5 June 2014

Ireland’s agents on flying fam trip to Toronto 

Eight travel agents from Ireland and Northern Ireland see Toronto’s leading attractions including helicopter and jet boat tours, wine-tasting, outlet shopping and the famous Niagara Falls. Flying courtesy of the new Air Canada rouge daily direct service for summer 2014 and year round service thereafter, the group stayed at the Sheraton Centre Hotel and visited the Fairmount York and Westin Harbour hotels to be better able to advise travellers. All accommodation, transfers and experiences are available to book on TravelCube.ie today

Eight travel agents from Ireland and Northern Ireland made the most of a flying visit to Toronto to see the city’s leading attractions including helicopter and jet boat tours, wine-tasting, outlet shopping and the famous Niagara Falls, while discovering its hotels and eateries.

Departing Friday from Dublin, courtesy of the new Air Canada rouge daily direct service for summer 2014, agents enjoyed premium economy and economy rouge experiences aboard Canada’s new and affordably stylish leisure airline. Particularly well noted was the generous seat pitch in economyrouge as well the complimentary in-flight entertainment, streamed wirelessly to personal devices with power sockets provided throughout the cabin.

Air Canada’s GSA Jens Bachmann and Peter Friedrich, TravelCube’s Account Manager for Ireland and Northern Ireland hosted the group – Trailfinders’ Rory Campbell, Renee Mary Kennedy from FCm, Maria Murphy from CTM, Club Travel’s Kathleen Kinane, Traveldepartment’s Ailish Berkley, Kieran O'Doherty from Premier Travel NI and Francis Aston from Clubworld Travel NI – to show how much they could enjoy in just a couple of days and help them inspire their clients in turn.

“Whether it’s a short stay or a longer trip, TravelCube draws on years of experience in finding all kinds of accommodation, city tours and experiences in all parts of the world to inspire travel agents and consultants,” says Peter Friedrich, TravelCube’s Account Manager for Ireland and Northern Ireland. “I hope our guests got a taste of the TravelCube experience in Toronto and saw that our suppliers offer the highest standards to make sure travellers enjoy a hassle-free holiday, whatever their budget.”

The group stayed at the five-star Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto with the spectacular views over Toronto with dinner and look-round at the famous five-star Fairmount York Hotel. On Saturday morning, Air Canadarouge organised a shopping trip to Canada’s newest and biggest Premium Outlet Shopping Centre, where everyone shopped ‘til they dropped. The group enjoyed views over Toronto Island during lunch and a tour of the Westin Harbour Hotel.

On Sunday, it was off to the Niagara region, home to the famous waterfalls as well as a thriving wine industry with over 90 wineries. The group were treated to awe-inspiring views with a helicopter tour of the area and Niagara Falls thanks to Niagara Helicopters.

They took a tour with wine-tasting at Ravine Vineyard, an organic winery on the historic upper Lowrey farm, which lies on the ancient Niagara River bed. The winery is fronted by an historic early 19th-century house with restaurant serving local and organic bistro cuisine, while an epicurean food store offers wood-fired, stone-oven breads, artisan cheese, decadent pastries and gourmet takeaway lunch.

The travel agents took a wild ride on a Whirlpool Jet boat tour along the Niagara River through white water rapids to the famous whirlpool at its end. Lunch was at Zees Grill in Niagara-on-the-Lake followed by a walk through the town.

Finally, it was on to the famous Niagara Falls to get the full experience, starting at the IMAX® Theatre and the film Niagara: Miracles, Myths & Magic, the amazing Niagara Falls Daredevil Exhibit to understand the history of this natural wonder. Here, one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashes down to the basin below and, during summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the brink every second; travelling at 65 kilometers per hour.

The agents took a Journey behind the Falls through tunnels 45 metres below and behind the heart of Niagara. Getting as close as one can get to the Falls itself, they stood in the mist where the mighty Horseshoe Falls tumbles thunderously from 13 storeys above. Then it was a late flight back to Dublin with Air Canada rouge.

All accommodation, transfers and experiences are available to book onTravelCube.ie today.