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Travel Centres Ireland themed Gala dinner in Mullingar, Novemebr 12 2016

Travel Centres Ireland themed Gala dinner in Mullingar, November 12 2016

  • Dublin home port for 14,000 Celebrity cruise passengers
  • Ryanair upgrades its passenger estimate for 2016 to 119m
  • Aer Lingus announcement on Tuesday
  • Ireland’s travel industry is worth 710m, so says CAR
  • Visas the worry as White House goes dark for travel
  • Travel Centres storm Michael O’Leary’s citadel
  • 6 new travel agency licenses issued
  • Aer Lingus opens dedicated trade help line
  • KLM ready to face the Ryanair lion
  • A380 for Aer Lingus? Willie says it can work

Travel Extra TV

video-of-the-week-nov-13-2016Video of the week: Take a look at Qantas’s 360º video of artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Light installation at Uluru, Australia. Watch here.

  • Shocking footage of wildlife photographer Dale Frink’s boat being capsized by a blue whale during a whale watching trip. Luckily, another boat was nearby and nobody was hurt. Watch here.
  • A female passenger on a chairlift was sent tumbling after a queue-dodging snowboarder jumped on board. Watch here.
  • Emirates uploaded a video package on its all A380 and B777 fleet. Watch here.
  • Aer Lingus celebrated Ireland’s glorious win over the All Blacks. Watch here.
  • Highlights from the fist A320neo delivery to Kazakhstani carrier Air Astana. Watch here.
  • You’re cruising, babe: introducing one of the youngest (and cutest) snowboarders in the world. Watch here.
  • See Tourism NI’s ‘say hello’ promo for the Causeway Coastal Route. Watch here.
  • Ryanair posted a guide to online check-in. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Jo Rzymowska of Celebrity Cruises Pat Ward of Dublin Port and and Lorraine Quinn of Celebrity cruises at the Celebrity cruise Dublin homeport announcement

Celebrity Cruise Line will have full details of their five Solstice Class cruise ship rotations from Dublin port in April, May and June 2018 by the beginning of December, but the decision to board 14,000 cruise passengers, of which 80pc will arrive to board from outside the country, is a game changer for the port. Airport access is among the key factors in the decision, Dublin has more connectivity than Southampton, with 140 weekly flights to North America and connections to 180 cities. The Dublin terminal will not be ready until 2021, by which time Brexit may have triggered further relocations of major cruise ships. Picture shows Jo Rzymowska of Celebrity Cruises Pat Ward of Dublin Port and and Lorraine Quinn of Celebrity cruises at the  announcement. Watch here interview with Lorraine Quinn of Celebrity Cruises; See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

rj-us-trump-campaignDonald Trump’s victorious US election campaign, heavy on combative rhetoric and light on policy, has given the travel industry lots of reasons to be fearful. The visa waiver scheme and the J1 student visa are under renewed threat, not just from Trump, but from the new battalion of conservatives who have gained unrestrained control of the house and the senate as a result of Tuesday’s election. Polls across Europe show big drops in the number of people who will visit under a Trump presidency, including a travel agent poll in England which showed 20pc said they will not visit the US under a Trump presidency and 30pc said they would think twice. Will Donald Trump’s arrival at the White House spell the end of the expansion of Middle Eastern airlines into America? Will it send the visa waiver program backwards and mean the end of J1, something Trump has proposed? Will Brand USA’s public budgets be slashed and will we have a new round of politicians who don’t get it about inbound tourism to America? Roger Dow of the US Travel Association, for his part, is optimistic that the industry could work with a Trump administration on infrastructure and other key travel-related issues. “I congratulate President-elect Trump on behalf of the US travel and tourism community, and am confident that he will be a valuable ally in advancing some of our industry’s key priorities. Mr Trump demonstrated throughout his campaign that travel and infrastructure issues have his attention, and we stand ready to advise his administration on achieving his stated aims in these areas. Reasons to be fearful. Picture shows Mario Nino of Trump Hotels and Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry with Sandy Dutra and Patricia Bickel of Trump Hotels at WTM 2016.

Mario Nino of Trump Hotels and Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry with Sandy Dutra and Patricia Bickel of Trump Hotels at WTM 2016Exhibitor numbers at the 2016 World Travel Market were slightly down on 2015 but the event was the liveliest for many years. There was no fog this year to disrupt the 400 arrivals from Ireland for the event. Crowded aisles at Excel led to 200 destinations all building their brands around similar products. Speaker forums concentrated on issues such as Brexit and the threat to aviation and Travel Extra editor Eoghan Corry was among the speakers. Willie Walsh of IAG and Tim Clarke of Emirates spoke on Monday’s aviation forum where the merits of the A380 were explored, Willie declaring provocatively (again) he can make a case for an A380 for Aer Lingus. He said global airline alliances will not be around 20 years from now and may not be here 10 years from now, and when I ran Aer Lingus I never listened to politicians because you can’t run an airline from a political perspective. The question was posed Is Pokemon Go the best we can expect from augmented reality? (watch here). Clem Walsh who is representing Betabeds in Ireland hosted a small gathering in Fox@Excel. Florida had their best party for many years with karaoke session. Tenerife hosted agents on-board a clipper ship. Malaysia had a big and boisterous evening. Much of the action as the stands was to be found in the Middle East section but smaller countries got a look in, too, with Palestine holding their first press conference. Tourism Ireland hosted journalists to a pall of doom was cast over the American section by the election result

img_1145Tourism Ireland were working Star Wars for everything they could. Luke Skywalker turned up for photographs with Minister Patrick Donovan. There was a strong presence from Kilkenny and Derry and from the leading attractions such as Guinness storehouse and the Cliffs of Moher. Dervla O’Neill of Epic Ireland, Katharine Webster form the Cliffs of Moher, Ciara Sugrue from Failte Ireland and Mark Henry from Tourism Ireland were all to be found on the Irish stand for the legendary Monday evening party where Patricia Treacy from Louth supplied the music. Watch video here. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Dominic and Bernie Burke at the Travel Centres conference in Mullingar, Nov 11-12 2016Highlight of Travel Centres annual conference in Michael O’Leary’s home town, Mullingar, was a presentation by Ann Masterson of Dublin Business School on behavioural economics which featured a hilarious video by Pete McMunn (see also his contribution to Dublin talks on the same subject). The event attracted 170 agents at yesterday’s workshop and gala dinner, while the owners and managers’ session on Friday morning was attended by 35 and the afternoon sessions by 75. The consortium had 97 for dinner on Friday night. The country’s largest consortium by member agencies has 56 members with 76 shops. Entertainment at the fancy dress gala dinner (Dominic dressed as the Pope) was provided by the Pearly Whites and Irish dance group Damhsa, with stand up by Joe Mooney. Next year’s conference takes place at INEC at Killarney on November 10-11 2017. Watch here video report of Travel Centres Conference 2016 day one and watch here report of day two. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

boet-kreiken1Some take aways from an interview with Boet Kreiken CEO of KLM Cityhopper by Travel Extra. If you go into the lion’s den you must be prepared to meet the lion, he said. He was referring to Ryanair’s decision going to enter Amsterdam and he said he regretted not being able to respond earlier but did not have capacity. He also said that having moved into Dublin he expected to meet the lion. Central to his theory is that, far from abandoning short haul routes and concentrating on long haul, as has been almost a consensus among aviation analysts about the future of the big European network airlines, KLM is going to take them on head-to-head with smaller aircraft and more frequent services. Dublin will expand from two to four flights daily in the Embraer, of which KLM have 30 190s and four 175s, to increase to 50 in the coming years, and said that KLM’s eleven Fokker 70 aircraft had lower purchase costs, but higher running costs, and would be phased out by the end of next year. KLM instead was going to expand the fleet of Embraer: it has very high efficiency and quick turnarounds. He said it was possible for all three carriers to survive on Dublin Amsterdam: the three offer three different types of service. There are 65,000 KLM frequent fliers in Ireland and he said they were looking forward to what he called blue to blue connections which would enable online check-in in advance of flying and the option of business class and premium economy on the Dublin Amsterdam leg of their journey. He said 70pc of the passengers on Dublin Amsterdam service would be connecting passengers and 60-65pc business driven. The codeshare with Aer Lingus on Cork-Amsterdam will remain throughout 2017, and on two Aer Lingus flights Dublin-Amsterdam until KLM goes four daily in March. See more in the next print edition of Travel Extra.

Travel Trade

Sissel Thorstensen of Kerala Tourism and James Malone of Rathgar Travel at the Kerala Tourism event in Dublin, Nov 10 2016

Sissel Thorstensen of Kerala Tourism and James Malone of Rathgar Travel at the Kerala Tourism event in Dublin, Nov 10 2016

Kerala attracted 13,012 Irish visitors in 2015, up from 4,445 in 2010. Vedu V said the number of Irish visitors was less significant than the growth rate of 192pc. Kerala has seen a 33pc surge in international visitors in the past five years. Picture shows Sissel Thorstensen of Kerala Tourism and James Malone of Rathgar Travel at the Kerala Tourism event. Watch video report here. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The Commission of Aviation Regulation’s November round of licensing proved unusually active for the with 125 travel agents and 41 tour operators licensed, nine new travel agents and one new tour operator. Taken together with the Spring licensing round, a total of 222 travel agents and 44 tour operators are licensed to operate in Ireland, with a turnover of €524m for travel agents and €186m for tour operators. CAR indicates the Irish travel trade is worth €710m.

Jeanette Taylor, Mary Denton and Deirdre Sweeny of Sunway who went to the Travel Centres fancy dress ball as an Irish flag, November 12 2016

Jeanette Taylor, Mary Denton and Deirdre Sweeny of Sunway who went to the Travel Centres fancy dress ball as an Irish flag, November 12 2016

Nine new travel agent licenses were issued to the IAG rewards scheme Avios Group, to London based We Love Holidays Ltd, www.loveholidays.ie, Falcon Leisure Group (Overseas) Ltd while new licenses the result of reorganization were issued to Padraig Roche’s Marathon Coach Travel Ltd trading as Marathon Travel, Marathon Coach Travel, Marathon Sports Travel, Funfactory, and The Funfactory, and Ask Susan Travel which has added Maureen Delmar Travel Services and MD Travel as trading names. Three licenses applied for and not renewed included Atlantic Sky Team Tours Ltd, DB Tours Ltd and PCE Coaches in Tralee. The CAR says it “is continuing to engage with these firms and may issue licences in due course; if so, we will update details on our website.” Five agents that ceased trading included Alpha International now part of Truly Travel (Ireland), a partner of London based Teletext holidays. Mary Concannon now trading as Eblana Travel, Maureen Delmar, now part of M Delmar Travel/Ask Susan, Memet Uludag trading as Asia Minor Tours and Ebookers.ie, now part of Expedia Inc. PJ Martley coach hire in Portlaoise was deemed not to require a license and P&MM Travel continues to operate outside of Ireland Adehy Ltd added TUI as a trading name. David O’Hagan’s Donabate Travel added The Holiday Shop, Visitlapland.ie and Aquasuites.ie as trading names. Pamela Brownlee’s Flyaway Travel added Cruises For You as a trading name. London-based Caribtours deleted Caribtours and added Caribbean Escapes as a trading name and deleted caribtours.ie, caribtours.co.uk and theprivatetravelcompany.co.uk. Ciara Mooney’s Freedom Travel added Solo Travel as a trading name. George Hook Jr’s Irish Rugby Tours added irishrugbytours.com added as a trading name. Tom Britton’s Marble City Travel added Cruise Paradise as a trading name, Stephen McKenna’s Travel Management

Paul Varghese, Vinod Pillai, Nivil Abraham and Shane Caslin of 747 Travel at the Kerala Tourism event in Dublin, Nov 10 2016

Solutions added Safari Expert as a trading name, USIT Ireland added Waterford IT, IT Athlone, and UL as branches, and Cogo Travel and U Trek as trading names, Wendy Wu Tours added Inbound China and Asia Inspirations as trading names, Falcon Leisure Group added Thomson Airways, TUI, Crystal Holidays, Crystal Ski, and Crystal Summer as trading names, most were previously under Specialist Holiday Group Ireland to which American Holidays, Travelmood, and Crystal Alfresco were added. Joe Walsh Pilgrimtours added Fatima Pilgrim Tours and deleted Pilgrimages Abroad, Laurie Duffy Travel and Allsports Services deleted as a trading name.

Vinod Pellai formerly of Oscar Travel has bought into 747 travel which recently moved upstairs on their Camden Street premises and are opening a new office. Yes, Michael Caslin, away in Vienna with Irish soccer supporters this weekend, shows no sign of retiring. Picture shows Paul Varghese, Vinod Pillai, Nivil Abraham and Shane Caslin of 747 travel.

argentina_1320Claudia Morales led a delegation of Argentinian tourism partners on a road show to Dublin. Picture shows Martin Skelly, Claudia Morales, Diego Sadofschi and Nazareth Vilardo at the Argentina event.

The Travel Centres award winners for 2017 were announced last night at a gala evening in Mullingar: Long haul agent large, Joint Winners: O’Hanrahan Travel & The Travel Broker, Long haul agent, small: Bowe Travel, Cruise agent, large: Marble City Travel, Cruise agent, small: Liberty Travel, DP agent, large: Lee Travel, DP agent, small: Freedom Travel, Use of Social Media: Magic Vacations, Website: Premier Travel, Overall agent, large: O’Hanrahan Travel, Overall agent, small:: Bowe Travel, Supplier: Bookabed

ClickandGo were ranked 15th in Deloitte’s ‘Fast 50’ list.

Kate McGillycuddy of Abbey travel Killarney

Kate McGillycuddy of Abbey Travel Killarney

Kate McGillycuddy from Abbey Travel in Killarney became the second Munster finalist in the competition to win a Polo Magnifico run by Blue Insurances joining Angela Taylor from Oasis TravelHelena Kilduff from Skytours, Rose Kane from Kanes Travel in Longford, Claire Mulligan from Clubworld Travel, Mandy Walsh of Travel Counsellors and Rita Gaughan from Limerick Travel.

It was a good week for Irish travel writing. Thomas Breathnach won the premier prize at the Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards at WTM, for his ‘Cool Runnings‘ travel feature on Jamaica, the first Irish writer to do so. Serial winner of the TE Travel Writer of the Year award Pól Ó Conghaile won the lead prize for members of the British Guild of Travel Writers in London. Yes, Pól is from Ballinasloe and based in Dublin, but don’t tell the guild that.

Strange World

Hotel guests slept with a dead body under their bed for a week after a woman was killed and her corpse stuffed in a plastic bag.

Venetians clutching suitcases staged a symbolic protest against the depopulation of their city.

A 71-year-old English pensioner was boiled alive after falling into scorching liquid mud while photographing geysers in Bolivia.

An Argentinian judge ordered a chimp be freed from a zoo enclosure after ruling the animal has non-human rights.

A temple that offers one of the best autumn views in Japan said it is banning all photography during peak season

An English passenger stripped off and exposed himself on flight from Mexico to Germany, forcing an emergency landing in Florida.

Hotels

Shannon College of Hotel Management is to launch Ireland’s first university-awarded certificate course in Hotel Leadership in January 2017 in partnership with Conor Kenny. Lecturers will include Philippe Leboeuf general manager at Mandarin Oriental

ESPA at The Europe in Killarney won Hotel Spa of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards.

Ireland’s Blue Book added Belleek Castle in Mayo, Hilton Park Manor in Monaghan and Paul and Máire Flynn’s The Tannery in Co Waterford to its collection for 2017, bringing the total number of properties in the collection to a record 50.

The Marker hotel reported a €2.4m profit.

International

Irish visitors have to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) in order to board their flight to Canada from this week. For Irish citizens to get an eTA it will cost CAD $7 (€4.80) and they can access the visa application form online. Most eTA applications are approved within minutes of applying and are valid for three years (the USA charges $14 for ESTA and it is valid for just two years, apply online here). Canadians with dual citizenship must now use a Canadian passport to enter the country and will need a valid Canadian passport to board their flights to Canada. See Dual Canadian citizens need a Canadian passport. The new conditions do not apply to those who have dual Canadian-American citizenship. Dublin will have 34 services a week to Canada in summer 2017, to Halifax (ASL Europe 1w), Montreal (Air Transat 1w), St Johns (Westjet 7w), Toronto (Aer Lingus 7w, Air Canada Rouge 10w, Air Transat 4w, Westjet via St johns 7w) and Vancouver (Air Canada Rouge 4w).

courchevelCourchevel became the latest ski resort to open early in response to heavy snows

Lynk the taxi app developed by Noel Ebbs, is on course to generate sales of €12m this year, and plans to expand to England, USA and Canada. The app charges taxi companies a license fee, and does not bill drivers directly. He has 2,500 drivers in Dublin and plans to expand into Cork, with two taxi firms, in the new year. A separate app company called Riide, which he owns with nine other investors, is on standby to launch with 15,000 drivers in the UK, where he hopes to be the No. 2 in the market with adapted software to meet British regulations and then US and Canada, with another 15,000 drivers.

Heavy downpours across the Caribbean have caused floods that forced authorities to evacuate thousands of people.

Food & Beverage

young-chef-finalistsEuro-Toques Ireland named six finalists for Young Chef of the Year 2016: Maeve Walsh of Restaurant FortyOne at Residence, Killian Crowley of Aniar in Galway, Gary Doyle of Canteen Celbridge, Chris Fullam of Old Street in Malahide, Marc McWilliams of The Brooklodge and Glen Sutcliff of The Marker Hotel.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland served 10 Enforcement Orders in October on Sunnybank Hotel (public bar only) in Glasnevin, Millar’s Restaurant in Athlone, Shan in Temple Bar, K&C Norton Wholesale Foods in Ballymount, Dynasty Chinese Restaurant in Ballymun, Seven Star Pizza take-away in Mallow, Midnight Express take-away in Mullagh Co Cavan, Bella House, in Kells, CoCo Chinese Takeaway in Ballingarry, and Paul Howley wholesaler distributor from Castlebar.

The Stag’s Head on Dublin’s Dame Court was named the best pub in the country at the annual Hospitality Ireland magazine National Hospitality Awards, ahead of Doheny & Nesbitt and Lowry’s Irish Music and Whiskey Bar in Galway. The winners: Best Boutique Hotel Tankardstown, Slane, Co. Meath Best Business Hotel InterContinental, Ballsbridge, Dublin Best Casual Dining The Washerwoman, Glasnevin, Dublin Best City Hotel Hayfield Manor, Cork City Best Cocktail Bar Vintage Cocktail Club, Dublin Best Customer Service The Dylan, Dublin Best Destination Hotel Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Co Kerry Best Dining Experience Mulberry Garden, Donnybrook, Dublin Best Hotel Bar Ashford Castle, The Prince of Wales Bar, Co Mayo Best Hotel Restaurant Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites, Co Galway Best Local Restaurant MacNean House, Blacklion, Co Cavan Best New Establishment Farrier & Draper, Dublin Best Nightclub The Wright Venue, Swords Best Overall Hotel The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney Best Overall Restaurant Loam, Galway Best Pub The Stag’s Head, Dublin Best Pub with Food The Oarsman, Carrick-on-Shannon, Best Resort Hotel Ashford Castle, Co Mayo Best Seafood Restaurant O’Grady’s on the Pier, Barna, Co Galway Best Sporting Pub The Back Page, Phibsborough, Dublin Best Traditional Pub Toner’s, Dublin Best Value Hotel Garryvoe Hotel, Ballycotton, Co Cork Best Wine List The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Best Hotel Group Dalata

Just Eat saw its profits increase to €2m last year. Justeat increased its commission from 12pc to 13pc this year for its 1,800 restaurant partners in Ireland.

JP McMahon’s Michelin star Aniar in Galway is introducing a weekly €55 four-course Saturday lunch for January.

A new Champagne Bar opened in House of Fraser on Victoria Square in Belfast.

Avoca is to open its 12th store on the site of the Plantagen Garden Centre in Dunboyne, Co Meath, next March. Avoca plans to expand further in Cork, Limerick and Galway. The opening is the first since Avoca was sold to Aramark for €60m.

Lily O’Brien’s will open a Christmas pop-up store at Kildare Village, from November 12th to Jan 12th.

Film director Brian McGinn, Slovenian chef Ana Roš and chef and cookery writer Margot Henderson are among the line up for Ballymaloe Litfest next May 19-21.

Two interconnected restaurant buildings housing Jo’Burger near Powerscourt Town House in Dublin’s city centre were sold to an unidentified purchaser for €2m.

Aviation

img_1433Aer Lingus plan to update the media on their 2017 plans on Tuesday. Details were released of Aer Lingus’ dedicated trade help line at The Travel Centres conference by Jenny Rafter and Ivan Beacom at Travel Centres conference in Mullingar. A trade menu option is now available on the main Aer Lingus number. Ivan and Jenny showcased some legendary Aer Lingus advertisements from the past, including a jolly Delia Murphy style 1960s item (watch here, the 1980s tearjerker ‘You’re home’ (watch here), iconic singalong ‘look up its Aer Lingus’ (watch here), ‘makeup of a child’ (watch here), ‘enjoy your flight’ (watch here), ‘if everybody is different’ (watch here) and the recent ‘Doesn’t Time Fly’ (watch here). Picture shows John Barrett of Magic Vacations with Ivan Beacom and Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus at the Travel Centres 2016 Conference in Mullingar.

Ryanair raised their passenger forecast for 2016 to 119m in 2017 and 200m a year by 2024. This week’s first half statement indicates that for the first time Ryanair will operate to a majority of primary (105) rather than secondary (95) airports by the end of 2016. Automatic check in and a wider choice of accommodation on the Ryanair Rooms platform is on the cards for the coming months. Currently the largest airlines in the world by passengers carried are American (147m), Southwest (144m) and Delta (139m).

The EU issued a riposte to Arlene Foster’s claim that Brussels blocked the Belfast-Newark air service subsidy. An EU spokeswoman said “to be clear, the European Commission received a complaint alleging that the measure was in breach of EU rules, which it looked into, but we did not take any decision on the matter. The authorities and United Airlines have themselves decided to end their arrangement.”

Turkish Airlines has parked 30 aircraft for winter and cancelled flights to 17 and 5 domestic destinations, due to a decreasing number of passengers amid economic contractions and recent militant attacks. 12 Airbus A330-200 aircrafts are parked in Antalya and 4 Airbus A320 planes are in Ankara’s Esenboga Airport. Turkish Airlines currently has 298 aircraft in its fleet. Cancelled international destinations were Batna and Tlemcen in Algeria, Alborg in Denmark, Bordeaux in France, Karlsruhe-Baden, Freidrichshafen and Münster in Germany, Kermanshah in Iran, Genoa and Pisa in Italy, Aqaba in Jordan, Osh in Kyrgyzstan, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Kano in Nigeria, al-Qassim in Saudi Arabia, Khujand in Tajikistan and Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine. Cancelled domestic destinations were Eskişehir, Tokat, Edremit, Uşak and Siirt.

WOW air has expanded to Pittsburgh adding to transatlantic services to Montreal, Washington DC, Toronto, Boston, New York Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami. Flying time from Keflavik will be six and a half hours, departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

No Dubs, a thick skin and an ability to operate without sleep,” Michael O’Leary advertised for a new PA.

Ryanair intends to appeal a ruling by the European Commission that it must pay back €2m in state aid subsidies it received from Klagenfurt airport in Austria.

Afloat

Royal Caribbean International is to operate 16 Sunday charter rotations with City Jet next summer from Belfast City Airport to Barcelona for Freedom of the Seas. The charter flight will be running from May 7 until August 20.

  • The Interpol general assembly voted to give Carnival Corp access to the organisations’ database of lost and stolen travel documents, the first for a cruise line.
  • MSC hosts agents on its annual All Stars of the Sea ceremony on a sailing from Genoa to Barcelona this week. Watch here Rebecca Kelly Speaking at travel centres Nov 12 2016
  • A bus crash in Dominica left one cruise passenger dead and nine injured.
  • The World’s biggest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, was christened in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Holland America’s Koningsdam arrived in the USA.
  • Fred Olsen unveiled a revamped trade website
  • MSC Cruises appointed Thomas Cook regional manager Andrea Stafford as new head of retail.

Ireland

Meitheal 2017 will be held at a new venue, Punchestown, Co Kildare on March 29th & 30th 2017.

ClickandGo were ranked 15th in Deloitte’s ‘Fast 50’ list.

Deal watch

Topflight 5 day ski sale from today until midnight, November 17: 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Austria, Soll, Austria from €769pps, depart Dublin or Cork December 31. 7 nights self catering 3* Kolpinghaus Apartments, Kitzbuhel, Austria from €469pps, depart Dublin or Cork January 7 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Residence la Riviere, Chamonix, France from €499pps, depart December 24. 7 nights catered chalet 3* Chalet Bartavelle, Plagne, France from €799pps, depart December 31. 7 nights B&B 2* Hotel Arinsal, Arinsal, Andorra from €399pps, depart December 20. 7 nights self catering 2* Fontera Blanca Apartments, Andorra from €599pps, depart December 27. 7 nights half board 4* Hotel Piolets, Soldeu, Andorra from €749pps, depart January 22 2017. 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Alaska, Livigno, Italy from €769pps, depart December 24. 7 nights self catering 3* Living Chalet, Livigno, Italy from €399pps, depart January 14 2017. Visit topflight.ie or call 01 240 1700.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering a 3-day stopover in Cambodia on Vietnam tours and a 2 night Hong Kong stopover on tours of China and Burma. Book by November 30. Visit wendywutours.ie.

WOW air is offering fares from Dublin and Cork to Pittsburgh via Reykjavik from €129.99 on way. Visit wowair.ie.

Sunway offers: 15 day Dehli to Kathmandu G Adventure tour from €1,959pp. 7 nights Baltic capitals cruise on board MSC Fantasia from €989pp, depart May 7 2017. 9 nights Greece and Turkey cruise on board Royal Princess from €1,299pp incl. 2 night pre hotel stay in Athens, depart June 8 2017. 9 nights Abu Dhabi and Dubai cruise on board Celebrity Constellation from €1,150pp, depart December 9. 10 nights Western Caribbean cruise on board Oasis of the Seas from €1,299pp incl. 3 night pre cruise stay in Orlando, depart May 11 2017. 3 nights B&B 3* Olsanka Hotel, Prague from €174pp, depart February 6 2017. 2 nights B&B 3* Ranieri Hotel, Rome from €222pp, depart February 1 2017. 2 nights B&B 4* Ananas Hotel, Vienna from €269pp, depart February 1 2017. 2 nights B&B 3* Comfort Paris Lafayette, Paris from €199pp, depart February 3 2017. 2 nights B&B 4* Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, Budapest from €229pp, depart February 3 2017. Visit sunway.ie or call 01 231 1800.

falcon-deal-watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise Club, Costa Teguise from €479pp, depart Shannon May 29 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Labranda Oasis Mango Los Cristianos, Lanzarote from €679pp, depart November 22. 14 nights half board 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €799pp, depart December 30. 14 nights half board 3* Barcelo Margaritas, Playa De Ingles, Gran Canaria from €1,299pp, depart December 31. 7 nights all inclusive 3* Catalonia Punta Del Rey, Las Caletillas, Tenerife from €399pp, depart January 13 2017. 7 nights all inclusive 3* IFA Interclub Atlantica, San Agustin, Gran Canaria from €449pp, depart January 14 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Ola Aptos Bouganvillia, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €399pp, depart Cork May 9 2017. 7 nights self catering 2* Lanzarote Paradise Club, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €479pp, depart Shannon May 29 2017. 7 nights self catering 3* Icandy Apartments, Malia, Crete from €409pp, depart June 11 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 3* Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,459pp, depart June 8 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Catalonia Riviera Maya, Mexico from €1,589pp, depart June 14 2017. Visit falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

thomson-deal-watchThomson offers: 7 nights full board Canarian Flavours cruise on board Thomson Majesty from €829pps, depart January 6 2017. 4 nights half board Hotel Nerja Club, Costa Del Sol from €439pps, depart Cork November 20. 4 nights half board Hotel Angela, Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol from €539pp, depart Cork December 1. Tenerife flight only from €149, depart January 13 2017. Gran Canaria flight only form €199, depart December 31. Lanzarote flight only from €179, depart January 29 2017. 14 nights all inclusive 5* Hotel Suite Princess, Playa Taurito, Gran Canaria from €1,529pps, depart December 31. 7 nights self catering Villa Mandi, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife from €489pps, depart January 6 2017. 7 nights half board Hotel Natura Palace, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote form €759pps, depart February 5 2017. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Ocho Rios, Pefkos, Jamaica from €1,660pps, depart June 8 2017. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Lupita, Playacar, Mexico from €1,699pps, depart June 14 2017. 7 nights half board Fiesta Hotel Milord, San Antonio Bay, Ibiza from €589pps, depart June 15 2017. Visit thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

tourism-ni-deal-watchTourism NI offers: 1 night B&B Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry from £69.50pps incl. signature cocktail and sweet platter on arrival and four-course dinner or afternoon tea with Prosecco, valid until November 30, call 028 71 140300. 2 nights Canal Court Hotel & Spa, Co Down from £130pps incl. bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, dinner on evening of your choice in Old Mill Restaurant, valid until November 30, call 028 30 251234. 1 night B&B Ballygally Castle Hotel, Co Antrim from £140 per room incl. Game of Thrones themed afternoon tea and complimentary car parking, valid until November 30, call 028 28 581066. 1 night B&B Clayton Hotel, Belfast from £122 per room incl. champagne cocktail on arrival, £10 gift voucher for Victoria Square and use of leisure facilities, valid until November 30, call 028 90 328511. 1 night B&B Everglades Hotel, Derry from £95 per room incl. complimentary city tour, valid until November 30, call 028 71 321066. 2 nights B&B Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Chalets, Co Fermanagh from £99pps incl. four course dinner on evening of your choice and use of health club, valid until November 30, call 028 66 323481.

westbury-deal-watchThe Westbury is offering a Christmas afternoon tea from €47pp, with Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV or Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV from €59pp, with Dom Pérignon Champagne from €90pp. Available from November 14 to January 7 2017. Call 01 646 3311.  The hotel is also offering a pantomime package from €520, call 01 646 3333.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights self catering 4* Sunset Beach Club Apartments, Benalmedena, Costa Del Sol from €299pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in Deccember. 7 nights B&B 4* Diverhotel Lanzarote Hotel, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote from €379pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel in December. 3 nights B&B 3* Mariano Hotel, Rome from €149pps incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in December. 3 nights 4* Ivbergs Premium Hotel, Berlin from €199pp incl. return flights, airport taxes and charges, travel in December. Visit clickandgo.com or call 01 539 7777.

ITAA Leaving Cert holidays offers: 7 nights self catering Minos Village, Agia Marina, Greece from €599ps incl. return flights, private transfers and hand baggage, depart July 3 2017. 7 nights self catering Deya Apartments, Santa Ponsa from €449.87pps incl. transfers and return flights ex Cork, depart July 19 2017. 8 days Thailand Highlights Tour from €1,490pps incl. flights, accommodation, selected meals and tours, depart July 14 2017.

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TDactive Holidays offers: 11 nights B&B Costa Rice from €2,599pps incl. return flights, transfers and a guide, depart June 6 2017. 13 nights B&B Sri Lanka from €2,549pp incl. return flights, transfers and a guide, depart November 4 2017. 15 nights B&B Vietnam from €1,999pp incl. return flights, transfers and a guide, depart May 16 2017. Visit tdactiveholidays.ie/explore/ or call 01 637 1633.

Insight Vacations is offering 10 days easy pace Italy from €2,215pps incl. flights, transfers and accommodation. Depart March 12 2017. Visit insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

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