Things to know about travel this week
- Dublin airport €16m facility can cater for 6m transfer passengers
- ITAA announce details of conference itinerary in Philadelphia
- Ed Sheeran helps Irish tourism and says he would love to live in Wexford
- Shane Ross says Government looking at two-tier VAT for hotels
- Tourism Ireland says market share and share of voice are falling
- Adare Manor hits the jackpot in Las Vegas with Virtuoso award,
- Siobhan Learat Byrne among top 55 Virtuoso agents in world
- Cork ‘friendlier than Dublin’ says Conde Nast.
- Three ships to feature at CLIA conference
- Losses rise at Norwegian’s Irish arm
- 2,000 events to mark heritage week
300 music fans were injured after a wooden pier collapsed into the sea during a festival in Vigo. Watch here the dramatic report from the Guardian.
EasyJet captain Lynsey Butcher got a round of applause from passengers – and has become a viral hit – after passenger Craig Woods posted a video of her dancing with young passengers on a delayed flight from Lanzarote to Liverpool watch here.
- Ryder Cup hero Paul McGinley joined Tourism Ireland to take us around some of his favourite golf courses on the island watch here.
- Explore Emirates‘ new-look lounge onboard the A380 watch here. Do footballers have their heads in the clouds? The team from Al Nassr FC certainly do – showcasing their soccer skills on an Etihad Airways flight watch here. Australian model Erin Holland lives the high life in Qatar Airways’ Qsuite watch here.
- A day after their capital came last in the world city liveability index, Syria’s Ministry of Tourism has released a video to promote Damascus as a tourist destination watch here the report Euronews.
Behind the Headlines
Dublin Airport’s much-reported €16m transfer facility adjacent to Pier 4 will eliminate the need for extra security screening and give the airport capacity to handle 6m transfer passengers a year. The number of passengers transferring at Dublin Airport is on course for 1.82m in 2018, up 17pc on 1.6m in 2017. Capacity to and from North America is up 14pc. Ten airlines fly 223 trans-Atlantic flights per week from Dublin to 16 destinations in the US and four in Canada.
Tourism Minister Shane Ross confirmed that the Government is looking at the special rate of VAT for the hotel sector. He said one of the plans being looked at is a two-tier system, where the bigger hotels pay a higher rate. Full story here.
The shadow of Breatimeacht/Brexit loomed as Tourism Ireland gave its mid-year briefing to the media in Dublin. Share of voice in the Key British market is down from 40pc to 10pc and competitiveness is an issue, with Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons conceding that in Dublin, versus competitor cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam, “over the last number of years we have seen the average room rates increase to point where it’s gone beyond its competitors“. The big saviour is air access and competition, he said, with the “price of getting here is very competitive and very good“, with the number of weekly airline seats rising from 424k seats a week in 2011 to 591k now. Watch here Niall Gibbons present Tourism Ireland mid-year results
Ed Sheeran is helping to promote the island in an autumn campaign with Tourism Ireland. Interviewed by TV presenter Dermot O’Leary he raves about Dingle, and says Wexford would be an ideal place to live. Dermot and Ed are pictured with Judith Cassidy and Julie Wakley from Tourism Ireland at a fundraising event for the London Irish Centre supported by the tourism body. Full story here.
Cork, Galway and Dublin were named in the top ten friendliest cities in the world – and only ones from Europe in a survey of readers of the US Condé Nast Traveler magazine, who praised Cork (3rd place) for its “cozy pubs”, Galway (5th) for the welcoming locals and on Dublin (8th) said “what’s not to love?”. Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende topped the poll, with full results here.
The Commission for Aviation Regulation said half of all the complaints submitted to the CAR last year were related to flight cancellations. as complaints in 2017 rose 57pc to 1,480, so much that Cathy Mannion said she and had trouble keeping up with them all., “arrangements will be in place” to improve the level of service throughout 2018. The commission managed to deal with 345 of the complaints and the rest are “still under investigation or awaiting attention”. Staffing costs and consultancy fees are up 29pc to €455,000
- Éist anseo Eoghan Corry Scealai taistil na seachtaine Lunasa 18 2018
The ITAA said there are rooms available at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown Hotel at USD$99 per room per night for extended stays three days before and three days after the travel agents’ annual conference on November 29. Extra itinerary details released this week include evening Wednesday welcome reception at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Thursday evening dinner at Down Town Club, Friday city tours followed by lunch at Reading Terminal Market and gala dinner at Water works and options tours on Saturday, Click here for registration form which includes accommodation November 28 to December 1st, airport transfer: November 28th to hotel for flights AA723 and EI115, airport transfer December 1 for flights AA722 and EI114, experiential tours November 30th, meals during official conference dates.
Members of the Irish branch of the Association of Women Travel Executives were hosted on board Celebrity Eclipse in Dublin Port. Watch here AWTE on board Celebrity Eclipse. Watch here the intriguing Le Petit Chef on board Celebrity Eclipse. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.
Crystal Ski are offering 30pc off lift pass and equipment for all countries excluding midterm break. The programme for winter 2018-19 runs from Dec 22nd with the last inbound on March 30th, Dublin to Salzburg, Verona, Innsbruck, Chambery and Cork to Salzburg on Saturdays and Dublin to Toulouse and Turin on Sundays. The programme includes a new resort in Austria Serfaus, flights from Dublin to Innsbruck transfer time two hours 15 mins. A new Beanie Bear club for little people who are new to skiing and aged 3 or 4 to 8 years old will operate 08:30 till 5pm. There is a current offer of €100 off on childcare excluding Midterm break, a free upgrade to Area Lift in the resort of La Plagne on Jan 12 & 19 and March 23, family offers in Rauris, 2 for 1 lift pass offers in Galtur & Les Deux Alpes in France on select dates, and one and a half for one on select dates in Tignes and Val d’Isere.
Watch here video report of the Ireland India council event in Farmleigh where details of the India day celebrations on September 2 were announced. Irish visitor numbers to India rose 10.5pc to 36,440 in 2016. Watch here Oireachtas Foreign Affairs committee deputy chair Bernard Durkan speaking at the Ireland India council event. Watch here Prashant Shukla tribute to council member Eric Byrne. Watch here speech by Sean L’Estrange of Bank of Ireland. Watch here speech by Dr Jasveer Singh Puri. Watch here speech by Siraj Zaidi. Watch here speech by Manohar Lal Shorey. Watch herefull speeches and introductions. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. The Nepal Ireland council also had an event this week at the Miltown Hotel in Charlemenot St where the speakers were led by President Michael D Higgins.
Michael Caslin’s 747 travel, established since 1971 is offering a fully fitted licenced office to lease as a travel or airline office. Michael will continue to operate the sports side of the business.
Darina Slattery’s Unique Japan Tours is seeking staff, asking those who have any three of six qualifications to apply: spent at least three months or more living, studying or working in Japan, bachelors degree in marketing, business, sales or IT, minimum one year online & traditional marketing work experience, minimum three years travel industry sales experience, associations with Ireland, England, Scotland, or Wales rugby clubs and intermediate or higher Japanese language skills. The successful applicant wil get two months training at the Dublin office from October 2018. CV to here.
- Ciara Mooney’s Freedom Travel announced a first series of solo travel offerings, including a yoga retreat for three nights near Malaga on November 24.
- Skål museum tour of Epic takes place at 11am on September 11 followed by lunch in the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn.. ; €35.00 for members and guests. Skål International Dublin 70th. Anniversary event will take place at Trinity College on October 5th. Skål Belfast are organising a tribute Event in Mark Alexander`s name on September 16.
- Peter McMinn’s Travel Solutions added New York Catskills to their ski destinations.
Paul Dawson (handicap now down to 12 and declining) was the winner with 37 pts as Stags hosted golfers from Munster and Leinster for the Tom Mannionmemorial event. Winners of men’s event was Leo Mannion (37pts), ladies Fionnuala McCurtain-McGrath (34 pts), front nine David Conlon (21pts), back 9 Marian Benton (18pts), Nearest the pin Jack Sheill. Cork Airport were the sponsors. Picture shows Dave Conlon of Travelport, Marian Benton of Map Travel, Fionnuala MacCurtain of Ballsbridge Travel, Paul Dawson of Dawson Travel and Leo Mannion of Tom Mannion travel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Siobhan Learat Byrne of Adams and Butler retained her A list status among the top 55 in the world for the third year in a row at Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
- Dublin’s BCD Travel won a Gold Stevie Award in the Mobile Site & App category for its TripSource app. BCD will get the award in London in October at the 15th Annual International Business Awards.
- The Institute of Travel Management launched a London-based event for the corporate travel sector in a joint move with the US-based Global Business Travel Association.
- Three cruise ships will be on show at next May’s Clia conference in Southampton: Celebrity Edge, MSC Preziosa and Cunard’s QM2. Agents will be able to register here from September 12, said Clia director Andy Harmer.
- Expedia Group has become the official travel partner of the UEFA Champions League in a three-season deal.
- Clubs to Hire recorded its best June trading figures since its launch in 2010, on target to rent more than 75,000 sets of clubs in the calendar year.
- G Adventures, headed up by John grehan in Ireland, have a new vessel in the Galapagos Islands
- Paul Hackett’s Click&Goare to partner with the Lanzarote Marathon, taking place on Saturday, December 8. Full story here.
- John Bergin’s Golfbreaks.ie, awarded “Irelands best Outbound Golf Operator” for the past 3 years at the World Golf Awards, have been nominated again in 2018. Vote here.
- Cobalt Air signs multi-year agreement with Travelport
And the ‘you don’t say’ award goes to British pensioner Freda Jackson, who is demanding a refund from Thomas Cook holiday after saying her hotel in Benidorm was full of Spanish people.
Canadian wildlife photographer Christopher Paetkau took a bit of a detour when due to take a flight from Yellowknife to Inuvik. By accident, he got on a flight east to Iqaluit… 1,400 miles in the wrong direction.
Vienna replaced Melbourne as the most livable city in the world in the Economist Intelligence Unit annual survey compiled by Roxana Slavcheva (pictured). Listen here to Nikita Sisaudia speaking about the news that Dublin Is the 41st most livable city in the world.
- At least 39 people were killed after part of the Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa collapsed in what has been described as a “tragedy waiting to happen” by engineering experts. The motorway links the Italian and French rivieras.
- A hippo bit and killed a Taiwanese tourist who was attempting to take a picture of it, according to Kenya Wildlife Service.
- Costa Rica is to ramp up the police presence at popular spots after female tourists from Spain and Mexico were murdered.
- Yosemite National Park in California reopened after a nearly three-week closure due to nearby wildfires but advised visitors to expect some smoke in the air and limited accommodation and food services in the park.
- The Walt Disney Company has suspended plans for a fourth hotel at Disneyland Resort, with 700 rooms, after a dispute with the Anaheim City Council about its revised location.
- An Indian tourist was beheaded by the rotor blade of a helicopter at a remote helipad in Hilsa, Nepal, a gateway for several pilgrimage sites in Tibet.
- A state of emergency has been declared in British Columbia where 566 wildfires are raging. Travel Extra’s Whistlercorrespondent reports the air smells of fire.
Food & Beverage
- Irish stew has been named as one of the top food experiences in the world (47th place) in the Lonely Planet ‘Ultimate Eatlist’ book of 500 global culinary experiences.
- The inaugural Taste of Kildare takes place at the K Club today headed by Rachel Allen, Ross Lewis and Martin Shanahan. Picture shows Kildare Rose Gráinne Carr and reigning Rose of Tralee, Dr Jennifer Byrne promoting the event. See more pictures hereor connect with the album on Facebook.
- Café En Seine in Dublin is set to reopen for business this November following a major refurbishment featuring an indoor-outdoor street garden with retractable glass roof.
- Starbucks staff are pictured with members of the Just Ask Homework Club in Dominick Street as Starbucks Presents over €60,000 to Charity Partner Irish Youth Foundation.
- Pat Rigney of the Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo, and John Quinn, Global Brand Ambassador of Tullamore DEW, claim cancer warnings on alcohol bottles will damage business. They say that while they support much of the new Alcohol Bill, the cancer warnings will damage the industry’s reputation.Rural drinks and hospitality businesses are highly vulnerable to a hard or ‘no deal’ Brexit, the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland claimed in a new report, adding that hospitality accounts for 9.5pc of all employment in the West.
- Just Eat is the new sponsor for the Belfast Bikes public bike-share scheme.
- Adare Manor was awarded world’s best in a luxury travel awards event in Las Vegas. Picture shows Adare Manor General Manager Paul Heery and Anita Higgins, Director of Business Development, Adare Manor at the Virtuoso Awards.
- Dublin City Council has approved plans to turn a disused terrace of Victorian buildings on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street into a 98-bedroom hotel, the Irish Times reported.
- Airbnb has revealed a record summer for it in Ireland, with approximately 640,000 guests. The data, released to coincide with Airbnb’s global 10-year anniversary, said a typical host on the platform in Ireland will earn €2,000 this summer on average.
- Eadaoin de Faoite of the Galway Housing Support Group has called on the local council to cap the number of Airbnbs in the city, claiming many city-centre apartments and houses formerly rented by students were now registered for short-term lets.
- Plans backed by locals to develop a new hotel overlooking Kerry’s Ballinskelligs Bay have been appealed to An Bord Pleanála, the Irish Examiner reported.
- Clare hotelier Michael Vaughan offered to fund the return of an 80-year-old Lahinch man living in London who has wondered if there is anyone left in the town who remembers him, the Irish Examiner reported.
- Plans have been lodged for a €35m development featuring a 117-bedroom hotel and the redevelopment of the RIAC’s private members’ club on Dublin’s Dawson Street.
- Ireland’s first easyHotel opened on Howard Street, Belfast, with aims to open elsewhere on the island. EasyHotel’s Kevin Baird and owner/developer David Crowe are pictured outside the new hotel.
- Work is nearly finished on the largest hotel complex connected to a British airport terminal. A total of 761 bedrooms will be available at the Crowne Plaza London and Holiday Inn Express London, which are linked to Heathrow Terminal 4.
- A Chicago hotel owned by US President Donald Trump has been accused of polluting the city’s waters. Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan has issued a lawsuit, saying it is to prevent the Trump International Hotel & Tower from pumping wastewater into the Chicago River
Dublin Airport was up 6pc to 18m passengers in Jan-July, on course for 31.4m passengers in 2018. July was up 7pc to 3.3m to become the busiest month ever in the airport’s 78 year history. Mainland Europe was up 6pc to 1.8m, Britain up 3pc to 919k, transatlantic up 15pc to 463k, Africa/Asia up 19pc to 109k and domestic up 10pc to 11k. Full story here.
Knock Airport CEO Joe Gilmore is looking for outside investors as a development partner willing to take a longer-term look at a return on investment, and is talking to Aer Lingus and Ryanair about Germany and France – with Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Paris potential destinations that could be reopened.
Dublin Airport said flight operations are NOT expected to be affected by the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland on Saturday August 25 and Sunday August 26 (apart from some road closures and diversions), with transport providers, such as Aircoach and Airlink 747 services operating their normal services on Saturday and Sunday.
- Loganair again postponed the launch of Carlisle Airport services including Dulbin and Belfast to next spring, because the airport will not receive all certifications by the planned date of September 3
- Does Ryanair’s low-cost modeldepend on labour contracts? Féach anseoar Eoghan Corry eagarthoir Travel Extraar Nuacht RTE.
- Ryanair plans to build a six-storey office block adjoining its headquarters in Dublin. eyeing additional office space for its own staff, as well as potential leasing opportunities.
- Dublin Airport announced a record July, with more than 100,000 passengers a day using it.
- Norwegian Air International, the Dublin-based arm of the carrier, made a $445.7m (€391m) loss last year, double the loss it posted in 2016, the Irish Independent reported.
- Dublin Chamber Chief Executive Mary Rose Burke said the 17pc rise on last year of transfer passengers is “further validation of Dublin’s standing as an international hub for air travel” and improves the likelihood of airlines introducing new routes there. Watch here Shashank Chakerwarti making the case for direct flights from Ireland to India, for which he says Spicejet are the more likely candidates.
- Irish airspace had a record July, with 115,834 flight movements, 3.2pc up on July 2017, the Irish Aviation Authority reported. It said commercial flights were up at the main airports: Shannon (up 8pc, 68 average of daily movements); Dublin (up 4.3pc, 706 daily movements) and Cork (up 0.5pc, 70 daily movements).
- Eurocontrol figures showed growth at Ireland’s top airport pairs in July: Schiphol–Dublin (up 13pc); Dublin-Birmingham (up 9.8pc) and London City-Dublin (up 9.2pc).
- Aer Lingus flight EI 145, travelling from Dublin to Los Angeles, was forced to turn home over three hours into the journey due to a technical issue.
- Laudamotion CEO Andreas Gruber plans to cut back on the number of wet leased aircraft from Ryanair in winter 2018/19, as there is plenty of room for independent growth. Laudamotion Austria is rconsidering a stake sale of the remaining 25pc, possibly as a result of owner Nikki Lauda’s health.
- HSBC increased its voting rights in Ryanair to 5.244pc from below the reporting threshold of 5%.
- Retail sales at Dublin Airport were €72.1m in 2016 with food and beverage units taking of €87m.
- Waterford Airport Chairman Dan Browne said that to secure the future of the airport for scheduled service it would be necessary to invest €12m to widen and extend the runwayto cater for more commonly used machines like the B737 favoured by Ryanair and the A320 of Aer Lingus.
- Inishturk is to get a €174,000 helipad as part of a package of funding for Ireland’s islands.
- Computer Numerical Control Academy was launched to support aerospace sector in Northern Ireland
- Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen said Norwegian Air has applied for traffic rights in Brazil with a view to possible flights from London.
- Virgin Atlantic Airways flight VS-34, en route from Antigua to Gatwick Airport, was forced to divert to Shannon in a smoke alert. No trace of smoke was found, in what was the third diversion to the airport in three days.
- Four passenger aircraft were forced to make emergency landings after a series of bomb threats were issued to authorities in Chile.
- An interesting Aer Lingus vacancy this week, travel and ancillary specialist in the Retail Department in Dublin, responsible for developing a new holiday product strategy, managing the new holiday business post go-live, managing and growing existing partnership product portfolio;.
- Richard Curran asked did the government sell Aer Lingus too cheaply?
Scenic was forced to remove a river cruise line comparison table from its website after rivals Viking River Cruises, APT Luxury, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld and Emerald Waterways claimed it was full of errors and “factual inaccuracies”.
- G Adventures is to add a fifth ship, called Eden, to its fleet operating in the Galapagos Islands.
- Quebec City is to build a second cruise terminal, slated to open in 2020, at a cost of $30m.
- Oceania Cruises is to modernise its fleet, starting with a $100m refurbishment of its four oldest ships in the Regatta Class.
- Heritage week events include the launch of the St Anthony a restored Mc Donald built traditional boat, a Foyle Ferry and Salmon boat donated by the Kelly Family restored by master boatbuilder, Brian Mc Donald by Moville Men’s Shed.
Big Bus Tours, the world’s largest operator of open-top sightseeing tours, launched its Dublin operation, the 20th city in its global portfolio following an agreement between it and the Dualway Group to acquire the company’s hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour operated by Irish City Tours. David McConn, MD of Big Bus Dublin; Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring, Phil Boggon; the EVP of Western Europe at Big Bus tours; and Mark Rowlette, Fáilte Ireland, are pictured at the launch.
- Fáilte Ireland has pledged to clean up areas of the Wild Atlantic Way after Cork Harbour and Doolin Pier in Co Clare were classified as the worst “litter blackspots”, in a survey by Irish Business Against Litter. Feach anseo bruscar na farraige le Ailbhe O Monachain Nuacht RTE Lunasa 13 2018
- Tourism Ireland in Britain has teamed up with Sky Sports Golf in its latest campaign to promote Ireland as a world-class golf destination to the British market.
- Molly Malone’s voice will echo over the streets of Dublin as the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street becomes the latest addition to the Fáilte Ireland Talking Statues initiative for Dublin. The statue will be voiced by Commitments actress Maria Doyle Kennedy and the script was written US student Michaela McMahon, pictured, following a public competition. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography.
- Schull has opened a new €600,000 pontoon to boost marine leisure tourism in the West Cork area.
- The 400-acre Montalto Estate in Co Down is to open its grounds to visitors for the first time, creating 30 new full and part-time jobs in the tourism sector.
- Heritage week strode into action yesterday with 2,000 events planned the length and breadth of the country Picture shows participants in the Our Famous Stones guided walk on the canal bank at Ardclough Co Kildare. See more pictures hereor connect with the album on Facebook.
- Drivers and staff on public transport, including Dublin Bus and the Luas, who say they are subjected to daily racial abuse have called on the Government to introduce transport police to tackle ongoing incidents. Their call comes amid a new anti-racism campaign featuring more than 1,600 posters which will be displayed on the transport system for two weeks.
- Presidential candidate Kevin Sharkey called for Famine-themed parks to attract tourists.
- The President, Michael D Higgins, welcomed Damien Cassidy and Josephine Lawless to Áras anUachtaráin, to thank them for their years of voluntary service as guides inKilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Photo: Maxwells.
- Donegal got plenty of exposure as Sex and the City star Hollywood icon Sarah Jessica Parker posted a fond goodbye to Ireland on her Instagram page. The actress had been visiting the family’s holiday home in Kilcar with actor husband Matthew Broderick, and their children. “Farewell to the most perfect spuds in all the world,” she told her fans on the social network.
- Cork Senior Hurling Manager and cycling enthusiast John Meyler has teamed up with Fáilte Ireland and Ride Wild to announce the launch of the September Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif which will take place from September 8-26. 2018.
- Listen here to Conor McMahon on RTE Drivetime speaking about the Failte Ireland regional statistics.
Insight Vacations offers: Italian Intermezzo, 8 days visiting Italy on an escorted tour, from €2,619 per person sharing, including flights, transfers, and 7 nights’ accommodation in central locations. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking, depart October 21. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
ITAA sports offers: Two-night stay in a 3* hotel in Barcelona and Category C match tickets to see Barcelona versus Sevilla in La Liga (flights not included), from €269pps, with Dawson Travel on http://itaa.ie/2018/08/14/barcelona-v-sevilla/
Premier League options: Liverpool V Manchester City, 6th October, €359pps; Manchester City V Arsenal, 9th February 2019, €199pps; Manchester United V Manchester City, 16th March 2019, €349pps; Manchester United V Cardiff City, 12th May 2019, €269pps. Each packages includes a one night stay in a nearby hotel and a single match ticket, but excludes flights, from Wallace Travel Group on http://itaa.ie/2018/08/14/football-trips-season-2018-2019/
Dublin to Dubai, 3 nights in 4* Ramada Downtown with breakfast, private airport transfers, 2 day Abu Dhabi Entry Ticket, complimentary access to Yas Waterworld, complimentary Etihad Race Kit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, from €1349pp, depart November 22 with Travalue.ie on http://itaa.ie/2018/08/14/grand-prix-package-abu-dhabi-4/
Sunway offers: Fall Colours of New England escorted tour, includes flight ex Dublin, taxes, 9 nights twin share in 3 & 4* hotels, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Subject to availability and change, from €2119pps, depart October 3. Dublin to Europe for Melodies of the Danube river cruise, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing outside stateroom with twin balcony, full board basis with unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily complimentary hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €135pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2729pp, depart November 4. Dublin to Italy, 7 nights all inclusive, 3* Club Med Cervinia, 3* Italy, from €1465pp, depart December 16.
Dublin to Cuba for Cuban Rhythms adventure tour, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage pp, 7 night’s accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Price includes tour reduction of €125pp, tour must be booked by 31st August. Subject to availability and change, from €1395pp, depart November 6. Dublin to Kusadasi, 7 nights B&B 3* Esat Hotel, from €399pp, depart September 1. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apartments, from €349pp, depart August 25. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Puertocarmen Apartments, from €399pp, depart August 25. Dublin to Menorca, 7 nights self catering 3* Roc Lago Apartments, from €649pp, depart August 25. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 2*+ Ullisse Deluxe Hotel , from €499pp, depart August 25. Dublin to US for LA and Mexico Pacific coast holiday, 2 nights Comfort Inn Santa Monica – Room Only and 5 nights Dreams Los Cabos – Ultimate All Inclusive, from €1699pps, includes flights, bags, hotels, transfers in Mexico, depart May 2019. Not Included: *Bags on domestic flight to/from Cabo, transfers in LA. Dublin to Florida for Fort Lauderdale Stay and St. Maarten Fly Cruise, 2 nights in Fort Lauderdale, cruise on Celebrity Edge, from €1720pp, depart December 14. Dublin to US for Orlando Stay & Caribbean Fly Cruise, 5 nights in Orlando plus 7 nights on Oasis of the Seas, from €1150pp, depart November 20. www.sunway.ie
Topflight deals: Dublin to Sicily, 7 nights B&B 4* Baia Taormina Hotel, from €799pp, depart August 25. Dublin to Desenzano, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* plus Park Hotel, from €949, depart August 25. Dublin to Sicily, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Ariston, Taormina, from €839pp, depart October 6. Dublin to Riva, Lake Garda, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Savoy Palace, from €1099pp, depart August 25. Dublin to Rimini, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Milton, from €999pp, depart August 24. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €1099pp, depart September 30. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, from €899, depart August 26. Dublin to Malcesine, Lake Garda, 7 nights half board 4* Majestic Palace Hotel, from €949pp, depart September 15. Dublin to Montecatini, Tuscany, 7 nights B&B 4* Grand Hotel Francia E Quirinale, from €799pp, depart August 31. Dublin to Italy for The Italian Lakes and St Moritz fully-escorted tour, includes return flights from Dublin, 7 nights B&B at the 4* Hotel Como, full day excursion Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore, boat trip to Isola Bella, excursion to Villa Balbianello, trip on the Bernina Express train, excursion to St Moritz, from €999pps, depart September 26. http://www.topflight.ie/ www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call 01 240 1700/028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent.
Tour America offers: Dublin to Las Vegas, 4 nights at the Park MGM, from €559pp based on four adults sharing, depart January 2019. Dublin to Las Vegas, 4 nights in the 5* Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas, from €719pp based on four adults sharing, depart January 2019. Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights at the Rosen Inn International, from €459pp based on 2+2 sharing, depart February 5. Dublin to New York, 3 nights at the Four Points Sheraton Downtown, from €439pp based on four sharing, depart January 18. Dublin to Cancun, 7 nights all inclusive Barcelo Maya Grand, private transfers, from €1399pps, depart October 8. Dublin to US for 3 night Las Vegas and 7 night Mexican Rivera cruise, includes flight to Las Vegas, 3 nights Las Vegas, car hire and 7 night cruise onboard Ruby Princess, return flight from Los Angeles, from €1039pp, based on two adults sharing an interior cabin, depart November 28. Dublin to New York for one-night pre-cruise and four-night Bermuda cruise onboard Anthem of the Seas, from €999pp, based on two adults a sharing a virtual balcony cabin, depart December 5. www.touramerica.ie
Tui deals: Shannon to Lanzarote, 7 nights B&B 3* Caybeach Sun, Playa Blanca, from €499pps, depart August 27. Dublin to Ibiza, 7 nights all inclusive 4* TUI Family Life Club Aura, Port Des Torrent, from €899pps, depart August 23. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 3* Oasis Mango, Los Cristianos, from €499pps, depart August 24. Dublin to Algarve, 7 nights self catering 3* Club Alvorferias, Alvor, from €499pps, depart August 26. Cork to Costa Del Sol, 7 nights half board 3* Manarque El Rodeo, Marbella, from €579pps, depart August 26. Shannon to Costa Dorada, 7 nights hald board 3* Hotel Cala Font, Cap De Salou, from €589pps, depart August 24. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights B&B 3* Martinique, Magaluf, from €529pps, depart August 24. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights half board 3* Bellevue Vistanova, Palma Nova, from €379pps, depart August 29. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights half board 3* Exagon Park, Ca’n Picafort, from €1,779 (2+1), depart August 24. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights Mediterranean Medley cruise onboard Marella Dream in an outside cabin, from €1,129pps, depart August 28. Dublin to Crete, young and lively holiday, 7 nights self catering 2* Mika Apartments, Piskopiano, from €379pp (based on 4 sharing), depart September 16. http://www.tuiholidays.ie call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store /travel agent.
U by Uniworld offer: The Seine Experience, 8 days visiting France, from €1,699 per person sharing, including flights, 14 meals, included excursions, local celebrity DJ party and 7-nights in a studio stateroom on board the stylish The B. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking, depart October 13. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 380
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