TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement April 10 2016: LNG takes to the high seas



Anaximena Esquivel from Panama admires a Jean Frederic Bazille painting in the Musée Fabre de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, April 5 2016

Anaximena Esquivel from Panama admires a Jean Frederic Bazille painting in the Musée Fabre de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole.



Things to know about travel this week

  • Cormac Meehan wants to grow ITAA membership by 20pc
  • Visits to Spain—an overstatement?
  • Trade show in D4
  • Sleepless in Montpellier
  • Ships with everything

Travel Extra TV

video of the week apr 10 2016Video of the weekEmirates cabin crew perform a Bollywood inspired welcome demo at the cricket World Twenty20 2016 final, Kolkata Eden Gardens, India. Watch here.

  • Divers get up close and personal with a marine iguana off the Galápagos Islands. Extraordinary footage. Watch here.
  • Snowboard with Austrian freerider and stuntman Thomas ‘Fuego’ Feurstein. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland launched a golf campaign in the USA. Watch here.
  • See the Love Local promo for N Ireland’s Year of Food and DrinkWatch here.

Behind the Headlines

chain handover photographed copycormac meehan press briefing copyNew president of the Irish Travel Agents Association Cormac Meehan wants to grow Association membership by 20pc over the course of his two year presidency. At a measured press briefing held in the D4 hotel after his election at Thursday’s AGM he said that he wished to raise the ITAA’s advocacy status with legislators at Irish and EU levels at this important time when new consumer legislation was being drafted (listen here) and to enshrine the ITAA’s position to serve both the business interest of members and of consumers. Picture shows Cormac Healy photographing the handover of the Presidential chain from Martin Skelly to Cormac Meehan and the press briefing after the event. Watch here interview with Cormac after his election as president in Dublin on Thursday. Watch here Cormac Meehan’s reflection that business is moving back (listen here) to the high street for travel agents, and watch here his plans to grow ITAA membership by 20pc. He said the annual ITAA conference would likely be held abroad because of the higher level of sponsorship available compared with conferences at home (listen here). He talked about the urgency of the need for a training scheme for travel agents and that the ITAA would set up FETAC apprenticeship scheme (listen here) and he plans to consult tagents (listen here). He spoke of the challenge to serve (listen here) and the way that travel agents have reinvented themselves (listen here). Watch here Cormac Meehan on the links between travel agents’ survival and the bonding scheme and watch here Cormac Meehan speaking about the exhorbitant cost of the bond for travel agents compared with other industries. He would have a cabinet minister at the trade show if it was possible (listen here). He said he would be happy if, during the course of his two year presidency, he could make the ITAA “a smidgeon better (listen here).”

gonzalo ambassador copyAt first sight the news from the CSO household survey the Irish visits to Spain are up to 1.68m should be a cause to celebrate for Gonzalo Ceballos as he enters his last three months as director of the Spanish tourist Board office in Dublin, but the statistics (trips up 22.56pc, bednights up 15.87pc and spend up 24.97pc) seem a tad too high when measured against air capacity and the Spaniards’ own figures of 1,377,720. They are based on questionnaires returned from hotels, and when you measure that against air capacity of 1.9m it does not leave much room for the 300,000 that Tourism Ireland’s Barbara Wood sends in the other direction, even allowing for absurdly high load factors. Spain’s tourist arrivals are the equivalent of France, Portugal and Italy put together. Picture shows Gonzalo Ceballos and Spanish ambassador Jose Marie Rodriguez at he Spanish tourist board lunch for delegates at the Irish travel Industry Trade show.

outbound 2015 300While the CSO household travel survey figures seem to have overstated Spain, with trips outnumbering tourist trips by 300,000 (figures for trips to Portugal by 80,000 more than Turismo de Pottugal’s figures released last week), have they understated trips to North America? These are DOWN 6.6pc despite extraordinary growth in passenger numbers. About 30pc of those flying to North America re originating off island, according to Aer Lingus, but it still seems odd that the numbers travelling west have fallen by one in twenty. Italy was the big winner according to the CSO up 42pc. Domestic trips were up over 2pc leading to some celebratory coverage in the newspapers. Let us hope that the domestic figures are more reliable.

yvonne grouplee photograaphedThe Irish Travel Industry Trade Show considers its next step for 2017 after a successful day at the D4 hotel. The morning AGMs of Worldchoice and Travelsavers attracted 40 and 15 delegates respectively, with the Travelsavers group granting two nights at the Waldorf Astoria to each of the agents who attended. There were 130 registered trade at the lunch and 210 registered at he Aer Lingus sponsored barbecue, venue for Yvonne Muldoon‘s first appearance to the trade since being appointed director of sales (watch here or listen here) and Cormac Meehan’s first speech as president of the ITAA, watch here and listen here.

The show will likely need to find a new home for 2017, as the D4 hotel is scheduled to close in 2018. Watch here a video roundup of the Travel Industry Trade Show. Watch here Martin Skelly making his last speech as ITAA president at the at the Spanish TB event April 7 2016 (or listen here). Watch here Javier Hernandez speaking on behalf of Iberia at the Spanish Tourist Board event (listen here). Gonzalo Ceballos spoke of the competitive advantages of Iberia (listen here) and paid tribute to Iberia’s first country manager Con Horgan (listen here).

Picture above shows Lydia Worrell, Yvonne Muldoon, Declan Power of Shannon Airport, John keogh and Roisin Duffy at the Aer Lingus barbecue. Second picture shows Lee Osborne and Philip Airey being photographed by Sarah Slattery at the event.ireland's ancient east_0091

Delegates are arriving in Ireland for Meitheal 2016 from 20 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the USA. The RDS will host 455 Irish tourism suppliers and 310 overseas buyers on Monday and Tuesday, including 40 tour operators who have not previously had Ireland on their books, predominantly from China, India, the Gulf States and South Africa.  and 12,000 face to face meetings organised through Fáilte Ireland. Last year’s Meitheal event resulted in 2,650 new business contracts being signed, including 900 contracts with international operators who had never programmed Ireland before. Fáilte Ireland hosted tour operators on fams around Ireland including tours within Ireland’s Ancient East and along the Wild Atlantic Way. Picture shows Paul Keeley with Paschal Donohue and Michael Ring at Meitheal 2015.

maria madigan_1712 copyFrance’s tourist board attracted 740 suppliers and 900 tour operators and journalists from around the world for the annual Rendez Vous de France, hosted this year by Montpellier. Fish was served at the opening night gala for buyers. The pirate-themed party of the regions which hosted 2,000 people on Tuesday night was festooned with the big salty Mediterranean oysters and scallops from Sette, the under-rated local wine and a good selection of Grand Crus from Bordeaux and (the best) Burgundy. Picture shows Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra with Maria Madigan of Madigan Wine Tours who was using the exercise to check out some new vineyard options and some accommodation for her scrum-half son who is bound for Bordeaux at season’s end.

agnes angrand eoghan corry copyAgnes Angrand said that Irish visitor numbers to France were very running very high until November’s Balatclan attack, and she is anticipating another strong year in 2016 for French tourism. Carole Delga, Présidente of the Midi Pyrénées Languedoc Roussillon Région, where tourism brings €14bn revenue and 110,000 jobs, described the event as a chance to showcase an alternative to the three pillars of French tourism, Paris, the Riviera and Bordeaux. The 14 fam trips for 160 tour operators offered and 15 journalists an opportunity to promote regional product where the industry is dependent on French domestic tourism: “qui ne viennent pas sur des salons plus régionaux où on ne voit que des entreprises françaises.” This is the first time Montpelier has staged Rendez Vous, which rotates through provincial venues and every third year returns to Paris, where attendance is traditionally highest. Under a plan to reach 1m passengers by 2020 Montpellier airport hopes to double the number of destinations, from 27 to 53.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Tour guide Celine Dupin in Montpellier, April 5 2016Aline Couquet of Montpelier tourism hosted travel writers during Rendez Vous de France. Aer Lingus commences direct flights to Montpellier on May 20. So want is there to see? Tour guide Celine Dupin (pictured) described (watch here) Montpellier as a lively student city with magnificent limestone architecture. Watch here Celine Dupin in the Cathedral de Maguelone. Watch here the story of the Montpellier press trip. See more pictures hereor connect with the album on Facebook.

mscShips with everything (part one). Those who attended the MSC announcement in Paris on Wednesday got a rare insight into the politics of European cruise ships. French President Francois Hollande joined Gianluigi Aponteof MSC and Laurent Castaing of STX France for the announcement of MSC Cruises’ four 5,400 pax LNG-powered ships from STX France for delivery in 2022, 2024, 2025 and 2026, a new class: World Class. This additional €4bn investment raises MSC expansion to €9bn including orders with STX France for two Meraviglia and two further Meraviglia-Plus Class ships and another three Seaside Class ships from Fincantieri in Italy. Fincantieri also carried out the €200m Renaissance Programme of four of 12 of the Company’s fleet. Francois Hollande told the audience at the Élysée Palace that STX was in danger of losing orders and jobs when he introduced a series of measures to bring costs back into line with Pappenberg. “The question is no longer have we enough orders but how are we going to satisfy them?” Laurent Castaing said that France had to put supports in place to compete against shipyards that were getting explicit state aid in their attempts to woo major cruise line build contracts, “even liberal governments.” A lesson there for Harland & Wolff perhaps? Watch here a report of the MSC announcement in Paris.  Écoutez ici a Francois Hollande. Écoutez ici a Gianluigi Aponte. . Écoutez ici a Laurent Castaing.

Drawing of one of the new Stena Line RoPax vessels.

Ships with everything (part two). Stena ordered eight LNG-fuelled RoPax ferries of 3,000 lane meters and 1,000 passenger capacity, the first four for delivery 2019 and 2020, from AVIC Shipyard in China. The vessels for use in Northern Europe is 50pc larger than today’s standard RoPax vessel. Dublin-Holyhead is “a strong contender” for one of the new vessels. Dan Sten Olsson, Chairman in Stena Line foresaw “a continued demand growth for short sea services in Northern Europe.”Group Chateau de Fontagnes copy

conques treasury saint foy reflected_1409 copyPicture shows international travel writers reflected in the 10th century reliquary of Saint Foy in Conques in France. Watch here the story of the four-day pre-famil for Rendez Vous delegates to the Midi Pyrenees UNESCO heritage sites. Watch here Anne Romiguerre in the French heritage village of Conques, Watch here Marine Gil in Albi and Watch here Jerome Homiere talking about the importance of the Canal du Midi project. Picture above shows Tour operators and travel writers with their hosts from Midi Pyrenees tourism in Maison Fontagnes, Rodez, April 3 2016: Back row: Joaquim Pereira, Pablo Silva, Carlos Pacheco, Judith Erdei, Nelson Oliveira, Celine Briens, Oleg Salatov; Middle Row: Marine Gil, Rina Ogawa, Michal Barszap, Natacha Skliarova, Natalia Mikulinaska, Jose Weis, Sylvia Zeilerbauer, Andrea Blumauer; Front Row: Eric Maury, Makoto Hasegawa, Yumi Naito, Luisa Yu, Solange Abreu and Eoghan Corry. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. 

Travel Trade

Uniworld Castles along the Rhine 001 copyUniworld hosted agents on board the SS Antoinette on their Castles of the Rhine cruise, complete with Alsatian Wine Village tours, Vinegar tasting at the Doktorenhof Estate, a visit to the Heidelberg Castle, spa treatments and lots dining and wining. Travel Agents have the opportunity of winning a free all-inclusive river cruise with Uniworld when they book three Uniworld cruises before 31st May 2016. Send booking references here. Picture shows Nicola York of Just Split, Sarah Brady of J Barters Travel, Lisa Warren of Killiney Travel, Caroline O’Toole of Fahy Travel, John Grehan of Uniworld, Patricia Kenny of MAP Travel and Austin Carroll of Platinum Travel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Watch here Sunway’s Tanya Airey speaking about the history of the Irish tour operator on its 50th anniversary, 1966-2016

Royal Caribbean’ will host 200 agents on Ovation of the Seas on Monday and Tuesday. The cruise line’s roadshow clocked up 30,000 kilometers in all in visiting 160 travel agents throughout 28 of the 32 counties. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

topflight team 002 copyTopflight ski away day to Manchester, April 6 2016Topflight hosted agents at their inaugural ski away day to manchester indoor ski centre. Agents who made any Topflight booking before March 25 were entered into a draw. Ski bookings counted as double entries. Winners were limited to one staff member per travel agency. Picture shows the Topflight team at the event, Peter Chatham, Michelle Anderson, Maurice Sheils, Tricia Mitchell, Anthony Collins and Greta Pauluske at the Topflight ski away day to Manchester, April 6 2016

Tourism businesses, organisations and initiatives around the world are now being invited to submit an entry into the World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London.

  • Travelport acquired their third party distributor, Galileo Japan. EasyJet and Travelport announced a new long-term agreement. Skylord Travel, Travel with Lia, OneTwoTrip and Travel Loop are now using Travelport’s Universal Application Programming Interface.
  • Pól Ó Conghaile, Donal Corkery and David O’Beirne of the Irish Independentwon the best use of digital media at the CLIA Ireland and Britain cruise journalism awards for online and video reviews on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas and Silversea’s Silver Cloud for #TravelTV elements.
  • Two popular figures in aviation with travel trade and media are heading for the departure gates next week. Ann Marie Dalton is departing Turkish Airlines and Gillian Culhane is departing Aer LingusTravel Extra wishes them both well in their new careers.
  • Upgrade customers to First with British Airways on selected Club World flights. Book by June 14, for travel until September 8.


  • westburyThe Westbury is now a member of luxury network Virtuoso.
  • Boston has added 905 rooms to its hotel inventory.
  • Hilton London Metropole appointed Omer Lang, Director of Operations and Right, Georgina Bansal, Director of Sales.
  • The petrol station from the 1974 cult classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre is to be re-opened as a hotel.
  • A historic US embassy building in London’s Mayfair is expected to reopen as a luxury hotel.
  • Accor is buy onefinestay from Airbnb for €148m.


Orlando copySeaWorld Orlando’s new coaster (the so-called hypercoaster), Mako will launch June 10th, bringing riders to 200 feet high and speeds up to 73 mph (endure shark-attack speeds).

America’s National Park Week takes place from April 16-24.

Germany reports overnights from Ireland are up 10.8pc in January 2016.

European singers will represent their countries in a promotional event as part of a three day visit to Tel Aviv in advance of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest from April 11th to 13th. Artists will tour Tel Aviv restaurants, and participate in a gala event hosted by Tel Aviv’s mayor, Ron Huldai.

Florida’s Tourism Industry hosted a record 105m visitors in 2015.

Sean EganWaterford engraver Sean Egan and Councillor John Cummins will present a crystal memorial sculpture to the 2013 Boston Marathon memorial Tribute Committee on April 15. Picture shows Sean with the sculpture.

Uber driver Corey Robinson earned a suspension from the ride-sharing app and multiple traffic violations after he allowed a passenger to drive while he napped and wake up in the middle of a high speed police chase.

Food and Wine

This club sandwich cost €44 - Le Bristol in Paris, April 6 2016This club sandwich cost €44 in Le Bristol Hotel in Partis on Wednesday. And no, we didn’t get to keep the plates and cutlery.

Glendalough Distillery is to join the Findlater Wine & Spirit Group portfolio.

eoghan business barEmirates airline says it has purchased 13 million bottles of wine last year for its customers. Picture shows Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry preparing to drink 12m of them at the business class bar on board Emirates A380.


Dublin airport North Runway-Diagram-simplified-v02 01 copyDublin Airport’s new north runway will be 3,110 metres and will be built 1.6km north of the existing main runway and is expected to be delivered in 2020. The existing runway is 2072 metres, a product of the politics of the 1980s when Jack Daly, chairman of Aer Rianta, insisted that Dublin’s runway should be 700 metres shorter than Belfast and 1,200 metres shorter than Shannon so that future politicians would not be tempted to attempt to launch trans-Atlantic flights from Dublin.. Listen hereto Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland about the parallel runway.

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Picture shows Eamonn Brennan of the IAA, Stephen Kavanagh CEO of Aer Lingus, Dermot Mannion of Royal Brunei Airlines, Alan Joyce CEO of Qantas Group, Christoph Muller CEO of Malaysia Airlines, Willie Walsh CEO of IAG and Pat Byrne CEO of Cityjet at the Aviation Ball at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. All airlines servicing Ireland attended the Gala Bal, at which Alan Joyce was honoured, and eight of the top ten lessors were represented. Other guests on the night included Dómhnal Slattery, CEO of Avolon, Sean Brogan, CEO of Stobart Air, Michael Cawley, Chair Tourism Ireland and Kevin Toland, CEO of Dublin Airport.

Fuel farm panorama-3 copyDublin Airport awarded the Spanish company CLH Group a €40m contract to increase the existing aviation fuel capacity six fold.

Flybe will serve Leeds Bradford daily from Belfast daily from July.

CarTrawler is to provide passengers with direct online access to a range of ground transportation solutions from Shannon including car rental, taxi, shuttle, and private transfer, which it says is the first of its kind for any Irish airport.

IAG reported a RPK of 1,383 and ASK of 1,676 for Aer Lingus in March.

Ryanair will launch Always Getting Better 3 on Tuesday. March traffic grew 28pc to 8.5m customers and load factor rose 4 to 94.

Qantas Boeing 737-800 and a Tesla Model S P90D electric car raced down the runway at Avalon Airport, near Melbourne on Saturday April 2. Images.

Finnair launched what it calls an easier way to book stopovers while connecting flights in Helsinki,

Amadeus and Lufthansa signed a framework contract for Amadeus Altéa Departure Control Flight Management.

Dublin Airport was shortlisted for two accountancy awards. Yes, we thought about that Monty Python song too when we heard the news.

IAA figures show that traffic handled by air traffic control was up 12.8pc YOY in March to 85,672 flights. Flights handled at Dublin were up 11.3pc YOY, Shannon up 8.8pc YOY and Cork up 12.2pc YOY.

Ryanair March passenger numbers up 28pc YOY to 8.5m. Load factor up four percentage points to 94pc.

Finnair partnered with Steven Liu from China and Sasu Laukkonen from Finland for its business class menu.

Etihad Airways & RCPI 1Etihad Airways patterned with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland to offer training and research opportunities in occupational medicine. Picture shows Colm Bergin, VP of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland; Dr Declan Whelan, Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine RCPI; Dr Nadia Bastaki, Vice President Medical Services, Etihad Airways and Dr Saeed Mohammad Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Ireland.

Aer Lingus launched its winter 2016/17 short haul programme with 400,000 seats. Lanzarote capacity up 15pc YOY with 100,000 seats from Dublin, Cork and Shannon. 80,000 seats to Malaga available with Dublin and Cork capacity up 25pc YOY.

red arrows brayThe Air Force Red Arrows will display at the Bray Air Display on July 24.

Flyover Country, a smartphone app, available on smartphones tells passengers what they are flying over.


norwegian keel laying chinaNorwegian Cruise Line (that’s 诺唯真 in Chinese) celebrated the keel laying in Papenberg of Norwegian Joy, which will welcome Chinese guests in summer 2017. The cruise liner will feature a go-kart track.

Holland America’s new 2,650-pax Koningsdam commenced sailings from Rome. New to the line features such as a 270-degree LED screen in the main theatre, family cabins and solo cabins with no single supplement.

  • Hurtigruten is exploring the possibility of adding Ireland and Britain to its itineraries.
  • Celebrity is expanding Xcelerate, its new, high-speed internet service, to the entire fleet (with the exception of Celebrity Xpedition, a Galapagos-based vessel). The increased wi-fi speed is based on Royal Caribbean’s satellite feeds.
  • Princess Cruises signed an agreement with Fincantieri for a fourth and fifth 3,560-pax Royal-class ships for delivery 2019 and 2020. Princess now has 16 ships scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2020. The class will have balconies in 80pc of the cabins.
  • P&O Cruises’ Oceana failed a US health inspection.
  • CLIA reports an enthusiastic response to its new European travel agent conference, Cruise360, to launch in Marseille in October 2016.
  • Avalon named the Imagery II.
  • Tauck named the 130-passenger Grace in Maastricht on Sunday.
  • CroisiEurope is to add a river cruise ship on the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers in Africa in 2017.
  • Ponant opened sale of Antarctic cruises for Winter 2017-2018.
  • Royal Caribbean launched its multi-day adventures programme, offering passengers two-night overnight excursions. Royal Caribbean took delivery of Ovation of the Seas.


The first delegates have started arriving in Ireland for Meitheal.

GPO witness programme 001 copyGPO Witness History attracted 10,500 visitors in its first week.

International Literature Festival Dublinwas launched on Wednesday by Dublin City Arts Officer Ray Yeates and Festival Programme Director Martin Colthorpe.

Tourism Ireland unveiled 660 metro ads promoting Ireland in Paris.

Lucasfilm’s 2016 “Force for Change” charitable initiative will offer Star Wars fans the chance to win a trip to Ireland, sponsored by Tourism Ireland in New York.

Suede and The Gloaming are headline music acts and Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour and A Simple Space are headline stage act for Galway International Arts Festival 2016 on July 11-24. Tickets go on sale on Friday April 8,

Eigse Michael Hartnett Fest launch 4-4-16 7 copyPicture shows Joan Cahill, Newcastle West with Sheila Deegan and Pippa Little, Limerick Arts Office at the launch of Éigse Michael Hartnett Festival 2016 at the Red Door, Newcastle West. Colum McCann will join Donal Ryan, Rita Ann Higgins and Mike Mac Domhnaill at the Éigse on Thursday April 14th to Saturday April 16th.

Chinese travel writers visited Dublin and Ireland’s Ancient East, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

To promote the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, shoppers at Kildare Village were invited to participate in a putting challenge to win tickets to the event.

Kilmainham Gaol expects to attract 500,000 visitors a year after a €5m renovation.

BUSINESS ‘BUZZ’ FOR THE ISLAND OF IRELAND IN BRUSSELSSix Irish tourism companies attended a Meet in Ireland event in Brussels. Picture shows Aoife Glenn, Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall; Catherine Bodley, O’Callaghan Hotels; Christoph Haustein, TIFCO Hotel Group; Gráinne Ní Ghiollagain, Croke Park Hotel and Conference Centre; Sarah Fleming, Visit Belfast; Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland; Letitia Wade, Fáilte Ireland; Orla Kraft, Tourism Ireland; and Rachel Deegan, Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau.

GROWING BUSINESS TOURISM FROM FRANCEThree Irish tourism companies attended Salon Réunir International MICE trade show at Carrousel du Louvre, Paris. Pictures shows Eva Schmid of Killarney Hotels, Christophe de Patoul of Irish Horizons, Eileen Timmons of Tifco Hotel Group, and Caroline Phelan of Tourism Ireland.

Deal Watch

Click and Go offers: 7 nights Salou Suites Apartments, Salou Town from €269pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel May. 7 nights B&B 3* Villa Linda Hotel, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €569pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel September. 7 nights half board over 50s 4* Beatriz Playa & Spa Hotel, Lanzarote from €529pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, wine with evening meal, travel May. 3 nights B&B 4* Magic Circus Hotel, Disneyland Paris from €449pp incl. return flights, airport taxes, charges and 4-day theme park tickets, travel May. Visit or call (01) 539 7777.

Sunway offers: 3 nights 4* Chelsea Hotel, Toronto from €599pp incl. flights and taxes, travel September. 7 nights 3* Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Orlando from €639pp incl. flights and taxes, travel May. 7 nights 4* Old Phuket Resort, Thailand from €859pp incl. flights, taxes and transfers, travel September. Algarve offers, depart Dublin or Cork: 7 nights self catering 2* Presidente Aparthotel from €249pp 3 share, €299pp 2 share, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Clube Oceano Aparthotels from €329pp 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Clube Oceano Apartments from €329pp 3 share, €399pps 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Petra Apartments from €329pp 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Villa Petra Apartments from €309pp 3 share, from €369pp 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 3* Luna Miramar Apartments from €359pp 3 share, from €449pp 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 4* Paraiso Aparthotel from €379pp 3 share, from €469pp 2 share, children from €249pp, depart May 7. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

Sunway “bucket list” offers: 9 days Kruger and Victoria Falls from €2,199pp, depart February 14 2017. 9 days Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil form €3,469pp, depart July 23. 11 days Discover Sri Lanka from €2,489pp, depart October 10. 8 days Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, Israel from €2,489pp, depart October 9. 14 days Explore Costa Rica from €2,696pp, depart June 26. 10 days Botswana Safari Experience from €5,319pp, depart October 26. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya from €1,579pps, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Holiday VIllage, Sagirme, Dalaman from €2,239 2_1, from €3,039 2+2, depart August 8. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Holiday Village, Marmari, Kos from €2,499 2+1, from €3,779 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €419pps, depart April 23. 8 nights B&B 4* Hesperia Lanzarote, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €699pps, depart April 24. 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Alcudia, Majorca from €419pps, depart Cork May 14. 7 nights half board 3* California Garden Apartments, Costa Dorada from €659pps, depart Knock August 9. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive Riu Tequila, Playacar, Mexico from €1,689pps, depart June 20. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay from €1,689pps, depart July 3. 7 nights full board Hellenic Classics cruise from €929pps, depart June 3. 7 nights half board Estival Centurion Playa, Cambrils, Costa Dorada from €529pps, depart May 6. 7 nights half board Hotel Protur Alicia, Cala Bona, Majorca form €669pps, depart June 1. 7 nights half board Protur Sa Coma Playa from €539pps, depart Cork May 7. 7 nights half board Son Baulo Hotel, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €529pps, depart Shannon May 14. 7 nights all inclusive Be Live Experience Playa Las Arenas, Tenerife from €669pps, depart April 16. 12 nights half board Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €849pps, depart April 30.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, Orlando from €679pp, travel June or August. 6 nights Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, 4 nights Postcard Inn on the Beach in St Petes from €799pp incl. return flights and 10-day fully inclusive car hire, depart June 8. 7 nights Caribbean cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas from €1,489pp incl. 4 nights in Orlando, meals and $100 onboard credit, depart June 8.

Royal Caribbean offers: 10 nights Canaries cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €2,639pp incl. $300 on board credit and flights from Cork or Shannon, depart June 6. 14 nights Italian Mediterranean cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €2,259pp incl. $300 on board credit and flights. 7 nights Eastern Mediterranean cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,179pp incl. $150 on board credit and flights, depart June 11. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

Travel Department is offering 5 nights half board Madrid from €699pp incl. flights, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart September 5.

Etihad Airways’ business class sale ends tomorrow (April 11).

Topflight Lanzarote offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto Carmen from €299pps, depart April 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Barcelo Lanzarote Resort, Costa Teguise from €499pps, depart April 16. 7 nights B&B 4* La Isla y el Mar, Puerto del Carmen from €699pps, depart April 16. 7 nights B&B 4* Los Fariones, Puerto del Carmen from €669pps, depart April 16. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen from €739pps, depart April 23. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Princesa Yaiza, Playa Blanca from €1,069pps, depart April 23. 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto Carmen from €439pps, depart April 30. All prices include return flights, transfers, taxes and €30pp online discount. Visit or call 01 240 1700.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Danube river cruise on board the River Beatrice from €2,443pps incl. flights, transfers, meals and beverages and shore excursions. Book by March 31. Depart August 14. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 9 days Spain and Portugal from €1,919pps incl. flights and transfers. Book by April 30. Depart May 28. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Contiki is offering 11 days Berlin to Budapest tour from €1,826pps incl. flights and transfers. Book by April 30. Depart May 7. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

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