TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Corks pop for Cork at world airport awards

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Things to know about travel this week

  • World champions: Cork airport wins 4m category Routes marketing award  
  • Investment boost from USA for Angela Walsh’s CTM
  • Really? Michael O’Leary aims to leave Ryanair in 2021
  • Sunway to cease printing glossy brochures next year
  • Chicago and North Cyprus host the trade
  • Lorraine and Clem triumph at Amadeus golf day
  • More noise about noise regulation at the airport

Video watch.

Virgin Holidays has opened what it has billed as the world’s first airport Departure Beach, in Barbados. Watch here. A witness recorded the sound of dozens of shots being fired near Miami International Airport between police and a suspect wielding a machine-gun, NBC reported.

  • Aer Lingus gives the lowdown on its latest US destination, with a report from Minneapolis-St Paul watch here.
  • Emirates brings us on a tour of its refreshed Business Class Cabin in 2-2-2 layout on the Boeing 777-200LR (watch here). If that’s a bit out of our price bracket, there’s always economy on the A380 (watch here).
  • Jocelyne and Piete are a couple with a difference – they are walking down the passenger aisle to get married at Schiphol Airport. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

How should agents deal with customers when it comes to selling a snow holiday? Check out the knowledge section in the October 2018 print edition of Travel Extra which will be arriving at agencies in the coming days. Catherine Murphy has complied the most extensive guide to developments in snow holidays in print anywhere. We take a sneak preview of Celebrity Edge, the last and most exciting of this year’s cruise ship launches, update developments on tourism to the main Asian markets with Dublin airport’s new flights, report on how the timings of Aer Lingus new destinations will impact on Dublin airport, the airport’s plans for expansion post north runway, Destinations reviewed include Beijing, the World Cup cities of Japan, Honeymoon islands of Thailand, Club Med’s product in Tignes and the 2019 Ian Dempsey ski trip destination of Bad Hofgastein. Travel Extra‘s team of award winning travel writers and photographers are already trotting the globe preparing the November 2018 issue which will set out what to expect from the cruise industry in 2019. See the print issue here

Oneworld nominated Tallaght-born Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to serve as its Chairman for the next two years. He succeeds Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo who has left the airline. Joyce, who was was presented with the Scroll of Dublin, told the audience that Ireland owes a debt to Aer Lingus for creating aviation pioneers at home who have moved around the globe. “It was an amazing company,. Without it, you wouldn’t have Tony Ryan, Michael O’Leary, Conor McCarthy or Willie Walsh.” ”  Joyce met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins as part of a trade delegation from Australia and New Zealand supported by the IDA, the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce and the Trans-Tasman Business Circle. Read it and weep/laugh – Australian Financial Review’s take on Joyce’s visit home, “misty Gaelic sentiment”, the forming “farming country” of Tallaght? And our “Leprechaun-like Irish President, Michael Higgins.” Catch the full  article here.

David Bonderman was re-elected Ryanair chairman with 70.5pc of votes, compared to 89pc who voted in favour last year. Kyran McLaughlin the long-standing “Senior Independent Director” was re-elected with 66.9pc of the votes, and so were Michael Cawley with 81.9pc and Howard Millar with 78.5pc at Thursday’s AGM.  Michael O’Leary was re-elected by 98.5pc, compared to 99pc support in the previous two years.  Media are normally excluded from the meeting, but this was changed on the day and members of the media were allowed after reporters from the Irish Independent, RTÉ and the Financial Times accessed the event as shareholder proxies. Mr O’Leary said he had been asked by the company’s remuneration committee to extend his contract beyond 2019 and that he intended to do so. The usual post AGM media briefing was restored, having also been cancelled. Michael O’Leary said he was in discussion with the board about a possible two or three-year contract with a 12-month rolling contract to follow “I am not sure whether I want to sign up to another five years, that would take me up to 62. I’m not sure Mrs. O’Leary would be happy.” Alison Kennedy of Aberdeen who have an 0.9pc stake in Ryanair, said the length of time both Bonderman and Kyran McLaughlin have been on the board suggests a lack of focus on board succession planning; excessive tenure also calls into question an individual’s independence and objectivity.”

North Cyprus ground handlers Cyprus Premier and Turkish Airlines hosted a group of Irish tour operators this week to showcase the high-end hotel product on offer in the tiny enclave the size of Tipperary or Tyrone.  Picture shows Onur Sener Tour Guide, Declan Mescall of Travelbiz, Alper Kanburoglu of Turkish Airlines, Caolan Lowry of Clickandgo, Sharlene Hogan of Club Travel, Kathy Cashe of Sunway, Carla Lawlor of Cassidy Travel, Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra in the Acapulco Hotel, Kyrenia.

The group saw all inclusive and other luxury hotels in Kyrenia, Famagusta and Bafra, such as the Palm Beach hotel in the lead photograph. They stayed at the Acapulco and the enormous Noah’s Ark and visiting monasteries, the region’s only winery, crossed the green line at Nicosia, sampling a boat trip where Alper Kanburoglu of Turkish Airlines and Sharlene Hogan of Club Travel did some unique swimsuit branding. Travel Extra’s impression is that the region offers an exotic, slower paced and more Asian alternative to other countries in the region. Tourism to the region is controversial as the territory is regarded as occupied and the self-declared Turkish speaking republic of North Cyprus is not recognised by the UN or any country other than Turkey. Issues such as repatriation and compensation for land seized during the 1974 Turkish invasion remain unresolved. As a result one tour operator dropped its plans to brochure North Cyprus for the 2018 season. The group flew with Turkish airlines double daily 737 service to Istanbul as all flights to the region pass through Turkey. An application for direct charter flights from Ireland was rejected in 2006, two years after a reunification referendum was rejected by Cyprus and passed by North Cyprus. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Martina Coogan, Country Manager of United Airlines, hosted media faces on a four-day tour of Chicago in association with Choose Chicago. Ironically, the Windy City was nothing of the sort as the temperature hit 31C, and the real Windy City was back at home in Ireland as Storm Ali loomed. The group packed in all the sights, taking in Wrigley Field, a Gospel brunch, blues night, jazz and a VIP early-hours trip to the Skydeck in Willis Tower, 103 floors above the city. Martina and some (but not all) of the Irish contingent even braved the Ledge – 1.5 inches of glass that juts out from the building more than a 1,000 feet up in the clouds. Martina is pictured with the Irish group at the Chicago Bean, in the heart of the city.  See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

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It is squeaky bum time on the issue of noise regulation for Dublin airport. Independents4Change TD and former airport worker Clare Daly claimed in the Dáil that Fingal County Council has a financial conflict of interest in its responsibility for monitoring noise pollution at Dublin Airport as it was the council’s biggest ratepayer.  Fingal County Council is inviting the public to view and make submissions on the Draft Noise Action Plans for Dublin Airport 2019-2023 with information Sessions at County Hall Swords – Monday 8th October, 4-7pm and Civic Offices Blanchardstown Tuesday 9th October, 4-7pm. The data released shows an increase in the population within typical noise (Lden) 55 dB(A) (kitchen) noise contours as has the much smaller numbers experiencing 60 dB(A) (heavy traffic) and above, which may reflect increased use of the cross-wind runway 16/34 when 10/28 was being rehabilitated in 2016.

Travel Trade

The news of one of the big travel investments of the year in an Irish agency is out. Angela Walsh’s Corporate Travel Management, which employs 40 people in Cork, Shannon and Westport, received an investment boost with Richard Leibman’s Houston Texas based FROSCH taking 50pc of the business, now FROSCH-CTM, providing technology to enable expansion in the Irish market. CTM was founded in 2000and says the investment offers an advanced suite of technology, including the addition of mobile applications and comprehensive passenger tracking.

Lorraine Cunningham and Clem Walshe of Localmarketing.ie took home the prizes at the annual Amadeus Golf Trophy, held in Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Club. Picture shows with Clem Walshe with Olwen McKinney, Claudio Santos and Siobhan Bosket of Amadeus. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

Travelport Digital picked up the award for best content distribution strategy at the Irish Content Marketing Awards in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. David MacHale  Director of Marketing at Travelport Digital is pictured with Lita Notte, Brand and Marketing Consultant (judge); and Paul Donnelly, Performance Marketing Director, Imperic Media.

Julienne Curran of Turkish Airlines hosted key Irish corporate trade partners at the Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference in Istanbul where 900 participants from 71 countries heard from keynote speaker Mike Walsh. author of Futuretainment and other speakers. Picture shows Julienne Curran with Karl Lonergan of Club travel and Leila Dunphy from Aercap. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Margaret Kilduff from Joe Walsh Tours is the August finalist of the Blue Insurance car draw with a chance of winning a new Toyota Yaris Hybrid from Toyota Sandyford. The next draw takes place on the first week in October.

  • Is this the end of the glossy printed holiday brochure? Sunway are to cease printing brochures for the 2019 season, moving all their content online. In 2016, TUI Travel said it is to phase out holiday brochures by 2020.
  • The Topflight ski roadshow will start in Portlaoise Sept 26th. with further dates in Harbour Hotel Galway Sept 27, Metropole Hotel Cork Oct 3, Strand Hotel Limerick Oct 4, Mount Errigal hotel Letterkenny Oct 10, Malmaison Belfast Oct 11, and a Dublin Venue TBC Oct 16.
  • The Competitions Commissioner cleared Ciaran Mulligan’s €70m Blue Insurances deal.
  • Oroko is seeking a luxury travel sales specialist  (first hand knowledge of 5-star destinations and travel providers.at least 5 years’ experience in the long haul retail travel industry) and a luxury ski travel specialist (ski experience and at least five years’ experience in the ski retail travel industry).
  • Aer Lingus is seeking a North Atlantic pricing analyst in the network revenue department.

Strange World

Venice tourists could be fined €500 for sitting in undesignated spots, said the city’s mayor amid wider efforts to crack down on undesirable tourist behaviour.

  • You had one job…. At least Cathay Pacific saw the funny side of a blooper when its name was misspelt on the side of a new aircraft, spotted at Hong Kong International Airport.

International

Tanzania’s president John_Magufuli declared four days of national mourning after 136 people died in a ferry accident on Lake Victoria.

Bali aims to curb westerners in bikinis posing in front of sacred temples in a decline in the “quality of tourists” visiting the island.

Is overtourism wrecking cities? The UNWTO has published a report taking the views of residents in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Munich, Salzburg and Tallinn – and proposes solutions.

  • Australia is to hunt and kill sharks believes to have been involved in multiple attacks in which swimmers were critically off the Whitsunday Islands.
  • A court sentenced a British woman to three months’ jail in connection with a brawl which broke out after her friends took selfies with a sleeping businessman in a Dubai hotel lobby.
  • Germany has introduced the world’s first hydrogen-powered train to serve towns on a 100km stretch of track in the north of the country, it was reported.
  • A sphinx wearing a cobra crown has been discovered in a tomb in Aswan, Egypt.

Food & Beverage

The Licensed Vintners Association and the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland jointly called on the Government to retain the 9pc VAT rate for the hospitality sector in Budget 2019.

  • Selected chefs will host evening dining experiences on a monthly basis at the home of GIY in Waterford
  • Parent company Swigmore Inns reported that profits at landmark Dublin pub Doheny & Nesbitt fell 51.5pc to €291,223 last year.

Hotels

The hospitality sector faces a struggle to attract new staff in a full employment economy, with increasing competition for a diminishing labour pool, warns former Irish Hotels Federation president Michael Vaughan. He chaired a group compilng a new report into the skills situation in the sector, which he said has suffered from poor career perception in the past. Download the full report here.

Trivago’s autumn break price survey places Dublin (€182) joint third most expensive destination among 15 surveyed cities, with New York (€252), Amsterdam (€193), Sydney (€182), Paris (€169) completing the top five. The IHF contends that Trivago’s data covers just 3pc of the city’s hotel bookings.

  • Mandarin Oriental is to open a luxury resort at Laem Singh Bay in Phuket, and due to open in 2022.
  • Derry’s Roe Park Resort, outside Limavady, is to invest €556,000 in its wedding and event services facilities.

Harcourt Developments, the proprietor of Donegal’s Lough Eske Castle Hotel, has appointed Donal Cox as the venue’s new general manager. Pictured are Bridgeen Carr, Director of Finance, Lough Eske Castle; Clement Gaffney, Group Hotels Operations Manager of the Harcourt Collection; Donal Cox General Manager, Lough Eske; Kresimir Krezo Deputy General Manager; and Lisa Marshall Director of Sales and Marketing.

  • Tripoint Investments, the Kerry-based hotel group that operates Cork’s five-star Hayfield Manor, reported pre-tax profits rising to €5.455m last year.
  • British chain Premier Inn is to open its first venue in Dublin City Centre – and second in the Republic – at a new 97-bedroom hotel on Dublin South Great George’s Street.

Aviation

Cork airport won the  marketing award for airports under 4m passengers at World Routes in Guangzhou. Shannon Airport was also shortlisted in Cork’s category alongside Billund Airport, Denmark; London Southend Airport, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Brussels Airport was named the Overall Winner and also won the 20-50 Million Passengers category, a category where Dublin was shortlisted alongside Athens, Copenhagen and Oslo. Nurnberg won the 4-20m passenger category, Singapore Changi Airport the the over 50m category and Canary Islands the destination category, of which Tourism Ireland was a previous winner.  Picture shows Managing Director at Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy; Aviation Marketing Analyst at Cork Airport, Cindy Hugon-Duprat; and Head of Aviation Marketing at Cork Airport, Daragh Hanratty; with brand director of Routes, Steven Small.

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The French Supreme Court confirmed Ryanair’s position that the E101 certificates issued by Ireland for pilots and cabin crew temporarily based in Marseille are binding to France.  Ryanair is to appeal a decision by a Spanish judge in Tenerife ruled that a former Ryanair pilot should have been considered an employee and not an independent contractor. Spanish pilots’ union Sepla filed a collective lawsuit in the High Court against the company over contracts in early August. Ryanair marketing director Kenny Jacobs said he expected comprehensive labour deals in all Ryanair markets by Christmas and said threatened industrial action led by Italian union CGIL and Belgian union CNE with allies in Portugal, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands on September 28 may not proceed. Michael O’Leary said the decision to recognise trade unions last year was his and that it shocked Ryanair’s other board members.

  • Ryanair marketing director Kenny Jacobs repeated that B737 MAX 8 would not be used in the transatlantic market and instead used to extend its existing European operations farther into North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe
  • Brussels Airlines is considering whether to move its wet-lease arrangement from Ireland’s CityJet, following longer-than-anticipated delays in solving technical problems with its Russian-built Sukhoi Superjet 100s.
  • United Airlines has begun a new boarding process in an effort to combat overcrowding near gates.
  • Ruth Kelly led Goshawk Aviation closed the acquisition of SKY Leasing’s Irish subsidiary and its 51 aircraft, creating a top 10 aircraft lessor with a fleet of 223 aircraft and a value of US$11.4bn.
  • Officials from Switzerland’s Valais Canton said PowdAir Ireland, the  airline that was to have been based in Sion, Switzerland wasted public funds and a fraud investigation could be opened.
  • Air France won the Best Airline Wine List in the World title at The 2018 World’s Best Wine Lists awards  at the Vintners’ Hall, London.

Aer Rianta International’s new CEO Ray Hernan identified the Asia Pacific as a target for expansion: We have a good foothold with Delhi, Auckland and Jakarta but I think we need scale in a region to really start to make an impression, and said he is looking forward to the opening of ARI’s perfumes, cosmetics, sunglasses and fashion jewellery concessions at Abu Dhabi midfield terminal due to open 2019. Picture shows Mauricio Guzman, National Sales Manager Allied Imports; Rachel McDarby, Aer Rianta International; Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher; and John Whelan, DAA, at the launch of Tipperary Crystal’s new store at Terminal 2, Dublin Airport, September 19. 

Paul O’Kane said Dublin Airport will shortly begin a formal consultation process on a €900m capacity investment plan which will allow Aer Lingus – and all our other airline customers – to continue to grow their business at Dublin Airport. That plan, which includes provision for a 30pc increase in aircraft parking stands, new boarding gate piers, enlarged immigration and CBP areas, and modifications to the two existing terminals at Dublin Airport, is complementary to the North Runway project. Listen here to Paul O’Kane on RTE Morning Ireland.

  • Kerry Airport is seeking to recruit a General Manager. 
  • Gary Montgomery said seating specialist Thompson Aero Seating is to move to new purpose-built premises in Portadown having grown its workforce from 364 to 739 in 2017. Clients include Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines, China Eastern and Philippine Airlines. 
  • British Airways is improving its connection service at Heathrow so that, when the airline identifies a number of customers are transferring to the same flight, it will now arrange for a vehicle to transfer them to their next flight. 
  • Stobart Group’s pre-close trading statement in advance of the announcement of interim results reported: “passenger numbers at London Southend Airport up by 37pc driven by Ryanair but made no reference to Aer Lingus Regional or to the delays at Carlisle airport.
  • The Federal Government of Nigeria suspended its national airline project.
  •  Strike action has been averted at Luton Airport after baggage handlers, check-in staff, passenger service assistants and security staff employed by Menzies Aviation were offered a pay rise of 8.75pc.
  • Uachtarán Michael D Higgins visited Dublin Airport’s Fire Station to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its emergency services.

Afloat

Celebrity Cruises’ second Edge-class ship, Celebrity Apex, will be named in Southampton and sail a mini-season from there in 2020.

Saga Cruises will name its first new-built new ship Spirit of Discovery at at its homeport of Dover on July 5th, 2019

  • Royal Caribbean will no longer offer its private in-room babysitting service, Sitters at Sea, from the end of September.
  • Celebrity’s signature adventure cruise ship in the Galapagos, the 100-passenger Celebrity Xpedition, emerged from dry dock after a one-week refurbishment
  • After its inaugural season sailing the Caribbean out of Miami, Norwegian Encore will cruise out of from New York in April 2020.
  • Silversea said its new ship, Silver Moon, will depart on its inaugural cruise, from Trieste to Civitavecchia on August 6, 2020 and spend its maiden season in the Mediterranean. Five Silversea ships will sail 54 cruises in the Mediterranean in 2020-21. Four will sail 29 cruises in Northern Europe. The line will offer will offer 10 Arctic itineraries and 11 Antarctic itineraries, and will base three ships in Alaska and the Russia Far East, offering 21 voyages. All Europe and Canada/New England cruises longer than a week will feature an overnight stay.
  • Storm Ali winds pulled the Oceania Nautica from its moorings, with passengers on board, and pushed it out to sea in Greenock, Scotland.

Ireland

Tourism Ireland and 13 companies met tour planners and travel agents on a three-city sales blitz to Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax. Picture shows Sandra Moffatt, Tourism Ireland; Brett Walker, Colette Vacations; Jonathan Sargeant, Royal Irish Tours; Eamonn McEneaney, Waterford Treasures; John Higgins, National Trust – Giant’s Causeway; Fiona Delahunty, Griffin Group; Louise McGee, B&B Ireland; John Healy, Moloney & Kelly; Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland; and (front, l-r) Rebecca Seeds, CIE Tours International; Aoife Fee, Tourism NI; Ghilian Campbell, Visit Armagh; Siobhan Byrne Learat, Adams & Butler; Steve Royston, The Irish Tourism Group; and Bridgette Brew, Galway 2020.

Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin met media outlets, including the NBC Golf Channel and attended a Tourism Ireland roundtable meeting in New York.

New YOrk based Emmy award-winning PBS travel series  Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi filmed in Dingle, sean nós dancing in Killarney, the Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna and a performance by traditional flute player Christy Barry in Gus O’Connor’s in Doolin.

Deal Watch

Insight Vacations offers: Dublin to Italy for 11-day Best of Italy escorted tour, was €2629 per person sharing, now €2,349 per person sharingincluding flights, transfers, and 10 nights’ accommodation in central locations. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by September 30, 2018, depart November 17. www.insightvactions.com  or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA offers for solo travellers: Dublin to Spain, 6 nights in 3* or 4* accommodation, transfers, programme of daily tours and visits, bed & breakfast, welcome dinner, expert tour manager, checked luggage, tours, from €1129pps, depart  October 2018 or April 2019 with Grenham Travel on http://itaa.ie/2018/09/16/classical-spain-solo

Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights B&B in the Argana Hotel or upgrade to half board from €523, from €457pp, depart December 1 with Grogan Travel on http://itaa.ie/2018/09/17/solo-in-morocco

Dublin to Reykjavik, 4 nights B&B, from €1149pp, depart October 25 with Wallace Travel Group on http://itaa.ie/2018/09/17/solo-in-iceland

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Sunway offers: ‘Best of Eastern Canada end Montreal Escorted Tour, includes flight ex Dublin, taxes, 8 nights twin share in 4 & 5* Hotels, complimentary schedule airport transfer, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Price includes early payment discount of €189.00 per person. Subject to availability and change, from €2185pp, depart Dublin May 10. ‘Treasures of the Main and the Rhine’ river cruise from Nuremburg to Amsterdam, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing Cat D outside stateroom with fixed window, full board basis with unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily complimentary hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €135pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2019pp, depart Dublin December 28. Dublin to France, 7 nights all inclusive 4 Trident Club Med Tignes, from €1495pp including lift pass and tuition, depart December 9. Dublin to Peru for ‘Inca Discovery’ 8 day tour, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage pp, 7 night’s accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Price includes saving of €153pp, tour must be booked by September 30. Subject to availability and change, from €2015pp, depart January 16. Dublin to Kusadasi, 7 nights B&B 3* Esat Hotel from €455pps, depart October 27. Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Tilila Studios from €376pp, depart October 3. Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights B&B 3* Tildi Hotel from €449pp, depart October 3. Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights B&B 4* Agadir Beach Club from €549pp, depart October 3. Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights B&B 5* Atlantic Palace from €599pp, depart October 3. Dublin to Thailand for Koh Samui and Koh Phangan combo, 7 nights from €1179pp, depart May/June 2019. Dublin to Thailand for Phuket and Phi Phi Island combo, 7 nights from €1125pp, depart May/June 2019. Dublin to US for Miami Stay, Cococay, Bahamas Fly Cruise and Las Vegas trip, includes 2 nights Miami, 4 night Cruise onboard Navigator of the Seas, plus 4 nights Las Vegas from €1345pp, depart May 4. Dublin to Barcelona for 7-night Mediterranean cruise onboard MSC Bellissima from €899pp, depart September 13. www.sunway.ie

Topflight Italian Deals: Dublin to Giardini Naxos, Sicily, 7 nights half board 4* ATA Naxos Beach Resort, from €929pps was €1179, depart September 29. Dublin to Desenzano, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Villa Maria, from €629pps was €799, depart September 29. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €999pps was €1249, depart October 14. Dublin to Letojanni, Sicily, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Delle Palme, from €579pps was €829, depart September 29. Dublin to Malcesine, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Diana, from €559pps was €810, depart October 6. Dublin to Malcesine, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Europa, from €799pps was €1054, depart October 6. 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 4* Chalet La Vielle Grange, from €929pps was €1089, depart January 5. Dublin to La Rosiere 1850, France, 7 nights 3* Chalet Papillon 1, from €796pps was €926, depart January 12. Dublin to Arinsal, Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Patagonia, from €619pps was €649, depart March 10. Dublin to Westendorf, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Jakobwirt, from €1069pps was €1099. www.topflight.ie / www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call Topflight on 01 240 1700 / 028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent

Tour America offers: Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa from €1399pps, depart May 2. Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights at the Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando €499pp (based on 2+2 sharing), depart February 1. Dublin to New York, 3 nights at the Four Points By Sheraton, from €499pp, based on 4 sharing, depart February 21. Dublin to Las Vegas, 5 nights at the Excalibur Hotel, from €659pps, depart March 8. Dublin to US for one night in New York & 8 night Caribbean Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas with deluxe drinks package, from €1089pp, based on 2 sharing an virtual balcony stateroom, depart January 25. Dublin to Rome for 7 night western Mediterranean fly/cruise onboard MSC Divina, from €999pp, based on 2 sharing a balcony cabin, depart May 5. Eight-night Norwegian Fjords cruise direct from Dublin onboard Celebrity Reflection with classic drinks package, from €1889pp, based on 2 adults sharing a balcony stateroom, depart May 26. Dublin to US for 3 night Las Vegas and 7 night California coast cruise on Ruby Princess, from €1259pp, based on 2 adults sharing an interior cabin, depart March 7. Dublin to Barcelona for 7-night western Mediterranean cruise on Norwegian Epic, includes premium all inclusive drinks package, gratuities and Wifi, from €1419pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing an interior cabin, depart May 19. www.touramerica.ie

 

TUI offers: Save an extra €150 on Marella Cruises for Summer 2019. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights all inclusive Marella Dream – Treasures of the Mediterranean, inside deck 4/5, from €1,022pp, depart May 7. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2* Tamanaco, Puerto Rico, from €319pps, depart September 27. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Laguna Park II, Playa de Las Americas, from €319pps, depart September 28. Dublin to Algarve, 7 nights self catering 3* Club Alvorferias, Alvor, from €349pps, depart September 30. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Suneoclub El Trebol, Costa Tequise, from €499pps, depart October 1. Shannon to Lanzarote, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Suneoclub El Trebol, Costa Tequise, from €449pps, depart October 1. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Gran Amadores, Amadores, from €349pps, depart October 11. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Laguna Park II, Playa de Las Americas, from €369pps, depart October 5. Plus, save €50 on bookings departing November 1, 2018-April 30, 2019. Use the code WINTER, terms and conditions apply. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights all inclusive adults-only 4* Leonardo Plaza Cyprus Maris, Paphos, from €919pps (Saving of €220pp), depart May 22. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, from €1,729pps (Save €200pp), depart June 17. Dublin to Corfu, 7 nights self catering 2*+ EKATI, Kavos (Leaving Cert holiday), from €399pps, depart May 25. https://www.tuiholidays.ie call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store /travel agent.

U by Uniworld offers: Vacations Northern France at a Glance river cruise, was €1689 per person sharing, now from €1539 per person sharingincluding flights, transfers, 14 meals and 7 nights’ on board the stylish “The B”. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by September 30, 2018, depart June 9. www.ubyuniworld.com  or call 01 775 3803.

 

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