News & Events
2 New Blue Insurance Travel Media Awards
We have won again! Last night at the Blue Insurance Travel Media Awards in Dublin, Tour America won "Best Tour Operator" and Best use of Social Media by a Travel Company in the Irish market". We are all delighted and very grateful for the support we have had from the Irish media!
Irish Country Music legend Roly Daniels
Irish Country Music legend Roly Daniels to be conferred as the official Country Music Ambassador to the State of Tennessee
If you are involved in Country Music in Ireland - from Radio to performing, or as a fan - it's time to take a bow! Ireland's contribution to the industry is officially being acknowledged by the Home of Country Music with the announcement by Tennessee Tourism Authority that they are to make Ireland's living legend, Roly Daniels the Honorary Country Music Ambassador to Tennessee.
The official title will be conferred upon Roly at an a star-studded gala event taking place at The Red Cow Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday 20th November at 8pm. Roly will be joined by a host of digintories as well as the crème-de-la-creme of Country from both sides of the Atlantic. Billy Yates, Buddy Jewell and Moore & Moore from Nashville will perform in Roly's honour, as well as Country great Sandy Kelly, Patrick Feeney and Jacqui Sharkey from Ireland - as well as a few surprise guests on the night. Representatives of the State of Tennessee as well as Irish dignitaries will be in attendance at this exciting evening and to present Roly with this honorary Ambassadorship.
US tourism chiefs descend on Dublin to lure Irish holidaymakers
REPRESENTATIVES from tourist boards across the US are flocking to Dublin in a bid to entice Irish visitors across the Atlantic.
While The Gathering has attracted record numbers of American tourists to Irish shores this year, it appears that the US is keen to have some of us visit there.
Representatives from tourists boards in Orlando, Las Vegas, Massachusetts, New York, the Deep South and much more will be going to the Red Cow Moran Hotel on October 6 to offer special deals to Irish customers in their annual sale.
The sale for Tour America, Ireland leading tour operator to the US, is the 13th such sale.
A number of cruise companies such as the Norwegian Cruise Line, and Fitzpatrick Hotels in New York will also feature. Altogether, some 36 exhibitors are expected to attend.
The tour operator has also lined up a number of guest speakers to keep you up to date with travel, and offer additional information on all destinations available to book across the US.
A competition will be taking place and can be accessed on Tour America&rsquos Facebook page, with a holiday to Orlando up for grabs, complete with flights from Delta and seven nights&rsquo accommodation at The Enclave Hotel.
Admission is free and doors open at 10am.
Check out Jo Linehan from Image Magazine interview with Tour America MD Mary McKenna about business and 21st century travel.
Tour America introduce direct flights between Dublin and San Francisco with Aer Lingus in 2014
Tour America, Ireland's leading Tour Operator  to the USA is delighted to announce the new route on Aer Lingus  to San Francisco direct. . In addition to Aer Lingus's existing services to Boston, Chicago, New York and Orlando, they will commence direct year round services between Dublin and San Francisco with 5 services per week. Customers will be able to avail of a wide choice of connections to 16 cities on the West Coast and beyond including Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego.
Aer Lingus will also commence a direct daily service between Dublin and Toronto which will also offer customers possibilities of connecting to 8 cities within Canada including Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.
Aer Lingus will increase frequencies on Shannon - Boston and Shannon - New York, offering year round services to both these US cities and access up to 40 destinations in North America with airline partners.
This expansion will bring the Aer Lingus Long Haul schedule to 10 daily transatlantic services between Ireland and North America. Transatlantic capacity will increase by 24% in 2014 following on from the 13% increase in 2013.
All of these new services will be available to booking on www.touramerica.ie or by calling Tour America on 01 817 3500
EI 147 DUB-SFO 1220-1520
EI 146 SFO-DUB 1720-1135
Operates Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday from April 2014
EI 129 DUB-YYZ 1400-1620
EI 128 YYZ-DUB 1750-0520
Operates Daily from April 2014
EI 111 SNN-JFK 1220-1440
EI 110 JFK-SNN 1820-0600
Operates year round from March 2014
EI 135 SNN-BOS1140-1335
EI 134 BOS-SNN 2000-0645
Operates year round from January 2014
Brand USA Recognise Tour America as a Top International Buyer
The inaugural Chairman Circle Honours took place last week at The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas during Pow Wow. The Chairman Circle Honours applauds a selection of international companies for their prominence and contributions to the U.S. travel industry. Tour America were one of the winners and they were presented with a custom designed crystal award and a beautiful hand cast bronze medallion as a thank you for their continuing excellence in promoting travel to the United States.
Chris Thompson (President & CEO Brand USA), Veronica Aherne (Marketing Manager Tour America), Liz Wright (Product Manager Tour America), Roger Dow (President & CEO US Travel Association)
Tour America wins most innovative use of social media
Tour America are thrilled to have won the award for Most Innovative use of Social Media at last nights Bord Gas energy 2013 Social Media awards beating off stiff competition from Arrotts, RTÉ Bród Club ,Electric Ireland,Irish Autism Action,Dublin Airport Authority,Irish Heart Foundation, Aviva Stadium AA Ireland.
We are also delighted to be the only Irish travel company this year selected as a finalist and won the 2013 Social Media Awards.
Spotting the opportunity made Mary a high-flyer
Overcoming 9/11, ash clouds and the Costa Concordia grounding, Mary McKenna's Tour America leads the specialist holiday field...
MARY McKenna is founder and CEO of Tour America. The business, set up in 1995, has grown to become Ireland's leading specialist holiday company, focusing on holidays to North America as well as offering worldwide cruises.
Headquartered in Middle Abbey Street in Dublin city centre, and with offices on Patrick Street in Cork city, the company employs 50 staff. This year the company's annual turnover will reach more than &euro20m. You can read a full story here.
Tour America, the only travel company in Ireland to achieve Deloitte Best Managed Companies Award for fourth year running!
Tour America has been named as one of Ireland's Best Managed companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme for the fourth year in a row. The company was recognised at a gala awards dinner in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin on 1 March 2013. Former Taoiseach and Chairman of IFSC Ireland, John Bruton, was special guest speaker at the event.
The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Irish Life Corporate Business, recognises indigenous Irish companies across the island of Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance.
Companies that have been recognised as a Best Managed Company for four years running are awarded with a special standard accolade. In total 14 companies were designated with the gold standard this year.
Commenting on the award, Mary McKenna, MD of Tour America said: This is about us making ourselves different, providing a good culture for our staff, and delivering outstanding service to our customers. It is about innovation and never standing still. We believe there are great opportunities in times like these. We are delighted to win the Gold Award this year, and also to be have won the award for 4 years running.
Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner, Deloitte and judging panel member commented: This year's Best Managed Companies represent the best of innovation, creativity, dynamism, tenacity and excellence in the indigenous sector. Deloitte is proud to celebrate their success and potential. These awards acknowledge their hard work and commitment and we are delighted to showcase their achievements.
An independent judging panel, chaired by Liam Mahony, measured company performance by looking at a broad range of criteria including strategy, capability, commitment, financials and management performance across all key functions of the business. The Best Managed Companies Awards Programme is the only awards programme that considers a business performance from every perspective.
The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme is open to companies from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland. Details of entry for the 2013/2014 programme will be issued in the coming weeks on www.deloittebestmanaged.ie.
The Best Managed Companies Awards Programme was created to recognise the overall success of a company, including management strength, ability to innovate, strategic initiatives and financial performance all the elements that contribute to a Best Managed company. The Best Managed designation is an important marketing tool for the winning companies & but, perhaps most importantly, the award provides a reason to celebrate the efforts of the entire company.
About Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards
The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Programme, in association with Irish Life Corporate Business, promotes and recognises excellence in Irish owned and managed companies. It is the only awards scheme on the island of Ireland that considers a business performance from every perspective. Entrants to the programme will compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices.
Programme sponsors are Irish Life Corporate Business, the Irish Management Institute and the Sunday Business Post. For further information, visit www.deloittebestmanaged.ie.
International History of Best Managed Companies Programme
The Best Managed Companies Programme originated in Canada in 1993, where it has been run successfully ever since and is the country's leading business awards programme. In addition to Ireland and Canada, the programme is also run in The Netherlands and Mexico.
February 20th 2013
SEAWORLD ORLANDO ANTARCTICA: EMPIRE OF THE PENGUIN OPENING DATE ANNOUNCED
Orlando&rsquos must see 2013 attraction -Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin - will open to guests on 24th May at SeaWorld Orlando.
Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will transport families into a rarely seen, icy world. Visitors will feel the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the eyes of a penguin on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. Guests will also explore a massive penguin colony, including King, Gentoo, Adelie and Rockhopper, in an expanse that envelops them in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins&rsquo icy world.
Adventurers will be able to choose one of two thrills levels to experience theAntarctica &ndash Empire of the Penguin ride. This will allow the whole family to enjoy the attraction at their own pace. Designers say each level has multiple variations for a feeling of unpredictability, just like the continent of Antarctica. The combination of ride experiences include mobile, moving simulators and a completely trackless ride &ndash a theme park first.
Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will introduce a new SeaWorld star&ndash a young gentoo penguin named Puck. The adventurous penguin hero becomes the ride&rsquos guide and leads guests on an exciting journey through the dangerous, yet wondrously beautiful, landscape of the Antarctic.
Tour America Pre Holiday World Sale Day
Tour America Pre Holiday World Sale Day
Tour America are hosting our very own unique January Sale Day in store in Middle Abbey Street Dublin and Patrick Street, Cork on Thursday the 24th January from 9 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. where everything is on sale!
We have exclusive offers on all your favourite American destinations, Worldwide cruises, attraction tickets, car hire and much much more. Come along on the day, enjoy some refreshments and nibbles, talk to our Travel Experts, and take advantage of our great Pre Holiday World offers when you book early for your 2013 holiday!
Some amazing offers include
Orlando from &euro549pp Price includes return flights (all taxes and charges) 7 nights at the Quality Inn International Drive Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing Travel Date 07 June 2013.
Las Vegas from &euro549pp Price includes return flights (all taxes and charges) 4 nights at the Quad Hotel Las Vegas Based on 2 adults sharing Travel Date 07 Feb 2012.
New York from &euro569pp Price includes return flights (all taxes and charges) 3 nights at the Holiday Inn Midtown Based on 2 sharing Travel Date 08 Feb 2013.
Call us on 01 817 3500, or 021 242 9555 for more.
DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE AT AN AMAZING PRE HOLIDAY WORLD SHOW SALE!
January 14th 2013
Tour America is really excited to announce the launch of their new holiday brand, Magic Holidays, on Monday 14th January, 2013.
Tour America has seen a huge increase in demand for holidays to Disney in the States over the last number of years and has decided to designate a qualified team to sell Magic Holidays. At Magic Holidays our Disney Experts will focus on all the magic that is Disney including Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World Orlando, Disneyland California and Disney Cruise.
As a team we have been really lucky to have sampled all of the Disney products and can give advice on everything from flights, hotels, attraction tickets and much much more. Families love to pre-book their dining plans to help budget for spending on holidays.
DisneylandParis &ndash Park passes included
4 nights stay for the price of 2 nights
Disney&rsquos Hotel Santa Fe from &euro279 per person
2 Adults and 2 Children sharing
Includes: Flights, hotel and passes
Disney World Orlando &ndash Free Dining and park passes included
Disney&rsquos Port Orleans from &euro999 per person
Departing 10th May 2013
2 Adults and 2 Children sharing
Includes: Flights, transfers, hotel, passes and free dining
DisneylandLos Angeles &ndash Park passes included
Disney&rsquos Paradise Pier Hotel from &euro1259 per person
Depart 2nd June 1013
2 Adults and 2 Children sharing
Includes: Flights, hotel and passes
Disney Cruise &ndash all meals included
7 nights on Disney Magic from &euro1089 per person
Ports of call Barcelona, Villefranche, Florence, Rome, Naples
Go to www.magicholidays.ie , or call on 01 817 3504, or 021 242 9555.