Travel Weekly's Ireland E-letter: Nov. 18, 2004

BMIT ON SITE: Brian Moore International Tours' U.S. national sales force conducted an annual sales meeting and hotel site inspection tour in Ireland. The four-person team visited Waterford, Blarney, Killarney, Galway and Limerick to inspect hotel properties included in BMIT's 2005 programs. The sales force consists of Neil Rodgers, Northeast sales manager ([email protected]); Josanne Swain, mid-Atlantic ([email protected]); Jane Allen, West Coast, ([email protected]) and Ian Dowrey, inside sales manager, ([email protected]). In other news, to celebrate its 30th anniversary BMIT will offer discounts of $130 on escorted tours. For more information on BMIT which pays commissions starting at 10% visit www.bmit.com online.

OFF SEASON, ON SALE: CIE Tours International offers an six-night, escorted Irish Spirit tour priced from $952, including airfare from New York, Boston, or Baltimore. Although departures run weekly all year, the lowest prices are available through Dec. 11 and from Jan. 19 to April 29. While the budget tour takes in all top Irish sights from Dublin and Blarney to the Ring of Kerry and Connemara luggage lugging is limited: The tour consists of just three two-night hotel stays, at the Mespil Hotel, Dublin; Killarney Towers Hotel; and Corrib Great Southern Hotel or Salthill Hotel in Galway.  Tour prices also include full Irish breakfast daily; five dinners; a deluxe flight bag and more. To contact CIE which pays agents 10% on land and varying commissions on air   call (800) CIE-TOUR or visit www.cietours.com.

AWAY THEY GO: Three top Aer Lingus executives including CEO Willie Walsh tendered their resignations Nov. 16, effective next May, to the chairman of the Irish flag carrier, which is remaking itself in the image of the low-cost competition. Along with Walsh, chief operations officer Seamus Kearney and chief financial officer Brian Dunne resigned. There was no word on what prompted the departures, but the three reportedly had led an unsuccessful management buy-out of the company. Walsh is credited with having turned around Aer Lingus, which saw losses of nearly $200 million two years ago but made a profit of $89 million in 2003. For more, visit www.aerlingus.com.

IRELAND ON SALE: Sceptre Tours put 2005 departures of its comprehensive Treasures Tour on sale at a land-only price of $880, net, per person. That rate gets clients seven nights in a variety of accommodations including a manor home and a five-star castle five dinners, daily Irish breakfast, motorcoach transfers, and more. And agents who make bookings totaling more than $750 with Sceptre through Dec. 31 qualify for $25 in "Sceptre cash" to use as they desire. For more, visit www.sceptretours.com or call (800) 221-0924.
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