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Stephen Kavanagh, CEO of Aer Lingus, speaking at Apex Expo in Boston

 

Things to know about travel this week

  • Celebrity seek to home port for full season in Dublin 2020
  • Free 20Mb wifi and a beer on Aer Lingus T/A economy
  • Air France champagne lifestyle for economy pax &  free messaging 
  • Ireland on course for 12.5m visits after record August 
  • Hodson Bay Group launches Dublin hotel along with Hyatt 
  • Dalata opens iMaldron Hotel Kevin Street

Video watch.

 

There is a man on the tarmac. Dublin Aviation released the air traffic control conversation as passenger Pauric Kehoe was pinned to the ground by police at Dublin Airport after running out of the terminal towards a plane and shouting at the pilot to wait. Ryanair 54RC was going from Dublin to Amsterdam. Watch here.

All 47 passengers and crew survived after an Air Niugini B737 overshot the runway and plunged into a sea lagoon in Micronesia. Watch here.

A beluga whale swam up London’s River Thames, thousands of miles from its normal Arctic habitat. Watch the MSN report here.

Richard Branson and Ryan Reynolds

Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic has announced a partnership with Aviation American Gin, owned by Hollywood actor and producer Ryan Reynolds. Watch here.

Airbus has delivered its first A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft to launch customer Singapore Airlines. The aircraft is capable of flying further in commercial service than any other aircraft, with a range of up to 9,700 nautical miles, or over 20 hours non-stop. Watch here.

Emirates celebrated World Tourism Day by showcasing some of its Dubai home’s landmarks. Watch here.

Meet the father-and-son pilots from Etihad Airways. Watch here.

Qantas brought Kalen Allen from The Ellen DeGeneres Show on their inaugural flight from San Francisco to Melbourne. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Has Basil Fawlty taken over from Graham Keddie at Belfast International Airport? one tweeter said after an airport spokesman called Norwegian ‘moronic’ for ending Belfast’s tans-Atlantic services services while it expanded at Dublin & Shannon. Norwegian has increased routes and rotations in Ireland, apart from Belfast, and already loaded them. From October 28, Dublin – Newburgh Stewart increase from 6 to 14w and Dublin Providence increases from 3w to 7w and adds a third Dublin route, operating Dublin-Toronto Hamilton daily with B737 MAX from March 31.  Shannon to Newburgh Stewart NY frequencies go to 5w from March 31 2019, compared to 3w in summer 2018 (daily in winter 2018-9). Norwegian’s Shannon 4w and Cork 3w services to Providence RI are confirmed for summer 2019 with the same frequency as this year as seasonal services. Cork  to Providence RI will be suspended for the winter. Listen here to discussion on BCC talkback with Simon Cawley, Brian O’Neill, Chris McGimpsey and Conor McMahon.

Celebrity Cruises intends home porting a ship in Ireland in 2010, and is considering a full season should the numbers justify it. Jo Rzymowska told a briefing for 28 key members of the Irish travel trade in the newly opened Ivy restaurant in Dawson St that results would determine the decision, after a successful 5-turnaround mini season by Celebrity Eclipse saw 70pc of embarking passengers orientate in the USA. Celebrity will return with another ship in 2019. Valerie Murphy. Jo Rzymowska and Michael English of Celebrity Cruise Line updated the trade on progress with Celebrity Edge, due to launch in six weeks. Watch here full speech by Jo Rzymowska at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Stephen Kavanagh took the opportunity of the APEX summit in Boston to announce free 20mb in-flight wifi for Smart Fare customers and a free beer or wine for trans-Atlantic economy passengers. Aer Lingus is to unveil a “refreshed brand identity” in January which it said “will reflect the airline’s modern outlook and ambition to be the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic.” A spokeswoman said “the look and feel of the brand will change” – “however the Aer Lingus brand will remain”. The colour green will stay, there will be subtle changes to the shamrock, and emphasis will be placed on a  personalised experience, especially for retail-revenue stream and guest experience. CEO Stephen Kavanagh referred to 12 A321LRs on order, of which four  have yet to be committed.

Jobs in tourism outside of Dublin. That is what it is all about. Eoghan O’Mara Walsh and Maurice Pratt (watch here) provided a rare moment of lucidity this week amidst the increasingly entrenched 9pc VAT argument (a temporary 18-month measure that is no longer necessary, or a central pillar of Irish tourism growth?). It came during a briefing by the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation which reviewed 51 recommendations it had made six months ago and said while  six have been achieved, 13 are showing no progress: tackling tourism competitiveness, a resourced Brexit action plan for tourism sector, a review of historic state owned buildings that could be used for tourism purposes, a €600m capital investment programme over the coming decade, an increase of €25m in overseas tourism marketing funds, tourism to be strengthened as a senior cabinet post with economic focus, the IDA to be tasked with attracting would-be international investors to Irish tourism, a single state agency to manage tourism education, a programme to incentivise seasonal businesses to operate as training centres in the off-season. Questions covered in a lively exchange included the impact of Airbnb on Irish tourism accommodation (watch here), training for hospitality (watch here), the common travel area post Brexit (watch here), the dearth in investment in Irish tourism (watch here), tourism’s inability to interest young people as a career (watch here), the loss of competitiveness (watch here), the pace of hotel development in Dublin (watch here), post Brexit air access (watch here), the impact of a cap on non-EU workers on the chef shortage in Irish hospitality  (watch here), and Brexit inflation (watch here).  See full presentation here. Download the review document here.

While Aer Lingus is to return to a free beer or wine for transatlantic passengers in Economy, Air France is going a bit Marie Antoinette, with a ‘let them drink champagne’ boast for all passengers, even in Economy.

Travel Extra attended the Air France event in Paris, at which it unveiled its new-look Premium Economy and Economy cabins, The airline said it’s a push upmarket, with Anne Rigail (pictured), EVP Customer, telling Travel Extra that “the meal is inspired from business class in this premium economy”. The biggest changes are noticeable in the Premium Economy cabin, with business class-style seats, Sky Priority boarding, noise-cancelling headphones and 40pc more space than in Economy. Full story hereAir France is introducing free messaging on flights as it rolls out fleet-wide wifi. Full story here.

Ryanair is to base aircraft in France once more, with bases in Marseilles and Bordeaux from where it will operate a 2w service from Dublin. The announcements continued amid disruption plans by unions led by FIT CIGL in Italy and Vereinigung Cockpit in Germany. Eist anseo le Eoghan Corry ar Adhmhaidin. Listen here to Eoghan Corry on the Sean O’Rourke show on RTE1.

A housing minister under fire over housebuilding was probably not the best PR choice to open a new hotel in the capital. But Eoghan Murphy did just that, officially launching the Maldron Hotel Kevin Street. Picture shows Dalata Hotel Group Chairman John Hennessy, Minister Eoghan Murphy and GM Ann Marie Traynor. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

End of summer is when we get a clear idea of what is happening with Irish inbound tourism, so Ireland is on course for 12.53m visits in 2018 if current trends continue. CSO figures show Ireland had a record 1.2m arrivals in August.  Jan-August arrivals up 8pc with N America up 13.2pc, Europe up 10.5pc, (Germany up 21pc, Italy 13.4pc) and Britain up 2.5pc, Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland said “it is too early to say if this represents a turnaround in the long-term trend”.

Travel Trade

Sunway is to transfer capacity from charter to more flexible options after revenue was hit by a summer heatwave and problems integrating aviation and ground handling stock into their new computer system in January. MD Tanya Airey said the company is on course to a loss in 2018 higher than last year’s €458,976 pre-tax loss, but new technology has meant that Sunway’s 2019 programme is on sale earlier than was possible previously and Turkey and Morocco are showing a return to growth, helped by the steep decline in the lira.

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Tour America‘s 18th annual US and cruise show takes place at the Red Cow today, opening at 10am. The travel agency does €2m in business on the day, and in advance of the event Mary McKenna hosted some of her 40 suppliers at a function in the Kilkenny Design Centre. Watch here speech by Mary McKenna at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Pre-tax profits at Club Travel fell by 88pc to €779,560 last year, partly explained by a net exceptional cost of €3.1m. But revenues rose by 9.5pc, from €132.8m to €145.5m, in the 12 months to the end of October last.

Siobhán Byrne Learat’s Adams and Butler recorded profits of €238,106 for last year.  She said the firm has moved to a larger office as staff numbers have risen eight to 11. There are plans that  to 15 in the near future, she told the Irish Independent.

Hasan Mutlu and Julienne Curran of Turkish Airways hosted the Irish leg of their world amateur cup golf competition, which will be held in Belek next month. Tim Ruddy will represent Ireland after winning the competition with 38 points, while  Richard Murphy was runner-up, Conor Hanratty was third. The Irish final took place in the K Club. Picture shows Kadir Erat turkish Airlines chef, Turkish Airlines longest drive winner Audrey Headon of Headon Representation and Julienne Curran of Turkish Airlines. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Riona McGrath of Travelport hosted a session with key members of the Irish travel trade in Dublin: evolve and grow with Travelport. Emma Deering told guests that Level 4 NDC was on the way after what IATA has described as a year of plumbing.

Presentations by Conor O’Hare and Mike Mulligan of Travelport digital indicated how agents can use the Travelport smart phone app on client’s phones to manage their onward experience. “We want every trip to be powered by Travelport,‘ Paul Broughton told the audience. Ambitious or what? See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Cheryl Carter and Marc McCollin of Barbados Tourism Marketing, Tara Magee of British Airways and Janeille Bishop of Beach Hotels Barbados hosted key trade and media at a Taste of Barbados event on a lively night in Dublin that saw lucky members of the Irish travel trade waltzing out the door clutching free 3, 5 and 7 night stays in Barbados in their hands. Global visitor figures are up 2.6pc, cruise passenger numbers are up by 7.8pc and the Rum & Food Festival is set to run from October 18th – 21th. Watch here video of event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook

The Travel Industry Golf Society programme comes to an end Thursday at the Castle Golf Club, sponsored by TravelExtra. Timesheet is held from 11.00 to 12.30. TIGS AGM follows the golf followed by dinner at 6.30pm. Cost is € 50 for members and guests. Edmund and his team at Travel Extra look forward to welcoming TIGS members and guests to The Castle on Thursday.
Patricia Purdue of Massachusetts Tourism and Rhode Island tourism hosted key travel media in Dublin during the week as Norwegian increased their Providence service. Watch here video of Travel Extra‘s visit to Rhode Island on the service. Picture shows Patricia Purdue Massachusetts Tourism, Barry Coughlan of the Examiner, Jim Murty of Irish Daily Mail, Tony Lane of Visit USA Ireland, David Gordon broadcaster, Joanne Campbell of TTM and Sarah Slattery of The Travel Expert.
  • Flight Centre Travel Group is to take 100pc ownership of Umapped, a Toronto-based travel tech company.
  • Discovery Puglia and Best Holidays in Italy roadshow starts in Cork on October 2nd followed by Hotel Kilkenny Oct 3, Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe Oct 15  and Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Oct 16. Contact Audrey Headon for details. 
  • Flexible Autos host breakfast sessions at Ivy restaurant on November 20th -21st, designed  for Travel Professionals who are keen to drive car hire revenues.
  •  Travel Counsellors Ireland 2019 annual conference will return to the five-star Powerscourt Hotel for the third time in four years on April 4-5 2019, a two day event attended by 170 travel professionals.
  • Watch here video of the Amadeus golf day in Faithlegg where Amadeus hosted 120 key members of the Irish travel trade.

Strange World

  • A passenger – who may have been drunk – was taken off an Indian domestic flight after trying to enter the IndiGo flight deck to charge his phone.
  • Another week, another reported move by Venice to clamp down on tourist hordes. The latest city council idea is a fine for carrying alcohol – even sealed in shopping bags – in the streets after 7pm.
  • A swarm of 20,000 bees was safely removed after they flew into the engine of a Mango Airlines plane, forcing a delay in flights at the main airport in Durban.
  • Six Flags amusement park in Missouri is looking for six volunteers willing to spend 30 hours straight in coffins on Saturday, October 13.

International

Apocalyptic warnings of a new Icelandic volcano hitting flight schedules are wide of the mark, according to a scientist whose latest study on the Katla volcano was quoted by Britain’s Sunday Times. “I said explicitly that we are in no position to say whether or not Katla volcano is ready to erupt; and that air traffic disruption in case of an eruption is unlikely to be as serious as in 2010,” said study lead author  Evgenia Ilyinskaya, a volcanologist at the University of Leeds. In unusually strong language, she took to Twitter too to attack the Times’s “scaremongering article”.

Bangkok remains the world’s most visited city, according to the latest Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index, with 20.05m visitors. It’s followed by London (19.83m); Paris: 17.44m; Dubai: 15.79m; Singapore: 13.91m; New York: 13.13m; Kuala Lumpur: 12.58m; Tokyo: 11.93m; Istanbul: 10.70m; and Seoul: 9.54m.

Saudi Arabia plans to build a “Riviera of the Middle East” to help turn the once-hidden country into a global tourist destination. The Amaala resort, on 3,800km of nature reserve, will feature yacht clubs, over 2,500 hotel rooms and more than 200 shops.

A female German tourist was trampled to death by an elephant as she tried to take a picture of it in Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.

Food & Beverage

 

Ireland got five new Michelin Gourmands in four provinces bringing the total to 24: Catherine Moran’s Brownes, in Tuam, Co Galway, Barry Fitzgerald and Claire-Marie Thomas’s Clanbrassil House near Leonard’s Corner in Dublin 8; Danni Barry’s Clenaghans, in Moira Co Armagh; Richard Milnes’ Dillon’s, in Timoleague, Co Cork and JP McMahon’s Tartare, in Galway city.Twenty others retain their status: 1826 Adare (Adare); Aldridge Lodge (Duncannon); Bastion (Kinsale); Chart House (Dingle); Copper Hen (Tramore); The Courthouse (Carrickmacross); Giovannelli (Killorglin); Kai (Galway City); Morrissey’s (Doonbeg); Sha-Roe Bistro (Clonegal); and TwoCooks (Sallins); Dublin’s Bastible (South Circular Road); Craft (Harold’s Cross); Delahunt (Camden Street); Etto (Merrion Row); Pichet (Trinity Street); Pigeon House (Clontarf); Pig’s Ear (Nassau Street); Forest & Marcy (Leeson St); and Richmond (Portobello) retain their Bib Gourmand status. In the North,  Clenaghans Restaurant, Co Antrim joins seven other Bib Gourmands.

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The Restaurants Association of Ireland has joined hoteliers in calling for the Government to keep the 9pc Vat rate intact.  “We must retain measures such as the 9% VAT rate to allow businesses remain competitive while we continue to measure the potential damage that Brexit could introduce to the industry,” chief executive Adrian Cummins said in a pre-Budget submission.

Casey Donnelly and Ruth Kelly are pictured at the launch of Conbec Dry Irish Gin brought to market by the Barry Group, September 27, 2018. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

And the gin craze continues, with Lough Ree Distillery announcing it is to invest more than €5m in expanding its facilities. The investment will include the construction of a new distillery and visitor centre, due to open in the summer of 2019.

 

 

Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna visited Toronto, appearing on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show to highlight the island of Ireland and its cuisine. She is pictured with  Tommy Smythe, a guest on The Marilyn Denis Show; Marilyn Denis, host of the show; and Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland, before Clodagh’s appearance on The Marilyn Denis Show in Canada. Photo: Bell Media

 

Hotels

The Hodson Bay Group hosted 150 guests at a launch of The Hyatt Centric in the Liberties, Dublin. Picture shows Garry Walsh, Commercial Director, Hodson Bay Group along with Jason Ballard, Vice President Hyatt EAME, Arnaud Desaintexupery, Area Vice President Hyatt EAME and Nuno Galvao Pinto, Regional Vice President of Hyatt EAME at the Guinness Storehouse. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Derry’s Bishop’s Gate Hotel won the north’s AA Hotel of the Year. Previous winners include The Old Inn, Manor House Country Hotel, Galgorm Resort and Spa,  Bushmills Inn and The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Aviation

Aer Lingus plans a multi-million-euro investment” in a 4,500 sq m flight and cabin crew training facility close to Dublin Airport which will feature full flight simulators, a cabin crew training simulator and other crew training equipment.

IAA chair Michael McGrail told the Oireachtas Transport Committee that, in the absence of agreement, Brexit flight stoppages will be immediate at midnight March 29. While the Westminster government and London CAA published a wish list for post-Brexit aviation asking for matters to remain in place as if Britain was still an EU member it got a cool reception from the EU & IATA.

Ryanair announced Dublin to Cagliari 2w and Cork to Naples 2w seasonal in summer 2019 as part of their expansion plans in Italy where they target 40m passengers in 18 bases by 2023. Eist anseo le Eoghan Corry.

Staff at Aer Arann Islands have been given protective notice, after the company decided to terminate its contract to operate Public Service Obligation flights to the Aran islands from December.  The letter, sent to around 20 staff members, informs them that there is no clarity about the manner in which the company will operate after December 6.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation increased the runway totals limit by one additional movement in the 0800, 0900, 1700 and 1900 hours and 2 in the 1800 hour, as well the Arrivals limit by one in the 0800 and 0900 hours and the Departures limit by two in the 1800 hour. It has decided to increase all passenger terminal parameters by 12pc to offset a higher assumed load factor for scheduled traffic of 95pc.

A headline writers’ dream when Patrick Kehoe damaged a magnetic door lock at Gate 106 at Terminal One in Dublin Airport before running on to the tarmac to attempt to catch his flight to Amsterdam, then mooned reporters outside the court. Air faced cheek was another headline.

US Congress dropped plans to rein in airline baggage and change fees and require the Federal Aviation Administration to set minimum dimensions for passenger seats including legroom and width and prohibit airlines from involuntarily removing passengers from flights after they’ve cleared the boarding gate.

Cathay Pacific and Qantas agreed a codeshare partnership, offering customers easier onward connections and frequent flyer benefits. Cathay Pacific customer will get access to 13 connecting routes on Qantas’ domestic network on a single reservation.

Shannon has become Europe’s first airport to get facial recognition technology for US preclearance passengers. Full story here.

British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, TUI and Virgin Atlantic are the airlines most under threat from a no-deal Brexit, credit ratings agency Moody’s warned.

Jet2.com launched its ski season from Belfast International Airport, and will operate weekend ski flights to two Salzburg and Verona. Jet2.com cabin crew Lillian Mullay, Deborah Watson and Gillian Cameron are pictured with Captain Lewis Esson launching the company’s winter ski programme.

A consortium of Irish company Roadbridge and Spanish group FCC are preferred bidder to build the new runway at Dublin Airport, the Irish Independent reported.

Afloat

Cunard and P&O owner Carnival Corporation reported the highest quarterly performance in its history, with a net income of $1.7bn.

Princess Cruises in Sydney

Princess Cruises will start taking bookings from October 11 for 18 voyages departing from Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland in winter 2020 – including its 106-night world cruise. The six-continent world voyage, which is available in shorter segments, sails roundtrip from Sydney, Brisbane or Auckland and includes 41 ports of call, a visit to the Arctic Circle and overnight stays in Dubai, Venice, New York and Lima.

  • Disney Cruise Line will sail from New Orleans for the first time ever, beginning in February 2020.
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Ireland

Tourism NI got a major boost with TV company HBO’s announcement that it is to launch a series of Game of Thrones “Legacy Experiences” and a studio tour in the North. Some shooting locations will be converted into tourist attractions “on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen”, according to HBO.

  • Dublin Zoo has announced a series of half-price weekends. Full story here.
  • Killarney‘s Chamber of Commerce warned that traffic jams in Killarney are endangering the tourism industry in Kerry.
  • Alison Metcalfe of Tourism Ireland New York

    Alison Metcalfe

    Tourism Ireland aired a ‘Home of Champions’ ad campaign on America’s NBC Golf Channel to tie in with the Ryder Cup. “Our message is that Ireland offers American golfers the complete package – with some of the very best links golf in the world, stunning scenery and the warmest of welcomes,” said Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America.

Tourism Ireland announced new senior managers who it said would “strengthen its Northern Ireland and Emerging Markets teams”. Aubrey Irwin takes up the new post of Manager – Emerging Markets, while Shane Clarke assumes strategic responsibility for the north.

Picture shows Mary Walley and Roisin Gaffney, Fáilte Ireland, Lorna Toher Tourism Ireland, Lydia Toal DMC at Cork City Gaol with  a  group of event planners hosted in  Cork and Kerry.

  • Some of the second to sixth class pupils from An Foras Pátrúnachta schools across Ireland pictured at Tayto Park Theme Park and Zoo, Co Meath, in the largest ever gathering of students from the Gaelscoil system. The day out celebrated the 25th anniversary of AFP schools in Ireland. Photo: Julien Behal

Deal Watch

Sunway offers: Dublin to Asia for ‘Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure’, includes flight ex Dublin, taxes, 12 nights twin share in  3 & 4* Hotels, complimentary schedule airport transfer,  3 internal flights, some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Subject to availability and change, from €3029pp, depart May 10. Dublin to Europe for 5* River Cruise ‘ Danube Serenade’ from Nuremburg to Vienna, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing Cat D outside stateroom with fixed window, full board basis with unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily cocktail hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €135pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2139pp, depart November 17. Dublin to Portugal, 7 nights all inclusive 4 Trident Club Med Da Balaia, from €965pp, depart April 1. Dublin to Asia for 8-day Golden Triangle 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.  Subject to availability and change, from €1129pp, depart December 2. Dublin to Kusadasi , 14 nights B&B 3* Esat Hotel  from €559pps, depart October 13.  Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Puertocarmen Apartments, from €349pp, depart October 6. Dublin to Fuerteventura, 7 nights self catering 3* Oasis Dunas Apartments, from €399pp, depart October 13. Dublin to Salou, 7 nights self catering 3* Pins Platja Apartments, from €349pp, depart October 13. Dublin to New York, flights, 3 nights 3* Wyndham New Yorker, from €495pp based on two sharing, depart January 2019. Dublin to Las Vegas, flights, 3 nights 3* Stratosphere Hotel, from €499pp based on two sharing, depart January 2019. Dublin to Dubai, flights, 3 Nights 3* Citymax Hotel Al Barsha, from €545pp based on two sharing, depart January 2019. Dublin to Italy for Short Fly Cruise & Rome Stay, 4 night Cruise on Jewel of the Seas plus 2 night Rome stay, from €949pp, depart June 12, 2019. Dublin to Miami for Caribbean Fly Cruise, 1 night Miami and 7 onboard Celebrity Equinox, from €1345pp, depart February 22, 2019. www.sunway.ie

Topflight Italian Deals: Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €999pps was €1249, depart October 14. Dublin to Malcesine, Lake Garda,  7 nights half board 3* Hotel Astoria, from €579pps was €699, depart October 6. Dublin to Malcesine, Lake Garda,  7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Europa, was €1054, depart October 6. Dublin to Desenzano, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Villa Maria, from €758pps was €788, depart April 27. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €1169pps was €1199, depart April 14. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Astoria, from €869pps was €899, depart May 12. Topflight Ski Deals:  Dublin to Westendorf, Austria, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Post, from €769pps was €799, depart March 2. Dublin to Meribel Centre, France, 7 nights catered chalet 4* Chalet La Vielle Grange, from €929pps was €1089, depart January 5. Dublin to La Rosiere 1850, France, 7 nights catered chalet 3* Chalet Papillon 1, from €796pps was €926, depart January 12. Dublin to Arinsal, Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Patagonia, from €619pps was €649, depart March 10. Dublin to Westendorf, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Jakobwirt, from €1069pps was €1099. www.topflight.ie / www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call Topflight on 01 240 1700 /  028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent.

TUI offers: Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, from €329pps, depart October 4. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 3* Oasis Mango, Los Cristianos, from €409pps, depart October 5. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 3* THB Tropical Island, Costa Tequise, from €519pps, depart October 8. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2* Porlamar Apartments, Puerto Rico, from €299pps, depart October 11. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights half board 3* Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Maspalomas, from €529pps, depart October 11. Dublin to Majorca, 7-night all inclusive Treasures of the Mediterranean cruise on Marella Dream, Inside Deck 4/5, from €1,109pp, depart September 24, 2019. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights all inclusive 4* Leonardo Plaza Cyprus Maris, Paphos, from €919pps (save up to €220pp), depart May 22, 2019. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 3* RIU Lupita, Playacar, from €1,699pps (save €200pp), depart June 17, 2019. Dublin to Corfu Leaving Cert holiday, 7 nights self catering 2*+ EKATI, Kavos, from €399pp, depart May 24, 2019. https://www.tuiholidays.ie Call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store /travel agent.

 

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