Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Stay at Ireland's Best B&B

SPRINGVIEW Farmhouse has been named ‘B&B of the Year’ by B&B Ireland, the representative body for the Irish bed and breakfast sector. The Kilkenny farmhouse features in Irish Ferries’ B&B programme, and can be packaged with ferry crossings for a great-value short break or as part of a touring holiday.

“It may only have three guest bedrooms, but Eileen Joyce has given hundreds of our travellers a warm welcome over the years and we congratulate her on the award,” says Ann Pye, holidays manager at Irish Ferries.

Springview Farmhouse is at the heart of the family’s mixed farm in beautiful, rural County Kilkenny. Bedrooms are furnished in traditional style, as befits the house’s early 19th century origins. Eileen welcomes guests with fresh-baked scones on arrival and serves a ‘full Irish’ breakfast each morning.

The B&B is no more than half an hour’s drive from fabulous Kilkenny city to the east – with its castle and cobbled streets as well as a host of good cafes and restaurants – and the same distance from medieval Fethard and the impressive Rock of Cashel.


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Monday, 29 May 2017

Etihad Guest Loyalty Programme Reaches 5 Million Milestone

ETIHAD Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, has celebrated reaching five million members by gifting 500,000 Miles and an upgrade to Gold status to the milestone member, Rashid Al Shehhi.

Mr Al Shehhi joined Etihad Guest while applying for an ADIB credit card. Guests can earn miles on everyday spending through their ADIB Etihad Guest cards and use their points to purchase flights, upgrades and multiple items from the online Reward Shop.

“I am really looking forward to spending the miles on flights and upgrades, and seeing where I can travel to over the next few months,” he said. “It was a great surprise to be told that I’d been picked out as the five millionth member because I fly with the airline all the time so to be rewarded in this way will help me continue my travels around the world.”

Mr Al Shehhi added that he would also donate some Etihad Guest Miles to relief efforts in Somalia, in line with the spirit of the Holy month of Ramadan and in support of the UAE’s Year of Giving initiative.


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California Road Trips



THE 2017/2018 issue of #California Road Trips arrives just in time for summer travel. Distributed in the June 2017 issue of Sunset Magazine and produced by Time Inc. editors, designers and photographers, this year’s guide dazzles with Joshua Tree National Park on the cover. Inside, readers will find 10 itineraries that venture to the Golden State's deserts, mountains, cities and beaches. 

This year’s grand tour will take adventure-lovers on a High Sierra dream trip designed by 1998 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle skiing, Jonny Moseley. Starting in Yosemite National Park, Moseley’s itinerary - which is also family-friendly - heads south through the Sierra Nevada mountains with stops including mountain biking in Mammoth Lakes, fishing at Lake Sabrina and skateboarding in Tehachapi before ending in Pismo Beach for some water play and fun on the dunes. 

A foodie trip titled “Wine Country Whirlwind” features restaurant and vineyard recommendations throughout San Francisco, Napa County and Sonoma County straight from acclaimed chef Chris Cosentino of San Francisco’s Cockscomb. 

Day trip itineraries include a family adventure through the Central Valley, a journey into the otherworldly badlands of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, a waterfall loop around the Shasta Cascade and a Southern California theme park odyssey. Weekend getaways spotlight trips departing from major gateway cities and heading through under-the-radar locales such as Big Bear Lake, Santa Maria, Nevada City and Point Arena.

Visitors can download the guide free in digital format on Visit California’s website.


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Paws for a Break

FOLLOWING a leap in demand for pet-friendly travel, leading Scottish holiday home provider, EmbraceScotland, launched a “Paws for a Break Pet-Friendly Award” in autumn 2016 to celebrate those properties that go above and beyond to cater for man’s best friend.

Crowned the winner, for putting Fido first, is Mains of Taymouth, which offers a selection of dog-friendly, luxury self-catering holiday cottages, houses, villas and apartments in Kenmore, Highland Perthshire. 

 Runners-up include Mansefield House in the picturesque Scottish village of Arrochar; The Steadings, on the doorstep of the famous Angus Glens in Perthshire; Perkhill Holiday Cottages in the Grampian & Moray region, Cologin near beautiful Oban and Ardtornish Estate in the Highlands & Skye.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

World Tapas Day

CELEBRATE World #TapasDay! with the Spanish tourist office with the support of Granada & Jaén.  Traverse and The Spanish tourist office invite you to celebrate world Tapas Day with an event full of flavours from Granada and Jaén, both in southern #Spain.

What better way to celebrate world tapas day than experiencing Spain's gastro market at Carrousel London?

Wander around the market stalls and enjoy a divine cocktail, interactive tapas tasting, some networking and fun with other influencers, the Spain team, Traverse and more!

During the Tapas Day event there will be the chance to win a trip to the two destinations supporting the event, Granada and Jaen! The winner will be chosen from the bests photos taken of the event and posted with the hashtag on Twitter or Instagram.

The event will take place on Thursday, 15 June, from 6:00pm.

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Culture, Travel and Latin America

FOCUSING on cultural travel to Latin America, Tia Stephanie Tours has partnered with Artesanias de Colombia, the Colombian government entity with the mission to support and promote the artisan sector of #Colombia, to design fiber arts, craft and cultural #journeys to Colombia. 

First up in 2017 is the highly anticipated "Expo Artesanias Colombia: The Crafts of Colombia: Bogota & Cartagena" tour runs December 5-13, 2017. It will feature a two-day, deep-dive immersion into the Expoartesanias handcraft fair. Entering its 27th year, the fair focuses on the finest in Colombia's diverse traditional and contemporary crafts. This special access tour offers travelers insider opportunities to "meet the artisans" and learn about their culture.

Included are one-on-ones with the Wayuu, Aruaco, Zenu, Waunaan, and Amazona people, so you can actually purchase works after engaging in meaningful interactions with the artisans themselves. Taking place at Corferias in Bogotá, travelers will explore the highlights of Bogotá, in addition to attending the craft fair. From Bogotá, the tour moves to and continues in Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, where cumbia, salsa, vallenato and other rhythms flow into the night! The price is $2585, including four star hotels, daily breakfast, five lunches, three dinners, and a cerviche crawl!

The Expo-Artesanias tour is part of a series of "Craft and Culture route" tours in Colombia organized by Tia Stephanie Tours. These experiential trips invite travelers to learn about both the culture and bio diversity of the country.

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On the Runway . . .

BRISTOL Airport has held on to the top spot in the ASQ Survey in UK airports, an international airport passenger experience benchmarking programme, run by Airports Council International. 

The programme measures passenger satisfaction at leading UK airports, as well as airports from over 80 countries. Having been ranked number one for overall satisfaction in the UK, in the third and fourth quarters of 2016, the latest results reveal Bristol retained this position for the first quarter of 2017 (January - March).


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