Dr. Wilda Reviews: Ireland as a value vacation destination

31 Dec

Moi was invited to the “Jump into Ireland” presentation which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. The presentation included a complimentary no host bar including Guinness and other beers along with dinner which showcased Irish food and consisting of:

Salmon Irish Soda Bread Scones Lamb Stew Roasted Potatoes Cabbage Corned Beef An assortment of Irish Cheese and Butter An assortment of deserts including Guinness Chocolate and Cheese Cake

Information about Ireland can be found at “Jump into Ireland”: http://www.ireland.com/en-us/campaign/jump-into-ireland/

The headline of the presentation was no matter the number of stars one wants for their accommodation, Ireland delivers value from three stars to five stars at a price which is lower than continental Europe or Britain. A three star bed and breakfast starts at about $80 a night. The presentation emphasized the different regions of Ireland and the”Wild Atlantic Way” which is the longest designated driving route in the world. Another Highlight was Irish Design 2015 which is described as:

Irish Design 2015 is the start of a job creation journey exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design and designers through events and activities on the island of Ireland and internationally…. http://www.dccoi.ie/year-of-irish-design-2015

Irish Design 2015 is a year of activities and presentations. Another interesting tidbit was Belfast’s association with the Titanic. Both Waterford Crystal and Guinness have stunning visitor centers. Belleek Pottery is one of the oldest working potteries in the world and has been in operation since 1857.

Getting to Ireland from the West Coast is easy with non-stop Aer Lingus service to Dublin from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Dublin service on Ethiopian Airlines. Ireland is a perfect vacation for the value conscious who want the European experience with great value and a choice of venues from urban sophistication, village, rural, or a golf experience. For those interested in fishing and hunting, one can also have those experiences. Accommodation ranges from bed and breakfast to castles and everything in between. The key word is value.

Because of the value, no matter how many stars wants for their accommodation, Dr. Wilda gives the presentation a thumbs up.

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There are several US partners to the “Jump into Ireland” campaign:

Brendan Vacations – Whitney Ramirez wramirez@brendanvacations.com l (800) 687-1002 l http://www.brendanvacations.com

CIE Tours International – Angela Restivo a.viscito@cietours.com l (214) 809-6257 l http://www.cietours.com

Isle Inn Tours – Michael Hawe mike@isleinntours.com l (703) 683-4800 l http://www.isleinntours.com

Sceptre Tours – Bonnie Garret bgarrett@sceptretours.com l (800) 221-0924 l http://www.sceptretours.com

Premier Golf – Bill Hogan bill.hogan@premiergolf.com l (866) 260-4409 l premiergolf.com

Specialized Travel Services – Katie Daly Katie.Daly@special-ireland.com l (800) 664-7474 l http://www.special-ireland.com

Island of Ireland Based Partners:

Ballinahinch Castle – Carol Hinch carol@ballynahinch-castle.com l +353 (95) 31006 l http://www.ballynahinch-castle.com

B&B Ireland – Helena Healy hhealy@bandbireland.com l +353 (71) 98 22222 l http://www.bandbireland.com

Guinness Storehouse – Fiona Herald Fiona.herald@diageo.com l http://www.diageo.com

Shelbourne Hotel – Sheila O’Sullivan sheila.osullivan@renaissancehotels.com l +353 (1) 663 4500 l http://www.renaissancehotels.com

Adams & Butler – Hallmark of Luxury Travel – Siobhan Byrne Learat Siobhan@adamsandbutler.com l +353 (1) 288 9355 l http://www.adamsandbutler.com

House of Waterford Crystal – David Mc Coy david.mccoy@wwrd.com l http://www.wwrd.com

Secret Ireland Escapes – Mark O’Dwyer mark@luxuryyachtingireland.com l http://www.luxuryyachtingireland.com

Ireland’s Blue Book – Michelle Maguire Michelle@irelandsbluebook.com l +353 (1) 676 9914 l http://www.irelandsbluebook.com

Ashford Castle – Regina O’Donoghue Sales@ashfordcastle.com l +353 (94) 9546003 l http://www.ashfordcastle.com

Railtours Ireland First Class – Jim Deegan jim@railtoursireland.com l +353 (1) 856 0045 l http://www.railtoursireland.com

Lough Eske Castle, A Solis Hotel & SPA – Sean Carney sean.carney@solishotels.com l +353 (74) 97 25100 l http://www.solishotels.com

Monart Hotel & SPA Liam Anthony Griffin liamagriffin@griffingroup.ie l +353 (53) 92 38999 l http://www.griffingroup.ie

Northern Ireland Based Partners:

Fermanagh Lakelands Tourism/Lough Erne Golf Resort – Andrew Phelan & Tanya Cathcart apelan@Loughernresort.com l tanya@fermananaghlakelands.com +44 (0) 28 6632 3110 http://www.fermanaghlakelands.com

National Trust Northern Ireland – Gillian Little gillian.little@nationaltrust.org.uk l +44 (0) 28 9751 2365 l http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ni

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