A group of leading Japanese travel agents enjoyed a fact-finding visit around the island of Ireland recently, prior to attending a B2B tourism workshop in Dublin. Carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland in Japan, their arrangements on the ground were put in place by NITB and Fáilte Ireland.
The travel agents visited Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway and the North West. They also enjoyed a visit to Dún Aengus on Inis Mór and stopped off at the Cliffs of Moher. They spent time in the Boyne Valley in Co Meath, taking in Newgrange, Trim Castle and the Hill of Tara.
Jim Paul, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Australia & Developing Markets, said: “We are delighted these travel agents took time out of their busy schedules to visit the island of Ireland. For many, it was their first time here and they were extremely impressed by our spectacular scenery, the wealth of historic attractions, as well as by the hospitality and friendliness of the people they met. Familiarisation visits such as these are extremely important as they help the travel agents to know exactly what we have to offer potential Japanese holidaymakers; the aim is that when they return home to Japan they are better equipped to advise their clients on future travel plans and trip bookings.”
Japanese travel agents enjoy a visit to Newgrange, Co Meath.
For further press information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027
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.
• Approximately 7.6 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2009, delivering revenue of €3.7 billion.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 41 different websites, providing information in 19 different languages covering every continent. In 2009 discoverireland.com attracted a record 13+ million unique visitors, a +34% increase in visits on 2008.