TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement May 22 2016: Harmony: A Ship Off the New Block




Whale watching excursion on Fraser Island, Queensland, May 19 2016

Whale watching excursion on Fraser Island, Queensland,


Things to know about travel this week:

  • Big ship, big party: Harmony impresses Irish agents
  • US embassy vows to clear up Travel Bug J-1 visa mess
  • Australia postpones backpacker tax
  • Irish visits to Australia yerown 6pc
  • French ATC strike for 46th time
  • Aer Lingus launch Pisa and Montpelier
  • Topflight holiday goes to Navan woman
  • MSR804’s 360-degree mystery
  • Etihad’s headrest: The microwave of the skies?

Travel Extra TV

video of the week may 22Video of the week: A kayaker’s close encounter with a sharkWatch here

  • LAX uploaded a video to mark the return of Aer LingusWatch here.
  • See Cork Airport’s ‘Gateway to the South’ promo video. Watch here.
  • bike ride not for the faint-hearted. Watch here.
  • Freestyle footballer René Mathussek shows off his skills in Cape TownWatch here.

Behind the Headlines

bernie groupIn keeping with tradition Connacht agents were last to bed when Jennifer Callister, Jenny Rafter and Michaela Banks hosted 200 Irish agents on board Harmony of the Seas for a pre launch cruise. The ship is 30cm wider than its sisters in class, and the difference is notable in cabin space. While Royal Caribbean used to refrain from claiming the biggest cruise ship in the world, CEO Michael Bayley has no such inhibitions. London based two country agency sales director for Royal Caribbean Ben Bouldin says that Royal were happy that Irish agents were over-represented at the launch, “The likes of Tour America, Clubworld, Oasis, and American Holidays, they tend to over index versus their counterparts. They are bit more flexible in terms of staff trying to get time off than the likes of Thomas Cook or TUI. We deliberately go out of our way to put the right focus on it. We don’t penny pinch. When we can we host agents overnight rather than a port ship visit, which is like seeing the ship with the lights off.” Listen here to his comments about Royal Caribbean;’s relationship with agents and watch here general interview with Ben BouldinWatch here Stuart Levenspeaking about the new ship. Watch here Harmony’s arrival in Southampton from the air and watch here Steve Carrett’s port side view. Watch here Gina Kramer’s trip down the Abyss water slide. Picture shows Bernie Burke of Travel Centres, Jenny Rafter of Royal Caribbean and Pamela Brownlee of Cruisesforyou. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Caroline Joyce of Travel Bug

Caroline Joyce of Travel Bug

Changes in the J1 visa scheme have been causing surprisingly few problems so far for students and the agencies who process most of their applications, Sayit and USIT. This week, however, problems arose with applications made through with Caroline Joyce‘s Castlebar agency Travel Bug Ltd and, more specifically, their independent US programme sponsor, American Work Adventures. The US embassy said that Irish J-1 Summer Work and Travel applicants who apply for visas between May 23 and June 17, and whose visas are approved, will be permitted to collect their passports from the US Embassy in Ballsbridge within two working days after their scheduled interviews. Passport/visa collection will be at 2pm and must be in person. In a small number of visa applications, additional administrative processing may be required. If that situation applies to any J-1 SWT applicant, US Embassy Dublin will contact the applicants immediately. From this year applicants have to provide evidence of a pre-arranged job in the United States as part of their J-1 applications. Listen to discussion on RTE’s Liveline on Wednesday (listen here), Thursday (listen here) and Friday (listen here).

Declan Kearney, Amanda Keegan, Fergal Healy and Stephen O'Reilly.An Aer Lingus Airbus A330-214 named for St Eugene of Kilnamanagh and Ardstraw performed the inaugural flight EI540 to Montpellier, registration EI DEP, from Dublin airport at 12.50pm on Friday. Aer Lingus now offers a 2w service between Dublin and Montpellier on Mondays and Fridays between May and September with fares starting from €67.99 one-way on aerlingus.comPicture showsDeclan Kearney, Director of Communications at Aer Lingus with first passengers Amanda Keegan and Fergal Healy and Stephen O’Reilly of Dublin Airport. Watch here an introduction to Montpelier by tour guide Celine Dupin. Watch here a report on a press trip to Montpelier. Watch here a report of a press trip to the Midi-Pyrenees region. Watch here Anne Romiguerre introducing the French heritage village of Conques and watch here Marine Gil introducing Albi. Aer Lingus’ inaugural flight EI428 from Dublin to Pisa, an Airbus A330-200, named St Ibar, registration EI DEM, took off from Dublin airport at 7.15am on Monday. Fares on the 3w service on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays start from €79.99 one-way, including taxes and charges, for travel between May and September.

French air traffic controllers struck again on Thursday, ostensibly over changes in terms and conditions for new starters, the fifth strike in the last two months, and the 46th in the last seven years. Orly was worst affected, with 15pc of flights cancelled. The strike seems to be tied in to a bigger battle to reform French labour law that could ground flights in the crucial weeks coming to and during the Euro 2016 championships.

Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra and John O'Sullivan CEO of Tourism Australia at Australian Tourism Exchange in Surfer's Paradise, Queensland, May 14 2016

The Australian government is to delay its plan to introduce a so-called backpacker tax. Tourists on working holiday visas were set to be excluded from the country’s tax-free threshold from July 1. Under the plan they would have been taxed at 32.5c for every dollar they earned in Australia. Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer said on Tuesday that the tax would be deferred for six months. Other issues raised at Australian Tourism Exchange in Gold Coast include the 11pm to 6am curfew that closes Sydney airport every night (watch here Minister Steve Ciobo’s response to Travel Extra’s question at the press conference) and the impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef (watch here the comments of Queensland Tourism CEO Leanne Coddington about increased tourism could help preserve the Reef). Tourism Australia intends rolling out the Aussie specialist programme to the Irish travel trade in September. Watch here and here John O’Sullivan’s comments about the continued importance of the travel trade to Tourism Australia. Watch here John O’Sullivan’s full presentation at the event. Watch here Minister Steve Ciobo’s speech at ATE. Watch here the speech by Queensland Tourism CEO Leanne Coddington. Visits to Australia from Ireland declined 6pc in 2015 to 58,100 from 61,800 and the decline continued in Jan-March 2016, down 3.7pc to 18,400 from 19,100. Update on working visas is down 5pc overall and more than 8pc from Ireland. Picture shows Eoghan Corry with John O’Sullivan, CEO of Tourism Australia. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

lady elliot islandDuring Australian Tourism ExchangeQueensland tourism showcased the activities around Surfer’s Paradise to 83 domestic and international travel media who stayed in the Gold Coast. Watch here a report of the trip taken by Travel Extra. We also participated in a post-ATE familiarisation tour of the Fraser Coast and Lady Elliot Island. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The sudden spin detected from Egyptair flight MSR804 before its loss with 56 passengers and 10 crew 200 km north of the Egyptian coast line has been exercising the minds of aviation watchers across Europe. Greek military authorities earlier reported that their primary radar showed the aircraft suddenly taking a 90 degree turn left, followed by a 360 degrees turn in the opposite direction as it descended from FL370 to FL150 before disappearing off radars. The aircraft departed Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, at 23:21 hours local time on May 18. Scheduled departure time was 22:45 hours. This was just the 13th fatal accident involving in the A320 family of which there are 6,631 in service. Read here Eoghan Corry’s article about the incident in the Irish Independent and listen here to Ted Carroll and Eoghan Corry discussing the incident on RTÉ Radio 1. Read here Conor McMahon of Travel Extra‘s comments in the Irish Examiner on the impact of the Egyptair incident on share prices.

The report was published into the dramatic United23 Newark-Dublin descent (FL250-235) in 2013 (watch here) indicated that a minor weather event had led to unreliable data in the cockpit, the crew responded in a fraught fashion, there was poor cockpit communication, and mistaken diagnoses and choices. The incident resulted in minor injuries to cabin crew and passengers.

caitriona daveDavid Thomas Regional Director of American Airlines told Travel Extra that the airline is looking at the end of 2017 to have their new Premium Economy product installed on all their International long haul aircraft. The first aircraft type to be delivered with the product installed will be their new Boeing 787-900 Dreamliners, The current fleet of B777-300ER’s, B777-200ER’s, B787-800’s and A330’s will all be retrofitted. None of the B767-300’s will be retrofitted, as these are scheduled for retirement in the coming years to leave. Premium economy will offer passengers a leather seat with 38 inches pitch, personal on demand IFE, large touchscreen monitors and noise reduction headphones. The product also comes with priority check-in & boarding, two checked bags free of charge, amenity kits and enhanced meal service. Picture shows Caitriona Toner and Dave Thomas of American Airlines.See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

etihad smartseatThe Etihad truck roadshow event at Croke Park showcased their economy, business and first class products for the trade. What stood out for us was their patented “smart seat” with the fixed wing headrest. A simple idea but one that will make a huge difference to passengers, giving the chance to rest without having your head falling down while sleeping. This may be the equivalent of the microwave in kitchens, as far as the passenger experience is concerned. A wonderful, simple idea that most airlines executives will say “Why did I not think of that?” Of note also was the provision of power points on their new “Smart Seat”. These are located just below the TV screen and make available USB charging and a regular plug, which I am told will accept 99pc of world plugs, for the other 1pc, Etihad will have adapters available for passengers to

The, er, ringing tones of Michael Ring will not longer be heard at the Irish function at World Travel Market, having achieved cult status as the best ministerial speech of the event. The new Minister of State for Tourism is Patrick O’Donovan whose name is familiar to anyone who has driven through west Limerick. Good news for Shannon. However, Travel Extra will miss Michael Ring. Listen here to his speech at WTM 2014 or watch here.

Travel Trade

michelle mcdonagh maurice sheilsPictured with Maurice Shiels of Topflight with Michelle McDonagh from Navan Travel, the second winner in the Topflight Hello Summer Family Holiday Giveaway. Michelle won a holiday at the four star Vila Petra Aparthotel in Albufeira. Next week’s Topflight winner will be heading to Lake Garda in Italy. Travel agents who book a ‘Great for Kids’ property during the week will be entered into a draw to win a family holiday to the four star Bella Italia complex in Lake Garda.

Celebrity Cruises have over 10 Celebrity Moment winners for Ireland on, the agents with the most bookings in May and June will win €300 plus an award and surprises. Travel agents are earning up to €12 per booking in the Celebrity Rewards Scheme. Bookings remain on there for eight weeks.

IMG_1246 copyAntonio Martin, the popular representative of Andalusian Tourist Board, along with Gonzalo Ceballos and the Spanish Tourist Office team in Ireland, hosted Irish travel trade and media at a workshop and meal in the Dining Hall in Trinity College to point out direct connections with Malaga, Almeria and Seville giving easy access to the region as well as the AVE high speed train connections to Malaga, Seville and Cordoba. Guest of honour for the evening was José María Rodríguez, Ambassador of Spain. Entertainment was provided by renowned tenor and double basse Miguel Sànchez, pianist Bernardo Jiménez and the acoustic guitarist Adriano Lozano. In 2015 Andalucía accounted for 21.6pc of Irish tourism to Spain, 299,165 visits. Picture Pat Dawson CEO of the ITAA, Gonzalo Ceballos of the Spanish Tourist board and Antonio Martin of Andalusia Tourist Board. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

sunway groupPicture shows agents on a Sunway fam trip to the Algarve in the Pestana Alvor. The Sunway team and a group of travel agents spent four nights in the Algarve, Portugal staying two nights each in the four star Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel, Albufeira and 2 nights in the four star Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel, Alvor. The group visited popular Sunway properties ranging from self-catering apartments to 5 star deluxe hotels in Albufeira, Praia da Oura, Da Balaia, Santa Eulalia, Falesia, Vilamoura, Alvor, Carvoeiro, Portimao and Praia da Rocha. They dined in Club Med Da Balaia, Epic Sana Algarve Hotel, Monte Santo Resort and local restaurants. Sunway offer holidays to the Algarve from €379pp this summer including flights, accommodation, 20kg baggage, transfers and services of a Sunway representative. Picture shows Hilary Mahon of Sunway, Linda Bradshaw of Sunway, Carmel Kehoe of Roscrea Travel, Emma Dinan of Douglas Travel, David Lacey of Paraic Keogh Travel, Rebecca McAreave of O’Hanrahan Travel, Tom Donohoe of Strand Travel, Gaynor Cunningham of Best4Travel, Georgina Kelly of Travel Broker, Judy Coughlan of Dawson Travel Ciara Sweeney of Corrib Travel and Samantha Gavigan of Kanes Travel. Not in picture Jeanette Taylor of Sunway.

emiratesEmirates hosted travel trade, corporate customers and guests at the Irish Open in the K Club. Three takeaways from the event: Emirates will take delivery of 36 new aircraft this year, and retire 26 older planes as part of its fleet renewal strategy. The new B777 aircraft arriving form November will feature the revamped business class seats manufactured at Kilkeel, Co Down that Travel Extra saw earlier this year at ITB. A new first class suite product will be launched by next year. Emirates have introduced a seventh daily Bangkok frequency and will introduce a third daily Dubai to Cape Town service from July 4th and have opened a new two-level premium lounge in Cape Town with a capacity of 120. Picture shows Lisa Rabbitte and Anita Thomas of Emirates. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

  • Travelport signed with Conferma for a hotel billback solution. Travelport was member of a consortium awarded EU funding to create online travel planning tool.
  • The British National Assembly of Skål International takes place in Belfast on September 22-25.
  • Sunway‘s 50th Birthday Media & Suppliers Lunch Is scheduled for September 28. Kathy Cashe celebrated 20 Years with the tour operator.
  • Wesley Pentland, Edmund Hourican and Nicholas Parsons at the NI Travel and Tourism Awards in 1992
  • Jonathan Adair  and Brian Oglelaunched the Northern Ireland Tourism and Travel Awards, sponsored by Blue Insurance. The event, now in its 25th year, takes place at the Slieve Donard on October 21. Picture shows Wesley Pentland, Edmund Hourican and Nicholas Parsons at the NI Travel and Tourism Awards in 1992.
  • CLIA launched new Travel Agent Initiatives at their 10th Anniversary Conference.
  • Amadeus published their Tourism Economics compiled from expert interviews with global luxury travel experts across specialist travel concierge agencies, airlines, hoteliers and intermediary suppliers through Connections, a global networking event organiser for luxury travel providers.
  • Ed Finn’s new travel TV programme Never Been North airs at 8.00pm on TV3 on Friday, May 27.


  • Propriétés & Co opened Chateau de La Redorte on the Canal du Midi in the Minervois region.
  • Robert De Niro applied for planning permission to open an 83-room boutique hotel in London’s Covent Garden in 2019.
  • Canopy by Hilton is to open a property in Washington DC in late 2017.
  • Marriott are to open the 336-room Marriott Bonn World Conference Hotel at the end of this month.


  • The Latin American Travel Association launched a new website. See here.
  • The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will open July 4. See here
  • Thailand hosted 40 media representatives from across Europe and the Middle East attended the welcome reception that kick started the eight-day mega joint fam trip, featuring Eastern Seaboard Thailand.

Food & Wine

  • The Campo Viejo Tapas Trail returns to Dublin (Tuesday and Sundays, June 7 to July 3), Cork (Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 12 to 27) and Galway (Wednesdays and Sundays, August 24, 28, 31 and September 7). Tickets €30, see
  • Delphi Resort is hosting a series of culinary events from June until the end of the year. The first event, a collaboration with Connemara Smokehouse, takes place June 12.
  • Sheridans Cheesemongers hosted a family-friendly food festival in Pottlereagh, Co Meath next Sunday, May 29. Events include cow-milking, cheese making, chocolate class and over 80 food stalls. Admission is €5 per car and free for attendees traveling by bike or on foot.


ryanairStarting September 1, Ryanair will fly fromLuxembourg daily to London Stansted and 5w to PortoRyanair was reported to the Metropolitan Police by English leave the EU agitators. Ryanair has started using England’s favourite airline (a paraphrase of BA’s notoriously incorrect 1980s claim, the world’s favourite airline form the 1980s) suggesting they have overtaken Easyjet in its home market.

  • Aer Lingus says there will be no change to the flying schedule when it reconfigures its base at Belfast City Airport in October, cutting 24 pilots, 38 cabin crew and some maintenance work (70 jobs in all).
  • Antwerp based VLM which operates Waterford-Birmingham and Luton, has gone into receivership but continues to operate. Waterford’s independent John Halligan, the Minister of State for Training and Skills, claimed he secured funds to develop the runway at Waterford Airport.
  • Total sales at Dublin and Cork airports, including retail, food and beverage sales by concessionaires, increased by 20pc to €273m, according to Dublin Airport’s annual report.
  • Dublin Airport published a new US Preclearance video see here.
  • County Cork council chair John Paul O’Shea launched a broadside against IALPA over Norwegian’s Cork-Boston route application.
  • Ryanair opened a new European training centre in London Stansted.
  • Shannon Airport launched instructional videos and a brochure for people with autism and special needs to help them understand the process of getting through the airport.
  • Ryanair have loaded Shannon-Fuereteventura to the booking system for the winter schedule, operating on Sunday mornings.
  • Research by Flight Centre indicated business class flights are 20pc cheaper on average than they were five years ago.
  • Virgin Australia launched their new premium economy product, Economy Space at ATE to include extra legroom, premium check-in, dedicated crew members and noise-cancelling headsets.
  • Air Canada Rouge launched a Toronto-Gatwick service.
  • Cathay opened a 3,306 sqm business class lounge at the Pier within Hong Kong International Airport.
  • BA said the new Club World A350 seat is not sufficiently revolutionary to justify retrofitting to the rest of the long-haul fleet.
  • thomson to veronaThomson launched their summer service from Belfast International Airport to Verona. Picture shows Naomi Sainty from Thomson Airways, Airport Business Development Director Uel Hoey and Jill Russell from Topflight.
  • BA’s new CEO Alex Cruz said: am I going to Ryanair-ise or low-cost-ise BA? The answer to that is clear, no, and said the airline has not made a decision to introduce  buy-on-board.
  • Ethiopian Airlines won the African Aviation ‘African Airline of the Year’ Award for 2016 during the Air Finance awards in Johannesburg. CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said Ethiopian Airlines will launch flights from Addis to Chennai and Mumbai. Ethiopian Airlines operates flights to 111 cities worldwide including Dublin. Watch here interview with Tewolde GebreMariam.


Nieuw Statendam is the name of the second ship in Holland America’s 2,650-passenger Pinnacle-class, to be delivered autumn 2018.

  • HELCOM and CLIA organised a joint workshop on cruise industry’s future in the Baltic Sea.
  • Avalon Waterways launched a TV Advertising Campaign To Drive the Lates Market
  • Regent Seven Seas cruises will sail a 137-night world cruise in 2018.
  • Carnival Vista is to offer seafood, milkshakes and alfresco Asian cuisine
  • dominic on irish ferriesDominic Burke, Managing Director of Travel Centres was onboard Irish Ferries’ cruise ferry Oscar Wilde recently to sample the annual ‘Wine Fair’ –which marks the company’s first sailing of the season from Rosslare to Roscoff.
  • Carnival Triumph is the next ship to receive the Crnical cruise line’s HUB app as part of a fleetwide rollout beginning with its June 6 sailing.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line unveiled a new revamped worldwide brochure.
  • Aptly named boat of the week was the one which took on water and had to be rescued on the Scilly islands off Western Rocks, the boat was the Surprise.


new websiteFáilte Ireland launched a new mobile-first, Ireland’s Ancient East website. See here. Picture shows Michael Cawley, chairman Fáilte Ireland with members of the tourism industry at Mount Juliet.

  • Killarney Beerfest will showcase 25 craft beer producers and 150 craft beverages on May 27 to 29. .John Keane of Torc Brewing, Killarney one of the craft brewing producers getting ready for Killarney Beerfest
  • Dublin Champions Scheme Seeks to Help Hospitality Workers to Upsell DublinFáilte Ireland held its first Dublin Champions workshop.
  • Red carpet was rolled out over the Ha’penny Bridge (officially the Liffey Bridge), which turned 200 years old this year.
  • Tubs Goes Wild - The Tubridy Show set to tour on The Wild Atlantic WayThe Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 will once again partner with Fáilte Ireland to broadcast from the Wild Atlantic Way from May 30 to June 2.
  • cork summer showThe 2016 Cork Summer Show takes place at the Showgrounds in Curraheen, June 18 and 19.
  • Dublin was up six places to 18th in the 2015 International Congresses and Conventions Association rankings. Ireland came in at number 32, up five places from 2014.
  • Monart Destination Spa launched a Bridal Zen stay.
  • Failte Ireland announced a new fund for festival ideas.
  • Tourism Ireland organised a sales mission to China.

Deal Watch

Click and Go offers: 2 nights 4* Coredon Vitality Hotel Amsterdam from €189pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in June. 7 nights over 50s half board 4* Royal Al Andalus Hotel, Costa del Sol from €329pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in November. 7 nights B&B 5* Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus, Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol from €469pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in November. 7 nights B&B 3* Spicy Hotel, Sorrento from €599pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in June. Visit or call 01 539 7777.

Lowcostbeds offers, based on 7 nights 2 sharing, depart June 5: 2* Puerto del Carmen Los Pueblos, Lanzarote from €14.50pppn self catering. 3* Terrazamar, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria from €22pppn self catering. 3* Roc Flamingo Hotel, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol from €23pppn B&B. 3* Maralvor, Alvor, the Algarve from €21pppn self catering. Visit

Project Travel is offering four to 17-day escorted tours of Scandinavia and St Petersburg, commencing in June. For more information, visit or call 01 210 8391.

Sunway offers: Menorca, flight only from €249pp. 7 nights self catering 2* Vista Blanes Apartments, Cala’n Forcat, Menorca from €349pp. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Cala’n Bosch, Menorca from €369pp. 7 nights self catering 3* Roc Lago Park Apartments, Cala’n Bosch form €559pp. 3 nights 3* Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas from €689pp incl. flights, travel September. 3 nights 4* MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas from €819pp incl. flights, travel September. 3 nights 5* Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas from €925pp incl. flights, travel September. 7 nights full board Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,399pp incl. flights, taxes and fares, depart September 11. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Gran Amadores, Gran Canaria from €389pp, depart June 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Portur Atalaya Apartments, Cala Millor, Majorca from €379pp, depart June 14. 7 nights self catering 2* Ourania Apartments, Goves, Crete from €449pp, depart June 5. 7 nights self catering 3* Club Evin, Marmaris, Dalaman from €329pp, depart June 6. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria from €689pp, depart June 13. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Son Baulo, Ca’n Picafort, Majorca from €649pp, depart Cork June 4. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Golden Donaire Beach, Costa Dorada from €689pp, depart Knock August 16. 14 nights 3* Rio Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,119pp, depart June 13. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica from €1,319pp, depart June 19. 14 nights all inclusive 4* ClubHotel Riu Ochos Rio, Jamaica from €1,249pp, depart June 12. 7 nights full board 4* Adriatic Sea cruise on board Thomson Dream from €1,299pp, depart June 10. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 14 nights all inclusive 3* Royal Decameron Club Caribbean, Runaway Bay, Jamaica from €1,449pps, depart June 12. 14 nights all inclusive Holiday Inn Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,039pps, depart June 19. 7 nights self catering 3* Sellas Hotel and Apartments, Sidari, Corfu from €299pps, depart May 27. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Sevataur Waikiki, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €599pps, depart June 2. 7 nights self catering 3* Sun Apartments Marmaris, Dalaman from €319pps, depart June 3. 7 nights self catering 2* Iris Hotel Kos Town from €399pps, depart June 4. 7 nights self catering 2* Emerald Studio Kremasti, Rhodes from €349pps, depart June 15. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Western Mediterranean cruise on board Harmony of the Seas from €1,489pp, depart July 17. 11 nights Greece and Aegean Sea cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas from €1,249pp incl. $200 on board credit, depart July 4. 6 nights Croatia and Greece cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,079pp incl. $100 on board credit, depart July 9. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

Travel Department offers: 8 nights full board Adriatic and Greece cruise from €1,299pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and 1 night pre stay in Venice, depart October 15. 10 nights full board Baltic capitals cruise on board Norwegian Getaway from €1,769pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes, charges and 1 night pre stay in Copenhagen, depart May 24 2017. 7 nights full board Alaskan cruise on board Norwegian Sun from €2,789pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes charges and 4 nights pre stay in Vancouver, depart September 7 2017.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Rosen Inn International Orlando from €599pp incl. return flights, depart June 14. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €749pp, depart November 24. 4 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €619pp, depart October 12. Visit

Stein Travel offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Roc Lago Park, Menorca from €574pp, depart Cork 25 June. 7 nights half board 4* Sea Club Aparthotel, Menorca from €710pp, depart Cork 25 June. 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Sol Milanos Pinguinos, Son Bou, Menorca from €795pp, depart Cork 25 June. Visit or call 01 517 5990.

hasting hotels deal watchHastings Hotels offers: 1 night B&B Everglades Hotel, Derry from £55pps incl. 2 course evening meal and bottle of wine, available until end of June, call 028 7132 1066. 1 night B&B 4* Storming Hotel from £50pps incl. tickets to the Titanic exhibition, call 028 9065 1066. Visit

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €499pps, depart June 11. 7 nights B&B 4* Vila Gale Marina, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €729pps, depart June 18. 7 nights half board 4* VIK Hotel San Antonio, Puerto del Carmen from €649pp, depart June 4. 7nights self catering 2* Jable Bermudas Apartments, Puerto del Carmen from €499pp, depart June 25. Visit or call 01 240 1700.

ITAA offers: 7 nights Costa Volcan Apartments, Lanzarote from €390pp incl. return flights ex Cork, taxes and 10kg hand luggage, depart June 16. 7 nights B&B 5* Admiral Grand Hotel, Dubrovnik from €1,189pp incl. return flights, 15kg baggage and transfers, depart June 10. 14 nights all inclusive Jamaica from €1,135pp, depart June 19.

Riviera Travel offers: 7 nights half board 4* La Bahia hotel, Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples escorted tour from €1,22pp, depart June 10. 4 nights 4* accommodation, Berlin, Dresden, Meissen and Colditz escorted tour from €669pp, depart June 20. 6 nights B&B Spain escorted tour from €829pp, depart June 23. Visit

Contiki is offering 14 days European Highlights tour from €1,521pps incl. flights and transfers, book by May 23, depart June 15. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Insight Vacations is offering 9 days Spain and Portugal from €1,752pps incl. flights and transfers, depart September 10. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 8 days Rhine Discovery cruise on board the River Ambassador form €2,459pps incl. flights, transfers, meals, beverages and shore excursions, depart June 26. Visit or call 01 775 3803.

Tourism Product at Australia Tourism Exchange

brett photographingPhotograph shows Brett Ince of Great Ocean Touring Route photographing Kylie Schumann of Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, at Australian Tourism Exchange in Surfer’s Paradise. Catch up with who we met at Australian Tourism Exchange:

Caitlin Williams of CAPTA group (watch hereand see website), Leanne Dyer of Central Coast Tourism (watch here and see website), Brett Ince of Great Southern Touring Route(watch here and see website), Tracy Willis of Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat (watch here and see website), Carolyn Melbourne of Jenolan Caves (watch here and see website), Sab Lord of Lord’s Kakadu and Arnhemland safaris (watch here and see website), Naomi Hammond of shelleyMantra group (watch here and see website), Kirsty Grace of Melbourne Sports Tours(watch here and see website), Kendall Munnsof Moonlit Sanctuary (watch here and see website), Alysha Brandenburg of Parks Victoria (watch here and see website), Kylie Schumann of the Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld(biggest wine cellar in the Southern hemisphere (watch here and see website), Steve Lane of Sea Dragon Lodge on Kangaroo island (watch here and see website), Katie Hartof Sunreef Wooloolaba (watch here and see website), Liz Tuckett of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast (watch here and see website), Stephen Howard of QT Hotels (watch here and see website), Emilya Colliver of Sydney Culture Scouts (watch here and see website) and Wade Bowen of Thala Beach Nature Reserve (watch here and see website). Picture shows Shelley Winkel and Vanessa Chew of Tourism Queensland who hosted 83 media at the event.

And Finally:

This day last year, Travel Extra‘s Conor McMahon spontaneously interviewed his brother Cathal in the aftermath of the 2015 Marriage Equality ReferendumListen here.

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