‘Wellness’ was the order of the day for a group of top French journalists who visited Galway and Connemara recently. The journalists – who represented a number of travel and lifestyle magazines, as well as Breton newspaper Le Télégramme and a regional Breton TV station – were invited here by Tourism Ireland in Paris. Their visit was organised in conjunction with Brittany Ferries and Fáilte Ireland.
While they were here, the journalists had the opportunity to sample the high quality of the spa and wellness product of the g Hotel in Galway and Delphi Mountain Resort in Connemara. They also enjoyed a walking tour of Galway city and took time to visit some of our top visitor attractions, including Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian walled garden.
Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “Increasingly, the island of Ireland is becoming known for the high quality of its spas and the health and wellness experience on offer here. The fact that it is possible to enjoy a relaxing spa experience in Galway and elsewhere around Ireland, combined with interesting cultural and heritage activities, very much appeals to the French. Media visits such as these are very important, in terms of showcasing the high quality of the wellness and tourism product available in Galway, as well as the ease of access from Brittany to Ireland. The articles these influential journalists will write will be read by thousands of potential French holidaymakers.
“We know the island of Ireland holds strong appeal for the French, who rank Ireland fourth on the list of places they would like to visit. Tourism Ireland promotions this year are highlighting compelling reasons to visit and the good value available here. We are driving home messages of friendliness, fun and humour as well as stunning landscapes and music.”
Leading French journalists with Anne Zemmour, Tourism Ireland France (second from right) at Kylemore Abbey in Co Galway, during a recent fact-finding visit.
Further media information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland t: 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 6.9 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.