Will tablet craze work for Aer Lingus?
THE march of the tablet continued this week, with the news that Aer Lingus Gold Circle members will have an "exclusive opportunity" to use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in their Gold Circle lounges.
The partnership sees members have access to the Galaxy Tab in the airline's lounges in Dublin and London Heathrow.
PostScript would be lying if he said he regularly frequents the lounge here and at LHR but on the occasions that he has, it has been very clear that the people in the lounge are not the sort who would be easily impressed by the presence of a tablet computer. Especially one that, no matter how good it is, does not have the cache of the iPad.
The spec on the Galaxy Tab is very impressive indeed.
Samsung Mobile Ireland's general manager Gary Twohig says the tablets are ready to use.
"With Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 now available in Aer Lingus lounges, Gold Circle members can experience all the Tab has to offer while relaxing ahead of their flight.
"We have worked closely with Aer Lingus to meet the needs of travellers; Tab 10.1 comes pre-loaded with Samsung's Readers Hub and Music Hub, providing instant access to more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers, 2,300 magazines and 13 million songs.
"We're proud to be able to bring our slimmest, lightest and smartest tablet yet to Aer Lingus customers and we are confident it will be a hit in the lounges in Ireland and the UK," he continued.
That may be so, but it remains likely that travellers these days, and in particular the business traveller who needs to stay in touch and keep him or her self entertained while on the road, will already be using a smartphone or iPad equivalent. And from anecdotal evidence, there are very few non-business travellers using the lounges in Dublin and Heathrow.
It will be interesting to see how this experiment works out.
Awards time in the hotel sector
JANUARY is barely out of the way but already it is awards season in the hospitality industry.
Castlemartyr resort in east Cork won three new awards last month: Best Golf Resort in Munster in the Golfers' Guide to Ireland, and two TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, fourth in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Ireland and 12th in the Top 25 Relaxation & Spa Hotels.
Castlemartyr isn't alone, however. Jurys Inn was awarded two "major industry accolades" this week after winning the 'Best Irish Hotel Chain' at the 2012 Irish Travel Industry Awards and the 'Best small or Independent Hotel Brand' at the 2012 Business Travel Awards.
Voted for by Irish travel industry professionals, the Irish Travel Industry Awards in Dublin apparently "showcase excellence in the delivery of travel services to both business and leisure customers in Ireland" and recognise the hotel group's "continued commitment to delivering exceptional customer service and to achieving a culture that values people and their contributions to the business".
Sponsor the Air Spectacular
THE Air Spectacular in Bray, Co Wicklow, attracts some 80,000 people every summer as the only free to view airshow in the country.
Despite that, it has never had a sponsor. The Air Spectacular is a not-for-profit event, bringing together national and international pilots, aviation enthusiasts and world class aerobatic display teams.
Since 2005 Simtech Ltd has organised the event as part of Bray Summerfest, a month-long festival starting at the beginning of July.
Simtech is an approved training organisation providing training services to airline personnel, career pilots and simulator engineers.
The event, which generates an estimated €275,000 in free publicity, is now looking for a title sponsor. For full details contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
take to airwaves
GRIFF FM, the radio station run by Griffith College's media students, which is currently broadcasting, sees students take charge of all elements of running the station from producing shows to putting a schedule together to presenting.
The station content includes current affairs and political programmes, entertainment slots, sports bulletins, news updates and much more. Griff FM is broadcast throughout the South Dublin region on 97.3FM or streamed live on streams.gcd.ie.