Things to know about travel this week
- Willie Walsh to get award for services to Irish tourism.
- Shannon Airport is first to achieve Fáilte Ireland service award.
- Airline winter sales kick off.
- Dalata CEO renews call to keep 9pc VAT rate.
- Inbound operators say Ireland risks pricing itself out of market with VAT.
- Airbus‘ Perlan 2 glider hit a series of record altitudes, reaching 76,000 feet up. Watch here.
- Did you know Freddie Mercury used to be a baggage handler at Heathrow? Watch here as baggage handlers at the London airport pay tribute to the former Queen frontman.
- Business and airline partners, including Siobhan Scanlon of Air France KLM/Delta, talk about Cork as the airport launches its bid to win an international marketing prize. Watch here.
- It’s been Americanised, of course, but Hallowe’en is Irish in spirit and tradition. Watch here as Tourism Ireland explains its history.
- Is tourism causing Venice to crumble into the sea? America’s NBC News reports from Italy. Watch here.
- A passenger named Annie got a birthday with a difference – serenaded by Daniel O’Donnell onboard an Aer Lingus flight. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
Is the cold war between Aer Lingus and Dublin airport warming up since the new passenger transfer facilities were opened? Apparently so. Simon McAllister, from research company EY (confusingly, the call sign of Etihad) will present a report, the Economic Impact of Development of Dublin Airport as a hub, on Wednesday at a lunchtime event where Aer Lingus announce their two latest trans-Atlantic routes. Stephen Kavanagh will announce the services to iBWI, Minneapolis/St Paul and Montreal, bringing to 22 the number of trans-Atlantic destinations served directly from Dublin, 15 of them by Aer Lingus. Travel Extra remembers when there were just three, and they were via a compulsory Shannon stopover.
In the words of Rathangan-born Chicago -based TV personality Sean Conlon: Stevie Wonder could have seen that coming. Ryanair reversed their decision to ferro-actively charge 2m passengers €6-€8 for priority boarding or €8-€10 for checking in a 10kg bag they had been allowed to carry free at the time of booking. They reversed the decision after demands for explanation and the threat of action from consumer rights regulators, led bye AGCM in Italy. The rule will apply to all new bookings for travel after November 1.
Ryanair had a record month for passengers numbers with 13.8pc in August. Growth was back to 9pc after four months of slowdown. The much-reported strike threats in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Scandinavia did not seem to have any impact whatsoever on bookings (despite Ryanair’s statement when Michael O’Leary threw his B737-800s out of the pram, six of them, in reducing winter services). But strong as Ryanair’s performance was, boosted by 0.5m passengers with Lauda, Lufthansa’s was even stronger. Lufthy became the first European airline to break 14m in July, a few days after Ryanair broke 13.3m. Lufthansa will now finish about 3m ahead of Ryanair for the year (unless Michael O’Leary buys another airline for Christmas). IAG finished in third place with 11.4m passengers in August, up 7.2pc with Air France/KLM still to declare in fourth. Fifth place EasyJet reported August passengers up 5.6pc to 8.6m
IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh is to be honoured at the upcoming Irish Tourism Industry awards, the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation announced at the launch by Junior Minister Brendan Griffin. Full story here.
Dalata CEO Pat McCann told Travel Extra that raising the special 9pc VAT rate for the hotel industry would be counter-productive. “People will look at Dalata’s results and say ‘those guys don’t need anything’. We’re able to cope, but the fact is you have a lot smaller individual businesses don’t have the same capacity to cope with the movement in VAT like we do… When I talk about it I’m more worried about the industry than I am about Dalata.” He said “we’re very lucky that our Taoiseach and current Finance Minister, both very good Ministers for Tourism, came up with all of these initiatives so why would they tinker with something that is remarkably successful?” Pat McCann, centre, is pictured with Deputy CEO Dermot Crowley, right, and Deputy CEO Stephen McNally as the Group announced 2018 half year results, which showed pre-tax profits up 8.3pc for the period. Photo: Maxwells.
McCann’s view was also backed up by the ITOA, which represents inbound tour operators. “Any increase in costs would act as a significant disincentive for our international business providers and visitors,” said President Darren Byrne. He said that the British market is “already on the back foot following the sharp fall in the value of sterling since the Brexit referendum. We are becoming too expensive in an already very competitive global tourism market place”. Mr Byrne also argued that the 9pc rate is the correct rate of VAT for Irish tourism. It places Ireland at a comparative rate with many of our key destination competitors in Europe who have rates varying from 6 – 10pc.
Rachel Lewis of South Africa Tourism and Hasan Mutlu, Onur Gul and Sean Alper Kanburoglu of Turkish airlines hosted key trade at a screening of Long Walk to Freedom to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela. ITAA CEO Pat Dawson is pictured with Turkish Airlines’ Ireland manager Hasan Mutlu.
Charles Wilson from Germany Travel hosted trade and media in Dublin. Jeanette Schuchmann of the Germany National Tourist Board reported overnight stays from Ireland for January to June totalled 246.371, up 12.9pc. There were 47.992 overnights in June, up 13.7pc and this growth looks set to continue with a 3.3pc increase next year. Germany reported a total of 216,502 arrivals from Ireland in 2017, making it our fifth most important out bound market, ahead of Greece, Scotland, Turkey or Wales. Picture shows Charles Wilson of Germany Travel at the event with Peter Friedrich of the newly restructured Hotelbeds Group (see print edition of Travel Extra for the details). Watch video here. See picture gallery here or connect with the album on Facebook.
BookaBed appointed Emma Male to the role of Regional Sales Manager for the south of England. Colleen Butler has been promoted to Head of Product & Connectivity at Bookabed. “With the way things are changing we’ve moved very much into connectivity – direct connections through channel managers to all the international chains,” Colleen told Travel Extra. She added that while BookaBed has traditionally been a Med-focused bed bank, “we’ve seen huge growth in long haul for sure, Europe has become more expensive but people have found value in the US and Canada in the resorts and we’ve added global chains in areas where we’ve never worked before”.
- With the ski brochures now circulated to travel agents, the market is showing about 15pc ahead of last year with groups the big news. New year and mid term are selling well, and the famous Topflight Ian Dempsey trip is celebrating its 20th year with a visit to Kirchberg in January. Ski Club of Ireland report that they they did nearly 20,000 ski lessons last season. Topflight will continue to operate a comprehensive programme to Austria, France, Italy & Andorra for winter ski. New resorts added to the programme are Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo in Italy.
- Former Skytours director Sarah Slattery featured in The Examiner – explaining why she took the brave step to move from the trade into full-time writing.
- Attending WTM in London this year? Aer Lingus has an early bird 15pc discount code ‘LCYWTM18’. Booking period is up unitl September 30 next for travel dates of November 4-9.
- A survey of 13,000 adults found that over a quarter of millennials would not know how to travel from the airport to their accommodation without their smartphones, compared with only 5pc of baby boomers.
- WebBeds, comprising the JacTravel, Sunhotels, Lots of Hotels, totalstay, FITRuums brands), has appointed tourism and hospitality veteran Ciara Doyle as Account Development and Customer Delivery Manager for the JacTravel DMC Division in Ireland, based in its Dublin offices.
Allowing for some predictable Dailywailery, the story about security trays being contaminated with viruses that cause colds and ‘flu based on an online medical journal BMC, has raised a serious issue. Why are there not hand sanitisers BEFORE and AFTER security at all airport? Open access article here.
- Belfast angler Robert Malcolmson was injured when a blue shark he had landed off the Cork coast turned on the line and bit his lower arm.
- An Air India flight with 136 passengers on board landed on the wrong runway in the Maldives.
- An upcoming marijuana museum in Las Vegas offered a sneak preview of its exhibits last week – including a 24-foot-tall bong called Bongzilla said to be the world’s largest.
The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in a quarter of a centry killed at least 10 people and damaged a bridge linking the offshore Kansai International Airport, which is now closed indefinitely.
A 19-year-old Afghan who stabbed two American tourists in Amsterdam was shot just nine seconds after the knife attack, the BBC reported.
A British man was stabbed to death by a robber in South Africa while birdwatching at the Burman Bush nature reserve near Durban.
Tourists eating panini, pizza and focaccia on the pavement and on shop doorsteps in Florence now face fines of up to €500.
Spain dominates as the EU revealed the finalists in the competition for the EU’s European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019 title: Brussels, Helsinki, Ljubljana, Lyon, Malaga, Nantes, Palma, Poznan, Tallinn and Valencia.
Ancient Palmyra, which has been badly damaged after being occupied by Isis militants, could reopen to tourists as early as next summer, the Syrian government told reporters.
Food & Beverage
Dairygold was named Company of the Year while restaurateurs turned celebrity cooks The Happy Pear have won SME Company of the Year at the Food & Drink Business Awards, held at the Citywest Hotel. David Flynn and Stephen Flynn of the Happy Pear are pictured with Tracey Carney, Communications Director, Premier Publishing, at the awards. Photo: Paul Sherwood
Global sales of Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream and Poitín totalled 207m bottles in 2017, with Irish Whiskey remaining the fastest growing spirits category in the world, according to the Irish Spirits Association’s second Irish spirits industry and market report.
Musician Jake Carter, Amanda Roche-Kelly, Just Eat MD Ireland, and Cassie Stokes who launched the Just Eat National Takeaway Awards 2018 at Zakura, last year’s winner of the Best Takeaway, Japanese. Photo: Julien Behal
Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, is set to pilot Jameson Cold Brew, a combination of triple-distilled whiskey and cold brew coffee extract.
Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort at Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, is for sale at a guide price of €45m.
The K Club recorded pre-tax losses of €4.8m in 2016, with the directors saying that staging the Dubai Irish Open in 2016 “contributed to a once-off increase in overall operating expenses”, the Irish Independent reported.
Pre-tax profits rose to €22.7m last year at FBD Hotels and Resorts which owns hotels including Castleknock Hotel in Dublin, Faithlegg House Hotel, Co Waterford and the La Cala resort in Spain.
- Ballyfin Demense won two prizes – second in the Favourite Hideaway category and first in the Hotel that made you feel special category in a US luxury travel site’s survey of members.
- Operating profit at the Radisson Blu hotel at Dublin Airport rose 30pc to €2.6m last year as revenue went 1pc higher to €14m.
Aer Lingus passenger traffic in August 18 was up 9.3pc on August 2017 with passenger load factor up 0.7 points to 88.0pc.
Shannon Airport has become Ireland’s first transport hub to be awarded Failte Ireland’s Service Excellence Programme’s Business Award. Full story here.
Ryanair is to fly from Cork to Poznan for Summer 2019. It also announced an extra flight for Leinster fans heading to the Bath game. Full story here.
Ryanair launched its biggest ever schedule from Poland for summer 2019 with two additional based aircraft at Warsaw Modlin and Krakow and 16 Polish-based aircraft in all and 17 new routes to bring the total to 210 through Ryanair’s 13 Polish airports. Polish traffic will grow by a modest 4pc (half of the network average) to 5m customers (cited incorrectly as 12.5m elsewhere in the press release).
LaudaMotion winter schedule update includes Vienna-Dublin 5w A321 & 2w A320.
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft completed the engineering and installation of an ADS-B (Out) modification on two Avro RJ aircraft, leading to the awarding of EASA Approval Certificate 10066079 for this major change modification. CityJet has placed an order for modification kits covering its 13-strong fleet.
Daa Chief Executive Dalton Philips said DAA hopes to award the North Runway contract next month and will commence building of that third runway towards the end of this year. DAA intends spending €500m on new piers and aircraft stands at the southern side of Dublin Airport and €400m on doing the same at the northern end by 2022 or 2023 on an expansion that will allow it to handle up to 40m passengers a year, in addition to the estimated €320m on the north runway.
The Commission for Aviation Regulation proposed increasing the runway limits at Dublin airport by two in hour from 18.00 and one from 0800, 0900, 1700 and 1900.
Stobart Air is recruiting Captains for a Dublin-based Embraer 190-195 operation.
Kenyan Airways is the first airline to pull the plug on Zimbabwe, suspending all ticketing from Zimbabwe, citing foreign currency shortages, which has blighted their fiscal operations. Kenya aims to court Ryanair and EasyJet in an effort to get low-cost flights from Britain to the East African.
Travel search site Skyscanner.ie reported a 6pc drop in average flight prices from Ireland to New York for users of the app since last summer.
The DAA has introduced a new system to help the eleven people a day have difficulty finding where they have left their car at Dublin Airport.
Fifteen people were treated for respiratory issues after a can of pepper spray, illegally brought aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Oakland to Maui, went off accidentally.
Flybe is rolling out a new livery across all its Bombardier Q400 and Embraer 175 aircraft over the next six years, the first of which joined its fleet last week.
Aircraft lessor Avolon is committed to remaining in Ireland, said founder and CEO Dómhnal Slattery. “After the Chinese acquired us a couple of years ago, there was a debate internally as to whether we’d move to Hong Kong. I actually lived in Hong Kong for over a year, but we’ve decided unequivocally that Ireland is our long term home,” he said as Avolon opened its new global HQ in Dublin. TD Kate O’Connell, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, John Higgins, President and Chief Commericial Officer, Avolon, and Dómhnal Slattery are pictured at the official opening at No 1 Ballsbridge. Photo: Robbie Reynolds.
- Volvo introduced a fully autonomous sleeping vehicle concept – the Volvo 360c – which is said will offer an alternative to short-haul flights.
- Minister Shane Ross ruled out a helicopter service for the Aran Islands, after arriving at Inis Meáin in Air Corps AW139.
- Eva Air has apologised for a “misunderstanding” after a gay couple said they were separated during priority boarding while straight families were allowed to board together.
- Ireland is sending 16 horses and riders to the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 in North Carolina to compete in Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Reining and Endurance. The games will involve the largest commercial airlift of horses ever undertaken in the history of sport.
- NCL’s Norwegian Gateway rescued four Cubans spotted in the middle of the ocean while it was sailing to the Caribbean and Mexico from Florida.
- Carnival has launched its largest cruise ship, AIDAnova. Holding up to 6,600 passengers, it features 17 restaurants and 23 bars.
- At least seven cruise ships due in Bermuda next week have been rerouted to avoid Tropical Storm Florence. The ships affected so far are Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Dawn, Oceania’s Sirena and Insignia, Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas, plus Carnival Pride and Carnival Horizon.
- Marella Explorer will feature 90s acts on an ‘Electric Sunsets’ 90s theme cruise next September out of Newcastle in England, before visiting Amsterdam and Southampton.
- P&O Cruises‘ Aurora will have six new single cabins as part of a planned dry dock next March, ahead of it becoming an adults-only ship.
Visits to Ireland from the UAE are up 17pc, Turkish airlines reported at a networking event in Dublin for high-end tour operators from the region. Full story here.
As fears mount that the European Union and Britain will fail to strike a withdrawal agreement this year – which would mean the UK crashing out of the EU next March with no transition period – Leo Varadkar said he was confident that the Common Travel Area would survive. The CTA, which has been in operation since shortly after independence, in 1922, allows Irish and UK citizens to travel freely, work and use public services in both jurisdictions.
“As you know, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” Mr Varadkar said at the conclusion of the Fine Gael think-in in Salthill, Galway.
The Lagan family is set to make a €3m investment to guarantee the future of new Dublin tourism project The Vaults, the Sunday Independent reported.
Tourism Ireland is heading Down Under with 11 Irish tourism companies on a sales mission from October 22-28. It will target hundreds of travel agents, tour operators, airlines and travel journalists, through a series of workshops and networking events in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.
There are 500 events in 28 towns and cities in Ireland signed up for culture night on September 21 which will see 400,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. See website here. See also Culture night downloadable brochures for Belfast, for Carlow, for Cork City, for Dublin. for Kilkenny, for Leitrim, for Mayo, for Monaghan, for Offaly and for Tipperary. Information on free bus services in Dublin, provided by Dublin Bus can be found here and on Cork, provided by Bus Éireann can be found here.
Tipperary, Waterford and Cork were showcased to media from the US, Europe and India on a ‘Discover Munster’ press trip with Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. Jon Haggins, producer and host of Globetrotter TV, a weekly travel show that airs to 2m New York homes, said: “One of the highlights was lunch in the famous McCarthy’s bar in Fethard, Tipperary. Not only is it a bar but it’s also the local undertaker’s or funeral directors. The owner, Jasper even showed me his hearse, this was certainly a new experience for me. In Coolmine Stud we got to touch the most expensive horse in the world – Galileo.” ‘Henry VIII’ is pictured with Susmita Saha, India, Jon Haggins USA, Marie Borgers, France, and Antonette Reilly, Fáilte Ireland, at the Doneraile Wildlife Park in Cork.
Patrick O’Mahony, from Ballylongford, and Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé, Dun Chaoin, stepping out at Ross Castle, Killarney National Park, ahead of the Return visit of Riverdance to the INEC, Killarney, for five performances from 12th-16th September. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan
Kilkee Tourism Consultant Cillian Murphy, a former Chair of Loop Head Tourism, says that while the latest inbound tourism figures are welcome, there’s a danger of over-confidence that the US influx will continue, he told Clare FM. Listen here
Insight Vacations offer: Christmas Markets of Germany escorted tour, from €1,609 per person sharing, including flights, transfers and 8 nights’ accommodation in central locations. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by 25 October 2018, depart November 27. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
Sunway offers: Dublin to Japan for ‘Japan Discovery’ escorted tour, includes flights, taxes, 9 nights twin share in 3 & 4* hotels, complimentary airport transfer, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Subject to availability and change, from €4045pp, depart May 10. Dublin to France for ‘Taste of Bordeaux’ river cruise, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing Cat E outside stateroom with fixed window, 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 €2059pp, depart November 1. Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights all inclusive 3 trident Club Med Agadir, from €1245pp, depart October 27. Dublin to Costa Rica for 8-day ‘Costa Rica Quest’ adventure holiday, 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 saving of €125pp, tour must be booked by 30TH September. Subject to availability and change, from €1619pp, depart November 9. Dublin to Kusadasi , 14 nights B&B 3* Esat Hotel, from €459pp, depart October 13. Dublin to Menorca, 7 nights self catering 3* Roc Lago Apartments, from €349pp, depart September 15. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Buganvilla Apartments, from €379pp, depart September 15. Cork to Salou, 7 nights self catering 2* Pins Platja Apartments, from €399pp, depart September 16. Dublin to New York, flights 3 nights hotels, from €899pp (resort fees payable), depart October 2018. Dublin to Chicago, flights, 3 nights hotel, from €998pp (resort fees payable), depart October 2018. Dublin/Shannon to Toronto, flights, 3 nights hotel, discount voucher (resort fees payable) from €699pp, offer based on travel between 01Oct-18Dec’18. Sales valid up to 17th September 2018. Dublin to Europe for Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise, 7 nights premium all inclusive on Norwegian Epic, from €1275pp, depart October 21. Dublin to Italy for Italian Mediterranean Fly Cruise, 7 nights onboard MSC Bellissima, from €949pp, depart September 20. www.sunway.ie
Topflight Italian Deals: Dublin to Giardini Naxos, Sicily, 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, from €849pps was €1099, depart September 15. Dublin to Giardini Naxos, Sicily, 7 nights half board 4* ATA Naxos Beach Resort, from €799pps was €1049, depart October 6. Dublin to Desenzano, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Villa Maria, from €629pps was €799, depart September 29. Dublin to Riva, Lake Garda, 7 nights half baord 4* Hotel Garda from €859pps was €1108, depart September 22. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Ascot, from €799pps was €1029, depart September 16. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €999pps was €1249, depart October 7. Dublin to Limone, Lake Garda, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Splendid Palace, from €749pps was €899, depart September 29. Dublin to Malcesine, Lake Garda, 7 nights half board 4* Aqualux Hotel Spa & Terme, from €1229pps was €1463, depart September 22. Dublin to Tuscany, Tuscan Countryside, 7 nights B&B 4* Terme Marine Leopold II, from €719pps was €919, depart September 14. 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 €585pps was €665, depart January 13. Dublin to Mayrhofen, Austria, 7 nights B&B 3* Landhaus Roscher, from €669pps was €729, depart January 12. 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 Orlando, flights, 7 nights hotel, from €559pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart May 2019. Dublin to Florida, return flights, 10 nights in Orlando and St Pete/Clearwater, four days car hire, from €759pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart May 2019. Dublin to Florida, 4 nights in Orlando, one in St. Pete/Clearwater, one night in Fort Myers & Sanibel, two nights in Miami, four days car hire, from €929pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart June 2019. Dublin to New York, flights, three nights in the Row NYC, from €439pp, based on 4 sharing, depart January 18. Dublin to Las Vegas, flights, 4 nights in the Luxor Hotel, from €559pp, based on 4 sharing, depart February 8. Dublin to Orlando, flights, 7 nights at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, from €449pp, based on 2+2 sharing, depart February 4. Dublin to Mexico, flights, 7 nights all inclusive at the Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa in Cancun, from €1399pp, based on 2 sharing, depart May 1. Dublin to US for New York and Caribbean Cruise, return flights, 1 night Manhattan and 7 night cruise onboard Norwegian Escape premium all inclusive with wifi and gratuities included, from €1489pp, based on 2 adults sharing an interior cabin, depart February 23, 2019. Dublin to US for Miami and Caribbean Cruise, return flights to Miami, 1 night Miami and 7 night all inclusive cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas with deluxe drinks package, from €1899pp based on 2 sharing balcony cabin, depart February 9, 2019. www.touramerica.ie
TUI offers: Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights self catering 3* Sea Club resort, Alcudia, from €459pps, depart September 11. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights all inclusive 2* Bellevue Minerva, Alcudia, from €459pps, depart September 12. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2* Jardin Del Atlantico, Playa Del Ingles, from €339pps, depart September 13. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 3* Casablanca apartments, Puerto de la Cruz, from €359pps, depart September 14. Cork to Costa del Sol, 7 nights all inclusive 4* Globales Estepona, Estepona, from €529pps, depart September 16. Dublin to Bulgaria, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Zebra, Tsarevo, from €439pps, depart September 17. Shannon to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 3* THB Tropical Island, Playa Blanca, from €519pps, depart September 17. Dublin to Kos, 7 nights B&B 3* Saint Constantin Hotel, Kos Town, from €439pps, depart September 22. Dublin to Algarve, 7 nights self catering 3* Oura bay, Sao Joao, from €539pps, depart September 23. Dublin to Croatia, 7 nights half board 4* Valamar Crystal, Porec, from €859pps, depart September 22. Dublin to Larnaca, 7 nights self catering 2* Anthea Apartments, Ayia Napa, from €1,069, depart September 19. Dublin to Cancun, Riu Lupita, Playacar, 3*, AI, 14nights from €1,699pps, depart June 10, 2019. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Basilica Holiday Resort, Paphos, from €619pps, saving €230pp, depart May 15. https://www.tuiholidays.ie Call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store /travel agent.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offer: Holland and Belgium at Tulip Time River cruise, €2,819 per person sharing, including flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages, all shore excursions and 7 nights in a Deluxe stateroom on board the River Queen. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Price included 10% Early Payment Discount. Book and pay in full by 30 September 2018, depart March 24, 2019. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803
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