Travel Extra’s Sunday Supplement March 23 2014: It’s official: you CAN board a Ryanair flight without printing the boarding card


This week:

  • Ryanair says Russia not yet, but will fly Dublin-Cologne for winter 2014-5.
  • Aer Arann to become Stobart Air.
  • Groupleader goes live for Group bookings
  • Tryphavana & Celebrity Cruises guide us into 2014.
  • Sing it: the Canary Islands enjoy a record winter from Ireland.
  • An aquarium tank bursts at Disney Orlando.
  • Venice changes its mind on cruise ships.

IMG_4889Ryanair’s new marketing manager Kenny Jacobs, pictured here with Vincent Harrisonof DAA, says that Ryanair will have mobile boarding cards from April and a new phone app in May. In the meantime, it is possible to board your Ryanair flight without a printed boarding pass. Just email the pdf to your smartphone and the barcode will be scanned at the gate. Listen here to an interview with Kenny Jacobs.

aquarium accidentVideo of the week is the sight of diners at T-Rex Café in the Downtown Disney entertainment complex in Walt Disney World in Orlando getting a watery surprise Monday (watch here) when a huge aquarium burst open, sending a fountain of water gushing across the room and onto some customers. The London Mail reported that the stream of gushing water from the circular tank forced workers to grab nets and empty trash cans in a desperate bid to save the aquarium fish. Check out also the news anchor team reacting live to a 4.4 earthquake in Los Angeles (watch here),

Aer Arann is to change its corporate name to Stobart Air, a process to be completed by year end. It says this is the conclusion of the first phase of the airline’s ‘new beginning’ strategy. The airline will continue to operate under the Aer Lingus Regional brand as part of its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus. Stobart Air’s Irish operations will continue to be based at Northwood, Santry, next to Dublin Airport. The next phase of its strategy will focus on additional franchise partnerships; leveraging its connection with London Southend Airport; and advancing growth with its other airport partners, including Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports. Aer Lingus Regional/Aer Arann/Stobart Air reported a 13pc increase in February passenger numbers.

celebrity team will be pushing out their luxury offering to the trade over the coming weeks. Asked about Irish pick-ups Jo Rzymowska said (very interestingly) they would not happen this year (listen here). It should have been the start of the post-Lorraine Quinn era for Celebrity Cruises, but hey, Lorraine, the woman who transformed the cruise industry from a niche to a mainstream product, turned up for this week’s Celebrity event with her trademark smile. Apparently she will be working part time for the brand as Tryphavana Cross heads up the Irish operation. Picture shows Nicki Tempest Mitchell, Lorraine Quinn, Tryphavana Cross and Jo Rzymowska, the team from Celebrity Cruises. Listen here to Jo Rzymowska’s presentation. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Ingrid Aagesen Stephen DavittAs plans were announced to turn the Dubai metrointo an art gallery, the stopover is the next big campaign for Dubai Tourism in the Irish market, as Ingrid Aagesentold Travel Extra at Wednesday’s jam-packed event for the trade in 37 Nassau St. While the LUAS engineer4esturned the street outside into a building site, no doubt as part of the theme, Ingrid and Stephen Davitt of Emirates listed the reasons to visit Dubai in the coming year, as the city expands its four-star offering and appeals more to families. Listen here to Ingrid Aagesen’s presentation, listen here to an interview with Ingrid Aagesen. Listen here to Stephen Davitt’s presentation on behalf of Emirates. See more pictures hereor connect with the album on Facebook.

ryanair launchThe summer schedule has yet to start (the weekend after next) but Ryanair, undeterred, made their earliest ever winter routes announcement. Ryanair’s much-trumpeted so called seven new routes from Dublin next winter turned out to be one genuine route (Bonn/Cologne) and six of the new summer routes continued into winter: Bucharest, Lisbon, Prague, Basel, Marrakesh and Nice. The new routes are only part of the story as Ryanair will increase Dublin-Stansted from eight to ten daily, and two extra flights daily each to Beauvais, Birmingham, Brussels, Madrid, Milan and Rome, all apparently with business travellers in mind,. Their winter flight count in Dublin is now over 1,000 a week for the first time. Ryanair say there will be more growth from the other airports in Ireland. The press conference was at times surreal, with Minister Leo Varadkar and DAA’s Vincent Harrison lining up to say nice things about the relationship with Ryanair (listen here). To hear Kenny Jacobs full presentation to the launch press conference listen here. Leo Varadkar said the extra flights justified the €30m foregone in travel tax. Listen here to Leo Varadkar’s speech at the launch press conference. Listen here to Vincent Harrison’s speech at the launch press conference. The previous day Ryanair announced they would increase their Stansted flights from 500 to 700 a week this coming winter, where Michael O’Leary said: our eight new winter routes with multiple daily frequencies are ideal for business passengers.” Picture shows Vincent Harrison of DAA, Minister Leo Varadkar, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs, and Ryanair press officer Robin Kiely addressing travel media. Listen here to Travel Extra’s Eoghan Corry speaking about the Ryanair return to growth on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. - ITB has gone live for bookings by groups, a new travel technology start-up based in Dublin and co-founded by Bob Haugh of Travel Department and Fergal O’Brien. Picture shows Richard Sears and Fergal O’Brien of Groupleader at ITB Berlin. Bob Haugh estimates that group travel is worth about €31-€50bn worldwide (listen here) and continues to grow in the era of the independent traveller, was being boosted by social media (listen here). Fergal O’Brien explained the price on request model (listen here) and the request for price process (listen here).

Bob Haugh says (listen here): We have come from travel into technology while OTA’s have moved from technology into travel. The group have built their own technology and database as there was nothing available in the marketplace (listen here). Groupleader wanted to build a good range of mainly urban hotels in the key European destinations (listen here). Bob Haugh explained how he first got the idea for Groupleader (listen here). He said the product offers considerable advantages to group trip organisers and travel agents (listen here), and every request to a hotel will return a unique rate (listen here). This creates its own competitive tension among hotels (listen here). He says hoteliers like Groupleader (listen here) largely because the product does not look for allocations or contracts (listen here) and hotels have more control over their own bookings than in other processes (listen here): default terms and conditions will kick in as soon as the request is answered. He said there were safeguards against anyone spamming hotels for multiple quotes (listen here) as the request process was “difficult but not too difficult” (listen here). He said he hoped Groupleader would become a linked-in of tour guides and coach operators (listen here), as hotels had embraced technology much more quickly than the coach sector (listen here). “A good bus driver can enhance a tour” (listen here)

IMG_4807Ryanair’s services to Russia from Ireland could start within a month, Kenny Jacobs(pictured with Leo Varadkar and Vincent Harrison) told the press conference at Ryanair’s route announcement this week: We want to do it, the airport want it, but there are obstacles such as visas which are holding us up (listen here). Ryanair plans to fly to Moscow four times a week, leaving Dublin at 7.00am and arriving Moscow (Vnukovo airport) at 14:20, departing Moscow at 14:55 and arriving in Dublin at 16:20. Ryanair developed a similar schedule to fly from Dublin to St. Petersburg three times a week.

Minister Leo Varadkar said that Aer Lingus should call off their legal action against SIPTU and Dermot O’Loughlin (listen here). He said he wanted to see everyone working with the expert panel and not threatening strikes or suing each other. Éist anseo le Eoghan Corry ar Adhmhaidin ar Raidio na GaeltachtaListen here to the full question and answer session at the launch press conference. SIPTUwas ordered to pay the legal costs incurred by the DAA and Ryanairin their successful applications for injunctions preventing stoppages at the country’s airports. The Judge put a stay on the costs orders pending the hearing of the full action between the sides.

baia-do-sanchoBaia do Sancho in Brazil was named the world’s best beach by the travel review website TripAdvisor. Inchydoneywas selected as Ireland’s top beach with Banna Strand, Derrynane, Portmarnock, Lahinch, Inch, Curracloe, Barleycove, Salthill and Renvylemaking up the top ten.

The top 10 Beaches in the World were 1 Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, 2 Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, 3 Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico, 4 Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy, 5 Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia, 6 Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain, 7 Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles, 8 Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, 9 Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales, 10 Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The top 10 beaches in Europe were: 1 Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy, 2 Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain, 3 Rhossili Bay, Gower, Wales, 4 Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain, 5 Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece, 6 Cala Mariolu, Baunei, Italy, 7 Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, United Kingdom, 8 Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey, 9 Porthminster Beach, St Ives, United Kingdom, 10 La Concha Beach, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

venice sailoutLarger cruise ships will get the chance to visit Venice after all. Since January the Italian government reduced by 20pc the number of cruise ships over 40,000 tons visiting Venice due to fears they were damaging the World Heritage-listed city. It was also planning to ban all ships over 96,000 tons from Venice altogether from November. A regional court in Veneto has suspended the law, ruling that the risks posed by the cruise ships have not been proven. The suspension will last until June, when the issue will be re-examined. Venice is working on plans to open a new shipping route into the city which will avoid cruise liners from sailing along its ancient canals, but these have not yet been approved. Listen hereto Jo Rzymowska discussion the Venice issue in relation to Celebrity Cruises.

visit england groupPicture shows the press group who visited Manchester, the Kiplingcotes Derby, Hull and the East Yorkshire Dales, organised by VisitEngland and Yorkshire Tourist Board:  Nicola Brady, Marisa Mackle and Siofra Tobin-Larkin with Anthony Yates, tourism manager at Visit Hull & East Yorkshire.

  • The Canary Islands are turning in some astonishing figures for growth from the Irish market in 2013. Our most popular destination island, Lanzarote clocked 202,760 (more the Greece and Turkey put together), up from 174,321, while Gran Canaria recorded 79.106 Irish. Last week Tenerife reported 72,419 Irish holidaymakers in 2013, up 5.5pc compared to 2012 (68,671 people). Gran Canaria’s total tourism is 2,994,608 and Lanzarote 2,170.128.
  • Following weeks of sunny, spring skiing heavy snow is set to return to ski resorts in Europe. Snowy weather should continue across most of North America. Heavy snow is predicted for this weekend in Austria, particularly in St Anton. Espace Killyand the Three Valleys in France are expecting consistent snowfall this week after a warm and sunny spell across the Alps. In Switzerland, best conditions are on offer on the upper slopes at most resorts. Heavy snow hit many resorts in the USA with Big Sky, Montana getting over 60cm on Wednesday while, on the east coast, Sunday River and Attitash got 30cm the next day. Whistler is enjoying its best spell of the winter with new snow each day this week. Growing support was reported for the ski firm who offered to pay term-time holiday fines for its English customers. A revolution? Nah.
  • WTTC says Travel & Tourism in Ireland will grow 6.1pc during 2014. In 2013 in Ireland, the total contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was €14.7bn, (9.0pc of GDP), the total contribution of Travel & Tourism to employment, including jobs indirectly supported by the sector was 169,974 jobs (9.1pc of total employment), travel & Tourism investment was €4.6bn, or 29.7pc of total investment. It is projected to rise by 1.9pc in 2014.

NI Travel News#4NI Travel Newsdirectors Jonathan Adairand Brian Oglelaunched their new telephone app to enable each month’s issue to be downloaded. The monthly newspaper first launched in 1990. Picture shows Jonathan Adair of NI Travel News, Diane Poole of Stena Line, Peter McMinn of Travel Solutions, and in front: Brian Ogle of NI Travel News, Ciaran Mulligan of, and Brenda Morgan of British Airways.

mike webster H&S

  • Mike Webster launched a new global car rental venture, Mobacarand said it will be making customer deal announcements in the coming weeks. “Our brand has been providing seriously good car rental prices to 1.5m customers globally since 1997. Our new Swiftfleet product is gaining traction with the world’s leading players in online travel. We operate in a market that is in need of serious innovation and we are primed to take advantage of that on a global scale.”
  • Bangkok lifted the state of emergencyto the relief of tour operators who experienced some cancellations during a period of mass street protests. The Thai Government decided to revoke the emergency decree, which had given security forces greater power, after the Department of Special Investigation said the risk had ‘significantly decreased’Joanna Cooke’s blog continues to stress that visitors to Thailand are unaffected.
  • brian stack H&SBrian Stack, managing director, CIE Tours International was one of the eight people inducted into the 2014 Irish America Hall of Fame in the Metropolitan Club Manhattan on March 13th. Brian Stack has led CIE Tours since 1990 having previously worked with the Irish Tourist Board in New York. He was chairman of the United States Tour Operators’ Association, President of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives and vice chairman of the Irish American Cultural Institute. Other inductees included Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland, Chris Matthew, the host of Hardball, and Bill O’Reilly of the The O’Reilly Factor, America’s most watched broadcaster.
  • MSC new ship rendering 001MSC Cruises has signed a letter of intentwith Saint Nazaire ship yard to build two new ships for launch in 2017 and 2019, the biggest cruise ships yet built by a European ship owner They are 315 metres long and 43 metres wide, 167,600 tons, with 2,250 cabins for guests and 820 crew cabins, accommodating 5,700 passengers and 1,536 crew members.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line launched a new specialty dining & drinks package promotion in Ireland. Norwegians wine and dine on the house, which allows guests to experience dining choices on board for free. Guests booking a Balcony Stateroom or higher on board Norwegian’s newest ships, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, will be treated to a complimentary Ultimate Dining Package including selected specialty dining every night during a seven-night cruise.
  • Cruise regulations put Svalbard off-limits as Norwegian authorities told cruise firms to switch to lighter, more expensive fuel or change their itineraries.
  • Brittany ferries pont avenBrittany Ferries’ Pont Aven (pictured)  began its new season sailings yesterday March 22 and will sail weekly from Cork to Roscoff every Saturday until November 1. The company says bookings from France are up 15pc for 2014, and highlights the new treatments available in the on-board spa.
  • Passengers who fell ill while travelling aboard the Fred Olsencruise liner, the Boudicca, on nine trips between October 2009 and May 2010 won a £280,000 settlement. The cruise operator said the illness was the result of norovirus outbreak and denies liability.
  • Silversea’s third expedition ship, Silver Discoverer, will be launched this April.
  • hospitality and event specialists won an award for excellence in service from The World – Residences at Sea for supporting The World’s staff during its 10-day call to Ireland in 2013.
  • NYC & Co Fred Dixon 3-14-14 © Julienne SchaerFred Dixon (pictured) has been confirmed as the new CEO & President of NYC & Company, The appointment by the new mayor Bill de Blasio is normally a political one, but Fred who has been filling the role since George Fertitta resigned on January 1, has been confirmed in the post.
  • Castel Gandolfo, the traditional papal summer residence, opened to the public.
  • Why are children climbing Everest? It was asked.
  • Work to complete a new museum next to the pyramids in Egypt is being continued.
  • The Czech centre in London is moving to new address from March 26: 116 Long Acre, London WC2E .
  • Indonesia is to develop over 500 tourism villages.
  • frank mccaffrey h&SFrank McCaffrey (pictured) has been appointed Sales Manager at, he was previously with SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Justsplit.
  • rail tour operator launched a 53-day, €26,300 round-the-world itinerary, taking in cities as diverse as New York and Ulaanbaatar.
  • A tour company offered a politically-themed group trip to Ukraine next month.
  • Gelsenkirchen (50km from Dusseldorf airport, 80km from Weeze, and 100km from Cologne/Bonn), the stadium which was the scene of the Wim Kieft offside-goal disaster at Euro 1988, will host the Germany-Ireland Euro qualifier in soccer on October 14.
  • radka linn h&sRadka Lynn’s (pictured) Balkan Tours has discontinued its summer sun holiday programme to Golden Sands and Sunny Beach in Bulgaria after 30 years, but will continue its winter programme of ski holidays to Bulgaria and Romania. The programme ran from both Belfast and Dublin but has been run from Belfast only since 2009.
  • Tour operator Sunvil selected Amadeus as its global distribution system provider.
  • Business Travel Coalition said airlines were creating public-policy and cost issues for managed travel programmes as they reformulated their loyalty programs to reward spend rather than distance.
  • A poll found three-quarters of English people could not find Greece on a map.
  • Bannockburn is to be re-enacted on June 29 to mark its 700th anniversary, complete with cavalry, 12ft pikes and hand-to-hand combat.
  • Dozens of couples took part in the seventh English wife-carrying contest in the Surrey town of Dorking.
  • Dublin airport reported passenger numbers were up 8pc in February to just under 1.3m. The 2014 figures for the first two months are up 9pc on 2013.
  • Etihad upped their percentage shares in Aer Lingus to 4.1pc. Etihad’s stake in Aer Lingus now stands at a little under €37m. Last year, Etihad secured approval from US regulators to codeshare on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights. It bought its initial 2.987pc stake in Aer Lingus in 2012. John Mulligan commented there was no chance of Etihad taking over Aer Lingus under current rules. Etihad’s chief financial officer,  James Rigney, recently commented that the airline has already made its money back from its initial investment in Aer Lingus.
  • JetBlue CEO Dave Barger said the airline is looking at deepening its ties with Aer Lingus. He said that a transatlantic service from Jetblue is likely, but not within the next three years.
  • Kent’s Manston airport is to close (it once had a service from Dublin)
  • Ryanair received a BBB+ rating (modified from a-) from Standard & Poor’s making it the highest rated airline in the world. Ryanair plans a €500m bond issue in summer.
  • Etihad will unveil a new livery and corporate image later this year. The first aircraft to get the new colours and interior products will be the Gulf carrier’s first B787 in October, followed by its first A380 in December. Interiors of both new aircraft are likely to be unveiled at the Arabian Travel Mart in Dubai in May.
  • Cork airport will see more flights to Faro than Malaga this summer. The Ryanair service to Faro is increased from 3W to 5W flying on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (double daily), Sundays. Lanzarote has increased from 1W to 3W, Liverpoolfrom 5W to 6W, Reus from 3W to 4W and Wroclaw from 2PW to 3PW – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays.
  • The Mercer Street, Dublin based leasing firm Amedeo.  which last month ordered 20 A380s worth $8.3bn, says it “is pushing Airbus very hard” to get 11-abreast in the A380 “to add 35 to 40 seats.’ In recent months Airbus raised the cabin sfloor by two inches in the latest A380’s widest section, to increase interior width. Emirates was mulling high-density economy class versions of the A380. Boeing says airlines are opting for the cheaper-to-operate B777-300ER over the A380, and forthcoming B777X, which can accommodate roughly the same number of passengers. Airbus wants to honour its pledge to offer 18-inch wide seats, which would give it a competitive edge over Boeing’s 777-300ER. Airbus will reveal the new 11-abreast A380 cabin mock-up at next month’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
  • South African Airways launched a travel trade website.
  • US Airways will exit Star Alliance on March 30 to join Oneworld in the next step in their merger with American Airlines.
  • Ryanair BratislavaRyanair celebrated 6,666,666 passengers at Bratislava Airport, since it started serving the airport in October 2005.
  • Sun Express, jointly owned by Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, is considering a Dublin-Antalya year-round service to replace the seasonal service discontinued by Thomas Cook.
  • Hamilton Island, the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is set to welcome the return of a direct Qantas service from Sydney,
  • AirBaltic and Etihad Airways expanded their codeshare.
  • The FAA declared the Boeing Dreamliner safe to fly.
  • Belfast fights are unaffected by the George Osborne decision to lower tax on airline travellers in 2015 as it only applies to long-haul flights and United’s Belfast service is not subject to APD. England’s Air Passenger Duty has risen 470pc in seven years.
  • Reports in the German aviation media suggest that Etihad Airways would like to see Air Berlin split into two separate divisions, one handling the tourism business, and the other concentrating solely on feeder routes to Etihad’s hub at Abu Dhabi. Air Berlin’s annual press conference was cancelled at short notice. Etihad own 30pc of Air Berlin.
  • And an era ends: Michael Cawley left Ryanair on Friday. Cawley joined Ryanair in 1997 as Chief Financial Officer and Commercial Director. Cawley did the bulk of the negotiations at airports across east and west Europe. His catchphrase: “you have to be brave to do business with Ryanair.” Listen here to his explanation of Ryanair’s Business model and listen here to his comparison between Ryanair and other low cost carriers.
  • shane mac thomaisTributes are pouring in for Shane Mac Thomáis, historian and curator of Glasnevin Cemetery Museum who died tragically on Thursday. Shane was instrumental in establishing the cemetery tour at the heart of Dublin’s tourism culture and provided a memorable day out for international and local tourists alike. Travel Extra extends our sympathy to his family, a close friendship that has endured through generations.
  • IRELAND IS ALL ‘TEE’D UP’ FOR GOLF TOURISM FROM BRITAINRachel Meehan(5th left) andDavid Boyce (8th left) of Tourism Ireland hosted golf writers at Tourism Ireland’s golf media day for English writers in Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire.
  • The film Calvary will be released next month and is likely to propel Easkey, Co Sligo, to prominence.
  • The Restaurants Association of Ireland, in conjunction with from An Post is in the process of selecting Ireland’s premier Foodie Town’
  • See more pictures here of the greening of icons round the world on St Patrick’s Day or connect with the album on Facebook.
  • Portstewart Songwriters Festival takes place Friday, March 28 to Sunday, March 30,
  • The EPA says 7m trees were lost in the January storms
  • Dalata raised €265m in a listing on the Irish and London stock markets. Dalata is now looking at acquiring 16-25 more hotels.
  • US businessman John Malone, reputed to be the largest land owner in the US, acquired the Dublin Hilton hotel at Charlemont Place for €30m.
  • City North Hotel in Gormanstown is among the properties to be sold by NAMA this year.
  • Responsible Tourism Conference 2014 AwardsThe Westport Woods Hotel was rated Ireland’s leading Green Hotel, as verified by The Green Hospitality Programme, which were announced at the ‘Responsible Tourism Conference’ in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane in Dublin. It was followed by 2 River Lee Hotel, Cork City, 3 Garryvoe Hotel, Cork, 4 Bewley’s Hotel, Dublin Airport, 5. Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway City, 6 Castle Court Hotel, Wesport, 7 Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, 8. Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport, 9Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin City, 10 Maritime Hotel, Bantry. James Hogan of The Green Hospitality Programme said “Green hospitality has saved our members €35,000 / annum on average, through ‘no cost’ and ‘low cost’ measures. Reducing ones environmental footprint, by reducing waste is good for business and the environment” Picture shows Maurice Bergin of Green Hospitality, Michael Lennon of General Manager, Westport Woods Hotel Cork and James Hogan of Green Hospitality. See
  • say London was the top destination for Irish holidaymakers in 2013, followed by 2 New York; 3 Paris; 4 Berlin; 5 Rome; 6 Barcelona; 7 Amsterdam; 8 Las Vegas; 9 Liverpool; 10 Edinburgh; 11 Orlando; 12 Manchester; 13 San Francisco; 14 Dubai; 15 Lanzarote; 16 Albufeira; 17 Tenerife; 18 Brussels; 19 Boston; 20 Madrid.
  • ballygally-castle-hotelBallygally Castle will officially re-open on Sunday April 6 after a €3.5m refurbishments. See details of the refurb on a dedicated website.
  • Room letting website Airbnb plans to be the world’s biggesthotelier this year as it enters in fundraising talks that value the company at $10bn.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton opened in Edinburgh.
  • HRS say they have managed to negotiate an average 30pc discount for corporates via their new ‘Business Tariff’ product.

Skal Dublin club 2014 Council

  • Group pictured at the Skal AGM including president Margaret Cronin of Cronin Coaches, Vice President Daragh O’Neill of GM Stillorgan Park Hotel, Hon Sec: Michael Byrne, Hon Treasurer Kathryn Johnston and International Councillor Douglas Jordan.
  • rebecca lorenzo Rebecca Kelly of MSC organized a farewell party for Lorenzo Diamantini (pictured) who has been promoted to the Geneva office of the cruise company.
  • The London Telegraph reported on the damage to Syria‘s tourism industry, and how it could be five years before visitors can return. Separate pieces gave a guide to forthcoming astronomical events, a guide to 20 eye-catching underground stations., St Patrick’s Day around the world, Europe’s best historic cafes and 10 of the biggest aviation mysteries.
  • The deadline was extended until March 31 for businesses in the UK and Ireland to enter the Cathay Pacific China Business Awards 2014, in association with HSBC.
  • The Irish Embassy in London will host a reception on April 1 to celebrate Limerick City of Culture 2014. Five events of international appeal have been identified by the organisers.
  • matt corcoran H&SMatt Corcoran (pictured) and his team at King Travel are celebrating 25 years in business this month.
  • Earth’s Edge are to host a Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition talk in Landers Outdoor World, Tralee, Co. Kerry on Thursday, March 27th 7pm. Click here to register.
  • Wendy Wu Tours roadshow is coming to Belfast on April 15th.
  • The e-Travel Cruise Show takes place on Sunday April 6th at the Red Cow Morans Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin 22, 12-5pm.
  • Oman Tourism will host Irish travel agents at a film screening with prizes on Tuesday April 29th at Brooks Hotel, 59-63 Drury Street, Dublin 2, 6pm – 9.30pm.
  • Innstant Travel continues to offer agents the chance to win One4all vouchers until March 31.
  • Topflight‘s 3 Day Italian Sale from 24th to 26th March –Save up to €360 per couple
  • Irish Ferries announced a discounted motorist fare to France, starting from €89 each way for a car and 2 people, on sailings up to April 30.
  • Stena Line is offering a free half-board upgrade for Pontins self-catering holidays to Britain until Monday March 31st.
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