IRELAND’S TOURISM INDUSTRY has grown steadily for years, reaching record numbers in 2016 with 9.5 million trips to the Emerald Isle. Dublin exudes an independence and quaint allure, from its ancient bridges over the River Liffey to winding cobblestone streets.
Temple Bar Square offers a unique blend of upscale dining, shopping, history and urban flair. The neighborhood, revived in the 1980s as a cultural hub, expands from the south bank of the River Liffey to Dame Street, Trinity College and Fishamble Street.
Residing on more than 40 acres of sprawling green, Trinity College boasts incredible architecture and history. The impressive buildings, dating back to the 1500s, retain one of the finest historic landmarks in the Temple Bar District: Trinity College Library.
Steps from the Trinity College lawn, The Bank on the Green bar and restaurant occupies a beautiful stone building once an Irish bank, maintaining an incredibly ornate décor and serving libations and farm-to-table cuisine. Chefs and servers make use of the bank vault for food service, as a blinking light on the vault door alerts servers when food is ready.
Dame Street runs parallel to the River Liffey through the Temple Bar District, offering sophisticated dining at The Ivy and historic sights such as Dublin Castle and City Hall. A five-minute walk away, Grafton Street, famous for high-end shopping, boasts a picturesque pedestrian walkway.
Encounter Ireland’s rich and rugged history, proudly displayed throughout the city with memorials to countless revolutions, uprising and unifications. Landmarks of Ireland’s revolutionary and literary history make up the bulk of Dublin, melding into the city’s culture and allure.
The Northside and Southside economic/cultural divide is still evident in Dublin, with the River Liffey acting as a border. The recent roadwork in Dublin’s city center ultimately will inch toward closing that divide by offering more accessible and affordable public transportation between the two sides.
To say Dublin is a city bursting at the seams with activity and charm is an understatement. Luckily, this city is easily walkable and brims with idyllic accommodations for visitors.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
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