Pictured at the Flavours of Ireland 2010 event organised by Tourism Ireland, which took place recently in Glasgow, is Paddy Clarke of the Sliabh League Cultural Centre in Co Donegal with Duncan Dewar, owner of Days Away (Scottish tour operator). The B2B tourism workshop brought a number of key Scottish tour operators together with representatives of the tourism industry from Northern Ireland and the North West.
The Flavours of Ireland event was an excellent opportunity for the participating tourism providers to highlight their product to these important Scottish decision-makers and to encourage them to include the North West and Northern Ireland in their future holiday programmes.
Elaine Murray, Tourism Ireland Scotland, said: “We are delighted that so many key Scottish tour operators took the time to join us at this event and we very much welcome the business and networking opportunities. In this difficult year for tourism, we are working hard to win business and to keep the island of Ireland/Northern Ireland ‘top of mind’ with potential Scottish holidaymakers. Our promotional campaigns are highlighting the tremendous value on offer as well as compelling reasons to visit. The message here in Scotland is that there has never been a better time to visit the Northern Ireland and the North West.”
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
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Note to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
• 7.6 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2009, delivering revenue of €3.46 billion.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 20 different languages covering every continent. In 2009 discoverireland.com attracted a record 13+ million unique visitors, a +34% increase in visits on 2008.