TRAVELED: CIE Tours created the
Irish Interlude, a seven-night escorted tour spotlighting Ireland's
Northwest and West coast, including the lesser-traveled counties of
Antrim, Derry, Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Tyrone and Monaghan.
Departures will operate
weekly on Saturdays and most Mondays from March 19 through October
29, priced from $1,508 per person, double, including air from New
York (Kennedy) or Boston; or from $1,537 per person, double, from
Chicago. The cost covers first-class hotel accommodations, full
breakfast daily, six dinners, sightseeing, government taxes, and
hotel service charges. For more on CIE -- which pays agents 10% on
land and varying commissions on air -- or a full itinerary, call (800)
CIE-TOUR or visit www.cietours.com.
ONLINE: The South Belfast
Partnership Board launched a Web site devoted to south Belfast, VisitSouthBelfast.com, featuring sections covering the
cultural attractions and art galleries; boutique shopping, cafes
and restaurants; parks and outdoor spaces; nightlife and hotels.
Speaking at the launch Gerry Doherty, CEO of South Belfast Partnership
said, "Tourism is Belfast's fastest growing industry and forms a
vital part of the south Belfast economy, both in terms of the
revenue it generates and the jobs it sustains"
RESULTS: The Northern Ireland
Tourist Board (NITB) anticipates a 6% increase in visitor arrivals
for 2004, with total visitors expected to exceed 2 million for the
first time. In addition, holiday visits are expected to increase by
14%, to about 406,000, mainly from North America, Great Britain and
the Republic of Ireland. According to the NITB, for North America "visitor numbers
show a healthy recovery of 25%."
MORE PORK FOR
CORK: Tourism minister John
O'Donoghue announced additional funding of about $1.99 million for
Cork 2005, Cork's coming role as the European Union capital of
culture for 2005, bringing the government's support of the program
to about $10.4 million. The additional funding will be directed
toward "a number of events as well as some special events that will
attract large numbers of visitors to the city," according to
O'Donoghue. For more details on Cork 2005, visit www.cork2005.ie.