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Sunrise over the Mediterranean on Royal Caribbean’s new world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, which hosted 200 members of the Irish travel trade, April 5-7 2018

 

Things to know about travel this week

  • Five days to go to Travel Industry Trade show
  • Bigger can be better, Irish Trade join Symphony inaugural
  • Norwegian cuts Providence routes from Cork & Shannon
  • Belfast-Stewart also casualty of Norwegian cuts
  • Aer Lingus moves Shannon winter service from Boston to JFK
  • Aer Lingus offers Cork to Lisbon in winter 

Video watch

An airplane hangar at Houston’s Hobby Airport collapsed after a strong storm ripped through, leaving an “airplane graveyard” in its wake, according to CBS News here.

  • Aer Lingus’ Unicef change for good ambassadors visited India to see aid at work there watch here.
  • Ireland’s Conor McGregor is topping the bill with his Notorious film as British Airways revealed its latest High Life onboard entertainment here.
  • The timing was unfortunate as Cork Airport promoted Norwegian’s Cork-Providence service, which is being dropped this winter watch here.
  • Emirates – which was bidding to attract Irish pilots to the airline last year – shows its female flyers in action watch here.
  • Ireland introducing sheep traffic lights – due to the high numbers of flocks around. Really? Not quite, with Tourism Ireland releasing the spoof video on April 1 watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Third annual Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, RDS, 2017

The Irish Travel Trade Show next Thursday will be joined by 40 first time exhibitors including Algarve Tourism Bureau, Affordable Car Hire, AirPlus International, Cathy Pacific, China Airlines, CRT Midi-Pyrenees, Cantabria-Green Spain, Grenada Board of Tourism, Jet2 Holidays, Macao Tourism, Perpignan Tourism, The Philippines, Qantas Airlines, Sabs Travel Technologies, Thailand, Travel Technology Systems, Dolphin Dynamics, Visit Orlando, VisitFlanders, TUI Ama Waterways, Princess Cruises, Croatia Air Lines, GTI The Travel Group specialists, Rovas Luxury Rail Tours, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Toulouse Tourism and Montpellier Tourism.

Eva Bartolomé of Cantabria will be joining the show to celebrate the extension of flights to Santander to year round. There is also a direct ferry connection between Santander and Cork 2w to commence in April. Email here and website: https://turismodecantabria.com.

Visit the Philippines stand at J7 to have a chance to win a 10 day holiday to the Philippines for two people with return tickets from Dublin via Emirates and complimentary stay at Shangri-La Mactan (Cebu), Bohol Beach Club and Shangri-La Makati.  Agents must take a selfie photo, post on social media with hashtag #DublinlovesPH and #itsmorefuninthephilippines, and drop their business card for the raffle, the first 100 visitors get a special gift.

Jennifer Callister and Michaela Banks hosted 200 members of the Irish travel trade on board Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas as it finalised its series of pre-inaugural cruises before its summer home-porting out of Barcelona. Picture shows Dominic Burke of Travel centres and Carol Anne O’Neill of Worldchoice/Travelsavers, the two leading consortia in Ireland, on board the cruise. Watch here an interview with Ben Bouldin, Royal’s two country manager based in London, where he describes the importance of Symphony to the trade in Ireland. Watch here some video from the Symphony of the Seas pre inaugural cruise. Watch here a visit to the ship’s signature fish restaurant HookedSee more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. From the agent session See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Robbie Smart has left Cassidy Travel after 15 years to take up a new role with Bedsonline. Thomas McNally moved on from his role as Ireland Sales Manager at Bedsonline after six years with the brand to take up a new role with the group in the UAE. Robbie is pictured with John Spollen, Suzanne Reynolds and Paul Kelly of the Cassidy Travel team accepting the ITAA Travel Agency of the Year (over 10 employees) from award sponsor Tara Magee of British Airways in January 2016.

Visit Orlando’s 2018 roadshow will visit ten cities visiting Ireland on the May 8th and 9th.

Turkish Airlines hosted key travel trade at the Aviva at Leinster v Saracens. Pictures shows Julie Curran of Turkish Airlines with Sharon Menzies, Noreen Lawless and Christina Lonergan of Club Travel at the Turkish Airlines event at the Leinster v Saracens European Champions Cup semi-final in the Aviva stadium. Watch here Turkish Airlines@The Aviva. See more pictures hereor connect with the album on Facebook.

Lorraine Power from Harvey Travel in Waterford City is the latest winner of the Classic Collection Holidays poster competition, winning a €50 voucher for M&S.

Skal Dublin club coach trip to The Woodenbridge Hotel and Wicklow Brewery takes place on Tuesday, members are asked to confirm ASAP.

Picture shows American Airlines country sales manager Caitriona Toner presenting Ross Herandes O’ Brien with the prize of two premium level tickets to the upcoming Taylor Swift concert in Croke Park from a recent booking incentive, with Cathy Cullen Business Manager Touramerica. This week sees the early return of the Shannon to Philadelphia service and also the return of the Dublin to JFK service, both operated daily by American Airlines and offering flatbed business class seating

Kelsey Burrows from USIT Dublin has been selected as one of the 18 winning agents from Europe to head to the USA next month to travel on a Contiki trip through the West Coast of LA, San Diego and Vegas, and visit a well-known festival in the area.

Travelport and Priceline.com signed a long-term renewal agreement for Travelport to continue providing pricing, booking and ticketing technology and content to Priceline.

Picture shows Killiney Travel professionals Lynda Byrne, Lisa Warren and Elaine Massey at an Expedia TAAP training breakfast event to introduce the Expedia TAAP new dynamic hotel commissions programme.

Sunway announced the winners of the #SunwaySheerintheLove competition! The eight agents will get to see singer Ed Sheeran in The Phoenix Park, with thanks to the Gran Canaria Tourist Board, on May 19. Listen here to Tanya Airey of Sunway speaking at the launch of 2018 Menorca programme.

Listen here to Eoghan Corry on RTE Marian Finucane programme speaking about over-rated holiday destinations.

Strange World

A Canadian man who was banned from the upmarket Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, is now welcome back after apologising for an incident more than 17 years ago in which seagulls trashed his room after he left pepperoni in it with the window open.

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Israel has rejected a billboard campaign by Reform Jews that urged female passengers at Ben-Gurion Airport not to give up their flight seats to ultra-Orthodox men refusing to sit next to women. El Al, Israel’s national carrier, had been known to regularly ask passengers to move seats at the request —  and sometimes the demand — of ultra-Orthodox men who refuse to sit next to women.

  • America’s TSA denies claims by US rap artist G-Eazy that he got through airport security for a Miami-LA flight using a magazine cover featuring his face because he had no ID.
  • Retired former UN worker Edoardo Flores, from Turin, has amassed a collection of 15,000 do not disturb signs from hotels in over 200 countries.
  • An Indian grandmother sparked a security alert at Brisbane’s international airport after her checked luggage had “Bomb to Brisbane” written on it. The ‘bomb’ was short for Bombay.

International

Ireland overnights to Germany in January and February were up 14.1pc to 37,742 compared to January last year.

A total of 200,000 Irish visited the Netherlands last year – its 10th most important market. The overall number of guests staying in overnight accommodation in the country rose to 42m – up 9pc.

The number of Europeans visiting Tunisia in the first three months of this year was up 52pc. Overall inbound revenue also rose, up 23pc.

Manx tourism has been accused of “lacking drive and determination” after an official report revealed a 9pc slump in visitor numbers. But the Isle of Man says visitors are tourists are staying longer and spending more.

Ten people were killed after a car rammed into a hotel in Indore in central India and brought down the 100-year-old ramshackle structure. Police say at least 10 people were killed and many more injured.

Food & Beverage

Irish hospitality group Press Up Entertainment is setting its sights on expanding into Britain, with its Wowburger and Elephant & Castle restaurant businesses being named as prime candidates.

Chef Takashi Miyazaki‘s new Japanese restaurant Ichigo Ichie in Cork has bookings up until July and has opened waiting lists for guests anxious for a table. It will offer customers a chance to experience Japanese fine dining, with a no-choice, 12-course tasting menu for €95 per person.

Hotels

  • Hotels jostling for visibility on TripAdvisor can now buy their way to the top through the platform’s Sponsored Placements offering.
  • JP Kavanagh is the new general manager of Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel. He has worked at London’s Connaught Hotel and The Hyde Park Hotel as well as The Clarence Hotel of Dublin and the Turnberry golf resort in Scotland.
  • Irish hotel group iNua Hospitality is looking to buy in the Midlands following its purchase of Sligo’s Radisson Blu hotel for around €16m.
  • Up to 20 new hotels across key destinations in Europe – including Ireland, Britain, Germany and Poland – are to be developed by US giant Wyndham Hotel Group in collaboration with German hospitality firm Novum.
  • Marriott International is looking to lower the commissions it pays to online travel agencies starting with Expedia Group when it renegotiates its contract with the company later this year.
  • Muckross Park Hotel & Spa in Co Kerry has appointed Josie O’Kelly as its new Business Development Manager. She has worked as Sales Manager in her previous role at Cork’s Fota Island Resort and prior to that, Sales & Marketing Executive in Cork’s Hayfield Manor.

Aviation

Norwegian’s Shannon to Stewart NY will grow from 2w (winter) and 3w (summer) to 4w.

Ryanair seats sold were up 6pc to 10m in March, load factor was 95pc up 1.  Passengers for the 12 months to end March were 130.3m, up 9pc.
Aer Lingus is to operate Shannon-JFK year-round 6w in January and February 2019 at the expense of Shannon-Boston which will be suspended January and February.

Aer Lingus is to add Cork-Lisbon 2w year-round, starting Novemebr 2018.

Norwegian is to suspend its routes to Providence RI from Cork, Shannon and Edinburgh and from Belfast to Stewart International next winter: “the services will continue through October and we will continue to assess our transatlantic route performance as we confirm the route schedule for next summer.” Cork senator Jerry Buttimer and Labour TD Alan Kelly said Chief Executive of Norwegian Bjørn Kjos ‘must appear’ before the Oireachtas Transport Committee to explain why the airline scaled back the flights so soon. Listen here to Travel Extra‘s Eoghan Corry speaking about the suspension of services on the RTE News at One

A delegation from the European Parliament transport committee couldn’t have picked a more timely week to visit Cork Airport, following the blow of the Norwegian decision. MEPs toured Ireland to discuss transport related infrastructure in Ireland. As part of their visit, the delegation visited Cork Airport and gained an insight into a regional airport and how essential it is for investment and tourism for the region.
Pictured in Cork were, from left: Roberts Zile, MEP, Latvia; Lucy Anderson, MEP, England; Thomas McHugh, Cork Chamber of Commerce; Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications, Cork Airport; Deirdre Clune, MEP, Ireland; Wim Van De Camp, MEP, Netherlands, chair of the delegation; Maria Grapini, MEP, Romania; and Jill Evans, MEP, Wales. Photo: Brian Lougheed

Ryanair welcomed the Paris Commercial Court ruling against Lastminute – which operates the Lastminute.fr website – ordering the immediate cessation of its unlawful selling of Ryanair flights, subject to a daily fine of €1,000. The Court also ordered that Lastminute pay Ryanair €50,000 for “free riding” without Ryanair’s consent on Ryanair’s website, and that Lastminute contribute €10,000 towards Ryanair’s costs in the case.

Gus Kelly-led AerCap Holdings will release first quarter 2018 financial results on May 3. Major business transactions during the first quarter 2018 include signed lease agreements for 83 aircraft, including 15 widebody and 68 narrowbody, signed financing transactions for $2.9bn, seven aircraft purchases, including 2 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, 2 Airbus A350s and 3 Boeing 787-9s, sales of 24 aircraft, including 11 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, 4 Airbus A330s, 1 Airbus A340, 1 Boeing 737 Classic, 1 Boeing 737NG, 2 Boeing 777-200ERs and 1 Boeing 787-8 from AerCap’s owned portfolio, and 2 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 1 Boeing 737 Classic from AerCap’s managed portfolio. Aercap continue to manage 12 aircraft that were sold from their owned portfolio during the quarter.

Norwegian’s Nordic routes at Dublin will shortly move from T1 to T2.

Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, who were conjoined at birth but survived thanks to an operation to separate them, have spent the last eight years of their lives in and out of surgery. The courageous Cork twins, who have already had 45 operations and are facing a lifetime of surgery, landed at Shannon Airport where they got to run it for a day as operations managers. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • The European Regions Airline Association called on members to take advantage of European Investment Bank funding for new aircraft purchases.
  • Acumen was selected by CDB aviation to provide key asset management service
  • Aer Lingus has vacancies for catering assistants in the flight kitchen in Dublin (fixed term, full-time) and for cabin crew in Cork.
  • Aer Lingus passenger numbers were up 12pc up on March, load factor was up 3.2 to 80.5pc. Cargo carried was up 6.7pc. For IAG as a whole, passenger traffic was up 9.0pc, up 11.3pc on International European routes and up 8.6pc increase on North America.
  • Ralph Anker’s Anna.aero said Ryanair have commenced 64 new routes in the past two weeks
  • Ryanair Head of Human Resources Darrell Hughes boss warned Spanish cabin crew there would be “serious consequences” if they refused to operate flights during a strike by their Portuguese counterparts.
  • Ryanair in England’s median hourly pay rate for women is 71.8pc less than men.  Only 8 of 554 pilots are women.
  • Air Corps cadetships and other defence forces applications for 2018 have opened. The Department of Defence proposed loyalty payments to Air Corps pilots.
  • Virgin Atlantic will offer 20,000 seats from Belfast International Airport with Belfast to Orlando route to run for 28 weeks peaking at 2w during June and July using a B747-400.
  • Viasat opened a new office in Dublin for 100 staff currently on site, to grow to 250, developing wireless in-flight entertainment and the AeroDocs paperless flight deck.
  • ASL Aviation Group CEO Hugh Flynn, which acquired TNT Airways and its fleet of cargo aircraft in 2016, said he would establish closer ties with Amazon.
  • Trade unions said there is no need for T3 at Dublin Airport and oppose a terminal not run by DAA.
  • Martin Corcoran, ex-TEAM Aer Lingus, etc, has been appointed as Senior Vice President-Business Development of Acumen Aviation aircraft asset management.
  • Karl Griffin will join Genesis Aircraft Services as Chief Commercial & Investment Officer and will also be appointed to the Genesis Board of Directors effective May 2018.  Genesis, headquartered in Blackrock, Co Dublin, manages a portfolio of 53 mainly mid-life narrow body Boeing and Airbus aircraft on behalf of Barings LLC’s institutional clients.
  • Simon Dempsey’s Irish travel tech start-up Likewhere is seeking €800,000 as it seeks to capitalise on recent contract wins with Aer Lingus. Airbus and Hilton Hotels.
  • SMBC Aviation Capital received confirmation that its shareholders, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Sumitomo Corporation have finalised a joint leasing partnership and committed US$700m equity capital and US$300m subordinated loan.
  • Etihad Airways is expected to end its three-year-old route between Edinburgh and Abu Dhabi this October after it proved less popular than expected.
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Afloat

Emerald Waterways has introduced its own customer loyalty programme.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection announced at the launch of its latest “super ship” SS Beatrice that it is to upgrade all of its current fleet to a similar standard, starting with River Empress and River Royale next year.

Celebrity Cruises has canceled the November 21 and November 24 preview sailings of its newest ship Celebrity Edge,weeks after it announced the cancellation of the ship’s December 3 preview. Two other previews are still on.

Ireland

A newspaper letter – written by a Corkman – that said he was shocked at the lack of Irish being spoken in Dingle drew a cross-border response from Kerry folk, saying the accusation was “simply wrong.”

More than 30 international journalists from Japan, China, Australia, Turkey, Finland, Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands with the Foreign Press Association arrived in Belfast to see how the Good Friday Agreement 20 years ago has regenerated the city. Gerry Lennon, chief executive of Visit Belfast is pictured with Anne McMullan, Visit Belfast’s marketing and communications director, FPA director and
Italian journalist Deborah Bonetti and Ellie McGimpsey, aviation development manager at George Best Belfast City Airport. The major inbound press event was facilitated by the Northern Ireland Office, hosted by Visit Belfast and supported by Tourism Ireland. Photo: Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Tourism Ireland has launched its latest golf campaign in the United States, aimed to coincide with the 82nd US Masters, which are currently running in Augusta. The 30-second TV ad will be seen by an estimated 6.5m households watching the NBC Golf Channel. A further 1.2m people will see messages about Irish golfing on golfchannel.com.

A luxury hotel proposed for the Antrim coast has attracted nearly 400 objections from community groups and residents, it has emerged. US real estate investment company ARC has formed a Northern Ireland subsidiary to file for planning permission for the Dunluce Resort, a 120-bedroomed hotel in Portrush.

 

Deal Watch

Insight Vacations offers: 11-day escorted tour of Northern Spain – 40TH anniversary sale. Price was €3119pps now from €2,849 per person sharing, including flights, transfers,  and 10 nights’ accommodation in the best locations. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Quote promo code ANNIV45. Guests who book any Insight Vacations trip between now and 27 April 2018 will also receive a free 1-night stay at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, bed and breakfast plus dinner at Wilde’s Restaurant. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA solo travel offers: Dublin to Italy, five days visiting Bologna, Parma and Ravenna, with guided tours, from €1074pp, depart August 21 with Grenham Travel on http://itaa.ie/2018/04/05/lovely-5-days-tour-bologna-parma-ravenna-excellent-for-solo-traveller-fm-only-e1074/

Dublin to St Lucia, 7 nights all-inclusive Body Holiday spa resort with exercise classes, water sports classes, spa treatments, from €2599pp, depart August 26 with John Galligan Travel on http://itaa.ie/2018/04/05/september-solos-in-body-holiday-st-lucia/

Dublin to Spain, 6 nights guided tour visiting Andalucia, from €1199pp, depart June and October 2018 with Riviera Travel on http://itaa.ie/2017/10/24/classical-spain/

Sunway offers: Dublin to Europe for Rhine & Moselle Splendours river cruise 7 Nights from €2299pp, depart May 31. Dublin to Sicily, 7 nights all inclusive Kamarina, Sicily, from €969pp, depart May 19. Dublin to Vietnam for 10-day Classic Vietnam tour, from €1925pp, depart September 21. Dublin to Fuerteventura, 7 nights B&B 5*+ Grand Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real Hotel, from €929pp, depart May. Dublin to Kusadasi, 7 nights B&B 3* Esat Hotel, from €499pp, depart May 5. Dublin to Dubai, 3 nights 3* Arabian Park Hotel, from €549pp, depart June 7. Dublin US, 6 nights Orlando & 3 nights New York, from €699pp based on 2 Adults & 2 Children, depart October 10. Dublin to the Norwegian Fjords, 8 nights onboard Celebrity Eclipse direct from Dublin, from €1173pp, depart May 20. Dublin to Barcelona for 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise onboard Symphony of the Seas, from €1540pp, depart August 26. Dublin to Venice for Montenegro & Greece Fly Cruise, 7 nights premium all inclusive on Norwegian Star, from €1597pp, depart August 19. Dublin to Nice for 3-night stay plus 7-night cruise onboard Silver Muse sailing from Monte Carlo with dedicated butler service, from €4100pp, depart August 27. Abu Dhabi & Dubai Fly Cruise, 8 nights all inclusive drinks plus social package onboard MSC Splendida in a balcony cabin, from €1379pp, depart December 16. www.sunway.ie

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Topflight Italian offers: Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* Plus Hotel Bristol from €699pps was €1199, depart April 15. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Ascot from €749pps was €925, depart May 13. Dublin to Peschiera, Lake Garda 7 nights self-catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows from €399pps was €579 (2 adults & 4 children), depart April 28. Dublin to Malcesine, Lake Garda 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace from €549pps was €727 (2 adults & 2 children), depart May 12. Dublin to Giardini Naxos, Sicily 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Tysandros from €599pps was €761, depart May 26. Dublin to Giardini Naxos, Sicily 7 nights half board 4* ATAHotel Naxos Beach from €929pps was €1149 (2 adults & 2 children), depart June 2. Dublin to Taormina, Sicily 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Ariston from €999pps was €1094, depart June 23. Dublin to Lido Di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Portofino Half Board, from €699pps was €829, depart June 9. Dublin to Lido Di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Cambridge from €969pps was €1069, depart June 16. Dublin to Sirmione, Lake Garda 7 nights self-catering 4* Garda Village from €549pps was €690 (2 adults & 2 children), depart June 9. Dublin to Cesenatico, Adriatic Riviera, 7 nights self-catering 3* Camping Cesenatico Self Catering from €409pps was €577 (2 adults & 4 children), depart June 8. Dublin to Cattolica, Adriatic Riviera, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Madison from €649pps was €779, depart June 8. Dublin to Tuscany Countryside 7 nights self-catering 4* Fattoria Castiglionchio from €549pps was €779 (2 adults & 2 children), depart June 1. Dublin to Marina Di Pietrasanta, Tuscany 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Villa Tiziana from €669pps was €786, depart May 25. Dublin to Venice for two-night stay and 7-night MSC cruise, from €1399pps, depart October. Dublin to Italy for three nights in Rome and seven in Sorrento) from €1569pps was €1699, depart June 7. www.topflight.ie, call 01 240 1700 or visit your local travel agent

Tour America offers: Dublin to Miami, car hire, 3 nights in Key Largo and 4 nights in Key West, from €899pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart December 2018. Dublin to Florida, car Hire, 3 nights in Key Largo and 3 nights in Key West, from €999pp based on two sharing, depart November 2018. Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights at the Rosen Inn International, from €509pp, based on 2+2 sharing, depart September 14. Dublin to Las Vegas, 4 nights at the Luxor Hotel, from €549pp, based on 4 sharing, depart December 15. Dublin to New York, 3 nights at the Roosevelt Hotel, from €599pp, based on 4 sharing, depart November 2. Dublin to Cancun, 7 nights all inclusive at the Barcelo Maya, from €1359pp, depart October 10. Dublin to Miami, 1 night Miami and 7 night Caribbean cruise includes free drinks package, gratuities and wifi package from €1599pp, depart September 1. Dublin to Barcelona for 7 night Western Mediterranean cruise onboard Symphony of the Seas, from €1549pp, depart August 19. Dublin to Miami for 1 night Miami & 7 nights Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Equinox from €1239pp, depart November 30. Dublin to Abu Dhabi for 7 night Dubai cruise onboard MSC Splendid with free drinks and wifi package from €1269pp, depart December 16. www.touramerica.ie

Tui offers: Dublin to Salzburg, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Obermair, Mayrhofen, from €444pp, depart May 30. Dublin to Salzburg, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Modlinger, Soll, from €469pp, depart May 30. Dublin to Lanzarote, 8 nights 2* San Marcial Apartments, Matagorda, from €419pps, depart April 29. Dublin to Lanzarorte, 15 nights all inclusive 3* El Trebol, Costa Teguise, from €779pps, depart April 29. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights B&B 3* Parque Vacacional Eden, Puerto De La Cruz, from €379pps, depart April 27. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights half board 2* Las Piramides Resort Hotel, Playa de las Americas, from €439pps, depart April 27. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, from €359pps, depart April 26. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Servetar Waikiki, Playa Del Ingles, from €589pps, depart April 26. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self-catering 2* Porlamar Apartments, Puerto Rico, 2*, SC, 7nights from €359pps, depart May 10. Ireland West Airport to Majorca, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Son Baulo, Ca’n Picafort, 3*, HB, 7nights from €599pp, depart August 17. Cork to Majorca for cruise onboard Marella Dream, Treasures of the Mediterranean, Decks 6/7/10 Inside Cabin, FB, 7 nights, €889pp, depart May 15. www.tuiholidays.ie, call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store/travel agent.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers: Gems of Northern Italy 8-day trip with 7 nights river cruise, was €3,549pps now front €2,649 per person sharing, including flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages, all shore excursions and 7 nights in a Category 5 stateroom on board the River Countess. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book before 15 April 2018 to avail of Our Best Offer Ever. Depart September 16. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.

 

What we learned

Manuka honey and olive oil when tested, have often been found to be adulterated.

 

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