TRAVEL Extra's Sunday Supplement: Cityjet goes white as last route rebrands with Aer Lingus

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Cityjet founder Pat Byrne

Things to know about travel this week

  • Cityjet’s last standalone route franchised to Aer Lingus
  • Kilkenny named foodie destination 
  • Irish outbound travel drops in July
  • Stena Forerunner adds 10pc capacity on Dublin Belfast
  • Turkish bring the A330 to Dublin
  • No delivery date yet for WB Yeats ferry
  • Belfast International has new owners

Video watch.

Animal rights protestors purchased tickets and jumped in the pools at Spain’s Loro Parque right before the dolphin show. Watch here.
Flash floods raged through Saalbach, one of Austria’s favourite mountain villages among Irish visitors. See here and here.

Milwaukee Irish Fest is the biggest of its kind, and was featured recently in the Sunday Supplement. Aer Lingus was there too, joining Northern band Cuig who were performing at the event. Watch here.

EasyJet said it wants women to make up one in five of its new cadet pilots by 2020 as it launched its recruitment camaign with a promo based on Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie Catch Me If You Can. Watch here.

  • British Airways celebrates its upcoming centenary with Mary Parsons from Worcestershire who is also about to turn 100. Watch here as they bring here to Ireland to meet her family.
  • Qatar Airways treats some children in Doha to celebrate the Eid festival. Watch here.
  • Etihad Airways goes behind the scenes at Milan Fashion Week. Watch here.
  • “Luxurious private suites. Fine dining. Onboard shower spas”: Emirates shows off first class onboard the A380. Watch here.
  • Asylum tourism is a thing in Australia, and ABC News reports on why people are drawn to the infamous  J Ward and Aradale in Ararat. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Cityjet network in 2003

In 2006 Cityjet had a substantial network under its own brand (pictured).This week the last of its branded routes came to a halt, as it agreed a franchise with Aer Lingus on the Dublin to London City service it has operated since 1994,The leasing arrangement between the two airlines, an ACMI lease will see CityJet provide two Avro RJ85 aircraft, flight and cabin crew, maintenance, and insurance to Aer Lingus for the purpose of operating the route. The arrangement indicates CityJet could be a serious rival to Stobart as the operator of Aer Lingus Regional routes when that contract comes up for renewal.  CityJet commenced its London City operation in January 1994.  Aer Lingus Commuter operated the route with BAe 146 aircraft October 1999 to October 2003.  BA CityFlyer currently operates up to seven weekday flights on the route which are code-shared with Aer Lingus. Cityjet’s next step is to convince their partner airlines that livery does not matter, enabling them to send their wet lease fleet on more economical W-patterns, as per the next stage of Pat Byrne’s masterplan for the airline. Éist anseo le Eoghan Corry, eagarthóir Trave Extralar cursai taistil na seachtaine.
There was some creative naming of the papal flights during Pope Francis successful visit to Ireland, Ei1979 for the flight from Dublin to Knock, EI2018 for the return flight, and more standard AZ4000 for the inbound Akitlilia charter and EI2408 for the outbound flight to Rome. Watch here video of the papal air schedule and some images from Mark Maxwell of the arrival at Dublin airport.
Stobart Air is removing two of three Embraer 195 jets from its Flybe franchised services out of Southend Airport just a year after introducing the aircraft. Four routes operated under the agreement – Milan Malpensa, Venice, Budapest and Prague will no longer operated by Stobart Air. A third Embraer jet owned by Stobart will continue to service Southend-Dublin a service that will be subject to competition from next year by Ryanair.
Irish Ferries revenue for Jan-June 2018 was up 0.7pc at €157.2m, but cash earnings (down 11.8pc at €26.1m, largely due to the lower lease revenue.  Cars and passengers carried were down 2pc and 3pc respectively. Performance was adversely affected by disruption of five weeks of schedules on the Dublin/ Holyhead route due to technical difficulties affecting the flagship vessel Ulysses and delays to WB Yeats, due to enter service with Irish Ferries during July 2018 on the overnight Dublin Cherbourg route. A cost of €7m from the WB Yeats delay and €6m from the Ulysses problems are to be taken in H2.  Irish Ferries said 88pc of customers were accommodated on alternative Irish Ferries sailings or via landbridge. The Group has not yet received a reconfirmed delivery date but the expectation is that the vessel will be delivered in late 2018. All contract payments made to FSG are covered by financial guarantees with 80pc of the contract price not becoming due until delivery.
Overseas trips made by Irish residents in July 2018 were down 2.2pc to 905,400 having been up 9.5pc in June.  Good weather or bad statistics?

Travel Trade

Worldchoice launched a Fam Trip to Namibia with destination management company Obeo Travel and Ethiopian Airlines.  The 10 night trip will depart on December 6th with Ethiopian Airlines and will showcase the best of Namibia including Safari & Desert experiences and the coastal town of Swakopmund all arranged by Obeo Travel. The group will also get to experience what Addis Ababa as a destination has to offer on their return journey.
The Travel Corporation’s  Sharon Jordan, Brian Hynes and Marissa Beck joined 360 of their fellow Travel Corporation colleagues in London, where they launched Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, Trafalgar and Costsaver trips for the 2019 selling season.
Topflight teamed up with Bellewstown Racesas the headline sponsor of the Best Dressed Competition on Thursday 30th August at the August Festival, won by Emma Jane Flynn from Termonfeckin who won a Topflight holiday for two to Sorrento!. The competition was judged by one of milliner Suzanne Ryan on left with winner Emma Jane Flynn and Maurice Shiels Sales Director of Topflight, always a winner in the best dressed category among his fans in the travel trade.
Watch here Sara Zimmerman of Travel Department speaking about the 2019 brochure launch. See more pictures hereor connect with the album on Facebook.

MSC sold 17,000 cruise packages in Ireland in 2017, and hope to grow that number in 2018. Watch here Antonio Paradiso speaking about the decade of MSC Cruise Line operations in Ireland. Watch here some of the celebrations on board MSC Meraviglia. Picture shows Rebecca Kelly of MSC with John Spollen of Cassidy Travel, President of the ITAA at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook or see official photo album here on Facebook.
ATTS are running a webinar week in September, October, November and December based , they say, on the positive feedback they got from our August webinar month. Contact via email: sales@atts.ie or call 01 882 8680. Agents are asked to keep an eye on their inbox for invitation links.

  • Jody Henson and Kirsty Dillury will be representing the state of Tennessee starting from the 1st September 2018.
  • Turkish Airlinesis offering the chance to win two tickets to Jason Derulo by following the link www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/mg3cdbq
  • The Atta Media Awards have been postponed until 2019 and the 31st August deadline has now been extended to 31 December 2018.
  • Caribtours, preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary next year, launched its 2019 brochure in Ireland offering twin centre breaks across the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Arabia, luxury escapes in Europe and America, best-sellers and new future classics. During September, Caribtours will give customers in Ireland the chance to save up to €300 on any 2019 holiday booked that month.
  • US-based online travel platform CheapAir revealed it has been hit by an extortion attempt by cybercriminals who threatened to flood its pages with negative reviews.
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Strange World

A 61-year-old man bitten by a shark off Cape Cod said he escaped by punching it in the gills after it clamped down on his leg.

  • Oui? No! French feminists have vandalised the new open-air street urinals in Paris, labelling them sexist and discriminatory. Eco-friendly urinals have been placed in public spots in recent months as an experiment to counter Paris’s problem of pee-soaked paths.
  • The city of Myrtle Beach in the US has made over $22,000 in a single year by issuing citations for people using “lewd, obscene or profane” words in public.

International


The Inaugural Ceremony of the 4th India Day hosted by the Ireland India council in conjunction with The Office of Public Works has been moved forward to12.00 noon today at Farmleigh. Guests on the day include Hon’ble Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle, Vijay Thakur Singh, Ambassador of India and Frances Fitzgerald TD and former Tánaiste. Irish visitor numbers to India rose 10.5pc to 36,440 in 2016. The event is free for all. Watch here video report of the launch event.  Watch here Oireachtas Foreign Affairs committee deputy chair Bernard Durkan speaking at the Ireland India council event. Watch here Prashant Shukla tribute to council member Eric Byrne. Watch here speech by Sean L’Estrange of Bank of Ireland. Watch here speech by Dr Jasveer Singh Puri. Watch here speech by Siraj Zaidi. Watch here speech by Manohar Lal Shorey. Watch herefull speeches and introductions. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • Balearic islands government launched ‘holiday rental check mallorca” – an app designed to check the legality of rental properties
  • Sixteen passengers were killed after a tourist bus heading to a resort in Bulgaria overturned and then plunged down a side road 66ft below the main route it had been on.
  • Passengers were forced to abandon ship in the middle of the night after thick smoke from a fire swept through the passenger decks of the Eleftherios Venizelos ferry, carrying 1,000 passengers and crew, from the Greek mainland towards Chania in Crete.
  • The craze for fining pebble-thieves has spread to Lararia Beach in Greece, where tourists who take the stones face fines of almost €1,000.
  • A Japanese tourist detained for an unspecified crime in North Korea has been freed.
  • A bear attacked and injured a 10-year-old boy out hiking with his family in Yellowstone National Park. His parents used pepper spray to fight off the bear, which is thought to have been defending its cub, the BBC reported.
  • Watch here the World’s top twenty water parks 2017. Watch here the World’s top 25 theme parks 2017. Watch here the World’s top twenty museums 2017

Food & Beverage

Irish Distillers plans to build a major new distillery – but not in its current Middleton site – to cope with the boom in Jameson whiskey worldwide, with Waterford and Youghal contenders, the Irish Independent reported. The report was later confirmed by the drinks giant.
Jameson sold 7.3m cases to date in 2017-18 and is now in double or triple-digit growth in over 80 markets across the world where it has become a recognised brand name.
Newly-opened Slane Distillery celebrated rolling out its first barrel. The inaugural cask contains new make malt whiskey using barley harvested on the Slane Castle Estate filled into a sherry hogshead. Slane Irish Whiskey Co-Founders Lord Henry Mount Charles and Alex Conyngham are pictured in the Tack Room of the Slane Distillery. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan
Visitor numbers to distilleries rose 6pc to 2,590,215 last year, according to industry group the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland. It added that 13 whiskey distillery visitor centres are currently in the planning or development stage.

Kilkenny was awarded the key Foodie Destination 2018 title by by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, for actively promoting itself through food festivals, gourmet trails or farmers’ markets. Kinsale has been named Foodie Town 2018 Participants from Kinsale are pictured with Liam Edwards, President of the RAI, and competition judges Zack Gallagher and Wendy Kavanagh, and Patrick Carey of sponsors FBD insurance.

  • English chocolatier Hotel Chocolat is preparing to follow up its entry into the market at Dundrum Town Centre with a new store at 1 GPO Buildings on Dublin’s Henry Street.
  • Sinead Ryan, Imperial Hotel; Alfonso Giugciano, Cornstore; Jennifer Lipinski, Oyster Tavern; Bryan McCarthy, Greenes Restaurant & Cask; and Ronan Marshell, CoqBull, at the launch of the Cork Gourmet Trail, which takes place on Saturday 22nd September. It will kick off at the Metropole Hotel at noon, before taking off on a culinary tour of some of Cork’s top restaurants. Photo: Joleen Cronin.
  • Dublin Chamber claims that the hospitality industry will suffer the most under Irish Water’s “unfair and unsustainable” proposed changes to commercial water price.“Numerous prominent hotels have contacted Dublin Chamber due to the fact they are facing hikes in the region of 40pc over the coming years. The impact of any new tariff framework on Ireland’s tourist industry should be closely considered. With hotels reportedly facing a VAT increase in the next national budget, the implementation of Irish Water’s proposals would represent a very significant added financial burden,” it claimed.

Hotels

Dublin will still have a shortfall of at least 1,100 hotel bedrooms by 2020, Fáilte Ireland warned in a new report, is “An Analysis of Tourism Accommodation in Dublin”. Full story here.
Tourism NI’s annual report estimated that by the end of 2018, hotel room numbers are likely to break the 9,500 level which is the biggest growth period in a decade. There were 2,176k visitors to `Northern Ireland from overseas in 2017.
Economist Jim Power believes the Government should keep the 9pc VAT rate, arguing: “I don’t think that you should adopt a tax policy based on what’s happening in a few hotels in Dublin.”

  • Dalata has acquired the lease of a London hotel currently under development. It will pay €100m for the property, which will have 212 room, and be branded Clayton Hotel Aldgate London.
  • Marriott International is to bring the luxury St Regis brand to Australia, with the St Regis Melbourne due to open in 2022.
  • The Hong Kong-owned firm that operates the luxury Fota Island in Cork recorded a modest loss last year as the company further invested in the resort. In 2013, the Kang family purchased the five-star resort for a reported €20m.
  • Savills hotels and leisure division is quoting €45 million for the five-star Druids Glen Hotel and Resort, which includes a 145-bedroom hotel and a 349-acre estate with two 18-hole championship golf courses.

Aviation

Turkish Airlines brought the A330 to Dublin today (28/08/2018). The aircraft with the call sign TC-JIM with a configuration of 30 businesses and 190 economy seats. Could this be a common sight to Dublin for the summer of 2019?
Aircraft journeys are taking longer than a decade ago, according to a report that claims the change is down to airlines “padding” their schedules to create the impression passengers were reaching their destinations on time. Carriers are adding extra time to flight schedules, in some cases up to 30 minutes, to ensure they maintain punctuality and are therefore less likely to be liable for compensation payouts, the investigation by Which? Travel claimed.
Laudamotion is to double its Airbus fleet to 18 aircraft in Summer 2019 following the completion of Ryanair’s purchase of a 75pc shareholding in it from founder Niki Lauda.
The ghost of the Ryanair Pilots group of 2013 re emerged on Thursday in a series of events that panned out exactly as called by Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry almost a year ago (listen to recap here). Enda Ryan president of the so-called Ryanair Transnational Pilot Group and Dirk Polloczek of the European Cockpit Association wrote to Ryanair on Thursday offering to become the one negotiating body for European pilots (a role which Evan Cullen of IALPA’s 95 pilots had claimed for themselves) with a core demand that pilots get contracts of employment governed by the laws of the countries in which they are based rather than Irish law. Éist anseo le Eoghan Corry, eagarthóir Travel Extra ar Adhmhaidin ar Raidio na Gaeltachta.
Datalex results for half year to end June 2018 indicate double digit growth across key metrics including commencement of platform revenue at Lufthansa and at the new South American loyalty coalition network customer, Multiplus, part of LATAM airlines group, both of which will go live in late 2018, and continued organic growth at existing customers. Report here and presentation here.
A review of Search and Rescue aviation operations recommended that the Department of Transport clearly assigns the Irish Aviation Authority with responsibility for the “legal and safety oversight” of civil aviation search and rescue activities to avoid confusion in future operations. The report found that the Irish Coast Guard did not have the “necessary knowledge” to monitor the technical safety regulations in the contract with the company that provides the helicopter search and rescue service.
The Belfast Telegraph got excited because the NI Statistics and Research Agency’s figures show numbers of travellers from across the border using Dublin Airport down 30,000 to 920,000. Dublin Airport data shows that the number of residents of the six counties using Dublin Airport in 2017 are up 9pc to 1.2m.  Nisra estimates are based on a general household survey.

  • Eirtech Aviation Services became the first Irish EASA Part M CAMO organization to have gained approval for A320neo, covering both engines types on the A320neo, CFM LEAP and Pratt and Whitney PW1100G. Aviator.areo
  • Justice Michael Quinn of the High Court granted an interim injunction preventing the members of City Leasing DAC, which has registered address in Limerick from holding a meeting of its members to consider a resolution to wind up the company.
  • Belfast International has new owners, Vinci Airports.
  • Kellogg is to move its European HQ from the Airside Business Park in Swords to be the anchor tenant at THREE Dublin Airport Central, which is a daa-developed six-floor office block located close to T2.
  • Weston Airport in Celbridge is seeking to ramp up executive jet services to create 200 jobs.
  • Antwerp-based VLM airlines ceased flying on Friday(again). Our sympathy with the staff of the airline which supported the Irish trade over the years.
  • Alan Joyce, the Tallaght-born CEO of Qantas, wants non-stop 22 hour 20 flights between Sydney and London. “We are challenging ourselves to think outside the box,” he said, mentioning onboard bars, crèches and sleeping areas “Boeing and Airbus have been actually quite creative in coming up with ideas,” he said as Qantas looks at the merits of the long-range Airbus A350 against Boeing’s 777X Bloomberg reported.
  • In something of a PR blitz, Laudamotion boasted about pilot pay increases and basic pay guarantees. A Captain must start on €90,000 a year, saying that is higher than Wizz (€56k), Level (€72k) and Eurowings (€78k). The maximum pay with allowances is up to €180,000. The guaranteed First Officer starting basic pay is €46,000k  (against Wizz’s €26k, Level at €38k and Eurowings, €44k), and up to €70k total First Officer pay.
  • US hedge fund Chicago-based Harris Associates took a €500m punt on Ryanair, making the investment in the belief that the airline is undervalued after months of labour strife, the Irish Independent reported.
  • The Military Aviation History Seminar in Baldonnel sold out.  The Military History Society of Ireland web-site has been updated.
  • Finnair will continue growing in Asia in summer 2019 with the capacity to Japan increasing by 15pc and to China by 12pc. Watch here our video of the Finnair media visit to Ireland’s world cup venues in Japan, Fukuoka, Fukuroi, Kobe and Yokohoma.
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Afloat

A recent visitor to Dublin, Princess Cruises’ ship Pacific Princess, rescued three fishermen from a life raft in the North Sea after their boat sank. The ship, which had visited Dublin just days earlier, made the rescue while on a cruise around Ireland and Britain.

Picture shows Anna Breen, Stena Line’s Freight Commercial Manager,  Captain Marcel Schaar of the Stena Forerunner and Belfast Harbour CEO Joe O’Neill ahead of the ferry’s first sailing from Belfast to Liverpool.  The 3,000 lane metre Stena Forerunner will increase weekly freight capacity on the service by almost 10pc. “Stena Line grew 6pc on the Belfast to Liverpool route this year and future plans include the introduction of two new build ferries on this service during spring 2020 and early 2021.”

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon, has started life with a bang – and was slightly damaged after striking Manhattan Terminal’s Pier 90 in New York after a Caribbean cruise.
Azamara Club Cruises’ new ship Azamara Pursuit was officially named in Southampton on Tuesday. Previously P&O Cruises’ Adonia, she was overhauled in the Bahamas and Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
Cork-based Safehaven Marine boat building company is attempting to set a new trans-Atlantic world record, Canada to Killybegs via Greenland and Iceland in its newest vessel – the XSV20 Thunder Child II.

Ireland

The CSO estimates total trips to Ireland by overseas residents in July 18 were up by 12.5pc compared to Jul17, to 1,160,500, Britain up 3.4pc to 353,300, Europe up 12.5pc to 422,800, N America up 24.5pc to 299,300 and others up 16.1pc to 85,200.
Failte Ireland’s recent 2017 topline regional tourism performance and research by TourismNI indicate that five counties, Antrim, Kerry, Cork, Galway and Dublin, continue to attract the bulk of overseas visitors to the island. Watch here each of the 32 counties ranked as to their tourism performance.
ITIC’s tourism pre-budget submission (“supporting Ireland’s largest indigenous industry”) calls for maintaining tourism Vat rate at 9pc, monitoring labour and business costs and continued suspension of Airport Departure Tax, increasing current government spending on tourism by €50m per annum plus increasing capital spending to deliver new products of scale and international appeal.
Travel incentive buyers from Canada were brought around Kerry and Cork to learn more on how they can programme these counties for future high-end incentive programmes for their corporate clients in Canada. The visit is hosted by Fáilte Ireland’s Meet in Ireland team, in collaboration with Tourism Ireland and locally with the Kerry and Cork Convention Bureaux. The Canadian buyers are pictured at Deenach Lodge, Killarney National Park, with Mary Browne, Fáilte Ireland, Sandra Moffatt, Tourism ireland, Becky Hargrove, Kerry Convention Bureau, Mary Browne, Fáilte Ireland. 
Among the 2,500 events for Heritage week was a tribute to the nine native Irish dog breeds at Oldbridge Estate in Co Meath. There were, alas, no Wicklow collies, raising the concern for this near extinct breed. There were lots of wolfhounds with exotic names, Kerry beagles and Kerry blues trying to kill each other. There was poetry. Nobody warned us there would be poetry.
Red deer can once again be seen roaming the grounds of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Co Clare.
Watch here Tipperary Crystal event at the Curragh where they hosteds the newly crowned Rose of Tralee.

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Deal Watch

Insight Vacations offer:  Amazing Spain and Portugal escorted tour, from €1,609 per person sharing, including flights, transfers and eight 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 17. http://www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
Sunway offers:  ‘Wonders of China’ escorted tour, includes flight ex Dublin, taxes, 9  nights twin share in 3 & 4* Hotels, 3 internal flights, complimentary airport transfer, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Visa entry is not included. Subject to availability and change, from €2529pp, depart February 23. Dublin to France for ‘Taste of Bordeaux’ river cruise, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing  outside stateroom with French balcony, 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 €2695pp, depart October 25. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico, from €1455pp, depart December 1. Dublin to India  for ‘Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure’ 15-day adventure tour, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage pp, 14 night’s accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Subject to availability and change, from €2175pp, depart November 24. Dublin to Kusadasi, 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Hotel,  from €459pps, depart October 27. Dublin to Salou, 7 nights self catering 2* Pins Platja, from €299pp, depart September 23. Dublin to Salou, 7 nights half board 3* California Garden Hotel , from €399pp, depart September 23. Dublin to US, flights, 3 Nights Wyndham New York – Room Only Basis, 4 Nights Las Vegas Stratosphere – Room Only Basis, from €829pp, resort fees payable locally in New York & Las Vegas. Dublin to Thailand, Phuket and Elephant Hills, flights, 1 Night B&B Apsara Resort Khao Lak, 1 Night full board Elephant Hills, 5 Nights B&B The Old Phuket Hotel, from €1339pp, depart June 2019. Dublin to Barcelona for Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise, premium all inclusive, depart October 21. www.sunway.ie
Topflight offers: Dublin to Sicily, 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, from €749pps, depart October 6. Dublin to Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Villa Maria, from €729pps, depart September 22. Dublin to Sicily, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Villa Diodoro, from €1049pps, depart September 15. Dublin to Lake Garda, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Garda, from €869pps, depart September 22. Dublin to Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* Aqualux Spa Hotel, from €1269pps, depart September 22. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol from €999pps, depart September 30. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, from €929pps, depart September 16. Dublin to Tuscany, 7 nights B&B 4* Terme Marine Leopold II, from €769pps, depart September 14. Dublin to Lake Garda, 7 nights half board 4* Continental Hotel, from €799pp, depart September 22. Dublin to Italy for The Italian Lakes and St Moritz fully-escorted tour, includes return flights from Dublin, 7 nights B&B at the 4* Hotel Como, full day excursion Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore, boat trip to Isola Bella, excursion to Villa Balbianello, trip on the Bernina Express train, excursion to St Moritz, from €999pps, depart September 26. www.topflight.ie / www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call Topflight on 01 240 1700 /  028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent

Tour America offers: Dublin to Rome, flights, transfers, 7 nights on MSC Meraviglia, from €819pp based on two adults sharing an interior cabin, depart winter 2018. Dublin to Barcelona, 10 nights onboard MSC Sinfonia, from €989pp based on 2 adults sharing an oceanview cabin, depart November 27. Dublin to Abu Dhabi for 7 nights onboard MSC Splendida, from €1149pp, based on 2 adults sharing an interior cabin, depart December 16 or January 20. Dublin to Barcelona, 3 night mini cruise onboard MSC’s latest ship MSC Bellisima, from €469pp based on 4 adults sharing a balcony cabin, depart March 12, 2019. Dublin to Barcelona, 7 night Western Mediterranean cruise onboard MSC Seaview, from €1219pp based on 2 adults sharing a balcony cabin, depart September 28, 2019. Dublin to Copenhagen, 7 night Northern Europe cruise  onboard MSC Meraviglia, from €1149pp based on 2 adults sharing a balcony cabin, depart September 8. 7 night Caribbean & Cuba cruise-only, onboard MSC Armonia, out of Miami, from €399pp based on 2 adults sharing an interior cabin, depart November 11, 2019. Dublin to Orlando from, Virgin Atlantic flights, 7 nights hotel, from €499pp based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart June 2019. Dublin to Las Vegas, Virgin Atlantic flights, four nights hotel, from €569pp based on 4 adults sharing, depart January 2019. Dublin to San Francisco, flights with Virgin Atlantic, 4 nights hotel accommodation, from €719pp, based on 4 adults sharing, depart January 2019. www.touramerica.ie
TUI offers: Cork to Costa Del Sol, 7 nights all inclusive 4* Globales Playa Estepona, from €539pps, depart September 9. Dublin to Algarve, 7 nights all inclusive 3*+ Yellow Alvor Garden, Alvor, from €669pps, depart September 9. Shannon to Lanzarote, 7 nights all inclusive 3*+ Lanzasur Splash, Playa Blanca, from €539pps, depart September 10. Cork to Lanzarote, 7 nights B&B 3* Caybeach Sun, Playa Blanca, from €479pps, depart September 11. Dublin to Majorca, 11 nights all inclusive 4* Globales Bouganvilla, Sa Coma, from €769pps, depart September 11. Cork to Costa Dorada, 7 nights self-catering 3* Sunclub Apartments, Ca de Salou, from €499pps, depart September 11. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights all inclusive 2* Bellevue Minerva, Alcudia, from €459pps, depart September 12. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights all inclusive 4* Globales Bouganvilla, Sa Coma, from €479pps, depart September 12. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 4* TUI Family Life Playa Feliz, Bahia Feliz, from €439pps, depart September 13. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights all inclusive 5* Holiday Village Majorca, Cala Millor, from €1914 (2+1), depart September 14. https://www.tuiholidays.ie call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store /travel agent.
U by Uniworld offer: The Seine Experience river cruise,from  €1,749 per person sharing, including flights, 14 meals, included excursions, local celebrity DJ party and 7 nights in a studio stateroom on board the stylish The B. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking, depart October 20.  www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803.
Finnair has a Japanese Seat Sale for sale with return flights to all destinations in Japan from €579 including taxes.

 

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