Journalists from leading Austrian newspapers, travel trade magazines and websites enjoyed a fact-finding visit around West Cork last week. Invited here by Tourism Ireland in Vienna, their itinerary was designed by Fáilte Ireland.
The journalists were here to experience at first-hand the spectacular scenery and the wealth of things to see and do in this part of Ireland. Their action-packed itinerary included boat trips to Cape Clear and Bere Islands, as well as a looped walk of Bere Island with local guide John Walsh. They also travelled to Mizen Head, stopping off at the Mizen Head Visitor Centre for a tour of the lighthouse. The group visited some of West Cork’s beautiful gardens, including Bantry House and Gardens, and the Bamboo Park and Ewe Gardens near Glengarriff. They also spent time in Bandon, Ballylickey and Castletownbere.
Simone Korb, Tourism Ireland Austria, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted these influential journalists took the time to come and visit West Cork, to see for themselves the superb tourism product on offer in this part of Ireland. The articles these journalists will write when they return home will be read by many thousands of potential Austrian holidaymakers. Tourism Ireland has a busy promotional programme in place in Austria throughout 2011, emphasising the convenience and value of a holiday on the island of Ireland for Austrian visitors, highlighting our spectacular scenery and the huge variety of things to see and do here.”
Journalists from leading Austrian newspapers, travel trade magazines and websites visited Bantry House recently, as part of a fact-finding visit of West Cork. They are pictured with Simone Korb, Tourism Ireland Austria (front – second from left).
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.
• Approximately 6.6 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2010, delivering revenue of approximately €3 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 45 different websites, providing information in 19 different languages covering every continent. In 2010 discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.