And, yes, we know that England has a habit of pronouncing that the world means them.
But on the day when England begins to emerge from lockdown our friends at Meet The Media over in Ireland brought the world of Travel together again.
Highlight of the year
The annual meet is a highlight of every Travel professional’s year.
And this year, while different being run remotely, was even more important in championing our industry.
In praise of Dublin
I’ll keep you going with all the latest as the day evolves but to kick off as the world can’t come to Dublin yet let’s bring Dublin to the world.
The Westbury Hotel, off Grafton Street, is where old friends get together to exchange the past year’s tales and experiences and look forward to the coming year.
And good wine flows before we all retire at the end of the day to the hotel bar Balfe’s.
Grafton Street, between Merrion Square and St Stephen’s Green, is where Dubliners mill (and milliner with Brown Thomas boutique where the glam set go to shop).
A slice of life
Between the buskers and mime and statue entertainment.
High tea in the Westbury or people spot from the balcony of Bewley’s Oriental Cafe with your hot chocolate and cinnamon swirl (guilty!).
The spirit of rock guitar great Phil Lynott still hovers above the eponymous statue outside Bruxelles, a favourite meeting place.
And a must-do selfie. And if you have a plectrum leave it there in tribute to the Great Man and Proud Dubliner.
Our Meet the Media would traditionally end in one of my favourite Dublin bars, Mary’s on Wicklow Street.
Where surrounded by good Guinness and great craic and a reconstructed traditional Irish bar and hardware store we’d listen to great music.
And plan with our international friends where we’d go next.
Both that night and the rest of the year.
MEET YOU ON THE ROAD