Etihad two for one deal

ETIHAD Airways is offering customers in Ireland the chance to buy two business class tickets for the price of one, but there are only a couple of days left in the sale.

The promotion means Irish customers can purchase two return tickets from Dublin via Abu Dhabi to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane for €4,636; Johannesburg and Cape Town from €3,524; Bangkok from €3,347; Muscat from €3,195 and Beijing from €3,006. All fares are inclusive of taxes and surcharges.

Etihad currently operates daily flights between Dublin and Abu Dhabi, serving 66 destinations worldwide with Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne among its most popular connections from Ireland.

The “Pearl Business class 2 for 1” offer is available to travellers who book tickets before Monday next. All travel must take place from now (November 1 for Australian destinations) to December 10. Call 1800 ETIHAD (384423) or book online at www.etihadairways.com

- THE Virginia Pumpkin Festival is back for a fourth year with 20,000 people expected to boost spending in the quaint Cavan town to celebrate the pumpkin season between October 22 and 24.

This fun festival has something for all ages to enjoy. Ireland’s largest fancy dress party, the renowned pumpkin weigh-in featuring Europe’s largest pumpkin and a spectacular street theatre musical, The Pumpkin Bites Back.

Created by Francis Morgan, who has put together shows for The Special Olympics, The Commonwealth Games in Manchester as well as several St Patrick’s Day parades in Dublin, it will be an outdoor interactive musical experience never before seen in Ireland. Imelda May is to perform. www.virginia.ie

- THE Cruise Centre is offering ultra luxury cruises to the Caribbean at special fares. The smaller Silversea ships tend to visit different destinations not suitable for the bigger ocean-going liners.

A nine-night Barbados to Ford Lauderdale cruise (December 11) is on sale for €2,795 with clients getting a $500 dollar on-board credit. www.cruisecentre.ie

- MANX2.COM has thrown down the gauntlet to other airlines using Cork Airport by offering all of its 2011 seats for sale.! The company operates two daily flights from Cork to Belfast from Monday to Friday with a late flight on Sundays and weekend flights to and from Galway.

Cork Airport authorities hope the business communities in all three areas will row in behind the airline on both services but also feel the flights also present an opportunity in the leisure markets.

Further information and booking details are available at www.manx2.com

- OCTOBER sees festivals turning their attention to younger audiences, the arts connoisseurs of the future.! There are a number of festivals that cater specifically for children. For more details log onto www.discoverireland.ie


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