TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Is an airline strike a foreseen circumstance?

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Jo Rzymowska. of Celebrity Cruises prepares to board a tender boat from the magic carpet, signature design feature of the Celebrity Edge during naming cermony cruise from Fort Lauderdale, December 6 2018

 

Things to know about travel this week

  • A floating work of art: First impressions from Celebrity Edge naming cruise in Miami
  • Ciarán Mulligan named Business Man of the Year
  • Dublin Airport edges closer to 30m passenger mark after record November
  • Dómhnal Slattery’s Avolon to buy 100 Airbus aircraft in $11.5bn deal
  • Ryanair wants to fill ‘worst job in the PR world’
  • Travelport close to being bought out – report
  • Etihad adding Dreamliner to Dublin-Abu Dhabi Boeing 777 services
  • Ryanair will expand Croatia services with 2w routes to Dubrovnik and Split in July
  • Direct service to Tunisia returns in summer 2019

Video Watch

Cork man Ken Wills enlisted the help of Cork Airport to pop the question to Deborah Kirby. In the arrivals hall, her favourite song, Woman by John Lennon, was being played by The Loungeman. It was then that Ken dropped to one knee with his proposal. Did she say yes? Watch here. 

Westjet, which set the bar for aviation Christmas videos back in 2013 (28m views later watch here), precipitated a tearful reunion for 2018. Watch here.

Ryanair stick to €50 vouchers under the tree. Watch here.

Christmas party binging can be dangerous to your health and England’s Network Rail shows a series of near misses as passengers fell on train lines. Watch here.

Cork Airport is looking for new staff at its Search Unit. Watch here what it entails – and how to apply.

It is not every day that Etihad and Emirates team up – but two of their Airbus A380s along with aircraft from flydubai and Air Arabia joined Al Fursan acrobatic jets to celebrates the UAE’s 47th National Day and late founding father. Watch here and here.

Meet Master Chef George Calombaris – the man behind the first class and business class menus onboard Qatar Airways flights. Watch here.

Georgia Hirst and Jordan Patrick Smith from the hit TV series Vikings, which is filmed in Co Wicklow to simulate medieval Norwegian fjords, released a series of videos from around Ireland. They’re available on the Tourism Ireland YouTube site; watch the first ones here and here.

Behind the Headlines

A proud Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain and part time Glanmire resident Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises, hosted travel trade and media from all over the world, including Mary McKenna and Sandra Corkin, on the naming cruise for the most anticipated cruise ship launch of the year, Celebrity Edge from Fort Lauderdale. in the margins of the launch conference, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo told Travel Extra she looked forward to extending the celebrity cruises season at Dublin port with the support of the Irish trade. Picture shows Alison Hamilton and Sandra Corkin of Oasis Travel on board the magic carpet, Celebrity Edge’s signature  90-ton platform used for tendering, which was demonstrated to invitees, and which is raised and transforms into a dining area in the evenings.

First impressions of Celebrity Edge: surprisingly more headroom and lighting in the staterooms and public areas, a nifty bathroom design, extra power sockets, more airy public areas, deft use of light and colour changes in the public spaces which create a magical effect at night time, and, everywhere, stunning artwork (Richard Fain says the cruise line went way over its art budget) such as Avolon, the faux-forest through which passengers pass en route to Eden, home of the fashion accessory public area and four signature restaurants. The Petite Chef makes its onboard debut at one of the restaurants for a fun, animated meal. Picture shows Mary McKenna and Suzanne Quinn in Eden. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Captain Bacon was the appropriately named AA captain (bringing home the bacon) who conveyed delegates to the Irish Travel Agents Association annual conference in Philadelphia, despite high winds at Dublin airport. Delegates departed on a post familiarisation trip to Montgomery county, named after a Dubliner, to experience the lights of Longswood Gardens, the revolutionary history of Valley Forge and an eye-watering range of shopping options at King of Prussia mall and Philadelphia Premium outlets. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

American Airlines will operate a 787-9 Dreamliner on their new Dublin-Dallas route, which will replace Dublin-JFK next summer. Bookings on the service are ahead of expectations and the flight will land in terminal D in time for the last wave of flights out of Dallas to 100 destinations, including 35 new unique one stop destinations. Transfer time will be 45 minutes thanks to pre clearance in Dublin. American now has more wide bodied aircraft on the trans-Atlantic than any US airline and currently employs 57 people in Ireland. London based EMEA sales manager Tom Lattig joined Irish country manager Caitriona Toner, Liz Conlan, and Fiona Noonan in hosting key travel trade at an event in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Picture shows Janine Brown, Liz Conlan, Fiona Noonan, Caitriona Toner and Tom Lattig. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Embraer’s Ennis born Commercial Aviation CEO John Slattery brought  the new E190-E2 aircraft to Dublin at the conclusion of the 2018 Global Demo tour. During the tour the aircraft operated 200 flights for a total of 350 hours flying, visited 68 cities globally carrying 2400 guests from 120 airlines with 100pc aircraft reliability. Watch video here. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Ireland’s passport is now joint 15th most powerful in the world, with five more visa-free destinations added since 2017, according to the Passe/Port Passport Index which places UAE first, followed by those issued by Singapore and Germany. Ireland has 114 via free destinations, 46 visa on arrival and 34 still requiring visas. The rival Henley index placed Ireland as the 18th most valuable passport in the world and rated Japan first and Singapore second. A third Nomad passport index places the Irish passport second in the world behind Luxembourg and alongside Switzerland.

Travel Extra’s Aileen O’Reilly was the sole Irish representatives to celebrate the launch of the Radisson Collection of high-end lifestyle hotels. The event was held in one of its properties, the Royal Mile Edinburgh. It is the first hotel in the Radisson Collection, followed by Copenhagen, Stockholm, Kuwait and Muscat, and London’s Mayfair to open at a future date.

Irish travel software firm Datalex announced a new five-year digital commerce agreement with Aer Lingus to “future proof” the airline’s retail strategy across web, mobile and partner platforms.

Dómhnal Slattery’s Dublin-based aviation leasing giant Avolon gave Airbus an early Christmas present with an order for 75 A320neos and 25 A321neos, worth $11.6bn. Their Airbus order book is now 220 single-aisle and 45 twin-aisle aircraft. Moody’s has now upgraded Avolon’s corporate credit rating twice to Ba1 with a stable outlook. Dómhnal is pictured with incoming Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury at the announcement.

Aviation commissioner Cathy Mannion said she would rule next week on whether an airline strike is a foreseen circumstance and Ryanair is liable for disruption caused by minority trade unions during the summer. London’s Civil Aviation Authority new CEO Richard Moriarty is chasing Ryanair for compensation saying that strike actions are not exceptional circumstances. Ryanair said that courts in Germany, Spain and Italy have already ruled that strikes are an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ and EU261 compensation does not apply and they expect the London CAA and English courts will follow this precedent. Jakub Havej of Claimair noted that that the Civil Aviation Authority’s view on what should be considered extraordinary circumstances for the purposes of Article 5(3) has often been at odds with that of the courts. The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Tui & others v CAA suggests strikes are subject to compensation legislation but regulators have not acted in the case of strikes at Lufthansa or British Airways or by French and other air traffic control. Ryanair is also challenging Irish law that is forcing it to levy income tax on employees who don’t live here, which, should it succeed,  will receive a lot of the union pressure seeking contracts under local employment law.

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Travel Trade

Alice Carrick from Tour America  is the November finalist in the Blue Insurance car competition. She is now in with a chance to win a Toyota Yaris hybrid from Toyota Sandyford. Picture shows finalists Lisa Sprake of Oasis Travel, Margaret Kilduff of Joe Walsh Tours, Toni Fennell of Abbey Travel, Karen Thornton of KT Travel Dundalk, Theresa Davey from Mackin Travel Wexford, Nicola Churchill of Best4travel, Sharon Fleming from Thomson Travel Lurgan, Elaine Harding of the Garda Holiday Club, Douglas Hastings of Travel Counsellors, Yvonne O’Donohue from O’Donohue travel Gorey, Catherine O’Dwyer from Michael Bowe Travel and Alice Carrick of Tour America. A surprise bonus finalist will be selected before Christmas with the final on January 17.

Ciarán Mulligan was named Irish Business Man of the Year at this year’s Chambers Ireland/InBusiness awards, the seventh held, in Dublin’s Westin Hotel. He is pictured with Alan Murphy, Managing Partner, Eversheds Sutherland, named Company of the Year, and Catherine Moroney, Head of AIB Business Banking, winner of the Business Woman of the Year at the InBusiness Recognition Awards. Full story here.

Etihad Airways prize of two Business Class tickets to Abu Dhabi was won by Corina Kenny from O’Learys Travel Wexford.  She is pictured with Shannon O’Dowd of Etihad.

Tourism Thailand roadshow will visit Thai Garden,  Spanish Arch, Galway, on Thursday February 28th .

Wendy Wu will reward every South America booking made during December with up to €100 in LOVE2SHOP vouchers, a llama toy and an entry into a prize draw to win a place on the South America Fam Trip in 2019. The two bookings with the highest value to Asia will receive a surprise gift, bookings will get up to £50 in LOVE2SHOP vouchers and an entry into a prize draw to win a place on the South America or Asia Fam Trip in 2019.

Cork based Sarah McCarthy won top performer in Ireland for the ninth time at Travel Counsellors’ annual global conference, which took place in the SEC, Glasgow last month. Picture shows Event host Ben Shepherd, Cathy Burke, Sarah McCarthy and Tyrone born Jim Eastwood of Travel Counsellors.

Niall McDonnell’s Classic Collection released its Greece/Cyprus and Croatia 2019 brochures. They are available online on http://bit.ly/2EbkeTU and http://bit.ly/2PmsmSP

South Korea has its own unique theme park – dedicated to cheese. Imsil theme park is set in 32 acres of dairyland pasture in buildings shaped like giant wheels of Emmental cheese.

Ibis is following other chains in launching “social media sitters” in Zurich and Geneva which post holiday photos for guests using the customers’ Instagram accounts.

Seventy-seven female police officers in Dubai set a Guinness record when they pulled a Boeing 777-300ER a distance of over 300 feet.

International

Canada has 10,700 working holiday permits available for young Irish people under the International Experience Canada programme next year.

Madrid has banned trendy electric scooters from the city’s streets just weeks after a 90-year-old pedestrian was killed in a collision in Barcelona.

Two major earthquakes – at 7.6 and 6.2 on the Richter scale – hit the New Caledonia area of the Pacific within days of each other.

  • Paris’ worst riots in decades have had a ‘catastrophic’ effect on tourism, according to the Union of Restaurateurs and Caterers, which said half of tourists had cancelled reservations or left the country early.
  • Hector Ó hEoghagáin continues on his trip from Siberia to Siagon Thursdays 9.30pm on TG4.
  • Hawai’i Tourism Authority appoints Chris Tatum as President and CEO
  • Malta Tourism Authority launched a new family trail.
  • Luxembourg is set to become the first country to make all public transport free from next summer.
  • A Florida tourist is in intensive care in hospital after an attack by a hippo near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
  • Temperatures hit a bone-chilling -43.5℃ in Mohe, the northernmost city in China

Food & Beverage

Dublin’s FIRE Restaurant & Lounge and SOLE Seafood & Grill became the first Irish restaurants to complete Fáilte Ireland’s Get China Ready programme.

  • Restaurateur and celebrity chef Dylan McGrath opened his latest venue, Shelbourne Social, in Ballsbridge  – with a €120 steak on the menu.
  • Communications company Core has developed a new multi-million euro brand campaign in Britain and Ireland for Lily O’Brien’s, the Irish chocolate and dessert company.

Hotels

The company behind Druid’s Glen hotel, Obalus Hotel Company, made a pre-tax profit of €978,887 last year while revenues rose 6pc to €12.67m.

The Irish hotel market witnessed “a drying up of distressed asset sales which characterised the market in the years 2014-2016”, said Cushman & Wakefield senior economist Deirdre O’Reilly said, amid a 10pc drop in the value of sales recorded this year.

FBD Hotels and Resorts – which owns properties including Faithlegg Hotel and Castleknock Hotel – is looking for more acquisitions after buying the Heritage Hotel of Killenard, Co. Laois, for almost €9m.

Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort in Co Wicklow said it will not raise charges for couples who have already booked their wedding at the hotel and any new bookings for weddings held in 2019, despite the rise in VAT from 9pc to 13.5pc.

  • The Irish Self Catering Federation called for a mandatory registration and licencing system for short term lets, saying it is the most effective way of improving housing supply and protecting tourism.
  • Marriott hotels claimed China was linked to a breach of the Starwood reservation system, one of the world’s largest-ever data breaches, an allegation denied by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang.
  • A hotel guest is suing Hilton Worldwide for $138m, claiming she was filmed showering at a Hampton Inn and Suites in Albaby, New York, and then blackmailed with the footage.

Aviation

Ryanair is to fly Dublin to Dubrovnik and Split both 2w from July next joining its existing service to Zadar, brining to 13 its new route for summer 2019: Bodrum, Bordeaux, Bournemouth, Caligari, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Kyiv, London Southend, Lourdes, Luxembourg, Split and Thessaloniki,

Tunisair plans to add a scheduled weekly charter service from Monastir to Dublin in summer 2019 using an  A319.

Fresh from last week’s ITAA conference in Philadelphia, Bill Byrne told the Airports Council International North America seminar in Washington DC that Aer Lingus will fly the A321LR to Minneapolis/St Paul from July and Montreal from August. ITIC’s wide ranging interview with Stephen Kavanagh (watch here) claimed IAG made it possible to achieve ambition and use opportunities. The first A321LR will be used to add new gateways Montreal and Minneapolis, and more coming over 24 months,  with three more A330s to build out already high volume gateways Chicago, Boston and New York. He said the airline’s biggest challenge is congestion at Dublin airport while infrastructure is catching up.

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Westjet will operate B737-MAX on their seasonal non-stop service from Dublin Airport to Halifax Stanfield Airport in Nova Scotia instead of St Johns from next year with Boeing from April 30 to October 26.

Etihad will operate a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 11w, up from 7w, on the Dublin-Abu Dhabi route from June 27 to September 15. EY042 departs Dublin 09.35 and lands 14.45. EY041 departs Abu Dhabi 09.34 and lands 14.45. EY048 departs Dublin 19.45 and lands 06.15. EY045 departs Abu Dhabi 02.30 and lands 08.00. Keep an eye on the date for EY045 – passengers will need to be on the way to the airport before midnight the previous date.

United Airlines will operate a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on Dublin-Newark route in 44-21-54-199 configuration from May 23. UA22 departs Dublin 09.20 and UA23 departs Newark 7.25pm. United is to roll out basic Economy on trans-Atlantic routes.

Britain has concluded post-Brexit bilateral flight agreements replacing the EU arrangements with Albania, Canada, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Morocco, Switzerland and USA.

Dublin Airport is heading for its 30m customer after a record November (up 2pc to 2.3m) Britain up 2pc, Europe  up 8pc, transatlantic up 15pc and  other international up 13pc. Connections are up 18pc to 1.7m passengers, 850,000 connections. The airport had four days with 100,000 passengers when it first reached the figure four years ago, in 2018 it had 103. Busiest day was Friday, June 29th with 115,800 passengers. Airport numbers for 2018 look like: Dublin 31.3m, Belfast International 6.5m, Belfast city 2.6m, Cork 2.4m, Shannon 1.8m, Knock 771k, Kerry 360k, Derry 155k, Donegal 48k and Indreabhain 20k.

Ryanair reported 10.1 m passengers in November, up 8pc, plus 300,000 on Laudamotion  for a total increase of 11pc with load factors of 96pc on Ryanair and 93pc on Lauda. Aer Lingus passenger numbers in November were up 13.2pc on November 2017 with passenger load factor down 1.5 to 76.7pc. Norwegian Air said load factor fell in November as capacity growth far outpaced demand.

Centre for Aviation ranked Ireland to Britain 14th in the top 20 country pairs by seats offered in the week commencing December 3.

Shannon Aviation Museum has been successful with its application for funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development through the Towns and Villages Scheme 2018.

Virgin Atlantic appointed former ITN News head of communications Laura Brander as its new head of global PR.

The IDA and Enterprise Ireland are to commission a report on Ireland’s aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul to identify how much additional hangar space will be needed.

SAS posted a bigger rise than expected in Q4 pretax profit but warned of an increased loss in its current quarter due to higher fuel costs and more competition.

High Flyers by Wexford artist Deirdre Byrne is Dublin Airport’s latest art installation in its Creative Journeys initiative on display in T1. She is pictured with Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison and Helen Carroll, Head of Communications and Partnerships, Business to Arts.

CNN went behind the scenes as China develops Beijing Daxing International Airport, the capital’s new aviation hub which will eventually feature seven runways, and which is slated to open in September 2019.

WOW Air began talks with the parent of America’s Frontier Airlines after talks with Icelandair fell through.

Royal Air Maroc will become Oneworld’s first new full member in six years in 2020, and its first African member. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said: “Africa is the last major region where Oneworld does not have a full member airline – and has one of the fasted predicted air travel growth rates over the next few decades.”

Delta Air Lines opened what has been billed as America’s first biometric terminal, which uses facial recognition technology for passengers, at Atlanta Hartsfield.

Ryanair took 200 Irish children to see Santa in the skies with Ryanair over the west coast. Cousins Lily O’Leary (2), Carigaline, Cork, Elizabeth O’Connor (4), Caherdavin, Limerick, Paige O’Leary (4), Carigaline, Cork, and Olivia Mulcahy (4) Clareview, Limerick, are pictured at the airport. Connect to the album on Facebook. Photo: Arthur Elli

SIPTU representatives will meet Aer Lingus management later this week to discuss the airline’s installation of CCTV cameras at Dublin Airport to monitor what it terms unacceptable behaviour by some staff after a series of leaks designed to undermine Chief Operating Officer Mike Rutter. Stephen Kavanagh expressed regret for hurt and upset caused by what the airline called a “misleading article”.

  • Transatlantic passengers who leave their phones on during their journey are being hit with large bills even when the passenger does not use the phone, from antennas that can “automatically connect with phones that are not in flight mode and run up charges – even when the phones are not in use”
  • Luton Airport has issued pictures of lost cuddly toys in a campaign to reunite them with their owners.
  • AeroMexico plans to expand its Mexico City – Paris CDG service to up to 13 weekly flights by the second half of summer 2019.
  • WOW air launched its first non-stop flight to Asia to Delhi.
  • United Airlines has finalised an agreement with Panama’s Copa Airlines and Avianca of Colombia on US-Latin America routes.
  • Howard Millar’s Sirius Aircraft Leasing Fund is to postpone its IPO as some significant investors are unable to meet the existing stock offering timetable. 
  • Air Zimbabwe is still on the list of airlines forbidden to operate in the EU.

Afloat

Former Irish girl band B*witched are to join other 1990s acts, including Five and S Club Party, on Marella Cruises’ Electric Sunsets sailings next year.

MSC Cruises is to feature two new Cirque du Soleil shows on MSC Bellissima, which launches next March.

Cunard has launched a spa brand in partnership with Canyon Ranch, called Mareel Wellness & Beauty. It  debuted on the recently refurbished QE this month, to be followed by sister ships next year and in 2020.

Carnival Legend will visit Belfast and Cork as part of its European cruises itinerary next year.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection‘s is naming its first ship Azora, featuring 149 cabins, five dining venues and a spa.

 

Ireland

Galway has been named as a cultural go-to destination in National Geographic’s annual Best Trips issue.

Johnstown Castle in Wexford is to open to the public for the first time as part of a €7.5m project featuring  the castle, Irish Agricultural Museum and gardens. A new visitor centre is being built in the castle courtyard including an extensive shop specialising in local products and a 120 seat café with terrace.

Cork Convention Bureau hosted its annual Cork Conference Ambassadors Awards to pay special tribute to 31 ambassadors who have helped secure almost €11m for the local economy over the past 12 months.  The Bureau said the ambassadors helped attract almost 8,000 in the past year, with approximately 80pc of them from abroad.

Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones Tapestry will travel to Bayeux in Normandy, home of the world-famous 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry. The Irish tapestry will be exhibited there from September 2019.

Flightnetwork.com has named four Irish locations in its list of Europe’s top 50 beaches. Highest on the list was the Giant’s Causeway coast (5th); followed by Silver Stand in Co Wicklow (17th); Dog’s Bay Beach in Connemara (30th); and Whiterocks, near Portrush (35th). The coastlines were chosen by 1,200 travel writers. Topping the list globally was Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos.

  • Carlow County Council, Little Milk Company, Drumshambo Community Council, Laois County Council,   Ballyhoura Development CLG, Galway Co Council, Wicklow County Council, Tipperary Food Producers,  Waterford County Festival of Food, West Cork Farm Tours and Sligo Food Trail are to share in funding of €200,000 to develop agri-tourism projects.  Agriculture Minister Michael Creed is pictured with the recipients. Photo: George Maguire
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Fáilte Ireland is to provide €1.9m to develop 10.5km of new trails, a children’s natural play area, visitor car park at Mweelin and a new Lime Kiln Trail to enhance access at Connemara National Park. Brian Quinn, Failte Ireland, is pictured with Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne, and Trevor Donnelly, National Parks and Wildlife Service. Photo: David Ruffles

West Belfast’s City Cemetery is being lined up as a tourist attraction and a multi-million investment. Daily tours are being scheduled to begin at the cemetery, which opened in 1869, in 2020.

Deal Watch

Insight Vacations offers: Amazing Spain and Portugal escorted tour, was €2,199pps now from €2,009pps, 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 11.  www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

Riu CancunSunway offers:  Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive 4* RIU Cancun, from €1169pp, depart May 2019. Dublin to Florida, 2 nights Miami, 4 nights cruise onboard Navigator of the Seas, 4 nights Las Vegas, from €1399pp, depart May 4. Dublin to Copenhagen, 1 night in city plus 11-night cruise onboard Regal Princess, from €1725pp, depart May 9. Dublin to Barcelona for 3-night taster cruise onboard MSC Bellissima plus 2 nights stay in Barcelona, from €760pp, depart March 12. Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise, premium all inclusive onboard Norwegian Epic, from €1390pp, depart September 22. Dublin to Norway Cruise, 8 nights onboard Celebrity Reflection, from €990pp, depart May 26‘Autumn Colours Tour ’, includes flights ex Dublin, 20kg baggage per person, taxes, 8 nights twin share in  4 & 5* Hotels,  scheduled airport transfer, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Price includes 10pc early payment discount, tour must be paid by 28/2/19  Subject to availability and change, from €2599pp, depart September 21. Dublin to Europe for 5* Romantic Danube wine theme River Cruise, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing outside stateroom with fixed window, unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily cocktail hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €150pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2175pp, depart March 31. Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights all inclusive Club Med Marrakesh, adults from €1495pp, children under 6 years stay free, depart June 20. Dublin to Japan for Japan Express Tour from Osaka to Tokyo, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage per person, 8 night’s accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Price includes saving of €354pp promotion ends 31st December. Subject to availability and change, from €2895pp, depart March 13. Dublin to Lapland, one night half board 3* Pohjanhovi Hotel, 2 Adults + 1 Child from €2855, depart December 22. Kerry to Lapland, 1 night half board 3* Scandic Hotel, 2 Adults + 1 Child from €1897, depart December 13. Knock to Lapland, 1 night half board 3* Pohjanhovi Hotel, 1 Adult + 1 Child from €1958, depart December 21. Dublin to Lapland, 2 nights half board 3* Ounasvaara Sky Hotel, 2 Adults + 1 Child from €3810, depart December 11. Dublin to Lapland, 2 nights half baord 3* Ounasvaara Sky Hotel, 1 Adult + 1 Child from €2530, depart December 19. Dublin to Lapland, 2 nights half board 3* Ounasvaara Sky Hotel, 1 Adult + 2 Children from €4015, depart December 21.  www.sunway.ie

Tour America offers: Dublin to Athens/return from Barcelona and 7-night cruise onboard Emerald Princess, from €969pp, depart August 24. Dublin to Barcelona/return from Rome and 7 nights onboard Emerald Princess, from €799pp based on 2 adults + 2 children sharing an interior cabin, depart July 20. Dublin to Rome/return from Athens and 7-night cruise onboard Emerald Princess, from €999pp, based on 2 adults sharing an interior stateroom, depart August 17. Dublin to Orlando direct with Aer Lingus, 7 nights Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, from €859pp, based on two adults and two children sharing, depart October 24. Dublin to Las Vegas, 5 nights Luxor Hotel and Casino, from €689pp, depart January 24. Dublin to New York, 4 nights Roosevelt Hotel, from €569pp, depart February 13. Dublin to Cancun, 7 nights All Inclusive Barcelo Maya, from €1319pp, depart September 10. Plus, €1 flights to Europe are back with Royal Caribbean. Dublin to Rome, 7 night Greek Islands cruise onboard Jewel of the Seas, from €1149pp, depart September 1. Dublin to Barcelona, 7 night Western Mediterranean cruise onboard Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas, from €1369pp with free balcony room upgrade, depart May 26. www.touramerica.ie

Topflight offers: Dublin to Soll, Austria, 7 nights self catering 3* Schindlhaus Apartments, 4 Share from €499pps, depart January 12. Dublin to Chamonix Valley, France, 7 nights self catering 4* Les Chalets Elena, 6 Share from €549pps, depart December 22. Dublin to Livigno, Italy, 7 nights self catering 3* Casa Antonietta, 4 Share, from €519pps, depart March 2. Dublin to Plagne Villages, France, 7 nights self catering 4* Residence Aspen, 4 Share, from €589pps, depart PPS WAS €829, depart December 22. Dublin to Livigno, Italy, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Alaska from €749pps, depart January 12. Dublin to Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Magic Pas from €869pps, depart December 23. Dublin to Arinsal and Pal, Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Sant Gothard,  from €999pps, depart December 30. Dublin to Soll, Ausria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Feldwebel from €999pps, depart January 26. Dublin to Niederau, Austria, 7 nights half board 3*Hotel Harfenwirt  from €1099pps, depart December 29. Dublin to Plagne 1800, France, 7 nights catered 4* Chalet Pierra Menta from €1059pps, depart January 19. Dublin to Mayrhofen Valley, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Fun & Spa Hotel Strass from €1599pps, depart December 29. Dublin to Bad Hofgastein, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Norica from €1069pps, depart January 12. http://www.topflight.ie/ www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call 01 240 1700 /  028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent

TUI offers:  Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 4* Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments, Puerto Mogan, from €739pps, depart December 20. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights B&B 3* Hyde Park Lane, Puerto Del Carmen, from €459pps, depart January 6. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Los Girasoles, Playa Del Ingles, from €419pps, depart January 10. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights B&B 3* Catalonia Las Vegas, Puerto De La Cruz, from €379pps, depart January 11. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, from €329pps, depart January 17. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights all inclusive 3* The Morromar, Matagorda, from €459pps, depart January 13. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ San Marcial, Matagorda, from €529pps, depart December 11. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 3* RIU Lupita, Playacar, from €1,519pps. (Saving of €300pp), depart June 17. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 5* Ocean Coral & Turquesa by H10, Riviera Maya, from €1,719pps (Saving of €230pp) , depart June 10. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 4* RIU Cancun, Cancun, from €1,929pps (Saving of €180pp) , depart June 3. Dublin to Tenerife, Marella Dream – Canarian Flavours cruise, inside deck 4/5, FB, 7 nights from €749pps, depart February 8. https://www.tuiholidays.ie call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store or travel agent.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers: Venice and The Gems of Northern Italy river cruise, was €3,319pps now €2,449ppsincluding flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages, all shore excursions and 7 nights in a classic stateroom on board the River Countess. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Port charges not included. Book and pay in full by 31 December 2018, depart August 11. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803

 

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