You've heard us talk about our "Irish Experiences" before ... those special itinerary builders (for motorcoach groups) and add-ons (for corporate outings/teambuilding events) that enable groups to truly experience Dublin's "Irish Attitude." One of the most popular of these offerings is an "Irish Dance 101" class with Richens Timm Academy of Irish Dance. During this experience, groups get an up-close-and-personal look at the world of Irish dance ... through the eyes of a certified teacher (and former dancer with Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance) and several students. Groups learn the difference between a jig and a reel, how "sock glue" can come in handy, the inspiration behind the patterns on the brightly colored costumes and ... a few steps.
The Dublin CVB will have the opportunity to promote our Irish experiences later this week in Pittsburgh at the Heartland Travel Showcase, a large regional appointment-based trade show/conference geared toward motorcoach tour operators. The event draws tour operators and suppliers from 12 states and Canada and is sponsored by the Ohio Travel Association. Most exciting of all, our Irish experiences will be highlighted (along with other Central Ohio partners) during a special luncheon event sponsored by Experience Columbus. About 18 months ago, Experience Columbus embraced the trend in experiential tourism and brought in a national expert/consultant to work with its lucky partners. Today, their efforts have resulted in a wide variety of offerings by 21 partners--unmatched anywhere else.
So, we were proud to be part of an Experience Columbus video shoot last Friday that will feature our "Irish Dance 101" class--and partners. The video will be unveiled at a special luncheon sponsored by Experience Columbus at Heartland this Saturday. Word is, it will be available online very soon. Meanwhile, check out the fun photos from the video shoot (see Flickr pics at bottom of page).
-Post by Mary