Virgin Vacations is offering an
Irish fly-and-drive/bed-and-breakfast package priced from $849 for
trips Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, when booked by June 30. That rate -- per
person, based on double occupancy for departures from New York
(Kennedy) or Newark -- includes roundtrip air, six nights'
accommodations and a seven-day rental of an economy, manual car,
including taxes, unlimited mileage and insurance. Other sample
starting rates from U.S. cities include Philadelphia, $949; Atlanta
and Chicago, $1,099; Phoenix or Seattle, $1,149; Houston and
Minneapolis, $1,269; and Los Angeles or San Francisco, $1,409.
Travel agent commission is 10%. Other departure dates, gateways and
car types are available. Call Virgin Vacations at (888) 937-8474.
CALLING ALL GROUPS: Sceptre Ireland is pulling
out the stops to court group business. All groups that book with
the firm can receive up to 50% of any co-op advertising expenses;
also, each group that reaches the 25-person mark earns one free
air-and-land package. And all specialized itineraries are always
based on a net rate. The firm aims to quote group rates within one
hour, with air schedule, hotel location and detailed itinerary,
based on single and double occupancies and including any additional
sightseeing and other activities. For more information, call (800)
221-0924, Ext. 306, or e-mail [email protected].
CELTIC HAPPENINGS: Celtic Tours appointed Robin
Phillips as regional sales manager for Florida, Georgia, South
Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. Phillips will promote Celtic's
Ireland, Britain and European products while building and
reinforcing relationships with travel agencies in the Southeast.
Phillips most recently served for eight years as regional sales
manager for the southeast at CIE Tours. In other news, Celtic added
Germany to a destination roster that already includes Ireland,
Britain, Italy, France and Greece. In co-operation with Singapore
Airlines and the German National Tourist Organization, Celtic is
offering two independent Germany summer packages from $439 per
person, double, with departures through Sept. 30; agent pay is 10%.
For more information, call (800) 833-4373.
TOP O' THE WEB: Check out Tourism Ireland's
newly completed Shamrock Club destination specialist Web site at www.shamrockclub.net/register. Once you've joined, you
can log onto the recently upgraded 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)
THE ARTFUL LODGER: Chic Dublin hotels The
Merrion and The Clarence offer the best of both worlds with a
package pairing a stay at one hotel with a meal at the other. The
Art of Travel package -- priced at about $206 per person, double,
through March 31 -- includes one night's accommodation in a double
or twin room at either hotel, complete with Irish breakfast, plus
dinner for two at the brand-new Cellar Restaurant at The Merrion,
or The Tea Room at The Clarence. Rates include VAT of 13.5%, and
there's no service charge. Both hotels are well regarded by
Dubliners for their art collections; for example, the Merrion
boasts a private collection of 19th and 20th century Irish art. The
overnight package includes a gift of an art catalog from either
property. Commission information was not available at press time.
For reservations, contact either the Merrion at (011) 353-1
603-0600 or [email protected], or the Clarence at
(011) 353-1 407-0800 or [email protected].