Travel Weekly's Ireland E-Letter July 10, 2003

HOT SAVINGS: The Jurys Doyle Hotel Group is paying 8% commission on special High Seasons Hits rates available through Aug. 31 at three Dublin properties. Clients can stay at four-star hostelries, The Jurys Bullbridge Hotel or The Burlington, for 100 euros (about $113, at press time) per night, or the five-star The Berkeley Court for 110 euros (around $126.50); breakfast is not included. The rates are bookable via the GDSs, using code LW for the Berkeley Court or JD for the Bullsbridge or Burlington. For more information, visit www.jurysdoyle.com or call (800) 441-0521.

JEWEL OF A DEAL: Sceptre Ireland is paying agents 18% on group bookings of its "diamond package," the Treasures Tour. Priced from $999 for departures Nov. 14 to 21, the deal includes roundtrip air from New York (Kennedy), Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles or San Francisco; seven nights' accommodation, including a bed-and-breakfast, hotel, manor house and castle; daily breakfast; most dinners; motorcoach transport with guide; farewell gala dinner; and all transfers, services fees, hotel taxes, sightseeing and admission. For more information, call (800) 221-0924 or visit www.sceptreireland.com.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Agents specializing in Ireland might consider subscribing to "Ireland of the Welcomes," a full-color, glossy magazine published six times yearly by Irish tourism board Failte Ireland, Dublin. Established in 1952, the publication--with a readership of 100,000--features articles about the history, traditions and people of Ireland by some of the country's popular writers and photographers; the current July/August issue includes stories on Irish traditions, the National Botanical Gardens in Dublin, and County Clare-based artist Philip Brennan. To receive a free issue and/or subscribe, visit www.irelandofthewelcomes.com; U.S. subscriptions, normally $21 per year, cost $16 for Web site visitors who order a free copy and then opt to enroll. For more information call (800) 726-7207.

ONLINE E-DUCATION: Check out Tourism Ireland's Shamrock Club destination specialist Web site at www.shamrockclub.net/register. Once you've joined the program, you can log onto the site for access to five online education and certification modules and other interactive features. For more information, contact Tourism Ireland's John Daly at (212) 418-0835.

CALLING ALL CONVENTIONEERS: Plans are afoot for construction of a new conference center in the Irish capital. The Irish government authorized minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism John O'Donoghue to form a steering committee to draw up specifications for a state-of-the-art National Conference Centre in Dublin. Such a facility could generate $29 to $58 million in additional revenue from some 30,000 foreign convention visitors annually, "which would represent a very welcome boost for Irish tourism," said O'Donoghue. According to tourism board Failte Ireland, about 120,000 overseas visitors take part in conferences and meetings in Ireland annually, with Dublin the most popular host region.

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