A group of leading journalists from Austria – representing national and regional newspapers and magazines – visited Clonmacnoise over the weekend. Their trip was organised by Tourism Ireland in Vienna, in conjunction with Aer Lingus and Le Boat (a boating holiday company).
The journalists were here to find out more about cruising holidays on the River Shannon and to experience at first-hand the spectacular scenery and the wealth of things to see and do in this part of the island. They began their cruise at Carrick-on-Shannon and continued to Tarmonbarry and Athlone, before stopping off for a guided tour at Clonmacnoise.
Simone Korb, Tourism Ireland Austria, said: “Media visits such as these are extremely important to help build awareness of the wonderful cruising product of the River Shannon among potential holidaymakers in Austria. The publicity value of the articles these journalists will write is fantastic – they will be read by many hundreds of thousands of potential visitors. The island of Ireland has a wealth of waterways and cruising on the Shannon strongly appeals to Austrians as a truly relaxing and unique experience.”
Leading Austrian journalists at Clonmacnoise during a recent familiarisation trip.
For further press information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland t: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027
Notes 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 41 different websites, providing information in 19 different languages.