The Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, celebrated the relaunch of Aer Lingus’ nonstop flight from Dublin Ireland to Hartford, Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport with an event at Dublin’s Epic The Irish Emigration Museum.
The event welcomed travel agents, tour operators, meeting planners, travel media and industry experts to celebrate the return of the direct flight.
Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Ireland, Visit USA, Aer Lingus, Connecticut Airport Authority, Connecticut Tourism Council and Bradley International Airport were in attendance with Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont kicking off the celebration with a video welcoming guests to visit the state; followed by speeches from Connecticut Office of Tourism Director Noelle P. Stevenson, Board Chair of the Connecticut Airport Authority and Tourism Council member Tony Sheridan and Aer Lingus Head of Global Leisure Sales Jenny Rafter.
“It was an honor to welcome Ireland’s travel industry to explore Connecticut,” said Noelle P. Stevenson, director for the Connecticut Office of Tourism. “We brought Connecticut to Ireland through an immersive 24 digital gigantic screen experience. This exclusive event provided the opportunity to showcase the destination in a very live format. The relaunch of this flight opens the door to international travelers – from 22 cities in 7 countries – to experience an energy in Connecticut that’s like nowhere else. Located in the heart of New England, Connecticut is a world-class destination with a vibrant arts & culture scene, acclaimed music & theater, award-winning culinary, fashion, city and country life, and a playground for abundant outdoor adventure. There is an undeniable vibe and diversity in Connecticut and that was very much felt through this evening’s event.”
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed music from DJ Marty Guilfoyle while being immersed in the diverse and inclusive experience Connecticut has to offer. Attendees received goods from Connecticut artisans including Litchfield Distillery and Mystic Knotwork, in addition to educational materials that helped guests plan their next trip to the vibrant New England state.
The relaunch of the flight from Dublin Airport to Bradley International Airport will take place on Sunday, March 26, 2023. Celebrations for the relaunch occurred in Dublin on March 22, 2023