There's a message from my trip to other travel writers, and that is to be careful when dealing with the government tourist agency of a country. Being a professional travel writer can get you free access to story material, which means (sometimes) free air transportation, local guide services, hotel rooms, rental cars and meals. But nothing in life is free, and it is best to keep that in mind.
I had never been to Ireland but other writers and photographers had told me how easy the Irish Tourist Board was to work with and that they couldn't give air fare but they provided free rental cars, lodging and meals. So I contacted the tourist board in New York with my credentials and assignment, and was told I would get a car, hotels, and meals if I could give dates when I wanted them.
But they didn't send anything as promised. I called two weeks before my departure, was promised a package would be sent that day, but it didn't arrive, either. Finally, three days before my departure date they told me they would fax the information to me, but that they did not provide free rental cars and had no idea where I got such an idea. I told them from their office. No answer to that.
I still have trouble making demands when things are free, but on the other hand, if I have bought a ticket to a foreign country, gotten assignments from newspapers or magazines, then I think the other party should keep their promises.
However, the good part is that when I cancelled the car reservation to take public transportation, I was committed to dealing with people on a personal basis instead of through a windshield, and I heartily recommend taking public busses and trains when possible.
But to repeat with the tourist boards, if they make a promise, insist that they keep it, and don't let them dangle you until the very last minute.