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Volume 17. Issue 45. 19th June 2017. View Online
Super Aer Lingus window of the week competition - This is the last week!

This is the last week of the super Aer Lingus competition ‘Window of the Week’.   Jenny Rafter and Ivan Beacom (Aer Lingus) distributed over 100 point of sale display stickers to agents who signed up to participate in this initiative.   The guys were out and about looking for the best retail windows, doors and utilisation of the Aer Lingus display material over the last 5 weeks and again this week to look for the final winner.   Each winning agency will receive a €100 one4all voucher with the overall winner at the end of the campaign winning two return tickets to Hartford Connecticut!

Jenny Rafter (Aer Lingus) and Yvonne Muldoon (Director of Sales Aer Lingus) at the Cassidy Travel office
Jenny Rafter (Aer Lingus) and Yvonne Muldoon (Director of Sales Aer Lingus) at the Cassidy Travel office
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - Where is Hartford?

Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut with a population of 124,000, making it Connecticut's third-largest city after the coastal cities of Bridgeport and New Haven.   Hartford is nicknamed the "Insurance Capital of the World", as it hosts many insurance company headquarters and insurance is the region's major industry.   The city was founded in 1635 and is among the oldest cities in the United States.   It is home to the Mark Twain House where the author wrote his most famous works and raised his family, among other historically significant attractions.

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Great location...Hartford (Bradley Airport) is an ideal base for seeing Connecticut
Great location...Hartford (Bradley Airport) is an ideal base for seeing Connecticut
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - Winner week 5...Rose Kane (Kane’s Travel)

Rose Kane (Kane’s Travel in Longford) is the 5th winner in the Aer Lingus window of the week competition highlighting Aer Lingus to Hartford Connecticut direct service from Dublin.   Rose wins the €100 one4all voucher and she will keep her fingers crossed for the two return tickets to Hartford at the end of the promotion!   The winner of the tickets will be announced next week on Travelbiz.

Ivan Beacom (Aer Lingus) presents €100 one4all voucher to Rose and Anne Kane (Kanes Travel)
Ivan Beacom (Aer Lingus) presents €100 one4all voucher to Rose and Anne Kane (Kanes Travel)
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - What to see in Connecticut...The state

Connecticut is a U.S. state in southern New England that has a mix of coastal cities and rural areas dotted with small towns.   Mystic is famed for its Seaport museum filled with centuries-old ships, and the beluga whale exhibits at Mystic Aquarium.   On Long Island Sound, the city of New Haven is known as the home of Yale University and its acclaimed Peabody Museum of Natural History.

New Haven
New Haven
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - Winner week 4...Grenham Travel

The ladies in Grenham Travel won week 3 in the competition.   Of course they won a €100 one4all voucher and in with a chance to win 2 tickets to Hartford.

Ivan Beacom (Aer Lingus) presents Grenham Travel with their €100 one4all voucher
Ivan Beacom (Aer Lingus) presents Grenham Travel with their €100 one4all voucher
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - What to see in Connecticut...The Casinos

Home to some of the first and largest casinos in America, Connecticut is no stranger to gambling. With Foxwoods Resort and Casino, MGM Grand at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, there are plenty of options for casino excitement and entertainment.   Together with the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Foxwoods Resort and Casino’s central location in Mashantucket, Connecticut makes it a great place to spend a few nights.   Owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Foxwoods is North America's largest casino.   Foxwoods features six casinos, 7,000 slot machines, hundreds of table games, Keno, Bingo, poker and horseracing.   The resort complex is also home to three AAA Four-Diamond hotels, over 25 different restaurant choices, world-renowned spas, club BB, award-winning golf, a 1,400 seat Fox Theatre, and more.   Foxwoods also provides entertainment options that span from the biggest names in entertainment to championship boxing and everything in between.

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Frank Sinatra opened the Fox Theatre
Frank Sinatra opened the Fox Theatre
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - Winner of week 3...Centre Travel

Highlighting Aer Lingus to Hartford Connecticut direct service from Dublin, Ivan Beacom (Business Manager Europe Organised Leisure Sales at Aer Lingus) congratulated the Centre Travel team in Dundalk who were week 3 winners of The Aer Lingus window of the Week Competition highlighting Aer Lingus to Hartford Connecticut direct service from Dublin.   The ladies confirmed they will be eating and drinking the proceeds from the €100 one4all voucher and they will keep their fingers crossed for the two return tickets to Hartford at the end of the promotion!   Well ladies you will know this week.

Ivan Beacom (Aer Lingus) congratulates the Centre Travel team
Ivan Beacom (Aer Lingus) congratulates the Centre Travel team
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - What to see in Connecticut...the Mark Twain House

The Mark Twain House is the 25-room Victorian home where legendary author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), lived with his family from 1874 to 1891 and wrote his greatest works, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.   Recently named one of the Ten Best Historic Homes in the World by National Geographic, the house features interior decor designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including elaborate stencilling and carved woodwork.   Visit the Billiard Room where Twain did his writing and see the bed carved with angels where he slept. Collections include some 50,000 items belonging to the author and his family.

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Declan Kearney (Head of Communications Aer Lingus) with the guide in the Mark Twain House
Declan Kearney (Head of Communications Aer Lingus) with the guide in the Mark Twain House
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - What to see in Connecticut...Yale University

Tucked in the centre of New Haven sits prestigious Yale University which contributes significantly to the culture and atmosphere of the downtown area.   Yale’s impact is prevalent in the numerous brownstone buildings and unique old architecture sprinkled throughout the city.   Elm Street is constantly swarming with busy students scurrying to class or grabbing a bite to eat down Broadway. In addition, many of New Haven’s busy streets suddenly open up into the green campus parts of Yale.   Yale is a fascinating campus to see...similar to Trinity College Dublin, its campus runs through New Haven.   Whilst fees are around $40,000 per year, overseas students can benefit from significant reductions.   So all you budding students get going!

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Tradition is that you rub the toe of former Yale president Theodore Dwight Woolsey for good luck (see how polished the toe is!)
Tradition is that you rub the toe of former Yale president Theodore Dwight Woolsey for good luck (see how polished the toe is!)
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - Winner week 2...Andrew Lynch (Travel Advisors)

Andrew Lynch (Travel Advisors in Rathoath Co Meath) was the week 2 winner of window of the Week Competition highlighting Aer Lingus to Hartford Connecticut direct service from Dublin. Andrew had just made a booking to Hartford when Jenny Rafter (Aer Lingus) arrived to tell him the great news!   Andrew won a €100 one4all voucher and is now in with a chance of winning two return tickets to Hartford Connecticut with Aer Lingus!

Andrew Lynch (Travel Advisors in Rathoath Co Meath) celebrating his win
Andrew Lynch (Travel Advisors in Rathoath Co Meath) celebrating his win
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - What to see in Connecticut...The Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum

Submarines have fascinated people from Alexander the Great, the Beatles (remember Yellow Submarine?), Jules Verne to John Holland.   You'll find out why when you visit the USA’s finest displays and collections of America's submarine heritage.   It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artefacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history.   Aboard NAUTILUS, experience first-hand the thrill of being a submariner as you walk the decks that made naval history; the world's first nuclear powered vessel, first ship to go to the North Pole, and first submarine to journey 20,000 Leagues under the sea.   Explore the spaces where the crew of this amazing ship worked, ate, slept, and entertained themselves on their long voyages far beneath the ocean's waves.

The entrance to the Submarine Museum
The entrance to the Submarine Museum
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - Winner week 1... The Travel Broker

Clare Dunne's The Travel Broker won the first week prize of a €100 one4all voucher and is now in with a chance of winning two return tickets to Hartford Connecticut with Aer Lingus!   It won’t be long now!

Jenny Rafter (Aer Lingus) congratulates The Travel Broker
Jenny Rafter (Aer Lingus) congratulates The Travel Broker
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - What to see in Connecticut...Mystic Seaport

The Museum of America and the Sea in Mystic, Connecticut, is the largest maritime museum in the world.   It is notable for its collection of sailing ships and boats, and for the re-creation of the crafts and fabric of an entire 19th century seafaring village.   It consists of more than 60 original historic buildings, most of them rare commercial structures moved to the 17-acre site and meticulously restored.   Since the 18th century, this historic area has been a centre for shipbuilding.   Between 1784 and 1919, the golden age of American maritime enterprise, more than   600 vessels were constructed along the Mystic River.   Mystic Seaport completed the restoration of the CHARLES W.

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Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport
Aer Lingus Window of the Week Competition - What to see in Connecticut...Mashantucket Pequot Museum

We have all seen those cowboy and Indian TV shows and movies.   The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Centre, located near the tribe's Foxwoods Resort Casino, opened in 1998. The 308,000 sq ft (28,600 m2) facility was built at a cost of $193.4 million, largely funded by casino revenues.   The museum's permanent collection includes artefacts of Native American peoples of eastern North America from the 16th century to the 20th century, as well as commissioned art works and traditional crafts by modern Native Americans.   A series of interactive exhibits and life-size three-dimensional dioramas depicts the life and history of the Mashantucket Pequot and their ancestors from the last glacial period through modern times.   One highlight is a 22,000 sq ft walk-through re-creation of a coastal Pequot village around the year 1550, shortly before the first contact with Europeans.   The village is populated by 51 life-size figures of Indians engaged in activities such as building wigwams, sharpening arrows and weaving mats.   Well worth a visit.

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In the Mashantucket Pequot Museum
In the Mashantucket Pequot Museum
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