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Mid-Year International Leadership Conference

July 15-17, 2009
Radisson SAS Royal Hotel
Dublin, Ireland

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The Destination

We're going "green"! Join your fellow TLPA members on our travels to Ireland where you can expect warm and inviting Irish hospitality as you explore Irish history, culture and traditions.

Referred to as the Emerald Island, the name Ireland is derived from the name of the Celtic goddess Ériu (in modern Irish, Éire) with the addition of the Germanic word land. Approximately 6 million people inhabit this twentieth-largest island in the world.

Our conference will be held in Dublin located on the central west coast. Being the capital and one of the largest cities in Ireland, Dublin has much to offer for the visitor. Take time to check out Dublin Castle, Trinity College (chartered in 1592 and counts Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett among its famous graduates), and Ireland's number one visitor attraction—the Guinness Storehouse. Don't forget the nightlife! You'll find an endless list of choices for pubs, clubs, theatre and dining in Dublin.

But don't let your Ireland experience stop in the city. Be sure to plan an adventure to the country where dramatic coastlines, quaint towns, corner pubs and endless emerald green landscape await you.

Photos courtesy of Dublin Tourism

The Invitation

President Rick Hewatt invites you to travel to Ireland with the TLPA. The program of events will include discussion of the current industry developments in the United States and how they compare to what is happening in Ireland. We are also planning a visit to a transportation company to see first hand our similarities and differences. Register today.

Hotel Highlights
Radisson SAS Royal HotelPhone: +011 353 1 898 29 00
Golden LaneFront Desk Fax: +011 353 1 898 29 09
Dublin, 8, IE

Located in the heart of Dublin City bedside Dublin Castle and a 5-minute walk from St. Stephen's Green, Grafton St and Temple bar, the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel is a newly built boutique style hotel. With 150 rooms including 12 suites, you will enjoy high-end amenities like individual climate control, coffee/tea makers, flat-panel LCD televisions, laptop-size safes, and complimentary broadband Internet (wired and wireless) throughout the hotel.

Rooms come in two styles: The conservative style—darker toned with shades of chocolate and cocoa—or the more funky style—lighter tones with creams, natural tans, splashes of pink and green. All feature crisp Irish linens and high quality Italian furnishings.

You'll enjoy the French Restaurant Verres en Vers that is a modern interpretation of a traditional French Brassiere. If you're in the mood for a cocktail or a pint of Guinness, visit SURE Bar which is a chic Irish style bar, a symbol of how Dublin has changed over the last 10 years.

TLPA rooms are being offered bed & breakfast style which means that they include a full Irish breakfast. The breakfast will include a variety of eggs, sausage, bacon, cereals, fruit, breads, meats and cheeses, yogurts, juices, teas and coffees.

Room Types:

Standard Room/Bed & Breakfast: €170 single/double occupancy to include Full Irish Breakfast and taxes. The room is approximately 301 sq. ft. in size with view of the city. Option of (1) King bed or (2) Single beds.

Business Class/Bed & Breakfast: €210 single/double occupancy to include Full Irish Breakfast and taxes. The room is approximately 322 sq. ft. in size, overlooking the beautifully landscaped terrace. Additional amenities include an Espresso coffee machine; free pay TV movies, turndown service. Option of (1) King bed or (2) Single beds.

Interconnecting rooms are also available upon availability. Additional guests charged at €45 per guest per night to a maximum of 3 people (adults and/or children) per room. Cots available free of charge.

Please contact the Hotel directly for availability and cost of suites and junior suites.

Junior Suite/Bed & Breakfast: supplement of €80 per room and night subject to availability single/double occupancy to include Full Irish Breakfast. The room is approximately 430 sq. ft. in size, with impressive views over the landscaped terrace. All suites come with amenities found in our Business Class rooms as well as a private lift to the 6th floor's Executive Terrace. Suites with balcony available upon request and strictly subject to availability.

One Bedroom Suite/Bed & Breakfast: supplement of €100 per room and night subject to availability single/double occupancy to include Full Irish Breakfast. The room is approximately 970 sq. ft. in size, same view and amenities as the Junior Suite. Spacious living/dining rooms in Suites located in corners of the hotel.

Reservations Procedure

Make your hotel reservations early, TLPA's conference rates will be available until June 10, 2009, or whenever our room block sells out, whichever happens first. However, the Hotel begins releasing a percentage of our un-sold room block beginning on May 10, 2009. If you plan to attend, we strongly advise that you secure your room reservation by May 10, 2009.

Make your reservations by faxing or emailing the Reservation Form directly to the hotel. (The hotel does not provide on-line reservations for groups.)

Reservations Fax: 011 353 1 898 29 04
Reservations Email:

*Please use the reservations form to complete your request. If you have a question regarding rooms or suites, the hotel has asked that you speak with Laura Gonzalez at 011 353 1 898 2 931.

Guarantee: A valid credit card must be submitted in order to guarantee your reservation. The hotel also accepts a prepayment via check or bank transfer (details are on the reservations form).

Cancellation Policy: A cancellation free of charge is possible up to 7 days prior to the day of arrival. For any cancellations after this time and no-shows, the full accommodation cost will be charged to the credit card provided.

Climate & Clothing

Overall, Ireland has a mild, but changeable, oceanic climate with few extremes. You can expect evening temperatures to reach as low as 54° after the day's high temperature of 65°. Our meetings will be business casual, but you may want to bring along a sweater/jacket as well as a dressier outfit or sports coat for that special evening out.

Traveling to Ireland

The closest airport to the hotel (12 miles away) is Dublin Airport (DUB). Located in Collinstown, in the Fingal part of County Dublin, it is the busiest airport in Ireland, serving over 23.2 million passengers in 2007. The airport is served by buses and taxis.

You can reach most of the Irish regional airports on domestic service from DUB and there are approximately 50 daily departures from Dublin to all five London Airports (Stansted, Luton, Gatwick, Heathrow and London City). An array of global carriers also serve DUB, and Aer Lingus now serves many popular U.S. destinations.

United States border pre-clearance services are available at DUB for U.S.-bound passengers. (Dublin and Shannon are the only two European airports with this service.) This service allows passengers to have their paperwork dealt with before departure, which saves time upon arrival in the U.S. However, due to congestion there are numerous flights that do not use this facility, so check with your carrier.

Entry Requirements
Ireland, a member of the EU, does not require visas for citizens of the United States. A valid passport is sufficient for a three-month stay.

Traveling within Ireland

By Plane
Domestic carriers include Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Aer Arann.

By Car
Driving is on the left, and renting a car with automatic transmission is recommended because of the winding roads in many parts of the country. There are many rental companies that provide service, and Hertz and Avis have large networks. You must be 21 and have a national driver's license. If you want to visit Northern Ireland, arrange this when renting the car in advance.

By Train or Bus
Irish Rail runs a number of lines throughout the country. There is a bus network which complements rail services. Bus Ẽireann offers a wide range of connections between Dublin and many major cities and towns. Both train and bus lines offer a variety of fares and travel passes.

Travel Tips
  • English is the second official language and is more common.
  • Electricity: 230V, 50 Hz
  • Get your refund of the 21 percent VAT tax at the airport.
  • Service charges are usually included at restaurants, but if is isn't, a tip of 10-12% is customary.
  • Safety - The police service and fire services can be contacted by dialing 999 or 112 on any phone or mobile phone throughout the country.
  • Phone - Ireland uses GSM wireless service, so you are going to need a GSM cell phone. T-Mobile and Cingular operate GSM networks in the United States and as a subscriber on one of these networks you may already have a GSM world phone that will work in Ireland (although roaming charges may be high). Otherwise, GSM cell phones and prepaid SIM cards can be rented for typically $29-$59/week with per minute charges ranging from $1.50-$5/minute, for incoming and outgoing calls.

All towns have a good variety of restaurants, cafés and takeaways to suit all budgets. An easy choice would be the local pub, which usually does full dinners reasonably priced, normally around €10 to €12.

Traditional dishes, such as the Irish stew, coddle, the Irish breakfast, and potato bread are always at hand, but the last quarter of the 20th century saw the emergence of a new Irish cuisine based on traditional ingredients combines in fresh and enticing ways.

You will also find that Ireland has been influenced by world cuisines, and you will find restaurants for all specialties: pizza, curry, Chinese food, etc.

Good Buys

The Euro vs. Dollar makes everything in Europe more expensive, so buying Waterford or Galway crystal that can be also found in the States might not be the best bargain. But you can find deals on slightly imperfect pieces that aren't exported. For a sure bet, take home some Guinness gear or a fine Irish whiskey not available off the island.


Ireland has adopted the Euro (€) as its official currency.

Visa and MasterCard are generally accepted; American Express can be a bit harder.

If you have an ATM card, bring it. It is much easier to withdraw money from the wall than to exchange currencies. Of course, chances are that your bank will charge a withdrawal fee, so it is generally advisable to withdraw larger sums of money at a time.

Outside of Dublin

World Heritage Site: Brú na Bóinne
Brú na Bóinne is one of the largest and most important ancient stone structure sites in Europe dating from as early as 3500-3200 BC. The site predates the Great Pyramids and was built with sophistication and knowledge of science and astronomy. Located in County Meath.

World Heritage Site: Skellig Michael, also known as Great Skellig
A steep, rocky island off the coast of County Kerry, is the site of an Irish Celtic monastery built in 588 on the summit of a 230-metre high rock. The monks lived in stone 'beehive' huts perched above nearly vertical cliff walls. The site is exceptionally well preserved and shows a glimpse of the self-denying lifestyle of the monks who occupied this island for 600 years.

World Heritage Site: Giant's Causeway
On the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, this natural wonder of interlocking basalt columns is a result of ancient volcanic eruption. The tallest columns are 36 feet high, and together they form stepping stones that lead into the sea.

Additional Popular Sites to Visit

Bunratty Castle
A large, tower-house built in 1425 in County Clare between Limerick and Ennis featuring a "great hall," dungeons, towers and spiral stairwells.

Rock of Cashel
The castle that served as the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. Highlights include the round tower, chapel and cathedral, also an extensive graveyard with numerous 'high-crosses'.

Cliffs of Moher
Among one of the most impressive places to see in Ireland, the cliffs rise 394 feet above the Atlantic Ocean just north of O'Brien Tower built in 1835 as an observation tower. New to the landscape is the Visitor Experience with an informative array of interactive media exploring the area. This is located near Doolin in County Clare.

Blarney Castle
Considered one of Ireland's greatest treasures, you won't want to pass up an opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Found at the top of the castle's tower, kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words. Blarney Castle is located eight kilometers northwest from Cork city in the South of Ireland.

Aran Islands
Made up of three limestone islands off Ireland's west coast, Inishmore is the largest and most interesting with its famous Iron Age fortress, Dún Aonghasa, perched on a cliff with the ocean 300 feet straight down. Ferry service available by Aran Island