Things to know about travel this week
- 11 new 2019 routes for Dublin between Ryanair, Aeroflot and WestJet
- Hospitality sector in mourning as VAT rate goes back to 13.5pc
- UCC graduate Sean Doyle to succeed Stephen Kavanagh as Aer Lingus CEO in January
- The party is over as Club 18-30 retires at 48.
- Center Parcs holds careers open day in Longford
Delta Air Lines’ first Airbus A220-100 takes to the skies for the first time, from Mirabel airport, Québec. Watch here. Virgin Atlantic is to fly its first-ever Pride Flight from London to New York to celebrate World Pride. Watch here. Solo travel is being driven by women – and British Airways highlights why they are doing it. Watch here. Catwalk and screen star Shanina Shaik takes you on a journey through Paris, in Etihad’s latest model diary. Watch here.
Qatar Airways showcases its new first and business class menu designed by celebrity chef George Calombaris. Watch here.
Office workers and locals got a fright when an Australian Air Force Globemaster cruised low over downtown Brisbane. Watch here.
Cruising when a hurricane blowing isn’t much fun. Watch from onboard Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas meets Hurricane Michael.
Behind the Headlines
BA’s fleet and networks manager, UCC Graduate Sean Doyle was named as the replacement Stephen Kavanagh when he steps down as Aer Lingus CEO in January. Doyle, served as general manager of the Americas division since 2013 and previously as head of business planning and strategy for BA where he focused on alliances, network and fleet planning, infrastructure development and corporate business planning. He held managerial roles in cargo and the Asia pacific region.
How times have changed. Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland and Vincent Harrison of Dublin Airport turned out for the announcement of nine new Ryanair routes from Dublin for summer 2019: Bordeaux. Bournemouth. Cagliari. Frankfurt. Gothenburg. Lourdes. Luxembourg, Southend and Thessaloniki. The new routes mean Ryanair will grow 3pc in Dublin, well below its European average of 8pc. Frankfurt and Luxemburg are a continuation of winter routes. Big surprise was Lourdes, which will have implications for Ireland’s enduringly profitable pilgrimage market, dominated by Joe Walsh Tours and Marian Pilgrimages. Watch here Interview with Kenny Jacobs. Watch here Kenny Jacobs announcing the 15 new Ryanair routes in Ireland and confirm (watch here) that Dublin based crew will fly the city’s nine new summer 2019 routes. He said (watch here) that Ryanair Ireland would be the world’s 23rd biggest if it was a standalone airline, that Ryanair average fare is down to €39 (Watch here). For Kenny Jacobs insights from the press conference: Watch here comments on Brexit and aviation, watch here comments on facilities at Dublin airport, watch here comments on opportunities from tourism, Watch here comments on pilot recruitment, Watch here comments on downward trend in air fares, Watch here comments on price and Competitiveness in Irish tourism, watch here comments on the public reaction to new Ryanair bag policy, watch here comments on Ryanair’s decision to return to France & Scandinavia, watch here Ryanair reaction to summer 2018 ATC disruption, watch here Ryanair’s 2018 trade union position, watch here Ryanair’s future growth in Ireland could be outside Dublin, watch here why Ryanair remains committed to Frankfurt Hahn and watch here summary of press conference. Watch here Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland comments on Ryanair’s summer 2019 schedule, Watch here comments on price competitiveness in Irish tourism and Watch here comments on the role of regional airports in inbound Irish tourism. Watch here Vincent Harrison of Dublin airport’s comments on Ryanair’s 2019 summer schedule and watch here comments on growth and Pressure Points at Dublin airport. Watch here the full Ryanair press conference. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Declan O’Connell‘s Lee Travel is to take over the bookings of suspended Cork agency Heffernan’s Travel and will facilitate existing bookings.
In a week of route announcements, Aeroflot said they are to fly Dublin to Moscow Sheremetyevo nightly (21.45 departure) using an A320 and Canadian carrier Westjet said they will fly Dublin Calgary 3w from June 1 (13.45 departure) using a new 787-9 in 16-28-276 configuration. Ryanair is the nominated Irish airline in the Russian bilateral. Watch here Kenny Jacobs say they are not going to Moscow anytime soon.
Club 18-30 brand to close Oct 27 as it turns 48. The brand was promoted in Ireland by Global and later by Thomas Cook. Here is Anne Cadwallader’s review of the brochure for 2012 for Travel Extra.
Enda Corneille of Emirates hosted key members of the Irish travel trade at the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Paris. Picture shows Enda Corneille of Emirates, Valerie Metcalfe of FCM, Eimear Hannon of Eimear Hannon Travel, David O’Grady of E-travel, Emirates event for key travel trade at L’Albatros course, Le Golf National, Paris. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
- Italy’s tourist board and Best Holidays in Italy hosted agents in Cork at an event organised by Headon representation. Judy Coughlan of Dawson Travel, Emma Dinan of Douglas Travel, Marike Nolan of Douglas Travel and Janice Lecane of Bernard Hayes Travel., Italian tourism roadhsow in Cork, October 2 2018 See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.The roadshow travelled on to Kilkenny Picture shows Jackie Drohan and Gillian Purser both of Marble City Travel, Ilenia Cocco of the Italian Tourism Board, Catherine O Keeffe, Marble City Travel and Maria Regina Rubinettii of the Italian Tourism Board. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
- Alper Kanburoglu of Turkish Airlines and Rachel Lewis of South African Tourism hosted key travel trade partners in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Hermanus and Port Elizabeth. Picture shows Karl Tyrrell of Oldcastle Travel/Bookabed, Jacklyn Joyce of Travel Focus, Shane Cockburn of Donabate Travel, Alper Kanburoglu of Turkish Ailrines, Mary McCormack of Sunway, Chanelle Gallipo of Trailfinders, Donna Ward of WTC, Gearoid Mannion of Travel Counsellors, Front row: Susanne Power of CTM, Rachel Lewis of SA Tourism and Sandra Gildea of Club Travel. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
- Royal Caribbean appointed Michelle Ryan as regional sales manager
- Sharon Jordan’s Insight Vacations launched its 2019 Europe and Britain Experiences brochure, offering 70-plus Insight Experiences and new premium escorted journeys to Scandinavia and Greece.
- Globe Travel Dundalk are seeking a full time and a part time staff member. Contact here.
- TUI launched the second stage of its rebranding marketing campaign for the Irish and British markets, starting with a new TV advert aired beside ITV’s X-Factor show.
- Founder Wendy Wu is temporarily filling in the role of MD after Mark Bloxham left the company, applicants for the job should email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fifteen percent of holidaymakers headed off by themselves in the 12 months to August, a survey by British travel trade organisation Abta found. It said more people are holidaying alone to keep them “sane” and because they do not want to compromise.
- Martin McKenna of Travelguru joined Sarah Slattery’s TheTravelExpert
- Martin Dempsey of Navan Travel won the first of eight places on the Globe/United New York Fam Trip in March. Agents who make a booking with Globe Hotels to any destination are automatically entered in the monthly draw for which there will be seven more winners,. two in October, one in November and December and two2 in January.
- Sunway Lapland flights are up to 19 from 13 in 2018.
A woman was removed from her Frontier Airlines flight from Orlando to Cleveland for bringing an “emotional support squirrel” on board.
- EgyptAir’s in-flight magazine has apologised after publishing a bizarre interview with actress Drew Barrymore – complete with bad grammar and spelling – which she insisted she knew nothing about.
- Two French rappers who were involved in a bizarre public brawl in Paris’ Orly Airport have been handed 18-month suspended sentences.
- Airport police in India have been warned to smile less by the country’s Central Industrial Security Force amid concerns that it could lead to a perception of lax security.
The quarterly index compiled by Christian Kälin‘s rather controversial Henley & Partners placed Ireland as the 18th most valuable passport in the world (but with more consistent consdieration of e-visa options it could potable be 11th. It rated Japan first and Singapore second. The rival Nomad passport index places the Irish passport second in the world behind Luxembourg and alongside Switzerland.
- An Irish tourist tourist now faces sentencing after he pleaded guilty to carving his name into a wall at the former Auschwitz concentration camp.
- Europe and Asia and the Pacific recorded the most inbound tourism growth (7pc each) in the first half of this year. Southern Mediterranean Europe and South-East Asia had the strongest results in these regions (9pc each), according to the UN’s World Tourism Organization figures.
- An Indian tourist died after being hit by gunfire and four others were injured as they waited for a tour bus in Bangkok‘s Pratunam shopping district.
Food & Beverage
A live rat coming out of a drain at Khyber Market in Kells was among the reasons for eight FSAI closure orders during September. Details of the closure orders and dates they were enforced are available here.
- Turnover at Bushmills distillery in Co Antrim rose by close to £4m (4.5m) last year but pretax profit fell from £5.8m to £5.3m.
- Members of the Irish Whiskey Association have agreed to treble its legal budget as it launches a worldwide drive against “fake” Irish whiskeys.
Ashford Castle won the overall award as Ireland’s top spas are named by Shauna O’Haloran’s Irish Tatler magazine. Fiona McDermott, Aliosia Mitchell, Michelle Ryan and Clare Mullaney Dignam from The Spa at Ashford Castle, are pictured with their award at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Paul Sherwood
Red Carnation’s Ashford Castle recorded a pre-tax loss of €3.3m last year, taking into account non-cash depreciation of €6.34m and interest payments of €1m. However, revenues rose 17pc to €20.9m.
Dalata relaunchedthe Maldron Hotel Sandy Road, Galway. Pat McCann, Dalata CEO, Galway hurlers Conor Whelan and Joe Canning; and Siobhan Burke, GM Maldron Hotel Glway.
- Five-star Mount Juliet, which was acquired by Tetrarch and Emmet O’Neill for €15m in 2014, recorded a €3.3m loss for last year.
- Dublin’s 290-bed Isaacs Hostel, beside Busaras, is on the market for €9.5m through property agents JLL.
With fuel prices increasing, “I would not be surprised if more airlines collapse as the winter days get shorter,” Joe Gill, director of corporate broking with Goodbody Stockbrokers, argues in the Examiner. Watch here comments by Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs on the rising price of aviation fuel and Ryanair’s hedging position, watch here comments on which airlines in danger of failing under fuel-price pressure. Davy stockbrokers said it expected more casualties in aviation as it reduces price target for Ryanair shares to €14 from €18.
According to the Companies Registration Office, one time Waterford route contendor Aer Southeast parent company Skytruckers Ltd was recently dissolved.
Ryanair announced its summer schedule for Greece for 2019 with 21 new routes and for Portugal with 12 new routes. Ryanair routes from Vigo including Dublin are not bookable and presumably cancelled from end October and Barcelona from end March.
Shannon Airport was named Airport of the Year Award by the European Regions Airline Association. Operations Manager Pat Foley, Managing Director Andrew Murphy and Airport Maintenance Manager Mark Reidy are pictured in Edinburgh with the prize.
- Developer Gerry Gannon wants permanent planning permission for his Dublin Airport car park which is leased to Quickpark.
- Condé Nast rated Aer Lingus 18th among top 20 airlines in the world.
- Dublin Airport will have six direct Canadian destinations from next summer, following WestJet’s announcement it will fly direct to Calgary 3w from June 1 until September 11 2019 and 2w for winter 2019-20. 24.2m passengers have used Dublin Airport so far this year, with an average 6pc rise in numbers this year compared to 2017
- 24.2m used Dublin Airport so far this year with latest record month.
- The new Airport Noise Regulation Bill will be enacted as the Department of Transport rejected claims that Fingal County Council has a conflict of interest in being appointed as noise regulator at Dublin Airport.
- The London CAA confirmed it is still advising passengers to make a claim to Ryanair for flights that have been cancelled during the recent strikes, in contrast to their advice when BA was hit with strikes in summer 2017.
- EasyJet Chief Executive Johan Lundgren has warned that more “weaker players” are likely to fail due to rising fuel costs, following the collapse of Primera Air.Budget airline Wizz Air has changed its hand-luggage policy with non-priority passengers no longer be able to check in a large piece of baggage at the gate for free from November 1
- Heathrow Airport has been fined £120,000 (€136,000) after a staff member lost a memory stick containing ‘sensitive personal data’, which was later found by a member of the public.
- Norwegian overtook British Airways to become the largest non-US airline on New York area transatlantic routes area based on passenger numbers. It carried 1.67m international passengers to and from three of New York City’s airports according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s latest traffic report, 400,00 head of BA.
- Two-thirds of Australian flight attendants have experienced sexual harassment from passengers – four out of five at the hands of co-workers, a study by the Australian Transport Workers Union.
- Ex Ryanair Howard Millar declared his attention to launch Sirius Aircraft Leasing on London stock exchange.
- London’s Competition and Markets Authority is investigating the wet lease arrangement between Aer Lingus and Cityjet and asked for alerts of any changes to the use of slots at London City and Dublin airports transferred. It also launched a competition investigation into the Atlantic joint business agreement between American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair.
- Theft at 36,000 feet: Hong Kong incident highlights high flying problemRyanair offered Erasmus students 15pc flight discounts. Aer Lingus will feature on English TV show X Factor for second year bringing contestants to the US again.
- Aer Lingus advertised vacancies for the digital enterprise integration middleware team, located in Dublin Airport; a highly qualified tax specialist in the insurance, tax and treasury team; a travel and ancillary specialist in the retail department.
Even as it downgraded from hurricane to storm, Michael affected cruise sailings, forcing NCL to modify Norwegian Getaway’s itinerary and Carnival Cruise Line to modify the itineraries of Carnival Triumph, Carnival Glory, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Victory, Carnival Miracle and Carnival Paradise. Royal Caribbean was forced to delay Majesty of the Seas’ return to Tampa on October 11.
- Silversea Cruises ordered three new ships, two in new Evolution class.
- MSC Cruises will phase out of all single use plastic straws by December 2018 and pledged to remove virtually all single-use plastics across the fleet by March 2019.
- MSC Cruises has opened sales for MSC Grandiosa – its first Meraviglia-Plus class ship – exclusively for Voyagers Club members until October 21, before going on general sale a day later.
- Oceania Cruises revealed the first upgrades to its O-Class ships, Marina and Riviera. Their Owner’s Suites will be redesigned and again feature Ralph Lauren Home furnishings.
- “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert has been announced as godmother of Avalon Envision, due to launch in spring 2019.
Tourism Ireland and 30 tourism companies met German tour operators at Offenbach, near Frankfurt. Picture shows Shane Clarke, Tourism Ireland; Ciarán McLoone, Fáilte Ireland; Elaine McInaw, Abbey and Central Hotels, Donegal; Michael O’Sullivan, Tourism Ireland board member; Claire O’Reilly, Nesbitt Arms Hotel; and Finola O’Mahony, Tourism Ireland.
The Irish hospitality industry was sent into mourning and shock as Minister Donohoe hiked VAT rate to 13.5pc. as the industry was preparing for Breat-imeacht/Brexit. But, if you think a 13.5pc VAT rate is bad, spare a thought for the North – with Hospitality Ulster Chief Executive Colin Neill calling for a lowering of its 20pc rate.
- Tourism Ireland is seeking interested software parties as it intends to spend €1m on Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to write marketing emails for the agency.
- Center Parcs Longford held a careers open day for job-seekers. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.
- Opponents in Cobh aim to sink plans for a Titanic ‘heartbreak pier’ aimed at tourists.
Insight Vacations offers: Highlights of Spain 9-day escorted tour, including flights, transfers, and 8 nights’ accommodation in central locations, was €2,019pps now from €1,809 per person sharing, Quote PPLMD175 when booking. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by 31 October 2018, depart November 3. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.
Sunway offers: Dublin to Italy for Jewels of Italy escorted tour, includes flight ex Dublin, taxes, 6 nights twin share in 3 & 4* Hotels, complimentary schedule airport transfer, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Subject to availability and change, from €1135pp, depart April 7. Dublin to Europe for 5* River Cruise ‘ Enchanting Rhine’ from Basel to Amsterdam, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing Outside stateroom with French balcony, full board basis with unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily cocktail hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €135pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2775pp, depart November 12. Dublin to France, 7 nights all inclusive Club Med Serre Chevalier, from €1,489pp, depart January 6. Dublin to Thailand for Wellness Thailand adventure holiday, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage pp, 8 night’s accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and Yoga classes and tours as per itinerary Subject to availability and change, from €2609pp, depart July 7, 2019. Dublin to Kusadasi, 7 nights B&B 3* Esat Hotel, from €629pps, depart October 20. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Puertocarmen Apartments, from €449pp, depart October 20. Dublin to Cyprus, 7 nights self catering 3* Green Bungalow Apartments, from €679pp, depart October 20. Dublin to Morocco, 7 nights B&B 3* Tildi Hotel, from €499pp, depart October 20. Cork to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2* Cura Marina 2 Apartments, from €299pps, depart October 19. Dublin to Thailand, flights, 5 Nights B&B at The Old Phuket Hotel Karon Beach and 2 Nights B&B at The Mode Sathorn Hotel Bangkok, from €1059pps, depart May 2019. Dublin to Norway Cruise, 8 nights on Celebrity Reflection, from €1209pp, depart May 26, 2019. Dublin to Barcelona, 7 nights premium all inclusive cruise on Norwegian Epic, from €1499pp, depart May 26, 2019. www.sunway.ie
Topflight Christmas Ski Deals: Belfast to Zell am See, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Neue Post, Halfboard, from £970pps was £995, depart December 22. Belfast to Westendorf, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Jakobwirt, from £979pps was £1067, depart December 22. Dublin to Livigno, Italy, 7 nights self catering 3* Livigno Ski Apts, from €556pps was €586 (Based on 4 Share), depart December 22. Dublin to Soll, Austria, 7 nights B&B 3* Pension Hochwimmer, from €689pps was €719), depart December 22. Topflight Ski Deals: Dublin to Westendorf, Austria, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Post, from €769pps was €799), depart March 2. Dublin to Meribel Centre, France, 7 nights 4* Chalet La Vielle Grange catered chalet, from €929pps was €1089), depart January 5. Dublin to La Rosiere 1850, France, 3* Chalet Papillon 1, Catered Chalet, 12th January from €796pps was €926), depart January 12. Dublin to Arinsal, Andorra, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Patagonia, from €619pps was €649), depart March 10. Dublin to Westendorf, Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Jakobwirt, from €1069pps was €1099), depart January 5. Topflight Italian Deals: Dublin to Desenzano, Lake Garda, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Villa Maria, from €758pps was €788), depart April 27. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights half board 4* plus Hotel Bristol, from €1169pps was €1199, depart April 14. Dublin to Sorrento, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Astoria, from €869pps was €899, depart May 12. Dublin to Lake Garda, Malcesine, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, from €869pps was €899, depart May 11. www.topflight.ie / www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call 01 240 1700 / 028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent
Tour America offers: Guests staying at a Disney Moderate, Deluxe or selected Deluxe Villa Resort Hotel can enjoy free Disney Dining, or breakfast (for selected bookings). Selected offer: Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights at Disney’s Coronado Springs, free Quick Service Dining, free transfers and 7-day Ultimate ticket, from €1149 per person based on 2 Adults and 2 Children Sharing, depart February 7. Dublin to Orlando, 7 nights at the Rosen Inn International, from €419pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart February 7. Dublin to New York, 3 nights at the Roosevelt Hotel, from €429pp based on 4 sharing, depart January 18. Dublin to Las Vegas, 4 nights at the Luxor Hotel, from €699pp based on 4 sharing, depart February 8. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive at the Dreams Puerto Aventuras, from €1199pp based on 2 sharing, depart November 20. Dublin to Miami, one night stay and 7 nights on MSC Seaside, from €1795pp based on 2 adults sharing a yacht club interior suite, depart January 11, 2019. Dublin to Vancouver, overnight stay, 7 night Alaska cruise on board Celebrity Eclipse from €2279pp with classic drinks package, based on 2 adults sharing a balcony stateroom, depart May 25, 2019. Dublin to New York, overnight stay and 7-night Caribbean cruise on board Norwegian Escape (premium all inclusive drinks package, wifi and gratuities included with $50 shore excursion credit per port), from €1849pp based on 2 adults sharing an interior cabin, depart April 27, 2019. Dublin to Las Vegas, home from Miami, with 3 nights Las Vegas, 1 night Miami and 4-night Bahama cruise on board Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas from €1499pp based on 2 adults in an interior cabin, depart February 14, 2019. www.touramerica.ie
TUI offers: Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Maspalomas, from €409pps, depart October 18. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 3*+ Hyde Park Lane, Oasis Mango, from €499pps, depart October 16. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise Club, Costa Teguise, from €779pps, depart October 22. Dublin to Fuerteventura, 7 nights self catering 3* Caybeach Caleta, Costa Caleta, from €749pps, depart October 23. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights all inclusive 4* Abora Catarina By Lopesan, Playa Del Ingles, from €2,459 (2+1) (Save €300 per family). Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights all inclusive 3*+ RIU Helios Bay, Paphos, from €1349 (2+1(free child place), depart May 29, 2019. Dublin to Cancun, 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Cancun, from €1,749pps, depart June 3, 2019. Dublin to Corfu, 7 nights self catering 2* Theodosia Studio & Apartments, Sidari, from €359pps, depart May 17, 2018. https://www.tuiholidays.iecall 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI store /travel agent.
U by Uniworld offers: Rolling on the Rhine, 8-day river cruise visiting Germany and the Netherlands, was €1569pps now €1,439 per person sharing,including flights, 14 meals, included excursions, local celebrity DJ party and 7-nights in a studio stateroom on board the stylish The A. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Price includes 10opc Early Payment Discount. Book and pay in full by 31 October 2018, depart April 20, 2019. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803
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