year in a row.

The four other nominees in the 20m-50m passenger category are Brussels Airport, Copenhagen Airport, Munich Airport and Vancouver International Airport. Three Irish airports are nominated in the under 4m passenger category, Belfast City, Cork and Shannon Airports (for the fourth year in a row), alongside Aruba and Halifax in Nova Scotia. In the destination category Tourism Ireland is nominated alongside Algarve Tourist Board, Nassau Paradise Island.

Poland’s Tourist Organisation and Tourism Queensland. Nominees in the over 50m category are Amsterdam Schiphol, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Dubai, London Heathrow and Singapore Changi while the nominees in the 4 to 20m passenger category are Athens, Auckland, Calgary, Cape Town and Mactan Cebu in the Philippines.


AirFrance-Boeing777-300ER-YUL-2009Air France
 operated 90pc of long haul flights, 70pc of medium-haul flights and 80pc of domestic flights to and from Paris – CDG yesterday in the face of industrial action by two of the three trade unions representing cabin crew, SNPNC-FO and UNSA-PNC. Air France warns there may be last-minute cancellations and delays in the third day of a stoppage that continues until Tuesday, August 2. This is the worst hit day of operations so far, compared with the 25pc of medium haul flights lost on Friday. A proposed change in the number of crew on medium haul flights is at the core of the strike action.  Difficulties with crew compositions may also limit the number of passengers per flight. Air France flights operated by an aircraft of other airlines, including HOP, KLM and Delta, are not affected by this strike. Irish passengers affected are being routed through Amsterdam where possible.

Outbound travel from Ireland is up 7pc in the first half of 2016 compared with 2015, from 3,233,600 to 3,453,000. Travel in the second quarter (April to June) was 1,975,300, the busiest second quarter since 2008 when 2,050,800 travelled abroad from Ireland. Figures from the CSO show 4.4m overseas visitors to Ireland for January to June, up 13pc on 2015. North America was up 15pc, England up 16pc and mainland Europe up 11pc. The increase for the second quarter was slightly slower at 10.8pc. Important markets like Italy (up 12pc), Spain (up 13pc), France (up 6pc), Germany (up 5pc) and the Benelux countries (up 28pc) showed strong growth. Scandinavia was up 2pc, but Australia showed the only decline, 4pc, largely as a reduced of one-stop air capacity.

aer lingus tailAer Lingus operating profit for the half year to June was €42m, according to International Airline Group accounts and before exceptional items. Group half year profit, which includes BA, Iberia and Veiling, was €710m (2015: operating profit €555m), up 27.9pc but lower than expected. Last February IAG forecast profits would grow 2016 profit by 40pc or arund €990m Aer Lingus recorded an operating profit €68m in the second quarter, a constituent of IAG’s second quarter operating profit of €555m before exceptional items (2015: operating profit of €530m).

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Travel Trade

ray scully john devereux copyRay Scully, a man synonymous with Crystal Holidays, has moved to TUI’s Specialist Holiday Group. The Crystal Ski and Summer brands will stay with Tui/Falcon with Orla Markey managing the product reporting into Chris Logan. I have moved fully into the specialist business as Commercial Director SHGI. Al Fresco will not move over to Tui/Falcon. TUI is selling other non core brands as originally planned such as American Holidays, headed up in Ireland by John Devereux (pictured with Ray Scully).

Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 01.26.03The final fling for Gonzalo Ceballos, departing director of the Spanish Tourist board in Dublin, took place at Keogh’s of South Anne Street and Eden restaurant on Monday evening when a small group of friends from the trade gathered to wish him well. The final meal was a lively occasion, with marinated grilled prawns and pan fried sea bream and mussels. Teresa Gancedo Nieto arrives as new director of the Spanish Tourist board in Dublin in the coming weeks. Gonzalo who? Watch here Travel Extra‘s tribute to Gonzalo.

  • Turkish Airlines is recruiting an assistant corporate sales manager and/or marketing manager Turkish say the candidate should have a minimum two years experience in corporate sales or, preferably, travel related fields interacting extensively with customers and that fluency in French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese would be an asset. Apply to: General Manager, Turkish Airlines, Terminal One, Dublin Airport, Co Dublin
  • Skal Dublin cancelled a visit to a cruise ship in Dublin Port at the end of August “due to the current security situation”.
  • Travelport announced a long term agreement with Netherlands-based OTA Travix. Traveport appointed Guy Snelgar as commercial director for its sales and account management teams in Britain.
  • The Australian owned Flight Centre Travel Group will open a retail store in Dublin on August 3. Flight Centre’s Dawson Street outlet will be managed by John Appleby, who will also oversee the company’s expansion in the Irish market. The group promises opening discounts of €500 for holidays booked in-store. Flight Centre Travel Group offers across the Flight Centre brand, including its Journeys and Escapes holiday ranges and Flight Centre Business Travel.
  • Classic Collection Holidays have extended their offering of free airport executive lounge access to Cork and Shannon . The luxury operator, headed up in Ireland by Niall McDonnell, launched in February this year and initially offered holidaymakers free access to the Anna Livia lounge at Dublin Airport, now extended to include both Cork and Shannon.
  • Spanish travel technology company Amadeus says solid organic growth and the acquisition of Navitaire were behind strong first half results which show travel agency bookings up 5pc, to €279.3m. Amadeus now offers 80 low cost and hybrid carriers and bookings from this sector grew 17pc in the first half of 2016. New offerings include Ryanair’s business plus fare which became available on the Amadeus system in the past year.

Agent Promotions

  • Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 01.27.53Winner of the River Cruise competition with Travel Extra and Alan Lynch’s Cruiseescapes was Niamh Byrne of Ask Susan Travel.
  • Jennifer Mulligan of American Holidays was presented with an Air France / KLM / Delta Goodie Bag, having won the recently held in-house AFKLDL Booking Incentive.
  • Olive Taaffe. Aoife Carbin. Caitriona Toner and Tania Crinion were hosted by American Airlines at Beyonce.

Strange World

  • geneva airportA woman caused a major security alert at Geneva Airport after making a hoax bomb threat to stop her husband form boarding a flight.
  • A Chinese safari park was temporarily closed after a woman was mauled to death by a tiger. The shocking CCTV footage of the incident went viral on social media.
  • Austria’s road safety board is offering workshops on how to cross the road for Pokémon Go-playing pedestrians. Last week, Conor McMahon wrote about how marketers hope to capitalise on the game’s hype.
  • A seven-year-old girl was tragically killed after an elephant threw a stone at her with its trunk.
  • A survey by Gatwick Airport found that ‘what is the WiFi password’ is the top foreign phrase that holidaymakers wish to learn before going abroad.
  • The Sun reported that traces of cocaine were discovered at the Peppa Pig theme park in England.
  • A drunken passenger was thrown off a Ryanair flight from Alicante to Liverpool — after burping on a passenger and falling onto a small child.
  • World Animal Protection has asked the travel industry to discourage tourists from taking selfies with tigers. World Animal Protection’s new report estimates the number of tigers in captivity in Thailand has grown by a third in the past five years, up to 830. Tiger selfies exposed: a portrait of Thailand’s tiger entertainment industry estimated that there were 830 tigers in captivity at  places where tourists can be photographed with tigers up close compared to 623 in 2010.

Hotels

K Club CakeThe most anticipating hotel opening of the year takes place on Tuesday when Il Sereno opens its doors on the banks of Lake Como will open on Tuesday.The K Club commissioned a birthday cake by NF Cakes, Dublin to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Picture shows Michael Davern, CEO and General Manager, Natalja Michejeva of NF Cakes; John Mitchell, Director of Finance (holding a framed picture of the original staff 25 years ago), Sharon Smurfit, Director of Golf, Finbar Higgins, Executive Chef and Irina Volkova of NF Cakes.

Carton House is 10 years old and celebrates with a very special month long festival of offers this August from complimentary upgrades, special B&B rates plus free activities, including golf.

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts have opened their first hotel in Tokyo, designed by the Rockwell Group Europe, the Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel is situated in the heart of Tokyo’s Kioicho neighbourhood.

Slow corporate transient was blamed for dragging down Hilton’s Q2 earnings.

jurys inn charityJurys Inn staff at 36 hotels raised €82,000 for charity through its various annual fundraising events. Jurys Inn Cork hosts a sports day, Galway pedalled on stationary bikes, Belfast pushed a bed through the city and the hotels in Dublin and head office hiked around Howth Head (pictured).

The Westbury partnered with the Dublin International Pinao Competition to host performances by John O’Conor, Kevin Jansson and Joe O’Grady in The Grafton Suite.

Marriott International launched its fourth M Live marketing studio in its European headquarters in London. The studio is designed to “interact with guests in a more personalised way” through “one-to-on conversations on social platforms”.

Accorhotels launched a partnership with Hertz, offering discounted rentals, upgrades and complimentary additional drivers to Le Club and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members.

Starwood is to open a 176-room Aloft property in Melbourne in 2019.

Ifty Finn is the new GM of Howth Castle having previously worked as Waterways Ireland visitor centre manager before opening her own project management company. Katie Buckley is new Recruitment Manager at The Shelbourne. Katie Farrell has been appointed as director of sales at The Westbury Hotel.

Airbnb forecast that August bank holiday demand for their Dublin product will be up 59pc on last year. Airbnb claims to have 3,000 Airbnb hosts in Dublin and say a typical host could make up to €548 over the weekend, compared to the August bank holiday last year, when average income was €438.

International

The Department of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice after the first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the US mainland appeared in Florida. Some ironic comment followed the news that Zika had arrived in Rory McIlory’s home state.

Andrew Pinnington, CEO of Hailo and Tim Arnold Hailo Ireland’s General Manager.

Taxi hailing apps Hailo and Mytaxi announced a merger this week. Hallo operates in Ireland, Britain, Singapore, Japan and Spain, while Mytaxi operates in Austria Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Together, they will have 100,000 drivers across 50 cities in nine countries. Picture shows Andrew Pinnington, CEO of Hailo, and Tim Arnold, Hailo Ireland’s General Manager.

Entebbe airport

Uganda is to turn away visitors who arrive without e-Visas from tomorrow, August 1. The parallel system of both e-applications and manual processing on arrival will cease on Monday and airlines have been told to deny boarding to any passengers heading to Entebbe unless they can show proof of having applied for a visa and obtained one in advance. Last week Uganda reversed a decision taken a year ago when the country raised single entry visa fees to US$100, resulting in a downturn of arrivals. The revised visa fee has been reduced once more to US$50.

The Muppets will star in a new show at Disney World Florida. The Muppets presents Greatest Moments in American History opens at the Magic Kingdom in October.

Lama Development proposed a €7bn plan to turn the former Hellenikon airport complex in Greece, which currently serves as a refugee camp, into a seaside town of hotels, residences and shops.

Skiwelt is undergoing a €27m investment this winter with a new Salvenmoos 10-person gondola in Hochsöll and another new lift on the agenda.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has entered the New Zealand market with its first location at the Queenstown Airport. Franchisee Redspot Car Rentals will operate the office as part of the Enterprise Holdings global network, which includes the Enterprise brand as well as National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car. As a result, the new Enterprise airport location also will be able to serve Redspot, National and Alamo customers with the friendly service they have come to expect from these brands.

After severe delays at the border last week, holidaymakers traveling from Dover to France this weekend were urged to bring plenty of food and water.

An auction of rare antique travel posters takes place at Swann Galleries, New York on October 27.

A survey by motoring solutions specialists, Easytrip suggests that the top five most forgotten items by Irish holiday makers are: 1 Travel adaptor, 2 Toothbrush, 3 Mobile phone charger, 4 Teas bags / book, 5 Driving license.

Food & Beverages

  • bewleys coffeeBewley’s tea and coffee company was awarded 29 gold stars at the Great Taste Awards 2016The top 50 products will be announced on Saturday August 6, from 3,539 products of which 430 are based in Ireland. The regional Golden Fork awards will be announced in September 5th. Nominees include include the Tipperary Kitchen’s 3-star Holycross Original Butterscotch Sauce, which was said to be “beautifully made and executed perfectly” to create “heaven in a bowl”, Old Bank House, awarded a gold star at the Great Taste award for its orange marmalade, Nobó’s “creamy and attractive” vegan and dairy free Irish Salted Caramel Ice Cream and an “unctuous and moreish, squidgy and moist” Irish Handmade All Butter Sticky Toffee Pudding from Dunnes Stores. Details of this year’s winners can be found here.
  • Two food stalls in Singapore were each awarded Michelin stars this week.
  • Steven Lamb of River Cottage hosts the second Taste of River Cottage cooking, curing and smoking weekend at Croan Cottages, Co Kilkenny, September 23 to 25.
  • Fergal Kelly has joined Irish Ferries as Catering Services Manager. Ashika Kaur has moved from Wexford to join the Castleknock Golf Club as Head Chef. Mark McDonagh has joined The K Club as Food and Beverage Cost Controller. Atilla Pecsi is Restaurant Manager in the new Fishbone restaurant. While in Nishal Chennigadoo becomes Restaurant Supervisor at the Camden Court. Lir Restaurant in Kilkee Golf Club has appointed Seamus Gillespie as Front of House Manager and Diarmuid O’Callaghan as Head Chef.
  • Sheen Falls Lodge are hosting a French Fine Wine & Dining evening taking place on Saturday, September 24, in Kenmare, on the Wild Atlantic Way. This package is priced from €425 based on 2 people.

Aviation

Today will be the second busiest day in the history of Dublin Airport when 99,500 passengers pass through, over 60,000 of them through Terminal 1. This is just short of the 100,312 handled by the airport on June 24. There are 388,113 passengers expected to travel through airport this August bank holiday weekend.

shannon charity cycleOver 160 cyclists competed in the Aer Lingus Charity Cycle out of Shannon Airport. Participants from Clare, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Wicklow completed the 110km trip and raised €10,000 for Shannon Group’s chosen charities, Irish Children’s Arthritis Network and Abalta Special School. Another 100 participated in relays on static bicycles at Shannon Airport to help raise additional donations, among them airport employees, passengers and local businesses.

Armed police are conducting extra security checks at Amsterdam Schiphzl Airport, the fifth busiest airport in Europe. A security threat has led to military police searching every car approaching the airport. Police are highly visible at Dutch train stations.

London city plans copyLondon City Airport has received planning permission for a £344m/€408m expansion from the Westminster Government, which will enable the airport to handle 6.5m passengers by 2025. The City Airport Development Programme privately funded investment that includes plans for seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and passenger terminal extension. The airport, which opened in 1987 and was once owned by Dermot Desmond, handled a record 4.3m passengers in 2015.

Avolon delivered a B787-9 aircraft to Hainan Airlines.

FLY Leasing purchased five aircraft: three B787-8s and two B737-800s.

Miguel Albuquerque, presidents of Madeira regional government, announced that Madeira International Airport is to be renamed Cristiano Ronaldo Airport after one of the city’s most famous sons.

Dublin Bus launched a new Airlink service to Dublin Airport to serve the southside of the city, starting at Camden Street with stops including St Stephens Green, Merrion Square, the Docklands and the IFSC before heading into the Port Tunnel.

Ryanair recruitment partners Dalmac is now seeking new cabin crew on recruitment days in Dublin on August 13 and 26 and Cork on August 26.  Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in various Airports across Europe. No previous cabin crew experience is required, applicants must be over 18 years of age to apply and it helps if you are hard-working, flexible, outgoing and have a lively personality.

Quickpark launched their €5 Premium Parking service which costs the same regardless of how many days you are parking, and offers drop off at the reception area, check in your keys and head straight for the bus.
On your return your car will be waiting for you, no need to remember where you parked. Just collect your keys and go. bookings made on quickpark.ie receive free admission for one adult for a night at the dogs worth up to €10.

cara magazineAer Lingus’s in-flight magazine Cara is to be published by the Cedar agency. The contract will see Cedar open offices in Dublin and Madrid. The magazine was previously published by Image Publications.

Turkish Airlines issued a statement after a purge of 211 airline employees, in the aftermath of the attempted coup against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government. Turkish Airlines chief financial officer Coskun Kilic will be replaced by Murat Seker, head of investor relations and financial institutions at state-owned TC Ziraat Bankasi AS, Turkey’s largest lender. Turkish is 49pc state owned, said the staff were fired for “attitudes and behaviour” conflicting with the best interests of the company and country. The government has a controlling vote on the board of Turkish Airlines, which employs more than 16,000 people and flies to 200 destinations worldwide, including Dublin. Turkish Airlines inability to assist passengers during this attempted coup of July 15-16 2016 was widely reported on social media.

AerCap announced they had completed closure of an $0.7bn secured credit facility. The facility will primarily be used to acquire new narrowbody and widebody aircraft as they deliver from Boeing and Airbus through 2017.

Cork Airport rolled out a no drone zone campaign to clamp down on rogue operators. Drones are illegal to operate within 4.5km of the airfield.

Afloat

norwegian joyNorwegian Cruise Line commissioned Chinese artist Tan Ping to design the hull art for the Norwegian Joy, which is slated for summer 2017 and will homeport in Shanghai and Beijing.

Fred Olsen Lines cruise ship MS Braemar became the first cruise ship to visit Rosslare Europort in 20 years. The visit follows the establishment of a Working Group led by the General Manager Rosslare Europort John Lynch, including representatives of Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland and supported by Visit Wexford, which has been working on developing the cruise business at Rosslare.

The launch of two Crystal River Cruises ships has been delayed by a year to cater for an itinerary change and a redesign to make them larger as a result. The Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel were supposed to sail the Seine, Rhode and Dordogne rivers in France, starting in June and August 2017. Instead, they will will sales the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers in Germany. Crystal said this was “to prioritise its offerings in the German/Austrian region in order to meet travellers’ demand.”

Seabourn extended its smoking ban to cabin balconies and the Observation Lounge. The updated policy will go into effect later this year.

Guy’s Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse will be added to Carnival Vista, Carnival Dream and Carnival Breeze in 2017. The restaurant, a joint venture between Carnival and celebrity chef Guy Fieri, is currently on board Carnival Magic.

Carnival Cruise Line’s second Vista-class ship will be called Carnival Horizon. Carnival will roll outs its Hub app, which allows cruises to search for board events and chat with other passengers, to Carnival Imagination, Carnival Valor and Carnival Victory.

Norwegian Getaway will serve as a floating hotel in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Scenic river cruise line will redesign its France-based “space ships” in 2017, reducing capacity from 167 to 155 passengers and adding two Royal Owners Suites. Scenic will also install a pool, expand the wellness centre and create a culinary centre for cooking classes.

Ireland

Minister Officially Opens Revamped Derrigimlagh Discovery PointMinister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan opened the revamped Wild Atlantic Way discovery point at Derrigimlagh. It marks the site of the world’s first commercial transatlantic wireless station and the landing site of the first non-stop transatlantic flight.

Italian broadcasters Emerson Gattafoni and Valeria Cagnoni were in N Ireland this week to film for the travel programme Dreams Road, with support from Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI. The show follows the presenters as they explore destinations by motorbike. Filming took place at Derry’s city walls, the Causeway Coastal Route, Belfast and the Ards Peninsula.

An Bord Pleanála upheld planning granted by Longford County Council for the development of Center Parcs Longford Forest holiday village near Ballymahon.

Picture, Tony O'Connell Photography.

Bus Éireann is offering online fires for GoBé coaches connecting Dublin city, Dublin Airport and Cork City of €9.99 for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

golf journalists niGolf journalists visited N Ireland this week to attend the NI Open at Galgorm Castle as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI. They played a round at castle, at the Strand Course in Portstewart Golf Club and at Portrush.

Tourism Ireland held its July board meeting at The d Hotel in Drogheda.

The new IHI Council Members appointed at the recent AGM in: th Conrad Hilton Hotel are; President Martin Mangan GM of The Conrad Hotel, Frank Byrne of Keystone Hospitality, Margaret Byrne of Red D, Martin Cassidy of Cassidy’s Hotel, Oonagh Cremins of The Innovate Room, Dominic Dilane DIT, Helen Fahy of The Doyle Collection, Brian Fahy Action Recruitment, Stephen Hanna of The Camden Court, Joe Higgins and Mark Long of The Guinness Storehouse, Majella Mulhall of Griffith Collage, Matt Fuller The Abbey Court Hotel, Vincent O’Gorman of The Westbury, Ewan Plenderleith of The Herbert Park Hotel, Sharon Power Cowley Net Affinity, Philip Smyth of Shannon College of Hotel Management and Edward Stephenson from Druids Glen Resort.

Guided tours of the Magazine Fort at Phoenix Park will commence on Sundays and Fridays, starting today at 10am, 12pm and 2.30pm. Tours commence at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on a first come, first served basis with a shuttle bus to the Fort. Participants MUST visit the centre first, and will be then bussed to the fort. Only those who have been ticketed can join the tour.

Commuters in Barcelona are seeing ads for Ireland’s Ancient East (or “El Ancestral Este de Irlanda”) on trams and trains operating around the city. Tourism Ireland has ‘wrapped’ the trams and trains in giant Ireland’s Ancient East ads, to boost travel to Ireland this summer.

Tourism Ireland is to launch its autumn marketing campaign in 23 markets across the world, including a €4m promotional campaign in Britain. Our aim will be to boost late season travel and maintain the strong growth momentum.

The Ireland’s Olympians exhibition at Croke Park’s GAA Museum recently opened. It celebrates the nation’s Olympic medalists, with a special emphasis on medal winners from 1924 when Ireland first competed as an independent nation.  It also celebrates the GAA’s long history with athletics.

The 2016 Ukulele Hooley By The Sea in Dun Laoghaire on August 20-21 will feature the Ukulele Hooley are Belgium’s Winin’ Boys, Ukulele ZaZa, Minnie & The Illywhackers, Del Rey, Andy Eastwood, Peter Moss, Ukulele Uff & Lonesome Dave, Janet Klein, France’s Les Poupees Gonflee, Fred Sokolow, Shine (from Spain), Gus and Finn Trio, Ukulele Red & Li’l Mamie Brown, The East River String Band, Ireland’s West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, Ukeristic Congress and Aisling Goes Walking, UK’s Hot Potato Syncopators and many other fine artists and groups.

Swimmers and beach users were reminded of the venomous weever fish sting which has been found in Ireland when four year old Maisie Lagan from Dungiven was stung at Benone beach in Derry. Most weever stings occur during the month of August which Irish Water Safety says reflects the greater numbers of bathers rather than the number of weevers, as sea temperatures peak for the year.

  • An Post released a set of stamps featuring images from the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Eric Kuhme, the architect behind the Titanic Belfast visitor centre, died this week aged 64.
  • Tourism businesses and other traders in Kinsale protested against the local authority’s ban on all sandwich advertising boards from the town’s footpaths.
  • Wicklow Country Tourism launched a €20,000 marketing and PR campaign, #WakeUpinWicklow.
  • The 30th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival will take place on Duncannon Beach in County Wexford from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7.

Deal Watch

Sunway offers: 6 days Trafalgar escorted tour of the Northern Lights of Iceland incl. the Blue Lagoon from €1,974pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, hotel accommodation, 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners, hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees, local taxes and travel by coach. 7 nights Mediterranean cruise on board MSC Splendida from €589pp incl. flights, full buffet dining, taxes and fees, depart January 27 2017. 7 nights full board Greece and Croatia cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas from €829pp incl. return flights, taxes, fees, airline baggage and return transfers, depart June 3. 7 nights full board Croatia and Italy cruise on board Norwegian Jade from €939pp incl. taxes, charges and ultimate drinks package, depart October 23. 10 nights full board Greece and Turkey Eastern Med cruise on board Celebrity Reflection from €1,929pp incl. taxes, fees and classic drinks package, depart September 30. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

Travel Department offers: 13 nights B&B/half board Aztec Empire and Cancun holiday from €2,799pp incl. return flights, internal flight, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart April 27 2017. 13 nights Argentina and Brazil holiday from €3,299pp incl. return flights, hotel accommodation, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart May 3 2017 or September 1 2017.

Travelvalue.ie is offering a 7 night B&B group trip to the Camino from €795pp incl. return flights, transfers, en route accommodation and 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Santiago de Compostela, single supplement is €140, depart October 4. Visit travalue.ie or call 1890 289 255.

Thomson offers: 7 nights self catering Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from €449pps, depart September 1. 7 nights self catering SunClub Apartments, Cap De Salou, Costa Dorada from €569pps, depart September 2. 7 nights self catering Protur Atalaya, Cala Millor, Majorca from €519pps, depart September 7. 7 nights half board Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €699pps, depart September 9. 7 nights self catering Zante Atlantis, Laganas, Zante from €449pps, depart September 13. 7 nights half board Hotel Belvedere Salou, Costa Dorada from €499pps, depart Shannon September 2. 7 nights B&B Heperia Lanzarote, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €699pps, depart Shannon August 29. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: Lapland day trip from €659 per adult and €559 per child, depart December 10, 16 or 17. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Fiesta Tanit Cala Gracio, Ibiza from €799pps, depart August 25. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Los Zocos, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €789pps, depart Shannon August 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Royal Sun Apartments, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €449pps, depart August 29. 7 nights self catering 3* Kassandra Apartments, Ialyssos, Rhodes from €469pps, depart August 31. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Haiti, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €599pps, depart Cork September 6. 7 nights self catering 3* Bellevue Club, Gran Canaria from €469pps, depart September 29. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 3* Palazzo Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €349pps, depart August 29. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights 5* Senator Banus Spa Hotel, Estepona, Costa del Sol from €399pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel November. 7 nights B&B 4* Playaluna Hotel, Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Almeria from €319pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel September. 2 nights 4* WestCord Hotel, Amsterdam from €199pp inc. return flights, taxes and charges, travel August. 2 nights 4* Ramada Hotel and Suites, London Docklands from €179pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel August. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 2 nights B&B Bishops Gate Hotel, Derry from £165pps incl. one evening dinner, one traditional afternoon tea and choice of spa treatments, available until December 31, call 028 71 1140300. 1 night B&B 3* Jurys Inn, Belfast from £109 2+2 incl. family bass to Belfast Zoo, available until August 20, call 028 90 533500. 1 night B&B 4* Burrendales Hotel, Co Down from £119pps incl. evening meal and 90-minute spa treatment, call 028 43 722599.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights France and Spain cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from€1,049pp, depart October 15. 7 nights Arabian Gulf cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,449pp, depart December 19. 13 nights Mediterranean cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €1,789pp, depart September 19. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.

Tour America St Patrick’s Day offers: 3 nights Boston from €579pp incl. return flights, depart March 16. 3 nights Chicago from €639pp incl. return flights, depart March 16. 3 nights New York from €679pp incl. return flights, depart March 16. Visit touramerica.ie.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering €1,000 per couple flying with Emirates from Dublin. Offer of 2 nights extension to Cambodia on select tours of Vietnam and 2 nights extension to Hong Kong on select tours of China, Burma and Japan ends tomorrow, August 1. Visit wendywutours.ie or call 0818 776 380.

Topflight offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel San Pietro from €768pps, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €949pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Bolivar, Lido di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera from €829pps, depart August 6. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Torre Barbara, Sorrento from €829pps, depart August 7. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Bristol, Riva, Lake Garda from €729pps, depart August 20. 7 nights half board 4* Vik Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €969pps, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Los Fariones, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €720pps, depart September 3. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €629pps, depart August 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Bagli, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €629pps, depart August 13. 7 nights B&B 4* Four Views Baia, Funchal, Madeira from €779pps, depart August 11. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Manzoni, Montecatini Terme from €859pps incl. return train tickets to Florence, guided excursions on 3 days to Florence Pisa and Siena, depart August 11. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and Topflight resort rep service. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

ITAA offers: 3 nights B&B 3* Yes Hotel, Rome from €250pp incl. return flights, ticket to audience with the Pope and Rome food tasting by bike tour, depart December 5. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows, Lake Garda from €499pp incl. flights, transfers and 15kg baggage, depart September 17. 7 nights half board 4* hotels Sicily tour form €1,099pp incl. guided tour of Agrigento’s ancient Greek Valley of the Temples, Piazza Armerina and Monreale’s medieval cathedral and day trips to Palermo, Taormina, Mount Etna and Siracusa, depart October 1.

Insight Vacations is offering 8 days Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley from €2,198pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart August 27. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Danube river cruise on board the River Beatrice from €1,879pps incl. flights, airport transfers, meals, beverages and all shore excursions, depart October 30. Visit uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

Cassidy Travel Algarve offers: 7 nights from €1,165 2+1, from €1,960 2+2, from €2,750 2+3, depart August 9 or 10. 7 nights from €1,425 2+1, from €2,239 2+2, from €2,915 2+3, depart August 15. 7 nights from €945 2+1, from €1,285 from 2+2, from €1,869 2+3, depart Cork August 19. 7 nights from €1,310 2+1, from €1,649 2+2, from €2,375 2+3, depart August 22. Call 0818 332500.

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

  • Aug 10 Sunway’s 50th
  • Aug 28 Travel trade fun day
  • Aug 30 MSC Splendida in Dublin
  • Aug 31 MSC Splendida in Cork
  • Sept 1 Virgin Atlantic golf day
  • Sept 3-4 Air Waves, Portrush
  • Sept 6-8 Seatrade Europe, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Sept 7-9, PATA Travel Mart, Jakarta
  • Sept 13 Aer Lingus Los Angeles trade event
  • Sept 14-16 Travelmart Latin America, Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Sept 15 United cup@Carton
  • Sept 29-Oct 2 Top Resa, Paris
  • Sept 10-13 FITA, Santa Cruz
  • Sept 19-22, Adventure Travel World Summit, Anchorage
  • Sept 25-27 World Routes, Chengdu
  • Sept 26-30 Meetings & Incentive Forum, Madrid
  • Sept 28 Sunway 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch, TBA
  • Oct 11 Skal function, Herbert Park Hotel
  • Oct 21 NI Travel Trade Awards, Newcastle, Co Down
  • Oct 29-Nov 1 Skål World Congress, Monaco,
  • Nov 7-9 WTM London
  • Nov 8 Skal tour of Guinness Storehouse
  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Sealed, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event
  • Dec 13 Skal president’s lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event

2017

  • Jan 20-22 2017 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 25 2017 Irish Travel Industry Awards, Mansion House, Dublin
  • Jan 27-29 2017 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • 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

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

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

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

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

Things to know in travel this week:

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

Travel Extra TV

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

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

Behind the Headlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ataturk airport

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

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

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

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

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

stephen kavanagh skytrax announcement

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

Travel Trade

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

Strange World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotels

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

International

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

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

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

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

Food & Wine

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

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

Aviation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TripAdvisor launched a flight review function on its website.

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

Afloat

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

Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deal Watch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

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

2017

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

2018

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

2019 – 2024

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

2019 – 2024

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

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
March 2016: Awards issue
February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue

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

Storforsen waterfall, Swedish Lapland, July 8 2016

Storforsen waterfall, Swedish Lapland, July 8 2016

Things to know in travel this week:

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

Travel Extra TV

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

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

Behind the Headlines

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

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

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

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

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

Travel Trade

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

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

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

Strange World

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

Hotels

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

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

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

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

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel appointed Joseph Scott Lennon as duty manager.

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

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

International

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

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

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

Food and Wine

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

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

Aviation

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

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

Afloat

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

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

Ireland

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

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

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

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

Deal Watch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

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

2017

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

2018

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

2019 – 2024

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

2019 – 2024

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

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues

June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
March 2016: Awards issue
February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue

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

AFLOATDEALWATCHFOOD & BEVERAGEHOTELSINTERNATIONALIRELANDSTRANGE WORLD – TRAVEL TRADE

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

Travel Extra TV

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

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

Behind the Headlines

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

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

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

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

kevin o'malley_1648US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley hosted 2,200 guests at the annual independence day garden party in the Phoenix Park. It will be his last as ambassador, he reckons, no matter who wins the November election. It was also the last independence day event for Stuart O’Dwyer from Maine, a huge supporter of the travel trade in Ireland and at 6’7, the Mount McKinsey of the diplomatic corps. The United Airlines team was at the event. Picture shows ambassador O’Malley with Edmund Hourican and Maureen Ledwith of Business ExhibitionsSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

Travel Trade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agent Promotion

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

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

Hotels

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

Strange World

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

International

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food & Beverage

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

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

Aviation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Afloat

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

Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deal Watch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming events of interest to the trade

2016

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

2017

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

2018

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

2019 – 2024

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

2019 – 2024

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

Previous editions of TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday supplement

Previous issues

July 2016: Wintersun issue
June 2016: USA issue
May 2016: Canada issue
April 2016: Cruise issue
March 2016: Awards issue
February 2016: Holiday World issue
December/January 2015/16: Bridal issue
November 2015: Winter cruise issue
October 2015: Ski issue
September 2015: Accommodation issue

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

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

Travel Extra TV

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

Behind the Headlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Travel Trade

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

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

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

bookabed bar billPicture shows Beverleigh Fly and Lee Osborne being presented with the bar bill at the Bookabed A2B resorts and Universal event for the trade in Cork. Bookabed, Universal and A2B Transfers