5 things to know about travel this week:
- Air transport has been changed utterly by slaughter in Zaventem
- GPO Witness History opens to the public on Tuesday
- April edition of Travel Extra out now
- Turkish Airlines “now flying to Gotham City”
- Final list of sponsors for the Irish Travel Industry Trade Show revealed
Travel Extra TV
Video of the week: See this baby false killer whale learn how to swim. Watch here.
- Looking to entertain yourself mid-flight? Switch on Apple Maps and watch yourself glide across the screen. Watch here.
- Emotional footage circulating on social media this week. The Grover family are reunited at the airport with their adoptive sons from the Republic of Congo three years after their adoption was made official. Watch here.
- More false killer whale action: Tourists off the coast of Dana Point, California witnessed the moment a mother whale gave birth. Watch here.
- Another week another GoPro video. See inside Waterbom Bali waterslide. Watch here.
- Qatar Airways welcomes you to the Qatar International Food Festival 2016. Watch here.
- Introducing Airspace by Airbus. Watch here.
- See the promo for Emirates Fly With me and Lonely Planet Kids in-flight goody bags for junior passengers. Watch here.
- Behind the scenes of air maintenance at Etihad Airways. Watch here.
Behind the Headlines
Much talk this week about the implications of the Zaventem airport attack on the future of airport security. Brussels was effectively in lockdown, with the DFA issuing temporary “all but essential travel” advisory status to the city. Read here the analysis by Travel Extra’sEoghan Corry in the Irish Independent, watch here Eoghan Corry on RTE’s Six One News speaking about implications for airport security. See Reuters roundup of reaction to the incident. Ryanair came under fire over the way they handled a group of English people returning from Brussels. All Zaventem passengers are now being flown to and from Charleroi with passengers asked to be at the airport three hours in advance to allow for extra security. Picture above shows armed Gardaí stopping cars driving from T1 on the day of the Zaventem attack. Airport police were also stopping cars on the approach to the terminal.
The €10m GPO Witness History permanent visitor attraction at the GPO will open to the public on Tuesday following its official opening yesterday morning. An Post’s Head of Corporate Communications, Anna McHugh, says the attraction is the culmination of more than five years’ planning and hard work by historians, architects, construction, design, IT display and project teams. The centre, which explores all aspects of 1916 history anticipates 300,000 visitors a year. Admission costs €10, and the entrance is at the GPO façade and the exit at Princes Street. Listen here to Barney’s description of the centre and its conception and listen here to Aline FitzGerald. Handling the 300,000 visitors would not be a problem, it is fewer than the GPO accommodated on that fateful day on Easter Monday 1916 (listen here). For the Q&A at a preview press conference listen here. Picture shows John Horgan, Aline FitzGerald, Barney Whelan and Nandi O’Sullivan. Aidan McGuinness was the project manager for the centre. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
The April 2016 print edition of Travel Extra will be hitting the agencies in the coming days. It features a look at the summer 2016 cruise scene summing up the latest development sin a fast changing sector and summing up how agents can see the sector. We review Alentejo and the battlefields of Flanders, how Ryanair’s plans may extend to Charles de Gaulle, what Michael O’Leary said to Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and how Ethiopian are considering using Anerican CBP at Dublin airport, how displacement of German tourists is driving prices up in Spain and Portugal, how the upturn in Ireland;s hotel business is affecting room prices,Dublin Port’s plans for a cruise terminal, Sunway‘s 25th anniversary and the ITAA’s plans for the 2016 conference. Travel Extra‘s team of award winning travel writers and photographers are already trotting the globe preparing the May 2016 issue which will feature Canada, and the theme park scene for 2016. See the print issue here.
Some confused passengers have been contacting Turkish Airlines to know if they can fly to Gotham City, says Julie Curran of Turkish. Julie, Ann Marie Dalton and Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines hosted 80 members of the trade at a special preview showing of Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice in Dundruin. The ingenious Turkish Airlines ads “now flying to Gotham City” (watch here) and “now flying to Metropolis” (watch here) showing before Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice have each already had 22m views on Youtube. Listen here to Julie Curran speaking at the event and listen here to Martin Skelly’s call on the Irish travel trade to support Turkish Airlines. Turkish say that they have had virtually no cancellations in the aftermath of last week’s bomb attack in Istanbul, but point about that 86pc of their passengers are connecting to points beyond Turkey, with Cape Town currently the big seller. Picture above shows Martin Skelly speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Guests at the Thursday night preview were given a copy of the intricately produced and fine detailed guide to Gotham City and Metropolis also sponsored by Turkish Airlines. Travel Extra has already picked their favourite spot, Dooley’s pub in metropolis: conveniently located next door to the Daily Planet buildings is perhaps the quintessential example of the no frills style having set the benchmark for soups, sandwiches and burgers for more than 50 years. Dooley’s has been an institution for generations of reporters, editors and other ink-slingers. Fare tends toward burgers, dogs and bowls of chilli but the real attractions are the famed Daily Planet front pages that cover a century’s worth of memorable headlines. The bar offers 25 beers on tap and is always crowded. Don’t leave the city without trying a Metropolis style hot dog and al beef dog topped with sweet chilli spicy mustard, diced onion and a pickle spear on the side. Reminds us of a cross between Mulligan’s, Bowes’s, and the Oval. Picture shows Flying chef Tuncay Hatipoglu who served food at the event with Julie Curran of Turkish Airlines.
The final list of sponsors for the Irish Travel Industry Trade Show in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4 on April 7 include Aer Lingus (BBQ and Entertainment), Spanish Tourist Office (Travel Agent Lunch), Dublin Airport (registration), Lowcostbeds lanyards), Travelport, ITAA AGM). Click here to register and click here for a place at the BBQ and entertainment sponsored by Aer Lingus
The big question is how are these fishermen spotted by Travel Extra in Porto das Barcas last Sunday going to get off the sea stack? The undiscovered region of Alentejo hosted Travel Extra to showcase their food, wine, culture and portfolio of some of the finest beaches in Europe.
Watch here interview with Monica McGill, President of Casas Brancas tourism in Alentejo, speaking in the beautiful fishing village in Porto das Barcas about creative tourism. She says visitors there are guided by a local instead of a guide. “Local is the new travel destination. It took a while to convince people, some of them said I cannot speak English but we say you don’t need to, just do what you do. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Picture shows Monica McGill and Sofia Cabecinha of Porto das Barcas Restaurante & Wine bar in Vila Nova de Milfontes, Alentejo. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Picture shows Michael Holmes of World Travel Centre in Belfast receiving his prize of two tickets to USA on American Airlines from Caitriona Toner Country Sales Manager and Lizzie Mothersill Account Services Manager for American Airlines. Agent site is here.
Uniworld Travel Agent incentive gives agents the chance to get a free river cruise for their own personal holiday if they book just three Uniworld River Cruises (watch here).
This incentive is open for all bookings made from Tuesday next to Tuesday May 31. Email your three references here.
Cork airport hosted the trade to promote the nine new routes from the airport this summer. Picture shows Gillian Noonan and Carla Kidd, both of Trailfinders at the briefing at the Cork International Hotel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Ian Dack and Ciaran Mulligan invite agents to compete for a Volkswagen Polo with Blue Insurance. Competition starts Monday week April 4, first become one of the 12 monthly winners by selling as many travel insurance policies as you can, five policies sold each month gets you one entry into their monthly draw, the 12 monthly winners and a bonus winner win an iPad Mini compete in the grand finale in April 2017 in Dublin. Website. Picture shows Ciaran Mulligan of Blue Insurances and Olwen McKinney of Amadeus.
Picture shows Sophie Banna, Jasmine Ruston and Annabel Jenkins of Hills Balfour on their roadshow at The Pig’s Ear in Dublin. Destinations promoted included Abu Dhabi, Arizona, The Gambia, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Jerusalem, Kenya, Mauritius, and Québec. The Hills Balfour portfolio now includes Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Arizona Office of Tourism, Cruise Lines International Association, Evaneos Travel, The Gambia Tourism Board, Hawaii Tourism Board, Heritage Hotels, Iglu Ski, Qatar Tourism Authority, Namibia Tourism Board, Tahiti Tourisme, and Vienna Tourist Board. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Yvonne Muldoon, ex Continental/United and Cartrawler has been appointed sales manager of Aer Lingus.
Irish winners of the Celebrity Loves Agents Awards include Michelle Barron of Stein Travel, Sinead Daly of Travel Counsellors, James Flemingof Sunway, Jennifer Greene of e-Travel, Eva Janichova of Cassidy Travel and Karen Whyte of American Holidays.
Royal Caribbean’s Irish Roadshow commences this Tuesday, with surprise calls to agencies thoroughout the country. Irish winners of the race to Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas included Alice Carrick from Tour America, Tracy McLoughlin from Tour America and Kelly O’Connor from Cassidy Travel.
Skal Dublin’s next function takes place at Mary Bowe’s Marled House and Violet Williams’s Wicklow brewery. Price €35 for members and guests. The Dublin club are holding an information/recruitment evening in the Dean Hotel Harcourt St on Monday April 11 at 18.30. The national meeting decided to hold a convention every two years so this year’s national AGM this year-will be held in Radisson Limerick on Thursday April 7.
Park Hotel in Kenmare provided a giveaway on the Ellen de Generes show on Patrick’s Day (watch here) with six days at Park Hotel Kenmare, tickets from Aer Lingus and spa treatments by Sisley. She tweeted her 54.8m admirers later that evening. Francis Brennansuspects the Park hold the honour of the most tweeted Irish connected item of the day.
AccorHotels appointed Inge can Ooteghem as senior VP for upscale and midscale hotels Ireland and Britain.
Dobiquity say their on-the-Job training app for the hotel trade is going to revolutionise the management and recording of on-the-job training in our industry (website). Picture show Blathnaid McGroarty of Dobiquity (email) at the IHF conference in Killarney.
Dublin is the top Easter break destination for Trivago’s Irish users. 52pc of them opened for a four star hotel and will stay an average of five nights. London, Amsterdam, Galway and New York complete the top five.
Hard Rock International announced the opening of Hard Rock Hotel Dalian.
- New EU roaming regulated rates will apply from April 26.
- Ferrari plans to open a theme park in China.
- Unesco designated the entire Isle of Man a Biosphere Reserve.
- Following the lead of United Airlines, Uber is offering up to $10,000 to hackers that can identify critical flaws in their app’s security.
- Jamaica’s tourism minister Edmund Bartlett said he does not believe the normalisation of the USA’s relationship with Cuba threatens Jamaica’s tourism market.
Food & Wine
Galway and North Brabant in the Netherlands were named European Regions of Gastronomy for 2018. Picture shows Galway’s bid team with Diane Dodd of the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism.
Food and travel writers from nine countries visited N Ireland as guests of Tourism Irelandand Tourism NI to explore the Year of Food and Drink Their itinerary included a food tour of Belfast, a guided tour of food producers in Co Down and the Legenderry Food Festival in Derry, which included a Taste of Derry lunch and the Legenderry Food Cycle Tour. Picture shows the group with Lucia King of Tourism NI and tour guide Lorcan McBride outside the Walled City Brewery in Derry.
Lifestyle and food journalists based in England attended a Tourism Ireland event highlighting N Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink at HIX Soho restaurant in London. Picture shows Naomi Waite of Tourism NI, Tracey Hamilton of Mash Direct, Vanessa Markey of Tourism Ireland and Peter Hannan of Hannan Meats.
Picture shows ash squid, leeks and granja dos moinhos cheese served to Travel Extra part of tasting menu at Herdade do Esporão wine estate in Alentejo. Ireland is one of the estate’s biggest customers with Mount Velho wine proving extremely popular. The estate is and hour and a half drive from Lisbon in Alentejo.Watch here Monica McGill demonstrating Alentejo’s place on the map of Portugal. Watch here António Roquette of Herdade do Esporão guiding Travel Extra through the tasting menu. Watch here António Roquette explaining how 189 varieties of grape in the Herdade do Esporão vineyard’s ampelographic field is helping preserve the country’s native grape biodiversity. See more pictures from the tasting menu here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Turkish Airlines sponsored the world premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Picture shows Ben Affleck with Turkish Airlines chairman Ilker Aycı.
An IdeaWorksCompany report of email marketing by the top six ancillary revenue airlines found that Aer Lingus and EasyJet send promotional emails every three days. The report, sponsored by CarTrawler, also found that Ryanair is a moderate marketer compared to the other five airlines studied in terms of frequency and word count (average 222 per mail).
The repurchase of CityJet was completed by Pat Byrne and private equity backers from Intro Aviation. The airline is expected to launch its IPO in 2018 or 2019. CityJet expects the delivery of the first of eight CRJ900s by the end of this month with the remainder expectedly the end of June.
- Knock airport uploaded an Easter video. Watch here.
- Malaysia Airlines unveiled the first of its A330 aircraft.
- Airbus introduced a cabin brand, Airspace by Airbus, which will debut on the A330neo.
- A drone came within 200 feet of a Lufthansa A380 jet landing at LAX.
- Katjes Magic Candy Factory launched its 3D printed sweets at The Loop at Dublin Airport.
- Aer Lingus is reportedly wet-leasing an E190 from BA for Saturday operations from Dublin between the end of May and early September.
- Avolon delivered an A320-220 to Batik Air and a B737-800 to Fuzhou Airlines.
- CityJet concluded its three-year agreement with the Netherlands’ SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance, which provided line maintenance services on the Scandinavian route, covering its CRJ900 fleet.
- German airport passenger numbersgrew 7.2pc in February to 14.12m.
An MMGY Global study claimed 35pc of people on cruises said they have more sex than when they are at home, 57pc said they eat more and 46pc said they drink more alcohol.
Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain told the 32nd annual Seatrade cruise conference in Fort Lauderdale that erroneous impressions about cruising are proving difficult to dislodge, “How do you argue that cruising is sedentary when you can go surfing and rock climbing, the innovations that we do are really designed to help posture the industry. Most of our guests won’t actually go sky diving, but they want the option and it says something about who we are as an industry.” Frank del Rio, chairman of Norwegian, Arnold Donald, president of Carnival and Pierfrancesco Vago, chairman of MSC joined Fain on the CEO panel which recommended more balance between building new ships and refurbishing existing ones. Pictured discussing turnarounds at Cruise Shipping in Fort Lauderdale with Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises are Leo McParland, Port Services Director at Hamilton Shipping, Adam Sharp Head of Port Operations & Guest Services Royal Caribbean International, Pat Ward Head of Corporate Services Dublin Port Company, Lotfi Trabelsi Royal Caribbean International and Margaret Cronin Specialised Travel Services.
- Brittany Ferries carried 1,185 pets in 2015, a 20pc increase, Travel Extra’s frolicsome feline Clinger Corry repurrts. There was a 64pc increase on numbers carried in 2011.
- Viking Cruises will christen Viking Sea on the Thames on May 5. She leaves Istanbul for the Borough of Greenwich on April 3.
- Crystal Cruises is adding a sister to Crystal Esprit, a polar class mega-yacht.
- Seabourn is adding a Thomas Keller restaurant to all ships.
- Norwegian‘s new private island port in Belize, Harvest Caye, will offer a seven-acre sand beach, 15,000-square-foot pool, zip lining, suspensions bridges and free fall jumps, and five dining and beverage venues.
- Roy Yamaguchi is to proivde a pan-Asian restaurant on MSC Cruises.
- Ponant is to build four new expedition ships.
Epic Ireland will open Saturday May 7 (Launch event 6th). Watch here Dervla O’Neill speaking about the new centre. Picture shows the Epic Ireland team Brian Donovan genealogy advisor, Mervyn Greene MD of the CHQ building, Karen Keogh head of operations, Dervla O’Neill sales and marketing director, Michael Maguire head of retail, Michael Counshan project director, Audrey Kavanagh accounts and Fiona Ross museum director.
The Teeling Whiskey Distillery was named Best Whiskey Visitor Attraction at London’s World Whiskies Awards.
Dublin came 22nd in Europe in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for destinations, with Killarney, Galway, Dingle, Cork, Cong, Westport, Donegal Town, Sligo and Newmarket on Fergus making up a somewhat surprising Irish top ten. London, Istanbul, Marrakech, Paris and Ziuem Reap in Cambodia were the first five past the post worldwide. Ubud in Bali (10) and Cusoo in Peru (22) were surprise top 25 destinations.
Picture shows Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Seán Sherlock with Elaine Murray, Caroline Mulligan and Linda Duncan of Tourism Ireland in Ednburgh.
RTE have organised free 1916 walking tourson Easter Monday 12pm-4.30pm, leaving from City Hall, Bernardo’s square. There are, four different routes to choose from leaving every 20 minutes, just sign up on the day.
166 golf clubs in Ireland will take part in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Club Challenge.
The Westbury is offering 1 night B&B from €430 incl. collection of Olfactive Studio’s Discovery fragrances, invitation to discover fragrances at Parumaria and champagne afternoon tea for two on The Gallery. Available until May 31. Book online or call 01 646 3333.
Tourism NI offers: 2 nights B&B 4* Bushmills Inn Hotel, Co Antrim from £130pps incl. £50 credit for a la carte dinner, available until April 17, call (028) 2073 3000, quote Spring Offers when booking. 2 nights B&B midweek stay 4* Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh from £55pps, available until March 31, call (028) 6862 2200. 2 nights B&B 3* Armagh City Hotel from £165 per family incl. access to health and leisure club and family ticket to a key attraction, available until April 17, call (028) 3751 8888, quote Spring Offers when booking.
Sunway offers: 7 nights B&B 3* Dorisol Florasol Aparthotel, Madeira from €449pp, depart May 12 or May 19. 7 nights B&B 3* Qrquidea Hotel, Madeira from €499pp, depart May 12 or May 19. 7 nights B&B 4* Madeira Regency Club, Madeira from €549pp, depart May 12 or May 19. 7 nights self catering 2* Aquaria Sol Apartment, Lanzarote from €399pps, depart May 7, 14 or 21, from €439pp depart May 28. 7 nights self catering 2* Puerto Carmen Aparthotel, Lanzarote from €429pp, depart May 7, 14 or 21, from €469pp, depart May 28. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel San Antonio, Lanzarote from €729pp, depart May 7, 14 or 21, from €749pp, depart May 28. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.
Click and Go offers: 7 nights half board 3* Miramar Hotel, Rabac, Istrian Riviera, Croatia from €499pp incl. transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights self catering 4* Elotis Suites Aparthotel, Crete from €299pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in April. 7 nights half board 4* Beatriz Playa & Spa Hotel, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €539pp incl. airport transfers, taxes, charges and free wine with evening meal, travel in April. 3 nights 5* Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin from €289pp incl. airport taxes and charges, travel in May. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.
Falcon offers: 7 nights all inclusive 3* Club Alize, Marmaris, Dalaman from €1,399 2+1, from €1,929 2+2, depart June 6. 7 nights self catering 3* Cinco Plaza, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €1,679 2+1, from €2,249 2+2, depart June 9. 14 nights 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Rivera Maya, Mexico from €1,719pp, depart June 13. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay from €1,399pp, depart June 19. 12 nights all inclusive 3* Servatur Waikiki, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €769pp, depart April 30. 8 nights self catering 2* Bitacora, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote from €369pp, depart April 24. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Belvedere, Costa Dorada, Salou from €749pp, depart Ireland West Airport Knock August 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Bouganvilla, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €329pp, depart Cork May 7. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
Thomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,489pp, depart June 12. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Cala Llonga Playa, Ibiza from €759pp, depart May 26. 7 nights half board 4* Los Gigantes Hotel, Tenerife form 2699pp, depart May 6. 7 nights full board Hellenic Classics cruise on board Thomson’s Spirit of Iberia from €1,129pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Ocean Maya Royale, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,919pp, depart July 11. 7 nights self catering 3* Cala D’or Playa, Majorca from €359pp, depart Cork May 10. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Golden Port Salou from €769pp, depart Knock August 2. 15 nights half board 5* Melia Salinas Hoel, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €1,279pp, depart April 1. 7 nights self catering 4* Colon Il Apartments, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife form €399pp, depart April 15.
Royal Caribbean offers: 9 night France, Spain and Portugal cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,129pp, depart May 21. 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,679pp, depart September 11. 7 night Greek Isles cruise on board Vision of the Seas form €1,529pp, depart May 28. Visit royalcaribbean.ie or call 1800 555 604.
Travel Department offers: 11 nights Cuba from €2,599pp incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart October 3. 7 nights half board Venice, Lake Bled and Croatia from €999pp incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, depart October 13.
Sunway USA and Canada escorted tours by Trafalgar, book by March 29: 15 days Route 66 tour form €2,657pp, depart May 15. 14 day Western Discoverer tour from €2,468pp, depart September 22. 14 days East Coast USA & Canada from €2,727pp, depart June 17 or July 29. 27 days Trans American Grand Adventures from €5338pp, depart June 15. 9 days Best of Eastern Canada tour from €1,838pp, depart July 9. 9 days Canadian Rockies tour from €1,943pp, depart June 11. 10 days Tastes and Sounds of the South tour from €1,925pp, depart May 26. 11 days Canadian Maritimes tour from €2,048pp, depart August 6. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.
Sunway Easter offers (notice the price): 7 nights self catering 3* Colina Village Apartments, the Algarve from €1,916 2+2, depart July 1, 8, 15 or 22. 7 nights self catering 2* Acurio Sol 2 Apartments from €1,916 2+2, depart July 2, 9, 16 or 23. 7 nights self catering 4* Vistalmar Aparthotel, Costa del Sol form €1,916 2+2, depart June 4, 11 or 18. 7 nights self catering 3* Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments, Gran Canaria from €1,916 2+2, depart July 2 or 9. 7 nights self catering 3* Las Marimbas Apartments, Fuerteventura from €1,916 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Menorca from €1,916 2+2, depart June 19. 7 nights self catering 3* Tamaimo Tropical Aparthotel, Tenerife from €1,916 2+2, part June 4, 11 or 18. 7 nights B&B 3* Kalofer Hotel, Bulgaria from €1,916 2+2, depart June 11. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Bouganvillia Apartments, Majorca from €1,916 2+2, depart June 18. Book by midnight tomorrow (March 28). Visit sunway.ie. Other offers: 7 nights B&B 2* Greco Residential Hotel, Madeira from €399 per adult, from €369 per child, depart May 12. 7 nights self catering 3* Summer Garden Apartments, Bodrum Peninsula from €259 per adult/child, depart May 8 or 15. 7 nights B&B 4* Golden Day Hotel, Kusadasi from €299 per adult/child depart May 8 or 15. 7 nights self catering 3* Deya Apartments, Majorca from €299 per adult, from €249 per child, depart May 14. 7 nights self catering 2* Presidente Aparthotel, the Algarve from €299 per adult/child, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering 2* Aquaria Sol 2 Apartments, Lanzarote from €349 per adult, from €279 per child, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering 4* Vistalmar Aparthotel, Costa del Sol from €369 per adult, from €249 per child, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering 3* Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €369 per adult, from €299 per child, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €399 per adult, from €299 per child, depart May 7 or 14.
Topflight offers, book by March 29: 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto Carmen, Puerto Del Carmen from €349pps, depart April 2. 7 nights B&B 3* Dorsal Momsa, Punchal, Madeira from €419pps, depart May 12. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €429pps, depart April 23. 7 nights self catering 3* THB Tropical Island, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €439pps, depart April 23. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthoel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €499pps, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €569pps, depart May 14. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Tysandros, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €599pps, depart May 28. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Hilton Vilamoura Golf & Spa, the Algarve from €889pps, depart May 7. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Bristol, Sorrento from €949pps, depart May 8. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.
Turkish Airlines is offering return Dublin–Cape Town from €506 incl. taxes. Book by April 15, travel between now and July 9.
Stena Line is offering spring and summer Haven holidays from €495 for a family of up to six incl. self catering accommodation, return car ferry Dublin–Holyhead or Rosslare–Fishguard and access to Splashzones park. Book before April 8 and travel by July 22. Visit stenaline.ie/havenoffers or call 01 907 5399. Stena is also offering Rosslare-Cherbourge from €89 single, book by March 29 for travel up to December 16. Book online or call 01 907 5555
ITAA offers: 5 nights half board 5* Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate hotel, Dubai from €1,065pps incl. return flights, private transfers and airport taxes, stay between May 6 and June 6, book by April 30. 7 nights all inclusive Globales Hotel Santa Ponsa Park, Majorca from €490pps incl. flights, transfers, checked baggage and travel taxes, travel May. 3 nights Hotel Eduardo VII, Lisbon from €229pp incl. taxes and return flights, single room supplement €98, depart May 3.
Kevin Heery’s Irish Hill Walking tours are offering cultural experience tours to Hidden Spain this year -focused on Asturias, Cantabria, Castila y Leon & Galicia. The first Hill Walking tour is going to Picos de Europa 29 May to 4 June flying direct from Dublin to Santander. Prices from €950 excluding flights. weblink.
What we learned this week
This week, we learned that print isn’t dead. Travel Extra’s Conor McMahon appeared on the latest episode of The Stack on Monocle magazine’s digital radio station, M24. He interviewed Lois Kapila, managing editor of previously online-only newspaper Dublin Inquirer, about the launch of their new monthly print edition. The newspapers will be distributed through coin-operated coin boxes (pictured) as well as through postal subscriptions. Listen here.
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