NEW YORK -- Seeking strength in numbers, 11 luxury hotel properties
in Ireland banded together to court upscale U.S. travelers.
Although the new Ireland -- The Luxury Partnership group will
focus on incentive travel and corporate meetings, attention also
will be paid to the golf, independent leisure and entertainment
Member hotels include The Merrion Hotel, Conrad Hotel and
Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin and The Culloden, in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, as well as countryside properties The Killarney
Park Hotel, Sheen Falls Lodge, Mount Juliet, Hayfield Manor, Glenlo
Abbey, Dromoland Castle and The K-Club, which will host the Ryder
Cup in 2006.
"It is our intent to increase Ireland's market share of
international high yield business so that in the long-term we all
benefit," said Padraic Gilligan, director of destination management
company Delaney Marketing Group, in a statement.
Ireland -- The Luxury Partnership plans to visit customers in
New York, Connecticut, Boston and Philadelphia starting next month,
and will participate in Tourism Ireland's incentive travel buyers'
dinner in Chicago on April 10.
For more information, visit www.irelandluxury.com on the Web, or contact Travel
Trade Marketing (USA) in Dallas at [email protected] or