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Beijing Hosts Seminar in Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

Beijing Hosts Seminar in Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

The Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development in association with Hainan Airlines hosted an informative seminar at the Guiness Storehouse in Dublin. Following presentations by the Beijing team,the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China and Frank Wong from Hainan Airlines there was a draw for prizes and the winner of two tickets with Hainan Airlines from Dublin to Beijing was Hugh Boyle.

Olgar Wong, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ireland

Beijing is truly an amazing city that is an amalgam of China’s ancient history and a nation that has developed a booming economy. Now that there are direct flights from Dublin Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport with Hainan Airlines, these will open up many new destinations to Irish business and leisure travellers. This new service is the first between Ireland and China.

Hugh Boyle, the lucky winner of tickets to Beijing, receives his prize from Grainne Kelly, Dublin City Council

Last year, circa 120,000 passengers travelled between Ireland and mainland China, with Beijing accounting for a quarter of these trips. As a destination Beijing has much to offer Irish visitors.

Michael Flood, Editor, Irish Travel Trade News

Hainan Airlines was named a Skytrax 5-Star Airline for the eighth consecutive year, in addition to being awarded in the Best Business Class Amenities, Best Airline China, and Best Airlines Staff in China designations. After joining the roster of Skytrax World’s Top 10 Airlines for the first time in 2017, the airline moved up the rankings to claim eighth place this year, becoming the first mainland China-based airline to win the honour for the second year in a row.

Louise Finnegan, Tourism Ireland

The flights are currently operated by a B787 Dreamliner in a two-class configuration. Business Class is 2x2x2, while Economy Class is 3x3x3. Flights are twice a week during the winter schedule. The airline currently has a fleet of 214 aircraft.

Frank Wong, Hainan Airlines

The airline operates a route strategy of large hub to smaller cities and is considering new routes on an ongoing basis. Perhaps their next route from Ireland could be to one of their focus cities, such as Shenzhen. This routing offers onward flights to Oceania with destinations such as Auckland, Brisbane, Cairns and Chiang Rai.

Rui Wang from Beijing

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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