Basque-ing in gastronomic glory, Bilbao hosts the trade in Dublin
Joseba Ugarte and Gonzalo Ceballos, host the trade Basque musicians entertained Irish guests 29 Michelin stars in the Basque region 9 in Bilbao Aer Lingus fly direct from Dublin Hiria, Ura and Natura’ (city, water and nature) was the theme when Bilbao and Bizkaia hosted the trade at Andrew Rudd’s newly-opened restaurant, Medley, on Dublin’s Fleet […]
2016 Irish Travel Industry Awards in the Mansion House Jan 21 2016
Sixth Travel Industry Awards attended by 630 people Cassidy and Fahy’s Travel won agency awards Rebecca Kelly of MSC Supplier Representative Eoghan Corry won contribution to the industry award It started, like many a great Dublin night, in Sam’s Bar where Sharon Jordan and The Travel Corporation team were ensuring the throats of the thirsty […]
News from Australian Tourism Exchange 2016 in Gold Coast
Controversial backpacker tax postponed by six months Australian Tourism Exchange showcased new tourism product John O’Sullivan: Pipeline of new hotels under construction will help alleviate room shortage Tourism Minister unmoved on question of Sydney Airprot’s 11pm-6am curfew The Australian government is to delay its plan to introduce a so-called backpacker tax. Tourists on working holiday visas were […]
US Embassy vows to clear up Travel Bug J-1 Mess
US embassy vows to clear up Travel Bug J1 Visa mess Passport/visa collection will be at 2pm and must be in person Caroline Joyce of Travel BugChanges in the J1 visa scheme had caused surprisingly few problems until now for students and the agencies who process most of their applications, Sayit and USIT. This week, however, problems arose with applications made […]
85 Blue Flags awarded to Irish beaches & marinas
79 Irish beaches and six marinas awarded Blue Flags Ballymoney North & Fenit Marina first time winners Brittas Bay North regains flag 4 beaches lose blue flag statue 79 Irish beaches and six marinas in Ireland have been awarded Blue Flag awards this year, down one on last year. Among the recipients of Blue Flags are Ballymoney […]
CSO: Trips to Ireland increased 16pc Feb-Apr2016
England up 18.6pc N America up 19.9pc Overseas trips by Irish residents abroad up 6.7pc Increase sin air capacity is behind the big increase in trips to Ireland form overseas indicated can the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, headed up by Padraig Dalton.. Overseas Travel February – April 2016 – CSO – Central […]
Amadeus designs app for consulting group’s travellers
Trips are automatically imported into the user’s profile Access all trip details for current and upcoming trips Check-in to a flight Add trip to calendar Notifications for delays and cancellations Alternative flights found instantly in case of a change in plans Instant connection to a travel agent to rebook a flight Amadeus new itinerary management app […]
Official: There are 7,193 pubs in Ireland
DCU research identifies 10,230 pubs, restaurants and hotels 7,193 pubs, 631 licensed hotels, 2.406 licensed restaurant, 3,233 off licences 57 breweries and distilleries indicate growth in craft brewing and distilling Hospitality sector has combined turnover of €7.1bn...
Death of Eckhard Gogsch of PG Tourism Services
Bodensee negative became acclaimed tour guide in killarney Founded PG Tourism Services with his wife Patricia in 2000 Sad news, Eckhard Gogsch of PG Tourism Services has died. PG Tourism Services was founded in 2000 Patricia Gogsch, a native of Kerry and is assisted...
Ennis travel agency owner closes shop to join Travel Counsellors
Gearóid Mannion joins Travel Counsellors Ennis based travel agency founded by his father has closed after 52 years Travel Counsellors describe move as “franchise” Following the closure of Tom Mannion Travel in Ennis Gearóid Mannion is now operating as a...
Affordable Car Hire secret shopper
Affordable Car Hire quote can win €50 cash instantly. Travel Agents have been asked to be on the look out for the Affordable Car Hire secret shopper. Theya re on the road this week calling into travel agencies up and down the country asking for car hire quotes....
Harmony of the Seas pre-launch event
Crystal Cruises will base Crystal Serenity in Norther American for more of 2017, with itineraries to Alaska, Canada/New England, the Caribbean and the USA’s coasts.
News from Ireland
Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State for Tourism Michael Ringannounced €1m in additional phase funding for capital projects in Ireland’s Ancient East, made available through Fáilte Ireland’s New Ideas in Ancient Spaces grants scheme...
Food and Wine News
An appeal against Pearse Lyon’s planned distillery and visitor centre in the Liberties was filed to An Bord Pleanála by the resident of an apartment building next to the site.
P&O Ferries has ended Larne to Troon seasonal route it has operated since 2003 with immediate effect. will have an exclusive Royal Caribbeanproduction of Grease, while the AquaTheaterb will feature a gravity-defying diving and acrobatic display and a comedic whodunit...
Travel Trade News
As first reported in the latest edition of Travel Extra, Cormac Meehan from Bundoran agreed to go forward for the National Presidency of the ITAA at the AGM in April 2016. In a letter to colleagues this week he said: I would be delighted if I could have...
Topflight ‘Hello Summer’ Family Holiday Giveaway, and the winner is
Marc Lynch of Abbey Travel first winner Agents can win a family holiday EVERY month Topflight 5 Day Sale starting 15th May Marc Lynch of Abbey Travel was the first winner in the Topflight ‘Hello Summer‘ Family Holiday Giveaway, an all-inclusive seven night...
Uniworld press group cruises the Rhone
Rivercruise company anxious to promote its French portfolio Travel writers spent six nights on board Pictures show travel writers who were hosted on board Uniworld for a trip on the Rhone, rapidly becoming an alternative choice to the Danube and Rhine for the...
Ponant hosts agents on board L’Austral
Expedition ship travels to Antarctica and Svalbard Family owns buses with three ships on order Anxious to reach into Irish market Ponant luxury cruise line invited agents on board to see their L’Aural expedition ship in Dublin this week. The ship alternates between...
Ireland’s Lakelands brand launch safeguarded by new Government
Partnership programme to keep 9pc VAT rate and zero airport tax Ireland;s Lakelands to become fourth irish tourism brand The new Government Programme for Partnership committed to retain the 9pc tourism VAT rate, maintain the zero airport travel tax, €10m additional...