TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Farewell Gillian Bowler & Irish tourism will grow by just 1pc in 2017


irish travel writers inspect the starting point of the Hahnenkamm ski race in Kirchberg



  • Things to know about Travel this week
  • RIP Gillian Bowler
  • Record Christmas at Dublin Airport
  • Wild Atlantic Way goes off-track
  • Writers and agents take to the slopes in Austria and France

Travel Extra TV

Video of the week: Ari the baby cockapoo has spent most of his doggy life sniffing around the streets of New York City. Watch what happens when he visits the beach for the first time. Watch here.

  • Ryanair’s festive promo shows how those 25 minute turnarounds can save you from the horrors of the holidays at home. Watch here.
  • Vincent vs Pablo — who will win the Etihad Airways packing challenge? Watch here.
  • You gotta see this indeed — not for the reason you think. This video shows an baby elephant “dancing” with tourists in Krabi, Thailand. In fact, Watch here.
  • Business as usual in San Francisco – this YouTuber posted the moment a mountain lion attacked a deer on his front porch. Watch here.
  • This chap wasn’t the least bit phased by Tokyo’s subway rush hour. Watch here.
  • See Airbus’s compilation video showing off the A321neo. Watch here.
  • Tourism Ireland posted a video to showcase Christmas on the island. Watch here.
  • Irish travel writers in Tirol did the Mannequin challenge, watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Sad news: The trade was left in mourning after the death of a pioneer who helped transform the industry and became a household figure in the process. Former colleagues and industry figures paid tribute to Budget Travel founder Gillian Bowler with one insisting: “She’ll certainly be remembered as an icon.”

Gillian Bowler

Ms Bowler (64), who hailed from the Isle of Wight, began her career in travel at the age of 16, working with British company Greek Island Holidays. Moving to Ireland in 1973, she founded Budget two years later, selling holidays to the Greek Islands and was joined in the business by her husband, Harry Sydner, in 1982.

At a briefing in Tourism Ireland headquarters Niall Gibbons CEO of Tourism Ireland predicted visitor numbers will grow by just 1pc in 2017 after 10pc growth in 2016 (watch here). Watch here Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland delivering an overview of 2016. Watch here Minister Patrick O’Donovan’s overview of 2016. Watch here Minister O’Donovan speaking about Local Authorities and Tourism infrastructure and his plans to increase the role of Local Authorities in Tourism (watch here). He expressed hope that the findings of the recent Fitzpatrick survey  were being borne out and the Dublin pipeline is quite full (watch here) but said height is an issue in solving Dublin’s hotel bed shortage (watch here) and there were no plans to regulate airbnb (watch here). Watch here Niall Gibbons speaking about the plans for the Chinese market. Niall Gibbons said Northern Ireland tourism had its sixth successive record year for visitor numbers (watch here) Niall Gibbons said Dublin and urban centres had a busy year in 2016 (watch here). What does Minister Patrick O’Donovan want for Christmas? (watch here).

Two Austrian tourist boards hosted a group of Irish media in St Johann and Brixental (Kirchberg and Westendorf). The group flew with Aer Lingus, through Munich and were hosted in the new Explorer Hotel in St.Johann and the Adler Hotel in St Johann. Picture shows  Oisin Moran, Kieran Walsh, Aileen Eglington, Tony McCullough, Kevin Flanagan, Catherine Murphy, Geoff Hill. front row: Jody Sheridan, Lisa Cannon, Eoghan Cory and Deirdre Mullins.  And yes the parting glass was sung. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Tanya and Philip Airey in Club med resort in Val d’Isere.

Tanya and Philip Airey of Sunway hosted 14 travel agents and media at the Club Med ski-in ski-out all inclusive resort in Val D’Isere. Where to go when the snow is shy? Val Thorens is the the highest resort in Europe (watch here). Sunway hosted a group of skiers in Club Med (watch here) and Féach anseo cuart le Sunway go Val Thorens. Watch here the gentle ski home to the ski-in and ski-out resort Club Med. And for a quiet after ski drink there is always La Folie Douce (watch here). See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

Picture shows Stephen Rae and Maureen Ledwith announcing INM’s media partnership with the Holiday World Show. The 2017 Holiday World Show, taking place in the RDS Simmonscourt from Friday January 27 to Sunday January 29 2017.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation issued a new travel agent licence to Island Marketing whose new Irish operation is to be headed up by Brian McCarthy, marketing three resorts in the Maldives: the 5-star Kandolhu Island Resort and two the 4-star resorts, Kuramathi Island and Maafushivaru Resort.

With the Christmas party season in full swing, the trade flocked to key events, including the Travel Corporation media and trade lunches and the Spanish Tourist Board‘s tapas bash in Fade Street Social. Picture shows Borja Bedoya, Kathryn MacDonnell, Teresa Gancedo and Inma Bernabeu at the Spanish Tourist Board lunch in Fade Street Social.


Agents and travel media hosted by Sunway and Club Med in Val d’Isere, Back Left: Shane Cullen of Killiney Travel, Conor Pope of the Irish Times, Nicola Brady of the Irish Independent, Ed Finn of Sunshine Radio. 3rd Row from left: Darren Yeates of Midland Travel, Anna Mills of Hannan Travel Services, Shane Fitzsimons of Sunday Independent. 2nd row from left: Jean Cusack of Icon Travel, Sharon McCormack of Maureen Delmar Travel, Helen Stokes of Newbridge Travel. Front row: Marie Claire Porter of Sunway, Sarah Slattery of the Travel Expert, Tanya Airey of Sunway, Yann Richard of Club Med.

Jamaica Tourist Board hosted travel agents at the annual White Affair at the Hilton Rose Hall resort in Montego Bay. To qualify to be invited on the annual White Affair, agents must log their Jamaica bookings on Agents that record the most bookings are then invited to participate.

Picture shows Tessa Bott of Atua Enkop, Monica Mistry of Pollmans Tours and Safaris and Frank McCaffrey, KLM on behalf of Kenya Airways who hosted travel agents at a Kenya roadshow in Dublin. and Jet2holidays stopped charging credit card fees for all bookings paid for with a credit card, debit card or AMEX, the first company to offer customers fee-free flight and holiday bookings with any of these major cards or through PayPal.

Celebrity cruises hosted Irish travel agents at a Seminar at Sea onboard Celebrity Constellation from Abu Dhabi with Karen Maloney from Etihad, flying out Business Class from Dublin to visit to the Innovation Centre  and then a taste of modern luxury onboard Celebrity Constellation. Attendees included Eva  Ancichova of Cassidy Travel, Leona  Stewart  and Maeve Doherty of Travel Counsellors, Caroline Byrne of Trailfinders, Shannon Harris of American Holidays, Louise Crawford, Jemma McKeown and Yvonne Watson of Oasis Travel, Lisa Murray, Daley Compton and Darren Wheetman of Celebrity GTS, Karen Maloney of Etihad, Leon Hand of Celebrity Cruises and Aaron Fletcher of  Travel Solutions.

Alper Kanberoglu and Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines are pictured presenting Fiona Dobbyn of Classic Resorts with a Christmas thank you from the airline for their support during the year. Turkish Airlines made several calls with hampers for their leading agents. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Celebrity Cruises, United Airlines and Miami CVB hosted 16 Irish travel agents in Miami viewing the Turnburry Isles and 1Miami, a Thriller ride and lunch in the Hardrock Café and a sven night cruise on boardl Celebrity Reflection  calling to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Jamaica and Labadee in Haiti.   Attendees included Lorraine Quinn of Celebrity Cruises, Alice Swords of Sunway, Rosemary Nugent of Cassidy Travel, Darren Hutchinson of Strand Travel, Sarah Murphy of Marble City Travel, Alyson Mcilroy of Oasis Travel, Ashling Devoy and Nicola Dougan of  American Holidays, Mary Fennelly of Tour America, Sharon Murphy of Travel Counsellors, Jamie McNeill of Travel Solutions, David Kinsella of E Travel, Brendan White of Tropical Sky, Elizabeth Wilson of Co-op/Thomas Cook, Rebecca Twomey of Lee Travel and Melanie Delaney of Celebrity Cruises.

Some leading lights in the Irish travel trade pictured outside the Hotel Banyan in St Anton on a seasonal ski trip, Joe Tully, Ray Scully, Gerry Headon, Mark Clifford, Aidan Coughlan and Martin Skelly, December 16 2016.

The Europcar Group is to acquire its Irish franchisee.

KLM’s trade competition prizes to launch their new Dublin-Amsterdam twice daily service (soon to be four daily) were won by Qi Luo of Club Travel, Raquel Cristina Diaz of CTM and Teresa Ginnell of World Travel centre.

Keith Graham’s Selective Travel Management/WTC won the £5m University of York travel budget and £500,000 budget for York St John University.

Sabine Hansen Peck of Amadeus‘ told IATA media day “In today’s business world, people and culture are the only true competitive advantages.”

Dutch tour operator Corendon will acquire blocks of seats on select Ryanair flights out of Eindhoven with effect from April of next year.

Club Travel, Centre Travel, in Dundalk and Manning Travel in  Kilkenny were the prize winners in the Flexible Autos Worldchoice Ireland Conference competition.

Strange world

An American Airlines flight was forced to divert – because of a malfunctioning e-cigarette in business class.

Is it sea monster’s dreadlocks? Is it an alien time capsule? An artefact from R’lyeh? Or just driftwood with barnacles? A mysterious object washed up on a NZ beach.

Reports differ as to whether the Brazilian football club whose squad was wiped out in Colombian plane crash was fined 30,000 for missing their final match of the season.

Sneachta, the pup found in Dublin Airport

Sneachta, the pup found at airport

Dublin Airport has an unusual piece of lost property on its hands – a little puppy. The airport’s official Twitter feed said the “little fella” had been “found in a blue plastic container near T1”. Anyone with information on the pooch should contact Dublin Airport at (01) 814 5555 and get the dog – named Sneachta by airport officials – a happy Christmas homecoming.


Ireland fails to make the cut as America’s Conde Nast Traveler named its must-visit destinations of 2017. Canada, which will be celebrating its 150th birthday, topped the poll. Maybe it’s the Donal Trump factor, but America’s Midwest was runner-up, while America’s new pal of Cuba was in third. Our near neighbour, Scotland, came in at sixth.

Seaworld Entertainment is partnering with Abu Dhabi-based Miral to develop a Seaworld on Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates with a dedicated marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation and return centre.

A year after its failure to adhere to a planned opening time, and following a ‘silent period’ on its website, US $750m technology-centred Avatron Smart Park announced that it is shutting down.

Paris was reported as under siege by rats as the park containing the Eiffel Tower was forced to close. The Eiffel Tower itself is also closed due to labour disputes.

It was reported by Crystal Ski that Bansko is no longer Europe’s cheapest ski resort, losing to Kranjska Gora in Slovenia.

Here’s how to get banned from Uber.

Food & Beverage

Bakehouse Cafe, Tullamore

Bakehouse Cafe, Tullamore

The Bakehouse Cafe and Restaurant in Tullamore, Co Offaly, will offer a traditional turkey and ham feast, and convivial company, to homeless or needy locals. Restaurant co-owners Derek Coyne and Declan Gorman made the decision to provide locals who have no other place to go with a Christmas dinner after discussing the idea with local politician Ken Smollen.

Teeling Whiskey is planning to hire 10 new staff for its visitor centre in the Liberties and a team of six for its US-based operation,

The Bridge 1859 bar in Ballsbridge, co-owned by Irish rugby international stars Jamie Heaslip, Seán O’Brien and brothers Rob and Dave Kearney, along with publican Noel Anderson, increased its profits four-fold to €287,865


Dublin’s Temple Bar Hotel has been bought for €55.1m by global hotel operator The Ascott Limited.

Hotel operator CG Hotels is to commence two expansion projects beside its Radisson Blu property at Dublin Airport: a six-storey extension to its existing property that will include 131 new bedrooms, and a new hotel.

The Radisson Blu got approval for a €60m limited service hotel near Dame Street.

Dublin’s Trinity Lodge in three Georgian houses with 26 guest bedrooms on South Frederick Street was sold for €7m to the international hotel group.

The company that operates Dublin’s five-star Shelbourne Hotel grew revenue to €35m and reported pre-tax losses of €454,697.

Trump International Hotel & Golf Links in Doonbeg recorded pre-tax losses of €2.5m million last year as gross profits fell by 11pc to €3.68m when it was not operating at full capacity in 2015 and 2016 due to renovation work

Appalachian Property Holdings has applied for planning permission for a €21m, 155-bedroom on the former home of Andrews Lane Theatre in Dublin. The theatre was sold for €4.4m in April 2016.

The Hilton Dublin hotel on Charlemont Place was granted planning permission for a seven-storey, 97-bedroom extension to the property by An Bord Pleanála.

Choice Hotels unveiled the findings of a survey of European Hoteliers.


Flights between Dublin and London are unlikely to be affected after 2,500 of BA’s 16,000 cabin crew voted to take industrial action over Christmas and New Year if a pay rise better than the 2pc on offer isn’t forthcoming. The dispute would affect Heathrow only and employees who work on ‘mixed fleet’ contracts.

Ryanair told a Liverpool court that legal claims against the airline under the EU delay rules must be filed in Irish courts.

Dublin Airport was expecting its busiest ever Christmas with 978,000 people were expected to travel through the airport from Friday, December 23, to Friday, January 6. A guide to stress-free travelling at the airport can be found hereCork anticipates135,000 passengers and Shannon 70,000, up from 66,500 last year.

Aer Lingus announces it is to boost its capacity across Cork routes for next summer with a fifth flight daily to Heathrow and two extra weekly weekly rotations on Faro and Malaga, and an extra weekly rotation each on Alicante, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

Sign of the times, Mike Kelly photographed the new drones are illegal signs at Dublin airport.

Lufthansa and the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) agreed to approach a mediator for the collective wage agreement. Yesterday, the negotiating parties agreed to finalise the arbitration by the end of January and to maintain industrial peace regarding the collective wage agreement until then. It was estimated Lufthansa’s pilot strike cost $106m in Q4.

CAR announced a decision on a process for consideration of supplementary capex allowances and a  provisional price cap at Dublin Airport.

EasyJet added Dubrovnik to its Belfast schedule.

CityJet is to open a Brussels base in 2017. Cityjet is to operate the new SAS route from Stuttgart to Stockholm.

Etihad Airways and Lufthansa German Airlines,announced the conclusion of a codeshare agreement. The arrangement is set to start in January 2017, subject to government approval. A wet-lease agreement between Lufthansa Group and airberlin – in which Etihad Aviation Group indirectly holds a 29pc stake – was also announced..

Virgin as to suspend the Heathrow-Chicago summer service, The airline said that as of 17 December 2016 their automated rebooking system will begin re-protecting customers onto alternative flights.

Aero Inspection won the 2016 MRO Achievement Award.

Green REIT bought more land near Dublin Airport.

Stobart appointed ex Easyjet exec Warwick Brady as Deputy CEO.

Rhode Island ramped up its efforts to be the “Boston region” airport for NAI’s Cork flights.

Tim and Padraig Hanly applied for planning permission for a grass runway and aircraft hangar at Erinagh and Capparoe, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

Politico listed Michael O’Leary as one of the 28 people who will shape Europe next year. O’Leary told a German newspaper he wants a 20pc market share in Germany and to work with Lufthansa. Michael O’Leary told a group of university students in Trinity College: “When I opened up a shop on Christmas Day I didn’t double the prices, I want to put that rumour to bed… I tripled them.”

This year will see the highest ever profit generated by the airline industry  despite IATA’s lowered profit forecast for 2016 to US $35.6 billion almost $4 billion less than it predicted in June. IATA said it expects the industry to make an even smaller profit of $29.8 billion in 2017.

Airline and package holiday company and Jet2holidays, which flies from Belfast International Airport, ditches card fees for all bookings paid for with a credit card, debit card or AMEX.

A video from the Irish Aviation Authority highlighted Ireland’s claim as the centre of the global aviation industry. Flights handled by the IAA to November 2016 stood at 1,026,000, up 8.6pcon the same 11 months in 2015, overflight traffic movements are up 8pc to 315,698, North Atlantic Communications flights are up 8pc to 440,761 and terminal movements are up 10.5pc to 269,431.

AerCap delivered their first Airbus A320NEO aircraft to China Southern Airlines. Aenghus Kelly sold $4.3m worth of shares in Aercap.

Emirates is serving Christmas dinner onboard selected flights for the first time this year.

Cologne Bonn Airport expanded its low-cost long-haul network with Eurowings with a new weekly service to Havana and additional links to Windhoek and Montego Bay.

CityJet  is to partner with  the Dublin Tech Summit  The two-day event next February will bring together global leaders in innovation, technology and business to shape the future of global trends and technologies.


Carnival Corporation allocated a new 4,200 passenger ship, previously earmarked for P&O Australia’s fleet, to the Carnival brand in late 2019 as a Vista Class vessel. Carnival Splendour will got to P&O instead.

Sir Bani Yas private island in the United Arab Emirates was officially opened despite the fact that 3,274-passenger MSC Fantasia, was unable to deploy its tenders, due to an unusual easterly wind. Fantasia  had already made two calls to the island earlier this month, and 39 ship calls are booked the island’s maiden season.

The majority of travel agents have seen growth this year in bookings for both ocean and river cruises, according to the latest CLIA survey for Ireland and Britain. Clia said three-quarters of travel agents saw growth in river cruise bookings year on year, with agents saying value for money, standards of service, plus quality of shore excursions and accommodation options were key drivers.

Celebrity restructured its specialty dining package based on how many meals you want to buy.

Viking Cruises celebrated the float out of Viking Sun.

Oceania Cruises are introducing an evening tapas option. You can even learn how to make the tapas yourself while at sea, in case you get nostalgic at home for your holiday.

Celebrity Cruises is bringing out a dedicated selling brochure for their Wave promotion.

Dining times on Carnival Glory and Carnival Conquest have been changed to 6 pm and 8pm., rather than 6pm. and 8:15pm. Passengers with set seating who show up more than 30 minutes late for their assigned dining time will be asked to eat in the buffet.

Stuart Leven, VP, Europe, Middle East and Africa and MD of RCL Cruises, was named the new chair of CLIA. He will take over from the managing director of Holland America Line and Seabourn, Lynn Narraway.


Ireland is heading for a record 10.4m inbound tourists in 2016 after the CSO says inbound tourism growth slowed slightly to 10pc for Jan-Sept

Inland areas are aiming to capitalise on the success of the Wild Atlantic Way with the launch of two touring routes. The Burren Drive and Shannon Estuary Drive are the first of two drives to branch off the much-publicised  Wild Atlantic Way. The routes were unveiled by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan in Askeaton, Co Limerick. Picture shows Brian Kennedy, Limerick City and County Council; Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism; Orla Carroll, Fåilte Ireland; and Ger Dollard, Clare County Council, at the launch of two new touring routes, branching off the Wild Atlantic Way.

The St Patrick’s festival is to get the bulk of €1.6m in Irish festival funding announced by Fáilte Ireland. It said that the 2017 Dublin event would be receiving €1m, with the remainder split between 15 national festivals and events.

A rugby centre in Limerick funded by JP McManus hopes to bring in ‘€17m per year’

Tourism Ireland launched their “Christmas in Ireland” (watch here) featuring Dublin’s Grafton Street, Belfast City Hall and Waterford. Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, accepted the “best destination: Europe” award for Ireland, at the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards in New York.

Phoenix Park with 180pc was listed in 15th place in airbnb’s trending places with Milneburg in New Orleans in first place.

Ireland’s Ancient East orientation project saw new signs in Louth and Meath.

Heritage Island added 14 new member attractions to take overall membership to 90 as it enters its 25th anniversary year: The Gobbins, Christchurch Cathedral, Cashel town, Castle Ward, Jameson Distillery, King House Boyle, Lough Gur Heritage Centre, FE McWilliam Studio Banbridge, Muckross House, North Dublin coastal villages, Portumna heritage town, Spike Island, Westport Heritage Town and Youghal Clock Gate Tour

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park announced a €1m facelift including the Shannon Irish Design Store, “a new concept in shopping which has doubled the size of original retail space.”

Deal Watch

Tourism NI offers: 2 nights B&B Manor House Country Hotel, Co Fermanagh from £195pps incl. pre-dinner drinks, canapes, New Year’s Eve gala dinner, vail December 30 to January 1 2017, call 028 (68) 622 200. 1 night B&B Corick House Hotel & Spa, Co Tyrone from £109pps, valid December 30 to January 1 2017, call 028 (85) 548 216. 1 night B&B Kilmorey Arms, CO Down from £89pps incl. four-course evening meal with bottle of prosecco, valid December 31 to January 1 2017, call 028 (41) 762 220.

Thomson offers: 7 nights half board Sensimar Los Gigantes, Tenerife from €799pps, depart January 6 2017. 7 nights self catering Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Mapalomas, Gran Canaria from €409pps, depart January 21 2017. 7 nights all inclusive Clubhotel Riu Paraiso Lanzarote, Playa De Los Pocillos, Lanzarote from €629pps, depart January 29 2017. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Ocho Rios, Jamaica from €1,699pps, depart June 15 2017. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,559pps, depart June 21 2017. Visit

Falcon offers: 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn, Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,489pps, depart June 8 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* San Marcial, Matagorda, Lanzarote from €429pp, depart January 8 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Labranda Oasia Mango, Los Cristianos, Tenerife from €379pp, depart January 13 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* IFA Interclub Atlantic, San Augustin, Gran Canaria from €499pp, depart January 28 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz, Gran Canaria from €449pp, depart January 21 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €429pp, depart February 3 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Playa Sol, Es Cana, Ibiza from €379pp, depart May 25 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Terrace Club, Porches, Algarve from €379pp, depart May 28 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,689pp, depart June 28 2017. NRG offer: 7 nights self catering 2* Trinity Hotel, Laganas, Zakynthos from €549pp, depart May 30 2017. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunway offers: 7 nights self catering Puerto Plata Apartments, Puerto Rico from €699 per adult, from €499 per child, depart December 22. 7 nights Caribbean cruise to Bermuda and 3 nights pre stay in New York’s Carlton Hotel from €2,205pp incl. ultimate drinks package, depart May 11 2017. 3 nights 3* Beacon Hotel, New York from €725pp incl. flights, travel February 2017. 1 night trip to Lapland from €899 per adult from €799 per child, 2 nights from €1,259 per adult from €1,059 per child, depart Dublin, Cork or Shannon in 2017. Visit or call 01 231 1800.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights self catering 3* Mirachoro I Apartments, Albufeira, the Algarve from €779 2+2 incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel May 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Broncemar Beach Aparthotel, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura from €349pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel February 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Beatriz Playa & Spa Hotel, Lanzarote from €529pp incl. wine with evening meals, return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel March 2017. 3 nights 5* Real Palacio Hotel, Lisbon from €219pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel March 2017. Visit or call 01 539 7777.

Travel Department is offering 7 nights full board Alaskan cruise on board the Norwegian Sun and 4 nights pre stay in Vancouver from €2,789pp incl. return flights, transfers, taxes and charges, travel between September 7 and 14 2017. Click here or call 01 637 1600.

Tour America offers: 7 nights Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando from €575pp incl. return flights, depart June 9 2017. 4 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €599pp incl. return flights, depart March 2 2017. 3 nights Roosevelt Hotel, New York from €649pp incl. return flights, depart February 9 2017. Visit

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €499pps, depart May 6 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Village Verde, Sorrento from €529pp, depart May 7 2017. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Majestic Palace, Malscesine, Lake Garda from €799pps, depart May 13 2017. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Diamond, Giardini Naxos, Sicily from €799pps, depart June 10 2017.  7 nights B&B 4* Hotel Milton, Rimini, Adriatic Riviera from €799pps, depart June 10 2017. 7 nights 4* Hotel Briston, Sorrento from €1,099pps, depart April 30 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Hotel Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote form €879pps, depart May 7 2017. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Melia Madeira Mar, Funchal from €799pps, depart May 11 2017. Visit or call 01 240 1700.

 Royal Caribbean has France and Spain from May 27 to June 3 onboard Independence of the Seas, sailing roundtrip from Southampton. Price is €1,249 per person (based on two sharing an Interior stateroom), including return flights from Dublin.

It’s also got Italy and Spain with Royal Caribbean on an eight-night cruise holiday from June 6 to 13 onboard Brilliance of the Seas, sailing roundtrip from Barcelona. Price is €1,462 per person (based on two sharing an Oceanview stateroom), including return flights from Dublin.

Selected Celebrity Cruises holidays in Europe and Abu Dhabi booked between now and the end of February 2017 include savings up to €250 for those choosing an ocean view stateroom or above. Guests choosing to sail in Suite Class enjoy savings up to €600.

Holidaymakers get the added bonus of a free classic drinks package worth over €50 a day.

A 14-night Scandinavia and Russia cruise on-board Celebrity Eclipse costs from €2,829 per person (based on two people sharing an oceanview stateroom).

Price includes €250 saving, free classic drinks package for two people and a 14-night cruise departing from Southampton and sailing to Zeebrugge (Brussels, Belgium), Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm (Sweden), Muuga (Tallinn, Estonia), St Petersburg (Russia) and Warnemunde (Germany) before returning to Southampton; meals, entertainment on-board the ship and all relevant cruise taxes/fees. Price is based on July 16 departure. For more information visit

Book your summer getaway with Mimozas Resort Cannes before the end of January and get an extra 20% off a stay in the 4* resort in the heart of the Cote d’Azur.

Seven nights for a family of four next summer costs from €727, based on a family of four sharing a large studio apartment with a lake view from May 5 to May

Azamara Club Cruises buy one get one half price plus runs until  March 31st.

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