A group of top travel agents from Canada visited Co Wexford over the weekend as part of a fact-finding trip to Ireland, before attending a B2B workshop in the Heritage Hotel in Co Laois. Carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland in Toronto, in association with American Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Canada and bmi, their itinerary was designed by Fáilte Ireland.
During their time here, the travel agents – all members of top-producing Canadian travel agencies – enjoyed a guided walking tour of Wexford, as well as a tour of the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross. They also visited the Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre and lunched in Corcorans of New Ross. They stayed in Seafield Golf and Spa Hotel near Ballymoney.
Sinéad Murray, Tourism Ireland Canada, said: “We are delighted that so many of these top travel agents took time out of their busy schedules to visit Co Wexford. 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 give the travel agents first-hand experience of what we have to offer potential Canadian holidaymakers. Our aim is that when they return to Canada they are better equipped to advise their clients about Wexford when planning and booking their holidays.”
Canadian travel agents enjoyed a tour of the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross with Helen Cole, Tourism Ireland (back, third from left), and Ellen Redmond, Fáilte Ireland (back, second from right).
Further media information:
Jasmine O’Brien, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 01-476 3425
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 6.7 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 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent. In 2010 discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.