A Canadian media group – including journalists from some of Canada’s major newspapers and travel magazines – is visiting Galway and the West of Ireland this week. Invited here by Tourism Ireland in Toronto, they are here to experience the world-famous Galway International Oyster Festival at first-hand. They will have a chance to sample some new season Galway Bay oysters and will attend the Oyster Festival Gala Ball in the Radisson Blu Hotel.
Also included in the journalists’ itinerary, designed by Fáilte Ireland, are visits to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens as well as the Connemara Smokehouse in Ballyconneely, a walking tour of Galway city and a visit to Inishbofin island.
Commenting on the visit of the influential journalists, Jayne Shackleford, Tourism Ireland Canada, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to bring these journalists to Galway, to showcase Ireland’s beautiful west coast and allow them to experience the famous Oyster Festival at first-hand. Media visits such as these are extremely important to help build awareness of Galway, and the island of Ireland in general, among potential holidaymakers around Canada. The West of Ireland is a popular region for Canadians and the visit of these journalists provides an excellent opportunity for them to share the excitement and fun of the Oyster Festival, the fantastic visitor attractions and the warm Galway welcome with thousands of potential Canadian holidaymakers.”
Leading Canadian travel journalists – here to experience the world-famous Galway International Oyster Festival – stopped off at Moran’s Oyster Cottage in Kilcolgan to sample some oysters. Pictured are (back row) Andrea Gannon, Tourism Ireland Canada and Christina Walsh, Fáilte Ireland with Canadian journalists Emilie Folie-Bovin, Barbara Taylor, Lisa Mon Forton and tour guide Thérèse Cunninghan; and (front row) Janie Roninson, Valerie Martin, Andree Le Bel and Anita Draycott.
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.