Travel with CCAA and make non-dues revenue
About the Program:
Travel with CCAA in 2016
March 9-16, 2016
The 2016 Travel Program was announced last month at the Professional Development Conference.
In addition, you should have recently received a copy of the travel brochure in the mail.
The program is designed for you, as local chamber executives, to offer a travel program to your membership while generating non-dues revenue income for your chamber of commerce.
In short, CCAA is offering a 8-day travel trip to Ireland. Your local chamber will be able to offer the trip to your membership. For each traveler that takes the trip, CCAA will send you $100 in non-dues income.
In addition, the program is designed to be of minimal cost to your chamber. CCAA will customize a travel brochure, to include your local chamber name in partnership with CCAA if requested, that will be provided to you in electronic format.
You will use this travel brochure to publicize the trip to your local chamber members. For every chamber member that participates in the trip through your local chamber, CCAA will send you $100/traveler.
This reduced trip price is only available through this travel program. The goal is for you to offer a trip where your chamber members can travel together with chamber of commerce members from across the great State of Alabama during this cultural experience across Ireland.
About the Trip:
Irish Splendor: A true taste of Ireland
Savor a true taste of “Irish Splendor” when you spend the night in a stately castle and have dinner in Ireland’s oldest pub. Learn to pour the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse. Stand in awe on the Cliffs of Moher. Tour rollicking Dublin and share a conversation with the locals at a pub featuring traditional Irish entertainers. Sip on the “Water of Life” at the Tullamore Whiskey Distillery. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Explore the spectacular Dingle Peninsula and drive the Slea Head road for majestic coastal views. Gaze upon the historic Rock of Cashel. Visit the famous Blarney Woolen Mills and the Gap of Dunloe where you can shop for traditional Irish goods. Meet a local family and enjoy tea and scones at their farm. Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. From the breathtaking sights of Kerry to the historic Rock of Cashel, gaze across the countryside and culture of Ireland.
More details can be found below:
Contact Jeremy Arthur at CCAA for more information:
Phone: 334-264-2112 or Email: Jeremy Arthur
Contact Mary Jackson at AAA Alabama for booking details:
Phone: 334-409-4628 or Email: Mary Jackson
Don’t Wait – Early Booking Deadline:
Travelers booked by September 10, 2015 will receive a $200 discount!
Irish Splendor: March 9-16, 2016
Day 1: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Overnight Flight
Experience a true taste of “Irish Splendor” on a trip that combines fabulous accommodations, stunning scenery and sumptuous food. Join us and return to times gone by during your unforgettable tour of the amazing Emerald Isle.
Day 2: Thursday, March 10, 2016 Dublin, Ireland – Tour Begins
Your tour begins in rollicking Dublin. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a traditional local restaurant. (D)
Day 3: Friday, March 11, 2016 Dublin
Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dublin, the “Fair City.” Take in O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and the city’s magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which dates back to the 13th century. Your tour concludes at the Guinness Storehouse where you will learn about the brewing process that creates this beloved beverage. This is your chance to discover the training and technique needed to pour the perfect pint and to enjoy one! The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax in one the world’s most vibrant cities. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore the cultural offerings of delightful Dublin on your own. (B)
Day 4: Saturday, March 12, 2016 Dublin – Killarney
Begin your day with a brief stop in the town of Cashel for views of the historic Rock of Cashel, the reputed location where St. Patrick preached and converted the King of Munster. Next, journey to historic Blarney Castle where you have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. You will also have time to shop at the famous Blarney Woollen Mills, the world’s largest Irish gift store. End your day in charming Killarney. (B, D)
Day 5: Sunday, March 13, 2016 Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney
Set off this morning to follow what is perhaps Ireland’s most majestic coastal route – the stunning Dingle Peninsula. Stop at the Gap of Dunloe where you can shop for traditional Irish goods handcrafted by local artisans. Travel to the town of Dingle and then drive the beautiful Slea Head road, where some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes are found. (B)
Day 6: Monday, March 14, 2016 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Dromoland
Depart Killarney and travel across the countryside of Kerry. Journey to the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring views of the mighty Atlantic and the Aran Islands. Then, travel through the vast limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue past scenic countryside to the fairy tale setting of Dromoland Castle, regarded as one of Ireland’s finest hotels. Overnight in this castle and toast your magnificent trip during a fabulous formal dinner. (B, D)
Day 7: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Dromoland – Tullamore – Dublin
Enjoy a relaxing morning at the castle before you return to Dublin. Along the way, visit the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre where you will learn how Irish whiskey is made and enjoy a tasting. This evening, join your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner and toast the end to a wonderful journey! (B, D)
Day 8: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Dublin – Tour Ends
Your tour ends today. Head home with a lifetime of Irish memories. (B)
(B) Breakfast; (L) Lunch; (D) Dinner
More details can be found below:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What do I need to do to participate in the trip?
A: Contact CCAA and indicate you want to offer the trip to your chamber membership. A customized brochure will be created specifically for your chamber to use to promote the trip.
Q: Is there a cost for my chamber to participate?
A: NO, there is no cost to participate, other than to advertise the trip to your membership.
Q: Who can answer specific questions about the trip?
A: CCAA has partnered with AAA-Alabama. We have a dedicated travel specialist to handle all trip questions, bookings, reservations, arrangements, etc. All of your travelers will contact Mary Jackson, AAA, at 334.409.4628 or Click to Email Mary
Q: When will I receive my non-dues revenue funds from CCAA?
A: The funds will be processed no later than 6 weeks after the conclusion of the trip (mid-May 2016)
Q: What if my chamber already offer a travel program?
A: This program is designed to complement your existing travel program, not replace it. You can offer the trip in tandem with the other trip(s) you plan to offer.
Q: Can the dates of the trip be changed?
A: NO, the dates of the trip are March 9-16, 2016.
Q: Can I schedule a trip information session to help sell the trip?
A: YES, a trip representative from AAA or the travel company will be glad to schedule an in-person information session for a minimum of 10 interested travelers. No traveler booking guarantees are required for the information session.
Q: When/What is the early booking deadline?
A: Travelers that reserve their trip prior to September 10, 2015, will save $200 per traveler.
Q: Is there a minimum number of travelers from my chamber that are required to take the trip?
A: NO, this trip is guaranteed. There are no minimum number of traveler guarantees. In the event less than 50 travelers (statewide) sign up for the trip, the trip may be combined with another group of travelers.
Q: Can I depart from another airport besides Birmingham, Montgomery or Mobile, that are listed in the travel brochure?
A: YES, but additional charges may apply. The inclusive rate provided in the travel brochure is only valid for travel from these 3 airports.
For additional information and/or to register your chamber to participate, please contact Jeremy Arthur at 334.264.2112 or via email:Click to Email Jeremy