Ready for a short vacation? Think Ireland. The Emerald Isle offers gorgeous countryside, rugged beaches, mystery-shrouded sites, beautiful parks, bustling cities like Belfast and Dublin, lively music, delicious food and that special Irish hospitality like nowhere in the world. Ireland is open for business and incentivizing Americans to “Press the Green Button” and book a visit with some very special flights and accomodations offers. Why green? Not only is green associated with the Republic of Ireland, but green means GO!
Visitors who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine and if they go now, they will discover a wealth of travel offers from Tourism Ireland’s partners including Dublin’s Trinity College and Guinness Storehouse, Belfast’s Titanic museum, and extraordinary sights such as the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim and the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.
The campaign rolls out today, September 27, and includes fantastic flight and hotel offers. Now is the time to pick up the phone or go online and book a trip. “Our ‘Green Button’ campaign hopes to generate awareness of Ireland and drive bookings for short breaks and vacations for the remainder of the year and into 2022. We cannot wait to roll out the green carpet and welcome back visitors from The United States,” says Alison Metcalfe, Executive Vice President, Tourism Ireland, North America & Australia/New Zealand.
The ‘Green Button’ features such famous sites as Dublin, Northern Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way, and Ireland’s Ancient East. So what will an American visitor get by pressing the ‘Green Button?’ There’s something to suit every budget from luxurious Irish castle stays to quaint authentic cottage experiences.
Here’s a small sample of some of the offers you’ll find at Ireland.com. Aer Lingus is offering roundtrip fares from the U.S. starting at $359. Brendan Vacations is offering a free night in a castle when you book a package with them. Or consider a six night, air-inclusive package from $699 with Great Value Vacations. Want a tour of all things Celtic? Save $300 per person with Celtic Tours .Prefer a tour of Irish castles and manors? Isle Inn Tours offers a savings of $250 per person.
If you’re wondering what events are taking place in Ireland, there are a myriad of activities from which to choose. For example, no one celebrates scary Halloween better than the Irish. Those who think Halloween is an American tradition are mistaken. Halloween, which always takes place on October 31,st began in pagan Ireland over 3,000 years ago when the ancient festival of Samhain was celebrated in Ireland’s Ancient East to mark the beginning of winter.
Many believed that Halloween, the boundary between our world and the Otherworld, was a time when spirits and demons could easily pass between the two worlds. Today, Halloween is a day for costumes, trick and treating, and partying. And while certain parts of America are famous for Halloween such as NYC’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade or the “Let it Shine” Pumpkin Festival with 20,000 jack-o-lanterns in Laconia, New Hampshire, the best place to spend Halloween is Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
The festival has grown over the last 35 years to great international acclaim, attracting visitors from all over the globe. It’s not just a celebration of Halloween but a celebration of community, inclusion and equality, a place where everyone has their moment to shine. Celebrations in County Meath at the Puca Festival in the Republic of Ireland include music, fire, feasting and merriment where visitors can celebrate the Celtic New Year with the spirit of Halloween.
Halloween is not the only time to visit Ireland, especially with the ‘Green Button’ special offers. Any time is ideal to visit the Emerald Isle, so what are you waiting for? Dust off your passport, get your vax card ready, and book now. Still can’t decide where to go? For more information on Ireland, press the ‘Green Button’ and visit here.