TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Ryanair closes bases in its union battlegrounds

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New captain of the Travel Industry Golf Society Dermot Merrigan of Irish Ferries lines up a putt during TIGS@the Castle sponsored by Travel Extra, watched by Declan Power of Shannon Airport and Alan Sparling of ASM/SAS.

Things to know about travel this week 

  • €107k call on trust fund as Heffernan’s in Cork closes
  • Ryanair closes bases in trade union battlegrounds
  • Expanding, expanding, fail, what was happening at Primera Air?
  • Ireland up to 16 Michelin star restaurants with Cork treble
  • Honking Krispy Kreme fever grips Blanchardstown
  • Hainan Dublin-Beijing now down to 2w in winter
  • Royal Caribbean double their agent payments for Caribbean
  • Niall and Ann win at Travel Extra TIGS
  • Aercap purchases 12 more aircraft
  • Ryanair announces Shannon-Ibiza and Dublin-Bordeaux seasonal 2w
  • Software to blame for ATC problems at Ballycasey
  • Mary McKenna’s Tour America do €2.3m business at their show 
  • Ardoyne’s Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon make top 50 bar list

Video watch.

Emirates celebrated its new service from Dubai to Edinburgh with the Dubai Police band providing a  bagpipes send-off. Watch here.

Etihad cabin crew go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Watch here.

A host of Irish talent performed alongside Ed Sheeran at a fundraising concert for the London Irish Centre (LIC) which was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and supported by Tourism Ireland.

The interviews with Dermot O’Leary and Ed Sheeran – flagged by Travel Extra in the summer – have been unveiled by Tourism Ireland, which sponsored ‘An Evening with Dermot O’Leary and Ed Sheeran’ at the London Irish Centre. Watch here. Picture shows Dermot O’Leary; Judith Cassidy and Julie Wakley, both Tourism Ireland; and Ed Sheeran, at the London Irish Centre

  • Burren Ecotourism Network showcased the best experiences in the Co Clare area in a new video. Watch here.
  • The Ilen traditional Irish-built wooden boat last sailed on the Shannon in 1926, before heading to the Falkland Islands for a 70-year career as an inter-island ferry. Now, after a 20-year campaign, she has returned home to Limerick. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

The Commission not Aciation Regulation has called up €107k for use against payments from the travel agency trust fund to compensate consumer clients of Kieran Collins‘ Cork travel agency Heffernan’s which ceased to trade after its license was withdrawn by the commission on Wednesday morning. Another section of the agency’s business was not licensable as it is B2B. Heffernan’s has a 90-year-history and an estimated turnover of €4m so it may be sold as a going concern. It dents a good run by the travel trade. Since the demise of Gerry McMahon’s Failte Travel and XL in 2008 and Budget Travel in 2009 there have been just three sudden closures: OneStopTravel in November 2015, Lowcost in July 2016, and Sindaco/Buzz in July 2018. Another 60 agencies closed during the recession, left the business or were taken over. Commissioner Cathy Mannion highlighted the fact that public protection fund has been depleted from €6m to €1.4m. The ITAA trust fund has now taken a substantial hit as well.

September has become culling month for airlines. Last year it was Monarch and Air Berlin who failed within days of each other. On Monday afternoon Primera Air went with not so much a bang as a whimper. Some passengers were queuing for their flight when they were told. Others were in the air, and the captain of the Birmingham-Malaga flight called: “It is goodbye from me and goodbye from him.” There was nowhere to turn for compo, as EU261 does not apply in the event of airline failure. London’s CAA told British passengers they were not ATOL protected. Crew were told they had to pay for their own flights home. Magnaminously, Virgin offered to rescue passengers and WOW offered to fly crew home. Dublin leasing firms scrambled to get their aircraft back: Gus Kelly’s Aercap have retrieved three of their eight back to Shannon from Copenhagen to Shannon airport, GECAS four and Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management had one.

In years to come the story of the erosion of their  B738 at Norwich will become aviation anecdote. Rebuilding it cost €10m. Another €20m went down the tubes on wet leases caused by aircraft delivery delays. A trade union spat which resulted in staff calling in sick en masse swallowed more. The A321Neo but the news of another late delivery, OY-PAB, their sixth Airbus A321neo on Sunday pushed the airline to the brink and the boys in the braces turned the finance ta off on Monday morning.

In Dublin we remembered the 2009 demise of Budget Travel at Primera’s hands. Similar management and similar difficulties two years after Primera had picked up the business a forced sale as a result to TUI’s takeover of Thomson.

Ryanair solved union problems in Netherlands in their own brutal way, they closed the four aircraft base at Eindhoven. In Germany, they closed a base at Bremen and reduced Weeze from five to three aircraft, but avoided cuts at Frankfurt Hahn and Berlin Schonefeld. No doubt this is a yellow card to Ilja Schulz and his pesky pilots in Vereinigung Cockpit, so far the only trade union to have laid a glove on Ryanair in the summer of skirmishing that followed Ryanair’s surprise recognition of trade unions last December. Ryanair lowered their full year guidance citing fuel prices as well as industrial action.

Travel Trade

Mary McKenna’s Tour America reported €2.3m worth of business at their 18th annual consumer show at Moran’s Red Cow, up 15pc on 2017. Customers’ queues formed at 7.20 am to enter the event, which had 40 suppliers manning stands at the event. Watch here interview with Mary McKenna. See more pictures here or connect with the album on FacebookWatch here Mary McKenna speech at event for suppliers, Watch here interviews with Jo Piani of Visit Kissimmee, Josephine Anda of Tampa Bay (watch here) and Mark Meredith of Visit California (watch here).

Niall McDonnell with 40 points and Ann Byrne with 28 points were the winners of the final Travel Industry Golf Society event at the Castle golf club in Dublin, sponsored by Travel Extra. Dermot Merrigan is the TIGS captain for 2019 and Billy Smith the president.  Picture shows Jim Tobin of FCM, men’s winner Niall McDonnell of Classic Collection, Maureen Ledwith of Travel Extra, women’s winner Ann Byrne, outgoing captain Dave Conlon of TravelportListen here to speech by Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry at the event. Watch here video of the event with the winners’ speeches. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Siobhan Byrne Learat of Adams & Butler hosted suppliers, client and travel media at an event in the Merrion Hotel moderated by Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry. Picture shows Kasao Learat of Adams & Butler, Meseret Tekalign of Ethiopian Airlines and Siobhan Byrne Learat. Listen here to presentations on the night. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The hugely popular with the trade John Booty of Wendy Wu tours is to focus full time on Irish trade as Wendy Wu Tours launched new collection. Deputy MD John Warr spoke of the importance of the trade in Ireland and the company’s new collection featuring South America as well as Asia. Watch here.

Etihad hosted travel agents on a fam trip to the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi. The airport’s game-changing midfield terminal is due to open in 2019. Picture shows: Sean McCarthy of Club Travel, Suzanne Knott of Tropical Sky, Michele Anderson Sunway, Ciara Lynch of WTC, Amanda O’Brien of Hayes & Jarvis, Lynne Keane of Travel Counsellors and Tanya Lieghio of Cassidy. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

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Paul Cleary of Caribtours and Alan Sparling of ASM hosted key members of the travel trade at the Ivy rooms in Dublin to launch their 2019-20 borhcure Picture shows Paul Cleary, MD of Caribtours, Josie Carrigy of Arrow Tours and Andrew Hillier of ClearMarketing  See more pictures hereor connect with the album on Facebook.

Visit Ontario hosted 25 agents at the Merrion Hotel. Picture shows Victoria Foot of Visit Ontario and Roisin Carbery of Tropical Sky. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Airbnb was the only travel company to make it into the top 10 of most positively talked about brands among millennials, according to a YouGov survey in Britain.

Strange World

Agam Bansal of the India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhopal calculated that 259 tourists died taking selfies between Oct 2011 & Nov 2017, the majority of them in India.

Straight out of Home Alone, a German couple left their five-year-old daughter behind at Stuttgart Airport after returning from a holiday. As the group drove home in separate cars, each believed the other had her.

Fly guy’s cabin crew lounge posted a Facebook pictureof what happens to Thomas Cook newly rebranded Cook’s Club aircraft, which have “I heart Cook’s Club” painted on the side, when the middle door is open: “I heart Cock’s Club.”

International

Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh island closes indefinitely after a temporary closure over four months.

After months of delays Seaworld Infinity Falls officially opened.

  • New Zealand confirmed international tourists will soon pay a €20 tourist tax.
  • London is Ireland’s most popular destination for Christmas, followed by New York, Madrid, Orlando and Paris, according to Skyscanner traffic.
  • Another week, another Venice vs tourists row. This time mayor Luigi Brugnaro wants community service sentences for four students who were captured on camera painting a landmark lion statue’s eyes red.
  • The Irish Open Ski Championships took place over the weekend at Kilternan, including The Irish International Slalom Championship, the International Teams Dual Slalom and The Irish Open Championship.

Food & Beverage

The sweet sixteen: Ireland now has a record 16 Michelin Star restaurants as three Cork restaurants were added to the list for 2018 compiled by the international inspection-review guide: Rob Krawczyk’s Chestnut in Ballydehob, Takashi Miyazaki’s (pictured) Ichigo Ichiei in Cork city and Ahmed Dede, James Ellis and Robert Collender‘s Mews Restaurant in BaltimoreThey join Martijn Kajuiter’s Cliff House in Ardmore, Michael Deane’s Eipic and Stephen Toma’s Oxx in Belfast  (both since 2016), Andrew Heron and Damien Grey’s Heron and Gray in Blackrock Co Dublin  (since 2017), Guillaume Lebrun’s Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in the Merrion Hotel  (one star 1990-5, two Michelin stars since 1996), Ross Lewis’s Chapter One (since 2007), Derry and Sally Clarke’s L’Ecrivain (since 2003), Mickael Viljanen’s The Greenhouse in Dublin  (since 2016), Ultan Cooke’s Aniar (since 2013) and Enda McEvoy’s Loam (since 2016) in Galway (Enda was previously chef with Aniar), Gareth Byrne’s Campagne (since 2014) and Cormac Rowe’s Lady Helen in Kilkenny  (since 2014) and Aidan McGrath‘s  Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna  (since 2018).

Previous kitchens to receive the award were Kei Pilz’s Shiro in Ahakista Co Cork  (2001), Peter Robinson’s Armstrong’s Bar in Annamoe, Co Wicklow  (1977),  Stefan Matz’s Erriseask House in Ballyconneely (2000-1) Robbie Millar’s Shanks in Bangor (1996-2005), Michael Deane’s in Belfast(2001-10), Paul Rankin’s Roscoff in Belfast(1991-8), Declan and Michael Ryan’s Arbutus Lodge in Cork (1974-83, 1987-8),  George and Christiane Graves’ Ballylickey House Co Cork (1975), Myrtle Allen’s Ballymaloe House in Co Cork (1975-80), Hans Peter Matthiae’s Chez Hans in Cashel (1983), Declan Ryan’s Cashel Palace Hotel  (1982-3),  Jean Baptiste Molinar’s Dromoland Castle (1995), Aiden Byrne’s The Commons in Dublin (2002), Rory Carville’s Locks Brasserie in Dublin (2013), Conrad Gallagher’s Peacock Alley originally in Baggot Street and then in FitzWilliam hotel Dublin (1998, 2001-2), Thornton’s, originally on Portobello Road then in Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin (1996-2015), Matt Dowling’s Russell Hotel in Dublin (1974), Catherine Healy’s Dunderry Lodge in Dunderry Co Meath  (1986-9), Barry Smyth’s The Oriel in Gilford Co Down  (2004-5), Dean’s on the Square in Helen’s Bay (1997), Park Hotel in Kenmare (1983-90 and 1994-9), chefs Colin O’Daly (1983-1985), Brian Cleere 1994-5, Bruno Schmidt  (1996-7), and Matthew d’Arcy (1998-9), Fergus Moore’s Sheen Falls in Kenmare (1993-8), Dylan McGrath’s Mint in Ranelagh, Dublin  (2008-9), and Michel Flamme’s K Club in Straffan (1993-4).

  • The 9pc VAT debate has just days to run with a much-speculated rise to 11pc likely on the way: the RAI warned that rate rise would cost 12,000 jobs, their research by Jim Power estimated employment rose from 117,300 to 171,700. Meath based disabilities Minister Finian McGrath showed that not all in government are in agreement on raising VAT for the hospitality industry to 11pc, saying it will put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk. Listen here to Michael Vaughan on RTE Morning Ireland about the VAT rate. Watch here Eoghan O’Mara Walsh & Maurice Pratt.
  • Drinks industry pressure group DIGI says Brexit will cut drinks industry tax revenue by €135m. 
  • Burren Food Fayre takes place in Lisdoonvarna on October 28th 
  • Not one Irish hostelry made onto the top 100 list of Restaurant Magazine’s World’s Best Bars for 2018 although the 2015 and 2016 winner, New York’s Dead Rabbit pub, co-owned by Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon from Ardoyne, was listed at No 16.
  • Cormac Meehan spoke at a sad occasion, the final evening at Brennan’s Criterium bar in Bundoran. Watch here
  • Krispy Kreme‘s opened its doors at 7am on Wednesday in Blanchardstown and was beset by queues and rarely out of the headlines as it  was forced to close the 24-hour drive-thru and change its hours to 6.30am-11pm. Carl Kinsella of Joe.ie wrote:  “Irish people don’t jump on the bandwagon. We stop the bandwagon, we steal whatever is on it, gorge ourselves and then strip the bandwagon for parts.”

Hotels

Niall McElliigott’s Tetrarch group plans to reopen the Deer Park hotel beside Howth Castle and demesne and is seeking planning permission to develop some of the land for housing.

  • CBRE Ireland said hotel sales treble in 9 months to September.
  • Jim Murphy of Prem group said he wants to grow revenue from €70m to €100m after it sold Premier Suites Ballsbridge for €17.5mThe Osprey Hotel Naas, and Cahernane Killarney have been renovated in recent months.
  • Hotel Kilmore became the first venue to complete Failte Ireland’s Accredited Services Excellence Programme
  • Operating profits at Cape Wrath, the company which runs CityWest Hotel, the country’s largest, fell by 42.5pc last year to €528,649. But revenues at the hotel company increased by 11.5pc to €28.23m, the Irish Independent reported.
  • Killarney Hotels Ltd, which owns Dunloe Castle Hotel, Ard na Sidhe and Europe Hotel and Resort, reported pre-tax losses increased up from €5.5m to €7.4m last year, the Examiner reported.
  • Dublin’s Mont Clare hotel closed temporarily for €10m makeover
  • Wyndham Grand is challenging guests to go phone-free at its pools and restaurants in America until  November 12, offering optional Phone-Free Zones. 
  • Marriott International is expanding in Africa and “on track to increase its portfolio by 50pc with over 200 hotels and 38,000 rooms by 2023″,  it told the Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Nairobi.
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Aviation

Ryanair announced Shannon Ibiza 2w from April. Other new Ryanair routes: Budapest – Bari, Cagliari and Sevilla and Nantes – Valencia. As first reported by Travel Extra last week, they confirmed Dublin-Bordeaux seasonal 2w.

Ryanair passenger numbers grew 6pc in September despite 400 cancellations due to strikes and ATC shortages. When Laudamotion is added, growth was 11pc to 13.1m passengers.

Aer Lingus passenger traffic grew 10.6pc in September.

The Irish Aviation Authority said software was to blame for ATC problems at Ballycasey, stressing it was NOT a radar failure. Listen here to Andrew Murphy of Shannon Airport on RTE Morning Ireland.

Speaking in Freiburg, Germany, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned again that British aircraft may not be able to land in the EU under a no-deal Brexit: “What’s going to happen to air traffic in Europe if everything goes wrong… British planes will not be able to land on the European continent. People didn’t know that. Someone should have told them beforehand.”

Afloat

NCL‘s Ultimate Beverage Package is to rise in price $10 to $99 per person, per day (plus 20pc gratuity). Its Corks & Caps package is also going up, from $59 per person, per day to $65, plus a 20pc gratuity.

Silversea opened bookings on Summer 2020 Itineraries with flights and transfers Included as standard.

Oceania guests and their travel agents can now utilise shipboard credit prior to departure to purchase sought-after shore excursions and land tours, onboard beverage packages, culinary classes, and dining experiences at La Reserve and Privée.  Credit can be used for voyages departing after May 19th 2019 via the “Already Booked” section of OceaniaCruises.com, the Travel Agent Centre, or by calling Passenger Services on +44345 505 1920.

  • Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is to perform on two special NCL sailings in 2019. The Runaway to Paradise Cruise will take place on Norwegian Jade from April 12 to 16, as the ship sails roundtrip from Miami to Nassau, and Norwegian Pearl from August 26 to 30 during a short Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Palma.
  • Royal Caribbean will celebrate 50 years in business next year with a special one-week sailing onboard Symphony of the Seas, departing from Miami on November 2 to include special events and surprise performers and will also visit the line’s brand new Perfect Day at CocoCay experience.
  • Two British female holidaymakers who were travelling on Fred Olsen Cruise Lines‘ Boudicca were knocked down and killed while on a shore excursion in Oman.
  • Dublin Port was awarded Seatrade’s Port of the year at a ceremony in Lisbon.

Ireland

Failte Ireland’s barometer showed that Ireland’s 2018 inbound tourism business expectations have dropped back to 2012 levels. Business is up for 51pc of accommodation providers after the heat wave boosted domestic tourism but 34pc of B&Bs recorded a decrease due to declines in the British and six county markets. See here for summary. See here full comprehensive Tourism Barometer.

US travel site Wanderu claims a night in a Dublin hotels costs as much as five nights in Skopje and a beer is six times pricier than in Kiev. Ranking all European capitals from cheapest to most expensive, Dublin came in as third most expensive, behind Rejkjavik and Monaco.

Irish operators met 100 inbound tour operators in Britain – who handle markets from around the world – at the 16th Flavours of Ireland event in London. Joan O’Shaughnessy, Chairman of Tourism Ireland; Arthur Gapas and Loretta Hogan, both Miki Travel; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin; and Susan Randles, Randles Hotels, at the event. Photo: Martin Griffin, Lemonade Factory

Bram Stoker Festival on October Bank Holiday Weekend is expected to attract 70,000 to events such as Creature Features (October 26th, 27th, 28th, Tickets €16), at the National Botanic Gardens, the Macnas Parade ‘Out of the Wild Sky’ (Monday 29th, starting from Moore Street, 7pm, Free), Deborah Harkness: In Conversation with Patrick Freyne (Sunday 28th, The Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle, 2pm, Tickets €11), NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century (Friday 26th, St. Anne’s Church, 7pm & 9pm, Tickets €21) and  FANGS with Liam Geraghty on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts from October 1st.

Fáilte Ireland opened a Tourist Information Centre on St Patrick’s Street, Cork. Tanaiste Simon Coveney said “Cork welcomed 2.7m visitors, providing an economic boost of €833m to the region” last year. Fáilte Ireland Chief Executive Paul Kelly said “Cork is one of the most visited destinations in the country welcoming 18pc of our overseas visitors and 12pc of domestic visitors.” Centre manager Michelle Donovan is pictured with Cork Mayor Mick Finn, Paul Kelly, Simon Coveney Tánaiste, Ann Doherty, Deputy Chief Executive Cork City Council, and Philip Gillivan President Cork Business Association.

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Deal Watch

Insight Vacations offers: Highlights of Spain escorted tour, was €2,019pps, now from €1,809 per person sharing, including flights, transfers and 8 nights’ accommodation in central locations. 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.

ITAA offers: Visit Western America, including Yosemite, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon. Includes 14 breakfasts and 7 dinners with wine, the expertise of a knowledgeable Travel Director, 14 nights in centrally located hotels, 10pc Early Payment Discount with full payment due by 28th February 2019, from €4,389pps (Flights are excluded), depart April 2019 with the Travel Corporation here.

Hollywood sign, Los Angeles

Dublin to LA, 7 nights cruise onboard 5* Ruby Princess, transfers, from €1359pp, a saving of at least €400 per person and a free upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony, depart March 16 with Travel Escapes and Cruisescapes here

Dublin to Orlando, flights, 7 nights hotel based on 2+2 sharing, from €649pp, depart May 2019 with Tour America here.

Sunway offers: Dublin to Thailand escorted tour, ‘Iconic Thailand’, includes flight ex Dublin, taxes, 8 nights twin share in  3 & 4* Hotels, complimentary schedule airport transfer, 1 internal flight, some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Subject to availability and change, from €1869pp, depart March 9. Dublin to Hungary for 5* River Cruise Melodies of the Danube from Budapest to Vilshofen, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing Cat E outside stateroom with fixed window, 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 €2819pp, depart October 26. Dublin to France, 7 nights all inclusive at the adults-only 3 Trident Club Med Arc Extreme, from €1,470pp, depart November 16. Dublin to Asia for Japan Express 9-day adventure tour from Osaka to Tokyo, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage pp,  8 nights accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Price includes saving of €337pp, tour must be booked by 31st October. Subject to availability and change, from €2679pp, depart February 21. Dublin to Lapland, one night half board 3* Scandic Hotel, from €2814 for adults and one child, depart December 3. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Mogan Apartments, from €349pp, depart October 12. Cork to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Puertocarmen Apartments, from €349pp, depart October 13. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Puertocarmen Apartments, from €399pp, depart October 13. Dublin to Fuerteventura, 7 nights self catering 3* Oasis Dunas Apartments, from €399pp, depart October 13. Dublin to US, flights, 4 Nights San Francisco and 3 Nights Las Vegas, from €849pp, depart January. Dublin to Barcelona for 7-night premium all inclusive Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise onboard Norwegian Epic, from €1465pp, depart September 22, 2019. Dublin to Rome for Short France & Italy Fly Cruise & Stay on Jewel of the Seas, includes four-night cruise and two-night Rome stay, from €949pp, depart June 12. Dublin to Barcelona for 7-night Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise onboard MSC Seaview, from €825pp, depart October 5. Dublin to Asia for  Christmas Malaysia & Thailand Fly Cruise, includes 1 night pre cruise stay in Singapore plus 10 night cruise onboard Diamond Princess, from €1975pp, depart December 17. www.sunway.ie

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 catered 4* Chalet La Vielle Grange, from €929pps was €1089, depart January 5. Dublin to La Rosiere 1850, France, 7 nights 3* catered Chalet Papillon 1, 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. 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.

TUI Sensatori in Crete

Tui offers: Summer 2019 getaways to Greece with a deposit of €75 per person (T&C’s apply). Dublin to Crete, 7 nights all inclusive 5* Sensatori Resort Crete, Lyttos Beach, from €1,369pps, depart May 16. Dublin to Kos, 7 nights all inclusive 4* Blue Lagoon Resort, Kos town, from €737pps, depart May 18. Dublin to Rhodes, 7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Island Blue (TUI Platinum collection), Pefkos, from €577pps, depart May 18. Dublin to Zante, 7 nights all inclusive 3*+Suneoclub Cavo D’oro Hotel & Studios, Kalamaki, from €627pps, May 18. Last-minute offers: Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 3* Caybeach Princess, Maspalomas, from €409pps, depart October 11. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Suneoclub Sevatur Waikiki, Playa Del Ingles, from €529pps, depart October 11. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 2*+ Laguna Park II, Playa De Las Americas, from €339pps, depart October 12. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, from €539pps, depart October 12. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights B&B 3*+ Hyde Park Lane, Puerto Del Carmen, from €559pps, depart October 15. Dublin to Lanzarote, 7 nights all inclusive 3* The Morromar, Matagorda, from €589pps, depart October 15. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights self catering 3* Globales Verdemar, Samta Ponsa, from €509pps, depart October 15. Christmas in the sun: Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights all inclusive 3* Paradise Lago Taurito, Playa Taurito, from €969pps, (Save €200pp), depart December 20. https://www.tuiholidays.ie Call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store /travel agent.

U by Uniworld offers: Rolling on the Rhine river cruise of 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 10pc 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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