Further restrictions in Irish Air-Space

The continuing volcanic activity in Iceland has caused further disruption in Irish Airspace today with several Irish airports closed for at least part of the day.

 Flights to and from Irish airports are grounded after increased activity from Eyjafjallajokull volcano produced denser ash emissions higher into the atmosphere.

The IAA said Donegal airport would be restricted from 8am until further notice, followed by Sligo at 9am and Dublin and Ireland West (Knock) at 11am.

Waterford, Kerry and Cork airports are unlikely to be affected until after 2pm.

No restrictions are planned for Shannon or Galway but this is open to review.The Irish Aviation Authority said a further update will be issued mid-morning.

All passengers have been advised to contact their airline.

The IAA announced the renewed restrictions around midnight last night. Aer Lingus said it is to cancel flights to destinations across Europe, including Rome, Milan, Warsaw, Vienna, Naples, UK, Paris and Portugal.

Customers were advised to expect further cancellations throughout the day. Those arriving from North America today for Ireland vacations are unlikely to be affected as all flights are scheduled to arrive prior to the closing of Dublin Airport at 11am.

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Lonely Planet names Cork as top vacation destination

The world’s top tourist guide, Lonely Planet, has named the hot places to visit in 2010 as Singapore, Vancouver, Sarajevo …… and Cork.

The Lonely Planet has included Cork in its list of the ‘Best in Travel 2010’.

The listing of Cork inthe influential guide will come as a massive boost for tourism in the region.
El Salvador, Germany and Greece are among the best countries in the world to features, but there is no place for Ireland on the list.

The Irish representation comes in the category of top cities – where Cork is listed alongside Abu Dhabi, Istanbul and Singapore.

The guide says visitors should be able to find inspiration in each city.

Cork Airport is the perfect access point to include Cork in your Ireland vacation.

Tourism tax blamed for Ryanair route closures

Ryanair has announced further cuts to its winter schedule and job losses at Dublin, blaming the Government’s €10 tourism tax for a decline in business.

One of their planes will be grounded at both Dublin and Shannon for the winter.
“The Irish Government’s €10 tourist tax is ’tourism suicide’ which is devastating visitor numbers and jobs,” according to CEO Michael O’Leary.
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Full pre clearance for US bound passengers at Shannon Airport

In an historic agreement between the Irish and US governments, it was announced today that Air passengers travelling from europe to the USA will be able to take advantage fo full pre clearance at Shannon Airport in the West of Ireland prior to embarking on their journey.
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2009 Ireland vacations best value in 4 years

Now is the best time to book an Ireland vacation for 2009.
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Britain and Northern Ireland travel fair announced

A brand new event called Best of Britain & Ireland 2009 has kick started a major campaign to entice exhibitors and trade visitors and raise awareness of the show. The show will allow Britain and Ireland’s tourism industry to showcase its offering to the travel trade and, for the first time, consumer audiences.

Best of Britain & Ireland 2009 is a four-day event taking place at London ExCel, London from 26 – 29 March 2009, comprising the two-day trade focussed Best of Britain & Ireland Travel Trade Forum followed by a two-day consumer event which will be a showcase of the Britain and Ireland travel experience to a domestic audience.

As a high-profile platform for all that’s best in travel and tourism in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, it is an exciting and innovative successor to British Travel Trade Fair.

The trade event will bring together over 3,000 of the best buyers from tour operators and travel agents both domestically and from overseas.

Highlights will include a dedicated programme of symposia and workshops relevant to all areas of the travel industry.
An innovative personal agenda planner will allow exhibitors and buyers to structure their appointments and networking areas tailored to different travel sectors. 
The event also offers fantastic value for money for tourism product owners, as exhibitors will be able to stay at no additional charge to showcase their product at the consumer show that follows over the weekend.

The consumer event on the Saturday and Sunday is expected to attract over 20,000 visitors and will invite guests to explore the best of Britain and Ireland vacation offerings, celebrating the heritage, flavours, adventure, countryside, coast and luxury of all areas of the country. There will be shows, interactive demonstrations and tastings to bring the experience to life.

In partnership with VisitBritain, and with the support of the regional and national tourist boards (including the Northern Ireland tourist board) and a range of industry partners including major domestic travel trade media and trade associations, the event promises to be an event for successful trading.