Travel Weekly's Ireland E-letter: May 27, 2004

MORE, MERRIER: Brian Moore Int'l Tours (BMIT) added a second departure to its Everlasting Ireland Fall Fam Trip for travel agents. The additional three-night fam trip departs New York and Boston on Nov. 18 and is priced at $399. The cost covers three nights' hotel in Shannonside, with breakfast daily; roundtrip airfare on Aer Lingus; three evening dinners, including a medieval banquet; services of a tour director and a BMIT rep; and a Selling Ireland seminar. An extensive sightseeing program takes in Killarney, Blarney, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Galway and Bunratty Village. Space is limited; retailers can reserve their place with a $100 deposit. Visit www.bmit.com or call (800) 982-2299.

PUB-LICITY: In product news, BMIT also is offering a 4-night Irish pub tour priced from $599 for travel Nov. 3 to March 29, when purchased by June 15. The deal includes airport transfers, escorted motorcoach sightseeing with a tour director, first-class hotel accommodations, full Irish breakfast daily (except the morning of arrival), two dinners, a farewell Irish coffee reception, attraction entrance fees, tips for baggage handling, taxes and hotel gratuities (except the tour director tip), and travel items, including flight bag, passport case, luggage tags and itinerary.

NEW PITCH: Tourism Ireland and Aer Lingus are teaming today in Baltimore to give away a free Irish vacation for two to a lucky baseball fan attending the Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees game at Camden Yards. We'll provide details about the winner in next week's Ireland E-letter.

NEW ROUTES: On May 31, Aer Lingus starts service on three new routes linking Dublin with Copenhagen, Denmark; Warsaw, Poland; and Dubrovnik, Croatia. The three new destinations join routes already launched in 2003 from Dublin to Berlin; Venice; Toulouse and Lyons, France; Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland; and Valencia and Bilbao, Spain, as well as from Cork to Alicante and Barcelona in Spain and Milan, Italy. For more information, visit www.aerlingus.com.

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