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Kathryn Thomas introduces Minister Shane Ross at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards at the Clayton Burlington, February 1 2019

 

Things to know about travel this week

  • ITAA conference in Cordoba date set for October 18
  • Holiday World attendance rises to 40,000
  • Istanbul airport to become fully operational March 3
  • Irish Ferries and National Transport Authority in war of words over WB Yeats
  • Skift co-founder launches Megatrends 2019 report in Dublin
  • Dromoland Castle named top five-star hotel in CIE Tours Awards
  • Laudamotion eyes 50 airports as Ryanair takes full control
  • Etihad celebrates Australia Day with rugby legends
  • ‘We’re not North Korea’: ITIC’s Eoghan O’Mara Walsh on controlling Irish overtourism
  • Belfast is Ireland’s fastest growing airport, Dublin increases market share
  • Aer Lingus launches credit card with Bank of Ireland

Video Watch

Chicago and large swathes of the American Midwest are facing temperatures as low as -40C as a Polar vortex grips the city and surroundings. Watch here.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders warns British decision makers that a no-deal Brexit puts aviation jobs at risk. Watch here.

British Airways released a series of teaser videos to coincide with its centenary. Watch here.

Qatar Airways showcases Ireland to a global audience of passengers. Watch here.

With Royal Caribbean about to launch its latest gizmo – the world’s longest water slide at sea – check out The Blaster here.

Air rage takes a new twist, with a passenger accused of ‘fat shaming’ fellow fliers. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

The Irish Travel Agents Association conference date will be October 18 in Cordoba, hosted by Teresa Gancedo, Antonio Martin and team. That completes the calendar for the autumn with the Northern Ireland travel awards set for October 11, the same week as ABTA conference in Japan, Travel Centres conference set for November 8 in Killashee House Naas and Worldchoice Ireland deciding not to have a conference this year. The ITAA will resume the tradition of a golf day the day before the conference.

Travel Extra has sat through a few ministerial speeches too many in our time, on six of the seven continents, but few were ever as astonishing as Shane Ross‘s contentions speech to the Irish Tourism Industry Awards at the Clayton Burlington on Friday. Having won over the room with an astonishing admission that his initial prejudices about tourism agencies Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland were wrong (watch here) he then lost it again by defending, to a chorus of disquiet and an occasional boohs (watch here), the VAT increase which, ironically, he opposed at the cabinet table: “Your greatest success will be proven when you can, and you will, cope with the VAT increase. You don’t look to me like people who will lie down and accept, you are going to take the tourism industry forward and I have every confidence you are going to do that,” he told them. Ross said that tourism revenue will top 5bn in 2018 (watch here), outlined the reasons for the allocation of extra money for tourism in Budget 2019 (watch here), talked about Brexit and Irish Tourism (watch here), and said the government would continue to support investment  in tourism (watch here). He welcomed Center Parcs, due to open August 23, as the biggest single investment in Irish tourism history (watch here). The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation hosted 550 at the event at which 15 awards were presented to local initiatives and a special recognition award accord to Willie Walsh. Unprepared to speak, Willie rose to the occasion with a pithy and witty riposte to the minister which was duly applauded  (watch here). He spoke passionately and emotionally about Aer Lingus (watch here), paid tribute to Michael O’Leary & Herb Kelleher (watch here) and told his hilarious story (a favourite on the circuit) about being mistaken for Michael O’Leary in Glasgow (watch here). As he said himself, “when I do not have any notes I just tell stories about Michael O’Leary.” Watch here full speech by ITIC chair Maurice Pratt introducing the awards.  Watch here full speech by Shane Ross.  Watch here full speech by Willie Walsh. Picture shows Maurice Pratt chair of ITIC speaking at the event with moderator Kathryn Thomas looking on. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Huge sighs of relief in Jamaica this week as the government’s state of emergency directed at gang warriors in the country was lifted. The good news coincided with the announcement, at the 2019 Caribbean Market Place Convention in Montego Bay, of a new “Centre for Resilience and Crisis Management” Although gun violence was almost entirely between local gangs, the state of emergency certainly didn’t boost tourist confidence. Jamaica is now looking to increase hotel bed numbers particularly from north America but also from Ireland. Picture shows Travel Extra’s Anne Cadwallader feeding a swallow tailed hummingbird at the hotel. Watch here Anne Cadwallader’s video report from the event.

CIE Tours International is testing out the Asian market – but the bread and butter earner is still the North American visitor, CEO Elizabeth Crahill told Travel Extra (listen here). She was speaking as the company hosted its 29th annual Awards of Excellence to 13 main winners – who must achieve guest satisfaction of at least 92pc – and a total of 77 winners overall. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

The launch of the 2019 Megatrends report by data intelligence company Skift attracted a big turnout from Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and travel industry faces at the EPIC museum in Dublin. Skift co-founder Rafat Ali presented the latest trends which were, well, not that intriguing, including notes on the tough times facing long haul LCCs such as Norwegian and labour shortages in tourism. There’s also a section on upselling in travel – and Rafat Ali has personal experience, talking of booking his flight from Dublin on to Paris with Aer Lingus: “They upsell the hell out of you.” The panel discussion – featuring Enda Corneille of Emirates, Eoghan O’Mara Walsh of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation and Mark Henry of Tourism Ireland was a livelier affair than the report itself. With the panel asked, in an age of overtourism, if Irish tourism should ignore Dublin and the Wild Atlantic Way, and impose Bhutan-like restrictions on inbound visitors, O’Mara Walsh joked: “We’re not North Korea”. But he did have an awkward moment when he jumped into aviation, and spoke of €20m aircraft. “I’d love to buy an aircraft that only costs €20m,” Enda Corneille joked. But O’Mara Walsh and Mark Henry spoke of the need to look beyond traditional markets for visitors, with the likes of China and India, which are not tied to the same school holiday times as Europeans, seen as ripe for growth. Enda Corneille is pictured with G Adentures’ John Grehan and Kathryn MacDonnell from the Spanish Tourism Office. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

Irish Ferries came out fighting after the National Transport Authority directed it to compensate passengers affected by the delayed introduction of the WB Yeats last summer. The NTA rejected the land bridge option The ferry company argues that the delay, at the vessel’s Germany shipyard, was an extraordinary circumstance beyond its control, and it had taken measures to support customers. It said the NTA was partly to blame for its decision to pull its Rosslare-Cherbourg route and contends that  “the NTA interpretation of the EU Regulation specifically regarding land bridge (i.e. travel between Ireland to France through Britain), significantly penalises regional ports due to their lower frequency of back up ferry services from Ireland to the UK in the event of a cancellation of a direct Continental service.” Full story here.

Pól Ó Conghaile won the Travel Extra travel writer awards at an event in Thomas Prior House sponsored by the Spanish tourist Board. Category winners were: Newcomer sponsored by Insight, Melanie May, Tokyo in the Sunday Times. Digital Media sponsored by ClickandGo, Tom Sweeney on Transylvania Broadcasting sponsored by TUI: Manchan Magan, TG4. Northern Ireland sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland. David Gordon, Navigating the North, Irish Daily Mail. Home market sponsored by Fáilte Ireland. Pól Ó Conghaile Blaskets, Irish Independent  Adventure sponsored by UWalk.ie. Madeleine Keane, Botswana, Sunday Independent. Skiing sponsored by Topflight & Gastein Tourist Board Austria: Isabel Conway, Pamporovo, Sunday World. Best Short Haul: sponsored by Sunway: Gemma Fullam, Dervishes of Vienna, Sunday Independent. Long Haul sponsored by Cassidy Travel. David Burke, Tuam Herald, Japan. Overall sponsored by the Spanish Tourism Office (Ireland).  Picture shows the winners enclosure: Melanie May, Tom Sweeney, Eoghan Corry, Gemma Fullam, Isabel Conway. Front row: Yvonne Gordon representing Manchan Magan, Pól Ó Conghaile, Madeleine Keane and Miriam Burke representing David Burke. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

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Belfast International held its place as Ireland’s fastest growing airport after final figures for all the major airports are counted. Dublin is gaining market share and now handles 69.3pc of air traffic on and off the island, up another percentage point from 2017. The final figures:: Belfast Int 6,269,025 +7.4%, Belfast City 2,510,294 -1.9pc, Cork 2,392,821 3.7pc, Derry 185,843 -4.2pc, Dublin 31,495,506 +6pc, Knock 771,619 +3pc and Shannon 1,864,762 +6.5pc. Airports are bullish about further growth in 2019: Cork say that that passenger numbers will rise by a further 7pc in 2019 to 2.6m. Dublin summer  capacity will be up 4.4pc in 2019, suggesting passenger numbers will reach 32.9m. Belfast International will see slower growth in 2019 and is citing capacity overload as a brake on growth.  Shannon’s press release emphasised their 33pc growth since their liberation from DAA, originally Aer Rianta, in 2013.  In the same period Dublin grew by 56.2PC, Belfast by 55.8pc, Knock by 16pc and Cork by 6pc. Shannon are 49pc down from their 2006 peak, Cork 26.6pc down from their 2008 peak. Picture shows Vincent Harrison MD of Dublin Airport, Andrew Murphy MD of Shannon Airport and Cormac O’Connell of Dublin Airport.

The Enter 2018 Travel Conference in Cyprus treated the issue of the island’s declining airlift, having lost its national carrier and quasi-national carrier, Cobalt, in a three year period. Other issues included the rise of AirBNB and its impact on housing supply (negligible according to a University of Surrey study by Jason Stienmetz), the decline of the traditional tour operator model on which Cyprus depends unduly (one directional) and the rapid evolution of Tripadvisor’s relationship with hotels (hugely improved). Picture shows Ireland’s ambassador to Cyprus Deirdre Ní Fhallüin, keynote speaker Eoghan Corry and conference organiser Melita Strati in the Hilton Hotel, Nicosia.

Travel Trade

With Holiday World Show attendances of 40,000 over last weekend, exhibitors revealed to Travel Extra the trends among paying punters. Cruise, long haul and North America were most in demand, with travel operators reporting enquiries and bookings up on last year. Full story here. Picture shows Maureen Ledwith.of Business Exhibitions. Miriam O’Callaghan and Edmund Hourican of Business Exhibitions receiving the contribution to the industry award at the Irish Travel Industry Awards. “You travel people are marvellous.” Watch here the citation speech by John Spollen and acceptance speech by Edmund Hourican and Maureen Ledwith at the Irish Travel Industry awards. See more pictures from the awards here or connect with the album on Facebook

Travel and tourism minister Shane Ross addressed a question about the Statutory Instrument introducing the Package Holiday Directive 2015/2302 in the Dáil in much the same vein as he spoke at the opening of Holiday World last weekend: the instrument has been drafted and is with the office of Parliamentary Counsel, suggesting there are legal complications which need to be addressed. Now that Spain has implemented the directive Ireland is the only remaining country not to have done so, which raises questions of whether the Irish government is liable for compensation in the event of a failure.

Spain’s popularity was reinforced yet again with 2,049,272 Irish visitors last year, up 0.2pc and figures from Spain’s Institute of Statistics showed a major jump (13.5pc)  in Irish visitors in December, with 94,029 travelling.

The Holiday Show in Association with Shannon Airport will once again open its doors for its annual celebration of travel and tourism on Saturday February 16, a two day event staged in the UL Sport Arena with 100 exhibitors offering destinations and bargains. Enquires here.

The Aer Lingus ‘Taste of America’ Roadshow 2019 kicks off in Belfast this year on February 18, followed by Dublin a day later, Limerick on the 20th and Cork on the 21st with 20 American CVBs/Tourist Boards and 35 partners. Aer Lingus is offering chances to win holidays to the US with spot prizes too. Agents are asked to RSVP to tradenews@aerlingus.com with their chosen city in subject line.

Brendan Mallon was appointed Retail Development Manager at Oasis Travel in Belfast.

Etihad’s Karen Maloney and Shannon O’Dowd represented the airline at the annual Australia Day Corporate lunch hosted by the Irish Australia Chamber of Commerce in the Hogan Suite at Croke Park.

Topflight’s Today FM ski trip, hosted by Ian Dempsey, returned to the slopes last week, this year from Bad Hofgastein in Austria, with hightlights including last Friday’s Big Breakfast show and a poc fáda competition organised by Limerick hurler Gavin O’Mahony on the slopes.

Meath based travel counsellor Mandy Walsh was named Honeymoon Planner of the Year at the  Irish Wedding Awards 2019.

Wendy Wu are offering agents who take bookings flying with Finnair before April 30  the chance to win a place on a fam trip to Mount Fuji, Kyoto and Tokyo in Japan, with places for the top seven earners.

Ciara Mooney from Freedom Travel in Kildare is to start a travel show slot on online radio station www.charityradio.ie

Unique Japan Tours’ MD, Darina Slattery, has added an extra 10 staff over the past 12 months to cope with the Rugby World Cup rush and predicts as many as 5,000 fans will travel with the company.

  • Aer Lingus announced a promo code for ITB bookings made from February 5-15 for travel from March 4-12.
  • Anaheim, hosts of IPW June 1-5 2018, released a video promoting their venue. Watch here.
  • Listen here to Tourism Minister’s Shane Ross’s speech at the opening of Holiday World. Listen here to speech by John Spollen, President of the ITAA.
  • Listen here to Eoghan Corry speaking on RTE Drivetime about summer holidays 2019.

Strange world

In one of the most bizarre scenes from Snowmageddon in Chicago (Chiberia), a man was caught on video by the local ABC7 News, rollerblading through a -50C wind chill while wearing next to nothing.

  • A red panda which escaped from Belfast Zoo was found “safe and well” in a garden a mile away.
  • Pilots in China have finally been banned from smoking on the flight deck during domestic flights.

International

Protesters entered the Holiday World show in Dublin to demonstrated against tourism to Israel’s disputed West Bank. Amnesty International has appealed to travel sites such as Airbnb to ban listings from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank

  • Two police officers have been found guilty of raping a Canadian tourist at a Paris police headquarters in 2014.
  • Drones have been deployed to tackle serious air pollution in Bangkok..
  • A rhino, a giraffe, two lions and two hyenas were electrocuted when a power line came down in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
  • A rare tornado hit Havana, leaving four dead and 195 injured.
  • Animal rights groups have protested over the death of an orca whale at the SeaWorld Orlando Park.
  • Edinburgh city council is to press ahead with plans for Britain’s first overnight tourist tax of £2 per hotel room per night.
  • Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt has been restored after decades of damage from dust, damp and tourists.

Food & Beverage

Paul Carty, Managing Director of Guinness Storehouse, is pictured meeting travel agents in Mumbai on a Tourism Ireland sales mission to India and the UAE.

  • Irish-born Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin – a firm Brexiteer – says his pub chain is “Brexiting” by swapping champagne and cognac for English sparkling wine and Australian brandy.
  • Labour shortages continue to be a major issue – especially in food preparation – Licensed Vintners Association chief executive Donal O’Keefe told Drinks Industry Ireland.
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Hotels

Developers plan to turn Dublin’s Clerys building into a 176-bedroom four-star hotel, with rooftop restaurant, bar and events venue, and a number of new food and drinks areas, to be completed by the end of next year.

  • An Bord Pleanála gave the green light for a €40m 178-bedroom hotel in Dublin’s historic Portobello area.
  • Dublin’s most lucrative Airbnb property takes in €230,000 a year from short-term lets, according to unofficial figures from aggregator AirDNA.
  • iNua Hospitality bought the four-star Tullamore Court Hotel.
  • Belfast’s Jurys Inn and Fitzwilliam Hotel have unveiled €15.9m worth of improvements.
  • Sandals Resorts‘s Beaches resort in Turks and Caicos Islands will close for an ‘indefinite’ period from the start of 2021, with Sandals and the government both denying it’s over a long-running tax row.
  • Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants said it has more than 25 hotels under development.
  • The Irish Hotels Federation is encouraging more young people to consider a hospitality career.

Aviation

Air France is to change its HOP! branding to Air France HOP to “link the regional flight offer more clearly to the Air France brand”. Services from Cork-CDG remain unchanged. Barry Ter Voert, Senior VP Europe, Commercial Sales and Marketing Division Air France; Niall MacCarthy, MD, Cork Airport; Brendan Griffin, Junior Minister for Tourism; Bénédicte Duval, General Manager, Air France, KLM, Britain and Ireland; and Ivo Steffens, Air France, are pictured at the Hop! launch in Cork in May 2018.

Aer Lingus and the Bank of Ireland have launched a credit card aimed at frequent fliers with the airline. Christine Hamill, Head of Retail Cards at Bank of Ireland, is pictured with Susanne Carberry, Director of Revenue Management at Aer Lingus. Full story here.

  • New routes continue to arrive for 2019, Derry is to get Manchester with BMI.
  • Laudamotion is targeting routes to 50 airports following its full takeover by Ryanair Holidings.
  • Struggling Norwegian turned to billionaire John Fredriksen as losses mount.
  • Addis Ababa’s new $363m terminal – which will boost passenger capacity from 8m to 22m a year at Bole Airport was officially opened by Ethiopian Airlines.
  • The airport also opened its new five-star Skylight Hotel, featuring  the largest Chinese restaurant in Africa, two bars, a pool, gym, health centre, café and gift shops.
  • General Electric has no plans to sell Gecas, its Shannon-based aviation finance arm, CEO Larry Culp said.
  • Qantas Talaght born CEO Alan Joyce said Perth-London services have load factor of 91pc since the route was launched in March 2018 and generated AU$100m in free publicity for Western Australia. 
  • Norwegian Air unions rejected a cost-cutting plan that includes reducing 150 jobs in Dublin.
  • Foynes air show has been cancelled after the Irish Aviation Authority reduced its sponsorship .
  • 89.15m passengers passed through Dubai International last year, the airport operator said.
  • Qatar Airways is to convert ten of its 50 Airbus A321neo on order to A321LR aircraft, in an effort to connect Doha to new markets where demand is not yet sufficient for widebody aircraft.
  • Vienna Airport has hit the 27m passenger mark for the first time in its history.
  • Ethiopian Airlines is ending its Addis Ababa – Lome – Los Angeles route on February 13.
  • Dublin Airport recorded the lowest temperature in Ireland on Wednesday night at -5.8C.
  • The future of the Airbus A380 has again been cast in doubt wth Emirates reported to be looking at switching some orders for the superjumbo to the smaller A350.

Afloat

  • Due to demand, U by Uniworld’s The B will be moving to Central Europe from France’s River Seine for the 2020 season.
  • MSC Cruises launched its own voice-activated version of Alexa: it says the world’s first “personal cruise assistant”, called Zoe, will be in every cabin onboard MSC Bellissima.
  • Princess Cruises‘ two newest ships, Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess, will offer two Sky Suites – each with the largest balconies ever offered by a cruise line, at around half the size of a tennis court.
  • Marella Cruises’ Marella Explorer 2 is now dry dock in Cadiz where it is getting a makeover for its launch in April.
  • Oceania Cruises‘ ships will not have plastic water bottles from April as part of its Sail & Sustain environmental programme.
  • Carnival Pride had to be re-routed after a fire broke out on Princess Cruises’ Princess Cays private island in the Bahamas.
  • British line P&O Cruises announced four different drinks packages – £10.95 for a hot drinks package; £19.95 for a non-alcoholic package; and £39.95 for an “Ultimate Drinks Package”.
  • Australia’s APT is adding three new ships to its Essential River Cruising fleet between 2020 and 2024.

 

Ireland

All the tickets for the British Open at Royal Portrush have been sold out, confirming the north’s huge spectator interest in golf events. TourismNI’s January gala emphasised the importance of the sport, now worth £42m a year to the economy. In his speech to the event (watch here), TourismNI chair Terence Brannigan said the the spectator interest had helped revive the Irish Open when it was hosted at Royal Country Down. The 380 invited guests were shown a specially commissioned video prelim to the Open (watch here) and watch Pathe footage of the 1947 open victory of Ireland’s Fred Daly (watch here) and the 1951 Open at Royal Portrush (watch here). Talking to Travel Extra on the fringes of the event, TourismNI John McGrillen that he is working on the contentious issue of tour guides from Ireland (and Scotland) being prosecuted by the local police under public vehicle legislation when they conduct tours in the north, but in the absence of an administration, he cannot change the legislation. Picture shows Doreen McKenzie of Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance and Brenda Morgan of BA, at the event.  See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Shannon Heritage increased visitor numbers by 4.3pc to a record 924,718 last year. Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas and Chairman Rose Hynes are pictured as the group announced its latest results.

Ireland is the 16th safest country in the world for travellers. Iceland topped the list, followed by Switzerland, Finland, Portugal and Austria. Bottom of the pile were the Philippines, Yemen and Guatemala, according to Finance Magazine data.

Aiming to grow revenue from North American visitors by 8pc this year to €1.99bn, Tourism Ireland launched its marketing campaign in that market. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin; Twila Fortner, Delta Vacations; and Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland, are pictured in New York. Photo: James Higgins.

  • Latest CSO figures show a rise of 6.9pc in overseas visitors to Ireland – with a total of 10.6m visiting in 2018.
  • Charles Stewart Parnell’s former home of Avondale in Co Wicklow is to be turned into a tourist attraction with the bulk of the €8m in funding from Fáilte Ireland, with a contribution too from the forestry company Coillte.
  • O’Brien’s Tower, the 1835 building standing on a headland at the Cliffs of Moher, will undergo restoration this month. Pictured at the contract signing for the work were Pat Dowling, Chief Executive, Clare County Council; Michael Begley, Mayor of Clare; Donnacha Lynch, Acting Director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience; Leonard Cleary, Director of Rural Development, Clare County Council; and Kevin O’Leary, Mid West Lime; Kevin Hennigan, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience; and Austin Dennany, Dennany Reidy Associates. Photo: Eamon Ward
  • ITIC’s Eoghan O’Mara Walsh lamented the fact that tourism isn’t being taken seriously as an industry, with the announcement of 1500 jobs at tech firm Salesforce getting more traction than 1,000 at Center Parcs in Longford. Read the full opinion piece here
  • Two statues of folk legend Luke Kelly were unveiled by President Higgins on the same day in Dublin – one on South King Street and the other at Guild Street, near Kelly’s childhood home on Sheriff Street. Vera Klute, artist of the sculpture, and Paula McCann, niece of Luke Kelly, are pictured at the unveiling on Guild Street. Photo: Maxwells
  • Tourism businesses including the K Club and Trump International Golf Club in Doonbeg joined Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland to sell Ireland as a golfing destination at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
  • Meitheal 2019 takes place April 2.
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Deal Watch

Insight Vacations offers: Best of California escorted tour, 9 days visiting San Francisco, Sonoma, Yosemite, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, was €3,599pps, now from €3,309pps, including flights, transfers, and 8 nights’ accommodation in central locations. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by 28 February 2019, depart May 10. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA hen and stag offers: Dublin to Benidorm, 3 nights B &B 3* Magic Crystal Hotel, return airport transfers, from €399pp with Wallace Travel Group on http://itaa.ie/2019/01/29/benidorm-stag-hen-weekend/

Dublin to Las Vegas, 4 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas Strip Highlights Helicopter Flight with Limousine transfers, return flights from Dublin to Las Vegas, deposit of €100, from €665pp with Travalue.ie on http://itaa.ie/2019/01/29/las-vegas-stag-hen-party/

Dublin to Budapest, 3 nights B&B 4* Soho Boutique Hotel, tickets to the Budapest City Tour, a visit to the Gellert Spa, return flights from Dublin with Ryanair and shuttle transfers in Budapest, from €465pp with the Travel Broker on http://itaa.ie/2019/01/29/make-your-hen-party-a-one-to-remember-by-exploring-budapest-in-may-from-e465-pp/

Sunway offers: Dublin to Europe for 5* River Cruise ’Rhine and Moselle Splendours ’ fly to Luxembourg and return from Basel. Includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing outside stateroom with French Balcony, unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily cocktail hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €150pp. Includes early booking saving of €999pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2999pp, depart May 9. Dublin to Portugal, 7 nights all inclusive 4T Club Med Da Balaia, adults from €1179pp and children from €699pp, depart May 18. Dublin to Thailand for Wellness Thailand Tour, fly to Bangkok and return from Ko Samui. Includes flight ex Dublin, 20kg baggage per person, eight nights’ accommodation on twin share basis, some meals  and yoga practice and tours as per itinerary.  Subject to availability and change, from €2625pp, depart July 7. Dublin to Kusadasi, 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Wings  Hotel , from €546pp, depart June 20. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights B&B 4*+ Los Jameos Playa  Hotel, from €799pp, depart May 18. Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights 3* Ramada Plaza, from €595pp, based on two adults and two children sharing, depart September 2019. Dublin to Thailand, 7 nights B&B in a deluxe family room at The Old Phuket, from €885pp, based on two adults and two children under 12 sharing, depart May 2019. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive + Resort Credit 5* Moon Palace Resort, from €1015pp, based on two adults and two children under 12 sharing, depart September 2019. Dublin to Venice for Montenegro and Greece Fly Cruise, 7 nights onboard Emerald Princess, from €1066pp, depart August 24. Dublin to US, 3 nights Las Vegas, 1 night Miami plus 7 night cruise onboard MSC Seaside in balcony cabin with drinks package, from €1599pp, depart August 27. Dublin to Asia, 1 night Singapore, 4-night cruise on Voyager of the Seas in balcony room, 3 nights Singapore plus 3 nights Dubai, from €1699pp, depart May 4. Dublin to Miami for Mexico and Grand Cayman Fly Cruise, includes 1 night pre cruise stay in Miami, plus 7 night cruise on Celebrity Equinox, from €1320pp, depart November 1. www.sunway.ie

Topflight offers: Dublin to Austria, 7 nights B&B 3* Landhaus Roscher, Mayrhofen Valley, from €499pp, based on four sharing, depart February 9. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights B&B 2* Pension Niedermühlbichler, Söll, from €499pps, depart March 2. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Stadt Wien, Zell Am See, from €1070pps. Dublin to France, 7 nights self catering 4* Les Chalets Elena, Chamonix valley, from €549pp, based on six sharing. Dublin to France, 7 nights 3* Chalet Bartavelle, Plagne 1800, from €629pps, depart February 9. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Sporthotel Austria, St Johann In Tirol, from €919pps, depart March 2. Dublin to France, 7 nights 4* Chalet Pierra Menta 1, from €769pps, depart February 9. Dublin to France, 7 nights 3* Chalet Caribou, Val Thorens, from €1329pps, depart February 16. Dublin to Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Himàlaia Soldeu, Soldeu and El Tarter, from €749pps, depart February 10. www.topflight.ie / www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call 01 240 1700/028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent.

Tour America offers: Dublin to Chicago, 3 nights’ hotel in Chicago and direct Aer Lingus flights, from €749pp, based on 4 adults sharing, depart March. Dublin to Chicago, 3 nights’ hotel in Chicago and direct Aer Lingus flights, from €649pp, based on 4 adults sharing, depart October.  Dublin to US, 3 nights hotel accommodation in Chicago and seven in Orlando, from €999pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart October. Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights at the Rosen Inn International, from €479pp, based on 2+2 sharing, depart September 10. Dublin to New York, 3 nights at the Westgate New York, from €479pp, based on 4 sharing, depart August 8. Dublin to Las Vegas, 4 nights at the Excalibur Hotel, from €549pp, based on 4 sharing, depart October 11. Dublin to Cancun, 7 nights all inclusive at the Barcelo Maya Grand with private transfers, from €1039pp, depart October 14. Dublin to Abu Dhabi for 1 night pre-cruise hotel and seven nights onboard MSC Splendida, from 8 night Arabian nights fly cruise from €999pp, based on two sharing  sharing an oceanview cabin, depart March 16. www.touramerica.ie

TUI offers: Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Maspalomas, from €409pps, depart February 7. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Hotel Paradise Lago Taurito, Playa Taurito, from €449pps, depart February 7. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 3* Arena Suites, Puerto De Santiago, from €339pps, depart February 8. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Apartments The Morromar, Matagorda, from €519pps, depart March 3. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Maspalomas, from €449pps, depart March 7. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 3* Arena Suites, Puerto De Santiago, from €419pps, depart March 8. Dublin to Lanzarote, 4 nights all inclusive 4* Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, from €589pps, depart February 10. Dublin to Costa Blanca, 4 nights full board 3* Hotel Riudor, Benidorm, from €379pps, depart February 12. Dublin to Fuerteventura, 4 nights self catering 3* Broncemar Beach Aparthotel, Costa Caleta, from €409pps, depart February 26. Cork to Costa Del Sol, 4 nights half board 4* Hotel Florida, Fuengirola, from €479pps, depart February 17. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, from €1,459pps, depart June 10. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 3* Riu Lupita, PlayaCar, from €1,469pps, depart June 10. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 4* RIU Cancun, Cancun, from €1,899pps, depart June 17. Dublin to Majorca, Marella Dream – Mediterranean Medley cruise, 7 nights all inclusive inside cabin, from €1,079pps, depart May 14.                                                  https://www.tuiholidays.ie/. Call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store / travel agent.

U by Uniworld offers: The Danube Flow river cruise, 8 days visiting The Netherlands and Germany, was €1,549pps, now from €1,159pps, including flights, 14 meals, included excursions, local celebrity DJ party and 7-nights in a studio stateroom on board the stylish The A. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Port charges excluded. Price includes 30pc Our Best Offer Discount. Book and pay in full by 31 March 2019, depart May 11. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803

 

 

 

 

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