The week that was in travel
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Things you need to know about travel this week:
  • Direct to Doha from Dublin at LAST, but can Akbar spare a Dreamliner?
  • Ryanair forces you to join their club, or else you CANNOT book
  • Airheads in Amsterdam pose the Brexit question (and don’t come up with an answer)
  • WOW flies 4w to Iceland from Cork, with eye on T/A connections
  • Black Watch cabins get complete makeover
  • KLM prepares for Amsterdam 4 daily, online check-in is the key
  • Waiting for Stephen-o, Aer Lingus announce T/A plans for S2017 on    Nov 4
  • Dracula in Derry? The legend that inspired Bram Stoker is our Hallowe'en video

Travel Extra TV

  • screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-22-10-02Pools aren’t just for people — they’re for pups too. Watch here.
  • Spotted by a drone: A Celtic cross in Irish forest. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland added a video to celebrate the Skellig Ring Drive endorsement from Lonely Planet. Watch here.
  • Emirates uploaded a video of a day in the life of Ben McCone. Watch here.
  • Dee Murray of Ryanair went abseiling off Croke Park to raise money for ISPCC Childline. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Want to book a Ryanair flight? From Tuesday you will have to become a member of MyRyanair. The move was expected to be rolled out next summer but has been introduced early in Ireland before being extended to other markets, giving Ryanair an immensely lucrative database of its customer’s traveling habits. Bookings made on GDS such as the Travelpoint Smartpoint platform don't need the Tryingair sign up. It is unclear what happens other bookings by agents as Ryanair's press release suggests that their system will exclude screen scrapers, a category into which travel agents have been lumped in the past. Watch here Michael O’Leary talking about plans for MyRyanair.

Akbar Al Baker CEO of Qatar
Akbar Al Baker CEO of Qatar

The CEO says so, so it must be true. Dublin to Doha direct will commence in 2017, the Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker told Travel Extra at the CAPA aviation summit in Amsterdam. He added one rather large proviso, an A350 sized one. He has received only three of his promised 12 A350 deliveries and he says he needs more to release the Boeing 787 Dreamliner he plans to use on the Dublin route. “We are at the mercy of Airbus,” he said. Does he expect the nine to arrive before the end of the year? Definitely not. But it was clear that Dublin is high up the list of priorities in Qatar’s next expansion. The development will be of more than passing interest for Emirates and Etihad. Qatar operates three Australian routes as well as innovative routes to places like Krabi (starting December 6) and have Auckland on the way in February. It could be an interesting year ahead for Irish aviation.

Nóirín Hegarty, Tourism Minister Shane Ross; and Niall Gibbons,.Skellig Micheal (and its ring) was rated the tenth best region in the world in the Lonely Planet best in travel list. Canada topped the country list, ahead of Colombia and Finland. Bordeaux topped the cities list, ahead of Cape Town and Los Angeles. Choquequirao in Peru topped the regions list ahead of New Zealand’s Taranaki and the Azores. Nepal was named best value destination ahead of Namibia, Porto and Venice. This is Ireland’s sixth top ten finish in 10 years. Ireland finished number five in the best in travel list in 2015. Cork in 2008 and Derry in 2013 featured in the top ten cities. In 2008 Clare finished among top ten cycling destination. In 2007 Ireland was named friendliest country in the world and the slogan was displayed on the Irish stand at WTM. Listen here to Nóirín Hegarty of Lonely planet on RTE’s Morning Ireland. Picture shows Nóirín with Minister Shane Ross and Tourims Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons.

Tony Fernandes and Akbar Al Baker at CAPA aviation summit in Amsterdam, October 27 2016
Tony Fernandes and Akbar Al Baker

Star performers at the CAPA/ACTE aviation summit in Amsterdam were, predictably, Akbar Al Baker CEO of Qatar and Tony Fernandes Founder and CEO of Air Asia. Tony Fernandes gave an emotional account of how not being allowed home from boarding school permits are because the flights are too expensive had fired his passion to launch a long more low-cost airline stop. Akbar Al Baker was also anxious to stir a partner to with his condemnation EU regulation which seem to be getting on particular airlines.

img_0520Speakers from Ireland included Bobby Healy of car trawler, Jim Gallagher a former Ryanair and Etihad lawyer now turning his attention to Uber (pictured together), Pat Byrne the founder and executive chair of Cityjet, and David O'Brien COO of Ryanair who participated in a panel on low-cost aviation with Tony Fernandes, Jozsef Varadi  and Skuli Mogensen which unusually led to everyone agreeing with each other (until very recently there would always be a flag in the mix when low cost was discussed).

pat-byrneAn interesting point was raised by Pat Byrne on the panel discussion about Bexit when he worried that aviation could turn into a pawn in a bigger game. He invoked the memory of the Lisbon Treaty and the intense pressure that the Irish electorate were put under after rejecting its initial form. He said he was surprised that there was not similar pressure from Brussels on the British electorate and wondered was there a sense of relief that Britain had decided to leave. The implications for aviation are enormous. Lufthansa lawyer Regula Dettling-Ott explained to the audience that Westminster would have to renegotiate several dozen aviation treaties. In Switzerland the Swiss accept European aviation regulations and treaties without any input in to its formulation. She speculated the British would be unlikely to do the same. Even the title of the treaties run to 28 pages.

Greeley Koch ACTE Executive Director with Peter Harbison Centre for Aviation Executive Chairman in the backgroundCEO of KLM Pieter Elbers played some platitudes to the digital age saying that it was not no longer a mobile but now all mobile and matter for airlines. Siew Hoon Yeoh, one of the most inspired moderators at the conference declare that chat was the new 'like.' In tandem with the airheads, corporate buyers are gathered for the acting summers with some joint sessions. SCTE director Greeley Koch said he was growing tired (aren’t we all) of people trying to define the travel needs of millennials when it was clear that they were no different from the rest of us  and the so-called shared accommodation where there was not a lot of sharing going on. Picture shows Peter Harbison and Greeley Koch. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

img_0040Teresa Gancedo Director of the Spanish Tourist Board office in Dublin hosted some travel media to tell of the astonishing 27.4pc increase in Irish visitors to Spain this year. This means Irish visit turns to Spain are likely to pass the 2008 record of 1,659k before the end of the year, about 1,755k on current trends. Cormac Meehan President of the ITAA made the trip from Bundoran to reassure the Spaniards that Ireland's love affair with Spain is strengthening, and while we spill out into regions which were inaccessible to previous holidaymakers, six regions account for 93.6pc of Irish visits to Spain: Canaries, Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid, Valencia and Balearic Islands. Galicia (up 75.61pc) and Murcia (up 39.4pc) are two of the big growers, thanks to extra airlift and admittedly off a low base. The trend means that the pre-recessionary records of 2006 (1,558k), 2007 (1,643k) and 2008 (1,659k) are likely to be passed for the first time. Numbers fell to 1,176k in 2011. Picture shows Teresa Gancedo and Kathryn McDonnellSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The Q3 results for Aer Lingus parent IAG were better than they could have been, and worse than they should have been thanks to plummeting sterling. At current fuel prices and exchange rates, operating profit this year would come in at about €2.5bn, 8pc higher than the €2.3bn last year, but a downgrade from the “low double-digit” percentage growth estimated in late July and analysts’ forecasts of €2.6bn. There was one reference to Aer Lingusrevenue performance has been strong since acquisition, in particular across the North Atlantic. The investors are likely to be told on November 4 what happens next summer 2017. The much speculated Miami and Dallas routes are possibilities with the extra A330 capacity that IAG has provided for Aer Lingus. Capacity at Dublin airport has been cited as one of the obstacles to expansion. Overall it is likely that Aer Lingus would boost existing routes instead of spectacular expansion, going daily on Los Angeles and San Francisco. More exotic west coast routes such as Seattle and San Diego which have been touted will have to wait till 2018. The bar has been set by Hartford paid $6m in guarantees to launch an Aer Lingus daily service. New Orleans recently paid British Airways $5m to move a loss-making service from Chengdu which had struggled with a 54pc load factor very high seasonality. Airports have been queueing up to meet Aer Lingus since they first heard of their expansion plans so a well-funded surprise package is not out of the question.

img_5985For our annual Hallowe’en video Travel Extra took a trip to an eerie hillside grave in Glenullin to meet Derry’s own Dracula, a sixth century chieftain who returned from the grave to drink the strong blood of the local people, and how he inspired Bram Stoker's tale, relocated to Transylvania.  Watch out for a cameo appearance by the Qatar Airlines CEO. Watch here. Tá an scéal níos fearr I ngaeilge, le nathanna breise. Féach anseo. You can also catch up with last year’s video of Ireland’s most haunted tourist spots with a few spooky surprises along the way, guess which one Dalata has just bought. Watch here.


Travel Trade


img_0255Tryphavana Cross of Las Vegas CVA posted media to tell of astonishing 22pc growth from the Irish market in 2015 with the T mobile arena opening in 2016 and 150,000 hotel rooms now available. Watch here interview with Tryphavana Cross at the media update in Dublin this week.

Topflight personnel went in search of a drop of the crater this week in Italy.

Cardiac risk in the young will be the chosen charity at the Irish Travel Industry awards in the Mansion House on January 25. Many families in the travel trade have already suffered tragedy.

Blaithin O'Donnell of Air Canada Rouge and Edel Redmond of Dublin Airport

Picture shows Blaithin O'Donnell the new Air Canada Rouge sales representative in Dublin and Edel Redmond of Dublin Airport. Blaithin is Air Canada Rouge’s first full time sales representative in Ireland and joins from CWT having previously worked with US Airways.

For those who are catching up with last week’s NI Travel awards where James Nesbitt was a much praised MC, watch here. Scotland’s awards are next. Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Topflight sales and management team visited Lake Garda, Sorrento and Sicily on a whirlwind visit to wonderful Italia. Initial sales for Italy 2017 are strong. Family bookings and sales to key hotels are performing very well.

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Strange World

Strange World

Aviation regulators in Washington DC found that 86pc of objections to flight path aircraft noise at Ronald Reagan national airport came from a single household. For Dulles, 70pc came from a single household. They were in the thousands in both cases.

Ulm Minster, the world's tallest church, is being damaged by passers-by relieving themselves on its ancient walls. Drunks at night are vomiting and urinating on the historic church (foundation stone laid in 1377) despite the hundred-euro fine for anyone caught in the act.

A vape battery caught fire in a passenger's luggage on a United Airlines flight at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.




dublin-airport-terminal-2_143786599STR said Ireland's hotels recorded its 10th consecutive quarter of double-digit RevPAR growth in September, with only two days without double-digit growth in RevPAR. Occupancy was up 0.6pc to 89.6pc, ADR up 13.9pc to €133.04 and RevPAR up 14.5pc to €119.22.

Savills are seeking expressions of interest for the development and operation of a 402 bedroom,11-storey four-star hotel adjacent to Dublin Airport's Terminal 2, The hotel has already received planning permission and will be the fourth largest Irish hotel when it opens in 2019. The new property will have a total floor area of 22,840 square metres and its own bar, restaurant, cafe and conference facilities. Construction on which will begin next October and result in the creation of 400 new jobs.

Tetrarch Capital, the owners of the 764-bedroom Citywest Hotel, the country's largest which recently underwent a €13m upgrade, predicted double-digit growth in revenue and profit for 2016 after reporting pre-tax profits of €1.55m and revenues up to €22.8m in 2015.




thunder_river_rapids_rideThe conveyor belt accident that killed four people on the relatively tame family Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld theme park in Coomera on Queenland’s Gold Coast caused similar rides worldwide to be closed down. Congo River Rapids in Busch Gardens in Florida reopened after safety checks on Thursday. Grand Canyon rapids is due to open in Portaventura in 2017.

It was reported that a leading US theme park operator, with the help of international investors, may be looking to build a major project on more than 200 acres of land that includes a majority of Artegon Marketplace on Orlando's International Drive, and a 78-acre parcel of land just south of the mall.

Government officials in Brazil are considering a permanent visa waiver for travellers from several countries including the Canada and the US. Tourism minister Marx Beltrao told The Wall Street Journal it would also include Australian and Japanese visitors as the country looks to build on the success of the Olympic Games. The tourism ministry said it is also considering the removal of hotel taxes for customers paying with international credit cards.


Food & Beverage


Culinary Students Inspired by Symposium ‘Food on the Edge’Nothing speaks of an identity better than cuisine: Some wisdom from spokesman for Lebanese cuisine Kamal Mouzawak at Food on the Edge the two day symposium for chefs and food enthusiasts which took place for the second time in Galway City this week. It included sound advice from three-Michelin-star chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, winner of the Restaurant magazine world’s best restaurant rating in 2016. he told the audience: go out, be bold, dare, take chances, make mistakes, show you care and mused that chefs are much more than the sum of their recipes.  There was also an inspirational talk by young chef Evan O Ceallaigh. Eleven chefs in training (pictured), selected by nine Institutes of Technology across the country, were hosted by Fáilte Ireland at the event. Failte also hosted guests from Japan, Portugal, Canada and New York on a food tour of The Burren, St Tola Cheese Trail, Burren Smokehouse and Hazel Mountain Chocolate. Food on the Edge takes place October 9-10 2017

The rural pub is serving it up with the best, just two of the 32 pubs in 15 counties named in the Michelin Eating out in Pubs guide were in a city (both in Ballsbridge). The full list: Antrim: Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne, Clare: Morrissey’s (Doonbeg), Vaughan’s Anchor Inn (Liscannor), Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna) and Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay), Cork: Mary Ann’s (Castletownshend), Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale), Down: Pheasant (Annahilt), Poacher’s Pocket (Comber), Parson’s Nose and Plough Inn (both in Hillsborough) Pier 36 (Donaghadee) and Balloo House (Killinchy)., Dublin: Old Spot and Chop House (both in Ballsbridge), Galway: Moran’s Oyster Cottage (Kilcolgan) and O’Dowd’s (Roundstone), Kerry: O’Neill’s Seafood Bar (Caherciveen), Kildare: Harte’s (Kildare), Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace) and Fallon’s (Kilcullen), Leitrim: Oarsman (Carrick-on-Shannon), Louth: Fitzpatricks (Jenkinstown), Mayo: The Tavern (Murrisk) and Sheebeen (Westport), Sligo: Hargadons (Sligo Town), Tipperary: Larkins (Garrykennedy), Wexford:  Lobster Pot (Carne), Wicklow: Byrne & Woods (Roundwood).

Chopped is on its way to Terminal 1 in Dublin airport.



Niall McCarthy MD of Cork Airport and Skuli Mogensen Founder & CEO of WOW Air, at CAPA aviation summit in Amsterdam, October 27 2016
Niall McCarthy MD of Cork Airport and Skuli Mogensen Founder & CEO of WOW Air, at CAPA aviation summit in Amsterdam, October 27 2016

Picture shows Skuli Mogensen and NIall McCarthy MD of Cork airport at the CAPA aviation summit. WOW announced 4w services from Cork to Kefljavik from May next to continue 3w during winter. It is a huge boost for Cork as it links with a transatlantic services for which WOW are offering lead-in prices of €150 each way. Some media reported this as Cork getting its own trans-Atlantic services, but it is no different than connecting through any of the other T/A gateways.

Heathrow’s third runway got the go ahead but will not be completed until 2025 at least, with most commentators saying 2029. The end of the beginning is how Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry described it on RTE radio (listen here), quoting Sean O’Casey in 1937 (and please, no emails claiming it was Winston Churchill, who filched the O’Casey quote five years later and is credited by the English with inventing it).

Pat Byrne Founder and CEO of Cityjet and Rigas Doganis of European Aviation Club at the PATA/ACTE aviation summit in Amsterdam, October 27 2016

Pat Byrne said the takeover of Stobart by Cityjet would be completed by mid November, “all going well.” Speaking to Travel Extra on the margins of the CAPA aviation summit in Amsterdam he said that it had yet to be decided if the two airlines would remain separate entities after the takeover. Cityjet took possession of their third SSJ100 on Thursday Oct 27, EI-FWC. It will go to an airshow in China and will return to Dublin on November 8. Picture shows Pat Byrne Founder and CEO of Cityjet and Rigas Doganis of European Aviation Club at the CAPA aviation summit.

Saad Hammad departed as CEO of Flybe suddenly and mysteriously, having turned the airline around since taking over in 2013. The reason for Hammad’s exit could yet be revealed when the company reports its half-year results on November 9.

Pieter Elbers CEO of KLMBig night in Dublin next week as KLM celebrates the launch of their twice-daily soon-to-be four daily Embraer service to Amsterdam. KLM are the third carrier on the Amsterdam route and the only one to offer business class as well as premium economy. More importantly connecting passengers using the KLM service can check-in online for both legs of their journey, a privilege denied them until now. Picture shows Pieter Elbers CEO of KLM.

European Commission, Deputy Director General MOVE, Matthew Baldwin speaking at CAPA aviation summit in Amsterdam, October 27 2016The delayed Norwegian Air International application was alluded to but barely mentioned at the CAPA aviation summit in Amsterdam. In conversation with Travel Extra Former Deputy Administrator of the US FAA Mike Whitaker put the delay down to one word: inertia. European Commission Deputy Director General of MOVE, Matthew Baldwin (pictured) said he was optimistic that something would happen after the US presidential election but asked if America thinks it can have an a la carte approach to open skies. Apparently yes. American pilot union ALPA chief Tim Canoll was in Dublin this week to lobby on the NAI situation. They seem to hold out an olive branch of sorts, telling John Mulligan that guarantees on pay and conditions would lead to them removing their opposition: if they do that one final step, the resistance of airline pilots' unions would melt away."

img_0606Terminal one in Dublin airport is looking brighter already. Look at the access to the window space that has been cleared.

Delhi to Newark logged in as the world’s longest flight at 9,506 miles and 14 hours and 30 minutes. Air India used to fly the route across the Atlantic but this month it switched direction.  Now it flies over the Pacific instead, which has added 870 miles to the already arduous journey. Emirates used to claim the longest non-stop flight.

Delibery of a further three new Ryanair Boeing 737-800s to Dublin is imminent. Ryanair will take delivery of a further seven new Boeing 737-800s in November.

Declan Collier CEO of London City airport receiving the award for airport of the year at the CAPA aviation summit in Amsterdam, October 27 2016London City airport won the regional airport award at the CAPA aviation summit. Watch here interview with Declan Collier where Travel Extra asked him if the new owners could possibly continue to run LCY as an airport after paying 37 times annual turnover for the property or would we see apartments sprout on the London’s most convenient runway? He called it an old wives’ tale.

Cityjet’s Pat Byrne said Southend has great potential as an outbound airport but a lot of education needed to be done to promote it in bound as Cityjet said it would base aircraft there in Summer 2017.




ncl-bliss-artHull art for Norwegian Bliss features a humpback whale and her calf, along with other sea animals. The ship is being custom-built for Alaska itineraries and set to debut spring 2018.

Fred Olsen’s Black Watch is to be refurbished with TVs, minibars and safes in the cabins and refreshed public spaces. The 44-year-old ship was damaged by fire last July.

Royal Caribbean International has named Brittany Affolter, a manager with Teach for America, as godmother of Harmony of the Seas,

Carnival London CEO, David Noyes (he of the Heathrow T5 debacle) says the P&O Cruises 5,200-passenger ship due in 2020 will have a clear sky dome, a pool with a retractable stage and a half-mile promenade deck complete with restaurants and bars.

Take note those of you who get seasick- Saga Cruises is offering first-time passengers flights home early and a refund of the fare, if they don't enjoy their cruise.

Disney Cruise Line has expanded its Royal Court Royal Tea, a tea party with Disney princesses, to all ships in the fleet.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has joined with Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold (all companies within the same parent company, The Travel Corporation) to offer eight  European itineraries, two of which are new, with both land tours and cruises for 2017.




Figures from the CSO show overall inbound up 12pc, growth from Britain has speeded up considerably to 13.2pc, N America is speeding up to 15.4pc, France is 7.4pc, Germany up 4.7pc, Italy up 11.9pc, Spain up 12.4pc, and the Netherlands and Belgium up 27.2pc, other areas are up 13pc. Two regions are down, Scandinavia down 0.5pc and Australia down 3.7pc.

Psychologist David Holmes named Inchydoney as the fifth ‘most seductive’ coastline in the world, behind Dubai, Blackpool, Gulf of Mexico and Cape Cod.

Picture shows Paula O’Carroll ofAshford Castle, Margaret Mangialardi ofHalton Trafalger Travel, Canada, Oonagh Kelly ofFailte Ireland, Kathy E Gooden-Dempsey ofVision Travel, Canada and Suzanne Meade of Meyrick Hotel.

Fáilte Ireland hosted a sales workshopCanadian Expo where 20 top tour operators from Canada are in Ireland to meet and do business with over 70 key Irish tourism businesses from across the country at a workshop in The Meyrick Hotel. Picture shows Paula O’Carroll of Ashford Castle, Margaret Mangialardi of Halton Trafalger Travel, Canada, Oonagh Kelly of Failte Ireland, Kathy E Gooden-Dempsey of Vision Travel, Canada and Suzanne Meade of Meyrick Hotel.

Boyne Valley’s megalithic complex was granted €445k to develop and refresh tourist facilities, with €350k  going to Boyne Valley site interpretation at Newgrange and €95k to the infinitely more interesting but lesser-known Knowth.

Tayto Park reopened after nine people were injured in House of Horrors stair collapse.


Deal Watch

Sunway offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Acurio Sol 2 Apartments, Lanzarote from €349pp, depart Cork December 17. 7 nights B&B 3* Fariones Apartments, Lanzarote from €499pp, depart December 17. 7 nights B&B 4* Fariones Playa, Lanzarote from €699pp, depart Shannon December 17. 3 nights Excalibur  Las Vegas and 7 nights all inclusive Riu Cancun from €1,525pp incl. transfers to Cancun, travel May 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Sandpiper Bay Florida from €1,379pp incl. flights, activities, flying trapeze school and other entertainment, depart May 16 2017. 7 nights Norwegian Epic Mediterranean cruise from €939pp incl. ultimate beverage package, €30 on board dining credit, bottle of wine and strawberries, depart May 14 2017. 7 nights  Visit or call 01 231 1800.

tourism-ni-deal-watchTourism NI offers: 1 night in a forest dome at Finn Lough, Co Fermanagh from £195, available until November 30, call (028) 28 68 380360. 1 night Corick House, Co Tyrone from £180pps incl. use of thermal suite and four-course evening meal, valid until November 30, call (028) 85 548216. 2 nights White Horse Hotel, Derry from £148pps incl. breakfasts, dinners, use of leisure facilities, guided walking tour, £25 shopping voucher and The Quiet Man whiskey truffles, valid until November 30, call (028) 71 860606.

Falcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 4* Holiday Village Kos from €2,259 2+1, depart May 20 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Compostela Beach Gold, Tenerife from €1,919 2+1. 7 nights all inclusive 4* TUI Magic Life Cala Pada, Ibiza from €1,059pp, depart May 25 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Cava D’oro Hotel & Suites, Zakinthos from €1,659 2+1, depart June 13 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Icandy Apartments, Malia, Crete from €389pp, depart May 21 2017. 7 nights self catering 4* Family Life Playa Feliz, Gran Canaria from €2,189 2+2, depart June 22 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Gran Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Cancun from €1,549pp, depart June 21 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Royal Decameron Club Caribbean, Jamaica from €1,529pp, depart June 8 2017.  Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Travel Department offers: 7 nights full board Danube river cruise from €1,989pp incl. return flights, transfers, 5 guided city tours, excursion to Salzburg and taxes and charges, depart August 20 2017. 7 nights full board Danube river cruise from €1849pp incl. return flights, transfers, 5 guided city tours and taxes and charges, depart September 7 2017. Visit

Click and Go offers: 3 nights B&B 4* Berlin Mark Hotel from €219pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel December. 3 nights 4* Leonardo Hotel Dusseldorf City Centre from €249pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges travel December. 3 nights 4* NH Munchen Messe Hotel, Munich from €299pp incl. return flights , airport taxes and charges, travel December. Visit or call 01 539 7777.

Tour America is offering free Disney dining on Disney Moderate or Deluxe resort hotel booked by November 3. 7 nights Disney Caribbean Resort form €1,149pp incl. return flights, 7 day Disney Ultimate ticket, airport transfers, depart January 24 2017. Visit

Project Travel is offering 5 nights Northern Lights holiday packages to Tromso from €1,545pps incl. flights, accommodation and three activities. New options include a stay in a Snow Hotel and Northern Lights trips to Spitsbergen in Svalbard. 7 nights escort tour from €1,595pps incl. visits to capitals of Sweden, Denmark and Finland, flights, accommodation, transfers, tours, most meals and guide. Visit or call 01 210 8391.

ITAA over 50s holidays: 2 nights  4* DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh from €132.50pp incl. Edinburgh Castle tickets, return flights, depart November 27. 3 nights B&B 3* Windrogse Hotel, Rome from €289pp incl. hop on hop off bus, visit to St Peter’s Basilica and 10kg baggage, depart March 1 2017. 11 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Celebrity Reflection from €1,499pps incl. return flights, transfers, drinks package, meals and port taxes, depart May 8 2017.

Insight Vacations is offering 8 days Warsaw and other Baltic states from€1,617pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Book by January 27 2017, depart April 9 2017. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Danube river cruise on board the River Princess from €1,919pps incl. flights, airport tranfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions, depart November 9. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Thomson offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €649pp, depart November 11. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Angela, Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol from €619pp, depart November 13. 7 nights half board 4* Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €929pp, depart December 30. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Mandi, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €429pp, depart January 27 2017. 7 night self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €429pp, depart January 28 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote from €719pp, depart January 22 2017. 7 nights B&B 3* Roda Oasis, Corfu from €429pp, depart May 19 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Springs, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €469pp, depart May 29 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,779pp, depart June 8 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 5( Gran Sirenis Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,619pp, depart June 21 2017. 7 nights Colourful Coasts cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €769pp, depart January 13 2017. Visit

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Apartments Crest, Pas de la Casa, Andorra from €334pps, depart January 8 2017. 7 nights B&B 2* Pension Feichter Gerlinde, Soll, Austria from €449pps, depart Dublin or Cork January 7 2017. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Patagonia, Arinsal, Andorra from €469pps, depart December 20. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Chalet Moon, Livigno, Italy from €539pps, depart December 24. 7 nights catered chalet 3* Chalet Papillon 5, La Rosière, France from €1,379pps, depart December 31. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Austria, Soll, Austria from €599pps, depart Dublin or Cork December 24. 7 nights B&B 2* Pension Niedermuhlbichle, Soll, Austria from £364pps, depart Belfast December 24. 7 nights B&B 3* Pension Hochwimmer, Zell am See, Austria from £444pps depart Belfast December 31. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Post, Westendor, Austria from £674pps, depart Belfast December 31. 7 nights half board 4* Sporthotel Austria, St Johann from £754pps, depart Belfast December 24. Visit or call 01 240 1700.


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  • Nov 10 Scottish Travel Trade Awards,
  • Nov 11-12 Travel Centres conference, Mulingar
  • Nov 13 MSC Stars of the Sea event,
  • Nov 16 Germany Tourism travel writer awards, Dublin
  • Nov 18 Travel Counsellors conference, Manchester
  • Nov 19 Worldchoice conference, Seafield, Co Wexford
  • Nov 19-21 CLIA rivercruise conference, Amsterdam
  • Nov 24 Consort conference, Alicante
  • Nov 25 ITTN Awards
  • Nov 26-28 ITAA conference, Uniworld Antoinette
  • Nov 28 Tourism Ireland marketing plan launch, Dublin
  • Nov 29-Dec 1 IBTM World, Barcelona
  • Dec 1 Tourism Ireland marketing plan launch, Belfast
  • Dec 2 American airlines trade event
  • Dec 5 Spanish Tourist Board event
  • Dec 9 Star alliance event, Dublin
  • Dec 13 Skal president's lunch
  • Dec 16 The Travel Corporation event


  • 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 28-29 Rendez Vous France, Rouen
  • May 1-4 We Are Africa, Cape Town
  • May 7-9 Germany TM, Nuremberg
  • May 16-18 Indaba, Durban
  • June 3-7 2017 IPW (Pow Wow), Washington DC
  • Oct 20 2017 Northern Ireland Travel Awards, Newcastle, Co Down


  • Jan 19-21 2018 Holiday World. Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
  • Jan 26-28 2018 Holiday World, RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin
  • May 19-23 2018 IPW, 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, Anaheim
  • May 30 –June 3 2020 IPW, Las Vegas
  • April 24-28 2021 IPW, Chicago
  • June 4-8 2022 IPW, Orlando
  • May 20-23, 2023 IPW, San Antonio
  • May 4-8, 2024 IPW, Los Angeles


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