Travel Portland launches easy leisure travel service from Ireland and the UK

LEISURE travel to the USA’s Pacific Northwest will be a whole lot easier from next June when the new British Airways service from Heathrow London will fly non-stop into Portland, Oregon.

Sophia Amos, left, Karen Viehoever, Laura Guimond, Bethan Smyth and Rachel Phillips, Travel Portland and Black Diamond UK and Ireland

This exciting development in international leisure travel was unveiled by leisure service Travel Portland in association with the UK-based Black Diamond PR at The Woollen Mills in Dublin, Ireland, attended by around 40 Irish travel influencers on Tuesday, 28th January.

The new, comprehensive service has been designed as a leisure showcase of Portland and its environs while business travellers may also want to take advantage of one of the USA’s tax-free zones. Air service from Dublin to Portland will include as little as a single connecting flight, offered by a variety of airlines operating in Ireland.

The Irish Sun’s Ann Mooney, freelance travel writer Jim Gallagher and Lucy White of Cara Magazine

“This was an opportunity to get to know you and to talk about Portland,” said Senior International PR Manager Laura Guimond, Travel Portland. “It was an opportunity to find out more about your interests and talk about what Portland has to offer.”

The evening event in The Woollen Mills on Dublin’s Ormond Quay featured a taste of Portland’s Westward craft whiskey along with the new Michelin Getaway Guide and latest edition of the city’s visitors guide, samples of craft chocolate and the region’s bee lip balm, and a hand-woven Pendleton Woollen Mills scarf.

Bethan Smyth, Black Diamond UK and Ireland and Jim ‘Bandanaman’ Murty, award winning travel editor and writer

Said Karen Viehoever, Travel Portland Senior International Tourism Manager Europe: “We are really excited with the awesome ways to get to Portland, any time of year.”

Connect in Europe with Travel Portland online at, or phone Bethan Smyth of Black Diamond, or email


Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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