Journalists representing a number of leading newspapers and magazines from India visited Sligo and the North West last weekend. Carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland in India, their itinerary was designed in consultation with Fáilte Ireland.
The group travelled to Drumcliffe, where they visited the grave of our world–renowned poet W. B. Yeats and took in the stunning views of Benbulben before enjoying lunch at the Yeats Tavern.
Amanda Burns, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Asia, said: “We are delighted to bring this group of journalists to Sligo and the North West. This is an invaluable opportunity to raise the profile of this part of Ireland among potential holidaymakers in India. The visit of these influential journalists will result in extensive and positive publicity for Sligo and the North West across a range of different publications.
“The Indian market offers exciting possibilities for tourism to the island of Ireland in the medium- to long-term. The UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) has forecast that the Asia-Pacific region will be one of the fastest growing regions for outbound travel in the next ten years. Visitors from markets like India stay twice as long as the average holidaymaker, are more likely to travel throughout the island and make a significant economic contribution to numerous tourism sectors.”
Indian journalists Manjari Bhatnagar, Tanmoy Goswami, Samita Bhatia, Raul Dias and Rriyamvada Kowshik pictured outside the Yeats Tavern in Drumcliffe with tour guide Ken McElroy (left) during a recent fact-finding visit to Sligo.
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland t: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027
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