Cork Airport has been shortlisted as one of the best airports in Europe for the second year running.
The airport has been nominated for the Airports Council International Europe Best Airport Awards.
Last year, Cork Airport won the Best Airport Under 5 Million Passengers category and is one of six nominated for the same award in 2018.
It is the only Irish airport to be shortlisted for Best Airport based on passenger numbers.
The other airports in the running for the award are: London City Airport, UK; Tallinn Airport, Estonia; Chisinau Airport, Moldova; Prishtina International Airport-Limak Kosovo and Turin Airport, Italy.
Some 50 Chinese travel professionals have been learning all about Ireland – at a training seminar in the city of Xi’an in north-west China, organised by Tourism Ireland and Finnair.
Pictured are Robert Ohrnberg, Finnair (seated, centre); James Kenny, Tourism Ireland (seated, third right); Zhao An (seated, second right) and Zhang Yan (seated, right), both Finnair, with the travel agents.
The group taking part in the training were travel agents who sell holidays to Ireland, Europe and the US, using Finnair flights. Finnair offers good connections to Ireland – including from Xi’AN (from April to October), Nanjing and Chongqing (year-round).
Travel agents continue to play an important role in China, with Chinese travellers preferring to use a travel agent for a number of reasons, including convenience, language barriers, visa preparation and knowledge gaps.
The objective of the training seminar was to engage with Chinese travel professionals who are currently selling Ireland, or who have strong potential to sell the destination – and to encourage them to extend their Ireland offering, or to include Ireland for the first time, in their brochures and programmes.
James Kenny, Tourism Ireland’s Manager China, said:
On the first official day of summer, Fáilte Ireland and Bord Iascaigh Mhara )have teamed up to advise seafood producers along the West coast on how best to prepare their tourism offering in advance of the busy holiday
period. The 3-day ‘Experience Development Programme’ is being hosted at Spanish Point in Co. Clare and brings together top seafood producers to hear from industry leaders on how best to enhance visitor offerings that align to the Wild Atlantic Way.
Pictured are Jim O’Toole, BIM; Birgitta Curtin, Burren Smokehouse and Sinead Hennessy, Fáilte Ireland.
The 21 renowned seafood producers have been selected as members of the Taste the Atlantic – A Seafood Journey trail, developed by BIM in partnership with Failte Ireland. Stretching south from the Inishowen Peninsula at the top of Donegal, right down to Oysterhaven Bay in Cork, the trail passes some of Ireland’s most breath-taking seascapes and landmarks and offers visitors the opportunity to experience first-hand the craftsmanship and dedication of Ireland’s seafood producers.
Drogheda is to host Fleadh Cheoilna hEireann in August.
This marks the first time Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will be held on the north east coast of the country and organisers have worked tirelessly to ensure that this year’s event will offer a unique and memorable experience for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors can look forward to seeing Stockton’s Wing reform for a one-off performance for the first time in decades, whilst Irish traditional band Beoga who were recently announced as the support act for Ed Sheeran’s greatly-anticipated Irish shows, are sure to draw large crowds into Drogheda this August.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 offers Drogheda and the surrounding region a unique opportunity to showcase itself on both a national and international stage. With over 400,000 people expected to visit the region for the week-long festival, 30% of which are expected to travel from overseas, organisers are committed to promoting Drogheda and County Louth as a world-class tourist destination.
Colm Breheny, Ireland’s Ancient East Manager, Failte Ireland commented:
Dererca Devane, a Limerick woman who has been volunteering with her local hospice for 30 years and Joe Keary, a Clare man who became involved with his local hospice after the death of his beloved wife, are just two of the ‘Hospice Heroes’ taking to the streets for Support Your Local Hospice’s national fundraising event – Hospice Sunflower Days – which will take place on Friday, 8th and Saturday, 9th of June.
With thousands of patients and their loved ones using hospice and homecare services in Ireland every year, every euro raised by Hospice Sunflower Days will be used locally to support the growing number of people using the services.