The Visit USA Committee plus partners rounded off a three-city promotional tour of Cork, Limerick and Dublin with a networking lunch in Dublin’s trendy Restaurant Forty One.
The energetic Chair of the Irish Visit USA Committee, Ciara Foley, Platinum Travel, welcomed the trade and thanked them for all the bookings that they had made to the USA during the past year and looked forward to their continued support.
Massachusetts was represented by Patricia Purdue, who said that Irish visitors to Boston and to the State of Massachusetts continues to grow steadily. There are now 21 flights a week to Boston, daily from Shannon and double daily from Dublin. There is also a new outlet shopping mall, North of Boston, which is a mere eight minutes on the local train.
The inscrutable Greg Evans was on hand to brief the trade on the latest news from Philadelphia. It seems that the city is doing well and is looking forward to a visit from His Holiness Pope Francis this year and, in addition, the city has just beaten New York as the venue for the Democratic National Convention. So check your dates very carefully when you are booking your clients to Philadelphia!
According to Neil Jones, New Orleans is party town while the State of Louisiana is the party state. New Orleans is back up and on its feet and has 1,300 restaurants offering every imaginable type of food.
North Carolina has 332 miles of spectacular coastline and is a mecca for history buffs. Also, no building over four floors can be built on the coastline, Duncan McCubbin, Account Manager for North Carolina, informed the agents during his presentation at the Visit USA event.