TRAVEL Extra Sunday Supplement: Shenzhen here we come

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Things to know about travel this week

  • Loganair saves two Derry routes vacated by Flybmi
  • 300 agents attend Aer Lingus Roadshows
  • 2 Cork winners in eccentric food awards
  • Malta hosts the trade at House
  • Dublin Airport heads for 33m pax in 2019
  • What next after half hour drone stoppage at Dublin?
  • Limerick Holiday Show
  • Icelandair increases Dublin-Reykjavik frequency for summer
  • Aer Lingus signs car hire deal with AvisBudget
  • Rugby World Cup stadium to go green
  • Dalata continues British conquest with two new hotels
  • RevPar rises despite Vat increase
  • Prem Group launches hotels brand
  • Hainan to Shenzhen commences tomorrow
  • The runway runaway parrot with four owners

Video Watch.

Aer Lingus brings the women’s rugby team to Italy as they face the Azzurri. Watch here.

That most European of manufacturers, Airbus, celebrates the goundbreaking ceremony for its Alabama plant. Watch here.

Las Vegas snowThe biggest show in town was the snow as Las Vegas got some usual flutters last week, AP reported.

Orlando International Airport passengers dive for cover as TSA workers attempt to detain a man who was suspected of having a weapon. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

The commemorative industry awards print edition of Travel Extra will be distributed to agencies in the coming days. We pay tribute to all the winers in the Irish travel industry awards, report on how Irish agents are receiving compensation from the demise of Male seven years to the month after the event, the data from Irish airports in 2018, Ryanair’s proposed summer expansion, the fit-out of Irish Ferries Ulysses, and the monthly comprehensive round up of runs, aviation, ferry and agency news. This month’s advice section relates to travel insurance while Darina Slattery of Unique Japan Tours writes about her favourite holidays.

The first and perhaps most exotic of the new route for 2019 starts tomorrow, Dublin with Hainan 2w to Shenzhen, the mainland Chinese high tech rival to Hong Kong.

Dublin airport coped commendably well with the fall out when a pilot spotted the drone that brought the airport to a halt for thirty minutes on Thursday. Flights were immediately rescheduled, some for the following day, some for six hours later, and then, immediately all was solved and the schedule restored within another 40 minutes. Despite the solutions being purveyed by tech-heads and air-heads, this is likely going to be a problem that will drone on and on. “This is a mischief maker’s charter, if you want to attract attention you close down an airport.” Watch here Eoghan Corry speaking on Prime Time about drone stoppages at airports.

Flybe moved quickly to confirm the airline has been sold. That completed the rejection of an offer by Andrew Tinkler that was four times the size of the offer from Stobart/Richard Branson as both moved to save Flybe from becoming the third airline extinction of 2019. It also avoided a new spin off of that aviation  soap opera, Tinkle v Stobart, that has kept airheads entertained over the past year. John Mulligan reported in the Irish Independent that Tinkler and CEO Warwick Brady originally designed to extract the loss-making Stobart Air from the Stobart Group accounts and open the door to an acquisition of Flybe .  

The last consumer show of the season concluded in Limerick last weekend, hosted by Isabel Harrison and Declan Over of Shannon airport at the UL sorts campus. Watch video diary here and see more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Registration is now open for the Irish Travel Trade Show with 100 Irish and international exhibitors in Hall 3 of RDS Main Hall Complex, Dublin 4, on Thursday 21st March 2019, to coincide with the ITAA AGM. The schedule is: 11.00am: Travel Centres and Worldchoice management meetings, 11.30am: ITAA AGM sponsored by Travelport, 12.30-2pm: Spanish Tourist Board & Lanzarote Tourist Board sponsored lunch for key travel agents and tour operators, 2 pm: Opening of Irish Travel Trade Show, additional sponsorship by Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Hertz Ireland. 6pm: After-Show party and networking event sponsored by Portuguese Tourist Board and TAP Air Portugal.

And more Breat-imeacht/Brexit. Listen here to Eoghan Corry on the RTE Marian Finucane show.

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Aer Lingus roadshow attracted 155 in Dublin, 65 in Cork, 55 in Belfast and 25 to Limerick, making it the best attended of the many roadshows zig-zagging around the country. Exhibitors were saying they were happy with one to one time even when numbers were small, and appreciated the efforts of people to attend from Kilkenny, Athlone and Ballinasloe. Picture shows Ivan Beacom of Aer Lingus (and master of ceremonies for the night) with Maureen Ledwith, Sales Director of Holiday World at the Aer Lingus Taste of America Roadshow in the Radisson Blu in Dublin. The 177 that came to Aer Lingus roadshow in Dublin last year is a record for the industry. Watch here video of event images. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Topflight are reporting good turnouts for their roadshow, 22 at Galway and 16 at Portlaoise this week. They have 49 signed up for Belfast Thursday February 28. They are also in Letterkenny on Wednesday February 27. Pictures show Prize winners Fidelma Burke of Grogan travel in Galway and Pamela Phelan of Newbridge Travel in Portlaoise with Shauna Kelly of Topflight. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Peter Vella, Director of the Malta Tourism Authority for Britain and Ireland, hosted the trade at House on Leeson Street, with a four-star holiday up for grabs. Pictured is winner Sarah Appleton from Travel Counsellors. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Martin Skelly’s Navan Travel hosted their first cruise evening with representatives from seven major cruise companies.

Aer Lingus is offering a discount code for travel to this year’s IPW in Anaheim. Use the code LAX ‘IPWLAX2019’ for bookings by April 14 and for travel from May 27- June 8.

Irishman David McGuinness’s London-based adventure and exotic travel company Travel the Unknown has now signed up Dominic Burke’s Travel Centres and Carol Anne O’Neill’s Worldchoice as press suppliers. Picture shows David McGuinness, co-founder of Travel the Unknown, with Robert Dee, Trade Relations, at the recent Holiday World in Dublin.

The 2019 Skål World Congress will be held on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, departing Miami and taking in ports in Honduras, Mexico and the cruise line’s private Perfect Day island in the Bahamas, from September 14-21.

Travel management company and recent joint winners of the ITIA award for best corporate agency, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, headed up in Ireland by Denise Harman, unveiled a rebrand – now calling itself just CWT – to mark its 150th anniversary.

Mexico Tourism Board is closing all the offices abroad, amongst them the office in London which handles Ireland, Scandinavia, Portugal, South Africa, Russia and Baltics. Vincent Sala’s last day in the office will be February 28. His friends in the industry can contact him here.

Three years after his sad death, the ashes of Paul Phillips were spread on his parent’s grave in Deansgrange. Remembering Paul on behalf of all the organisers, exhibitors and attendees at Holiday World where he was master of ceremonies for more than 20 years.

Strange world

Some Japanese locals are getting the jitters after fishermen discovered two rare oarfish – legendary harbingers of tsunamis – off the coast of Okinawa.

Dublin Airport’s wandering African Grey parrot spotted by fire fighter Craig Wade offered a welcome break from a week of bad news, with a series of tweets ( the social media kind) and a tip-off from a Lidl shopper who happened to spot a “missing parrot” poster in one of their stores, helped trace the owner, Lubomir Michna – pictured – who said Hugo (male name, female parrot) escaped from his house in Finglas at 4pm on Saturday afternoon after a door was mistakenly left open. Dublin Airport was contacted by four separate people laying claim to the bird. Dan Donoher of the Kildare Animal Foundation said a voice recording roved that Lubomir was definitely Hugo’s owner. “I played it for Hugo she reacted instantly and became animated and excited. There was no doubt in my mind that Lubomir was her rightful owner.”

Copenhagen has created a ski slope attraction on the roof of the city’s main waste incinerator.

International

The DFA advised visitors to Venezuela whose presence is not essential to leave by commercial means. Venezuela decided to close airspace with Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao having already severed links to Brazil and Colombia and closed land borders with Brazil and Colombia.

Uranium ore stored at the Grand Canyon National Park museum may have exposed visitors and workers to elevated levels of radiation, CNN reported.

The International Air Transport Association (Iata) is objecting to a plan by Bali  to impose a levy on foreign tourists that may be included in airline tickets.

Indiana Dunes in Indiana has been designated America’s newest national park.

A complex of ruined ancient temples in Largo Argentina in Rome that are linked to the scene of Julius Caesar’s murder will be opened to the public from 2021.

Egyptian authorities have started work on a concrete barrier around the Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh to attract tourists back.

One person was killed and three injured after an avalanche on a marked ski slope at the popular Crans-Montana resort in the Swiss Alps.

Report on Lanzarote at the Holiday World show in Dublin.

Food & Beverage

The inaugural World Restaurant Awards wanted to be different from World’s 50 Best, James Beard, Michelin and La Liste, and their eclectic choices included two Irish winners among the 18 categories, both from Cork. Collaboration of the Year was between Paradiso X and Ultan Walsh (pictured) and Lucy Stewart’s Gort na Nain Farm, Nohoval Kinsale (website), and trolley of the Year was nearby Ballymaloe House. Restaurant of the Year was Wolfgat, a 20-seat €50-a-plate beach restaurant in a South African fishing village 145 km north of Cape Town, where head chef Kobus van der Merwe dropped out of catering college and took a circuitous route to becoming a chef just a few years ago. Creative director Joe Warwick mused that next year there might be a category for best vegetable (not vegetarian) restaurant, balanced by another award for the best offal. Expect Cork to be back on the podium for that one. Other winners: Arrival of the Year – Inua, Tokyo, Original Thinking – Le Clarence, Paris, Off-Map Destination – Wolfgat, Paternoster, South Africa, No Reservations Required – Mocoto, Sao Paolo, House Special –Lido 84′s Cacio e Pepe ‘En Vessie’, Lombardy, Forward Drinking – Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Event of the Year – Refugee Food Festival, Ethical Thinking – Refettorio (Food For Soul), various locations, Italy, Enduring Classic – La Mère Brazier, Lyon, Atmosphere – Vespertine, Los Angeles, Tweezer-Free Kitchen of the Year – Bo.Lan, Bangkok, Long-Form Journalism – Lisa Abend, Fool Magazine ‘The Food Circus’, Red-Wine Serving Restaurant – Noble Rot, London, Tattoo-Free Chef of the Year – Alain Ducasse, Paris, Instagram Account of the Year – @alain_passard.

Former butcher Nigel Cotter won second 2nd Market Lane Culinary Scholarship in association with Cork Institute of Technology’s Department of Tourism & Hospitality.

Kevin Ecock’s wined podcast (listen here) has launched with Pamela Walsh and Brett Stephenson’s Wicklow Way wines and Julie Dupouy at the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty’s of Kathmandu, first woman to make to the final round of the world sommelier finals.

Dingle Whiskey Distillery’s Dingle Original Gin was named Overall Best in World at the World Gin Awards Ceremony 2019 in London.

Co Down’s Copeland Spirits has received planning approval for a new £600,000 distillery and visitor centre in Donaghadee.

The Dublin Liberties Distillery will open to the public from tomorrow, February 25, with a visitor experience said to offer an up-close view of modern Irish whiskey making, from the working distillery to cocktail bar.

Whiskey entrepreneur John Teeling said he is disappointed that An Bord Pleanála’s decided to reject plans to construct 13 Teeling warehouses in Co Louth, arguing that they were of “strategic importance” to the industry in Ireland.

Hotels

With the €80m 550-acre and 134-bedroom K club still unsold Michael Smurfit said friends of his were interested in buying but “it is not the best time to sell a hotel.”

The IHF warned that the 1,500 new hotel rooms planned for Cork could be too much if construction of the Cork Events Centre does not start soon. 

Davy Stockbrokers suggested that Dublin RevPAR growth of 0.9pc in January, with occupancy down 0.8, showed that the VAT hospitality rate increase had no impact. In the regions, RevPAR rose 4.9pc in January, with occupancy up 0.5c.

Jim Murphy and Mary DalyHospitality giant PREM Group launched Trinity Hotel Groups. Headed up by Business Manager Mary Daly, it will assist independent hotels across Ireland and the UK to secure coach tours and group bookings for a set annual fee.

Galgorm agreed to buy Templeton Hotel bringing their tourism investment in Antrim to £10m.

Dalata is to operate two new hotels in its British expansion – one in Glasgow and the other in Birmingham.

Aviation

Loganair moved to save Derry’s routes to Stansted double daily from February 27 (subsidised by Westminster) using ERJ145 and Manchester 6w (non subsidised) from March 24 using ERJ145, which was to have been launched by defunct Flybmi. An odd phrase from Westminster Tory party Transport secretary Chris Grayling, that Derry-Stansted would “strengthen the union.”

Icelandair is increasing frequency on Dublin Airport to Reykjavik Keflavik from daily to ten flights a week this summer.

Aer Lingus Regional is to end its 5w Cork-Southampton service, aerated by Stobart, in May.

Ryanair is to appeal a €3m fine by Giovanni Pitruzzella’s Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato which declaredhand baggage is an essential element of the air transport service and its transport must be permitted without incurring any additional costs.”  It also fined Hungarian low-cost operator WizzAir €1m.

Stobart said tickets for the first commercial flights from Carlisle airport in 20 years to Dublin, London Southend and Belfast will go on sale soon once the Civil Aviation Authority is satisfied with air traffic control staff training, sometime in the spring.

Cork Airport hosted the Airports Council International Europe Digital Communications Forum in the Clayton Hotel, Cork and the Cork International Hotel. Kevin Cullinane from Cork Airport; Robert O’Meara, Director, Media & Communications ACI EUROPE; and Corentin Marsac, Chair of the ACI Europe Digital Communications Forum, are pictured with delegates in Cork.Leuin

Aer Lingus announced a partnership with Avis Budget Group, giving travellers access rental vehicles across the world.

The England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled in favour of upholding the policy by Ryanair of communicating with, and paying EU261 compensation directly to consumers. 

Qantas Group delivered a strong first half profit despite a $416m (27pc) increase in its fuel bill.

Ryanair will open a new base at Toulouse from October 2019, as part of its Winter 2019 schedule, with 2 based aircraft and 20 routes (11 new – connecting 7 countries) to/from Alicante, Brest, Budapest, Lille, Luxembourg, Marseille, Oujda, Palermo, Porto, Tangier and Valencia, which will deliver 1m passengers to Toulouse Airport.

Leinster Rugby is keeping its coach – not Leo Cullen, but its official transport choice. The Aircoach partnership is being renewed. Dervla McKay, MD of Aircoach is pictured with Mick Dawson, CEO of Leinster Rugby, Leo Cullen, Head Coach of Leinster Rugby, John Fogarty, Leinster scrum coach and players Caelan Doris and Barry Daly.

Air France-KLM joined Lufthansa and Ryanair in the 100m-plus passenger club for last year, while fourth-quarter earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell 20pc to €776m as its fuel bills rose.

London Stansted hosts the first music festival to take place in the departures lounge of an airport this weekend, ‘Departures Live Lounge.’

Russian minister for industry Denis Manturov told reporters that the SSJ-100s CityJet decided to jettison will remain in Europe and likely go to Slovenia’s Adria Airways.

Benjamin Smith won approval for his plans for Air France-KLM, including a new Group CEO Committee with Pieter Elbers (CEO KLM), Anne Rigail (CEO Air France, pictured) and Frédéric Gagey (CFO Air France-KLM). 

It was reported Shane Ross ignored warnings by Fingal County Council that it did not have the necessary capabilities to be the noise regulator for the new runway at Dublin Airport, but the Minister went ahead anyway.

Irish brewery Boyne Brewhouse in Co Meath is now supplying Icelandair’s new inflight beer – called Snæbjört – and also in the airline’s lounge at Keflavik Airport.

Minister Shane Ross asked Shannon Airport management to provide him and his Department with a detailed plan to connect to a major European hub. 

American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue and United Airlines are among the airlines introducing gender-neutral designations for flight bookings.

Helicopters are not ruled out for the Aran Islands PSO.  Fianna Fail TD Éamon Ó Cuív, Galway West is calling for the introduction of an air service connecting Indreabhán  to Inishbofin via Cleggan using airstrips which were completed in 2009 but never offically opened.

Datalex’s CFO Dónal Rooney will leave the company and the board in April, after shares in Datalex collapsed  by more than 60pc when it warned shareholders that it may have misstated its first-half results from 2018.

British Airways is to cease flights between London City airport and Paris Orly from the end of May 2019, due to operational and commercial reasons. 

Jet Airways (India) has more planes grounded by lessors.

Cathay Pacific has announced a HKG $2.3bn profit after posting losses for the past two years.

Afloat

Dubai-based DP World PLC has acquired the holding company of P&O Ferries in a $421m deal.

Royal Caribbean International has entered into an agreement with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique for a sixth Oasis-class ship, due for delivery in autumn 2023.

NCL has unveiled a $153.60-a-day Premium-Plus package for all beverages, including premium ones, by the glass with no price cap, bottled waters, energy drinks and specialty coffees and select bottles of wine when dining.

Poesia and Orchestra collideMSC Orchestra and the MSC Poesia collided at the port of Buenos Aires, with no injuries.

Newry’s MJM Marine has won its biggest ever contract for a “multi-million dollar” refit of Norwegian Joy.

The former ferry terminal at Dun Laoghaire – once viewed as a cruise ship facility opportunity – is due to go on the market.

A P&O cruise scheduled to end its run in Brisbane was left stranded 900 miles out to sea Tropical Cyclone Oma raged near Australia.

The North’s Portrush Building Preservation Trust wants the local council to rejuvenate the harbour at Portandhu on the more sheltered eastern side of Portrush to attract cruise ship traffic.

Ireland

When the St Patrick’s festival global greening first started back in 2010, just two global sites – the Sydney Opera House and Auckland’s Sky Tower – lit up. Now more than 400 places around the globe will light up, including Victoria Falls in Africa, the Atakule Tower in Ankara and the Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA in Japan, where Ireland will play Japan in the Rugby World Cup in September. Tourism Minister Shane Ross, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, and Joan O’Shaughnessy, Chairman of Tourism Ireland, are pictured at this year’s launch in Dublin. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

Perhaps most poignant of all is former war-torn Sierra Leone’s joining of the global greening project this year. It will light up the Cotton Tree in Freetown. Thought to be up to 500 years old, it was a gathering point for returning slaves in 1792 who gained their freedom fighting in the American War of Independence.

Picture shows members of Into Kildare at the Rhein Golf exhibition in Dusseldorf.: Leanne Rice, Jennifer O’Reilly, Leary Byrne, Heather Keanie, Áine Mangan, Mary Harnett, Paul Vaughan and Stephen Mooney. 

Google Maps photography from last summer’s dry spell revealed a series of undiscovered monuments.

Fáilte Ireland unveiled a bespoke toolkit to equip and train craft businesses across Ireland’s Ancient East about the potential of craft tourism.

Mount Congreve Gardens will re-open for visitors on February 28th and remain open Thur to Sun until June 1st after which it will open 7 days per week until September 1st.

Ireland expects to attract 50,000 Indian tourists this year, with Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, Siobhan McManamy, saying easing of visa restrictions attracted 30,000 visitors last year.

Picture shows Matthew Avenell of Navan Centre, Gabbi Fogarty of Heritage Island and Caroline Rice of Heritage Island on the Heritage Island familiarisation trip to Antrim and Down to see the local attractions. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Mullingar needs to capitalise on its musical roots with a Joe Dolan tourism trail, Westmeath County Council was told Cllr Mick Dollard said: “One of the main reasons why a lot of people come to Mullingar is Joe Dolan, to go out to his grave in Walshestown, and possibly end up in his pub afterwards.”

Irish Rail has named the country’s best train stations. Pictured are Patricia Bermingham from Hazelhatch & Celbridge Station (Overall best station) and Ray Delaney from Portlaoise (best customer service) at the annual Iarnród Éireann awards. Photo:Paul Sharp/SHARPPIX

Deal Watch

Insight Vacations offers: Best of Germany with Insight Vacations 22 June 2019. 10 Days – Visiting: Germany, was €2,499 per person sharing, now from €2,289 per person sharing, including flights, transfers, and 9 nights accommodation in central locations, 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners with wine and 17 included experiences. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by 28 February 2019.  www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.Sunway are offering €1 deposit on holidays on European destinations such as Algarve, Lanzarote, Lake Garda and Cyprus. 

Sunway offers: Sunway is now offering deposits of just a euro on European holidays. Sunway Escorted Tour: ‘Spectacular Canadian Rockies’. Depart 28th September 2019 – from
€2849pp. Price includes flights ex Dublin, 20kg bag per person, taxes, 8 nights twin share 4*
hotels, scheduled airport transfer, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Price includes early
payment discount of €229pp, tour must be paid in full by 28/2/19. Subject to availability and
change. Dublin to Amsterdam for 5* River Cruise ’Tulip Time’ fly to/ from Amsterdam. Depart Dublin 23rd
March from €2339pp includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing outside
stateroom with French balcony, unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily cocktail hour &
daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €150pp. Includes
early booking saving of €886pp. Subject to availability and change. Dublin/Cork to France, 7 nights all inclusive Club Med Opio en Provence, France 4T, Adults from €1269pp and children from €819pp, depart May 7. Dublin to Cuba for Cuba Libre Adventure. Includes flight ex Dublin, 20kg baggage per person, 1
pre night and 5 nights accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per
itinerary. Subject to availability and change, from €1499pp, depart September 2.
Dublin to Kusadasi 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, from €399pps, depart April 20.
Dublin to Kusadasim, 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel,  2 Adults + 2 Children from €1516, depart April 20. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 3* Metropole Hotel,  from €629pp, depart May 18.
Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights B&B 4* Agadir Beach Club from €639pps, depart April 30. Dublin to Lake Garda, 7 nights self catering 4* Garda Village Bungalows. Self Catering Basis. 2+2 from €1929, deepart May 25, May/7th Sept/ 14th Sept. 7. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive Dreams Los Cabos from €1689pp, depart June. Dublin to Venice for Eastern Med Fly Cruise on MSC Magnifica, from €979pp, depart September 15. Dublin to Barcelona, 7 night cruise on Oasis of the Séas, from €1099pp, depart September 8. Dublin to Barcelona, 5-night premium all inclusive cruise onboard Norwegian Epic, from €999pp, depart May 2. www.sunway.ie

Topflight offers: Early Bird Deals, expire 28th February. Dublin to Peschiera Lake Garda, 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows, from €499pps, depart April 27, based on two adults and two children sharing. Dublin to Tuscan countryside, Tuscany, 7 nights self catering 4* Castellare Di Tonda Resort, from  €599pps, based on two adults and two children sharing, depart May 24. Dublin to Desenzano, Lake Garda: 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Villa Maria €707pps, based on two adults and two children sharing, depart May 25. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €999pps, depart April 7. Dublin to Malcesine, Lake Garda, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, from €799pps, depart May 11. Dublin to Lido Di Jesolo, Venetian Riviera, 7 nights half board 4* Eden Hotel, from €819pps, depart May 25. Dublin to Gairdíní Naxos, Sicily, 7 nights half board 4* UNAHotel Naxos Beach Resort from €879pps (2 adults and 2 Children Sharing), depart August 24. Dublin to Giardini Naxos, Sicily, 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond from €899pps, depart May 25. Dublin to Montecatini, Tuscany, 7 nights B&B 4* Grand Hotel Francia E Quirinale. from €849pps, depart August 23. www.topflight.ie / www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call 01 240 1700 / 028 9752 1168 or visit your local agent.

Tour America offers: Dublin to Florida, return flights to Orlando, car hire, 7 nights in Kissimmee and 4 nights in St. Pete/Clearwater, from €829pp, based on 2+2 sharing, depart September. Dublin to Las Vegas, 4 nights at the Excalibur Hotel, from €579pp,  based on 4 sharing, depart November 15. Dublin to New York, 4 nights at the Fitzpatrick Manhattan, from €599pp, based on 4 sharing, depart April 4. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights at the Barcelo Maya Grand with private transfers, from €1169pp, depart September 11. Dublin to Florida for Orlando and Bahama cruise, 5 nights Orlando with car hire to/from cruise port and 3-night Bahama cruise onboard Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, from €799pp, depart September 22. Dublin to Hamburg, 3 nights on MSC Preziosa, from €299pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing an interior stateroom, depart August 18. Dublin to New York, 1 night Manhattan and cruise to San Juan on Celebrity Summit, from €1399pp, depart October 19. Dublin to Athens, 7 night Med cruise on Emerald Princess, transfers, from €1039pp, depart August 24. www.touramerica.ie

TUI offers:  Dublin to Tuscany, 7 nights B&B 5* TUI BLUE Il Castelalfi, Montaione, from €1,139pps, depart May 10. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights all inclusive 4* Paradise Valle Taurito, Playa Taurito, from
€579pps, depart February 28. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights half board 3*+ Hotel Catalonia Las Vegas, Puerto de la Cruz, from €419pps, depart March 1. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Maspalomas, from €379pps, depart March 7. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights B&B 3* Parque Vacacional Eden, Puerto de la Cruz, from €469pps, depart March 8. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights all inclusive 4*  Occidental Lanzarote Mar, Costa Tequise, from €529, depart March 9. Shannon to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Lanzarote Paradise 2*+, Costa Teguise, from €1,759 (Family 2+2), depart June 6. Cork to Majorca, 7 nights self catering 4* TUI Family Life Coma Gran, Sa Coma, from €2,219 (Family 2+2), depart June 11. Ireland West to Majorca, 7 nights self catering 3* Mariners Club, Alcudia, 3*, SC, 7 nights from €1,749 (Family 2+2), depart June 20. https://www.tuiholidays.ie Call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store /travel agent.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offer: French rivers cruise in Classic stateroom. 8
Days from Bordeaux to Bordeaux. Price was €3,219 per person sharing. Price now from €2,349
per person sharing, including flights, 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the
majestic S.S. Bon Voyage airport transfers on arrival and departure days, all meals onboard,
unlimited beverages onboard, 6 days of excursions, all gratuities and more, depart July 28. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Port charges excluded. Price includes 30pc Our Best Offer Discount.
Book and pay in full by 31 March 2019. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803

 

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