TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement November 22 2015: An hour queue to enter France – is this the future?



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Eyre Square at dusk for the opening of the Galway Christmas Market.

Eyre Square at dusk for the opening of the Galway Christmas Market


7 things you need to know about travel this week:

  • French borders cause delays, but airports stay open
  • Ryanair launches Dublin-Athens to rattle Aegean’s cage
  • The Euro 2016 ticket meeting that will decide how many fans can go
  • Aer Lingus revamp their Gold Circle scheme 
  • Aer Lingus rethink their trans-Atlantic plans for 2016
  • River Cruise conference floats out in Amsterdam
  • Charmed by The Charlemont, Hilton Dublin’s new hot spot

Travel Extra TV

Video of the week Nov 22 2015Our video of the week is not for the faint-hearted. See the moment a CitJet flight had to abort landing at Cork airport due to high crosswinds. Watch here.

  • Qantas posted footage of its inaugural flight from Sydney to San Francisco in 1959. Watch here.
  • Monocle uploaded its travel guide to IstanbulWatch here.
  • Photographer Roie Galitz uploaded a beautiful video showcasing TanzaniaWatch here. Conor McMahon reviews Tanzania in this month’s Travel Extra.
  • Tourism Ireland uploaded a video to celebrate Lonely Planet naming Dublin as one of its top 10 cities to visit in 2016. Watch here.
  • Behind the scenes with London Heathrow’s passenger ambassadors. Watch here.
  • How to create Etihad cabin crew’s signature low bun hairstyle. Watch here.
  • See Tourism Ireland’s promo for NYF DublinWatch here.
  • See for more videos.

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Behind the Headlines

airport-securityFrance effectively suspended Shenghen this week. The result is one hour delays on the border as traffic police routinely check each passport. Extra security checks at the boarding gate have been imposed at some airports. Is this the future? There is contradictory data on whether international travel has been affected. Shares in Europe’s travel and tourism companies suffered heavy falls on Monday as investors worried about the impact of the Paris attacks. Airlines were among the big fallers, with Air France down 5pc and Aer Lingusowner, IAG, down 3.4pc. French hotel group Accor fell more than 6pc.

soccer fansA meeting next Thursday will decide the plans of tens of thousands of people next summer. It will finalise ticket allocations for the 2016 European Championship. The official agents for the two Irish teams are Abbey Travel (FA of Ireland) and Thomson Sport (Irish FA) and, on precedent, can expect about 15pc of the ticket allocation for resale with their packages. Abbey Travel, 747 Travel and some of the Belfast agents have indicated that they will be operating day trips for fans to get around hotel price hikes. Much will depend on ticket allocations and what size of stadium will be brought into play by December’s draw. How many will go? One newspaper claimed more than 50,000 this week. Travel Extra predicts that both Irish teams will bring fewer than 10,000 fans each and the fan base will be swelled by the ex-pat population.

ciara mooney naas shopping centre copyThe future of the retail trade is increasingly the open booth at a shopping centre. Ciara Mooney of Freedom Travel is pictured at her booth in Monread Shopping Centre, Naas which she says has been a huge success since she opened. Jeff Collins’ Best4travel is opening a booth in Northside Shopping Centre on Tuesday.

john cassidy nickA revelation at the 30th anniversary celebrations for Cassidy Travel this week. John Cassidy and John Spollen hosted suppliers and old friends at Avenue by Nick Munier, where John Cassidy said that the operation was the target of two takeover bids in the early days. He said due diligence helped bring focus to their operations. Picture shows John Spollen and Nick Munier. Watch here Travel Extra’s video report of the night. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

portugal belfastThe Algarve and Portugal Tourist Board roadshow hit Belfast, Knock and Galway this week. Picture shows Antonio Padeira and Celina Tavares of Turismo de Portugal and Hugo Nascimento of Algarve Tourism. Irish visits to Portugal are up 9.7pc in 2015 to 216,400 and stays up 5.7pc to 1.0562m. Of these 159.3m went to the Algarve (up 8.7pc) and stays were 870,600 (up 4.7pc). Irish visits were up 26pc to North Portugal, 17.2pc to Central Portugal, 2.6pc to Alentejo and 70pc to the Azores. Watch here Travel Extra’s video report of the event in Belfast. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

amadeus cabforce_7727Janne Aarniovuor and Tiina Kaitosailmi of Cabforce hosted the travel trade in Dublin’s Morrison Hotel in conjunction with Volker Lorenz, Olwen McKinney and Stephen Brennan of Amadeus. Cabforce on the GDS enables agents to book transfers for their clients often at a lower cost than the local taxi charge. Watch here Travel Extra’s interview with Janne Aarniovuor of Cabforce. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Paul FlavinThe Hilton at Charlemont Place launched The Charlemont Bar & Bistro, a €1m investment dubbed “phase one” (phase two will see bedroom refurbishments). Accessible at street level, GM Paul Flavin (pictured) said the new spot is intended to be “somewhat separate from the hotel” and hopes it will “tempt people who might not traditionally consider a night out in a hotel bar”. The interior, designed Ronan Holohan’s Millimetre Design, consists of rich stained oaks, dura stone and antique mirrors creating a warm and intimate atmosphere. The various media gathered sampled a selection of miniature dishes and not so miniature cocktails taken from executive chef Alan Brady’s menu, and were entertained by psychological magician Shane Black and dance crew the Beatbox Boys. The Charlemont is open from 7am and serves food until 10pm. Call 01 402 9988 for reservations.

Travel Trade


Michael DoorleyWorldchoice Ireland are looking for a General / Commercial Manager “to continue its progress as Irelands leading travel agency grouping and bring new initiatives to the organisation”. Strong skills will be required for negotiating, communication and administration. Applyto Michael Doorley, Chairman.

Former ITAA president Clare Dunne of The Travel Broker is guest speaker on Wednesday in Warsaw on the topic of dynamic clare dunnepackaging based on the example of Ireland and Ryanair with stress on the impact on travel agents at the opening of TT Warsaw, the largest Polish tourism fair.

ITAA Members can win one of six free stands at the Holiday World Show in the RDS January 22-24. Send an email to register holiday world showinterest before 4pm, Wednesday, November 25.

Skal Dublin’s next function takes place in Talbot House, Stillorgan on December 8 at 12.30pm. Cost for members and guests is €45pp, and room rate is €89 per room based on two sharing incl. breakfast for those who wish to overnight.

Skal Cork’s family Christmas function takes place at the Maryborough House Hotel on December 6 at 1pm. Cost per adult is €45 and €15 for children 13 years and under.

heathrow expressTravelport announced that agencies in Ireland can earn commission on Heathrow Express tickets booked through Smartpoint.

Travel Professionals Skillnet training: Telesales for travel professionals, ITAA Westmoreland Street, November 23, 9.30am-5pm, book here. Digital marketing bootcamp, ITAA Westmoreland Street, November 25, 9.30am-1.30pm, costs €70pp, book here. Google AdWords training, ITAA Westmoreland St, December 2, 2pm-5.30pm, costs €70pp, book here.


trivago top 20Trivago posted its top 50 hotels and guesthouses in Ireland, based on user ratings. Harvey’s Point in Donegal Town topped the list. The top ten: 1 Harvey’s Point, Co Donegal; 2 Killarney Park Hotel, Co Kerry; 3 Heaton’s Guesthouse, Co Kerry; 4 Pintetrees B&B, Co Antrim; 5 Avlon House, Co Carlow; 6 Ballybunion Guesthouse, Co Kerry; 7 Emlagh House, Co Kerry; 8 Oranhill Lodge, Co Galway; 9 The Ross, Co Kerry; 10 Algret House, Co Kerry.

Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts are to merge. The combined company will operate 5,500 hotels with 1.1m rooms.

Jurys Group is rebranding eight hotels by the end of the month, including Jurys Inn Custom House Quay, which will become a Hilton Garden Inn.

The number of love hotels in Japan is declining 2pc a year. A growing number of the hotels — which normally rent rooms by the hour to passionate couples who are looking to escape crowded family homes — are being converted into backpacker hostels, a result of Japan’s declining youth population and rise in foreign visitor numbers.

Repro Free: 23/06/2105 Author and actress Claudia Carroll pictured at the launch of The Book Butler @ The Westin Dublin, a service which allows guests to choose from a hand-picked list of books from the top ten genres most likely to appeal, as recommended by the hotels partner, Eason ensuring that guests of the hotel enjoy a truly personalised literary experience. This marries perfectly with the hotels ethos of inspiring guests to discover new approaches to well-being at Westin Hotels. Claudia Carroll latest book Meet Me in Manhattan is available now in Eason stores nationwide. Picture Andres Poveda

A “novel” promotion: The Westin is offering a “book butler” delivery service, offering guests a selection of books chosen by Eason: The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern; Seedless in Seattle by Ross O’Carroll Kelly; Coast by Rachel Allen; The Autobiography by Henry Shefflin; and My Storyby Steven Gerrard.

Travelodge launched an “all you can eat” breakfast menu featuring Lavazza coffee and Linda McCartney vegetarian food, available from €8.50.

Shangri-La will operate a 236-room hotel in Jeddah, slated to open in Q1 2018.

Spanish chain Ocean H10 Hotels is opening two hotels near Falmouth, Trelawny in Jamaica.

Even before the siege of the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali, the DFA advice is pretty blunt, and grammatical; “If you’re planning a trip to Mali, we advise you to do not travel.”

Six Continents have agreed to settle a class action in California over the unauthorised recording of telephone calls by some hotel call centres “to avoid the uncertainty and costs of litigation.”

Grand Hyatt will debut in Abu Dhabi in March 2016.


Industry awards

Lapland_New_2_lowFalcon Holidays have added a Lapland day trip, Dublin departures are on Saturday December 5 and 12 and Friday December 18 direct to Rovaniemi, to be greeted by Santa’s elves and on to Santa’s Secret Grotto. Prices from €629 (adult) and €529 (child).

joe griffin las vegas copyPicture shows internet celebrity Joseph Griffin from Balbriggan, met by a Las Vegas showgirl with a waiting limousine to take him to his suite at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. From there, Griffin experienced well-known Las Vegas sights such as the High Roller at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, dinner at Delano Las Vegas’ Rivea, VIP nightlife experience at TAO Nightclub at The Venetian and a zip line ride down Slotzilla at the Fremont Street Experience. Griffin got 7m YouTube views with his trip to Las Vegas with the camera pointed directly at his face in selfie mode. This time, Las Vegas created a double-sided GoPro for Griffin.

alpsIs that the sound of ski lifts turning? The Alpsgot their first significant snow storm since October. After an unusually balmy autumn the thermometer is in freefall and, according to Météo France the weekend will bring between 60 and 150cm of powder. Chamonix, Verbier and Engelberg are enjoying the bounty. Val d’Isere-Tigne is Freezing levels should come down to 400m this weekend. The storm is approaching from the northwest which will mean that, unfortunately, the The southern Alps are still short of snow. Freezing levels in the Pyrenees should come down to 750m by Monday and 20-30cm of snow is predicted today. They look to get lifts turning by early December. Banff offers some of the best conditions in the world with a metre of snow. Snow continues to fall across many states on west coast USA. America’s east coast has a snow shortage but is expecting cooler temperatures this week.

facebook paris profileThere were debates on how effective the #PorteOuverte hashtag on Twitter was on the night of the Paris attacks and further questions as to why Facebook opened up their safety check facility in Paris and not when Beirut was targeted with suicide bombs the previous day.

Raqqa museumThe Museum of Raqqa, looted by ISIS, was apparently hit by French air strikes which also hit a stadium, several clinics, a hospital and a governmental building.

The Moroccan Tourist Office launched a new campaign, MuchMorocco, targeting the Irish market.

bollywood parkBollywood Parks Dubai is recruiting for 200 performers. Auditions take place in the UAE and India. The theme park is slated for October 2016.

Bizarre reports this week that the Eiffel Tower had turned off its lights for the first time since 1899 as a mark of respect for the Paris attack victims. The lights are turned off at 1am every morning. However, the tower was later lit up in the colours of the French tricolour.

MasterCard launched its Priceless Thailand programme in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, offering MasterCard holders access to specially-designed activities.

Driverless buses, created by BestMile and launched by PostBus, will enter service in Sion city in spring 2016.

Eurostar’s first Siemens Velaro e320 train entered service from London St Pancras to Paris Nord.

Food & Wine

DESTINATION DELICIOUS! TOURISM IRELAND LAUNCHES NORTHERN IRELAND’S YEAR OF FOOD AND DRINK 2016 IN LONDONTourism Ireland launched NI’s Year of Food and Drink 2016 in London’s Good Housekeeping Institute with chef Theo Randall and a host of Irish chefs and food producers. Picture shows Mark Douglas of Krazi Baker, Derek Creagh of Harry’s Shack, Kathryn Thomson of Tourism NI, Will Brown of The Old Schoolhouse Inn, David Boyce of Tourism Ireland, Niall McKenna of James Street South, James Huey of Walled City Brewery and Theo Randall.


Aer Lingus is rebranding its Gold Club loyalty programme as AerClub, set to relaunch in spring 2016. Club members will be able to get discounts on BA and Iberia flights. Aer Lingus is to terminate its Belfast City-London Gatwick service on March 27 2016.

Dublin Athens siobhan robin copyA picture we did not think likely three years ago: Robin Kiely of Ryanair and Siobhan O’Donnell of DAA announcing Ryanair Dublin to Athens 3w from March, Ryanair’s response to Aegean.

Aer Lingus have changed their 2016 trans-Atlantic summer schedule again with Los Angeles back to 4w from 5w. The plan is:

  • Boston double daily
  • Chicago O’Hare 11w up to 12w on April 7, then 13w
  • Dulles 4w 332 and 5w from May 4, 5w with A330 September 28
  • Hartford 4w from September 28, daily from October 6
  • JFK double daily
  • Los Angeles 4w from May 4
  • Newark daily from September 1
  • Orlando 3w (down from 4w)
  • San Francisco daily
  • Toronto daily

Egypt‘s national carrier was banned from flying to Russia.

Nick Anderer copyDelta Air Lines will add more artisan foods to chef Nick Anderer’s in-flight menu for passengers flying JFK to Dublin.

Cork recorded its first monthly increase in passengers in 29 months with a 3.5pc increase compared to October 2014.

Qatar Airways country manager for Ireland and Britain Richard Oliver said the airline is considering launching services from Dublin or Belfast.

Cathay Pacific has reopened its lounge at Taiwan Taoyuan International airport.

Ethiopian airlines Female PilotEthiopian Airlines operated its first all-female flight on the Addis Ababa-Bangkok route. All ground operations will be female operated. Ethiopian Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said “We believe this is also an opportunity to inspire other young female students to believe in their dreams and embark on a goal to fill the skill gap for aviation professionals.”

Aer Lingus passengers travelling from Orlando to Dublin were delayed for 50 hours due to a mechanical fault with the aircraft.

Dublin Aerospace appointed Martin O’Boyle as head of sales.

Luxembourg government acquired Lufthansa’s 13pc stake in Luxair.

On-demand airport dining service AirGrub launched at JFK International Airport in New York and Logan International Airport in Boston.

WALTAIRSAnother week, ANOTHER flash seat sale, (another PR stunt): Ryanair offered €10 fares after Ireland qualified for the Euros 2016, complete with a photoshopped jet celebrating Jon Walters’ winning goal.

Conor McCarthy’s Dublin Aerospace is looking for a new chief executive to replace Donal Rogers.

turkish invest 001In support of Turkey’s investment and promotion agency, Turkish Airlines added ‘Invest in Turkey’ to the the livery of an Airbus A330.

Aer Rianta International chief Jack McGowan said the company will spend $50m upgrading their stores over the next few years.

Joe Gleeson will speak on Irish Airmen of World War I in the RAeS lecture on Wednesday November 25, 8 pm Wynn’s Hotel Dublin 1

Denis O’Brien’s €60m Gulfstream jet was delivered to Dublin Airport.

United Airlines will serve Illy coffee on board and in its lounges from next month.


stena line 25Stena Line celebrated 20 years of its flagship Dublin-Holyhead route.

Quark Expeditions cruise ship, Ocean Endeavour, sustained damage from ice in Antarctica, forcing the line to cancel the vessel’s next sailing.

Carnival Cruise Line’s concert lineup for 2016, which includes Journey, Gladys Knight, KC & The Sunshine Band and Trace Adkins, who will play in the theatres aboard 11 ships while they’re docked in port.

sharon jordan h&s 2014 copyUniworld’s Sharon Jordan will host media delegates to the CLIArivercruise convention in Amsterdam onboard River Empress. Yesterday evening CroisiEurope hosted a media reception at 7pm followed by dinner onboard Lafayette. Tomorrow Tauck will host the media onboard MS Inspire.

Azamara Club Cruises announced its plans for its 2018 itineraries to include a 102-day World Journey beginning in April 2018, plus 30 new ports and visits to global events such as the Cannes Film Festival.

oasis of the seasThe first Tiffany & Co boutique at sea opened on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.

Celebrity Eclipse will return to England in 2017, offering its seventh consecutive season of cruises to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe from Southampton.

boudicca-cruise-shipFred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca is to get 28 terrace balconies for the 2016/17 cruise season to be added to cabins situated on Lido Deck 7.

A £5m revamp of Southampton’s Cruise Terminal is due to get underway this winter.

As an offshoot of its Seuss at Sea programming, Carnival Cruise Line will bring The Grinch aboard December sailings on all of its ships.

Crystal has purchased a Boeing Business Jet B777-200LR to offer 88 travellers luxury international land-based vacations with exclusive air travel as part of its new venture, Crystal Luxury Air.

Deal Watch

1280px-Splendour_of_the_Seas_2011Royal Caribbean offers: 7 night Arabian Gulf cruise on Splendour of the Seas from €1,199pp incl. return flights, depart February 12 2016. 9 night all inclusive Mediterranean and Adriatic cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas from €1,629pp incl. return flights, book by December 22, depart April 24 2016. 7 night all inclusive Eastern Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Seas from €1,625pp incl. return flights, book by December 22, depart January 9 2016. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

Sunway offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Intouriste Apartments, Morocco from €1,899 for two adults and two children, depart March 19 2016. 7 nights B&B 4* Kenzi Europa Hotel, Morocco from €2,899 for two adults and two children, depart March 19 2016. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel, Morocco from €3,215 for two adults and two children, depart March 19 2016. 7 nights self catering 3* Hyde Park Lane Bungalows, Lanzarote from €2,236 for two adults and two children, depart March 19 2016. 7 nights self catering 4* Sands Beach Resort, Lanzarote from €2,346 for two adults and two children, depart March 19 2016. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Sandos Papagayo Hotel, Lanzarote from €3,656 for two adults and two children, depart March 19 2016. 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apartments, Gran Canaria from €2,236 for two adults and two children, depart March 19 2016. 7 nights B&B 4* Gloria Palace San Agustin Hotel, Gran Canaria from €3,446 for two adults and two children, depart March 19 2016. 6-day half board Arctic Highlights cruise on boar Hurtigruten’s MS Richard from €1,045pp incl. 1 night pre and 1 night post hotel stay in Tromso, depart March 22 2016. 7 nights self catering 2* Tilila Studio Apartments, Morocco from €299pp, depart January 2 2016. 7 nights B&B 5* Atlantic Palace Resort, Morocco from €499pp, depart January 2 2016. 7 nights self catering 2* Villa Florida Apartments, Fuerteventura from €399pp, depart January 16 2016. 7 nights half board 4* Elba Carlota Hotel, Fuerteventura from €579pp, depart January 9 2016. 7 nights self catering 2* Los Pueblos Apartments, Lanzarote from €399pp, depart January 9 2016. 7 nights B&B 4* Beatriz Playa Hotel, Lanzarote from €549pp, depart January 9 2016. 7 nights self catering 2* Monte Verde Apartments, Gran Canaria from €399pp, depart January 30 2016.  7 nights B&B 4* San Agustin Hotel, Gran Canaria from €599pp, depart January 9 2016. Visit

Sunway Morocco offers, depart December 19: Flight only from €379pp. 7 nights self catering 2* Tilila Studio from €439pp. 7 nights B&B Tildi Hotel from €499pp. 7 nights B&B 3* Oasis Hotel from €599pp. 7 nights B&B 3* Argana Hotel from €609pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights B&B 5* Atlantic Palace Hotel from €699pp. 7 nights B&B 4* Kenzi Europa Hotel from €709pp. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Founty Beach Hotel from €839pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights B&B 4* Agadir Beach Club from €899pp incl. Christmas gala dinner. 7 nights B&B 5* Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay from €1,119pp. Prices include airport transfers, taxes, charges, 20kg checked in baggage pp and Sunway rep service. Visit

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* Clubhotel Riu Ochos Rios, Jamaica from €2,079pp, depart July 3 2016. 7 nights half board 4* Coronas Playa, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €769pp, depart December 20. 7 nights half board 5* Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €889pp, depart December 19. 14 nights half board 4* Barcelo Santiago, Playa de Santiago, Tenerife from €869pp, depart December 19. 7 nights half board 5* Kos Imperal Thalasso, Kos from €799pp, depart June 4 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Royalton White Sands, Trelawny, Jamaica from €2,389pp, depart July 17 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Club Hotel Riu Tequila, Playacar, Cancun from €1,849pp, depart June 20 2016.  14 nights all inclusive 5* Palladium Jamaica, Lucas from €2,019pp, depart July 3 2016. 7 nights full board Mediterranean Medley cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €1,019pp, depart May 17 2016. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 14 nights all inclusive 4* Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica from €2,639pps, depart July 3 2016. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Nana beach, Hersonissons, Crete from €2,499 for two adults and one child, and from €3,389 for two adults and two children, depart June 26 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Royalton White Sands, Trelawny, Jamaica from €2,389pps, depart July 17 2016. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Riu Tequila, Playacar, Cancun from €1,849pps, depart June 20 2016. 14 nights self catering 3* Hyde Park Lane, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote from €399pps, depart December 13. 7 nights self catering 2* Laguna Park, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €379pps, depart December 5. 7 nights self catering 2* Green Park Apartments, Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria from €379pps, depart December 12. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Insight Vacations is offering an 18-day Treasures of Spain, Portugal and Morocco from €2,420pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation, book by November 30, depart February 26 2016. Visit or call 1800 98 98 98.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering a 12-day Highlights of Eastern Europe with Istanbul cruise from €3,424pps incl. flights, transfers, meals and beverages, shore excursions, 9 nights on board the River Princess and 2 nights in an Istanbul hotel. Book by November 30, depart July 16 2016. Visit or call 1800 98 98 98.

Contiki is offering a 12-day Italy tour from €1,421pps incl. flights and accommodation, depart February 1 2016. Visit or call 1800 98 98 98.

Lowcostbeds all inclusive offers, 7 nights based on 2+2 sharing, depart June 24 2016: 4* Adriana Beach Club Hotel, Albuferia, Algarve from €41pppn. 4* Hotel Loas Andalus, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol from €33pppn. 3* Hotel Blue Sea Gran Plaza, Cala Millor, Majorca from €27pppn. 4* Azuline Hotel Atlantic, Playa Es Cana, Ibiza from €40pppn. See

Tour America offers, incl. flights, taxes and charges: 7 nights Rosen Inn International, Orlando from €549pp, travel June 2016. 4 nights Hotel Tropicana, Las Vegas from €569pp, travel February 2016. 7 nights all inclusive Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1,439pp, depart February 2016. Visit

ITAA offers: 7 days Meribel Valley, France ski package from €459pp incl. return flights, airport taxes, transfers and accommodation, depart January 23 2016. 7 nights B&B Pension Birkenhof, Mayrhofen from €859pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, checked in baggage and tickets to Altitude Comedy Festival, depart January 9 2016. 7 nights self catering 4* Planibel Apartments, La Thuile, Italy ski holiday from €565pp incl. return flights, depart March 13 2016. See

Tourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint, Newry from £80pps incl. 3-course evening meal in the bistro restaurant and a visit to Castaway Seaweed Spa, available Tuesday to Thursday until November 30, call 028 4175 4174. 2 nights B&B Ballygally Castle Hotel, Larne from £100pps incl. dinner on the first evening in the Garden Restaurant, available until December 13, call 028 2858 1066, quote promo code Autumn Leaves. Christmas B&B break at Maryville House Tearooms and Boutique bed and breakfast from £110 per room per night incl. Prosecco on arrival, available until December 31, call 028 9068 1510, quote promo code XMAS100.


From L-R: George Horan, President, Dubai Duty Free; Soren Kjeldsen; Keith Pelley, CEO, European Tour; Rory McIlroy; Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free

Tickets for the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open went on sale. Tickets for next year’s event at the K Club from €30 for daily tickets and from €70 for season tickets. Concession tickets available from €20 and free admission for children under 16 . Visit Picture shows George Horan, president of Dubai Duty Free; Soren Kjeldsen; Keith Pelley, CEO, European Tour; Rory McIlroy; Colm McLoughlin, executive VP of Dubai Duty Free.

BEN MeithealThe Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, the Copper Coast Geopark and Marble ArchCaves Global Geopark have been designated as UNESCO sites following a vote at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation General Conference in Paris. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark was shortlisted in an international awards scheme hosted by National Geographic.

BUSINESS ‘BUZZ’ IN BRUSSELSDublin Convention Bureau and Visit Belfastjoined Tourism Ireland Brussels for a Meet in Ireland networking event. Picture shows Orla Kraft of Tourism Ireland, Sheila Geary of Visit Belfast, Aileen Healy of Dublin Convention Bureau and Danielle Neyts of Tourism Ireland with reps from business tourism companies based in Brussels.


Two articles, one on Belfast and one on The Burrenappeared in the latest edition of Traveller travel supplement, distributed by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers in Australia.

Kilkenny was the location of this week’s episode of Jakten på kjærligheten, a Norwegian reality dating show for single farmers. The couple, Ole Kasper Næss and Kari Østby, visited Kilkenny Castle and went horse riding and on a hawk walk on the grounds of Mount Juliet.


Eleven Irish tourism businesses joined Tourism Ireland at the Classic Motor Show in NEC, Birmingham. Picture shows Ronan Francis of Tourism Ireland, Eilis Baselman of Killashee House Hotel, Tom Treacy of Gordon Bennett Irish Classic Car Run, Billy Nutt of Nutt Travel, Sheila Russell of Harvey’s Point Hotel, Caroline Carey of Causeway Coastal Route, Emma-Joyce Anderson of Nutt Travel, Eithne Cosgrove of Hotel Westport, David Clegg of Gordon Bennett Irish Classic Car Run, David Cleary of Manor House & Irish Country Hotels and Eugene Maher of ShannonFerry Group.

Tourism Ireland and 23 tourism enterprises are taking part in a trade and media blitz in San Francisco, LA and Santa Barbara.

New Discovery Trails to Bring Story of Dublin to Life for Visitors Pictured are Viking Actors, Niamh O'Rourke and Dave Swift from the recent launch of new trails part of evolving Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council ‘Dubline’ project to bring Dublin’s past alive and open up hidden parts of the city for visitors to explore some of the city’s most interesting historic sites and attractions. Picture by Shane O'Neill / Fennell Photography 2015.

Fáilte Ireland won silver in the Best Travel and Tourism App category for their Dublin Discovery Trails app at the Appy awards in Lilly Bordello’s.

A delegation of Irish tourism businesses travelled to Moscow to take part in a three-day sales mission in TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE!Moscow, organised by GoodCause Travel and supported by Tourism Ireland. Picture shows Denise Corboy of Camden Court Hotel, Karen Fleming of Hayfield Manor Hotel, Olga Walker of GoodCause Travel, Irish Ambassador to Russia Adrian McDaid, Deputy Head of Mission Robert Meade and Sinéad Cassidy of the g Hotel at the Irish Embassy in Moscow.

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