or the past several days we've been
reporting on our editor in chief's trip to the U.K. with the 2001
Travel Leaders Summit. The delegation, at the request of the
British Tourist Authority, embarked on a hoof-and-mouth
fact-finding mission and came up with some ideas to spur travel.
Nadine Godwin traveled to Scotland and England, and visited the
tourism destinations hardest hit by a drop in arrivals. She met
with local tourism officials and with top-level elected officials
including Prime Minister Tony Blair.
This week, we are happy to be sending a reporter to Ireland,
along with a contingent of U.S. travel agents and several
representatives from ASTA, including Bill Maloney.
From Travel Weekly, Laura Del Rosso will join the group, which
is being hosted by the Irish Tourist Board. Laura is our San
Francisco bureau chief and a longtime reporter of retail
They'll start the trip in Dublin, meeting with tourism
executives and officials, then move west to Shannon and the
Like their British counterparts, the Irish are eager to show
travel agents and journalists that the countryside is open and that
travelers should have no anxiety about visiting.
It's the right thing to do, and I believe it will go a long way
toward improving trade and consumer awareness.
Check our home page and news pages for Laura's report on the
trip early next week.
Dublin is a fun town, but the Irish countryside is truly
incredible. I've seen just a little of it, but I will never forget
landing at Shannon Airport and looking out the window across the
emerald green landscape. It was the most beautiful shade of green I
had ever seen -- almost mesmerizing.
And that was on a cold, overcast day in February. I can only
imagine what it must look like in May, or June or September. I hope
one day to find out.
Donna Tunney is executive editor of Travel Weekly, Travel
Weekly Crossroads and Travel Management Daily.