Visit USA Ireland Newsletter Address from the Chairman: Hello and ...


Visit USA Ireland Newsletter Address from the Chairman: Hello and ...

Address from the Chairman:

Hello and Welcome to our October Newsletter,

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With the Autumn fast upon us, I am sure that all our members are enjoying the last impressions of

summer. Before I mention what's coming up this month I wanted to let you know that the past 3

weeks have been all business here in Ireland. Brigid and I embarked on a 7 full day USA Road Trip

around Ireland visiting 93 Travel Agents to actively promote our members services.

The trip offered a great insight into how Agents are promoting the USA. Many Agents were truly

engaging and very positive about 2010 business. Cruising appeared to be extremely popular and I

would certainly recommend to all of our members to see how they can benefit their business by

offering pre and post stay packages. Additionally twin centre holidays are selling well with Fly-

Drive also popular.

On completion of our VISIT USA Road Show we returned to a very busy week with our USA

Training Event and Stars & Cocktail Party taking place. I am glad to say that both events were a

great success and were well attended. We were very fortunate to be graciously received by the

American Ambassador, Mr. Dan Rooney and his wife who attended our party and addressed the

audience with a warm and truly gracious welcome.

Last weekend the VISIT USA exhibited at the Red Cow Travel Show for two full days and engaged

with thousands of interested holidaymakers searching for 2010 holiday ideas. This is our second

time exhibiting at this event and afforded us an opportunity to observe potential business for the

upcoming late 2009 as well as 2010 visitation by Irish holidaymakers.

This October our objective is to keep all of our Travel Agents and Tour Operators abreast of your

latest news and offers. Please let us know of any new developments in your specific area that will

increase your business out of Ireland. Presently we are working on several upcoming projects

including a November Travel Agent FAM to Florida, WTM 2009 Meetings, ITAA General Annual

Meeting as well as our Next Media and Trade Networking Event. This event will be taking place in

Dublin in November to celebrate Thanksgiving and offer our members an opportunity to engage

with the Media and Trade partners and hear the latest news and trends from our guest speakers. We

will send out the date to you next week for this very important Autumn event.

Finally, I would like to thank all of our members for their participation and continued support of

the VISIT USA Ireland Committee. We are truly honoured to represent you and promote the USA.

Our commitment to you for the remainder of the year is to actively seek every opportunity to

increase your business and profile in the Irish market.

Best Regards,

Ciaran Carraher

Chairperson of the VISIT USA Committee, Ireland.


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You Don't Need a Car to Visit LA's Supercharged Auto Museums

Ever wondered what it's like to ride in a vintage Model T Ford - or the car that Russian

dictator Joseph Stalin once toured in? In LA, you can find out without ever having to drive

your own vehicle. The Metro Green Line and two Metro Bus lines swing right by the

Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo -- a unique car museum that lets visitors

experience its classic car collection first-hand including rides in aa 1915 Model T, a DeLorean

and a Packard convertible used by Stalin..

Visitors Can Turn LA into Hog Heaven with EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals

LA-based EagleRider (now the world's largest motorcycle rental and tour company) offers

enthusiasts the ultimate motorcycle vacation, with self-drive and guided motorcycle tours

throughout Southern California. Riders can choose from Harley-Davidson, Honda, BMW and

Viceroy motorcycles. EagleRider's legendary tours include self-guided tour packages with

hotel accommodations, restaurant suggestions, and a day-by-day itinerary route map; and

professionally guided tours, with multilingual guides, a support van for luggage and with a

spare bike, hotel accommodations and welcome and goodbye receptions. All EagleRider

tours include the famous EagleRider "road book," an optional pre-programmed GPS, a

perfectly maintained motorcycle rental and motorcycle-friendly hotel accommodations. With

three LA locations -- in Glendale, the Westside and Hawthorne near the beach -- enthusiasts

can roar off into adventure -- navigating Malibu's mountain roads, cruising the sunny beaches

and exploring Hollywood hot spots.



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Delta Air Lines & The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Taking Flight for the Fight—over the past two years, we've taken to the skies with our Delta

Pink Plane in support of breast cancer research.

Every Mile Matters. We’ll donate 250 miles to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

every time you book a flight or check in online at now through October 31, 2008.

SkyMiles members will also earn 250 bonus miles. Register today.

Our customers have also been “thinking pink” and buying pink lemonade onboard our planes

during the month of October to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

With your help this year, through our Force for Global Good “Flying Pink” initiative we pledge

our support to our partners at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Our goal is to fund a BCRF researcher for an entire year because we hope that a cure for

breast cancer will be discovered in our lifetime. We believe we can help—one flight and one

pink lemonade at a time.

Join the Force for Global Good. In October, our signature Pink Lemonade will be available for

$2 on all domestic and most international flights, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting BCRF.

Think Pink and Drink Pink—your efforts will contribute to the cause.


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Just around the corner is the big American Holiday, Thanksgiving. Although many of us are

planning to go out of town to visit family, there are lots of things for the visitor to do. Shops,

theatres, restaurants and attractions will be open over the weekend. But on Thanksgiving

Day (and the night before) the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade takes center stage.

This year, for the first time, the parade route has changed and the Wellington Hotel is directly

on this new route. Starting at 9am on Thursday, November 26, all bands and floats will pass

right in front of the Wellington Hotel. The night before, when the balloons are inflated, has

become something very special as well. It is just a short walk from the Wellington to Central

Park West where the huge balloons and floats are prepared for the parade.

At the moment, rooms are still available ... contact me to work out something special for your


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Fall is a Grape Time in Missouri

Autumn is the perfect time to explore Missouri wine country. At last count, Missouri was home

to 92 wineries, and the number keeps growing. In addition to producing great wine and juice

to drink, wineries provide wonderful vacation opportunities.

Many wineries plan Oktoberfest celebrations. The leaves reach their peak of colour, making the

country drives even more scenic than usual, and the cooler temperatures make it more pleasant to

sit around a picnic table overlooking a vineyard. Some wineries allow visitors to help with the grape

harvest — a real hands-on experience.

Wine trails are a popular way to visit wine country. The trails link regional wineries and offer tips on

things to see and do in each area. Missouri boasts five main wine trails. Visit for further information.

For further information on Missouri and to request a free Visitor’s Guide, log on to or ring 08456 020 574.


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Miami Launches First-Ever Miami Attractions Month in October

Everyone can be a kid again and take advantage of the discounts at world-class attractions of

up to 50 per cent as part of the first-ever Miami Attractions Month. Organised by the Greater

Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), the promotion runs from October 1-31, 2009.

Visit to download printable coupons to use at attractions

including the following:

• Everglades Alligator Farm – Adults pay the children’s admission price of $15.50 (with

airboat ride) or $10.50 (without airboat ride) to explore the farm, which is home to more

than 2,000 alligators, crocodiles, caimans, snakes and other wildlife, and enjoy an

exhilarating airboat tour into the unique Everglades.

• Jungle Island – Buy one adult admission for $29.95 and get one child’s admission free to

explore this lush, tropical jungle; mingle with birds, monkeys and other rare creatures

• Miami Children’s Museum – Receive 50 per cent off at this award-winning museum and

enjoy its 14 interactive exhibit galleries, as well as daily programming for the whole family.

• Miami Metrozoo – Adults pay the children’s admission price of $11.95 at the zoo, which

is rated one of the top 10 zoos in the U.S. It houses more than 1,200 animals in natural

habitats and provides visitors the feel of a safari.

• Miami Seaquarium – Adults pay the children’s admission price of $26.95 to enjoy this

38-acre tropical paradise and world-class marine-life entertainment park with eight

different marine animal shows.


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Massachusetts is awash in colour from late September through October as the colours stretch

from the mountains and hills of the Berkshires to the lakes and oceans of southeastern MA.

Fall is a season not to be missed in Massachusetts so get out and take part in the culinary

events, festivals, and outdoor activities the Commonwealth has to offer.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has launched a newly enhanced

web page that offers live video feeds of the changing leaves from the Berkshires to Cape Cod

that can be accessed by visiting The

page also includes scenic drives and a fall foliage timetable map that will help visitors plan

their trip as well as fall activities represented by all the regions of the State. MOTT also

connects site visitors with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation on

more suggestions on how to get the most out of the fall foliage season including: scenic

drives to view summit vistas, learn about peaceful walks against colourful foliage backdrops

and bike rides amongst falling leaves.

For further information contact

Patricia Purdue

Irish Marketing Consultant, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Tel: +353 1 805 4770 e-mail:



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Dreams Come True in New Orleans & Louisiana

The New Orleans Museum of Art is proud to be the only North American venue for Dreams

Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from Walt Disney Studio. This major exhibition

features more than 600 rarely seen original artworks that brought legendary fairy tales to the

screen, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little

Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

The exhibit is timed to coincide with the launch of the new Disney animated film The Princess

and the Frog set in New Orleans and Louisiana.

For full details on this new and exciting Disney animation please


Media Contact:

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau & Louisiana Office of Tourism

Kirsty Dillury:

Tel: + 44 1256 325214 / + 44 208 460 8473



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Alabama’s Capital City Montgomery now welcomes visitors with some brand new

attractions, the ‘Harriott II’ Riverboat and ‘The Alley’, a new riverfront entertainment


The Harriott II offers two hour cruises along the scenic Alabama River and

accommodates up to 400 passengers.

The Alley is a New Orleans style alley with bars, restaurants and shops. Indulge your

cravings for some authentic Alabama BBQ food at the new Dreamland BBQ

restaurant and enjoy a drink at the Alley Bar.


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Philadelphia continues to gain popularity as the city’s international airport

shows an increase in international arrivals for the first five months of

2009. According to the U.S Department of Commerce’s Office of Travel and

Tourism Industries (OTTI), only three U.S airports showed in increase in visitors

(Philadelphia, Orlando and Miami), while arrivals at 12 of the top 15 ports posted


Nestled conveniently between New York and Washington cities, Philadelphia has

much to offer visitors who wish to discover the history of America’s birthplace and

its colourful and vibrant neighbourhoods. The walkable city is laid out in a simple,

easy to navigate grid framed by more than two million trees and the nation's

largest urban park.

Boasting the success of a restaurant revolution, a wealth of art and culture and

shopping, Philadelphia is the ideal city break for culinary aficionados, shopping

and music and art lovers.

Take advantage of tax-free savings on clothes and shoes. Shoppers can browse

in over 2,000 shops in the city centre alone from designer boutiques, high street

fashion to vintage classics. A short distance outside the city lies retail designer

outlets and America’s largest retail space – the King of Prussia Mall. For great

value travel deals to the city visit

For more information visit or call 0844 8806853.


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Washington State has seen a huge resurgence in the number of sea otters along its scenic

and rugged coastline, especially in the Olympic National Park.

This year marine biologists reported an 8 per cent increase, the largest rise in the sea otter

population recorded in the area.

Deanna Lynch, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, conducted the survey, she said: "We

evidently have lots of good food. Where almost all of them occur is along the national park

and within the coast sanctuary. It's pretty well protected and pristine for them."

The mammals were all but hunted to extinction in the area but in the late 60s a small number

were reintroduced and it is estimated there are now more than 1,000 in the region.

Such is the success of the programme that a few of the otters have even moved inland to the

waters of Puget Sound.

Washington State is blessed with an abundance of wildlife ranging from majestic Orca whales

to gray wolves and Bald eagles.

With over 600 wineries, it is the second largest wine producing state in the US and has the

only temperate rainforest in the States, as well as an active volcano and four national parks

and monuments.

Home to Seattle it is just a nine hour flight from the UK the iconic Space Needle and Pike

Place Market are just a few reasons to visit.

For more information visit and or call 020 7978



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Experience world-class style and amenities just steps from the powder white sands of

Clearwater Beach. Balanced between the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the

picturesque Intracoastal Waterway, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa delivers

an idyllic location along with the sophistication, style and comfort of a luxury resort. Simply

relax and unwind in a gulf-view suite, visit their fine dining restaurant, full service spa or 24hour

Hyatt StayFit TM gym.

The Clearwater Beach hotel also offers meeting space perfect for any business meeting or

special event. Host eloquently designed, privately catered events on the beach with the

guidance of their Clearwater Beach hotel’s knowledgeable staff. They also feature 20 airconditioned

pool cabanas on the 8th floor pool deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico which

adds to the elegant ambiance of the hotel.

The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is just steps away from the award

winning beach at Clearwater and also within walking distance to local shops, restaurants and

attractions including Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach which offers nightly sunset festivals.

Starting 2 hours before the ‘Big Dip’, Pier 60 serves up everything from henna tattoos to upmarket

jewellery. Street performers enliven the evening: contortionists, dance acts and fire

eaters all perform here.

For more information please visit or call + 44 (0) 208 339 6121


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Aspen’s 9 th Winter X Games and Keystone’s new Festival for Kids

Aspen Snowmass will host the ESPN Winter X Games for an unprecedented ninth year from

28 th January 2010 until 31 January 2010!

The annual Winter X Games is the premier winter action sports event in the world, featuring

athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the following

sports: Ski, Snowboard and Snowmobile.

The X Games will feature fun night time events and the best bit is all events are free and

open to the public! For more information visit:

Keystone has a new festival this coming season especially for kids! The Kidtopia Festival runs

from 19 th – 21st February 2010

Your kids can explore the ultimate Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, dance to live

music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, experience Disco Tubing and join the continuing

education activities that fill this weekend on and off the slopes. For more information visit:

For more information on Colorado’s 26 World Class ski resorts visit: or call

08456 020 574/e-mail:


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CoCo Key Indoor Water

Escape the everyday and experience one of Illinois’s Largest Indoor Water Resort, located at

the Best Western Clock Tower Resort and Conference Centre in Rockford, Illinois. CoCo

West Water Resort is a fantastic family-friendly getaway that brings incredible water parks fun

indoors, providing families with a close at home getaway that’s got something for every

member of the family.

CoCo Key combines the relaxation and enchantment of the islands with the wild excitement of

over 65,000-sq. ft. of indoor water park fun. Every day is a bright, sunny 84 degrees at CoCo

Key, featuring a selection of signature attractions. It features body slides; tube slides –

including the Barracuda Blast two-person raft slide – an adventure river, and the Palm Grotto

indoor/outdoor spa. It also offers Parrot's Perch interactive play island with a 300-gallon

tipping bucket. Younger children love the "Dip-In Theatre," a shallow pool with a constant

display of movies and cartoons.

Rockford, Illinois is located just 60 minutes from the City of Chicago…a hop, skip and jump

from Chicago's hustle and bustle in the rolling, beautiful hills of Northern Illinois. When it

comes to size, Rockford is a Big City. When it comes to low-cost, no-hassle things to do, it's

a Small Town.

For a free Rockford Area CVB destination guide, log onto or call 08456

020 574, e-mail:


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Follow The Paths Of The Celebrity Lifestyle In Santa Monica…

It’s October – but Santa Monica, the one-of-a-kind beach city of Los Angeles, has not noticed

the Fall calendar. It defiantly continues to offer a beach lifestyle with endless sunny sandy

shores, breathtaking sunsets, award-winning restaurants, as well as cozy seaside eateries

and trend-setting culture.

But it also offers indulgences of a different kind. Celebrities such as Britney Spears, Beyonce

Knowles, Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria among many, have discovered some of the most

acclaimed hotel spa treatments available anywhere. They are flocking to nearby Santa

Monica to de-stress and revitalize themselves. Come, follow their paths and try it for


The renovated, eco-friendly, full service spa at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel,

features organic products and is the only spa in California that offers the “Blow” blowout. Its

signature massage, the “Beachcomber,” includes heated tiger clam shells infused with

mineral-rich kelp and seawater. The 50-minute treatment costs €90.

Also at the beachfront, The Spa at Shutters Hotel gives you the Beach Buff that combines a

Swedish massage with a sea mineral body scrub and buff. A 90-minute treatment costs €156.

As an extra, get the spray tan that was just featured in In Style’s October issue from Shutters’

exclusive partner, Chocolate Sun for €41.

For more celebrity treatment, head over to Casa Del Mar and get a specially created

customized wellness program and/or their signature treatment, the Sea Days Seaweed Wrap,

at €156 for a 90-minute treatment.

To gloss up the indulgence, try a spa manicure and pedicure starting at around €20 at any of

Santa Monica hotel spas.

De-stressing in style, becomes affordable when you take advantage of the Sun, Sea, Save

promotion, which gives visitors a third night free when two nights are booked through Dec. 31,



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