Things to know about travel this week
- Check-in Kiev: Ryanair to fly from Dublin to Ukraine’s capital
- Ryanair adds 45,000 to Summer 2019 ex Cork
- WestJet to drop St John’s route in favour of Halifax
- Shannon gets new route to East Midlands Airport
- Bombardier to axe 490 Belfast jobs
- Malta wants year-round Cork service, and a Shannon route
- Visit USA has a thanksgiving ball with its agents
- Win over All Blacks sparks rush to get to Rugby World Cup in Japan
Experts are working on saving crumbling sections of the Great Wall of China – using drones. Watch here.
Huge waves battered apartment blocks in Tenerife – and were captured on amateur video footage.
Behind the Headlines
It was all smiles between Ryanair and Ukraine – and what a difference a year makes. The airline. had originally announced flights from Europe to Ukraine in March 2017, but the deal broke down, with the airline claiming that Kiev’s Boryspil airport airport was trying to “protect high-fare airlines” there. Prime minister Volodymyr Groysman asked the airline to reconsider, leading to new talks, and 12 months on Ryanair announced a slew of services from the Ukrainian capital to EU countries. Dublin, which was not on the agenda last year, is one of the cities to get a direct service, commencing next year. Ukraine Minister of Infrastructure, Volodymyr Omelyan, and Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien are pictured in Kiev last week. Full story here.
The Commission for Aviation Regulation’s consultation document said it is imperative that the airport is adequately positioned to accommodate 40m passengers per annum by the end of the next charges period in 2024. It calculated €597m is required to maintain existing infrastructure and €1,086m to meet capacity incre4ases, €378m to meet increased capacity in T1 (Pier 1 extension €197.9m), €498m in T2 (Pier 5 €304.1m), and €210m in the airfield. Other projects include €196.8m for wide body enablement, €351m for a new West Satellite Pier = and €79m for a vehicle access underpass.
Sara Rivero of the Spanish tourist board hosted a group of travel writers in Seville, highlighting the culinary delights of the Andalusian capital. The itinerary included visits to iconic local restaurants, including El Rinconcillo, the oldest restaurant in town, Nati Mateos‘ Taberna del Alabardero, Javier Abascal’s Origen at the Hotel One Shot, Jorge Manfredi’s Carniborrea and Ramon Lopez de Tejada’s Restaurant Antigua Abacería de San Lorenzo as well as city sights, old and new and the year of Murillo exhibition. Picture shows Ramon Lopez de Tejada owner of Restaurant Antigua Abacería de San Lorenzo, with Aoife Carrigy, Mimi Murray, Fiona Kelly and Sara Rivero of the Spanish Tourist Board, Seville. Watch here video highlights of the trip. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
The press releases were all about WestJet increasing capacity between Ireland and Canada next year. What the PR people didn’t mention that this is at the expense of the current route to St John’s in Newfoundland. There’s dismay there, with the news that the low-cost carrier is switching to Halifax instead for its Irish service to the Canadian Atlantic coast. Full story here.
Aer Arann Islands is to cease its PSO contract for the air service to the Aran Islands from Inverin airport on December 6. A local committee who met with the Gaeltacht Minister in na Forbacha Tuesday afternoon were told that if no agreement is reached, an alternative air service will operate from Shannon airport. Padraig O Ceidigh owns both airline and airport.
Salzburg hosted a group of key Irish travel media this week as it began commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the composition of Silent Night in Oberndorf. The group were treated to a performance of Oíche Chiúin in Irish by Martina Mathur playing a reconstruction of the Joseph Mohr’s 18th century guitar which was used when the hymn was first sung in 1818, joined by Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry. Picture shows Yvonne Rosenstatter of Tourism Salzburg, Aileen Eglington of AE consulting, Martina Trummer of Tourism Salzburg and Alice Rager of Tourism Salzburg at Hellbrunn Christmas market. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.
A good week for the regions. Ryanair is to add 45,000 extra seats in Cork for summer 2019. Full story here. Shannon, too, got extra services – with Ryanair to fly 2w to East Midlands Airport in England from April 5. Ryanair’s Ireland West Airport Knock summer 2019 schedule sees a new 2w service to Cologne and 13 routes in total. 46 weekly fights and 600,000 annual passengers. Ryanair also celebrated carrying 8m passengers at Knock since 1986.
Ireland’s historic win over the All Blacks at home has sparked a rush to get to next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. Darina Slattery‘s Unique Japan Tours 10 day trail by rail land only costs €2,500, with an extra €1,500 for tickets and flights to that. To see the first two pool games with tours, transfers, tickets, flights from €4000. Many people have tickets through official RWC website. Picture shows Andrew Fish of Finnair and Darina Allen of Unique Japan Tours at Himeji Castle. Robbie Sinnott of official agents Club Travel said there are options including five or six escorted tours for different durations, with flights with the likes of Finnair, Emirates and Qatar, transfers, match tickets and hotels and visits to four or five different cities. Freelance trips are also available, all with match tickets. “Sales-wise it’s flying – I launched it at the end of March and it’s probably three times ahead of what I’d expect it at this stage bookings-wise,” Robbie told Travel Extra. Unusually, he said it’s also “creeping up to the levels” of Club Travel Sports’ last Rugby World Cup in England and Wales. An unusual side effect of the interest was a rare radio appearance by Club’s owner Liam Lonergan on Newstalk.
The Visit USA Committee attracted a big crowd to its agent appreciation night coinciding with Thanksgiving Day in the States. All eyes were on the prizes, with Paul Keenan, from TUI in Dublin’s Talbot Street, taking home the top prize of return tickets to the US with Delta Air Lines. Wendy McCartney of Clickandgo, is pictured with Tony Lane, Visit USA, at the agent appreciation night, Church Bar, and restaurant, Dublin. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.
Pamela Brownlee’s Fly Away Travel is celebrating 10 years in business. There’s a €300 voucher competition running in the coming week on the company’s Facebook page to mark the occasion. Pamela is pictured with the team at the agency’s offices in Ballina, Co Mayo.
Sunway’s Mary Denton and Donegal’s Atlantic Travel made the headlines during the week – with operators hoping for a big freeze in snow-starved Lapland this year. Emma McHugh of Atlantic Travel said: “In terms of the weather there is a little panic at the moment but operators are saying there is a preservation of snow and snow canons to make sure activities can happen.”
Barbara Garcia, International Area Sales Manager at Paradores, provided an information evening on some of Spain’s most historic and atmospheric hotels and lodgings. See the album here. Teresa Gancedo of the Spanish Tourist Board, Rosa Ruiz of Innstant Travel (winner of return flights to mainland Spain from Dublin airport and 2 nights in any Paradores for two), and Juanjo Gonzalez of Paradores.
Ciara Mooney’s Freedom Travel is looking for recruits for its Naas and Celbridge offices. Applicants must have at least three years’ experience in leisure travel including dynamic packages. Other requirements include knowledge of GDS system and excellent product knowledge. Email email@example.com ph 0862056046.
Catherine Grennell Whyte, Linda Macken and team hosted a Flexible Autos breakfast product workshop in Ivy, Dublin. Picture shows attendees at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
The newly appointed Maria Regina Rubinetti, Dublin representative of the Italian Tourist Board, hosted the Italian ambassador and 30 key travel trade at an Italian food and wine event at Dunne & Crezenzi in Sandymount. The ambassador spoke passionately about Italian food week and how important Italy’s gastronomy has become in delivering its tourism message around the world. Ireland provides 345,000 visits to Italy, our sixth biggest outbound market. Dublin airport had 110 weekly flights to Italy in 2018 and new routes from Cork and Dublin are due to commence in 2018. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. Also watch here video highlights of the evening.
Navreet Gill of South Africa Tourism and partners hosted their best ever attended trade only event in Ireland at the Clayton Hotel in Ballsbridge. Picture shows: Xolani Mthethwa of Mpumalanga Tourism, Carel Stadler of Cape Town Tourism, Dianna Martin of Northern Cape Experience, Tom Vorster of Kruger Lowveld, Collin Thaver of Southern Africa 360, Becca Donaldson of British Airways, Navreet Gill of South Africa Tourism. Front: Esna Theron of Dirty Boots adventure guide, Tish Stewart English of Transfrontier Parks Destinations, Chris Herne and Belinda Spence of Drakensberg Experience, Alison Whitfield of The Blue Train, Mary Tebje of Eastern Cape Tourism and Zile de Kock of Marine Dynamics. South African Tourism appointed their new Trade Training Specialist Steven Balderston.
Carlos Feliu was appointed Bedsonline retail travel agents director for Iberia, England and Ireland with Tom Bell and Laura Smith as regional managers, following Bedsonline consolidation, with TravelCube customers migrating onto Bedsonline’s class-leading booking platform used exclusively by travel agents, enlarging the range of exclusively contracted content available to travel agents only – increasing hotels from 55,000 to 170,000. Picture shows Tom Bell with Jeanette Taylor of Sunway and Robbie Smart, who heads up the Irish operation.
Lisa Rabbite of Emirates and John Booty of Wendy Wu hosted five key travel trade in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. Picture shows Rosie Nugent of Cassidy Travel, Joe Lavers of Wendy Wu, Lisa Rabbiite of Emirates, Sarah Brady of George Barter Travel, Judy Coughlan of Dawson Travel, Alan Darby of Pab Travel, Mary Kane of Kane’s Travel Longford and Joe Lavers of Wendy Wu, Wendy Wu visit to Chinas, November 11-16 2018. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Dublin-based travel software company Datalex said it is looking at “additional opportunities” in the travel loyalty scheme market. Last month it signed a deal to supply its software to SAS.
Tryphavana Cross of Las Vegas CVA and Tara Magee of British Airways hosted key Irish travel trade, through the Clubworld Lounge at Heathrow and BA Clubworld Flight, Park MGM and Cosmopolitian Hotels, Grand Canyon with Maverick, lunch at Tropicana, dinner at Wynn and Magic Mike, Le Reve, a trip Downtown to the Golden Nugget and Machine Gun Vegas, breakfast at the wIcked Spoon, shopping at the Premium Outlets and lots of site visits. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. Also watch here.
- Watch here full briefing by the Commission of Aviation regulation at Worldchoice Conference 2018, on updates to the licensing and bonding system and the Package Holiday Directive.
- Watch here some highlights of the Travel centres annual conference in Fota.
- Venice police are under fire for fining a scooter driver in St Mark’s Square. The driver is aged four.
- Bali‘s Ayana Resort and Spa made international headlines after it banned calls, texts and social media use around its River Pool.
- An air marshal unintentionally shot himself in foot – one of 19 cases of firearms mishaps – while guns have been lost, misplaced or stolen in 70 cases, a CNN investigation found.
- An aircraft taking off from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport ran over and killed a man who was in transit while being deported from Spain.
- A dig in Pompeii has unearthed a fresco of a Spartan queen in an erotic tryst with a swan.
- A landslide caused a train outside Barcelona to derail, killing one passenger.
- An American tourist was murdered by tribespeople on a remote India island that forbids outsiders.
- The 12th Century Leaning Tower of Pisa has straightened itself out.
- Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House Museum has reopened after being renovated to appeal to a new generation of visitors.
- Kenya has placed giraffes on an endangered animals list.
Food & Beverage
The Glyde Inn in Co Louth has been named as the Irish Pub of the Year 2018 at the Irish Pub Awards 2018. Other winners: Innovative Pub of the Year – The Two Sisters in Dublin. Outstanding Customer Service – Hiway Bar and Restaurant in Dooradoyle, Co Limerick. Best Outdoor Space – Franciscan Well Brewpub in Cork. Best Music Pub – Warehouse Bar and Kitchen in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Best Local – Kenny’s Pub in Lucan, Dublin. Best Newcomer –Sanyford House in Dublin. Best personality – Brian Barrett of Geary’s Bar, Co Cork. Anne, Conor, Paul and Deborah O’Neill from The Glyde Inn, Annagassan, are pictured with their award. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Old Bushmills Distillery in Co Antrim has unveiled a new single malt whiskey. Called The Sexton, it’s got nothing to do with the rugby star, named instead after the Latin word ‘sacristanus’, meaning custodian of sacred objects.
British restaurant chain Leon is set to open in Ireland in 2019, with the first two outlets confirmed for a location in Dublin’s city centre and Dundrum Town Centre.
Approximately 800 new hotel rooms came on stream in Dublin during the first three quarters of 2018 – with 2,800 more hotel rooms currently in the pipeline, property company Cushman & Wakefield reported.
Dublin’s newest hotel, , has opened. The 4* hotel, owned and operated by Dalata Hotel Group, took approximately 24 months and a €40m investment to complete and has created 100 jobs.
The Conrad Dublin Hotel is to hit the market next year with an asking price of €120m-€125m.
The Garvey hotel and retail group – which owns two hotels in Dingle, Co Kerry, and supermarkets – has posted a post-tax profit of €4.29m.
- Tifco – with 24 hotels in Ireland – has been sold to the Apollo Group for €200m.
- Revenues at the firm behind the Trump International Hotel and Golf Links in Doonbeg, Co Clare, rose 15pc last year.
- Griffin Hotel Group, which runs Wexford’s Ferrycarrig Hotel and Monart Destination Spa and Hotel Kilkenny, warned “it would be prudent to note a significant tone of caution for 2018-2019 due to the prolonged period of uncertainty facing our sector due to Brexit” in latest accounts.
- Airbnb is being sued in a class action by a law firm in Jerusalem over its delisting of settlements in the occupied West Bank.
- Barnacles hostels – based in Dublin’s Temple Bar and Galway – have been sold for over €12m.
CAR reports there has been a marked increase in the number of based aircraft at Dublin Airport since 2014, which is driving increased demand for overnight aircraft parking stands and first‐wave departure slots. Ryanair has increased its first wave departures from 19 aircraft in 2014 to 31 aircraft in 2018, while Aer Lingus has increased its morning narrow‐body departures from 24 to 28 over the same period.
Dublin Airport’s T2 has handled 80m passengers since it opened on November 19, 2010, the DAA reported. Dublin Airport Retail Assistant Simona Jurguliene; Aidan Meagher (8), visiting from Sydney, and Michael Cooley, Dublin Airport Facilities, celebrate Terminal 2’s eighth birthday.
The first of a new generation of Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft destined for Ryanair has rolled off the production line at the manufacturer’s plant in Washington state. Ryanair will begin taking delivery of the first of up to 200 of the aircraft next spring.
The number of scheduled airlines at Dublin Airport has increased from 29 in 2014 to 46 in 2018. Ryanair and Aer Lingus generated up to 80pc of the airport’s growth in 2015 and 2016, while in 2017 and 2018, almost two thirds of the airport’s growth came from ‘other airlines’.
George Best Belfast City Airport officially opened its upgraded terminal facilities following a £15m investment. The new departures lounge features new shops, enhanced bars and restaurants, additional seating and a new security search area to reduce average queuing times to six minutes. Picture by Justin Kernoghan
A row erupted after it emerged that £75,000 was given to Loganair to for ‘marketing support’ in terms of the recently launched route from Derry Airport to Glasgow.
Watch here Meseret Tekalign of Ethiopian Airlines speaking about changes to the airline’s schedule. As first reported by Travel Extra, Dublin to Addis now involves a one hour stopover in Madrid, in which passengers will not leave the aircraft. Dublin to Los Angeles is no longer available.
- Shannon duty free won honours in the annual Retail Excellence Ireland Awards.
- Atlantic Aviation Group appointed Paul O’Brien as their new Chief Information Officer.
- EasyJet reported a 41pc jump in annual profits to €650m.
- MIT researchers have developed an aircraft that doesn’t need fuel – it runs on ionic winds.
- The Air Law Firm opened an office in Shannon and appointed a new senior associate, David Chamberlain.
- EasyJet’s Ali Gayward said it is at virtual capacity point at Belfast International Airport, according to the airline’s UK country manager and growth depends on the Aldergrove facility expanding or possibly even adding a new terminal.
- Aerolineas Argentinas President Luis Malvido said the company is virtually bankrupt and that it does not have resources to pay salaries.
- The DAA is aiming raising the cap on the number of passengers that Dublin Airport can handle from 32m to 35m a year.
- The pilot of the Lion Air aircraft that crashed last month, killing 189, desperately fought to keep the plane in the air even as it nose-dived to the ground.
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is seeking a new MD after Mike Rodwell announced he will retire next summer after 15 years in the role.
Hurtigruten said it will power a fleet of ships partly through environmentally friendlier liquified biogas – which is produced as dead fish and other organic waste decompose.
France and Ireland are looking for ways to strengthen direct sea trade between them as Brexit looms. French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne visited Dublin Port with French MPs, local elected officials and representatives from the Union des Ports Français (UPF) and from the ports of Brest-Roscoff, Calais, Cherbourg, Dunkerque, Le Havre and Nantes. The Minister was welcomed by Lucy McCaffrey, Chair of the Dublin Port Company for a visit of the facilities. Elisabeth Borne witnesses the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mériadec Le Mouillour, on behalf of UPF, and Michael Sheary, on behalf of the Irish Ports Association. Picture Conor McCabe.
Brittany Ferries‘ Pont-Aven, which plies the Cork-Roscoff route, is the first in the fleet to get the company’s new colour scheme. It and Amorique are currently under winter refits, and the new blue, orange and green logo will be extended to all of its ships in due course.
To mark 100 days until the launch of MSC Bellissima in Southampton, MSC announced last week that it will become the official global partner of Chelsea Football Club.
NCL Jade was forced to cut short its 10-day Caribbean itinerary due to mechanical trouble with the propulsion system.
Costa Luminosa responded to a distress call off the coast of Greece, and rescued 11 fishermen from a blazing boat.
Carnival Cruise line that anyone who violates its smoking policy will be fined $500 – and fellow passengers in their cabin may be kicked off the ship too.
Ireland is to get a National Surf Centre, to be based at Strandhill in Sligo. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced funding of just over €1m from Fáilte Ireland’s Large Capital Grants Scheme 2016-2022 to Sligo County Council for the development for the visitor attraction.
Killarney National Park is to get funding for a looped tourist walk around the lakes. Junior Minister Brendan Griffin is pictured with Michael Spillane, Fossa Way, Padruig O’Sullivan, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niamh O’Shea, President Kerry Branch Irish Hotels Federation, and Paul O’Neill, President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce. Full story here.
Ballyfin and a former home of Jim Hendrix’s bass player have been added to the latest edition of Ireland’s Blue Book.
Michelle Maguire, CEO of Ireland’s Blue Book; Damien Bastiat, General Manager of Ballyfin Demesne; and Kela Hodgins, proprietor of Dunowen House, are pictured at the launch of the 2019 45th Anniversary Edition of the hospital guide in the Merrion Hotel. Full story here. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.
Fáilte Ireland has recognised the work of its ambassadors who attract business conferences to the Republic. It revealed that 1,000 Conference Ambassadors have collectively brought over 1,500 international conferences worth €766.5m to Irish shores to date since 2009. Michael Cawley, Chairman Failte Ireland, and CEO Paul Kelly are pictured with the winner of the Conference Ambassador of the Year award Geraldine Boylan, Professor of Neonatal Physiology in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University College Cork, and Director of the INFANT Research Centre, who attracted two major medical conferences to the country. Photo: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography.
Ireland has been named the world’s top business travel destination at the Goldfinger Awards in travel held in Shanghai. Elaine LI, Tourism Ireland, is pictured accepting the award. Established ten years ago, the annual awards recognise the best destinations, hotels and professional conference organisers. James Kenny, Tourism Ireland’s Manager China, said: “Tourism Ireland has been working hard to build awareness of the island of Ireland in China.”
Tourism Ireland hosted travel and lifestyle journalists in the Netherlands for this year’s ‘Ierland Press Awards’. This was the 12th year of the awards, which recognise Dutch journalists, photographers and bloggers “who have written the most inspiring articles about holidaying on the island of Ireland over the past year”.
Pictured are Finola O’Mahony, Tourism Ireland; Fiona Field and Helen Collins, A Taste of West Cork Food Festival; Lenneke Hoope, Dutch journalist and winner of a press award in the ‘special interest’ category; Leo van Marrewijk, journalist and winner of a press award in the ‘newspaper’ category; Nanda Raaphorst, journalist and winner of a press award in the ‘lifestyle’ category; Danielle Neyts and Karen van der Horst, both Tourism Ireland, in Amsterdam.
Pat Slattery and Triona O’Mahony hosted members and guests at a Munster Vales conference and networking day at Cahir Castle. The marketing group now has 170 local tourist interests in the largely inland areas of north Cork, south Limerick, west Waterford and Tipperary. An involved panel discussion teased out the difficulties faced by small businesses, featuring Eoghan McCarthy of Ballyhass, Trevor McCarthy of Kilmallock medieval tours, Mark Rylands of Knockmealdown Active, Aisling O’Callaghan of Longueville House, Éimhín Ní Conchubhair of West Waterford food trail which has 42 stakeholders and Alan Boardman of Blackwater eco tours. Picture shows Marie Phelan, Pat Slattery, Triona O’Mahony of Munster Vales and conference moderator Eoghan Corry of Travel Extra. Watch here panel discussion chaired by moderator, Travel Extra‘s Eoghan Corry. Watch here welcome address by Pat Slattery, Watch here presentation by Triona O’Mahony Munster Vales conference and Watch here presentation by Justine Carey of Failte Ireland. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
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