TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement October 21 2018

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Sunset at the K Club, Straffan, Co Kildare

Things to know about travel this week

  • Luxair to move from 2d to daily service on new aircraft.
  • Cork-Roscoff is the star summer performer for Brittany Ferries.
  • Belfast is mirror image of Dublin – too many hotel rooms chasing too few guests.
  • Dublin chef Donal Skehan changes the menu for Virgin Atlantic
  • Guinness Storehouse and Stena Line chase the Chinese market.
  • MSC going after the Silversea sector with ultra-luxury announcement
  • Leitrim goes after the ‘soft adventure’ market

Video watch.

Swiss pilot gets really angry with Zurich traffic control. Watch here.

Hector meets locals in remote Siberia

TG4 globetrotter Hector Ó hEochagáin is back on our screens from next Thursday, October 25, travelling from Siberia to Saigon. For a sneak preview of the series watch here.

Chef Dan Doherty has teamed up with Tourism Ireland to promote Irish food, and visits Boxty House in Dublin to talk to head chef Pádraic Óg Gallagher. Watch here.

  • Airbus is working on flight deck technology to warn pilots if there is a risk of a runway collision. Watch it in action here.
  • British Airways pilots celebrate the new Heathrow-Durban route, taking Heathrow and Durban youngsters mentored by the Surfers Not Street Children charity out surfing. Watch here.
  • Go inside a private suite on Emirates’ first class offering on a Boeing 777. Watch here.
  • Etihad gives a 94-year-old passenger the star treatment – and a nice upgrade – on a flight to New York. Watch here.
  • Wicklow reckons it is more than a match for New England’s Fall, with drone footage of its own leaves going an autumnal gold. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

The last remaining link between Ireland and Larnaca, Cobalt Air, suspended services suddenly on Wednesday night, just minutes after the Dublin flight light CO683 from Dublin to Larnaca landed at 22.17. Three of Cobalt’s fleet of six were leased out of Ireland. Cobalt has a fleet of two A319s, one leased from CIT, and four A320s, two leased from GECAS and one from ICBC. Cobalt has served Larnaca 2w since June 2016.  The only other scheduled link with Cyprus, Ryanair serves Paphos 2w. Ryanair said on Thursday it has launched rescue fares on a number of its Paphos routes to accommodate stranded Cobalt customers. Ireland lost all of its air services to Cyprus in 2015 with the failure of Cyprus Airways after the European Union ordered it to repay €100m in contested state aid. Tourism numbers from Ireland dipped from 65,000 a year to 3,000. What happens next with passengers booked on Cobalt’s remaining rotations? They were 79pc full on 20th and 24th and less so on the 27th. Most bookings were online and credit card compensation is the best they can hope for. Who will rescue Cyprus tourism? Michael O’Leary some to the authorities last time round before concluding Cyprus is two thirds the size of Ireland and twice as political. 

Hugh Bruton of Brittany Ferries

Hugh Bruton

The Cork to Roscoff route – under General Manager Hugh Brutonwas the strongest performer for Brittany Ferries during the summer, with passenger numbers up 9pc to 48,700 amidst warnings that Brexit is a cloud on the horizon for the company, 85pc of whose business involves the British market to France.

Travel Trade

Donna Rooney from TUI won the travel agent of the year award at the NI Travel Industry Awards in Newcastle, Co Down. Terra Travel won the Northern Ireland Travel Agent of the Year and Brenda Morgan won the overall award. Dougie Muir of Stewart Travel, Alyson McIlroy of Oasis Travel and Kerry Morrow of Thomas Cook were shortlisted in the travel agent category.

The Commission of Aviation Regulation notified consumers that Novex Travel Limited, 26 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, does not hold a licence with the Commission for Aviation Regulation.

Best Holidays in Italy, Discovery Puglia and Italian Tourism Board organised training sessions in Ballinasloe. (See pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook) Picture shows Audrey Headon, Headon Representation, Mark Clifford, O’Hanrahan Travel and Siobhan Geraghty, Cavan Travel at the Dundalk workshop (see more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook). 

Both Club Travel and BCD Travel are looking for staff. Club is seeking  corporate/leisure travel consultants, with experience in GDS, preferably Amadeus, and at least 18 months experience in travel. Apply here. BCD is seeking a Senior Business Travel Consultant (see here), with previous business travel experience plus a good working knowledge of Sabre GDS to include ticketing.

Luxair – represented here by APG – updated the trade on its plans for the Dublin-Luxembourg route. It is to consolidate its twice-daily flights into one evening flight on Monday to Friday and Sunday departing from Dublin Airport at 7.35pm. The plan comes after the recent purchase of a Boeing 737 which, according to the airline’s Sales Manager, Marie Astrid Baillet, “will offer a far superior service which is not only more comfortable but quicker also” (watch here). Aindri Hurley, Neenan Travel, Marie Astrid Baillet, Luxair, Peter O’Hanlon, TravelFinders, Eileen Penrose, APG, and  Anny Verwijs-Dees, President of BLCC, are pictured at Bang Restaurant. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

Overall Irish visitor numbers to Switzerland are up 15pc – and 25pc during the winter season. That’s according to Switzerland Tourism, who hosted Irish media, in partnership with Valais Tourism, at The Blue Room in The Dean hotel. Sarah Roloff and Harry White of Switzerland Tourism are pictured with Emilie Morard of Valais/Wallis Promotion.

 

Alan Daniels, Dean Saxby and Paul Nolan, all APG, at Chapter One for the China lunch

China Southern – represented by APG in Ireland – hosted the travel trade at Chapter 1 restaurant where they announced details of their new destinations from London Heathrow on board their new Dreamliner 787s with connections from Dublin. They will now fly daily from London Heathrow to Guangzhou, three times weekly  to Wuhan and twice daily to Sanya – the first Chinese city to have visa free travel for passports from 57 countries. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

 

Shauna Kelly of Topflifght hosted 200 agents at Topflight’s ski roadshow, which concluded at Kilkenny on Wednesday night. Winners of the top prizes were: Ski Holiday for 2: Marie Stoneham, Mackin Travel, Enniscorthy, Ipad: Lynne Casey, Fahy Travel, One4All voucher: Jessie Loonam, Mullingar Travel.

 

 

Strange World

Virgin Cruises’ Squid Ink tattoo parlour

Cruisers will be able to be a tattoo at sea when Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady launches in 2020. The line is partnering with the World Famous Tattoo Ink with a studio called Squid Ink.

It was never intended to be anything more than a humorous insight,” Dublin motorsport photographer decried how his tweet turned in an  ‘Aer Lingus put X factor finalists in economy class’ story largely among London based media.

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A Delta flight attendant is fighting for his job after a video was posted online of him having a bathroom sexual encounter with a porn star passenger during a flight.

  • An Emirates flight attendant has been charged with stealing Dh18,550 (€4,300) from three brothers – and flushing the cash down the toilet when the theft was discovered – on a flight from Bangkok to Dubai.
  • A man arrested at Baltimore Airport after a collapsible rifle was discovered in his carry-on, blamed his mother for packing the bag and said he was unaware he had a firearm.  
  • Roman citizens are to stage a mass protest about the state of their city, and say they are fed up with wild boars eating rubbish on the street and perilous potholes in the roads. 
  • A Southwest flight made an emergency landing in Albuquerque on Tuesday after a passenger is alleged to have gone on a cursing rampage and played “footsie” with a woman sitting beside him.

International

More free Inter Rail passes are up for grabs with the European Commission making 12,000 more available for 18-year-olds under its DiscoverEU programme. The competition is from November 29- December 11. Successful applicants can use rail services between April 15 and October 31 2019.  

Is Canadian tourism going to pot? The green plant could be a gold mine for the growth of an Amsterdam-like cafe culture as the country became the largest in the world to make recreational use legal. “Lots of people at the forefront of the cannabis movement live in Toronto, so it’s natural we’ll see change. There are cafes that have even been open for a while – despite police crackdowns and it being illegal until 17 October.” Tourism Toronto’s Michelle Simpson, well known to the travel media in Ireland, told London’s Independent newspaper during the week.

  • Tourist numbers to Japan fell for the first time since 2013, down 5.3pc.
  • The New York Police Department reported that the city experienced its first shooting-free weekend in a quarter of a century.

Food & Beverage

Irish Distillers is to invest €130m to upgrade its distillery in Midleton, and maturation site in Dungourney, Co Cork, and €20m to develop its bottling plant in Fox and Geese, Co. Dublin.

Paul Carty, Managing Director, Guinness Storehouse; Fiona Herald, Business Development Manager, Guinness Storehouse and Paul Keeley, Commercial Director, Fáilte Ireland.

Paul Carty, Managing Director, Guinness Storehouse; Fiona Herald, Business Development Manager, Guinness Storehouse; and Paul Keeley, Commercial Director, Fáilte Ireland. Photo: Julien Behal Photography

Managing Director Paul Carty said Chinese visitor numbers to the Guinness Storehouse have gone from zero to tens of thousands since 2009, as the visitor attraction became the first in Dublin to receive the international certification from the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute as a “Chinese Tourist Welcome Quality Organisation”.

The China Ready Programme is aimed at educating Irish tourism businesses about the opportunities available from the Chinese tourist market and is part of Fáilte Ireland’s work to assist tourism businesses to attract visitors from the growing market.

Paul Carty said: “The Guinness Storehouse has been active in the Chinese market for almost eight years, and in that time the market has grown from virtually zero to almost 50,000 visitors. The Fáilte Ireland ‘China Ready’ training programme has given our team a deeper and highly practical understanding of the cultural differences and needs of the Chinese visitor.”

Irish Distillers wants science and engineering graduates to apply for the Jameson Graduate Distiller Programme, before Wednesday 31st of October. Now in its seventh year, the two-year technical, hands-on placement is based at Midleton Distillery or Fox and Geese.

Hotels

Northern hoteliers have the opposite problem to their Dublin counterparts – too little demand for too much supply. That’s the view of the The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation which represents 141 hotels with 9,177 bedrooms. In Belfast, 1,170 rooms were added over the past year, and the federation said at its Hospitality Exchange event that “it is important to note that demand for hotel rooms has grown over the last year, but it hasn’t kept pace with the increase in supply”.

Federation Chief Executive Janice Gault said the North needed a Wild Atlantic Way-style campaign, focusing on north west coast. 

The Spanish-owned Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin generated €13.6m in revenue from room sales last year, and €3.5m from food and bar sales. The Riu group paid €92m for the landmark Dublin hotel. 

Lisa Cannon, broadcaster; Aaron Mansworth, Group General Manager, Trigon Hotels; Roger Russell, General Manager Metropole Hotel, and Cllr. Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork.

Lisa Cannon, broadcaster; Aaron Mansworth, Group General Manager, Trigon Hotels; Roger Russell, General Manager Metropole Hotel, and Cork Mayor Mick Finn. Pic: Brian Lougheed

Cork’s Metropole Hotel, known for decades as Ireland’s best-known alcohol-free hotel, opened the Met bar as part of a €2.5m investment.

Virgin Media owner John Malone is reported to be in the running to acquire the K Club, which is on the market for €80m. 

 Meanwhile, accounts for another of John Malone’s properties, the Trinity City Hotel in Dublin, show it made a €3.3m pre-tax profit last year, up 10pc on 2016.  

  • Mayo’s Ashford Castle and Kerry’s Hotel Europe were the big winners at Hospitality Ireland’s National Hospitality Awards.
  • Co Clare’s Gregans Castle, set in the Burren near Ballyvaughan, has been named best hotel in Ireland for 2019 by the Good Hotels Guide. The independent guide lists 860 editorially-selected properties in Britain and Ireland. 
  • Operating profits at the four-star Killashee House hotel in Co Kildare rose marginally to €1.99m last year. Revenues at the hotel firm, Craigfort Taverns Ltd, rose from €12.03m to €12.12m. 
  •  Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is to bring the midscale North American brand La Quinta – which is acquired in June – to Europe by the end of this year, said CEO and President Geoff Ballotti.

Aviation

Dublin Airport slots report for the coming winter shows Ryanair market share is 41.3pc and Aer Lingus 35pc with seats offered up 6pc and seats operated up 9pc, Ryanair is up 7.7pc and Aer Lingus up 14pc, 3.6pc of which are slots transferred from CityJet.

Flight data from OAG shows that Ryanair winter programme is up 12.7pc, its biggest seasonal growth since summer 2016. Britain up 13.8pc, will overtake Spain as its second largest market, behind Italy which is up 9.6pc. Ryanair 2019 summer flight schedule for Germany sees 24 new routes to a total of 280 routes, connecting 27 countries and 20m passengers.

The London Times suggests that the London Competition and Markets Authority concern about the BA, Finnair, Iberia Joint Business Agreement on transatlantic routes is really a signal that it would find it very difficult to approve an IAG take-over of Norwegian.

Birmingham based charter airline Cello ceased trading, having operated a B737-300 out of Dublin for TUI in summer and providing the x-Aer Lingus Commuter BAe146-200 used by the Queen of England for her state visit to Ireland in 2011.

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Howth-born celebrity chef Donal Skehan has entered into partnership with Virgin Atlantic to revamp its ground and inflight dining

Midlands Airport Developments, headed up by a Tullamore-based architect Patrick Little, have told Offaly County Council that 2,000 jobs could be created if an airport was constructed at Tubber, Co Offaly.

Ethiopian service Addis-Dublin-Los Angeles may change after December 16, with the possibility of an Addis-Madrid-Dublin-Los Angeles service.

Shannon is reportedly being considered as the land terminal for Aran Islands PSO services.

Ryanair has chosen OmniServ as its new handler at London Stansted Airport, following what the airline calls an extensive tendering process.

British Airways has completed its refurbishment of its New York JFK Terminal 7 first class lounge.

American Airlines is suing the US Copyright Office for its refusal to grant copyright protection for its logo. The federal agency has refused to grant it on several occasions as the red, white and blue colour scheme is ‘exceedingly common”. 

Flybe shares hit a record low of 21p on the news that full-year profits would be £29m lower than expected.

Dell said its infrastructure solutions are enabling Ryanair to modernise “every aspect of its business” and support a 68pc increase in passenger numbers over the next seven years.

United Airlines said, unlike rivals Delta and American Airlines, it will not allow a full-size carry-on for travelers buying its cheapest basic economy fares.

Afloat

MSC are to enter the ultra luxury market with four ships, the first to be delivered in 2023. See renderings of the new ships here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Uniworld ordered four new river ships for the Nile, Douro, Mekong & Volga

Stena Line reports that it has carried Chinese visitors on Irish Sea vessels this year having become the “first passenger ferry company in Europe to be awarded the Chinese Tourist Welcome certification for ex-Belfast routes last year.” Picture shows  John Hambley-Jones, Diane Poole, Jacob Gaskin, Sara England,  Steve Davies, Gary Bavister, Matt Lunch, Tony Lenehan of the Centre for Competitiveness, Rob Herndlhofer, and Ian Baillie.

Brittany Ferries reported Cork to Roscoff is its strongest performing route.

Belfast reported 115 ships and 185,000 cruise passengers since March, below the 117 projected earlier this year by Cruise Belfast. 

  • Royal Caribbean appointed Shilpa Saul to head up PR and social to lead the brand’s communications strategy reporting to Ben Bouldin 
  •  An Australian man was charged with attempted murder after allegedly trying to throw his partner overboard Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas off the Australian coast. 
  • Water levels were so low on the Danube and Rhine last week that rivercruise lines were forced to bus passengers and reduce week-long river cruises to just two days’ sailing.
  • Carnival Horizon and Carnival Vista will feature pizza delivery onboard via Carnival’s app. The service costs $5, charged to cut down on waste and stop passengers from sending pizzas as a joke.
  • Cunard Line has brought in Adam Tihany as the Creative Director of its 2022 build, ex Seabourn, Costa Cruises and Holland America Line, as well as The Beverly Hills Hotel and Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice.

Ireland

Panasonic, Globetrotter and SchwarzWeiB magazines are spending the week in Ireland on a photo shoot promoting the northern headlands and surf coast region of the Wild Atlantic Way with their new Lumix G9 camera and at events in Germany.

The Citizens Information Board reported 17pc of visits to its website over the past 12 months are from Britain,  250,000 page viewsIrish citizenship through birth or descent.

Picture shows Sinead McDermott and Joseph Gilhooly, of Leitrim County Council, as Leitrim Tourism, with the help of Duffy Rafferty PR’s Michael Rafferty and Ciara Kinkead showcased its new Slow Adventure Initiative to the Irish travel media with a series of activities on land and on water launched fittingly enough at the Leitrim-owned Gallagher’s Boxty House in Temple Bar. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

Titanic Belfast reported 2018 figures are up 8pc and on course for 833k in 2018 keeping its position as Ireland’s eighth busiest attraction as it hosted its five millionth visitor, Rita Lynch.

People along the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way have been asked to share images and videos of their locality using the hashtag #MyWildAtlanticWay before October 31.

Sixteen golf and tourism operators from Ireland joined Tourism Ireland at the International Golf Travel Market  in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Joseph Cruise (left) and Cormac Ó Suilleabháin (right), both Tourism Ireland, are pictured with the group. Photo: Edward Hill.

Fáilte Ireland’s Meet in Ireland team were in Las Vegas for the annual IMEX America event with 85 one-to-one meetings and 34 members of Irish trade joining Fáilte Ireland with an additional 470 appointments.

11/10/2018, Maynooth, Co Kildare – German golf writers have been visiting Ireland, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. The group – which includes journalists from a daily newspaper, regional newspapers and a golf magazine – has a combined audience of more than 1 million readers, or potential golf holidaymakers for Ireland.

Picture shows German golf writers hosted by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland  ready to tee off on the O’Meara course at Carton House in Co Kildare. Photo: Colette McNally, Halo Photography

 

 

Deal Watch

Insight Vacations offers: Easy Pace Russia, 8-day tour, was € 2,539pps, now from €2,329per person sharing, including flights, transfers, and 8 nights’ accommodation in central locations. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by 28 February 2019, depart April 14, 2019. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA offers: San Francisco to Las Vegas 9-day tour, includes transport, 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinner, entrance into Sequoia, National and Yosemite Parks are also included. Trips to San Francisco Dinner Urban Adventure and Jack London State Historic Park Entrance are also accounted for. Package available all year round. *Flights not included, from €2080pp with Travelagent.ie on http://itaa.ie/2018/10/11/san-francisco-las-vegas

John Galligan

Dublin to Russia for escorted tour, includes flights from Dublin to Moscow, returning from St Petersburg. transfers, 3 night accommodation in Novotel Moscow Centre, Moscow and 4 night accommodation in Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel, or Radisson Sonya, St Petersburg. Buffet breakfast each morning, English speaking guide. *Available all year – departs every Saturday Apr-Oct, and approximately twice a month Nov-Mar, from €1659pp with John Galligan Travel on http://itaa.ie/2018/09/06/russia

Dublin to South Africa for South African tour, includes 3/4* accommodation, return flights and transfers, checked luggage, taxes, daily breakfast and 4 meals. Programme of daily tours and visits with experienced tour manager, from €2894pps, solo travel priced from €3,248pp with Grogan Travel Worldchoice on http://itaa.ie/2018/10/08/south-africa-tour

Sunway offers: Dublin to India for ‘Highlights of India’ escorted tour, includes flights ex Dublin, 20kg baggage per person taxes, 1 pre nights and 9 nights twin share in  3 & 4* hotels, complimentary schedule airport transfer,  some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Subject to availability and change, from €2255pp, depart April 12, 2019. Dublin to Europe for 5* River Cruise ‘ Rhine and Moselle Splendours wine theme cruise’  from Luxembourg to Basel, 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 €2599pp, depart November 8. Dublin to Italy, 7 nights all inclusive Club Med Cervinia, includes flight ex Dublin, 20kg bag per person, resort transfer, standard room on an all -inclusive basis for 3 nights, lift pass and ski tuition. Subject to availability and change, from €785pp, depart December 9. Dublin to Asia for G Adventures ‘Bangkok to Chiang Mai Express’ Tour’, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage per person, airport transfer, 6 night’s accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary subject to availability and change, from €1315pp, depart May 27, 2019. Dublin to Lanzarote, 14 nights self catering 2*+ Puertocarmen Apartments, from €749pps, depart October 27. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Puertocarmen Apartments, from €399pps, depart November 3. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2* Oasis Apartments, from €449pps, depart November 3. Dublin to Dubai (2 nights) & Mauritius (5 nights) B&B, from €1445pp, depart June 2019. Dublin to Barcelona, 7-night premium all inclusive Western Med Fly Cruise on Norwegian Epic, from €1499pp, depart May 26, 2019. Dublin to Rome, Short France & Italy Fly Cruise Includes 4 night cruise on Jewel of the Seas plus 2 nights in Rome, from €949pp, depart June 12, 2019. Dublin to Copenhagen, 1 night in city and 11-night cruise on Regal Princess, from €1999pp, depart May 9, 2019. Dublin to Norway 8-night cruise direct from Ireland on Celebrity Reflection, from €1209pp, depart May 26. 12-day Norwegian Coastal Voyage – In search of the Northern Lights onboard MS Finnmarken, from €1650pp, depart January 27. www.sunway.ie

Faneuil Hall in Boston

Tour America offers: Dublin to Boston, 3 nights hotel from €569pp, based on 4 adults sharing, depart February 2019. Dublin to New England, 4 nights hotel accommodation in Boston, 3 nights hotel accommodation Cape Cod and 3 Days Car Hire, from €899pp, based on two adults sharing, depart April 2019. Dublin to Massachusetts, 7 nights hotel, 3 days car hire, from €1099pp, based on 2 adults sharing, depart April 2019. Dublin to Orlando, flights, 7 nights at the Rosen Inn International, from €399pp, based on 2+2, depart January 17. Dublin to New York, flights, 3 nights at the New Yorker Hotel, from €499pp, based on 2 sharing, depart February 8. Dublin to Las Vegas, flights, 4 nights at the Luxor Hotel, from €539pp, based on 4 adults sharing, depart January 24. Dublin to Mexico, 7 nights all inclusive at the Riu Cancun, from €1039pp based on 2 sharing, depart April 23. Dublin to New York for New York & Caribbean Cruise, 1 night Manhattan and 9-night Bermuda & Caribbean cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, from €1779pp, based on 2 adults sharing a virtual balcony stateroom, depart May 8, 2019. Dublin to Miami, one night in city and 7-night Caribbean cruise onboard Norwegian Breakaway with premium all inclusive drinks package, wifi and gratuities included plus $50 shore excursion credit per port included, from €1929pp, based on 2 adults sharing an interior cabin, depart May 5, 2019. Dublin to Rome for 7-night Mediterranean fly/cruise, includes return flights to Rome, transfers to/from airport and 7 nights onboard MSC Divina from €1019pp, based on 2 adults sharing an interior cabin with a free upgrade to balcony, depart April 7, 2019. Dublin to Southampton for 7 night Norwegian Fjords fly/cruise, includes return flights to Southampton and 7-night Fjords cruise onboard Celebrity Silhouette, classic drinks package, from €1649pp, based on 2 adults sharing an oceanview stateroom, depart April 27, 2019. Dublin to Quebec/return from New York flight, 1 night Quebec city and 10-night classic Canada and new England cruise onboard Caribbean Princess, from €1789pp, based on 2 adults sharing an interior cabin, depart August 9, 2019. www.touramerica.ie

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Topflight offers: Dublin to Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Post, St Johann in Tirol, was €1029 now €899, depart January 5. Belfast to Austria, 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Post, St Johann in Tirol, was £913 now £849, depart January 5.  Dublin to Austria, 7 nights self catering 3* Kolpinghaus Apartments, Kitzbuhel, was €654 now €544, 4 share, depart January 5. Cork to Austria, 7 nights self catering 3* Kolpinghaus Apartments, Kitzbuhel, was €654 now €599, 4 share, depart January 12. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights self catering 3* Apartments Kristall, Zell am See, was €689 now €609 (Fly from Dublin) 4 share, depart January 5. Belfast to Austria, 7 nights self catering 3* Apartments Kristall, Zell am See, was £550 now £466, 4 share, depart January 12. Dublin to Austria, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Austria, Soll, was €749 now €669, depart January 5. Cork to Austria, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Austria, Soll, was €749 now €719, depart January 12/19. www.topflight.ie / www.topflightholidays.co.uk, call 01 240 1700/028 9752 1168 or visit your local travel agent.

TUI Sensiamar El Dorado Seaside Suites & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico

TUI Sensiamar El Dorado Seaside Suites & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico

TUI offers: Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, from €369pps, depart January 17. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 2* Las Piramides Resort, Playa De Las Americas, from €419pps, depart January 11. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2* San Marcial Apartments, Matagorda, from €349pps, depart January 13. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, from €499pps, depart February 1. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Maspalomas, from €479pps, depart February 7. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise Club, Costa Teguise, from €369pps, depart February 10. Save €100 per booking on Mexico holidays departing June 3-July 15 with code Mexico100. T&Cs apply. Dublin to Mexico, 14 nights all inclusive 5* TUI Sensimar El Dorado Seaside Suites and Spa with junior suite with garden view, from €2,399pps, depart June 17, 2019. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights all inclusive RIU Helios Bay 3*+4*, Family 2+1 from €1,379 (with free child place), depart May 29, 2019. https://www.tuiholidays.ie call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI store/travel agent.

Uniworld offers: Brilliant Bordeaux river cruise, 8 days visiting France, was €2,889pps, now €2629 per person sharing, including flights, 20 meals, unlimited beverages onboard,  included excursions and 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the S.S. Bon Voyage. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Price includes 10% Early Payment Discount. Book and pay in full by 31 October 2018, depart April 21, 2019.  www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803

 

 

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