Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport: Aer Lingus is increasing capacity to the US for winter.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Belfast, Cork and Shannon Airports to go forward in under 4m category in World Routes event in Barcelona

Get some late-summer sun during the last week of August in Gran Canaria.

Great Escapes: Plus €520 off a Maldives holiday, and a luxury break for dogs

Residents of La Barceloneta neighbourhood protest against “drunken tourism” in their neighbourhood, in Barcelona on August 12, 2017.  AFP Photo/Josep Lago

Airport security are on strike, and locals are protesting against tourist overcrowding

Travel can be stressful when things go wrong. Above, a scene from Midnight Express

Here’s how Irish consular services can help in the event of a death or arrest overseas

The state-owned carrier has been losing money for the past seven years. Photograph: Udo Weitz/UDO

New Hyatt hotels, Qatar wants visitors, US carriers denied fewer passengers

The Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy, home of Barolo wine. A chauffeur-driven tour will enable you to sample the best of the vineyards

We find the very best travel deals at home and abroad this week

Irish tour operators such as Cassidy Golf arrange trips abroad to competitions such as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Irish soccer fans make a huge impact on sports travel to Britain

Practise putting up a tent in the back garden and make sure to bring all pegs and ropes
Go camping in the wild

Travel advice: From Coillte’s seven sites in its forests to more structured camping and glamping, the choice is all yours

Air France has announced the launch of Joon, a new carrier due to begin services from the autumn. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Passengers using European hubs face immigration delays of up to four hours

No Irish airport has automated EU passport contol machines

Four automated border control gates closed in April

CasaVecchia at Montebuoni, near Siena, is reduced to €567 for a week.

We find this week’s bargains on breaks in Mexico, New York, Italy and beyond

A pet hate at reception is people checking in too early and looking to check out late

Clicking fingers, stealing food – hotel staff reveal the behaviour they find most annoying

Escape from it all. Photograph: Getty

Travel advice: Escape the noise by travelling alone

Already this year 500,000 Irish passports have been processed, an increase of 11 per cent on last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s peak season for the Passport Office. Is yours in date and in order? If not, read this

Lord Scoundrel winner of the Galway Plate 2016

Galway comes alive next week with seven days of top class racing, fashion, fun and entertainment. We’ve got the lowdown

Actor Gillian Anderson is among the celebrities seen auditioning in sketches in front of comedian Asim Chaudhry for BA’s new safety video. Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images

Gillian Anderson among figures in video supporting charities via Comic Relief

Escape the autumn blues with blues of another kind at the St James Club, Morgan Bay St. Lucia

Our weekly look at the best travel deals, from St Lucia to the Camino, villas in the Algarve, family fun in Dublin, the bay of Nap(...)

Cruise ship passing on the River Danube in Passau, Bavaria, Germany

Travel Advice: You can cruise from the North Sea to the Black Sea, across Northern Italy, down the Rhone and along the Douro and G(...)

The five-star Pestana Vila Sol, where couples can save €600 on a week’s luxury in the sun

Holiday savings and travel deals at home and abroad

Airlines looking up: The highest airfare rises will be in eastern Europe (7.1 per cent) while the lowest increases will be found in the US at 2.3 per cent. Photograph: Getty

Pilots agree to new Air France low-cost airline as automated planes become a reality

 Chefs Romuald Bukaty,  Killian Crowley and Michael Tweedie

Thousands entered the S. Pellegrino talent search for young chefs

The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, among the locations being damaged by climate change. Photograph: Sarah Lai/AFP/Getty Images

From the Great Barrier Reef to Venice, many tourist destinations are under serious threat

Ceiling detail at the Conrad hotel just off St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Irish hotels are looking good again after the dowdy years of recession

Lufthansa announced recently that it is to add a fourth daily service on its Dublin to Frankfurt route this winter. Photograph: Getty Images

Lufthansa doing well, virtual reality whiskey, drop the big bag, insurance sales up

The  entrance hall of the Adare Manor

JP McManus’s Adare Manor is staffing up with recruitment days in advance of November opening

Tune out to tune in: just stop for a minute – notice the sights, the scents, the local people<NO1> we can do is stop and enjoy the views<NO> going about their business. Photograph: Danita Delimont/Getty Images

Being culturally and socially aware is the start of being a responsible traveller

With the Citystasher app you can store your luggage in hotels or small shops. Photograph: iStock

Luggage lockers in London, an airport workout, 18 Irish hotels change hands

Ed Sheeran: hotel price rises around dates for seven Irish concerts in 2018. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Hotels in Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Galway are almost full for Sheeran’s 2018 tour dates

Pippa Middleton and  husband James Matthews: stayed at the Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff,  for the wedding of  college friend Camilla Campion-Awwad to Oliver Jenkinson. Photograph:  Provision

Celebrity couple treated ‘just like any other guests’ at €150-a-night Glengarriff hotel

Child-free zones: a wide range of options for those who prefer to holiday with adults. Photograph: Getty Images

A guide to the best child-free holiday destinations, both in Ireland and abroad

The traditional notice period for cancelling a hotel room had always been 24 hours. Now Marriott International is changing the period to midnight 48 hours before arrival

Send your baggage ahead, 48 hours to cancel hotel rooms, Etihad drops chauffeur service unless you pay for it, United’s Washington(...)

American Airlines and the Transport Security Administration are testing a new type of scanner at Phoenix Airport.

New scanners to speed up security, new routes from Ireland, Airport Distillery.

Lucinda Kelly of Popertee: “Many people shop online, and pop-ups are a way for brands to meet their customers.”  Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography.

New online firms bring commercial landlords and temporary tenants together

In Brazil, the sign for okay means an intimate part of the body and in Mexico to sex, in France it means zero

Travel advice: Mind your manners when travelling abroad

Renting a car can be vital for holidays so persist in finding the terms and conditions; they can be surprising

Travel advice: take due care and be aware of the bottom line

Most airlines charge for wifi, or it may be free in business class. Photograph: Getty Images/Westend61

Travel Advice: Some airlines offer high-speed wifi and allow for mobile calls to be made

KLM  offers travellers booking confirmation, check-in notification, boarding passes and flight status updates in 10 languages on Twitter and WeChat. Photograph:  Xtra Koen Suyk

Road Warrior: KLM speaks in tongues, with status updates in 10 languages

The London Pass includes entry to more than 70 attractions

Travel Advice: Cards offer a range of discounts for tourists

An Alitalia aircraft taking off. Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, is a 49 per cent stakeholder in the airline but is not expected to invest further. Photograph: Getty Images

An airline on the market, and Dublin and Cork airports in the running for awards

‘If the price of a property looks too low then there is a reason.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel Advice: Bear these tips in mind before booking accommodation online

The Saint Carthage will bring available Aer Lingus transatlantic seats to 2.5m this year over 11 routes

High-speed wifi at BA, Ryanair making friends and Cuba’s first luxury hotel

Reginald Street in the  historic Liberties area of Dublin. The Trips tour here brings visitors  on the hunt for the best sausage roll in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

The accommodation website launches service providing tours and activities

Driving abroad means you need to comply with the regulations of that country.

Regulations can vary from country to country, so be prepared and aware

Laptop X-ray:  It is estimated that 60-90 per cent of passengers carry  large portable electronic devices and a ban would require additional security staff at airports.  Illustration: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Fierce competition over routes ahead of Brexit and the robot suitcase that follows you

Repositioning cruises are  usually in spring and autumn. Photograph: Istock

Usually out of season and less crowded, repositioning cruises are priced below the normal rates

Road Warrior

Air France vs Porsche Cayenne, less baggage lost, Dublin 13th for conferences

Joan Scales with a GoCar.  The cars are a variety of Ford and Hyundai superminis and hatchbacks, and also a few  BMW i3 electric cars. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Opting for alternatives like GoCar, mytaxi and Dublin Bikes have proved cost-effective

Alltech co-founder Pearse Lyons at the Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin.  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Old St James’s Church the latest site as €10m-plus centre set to open in summer

The pool deck on Silver Muse.

With a butler at her disposal, Joan Scales is one of the first guests to try out a new cruise ship

Qantas will fly the first non-stop from London to Perth next March. The route will be the world’s third-longest.

Attend the IATA Hackathon, fly London to Perth and cycle around hotel rooms

There has been an upsurge in passport applications from outside Ireland and turnaround times are slowing down. Photograph: iStock

Online applications are most efficient and cheapest way to get or renew your passport

Plans for  bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Photograph: Getty

Esplorio and Vchain named as IAG start-up finalists

Titanic Quarter: the bustling Belfast area is set to get two new hotels as part of the city’s building boom.

More than 23 hotels in Belfast are under construction or being expanded

Lyme disease, or Borreliosis, is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of an ixodid tick

When outdoors take preventative measures against Lyme disease, spread by ticks

 Irish Exporters Association reports rise in demand for travel visas to China from Irish business travellers

Road Warrior: New aparthotels in Lyon, flight tracking at Malaysia Airlines and stopover lounges

British Airways will invest €400million in its Club World, long-haul business class product. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

Road Warrior: Free smartphones, BA investment and Emirates named top airline

July and August are usually very hot in southern Europe and you may spend more time avoiding the sun than in it if travelling with children. Photograph: Getty Images

Travel Advice: July and August holidays may not be ideal as Europe tends to be very hot

Etihad Airbus A330-200

Road Warrior: A lend of a laptop; 2,000 hotels for China; Boom supersonic gets closer; and craft beer on board

Motorists driving without the Crit’Air certificate will be fined on the spot, from €68 up to €135. Photograph: Getty

Paris, Grenoble and Lyon are to introduce emissions stickers for all vehicles

Agadir:  the main resort for tourism due to its pleasant climate

There is a high threat of terrorism but Irish authorities have not advised against going there

The Rocky Mountaineer with custom-built train coaches traverses the continental divide through the beautiful scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Photograph: Getty

Rail holidays are increasing in popularity and can take you to far-off climes in comfort

Ventura Design’s new showroom in Deansgrange  features an entire wall of upholstered headboards

Luxury headboards, NCAD glass works, and apartments at the Park, Kenmare

Hours after the US  banned electronic devices in cabins on flights from  eight countries in the Middle East and north Africa, Britain tightened airline security on flights from the same regions, banning laptops and tablet computers from  cabins. Photograph: Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images

Also: What do world road warriors worry about, American Airlines back to Ireland

Three sandwiches for 110 passengers? Surely some mistake BA.

Food or no food on board? Busy week in Ireland, and Ryanair take on Ukraine

Your key for theirs

Manhattan condo for your semi-d – home exchange sites open a whole new world

Children up to two years can usually travel for free or a percentage of the adult fare.

Travel advice: Get organised when planning a domestic or international flight

AirBnB has recently added Trips to its website

Sharing websites allow holidaymakers to meet locals and even rent their bikes

Aer Lingus:  IAG is to  lease  seven new Airbus long-range A321neos planes for the carrier. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Moxy of hotels from Marriott and examining the dark side of ‘hypermobility’

The former Stella cinema Rathmines. During its restoration cinema will be returned to its original style of one large venue distinguished by its decorative ceiling. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dublin venue to reopen with burlesque-luxe interior and cocktail bar after restoration

Guests at the Dean Hotel in Dublin often want to buy the beds and furniture

To give guests a good night’s sleep, Irish hoteliers look close to home for bedlinen

The tourist resort of Hurghada, Egypt, is still open to visitors. Photograph: Getty Images

It is worth doing some research and taking care before travelling to certain desinations

There are many companies today that specialise in arranging holidays for people who need mobility devices to get around. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Many resorts have made more of an effort to make their facilities wheelchair-friendly

The world’s longest non-stop flight of 14,535km between Doha and Auckland took 16 hours and 30 minutes

Road Warrior: card security breaches at IHG; Norwegian picks Providence; and spending on business travel in India

In 2016, air travel rose by   6 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

Road Warrior: incoming conference business could be worth €330m

Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara is the perfect place to holiday on the Wild Atlantic Way.

There are idyllic hideaways to suit most budgets in all parts of the country

Bright bags are easy to find in a baggage hall

Bags with spinner wheels are much easier to manoeuvre, and always check the unpacked weight

If you do want to take a punt at an upgrade, dress neatly, ask nicely and hope that the staff like you

British Airways’ sale until January 31st is famous, float out into the Caribbean Sea for a fraction of what it usually costs

 London City Airport: beginning its 30th year

Road Warrior: Aloft to open in Dublin, Norwegian considering Belfast

Last year was incredibly busy in the Passport Office, with substantial extra requests following Brexit. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

January is good time to think about getting prepared prior to planning your 2017 trips

United Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 14 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

Crazy hotel prices in Washington, new aircraft for United and more sky high wi-fi

Most airlines are having sales or offering special deals in the coming weeks. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

There’s no need to feel baffled by the array of offers available during this month’s sales

A record number of Irish people took trips last year, according to the Central Statistics Office. Photograph: Reuters

What to expect this year, travel insurance vital in advance, ride your carry-on

Where will you be holidaying this year? ‘Irish Times’ travel writers look into their crystal ball

If you arrive at your destination and your bag does not arrive on the same aircraft, you will have to contact the airline or ground handling agent

There are plenty of chances to misplace items, but also plenty of ways to recover them

Usera, Madrid: number 17 in Airbnb’s list of neighbourhoods to visit in 2017

The Dublin area came 15th on latest listing of top locations for 2017

The new nostalgia from M&S: Ruby 5 light cluster, €169; ruby table lamp, €53; Hayward side table, €339; round lace place mat (of 2) €21; Marigold tumbler (of 4) €35; Pippa floral bed linen, €67 per set.

Home Front: interiors, design, people, property

Ryanair is the only air carrier that insists that people must use a passport or passport card

IDs varying for passports to utility bills needed for citizens travelling between jurisdictions

Ryanair chief executive officer Michael O’Leary: among the CEO members of Airlines 4 Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Airlines 4 Europe discussed shrinking seat sizes and round the world fares

Tips to avoid having your valuables stolen  onboard an aircraft

Valuables being stolen on aircraft does happen, but the real danger zone is at security screening

British Airways aircraft at Heathrow Airport: BA cabin crew have voted in favour of strikes in a dispute over pay, said Unite. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

BA strike, Brussels Airlines takeover, first non-stop UK-Australia flight, no to Trump hotel

Some countries will require you to have at least six months’ validity on your passport from the last day of your journey. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Some countries are stricter than others, so do your research well in advance of your trip

Team building days are now on the menu at Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney

Polaris perks, standardised fares and adventure days out for staff

Dublin’s iconic Gresham Hotel: New owner Riu Hotels and Resorts, which bought the O’Connell Street institution for €93m, has planning permission for 140 additional bedrooms. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin’s hotel occupancy rate has been the highest ever in 2016, at 82%

There has been a dramatic increase in bus services worldwide and also in the quality of vehicles. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Travel Advice: Modern buses allow passengers to travel comfortably and at very good rates

A pan-African passport is expected to seriously boost air travel in the continent from 2018.

All-Africa passport, digital pills for passengers, falling hotel rates in Brexitland

I have heard of cases of people’s cards being blocked for weeks.

Watch out for blocks on cards for amounts to pay hotel bills and car rental deposits

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