Canadian Travel Writers Discover Northern Ireland

11 May 2011

A group of Canadian travel writers enjoyed a visit to the Walled City of Derry during a recent action-packed tour of Northern Ireland.  Carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland in Canada, the itinerary for the travel writers was designed by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. 

After visiting Belfast and taking a drive along the spectacular Causeway Coast, the travel writers enjoyed a guided walking tour of the Derry City Walls and St Columb’s Cathedral.  The group then stopped off at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin to experience an introduction to a traditional Irish music session.  After an overnight at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel, the writers spent time at the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh before moving on to Fermanagh where they took part in a cookery demonstration at Belle Isle Cookery School at Lisbellaw. 

Sinéad Murray, Tourism Ireland Canada, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to bring these travel writers to Northern Ireland.  Familiarisation visits such as this are extremely important as they help build awareness of the wonderful tourism product to be found in Northern Ireland.  The aim is that when these writers return home they are better equipped to put into words what a holiday in this part of the world entails, thereby encouraging more Canadians to come here and experience it for themselves.

“Canadians travellers have always shown an interest in visiting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland, and Tourism Ireland is working hard to return the market to growth in 2011.”

Pictured in the grounds of the Beech Hill Country House Hotel are Andrea Gannon, Tourism Ireland, Canada 
(second from left) and David McAnirn, Blue Badge tour guide (centre) with Canadian travel writers 
Donna Carter, Waheeda Harris, Josephine Matys, Jan Feduck and Margaret Swaine.

For further information:      
Elaine Moore/Clair Balmer Tourism Ireland
Tel: 028 7035 9260   Mob:  07766 527719

Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 40,000 jobs.
• Approximately 1.4 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland in 2010.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent.  In 2010 attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.


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