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1st December 2021 - 12:15pm

The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane

The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane

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In the week before the US’ Thanksgiving holiday, the Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane. It was just 10 days since the US borders reopened to Ireland and so there is much to be thankful for.

 

Rather than checking upto date numbers on the news, I spotted a video of families finally reunited after a long 20 months, of grandparents meeting grandchildren for the first time, the bear hug at the airport that lasted minutes not moments. This is why travel is so important, safe travel. And a theme from airlines and suppliers across the board is what’s been done to protect travellers.

 

We had Aer Lingus, British Airways, Delta Airlines and United Airlines all with updates on routes stateside. Whether motivated by reuniting with loved ones or setting off on an adventure, America does it big.

 

Brand USA took to the stage and detailed their remit as a destination marketing organisation for the United States with their mission of increasing international visitation, spend, market share and to enhance the image of the USA worldwide.

 

Brand USA’s Discovery Program is their official online training tool detailing destinations and experiences in the USA. Travel agents can register HERE with over 50+ modules. Along with becoming an expert and staying informed there are also perks for agents too.

 

Visit Tampa Bay on Florida’s Gulf Coast is described as Florida’s most diverse travel destination. Travel agent training website is HERE and to find out dining, events & culture to add to a Florida itinerary, check out HERE. Top tip from Josephine Ando is to get the Tampa Bay CityPass which gives you access to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Zoo Tampa as well as aquariums and other attractions. It provides considerable savings.

 

Philip Britton presented on Kennedy Space Centre (KSC), advising it is just an hour from Orlando with general admission providing access to Heroes & Legends featuring the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Rocket Garden, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Shuttle Launch Experience, The KSC Bus Tour featuring the Apollo/Saturn V Center, IMAX 3D space films and you can upgrade to 'Dine with an Astronaut!'. Given my 2 year old only wants to be a rocket and will happily watch 20 minute launch videos this is on my bucket list for him.

 

Colorado, known for vast prairie grasslands, majestic mountains, rushing rivers to desert landscapes, is unlike anywhere else. The highest-altitude state in America offers a wide selection of wildlife and natural wonders as well as rich cultural heritage found in frontier forts, narrow-gauge railways, mining museums, dinosaur fossils, ancient cliff dwellings and in the art of the American Indians.

 

The city of Denver in Colorado, is a vibrant, outdoor city at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains. With 300 annual days of sunshine, The Mile High City is a great year-round destination that combines its rich Western heritage and passion for the outdoors with urban excitement.  Just 37-minutes by train from Denver Int. Airport, this makes it a walkable city centre. Experience farm-to-table restaurants, brewpubs, professional sports, shopping, arts and culture in the city center, all connected by the 16th Street Mall free shuttle. Explore the Denver Art Museum, shop at the iconic Rockmount Ranch Wear, head on the Denver Beer trail, to Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre or take a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

Tony Lane informed the audience that New England covers 6 states, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont with Boston being the largest city. Known as the birthplace of America, the region is steeped in history and culture, and boasts lively contemporary cities and towns, as well as legendary outdoor recreation opportunities in all four seasons. Getting to New England is easy with Aer Lingus routes to Boston from Dublin and Shannon. Delta Air Lines also has a seasonal daily route from Dublin to Boston in 2022.

 

Aer Lingus presented on the new US schedule for 2022 with flights from Dublin to Boston and Chicago, both 7 per week increasing to 14 and 12, respectively in summer 2022.

 

Ivan Beacom updated attendees on Aer Lingus’ plans for 2022 starting with Dublin. Los Angeles will start from 11 March and will be daily from April. New York will have routes to JFK (14 flights a week) and Newark (7). Orlando commences next week (27 Nov) with 3 flights weekly (5 in summer 2022). Flights to San Francisco commence 22 Dec to 12 January starting with 6 per week), till 25 Feb (4 per week) to 27 March (7 per week). Seattle starts from 9 April with 5 flights per week and over the Canadian border, Toronto route operates 4 times a week (extra over Christmas) increasing to 7 per week for summer 2022. Washington DC currently has 7 flights a week.

 

Aer Lingus also detailed two routes from Shannon: Boston starting 27 March (7 per week) and New York (JFK) from 10 March (7 per week).


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The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane
The Visit USA Committee in Ireland hosted a trade event in the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane

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