Travel Weekly's Ireland E-letter: June 16, 2005

GREEN BACKS: Ireland- and agent-only operator Sceptre Tours is helping agents buck dollar-vs.-euro exchange-rate woes with guaranteed $623 net rates on November departures of its   four-night Sights and Sounds Pub Tour package. The per-person $623 net rate is valid for 13 departure dates throughout November and includes roundtrip airfare to Ireland from New York or Boston; two night accommodations each at the Galway City Hotel and Dublin City Hotel; private coach with guide; two dinners and daily breakfast; and sightseeing at in Dublin, the Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher and more. Visit www.sceptretours.com or call (800) 221-0924.

FOREIGN TRADE: Visit Dublin Tourisms travel trade-specific Web site at http://trade.visitdublin.com/trade for industry insights, statistics, contacts and more. The site also offers online registration for Dublin Tourism membership. Then, check out www.dublingifts.com for a selection of Dublin Tourism travel guides in four languages.

NEW AER: TNT Vacations launches its previously announced, seasonal non-stop charter flights via Ryan International Airways June 19 from Boston to Dublin and Shannon, Ireland. Priced from $199 per person, one-way, the flights to Shannon operating through Sept. 12 will depart Boston on Sundays and Thursdays, with return service on Mondays and Fridays; similarly priced service to Dublin to run July 2 to Sept. 4 will be offered on Saturdays and will return on Sundays. Call (888) GO-TNT-GO or visit tntvacations.com.

 

INN-SIDE STORY: Designer hotel The G (www.monogramhotels.ie) 10 minutes walk from Eyre Square in Galway is ready to open featuring 100 deluxe rooms, including three individually designed suites & The new 20-bedroom, two-suite Vaughan Lodge (www.vaughanlodge.ie) brings four-star quality to Lahinch in County Clare this month; nightly rates are 105 euros (about $129), double, through Oct. 5 and 85 euros ($105), double, from Oct. 6 to March 6, 2006.

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