Journalists from leading Middle Eastern newspapers and travel and lifestyle magazines – including Gulf News, Ahlan! (Hot 100 Destinations), and Dubai lifestyle magazine Sayidaty – visited Kildare this week.
While here, the journalists enjoyed a guided tour of the National Stud and Japanese Gardens. They also enjoyed some ‘retail therapy’ at Kildare Village.
Amanda Burns, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Asia, said: “We were delighted to bring these influential journalists to Kildare and Ireland. For many, it was their first time here and they were really impressed by our spectacular scenery, the variety and wealth of cultural and heritage experiences on offer and, of course, by the hospitality and friendliness of the people they met. Visits such as this help us to build awareness of this part of Ireland, as the articles the journalists will write when they return home will be read by thousands of potential holidaymakers.”
Invited here by Tourism Ireland, the journalists’ itinerary was designed by Fáilte Ireland. Tourism Ireland is working hard to promote the island of Ireland in the Middle East as a premier holiday and business tourism destination.
Brenda Brown (centre) and the famous ‘Vintage Crop’ welcomed journalists from the Middle East and Annique Labuschagne of Tourism Ireland (third from left) to the National Stud.
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.