FALL: Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus is offering early
discount autumn fares to Ireland, starting at $194, one way, from
Boston and $204, one way, from New York (Kennedy). The special fall
Aerfares are available through Aug. 1 for travel in September and
early October. One-way fares to Shannon and Dublin for travel Sept.
6 to 30 are $214 from Boston and $244 from New York, and for
flights Oct. 1 to 15, $194 from Boston and $204 from New York. Some
restrictions apply. See www.aerlingus.com for more.
NEW CORK DIGS: Radisson SAS Hotels and Resorts
opened the new 129-room Radisson SAS Hotel and Spa Cork in Cork,
Ireland. The $45 million hotel the only hotel in Cork to have a
spa facility is the ninth Radisson SAS-branded property in Ireland.
On the site of the 19th Century Ditchley House, the hotel is spread
over 9 acres; all rooms offer WiFi Internet access. Its Retreat Spa
and Fitness Center features nine rooms for Elemis treatments;
hydrotherapy pool; gym with Precor equipment; and more. The hotel
lies just off the Cork-to-Waterford highway, 10 minutes from the
city center and airport. Rezidor SAS has 14 hotels in operation or
under development in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Open properties
include Radission SAS hotels in Dublin, Belfast, Athlone, Cork,
Galway, Letterkenny, Limavady, Limerick and Sligo, and Park Inns in
Dundalk and Muranny. Hotels under development include the Radisson
SAS Farnham Resort in Cavan; the Park Inn Ballinasloe; and the Park
Inn Newry. See www.rezidorsas.com.
TOUR-RIFIC: CIE Tours International debuted a
4-night escorted Taste of Ireland trip priced from $798 from New
York (Kennedy) or Boston. Land-only is available from $546.
Departures are slated Sept. 3 to Dec. 8, and Feb. 9 to April 27.
Rates cover airfare; sightseeing; 4 nights hotel accommodation;
breakfast daily; three dinners; flight bag, ticket wallet, luggage
tags and strap; and all taxes and service charges. The itinerary
takes in Dublin, Cashel, Blarney, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry and
the Clare coast. CIE is also offering air-inclusive, self-drive
vacations starting at $570 from New York or Boston, $592 from
Chicago, or $662 from Los Angeles, with travel Nov. 1 to Dec. 13
and Jan. 1 to Feb. 26. Prices are based on a minimum booking of 6
nights, with B&B accommodations, breakfast daily, Hertz rental
car, guidebook with pull-out map, discount booklet, and more. To
contact CIE which pays agents 10% on land and varying commissions
on air call (800) CIE-TOUR, send an e-mail to [email protected], or visit www.cietours.com.
FALL FAMS ON TAP: Brian Moore International Tours
is offering travel agents two Ireland Fall Fam Trips, with
departures in November and December. The first, the 4-night
Irelands Castles, costs $199 (land only) for existing customers,
and departs Nov. 18 and Dec. 2; the second, the 6-night
Undiscovered Ireland, is priced at $399 (land only) for existing
customers and departs Nov. 10 and 17, and Dec. 1. Rates include
first-class hotel accommodations; breakfast and dinner daily; a
medieval banquet (on Castles trip) or dinner and night at Cabra
Castle (on Undiscovered trip); educational seminar; sightseeing and
more. New agents pay $50 extra per trip, but receive a $50
commission coupon for their first booking. For more, visit www.bmit.com or call