Travel Weekly's Ireland E-letter: May 12, 2005

ONLINE AIDE: Agent- and Ireland-only tour operator Sceptre Tours added a Live Support chat feature for its Emerald Agent partners to the travel agent section at The feature can be accessed by clicking an icon at the top right corner of the agent section, which opens an instant communication chat window that remains open for the duration of a booking. Live Support is available during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST) on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit or call (800) 221-0924.


INN-SIDE STORY: A new 90-room Courtyard by Marriott ( will open just outside Galway later this year & The 5-star Conrad Hotel ( in Dublin underwent $15 million in refurbishment & The 4-star Silver Springs Moran Hotel ( in Cork also has undergone a rehab, to the tune of some $43 million & The Fitzpatrick Hotel Group is plowing $20 million into an expansion of its Dublin designer hotel property, The Morgan (, adding 40 new deluxe guestrooms, five boardroom-style meetings rooms and 15 self-catering suites.

MEET 'N GREET: The Merrion Hotel in Dublin is peddling a special summer meetings offer at 75 euros (or about $97.50) per person. The rate, available in July and August, includes free, high-speed/broadband Internet and access to WiFi service; free selection of newspapers; flip chart and screen; mid-morning refreshment break with a selection of teas, coffee, homemade cookies and fresh fruit; working lunch; and afternoon refreshment break, in the terraced gardens, with homemade lemonade and ice pops. The Merrion has six air-conditioned meetings rooms for 12 to 60 people (theater or boardroom style). Contact Suzanne Meade at (011) 353-1 603-0600 or [email protected], or The Leading Hotels of the World at (800) 223-6800 and The Merrions Web site is

NEW FACES: Speaking of meetings and greetings Tourism Ireland has appointed Matthew McElroy, formerly of Continental Airlines, as its new Business Tourism Manager in New York, responsible for the meetings, incentives and conference markets &  Aer Lingus said Dermot Mannion last with Emirates Airlines will take over as its new CEO come August, replacing the legendary Willie Walsh, whos moved on to British Airways.

FORE: Destination Golf, New York, is peddling a seven-night package to the 2006 Ryder Cup golf tournament, to be held at The K-Club ( in County Kildare, Sept. 22 to 24, 2006. The land-only itinerary includes accommodations at the Clontarf Castle Hotel (; golfing at the Royal Dublin, Seapoint and St. Margarets Golf and Country Club courses; three days at the Ryder Cup; and guided sightseeing tours for non-golfers. For more details and pricing, call (800) 441-9329 or send an e-mail to [email protected]


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