Canadian travel agents check out Fermanagh

01 Jul 2011

A group of Canadian travel agents enjoyed an action-packed trip to Fermanagh during a week-long visit to the island of Ireland.

Carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland in Canada, in association with Carlson Wagonlit and Air Canada Vacations, the group spent three days enjoying the wonderful scenery around Fermanagh and visiting the various visitor attractions in the area.  They spent time at Enniskillen Castle and the local crafts centre before taking a cruise around Lough Erne on the ‘Lady of the Lake’.  A stop at Belleek Pottery was also on the itinerary as well as a tour of the unique facilities and stunning surroundings of Crom Castle.

Sinéad Murray, Tourism Ireland Canada, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to bring these travel agents to Fermanagh.  Familiarisation visits such as these 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 agents return home they can explain at first-hand what a holiday in this part of the world entails, thereby encouraging more Canadians to come here and experience it for themselves.

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

Canadian travel agents at Lough Erne Golf Resort 
with Tanya Cathcart, Fermanagh Lakelands Tourism (left) and 
Jonathan Stapleton, Lough Erne Golf Resort (right).

For further information: 
Elaine Moore/Clair Balmer
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, delivering revenue of approximately £210 million. 
• 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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