America, Countries, Culture, Music

Way to go Joe America reopening

Just the news we’ve been waiting for… Way to go Joe America reopening.

We never doubted it for a minute, the new American President ain’t no Sleepy Joe.

President Biden gives us encouraging news this mid-July of throwing the gates open.

Striped for action: Joe Biden

Guten tag Angela

Joe has been talking it through with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House.

And encouragingly he said that he would say more ‘within the next seven days’.

Biden is shaping up as the US President the world wants to do business with and building an administration of all talents.

Pool of all talents

With the Rat Pack in Vegas

The best in British and Irish Travel are building up to to pool their talents too for IPW, the American Travel Fair.

Vegas is a magnet for talent and dreamers with an act.

And it is the ideal destination for the filming of America’s Got Talent at the Luxor Hotel on November 4.

Simon Cowell and his pals are doing rehearsals there with the wannabes just now.

And in typical Vegas style there are back stories which will bring a tear to a glass eye.

Hoop dreams

Matt’s the way: Matt Mauser

Such as 51-year-old Matt Mauser who has gone viral after his heartrending rendition of Phil Collins’ Against All Odds.

Father-of-three Matt’s wife Christina taught school basketball which brought them into the sphere of superstar Kobe Bryant.

The legend: Kobe

Alas, the dream turned into a nightmare when Christina died in the same helicopter crash that killed Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and six others.

Matt gives the performance of his life in front of the judges and will have the public right behind him when AGT screens.

Surf dude

Dogg gone it: Snoop in Huntington

The Huntington Beach native also has that wholesome athletic SoCal look which is so endearing.

And we expect that it won’t just be this AGT season that his name and billboard will be up in lights in Vegas.

That’s a rap

Life’s a Huntington Beach

He’s already every bit as big a hit back home in Surf City USA as the likes of this rapper who just happened to put on a show for us two years back.

We’ll be planning to check out what else is happening in Vegas when we visit in September and reporting back on some of it

Because thanks to Mr President whatever happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas.

I’m betting on Vegas

Way to go Joe America reopening.

And a shout-out here too to the holiday providers who have been patiently and conscientiously keeping our dreams alive.

All the time waiting for the green light.

Our American dream

The Whip Its in Harrah’s, Vegas

We don’t know yet if Angela and the EU are ahead of the UK but if they are then check out American Holidays and Tour America.

And we’ll bring you all the offers from wherever you are when we can say with certainty again Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas.



Thomas Cook… an update

As 150,000 holidaymakers wait to go home to the UK and around 600,000 are affected worldwide, it is worth championing and defending the lifeblood of our industry…

The Travel Agent.

We owe a huge debt to Thomas Cook who 178 years ago launched the package holiday.

His company though has been liquidated because it cannot fill the £200m gap in its finances.

Which means that 20,000 jobs are at risk and your holiday may have been cancelled.

And so then, some help from one of our holiday providers.

You’re on holiday

Meet the locals: Barbados

If you are in a resort and your booking was made with Thomas Cook through American Holidays, your booking will continue as planned.

AH’s local office in North America will get in contact with you directly (local time).

Or if you want to contact them you can call +1 888 345 5252.

You have a booking

A Minnie-break: In Florida

You may be able to continue as planned with little or no additional cost.

So you should call the Belfast office on 028 90 511871 or Dublin on 1 433 1060.

Give the name in which the booking has been made in and your departure date handy. 

Do I have a booking?

Sarong, but so right: The Maldives

But you’re not sure if you are booked with American Holidays for Thomas Cook holidays?

So you should check your invoice or documentation from Thomas Cook and see if you are listed.

If you are still not sure, call the Belfast office on 028 90 511871 or Dublin on 1 433 1060.

Thomas Cook Flights

A South African township

If your booking has Thomas Cook Flights on it, it was not booked through American Holidays.  

For all other queries ring the main reservation numbers:  Belfast: 028 90 511800. Dublin: 01 433 1060. 

AH says that If your Thomas Cook Flights or Package Holiday has been cancelled, American Holidays can help re-book your packages.

To the USA, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Indian Ocean destinations (Maldives, Mauritius, etc), Africa, Asia, and all cruise destinations.

And here are a few samples of what some of these great destinations have to offer across the board and which AH also serve…

Dream destinations



Vegas is a rush too…

While this will give you the rundown on the Maldives.

And Africa can look something like this…

Our agents

What happens in Vegas…

For American Holidays, you can call 028 90 511800 with your Thomas Cook documentation handy.

Including passenger names and dates of travel.

For more information visit

And to our Irish Travel Agents Association who do so much for our industry…

Keep up the good work. Visit