Things to know about travel this week
- Cape Town is open for business despite water shortage
- Celebrity Eclipse arrives for game-changing home port
- MSV Meraviglia backs in to Dublin
- FITCuba, GTM and Indaba week
- Kerry rebrands its Reeks district
Dramatic footage aired by CBS News in America shows an Air Canada narrowly missing several aircraft as it attempts to land on taxiway instead of a runway at San Francisco International Airport watch here.
The owner of a South African private game reserve near Thabazimbi in Limpopo was hospitalised after being mauled by one of his lions. For the News24 report watch here.
British Airways tookthe cast of ITV’s ‘Last Laugh in Vegas’ on their way to sin city watch here.
Some of the Gulf airlines have massive stores of wine – among the biggest owned by anyone – in the French region of Burgundy. The Emirates Vintage Collection is a selection of fine wines from its cellar in France Burgundy which have been stored for up to 15 years, and now available on Dublin-Dubai flights. watch here.
Whatever about wine, KLM is focusing on the coffee. Starting in October, customers will drink Douwe Egberts coffee (fair trade and sustainable) on flights. Seemingly it’s also got. a taste that works well at high altitude watch here.
Travel Extra reported last week on Venice‘s gates to keep tourist hordes away from Venetian locals. Watch them in action here in this report by AFP.
Behind the Headlines
Six years ago,Pat Ward began his campaign to get a major cruise line to homeport in Dublin Port. Last Sunday his dream became a reality, when Celebrity Eclipsearrived for the first of five rotations. Jo Rzymowskaand Gerald Nolanof Celebrity hosted key travel trade on board the ship before boarding the 2,800 passengers, just over half of whom had flfown in from the USA.Pat Ward said airport connectivity was the key to Dublin’s future as a home port. Celebrity, CMV and Princess will homeport in Dublin in 2019 with Celebrity certain to return in 2020 and CMV having confirmed 126 more turnarounds for 2020 at the recent cruise Europe conference in St Petersburg. Picture shows Pat Ward of Dublin Port , jo Rzymowska. of Celebrity Cruises and ship captain Michael Sympouras on board Celebrity Eclipse. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
In advance of Indaba 2018, which kicks off in Durban on Tuesday, a group of travel trade journalists including Travel Extraventured to Cape Town for an update on the water shortage and well-publicisedday zerothreat to turn off the supply which came during the peak booking period in January. Bookings are down around 6pc but writers were told at a briefing in Durbanville that tourists will be largely unaffected by the successful drive to conserve water among the local population (unless they want a bath). As a result of public appeals, water conservation in Cape Town has been cut from 1.2bn litres a day to 500m litres a day. Swimming pools are open, using salt water. Hotels have removed bath plugs from baths and brought in shower regulators that slashed average consumption. Directives for the length of a shower has been increased from ninety seconds to two minutes.. Outside of Cape Town water is in plentiful supply on the wine and garden routes.The group were hosted at the Cullinan in Cape Town, took in a wine safari at Waterford Wine Estate, legacy old vine wines at De Morgenzon winery (where the vines have classical music piuped to them to improve the flavour, to Bouchard Finlayson where Peter Finlaywon served up stunning pinot noir, a wine safari trip to Creation Wines with Hermanus wine safaris, followed by the art galleries of Harbour Road and Fresh Water Caves. Picture shows Esme Fox, Jon Danks of SAA, Andrew Morgenthal of Old Vine Project, Rachel Lewis of South African Tourism, Rachel Lewis of South African Tourism and (front) Jo Austin of Selling Travel and Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra on a wine safari at Waterford Estates (no relation to the Irish county). See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Germany Travel Market swings into action in Dresden this evening with a lavish opening ceremony. For a flavour watch herethe opening event in Quedlinburg in 2016. Watch hereKenny Jacobs of Ryanair speaking of his plans to grow to 15pc of the German market.
It was a week dominated by cruise ships, with the trade being invited onboard Celebrity Eclipse before her maiden homeporting sailing from Dublin, while the port also welcomed its biggest ship to date, MSC Meraviglia yesterday. In all, ships with capacity for more than 11,000 passengers docked in the capital.
Pat Ward of Dublin Port said work is ongoing to improved the passenger experience, with embarkation already improved with a giant marquee area for checking-in passengers for Celebrity Eclipse’s mini-season of sailings from her Dublin homeport to the Norwegian Fjords, Iceland and Britain. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook as tour operators visited last Sunday. On Monday, travel agents visited: See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook
Travel Extra‘s story revealing the Rebecca Kelly had been promoted to Head of Ireland at MSC Cruises drew a huge response with messages of congratulations flooding in (full story here). The MSC team has been boosted following record sales last year with the addition of Alana Byrne from Newbridge Travel.
The biggest cruise ship to dock in Dubiin and fifth-biggest in the world, MSC Meraviglia docked near the East Link Bridge on the southside, with amazing views of Dublin Bay from the 18-deck ship. Watch here as Rebecca Kelly hosted 100 select travel trade and Director of Sales Steve Williams (watch here) said Cirque Du Soleil and a revolutionary promenade are among the things that make Meraviglia special. Picture shows MSC’s Alanna Byrne, Steve Williams and Rebecca Kelly onboard MSC Meraviglia, Dublin Por. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook
The 3,600 passenger Royal Princess hosted key travel trade in Dublin on her prepositioning cruise from Florida before heading off to Southampton. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook . For the agents’ day onboard see more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook
The first three winners in Topflight’s current Travel Agent Incentive were Sonia Fitzpatrick from Timoneys Travel who won a holiday to the Adriatic Riviera, Anna May Gannon from East West Travel won a holiday to the Fattoria Castiglionchio and Lorraine Fuller from J Barter Travel who is off to Bella Italia.
- Brian Hynesis rejoining the Travel Corporation as sales manager,
- It is not just the travel trade. CSO reported apoor increase in the Retail Sales Index for March can be explained by the severe weather which meant the loss of several shopping days.
- Half of Irish people plan to spend more on their main holiday this summer than last year, according to AA Travel Insurance.
- Emirates is investigating how a woman flew 4,200 miles from Manchester to India on her husband’s passport – with the mistake allegedly only spotted on her arrival in Delhi.
- Chinese authorities are hunting a man who was filmed carrying a dolphin over his shoulder at a beach in the city of Guangdong. The man is believed to have taken the ill dolphin from the sea to his car before driving off.
- Hundreds of Korean Air Lines workers protested in Seoul calling for the airline’s chairman Cho Yang-ho to resign because of the bad behaviour of his daughters. The chairman’s youngest daughter Cho Hyun-min was accused of throwing a drink at people at a business meeting last month. She is the sister of Heather Cho who lost her temper over the way she was served nuts in first class on a flight.
Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera doubled their daily tax on tourists from May 1. During peak tourist season, up to October 31, the islands will levy a tax of up to €4 per person, per day, on all visitors. The tax is also subject to 10pc VAT.
Visitors to the US face more health hazards from mosquitoes, fleas and ticks, with a 250pc rise in diseases in 13 years. The Centers for Disease Control warns of “a rising threat”. Cases of dengue fever have been reported in Florida, Hawaii and Texas. Florida and Texas have also reported outbreaks of Zika virus.
- Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate after Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupted. The eruption sent molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets. The eruption was followed by earthquakes in the area.
- Egypt passed a bill imposing fines on overly aggressive touts. Anyone found pestering tourists “with the intention of begging or promoting, offering or selling a good or service” could be fined up to 10,000 Egyptian pounds (€475).
- Thrillseekers at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka got the scariest roller coaster ride of their lives. Sixty-four 64 riders found themselves suspended about 30 metres up in the air for two hours while riding the Flying Dinosaur.
- Tunisian authorities insist the country is safe for holidaymakers as Tui resumed flights from Britain this week following Thomas Cook’s resumption in February. In June 2015, 38 holidaymakers were killed in a terrorist attack in Sousse.
Food & Beverage
Lisdoonvarna in Co Clare is gearing up for its 14th annual Burren Slow Food Festival, which takes place from Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13. The event features a food and craft market, cookery demos by chefs, including seafood aficionado Niall Sabongi and award-winning author Trevis Gleason, who will also host a whiskey workshop. Full details here.
The second Irish Hospitality Awards organised by Irfan Younis’s Glasgow based Oceanic Group named the People’s Restaurant in Cavan as restaurant of the year. Dundalk’s Riva Brasserie won Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year, Bang Restaurant in Dublin Best Dining Experience, Rosemount B&B in Dundalk won Bed & Breakfast of the Year, Lanigan’s in Dublin best pub. Ashford Castle wRomantic Hotel of the Year and The Lodge at Ashford was Best Boutique Hotel of the Year, Clayton Hotel (Cork) City Hotel of the Year; Galmont Hotel & Spa (Galway) Resort Hotel of the Year; Midlands Park Hotel (Portlaoise); Hotel Team of the Year: and Simon Mooney at Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort Best Hotel General Manager. A full list of winners can be found here.
- Three-quarters of all soft drinks sold in Ireland are not liable for the upcoming sugar tax, according to the Irish Beverage Council. The Ibec unit, which represents soft drinks companies, said 76pc of soft drinks in Ireland are sugar tax-free as a result of the industry’s “35-year journey to reduce sugar content”.
- As concerns grow worldwide about plastic waste, The Restaurants Association of Ireland called on its 2,500 members ban single-use plastic straws.
Pat McCann, CEO of Ireland’s biggest hotel group, Dalata, claims that the market for financing hotel construction in the capital is dysfunctional. Climbing building costs mean the 188-bedroom Clayton Charlemont Hotel casted at €225,000 per bedroom, including site acquisition, will now cost €300,000 per room. The results presentation indicated higher revenue per available room and higher margins) and expansionary with 980 additional rooms in Ireland and England and 1,100 rooms in England in 2019. While property agent Savills has predicted that 5,000 hotel rooms are needed in the capital by 2020 to satisfy demand, Pat McCann believes only 3,000 will actually come on stream by then. John Hennessy, Chairman of Dalata, and Pat McCann are pictured at the group’s AGM at the new restaurant, Italian Kitchen, at Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, May 3, 2018
RTE’s Kathryn Thomas was on hand for another Operation Transformation – rebranding Manor House Hotels & Irish Country Hotels to Original Irish Hotels. The group claims to be Ireland’s largest collection of Independent Hotels, with 60 properties on the website. Kathryn is pictured with concierge Francis McGowen at the launch in Dublin.
- Operating profits at one of the best known four-star hotels in the country, the luxury Parknasilla property in Co Kerry totalled €1.4m for 2016. MD Tony Daly said “2016 was a good year overall with an early season boost of St Patrick’s week holidays plus 1916 commemorations”.
- The revamped Adare Manor is the only Irish hotel to make Condé Nast Traveler’s influential 2018 Hot List of 102 of the world’s best new openings, with some 102 global hotels listed for 2018.
- InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to launch its Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand – represented in Ireland by the Greg Evans Consultancy – in Britain and expand InterContinental’s presence. The decision will add “multiple hotels for the brand in prime locations in major city centres”, including London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
- TUI added two more hotels to its two-year-old lifestyle brand TUI Blue, bringing the total to 10. The new hotels are the TUI Blue Rocador in Majorca and the TUI Blue Marmaris in Turkey.
- Property owners letting properties on an occasional basis via the likes of Airbnb may face slightly greater tax bills than previously expected, following a clarification from the Revenue Commissioners on allowable expenses.
- The Lansdowne Hotel in Belfast went on the market just two weeks after staff were let go.
- AccorHotels bought Switzerland’s Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in a deal worth a reported $582m. Mövenpick manages more than 20,000 rooms in more than 83 hotels across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
- Raffles Hotels & Resorts is to open its first US property in Boston in 2021.
Inaugurals continue at Dublin Airport, which ihandled 367,000 passengers in a record Bank Holiday weekend (full story here). The airport marked the launch of Croatia Airlines’ new route to Zagreb, one of 14 new routes this summer, with a group of agents and media from the country visiting Dublin on a fam trip. Full story here. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Norwegian Air Shuttle rejected a second takeover offer from IAG on the basis that they “undervalued NAS and its prospects, sending shares down 8pc.
According to OAG, Dublin-Heathrow was the 14thbusiest international route in the year to February, with 1.89m passengers at an estimated load factor of 81PC. Aer Lingus had a 60pc capacity share.
Dublin Airport’s main connections to Chicago (11,600) according to OAG, followed by 2 Boston (10,100), 3 JFK (7,800), 4 Washington (7,600) and 5 Newark (6,400). Dublin was the fourth largest source of connections on Heathrow-JFK after Lagos, Delhi and Manchester.
Aer Lingus say a third of all passengers travelling on Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services began or ended their journey elsewhere in Europe, transiting via Dublin. The most popular departure points are now London Heathrow, Paris, Amsterdam and Rome the top cities across mainland Europe.
- There was lots of coverage of Aer Lingus 60thanniversary of trans Atlantic flights. Seaboard & Western operated the early flights. The very first was diverted to Gander, something which has not featured in the coverage.
- Aer Lingus celebrated ten years of partnership with JetBlue
- IAG reported a strong Q1 with an operating profit (before exceptionals) of €280m v €160m last year. Aer Lingus capacity will rise 11.1pc in Q2 and 10.1pc for the year [results hereand presentation here.
Kenny Jacobs said while Ryanair carrier has no intention of launching low cost, long haul services: “you will go Naples to Dublin with Ryanair, and you’ll go Dublin to JFK with Aer Lingus. We are quite close to getting there with Aer Lingus on that low cost to legacy carrier trans Atlantic option and we are open to doing that with all of the big legacy carriers here in Europe. But we won’t do long haul ourselves“.
- Ryanair reported 12.3m passengers in April, up 9pc, with seat factor unchanged at 96pc and rolling twelve month passengers of 131.4m.
- Labour Fingal councillor Brian McDonagh has said that the job of airport noise regulation isn’t one the Fingal County Council should be tasked with and that the Environmental Protection Agency or Dublin Airport Authority would be better suited.
- The Commission for Aviation Regulationnoted that Dublin Airport incurred operating costs of €257m in 2017, €59m more than the CAR target because passenger numbers were 6m ahead of target and operating costs for additional passenger numbers has been much higher than we estimated.
- Shannon Group recorded turnover of €72.2m in 2017, up 7.4pc, with ebitda, up 23pc to €9.3m and pre-tax profit before exceptionals, up 10.7pc to €9.53m, according to its annual report, which was released last week and is at. Economic Impact Report here.
- The Irish Aviation Authority commissioned a review of government plans to separate regulatory and commercial functions on the IAA into two separate entities.
AerCap announced a $200m share-repurchaseprogramme through September. AerCap Q1 result noted the repurchase of 23.7m shares for $1.1bn over the course of 2017. It executed 114 aircraft deals during Q1 and closed $2.9bn of debt financing, including a $1.15bn senior unsecured notes offering. No orders for new aircraft
FLY Leasing CEO Colm Barrington said “We see no softening of that demand at all. We are seeing demand almost across the board for people who want to get exposure to aircraft and so there is no lack of bidders out there for almost any type of aircraft, whether it’s midlife, end of life, new aircraft. it is a seller’s market. It surprised me how strong it has been for the last three years. Fly reported adjusted Q1 net incomeof US$12.4m, compared to $5.9m in 2017 Q1. FLY indicates it is comfortable with its exposure to HNA and the AirAsia transaction is progressing as expected.
- Waypoint (Helicopter) Leasing celebrated its fifth anniversary with 45 employees, offices in almost every continent, and US$1.6bn in assets, including more than 150 helicopters.
- Airbus plans to deliver 600 A320s during 2018, of which 400 are A320neo. The A320 line is now sold out until 2023 and Airbus is studying how to reach a rate of 70 a month compared to 63 a month. After securing 20 orders and 16 options from Emirates in the first quarter, the production of A380 at a rate of six per yearis now securedwell into the next decade.
- EasyJet April 2018 passenger numbers were up 4.7pc to 7.4m, load factor was up 0.5 to 93.4pc.
- Air France-KLMr eported passenger numbersup 5.2pc to 22m in Jan-March. Long haul forward booking load factors continue to be ahead of last year.
- Wizz Air passenger numbers in April were up 19.2pcto 2.8m, load factor up 0.8 to 90.9pc.
WOW air WOW air CEO Skuli Mogensen is considering selling a stake to finance expansion plans: “The interest in Norwegian creates more awareness and really validates what we are trying to do, that low cost, long haul is here to say. People are just waiting to see what we decide. This is an industry in which everyone knows everyone and I think we could call on a few select people“.
- American Airlines split an order for t6-seat regional jets between Bombardier and Embraer, 15 CRJ900s and 15 E175s.
- Peter Davies, chief restructuring officer at SAA, described the airline as a good airline but a bad business.
- Qatar Airways is considering leasing planes, including widebodies, to British Airways to soak up excess capacity while easing fleet pressures at BA as some of its B787 engines get or await emergency overhauls.
- Amadeus completed a digital redesign of Qantas online booking process, providing customers with a more personalised and intuitive digital experience.
- Qantas EO Alan Joyce on his order for six additional B787-9s to bring its B787 fleet to 14 by the end of 2020 and enable the last six B747s to be retired. “This really is the end of one era and the start of another. The jumbo has been the backbone of Qantas International for more than 40 years and we’ve flown almost every type that Boeing built. It’s fitting that its retirement is going to coincide with our centenary in 2020. With a larger fleet of Dreamliners, we’ll be looking at destinations in the Americas, Asia, South Africa and Europe. Qantas Presentation to Macquarie Conference suggested International capacity is 55pc Asia, 25pc North America, 8pc England, 12pc NZ and other. Air New Zealand Presentation here.
- There are 32 B787s grounded because of problems with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-C engines
- The search for MH370 will officially end in the coming weeks four years after it disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
- Cork Airport was shortlisted in the Airports Council International Europe Best Airport Awards for the second year in a row. Full story here.
- CityJet will be offering rugby ticket prizes and other deals after being announced as the sponsor of the Guinness PRO14 final. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
- Two Qantas flights had a near miss in Perth when one crossed a runway into the path of another about to take off. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the incident, which occurred last week.
- Billund-headquartered Nordic Aviation Capital with 400 aircraft valued at $5.3bn is to open an €18m office development in Limerick creating 300 jobs.
- A first lawsuit has been filed by a passenger on Southwest Airlines flight 1380, which killed one person after a mid-air engine explosion on April 18.
- Heathrow Airport handled 7.7m passengers in the first three months of the year, up 3.1pc.
- The air route linking Singapore and the Kuala Lumpur has become the busiest in the world, OAG Aviation said. Aircraft made 30,537 trips between the two airports in the year to February 2018, with the route overtaking Hong Kong-Taipei for flights.
- The main contractor on Dublin Airport’s North Runway project won a global award for considerate construction. Full story here.
Enjoy long cruises? Viking is launching an ‘Ultimate World Cruise’, a 245-day journey visiting more than 59 countries and 113 ports. The sailing on the Viking Sun starts at $92,990 per person.
Emerald Waterways has teamed up with former “Great British Baking Show” host Mary Berry for a Christmas Market cruise in December 2018.
A problem with the fire suppression system onboard Carnival Dream caused water to begin flowing down walls and pooling in the hallways of the cruise ship in the Caribbean.
Skellig Michael will remain closed to visitors for at least another three weeks. The Unesco world heritage site featured in The Last Jedi, had been due to open up to tourists on May 15. The OPW said bad weather had hampered safety checks and inspections.
A Polish tourist was killed in a car accident near the Cliffs of Moher two years ago after a driver was confused about his Sat Nav telling him to go the wrong direction, Ennis Circuit Court heard.
Fifty jobs are to be created in a new visitor attraction, The Vaults, in Dublin’s John’s Lane area. A total of €5m investment is being spent converting the old Augustinian St John’s National School into theatrical sets with live actor-led performances. CEO Paul Blanchfield and Creative Director Gerald Heffernan are pictured at the launch of The Vaults. Photo: Lorraine O’SullivanFull story here.
Killarney councillors want extra gardaí to be put on traffic duty to handle the choking traffic situation during the peak summer tourist season.
Eight travel agents from China, India, Qatar and the UAE were brought around the island as guest of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI.
The group are pictured with Ruth Murray, Tourism Ireland (fourth right), at Kildare Village.
- The Chinese Ambassador launched a Mandarin Chinese Wicklow Tourism Brochure
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