On Your Bike! International Journalists Explore Mayo

20 May 2011

Journalists from the US, the Netherlands and Belgium spent time in Mayo recently, exploring the Great Western Greenway cycling and walking trail, which runs between Newport and Mulranny.  Invited here by Tourism Ireland, the journalists’ action-packed itinerary was designed by Fáilte Ireland.

In addition to cycling along the Great Western Greenway route, the journalists enjoyed a walking tour of Westport and a trad session at Matt Molloy’s Pub.  They also took the ferry to Clare Island, where they enjoyed a looped walk.  They visited Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park and overnighted at Mulranny Park Hotel.

Monica Nerney, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Northern Europe, said: “There is no substitute for being able to come and experience at first-hand Mayo’s stunning scenery and wonderful outdoor activity scene.  Visits such as this provide us with a wonderful opportunity to showcase Mayo and 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.”

                                                                            International journalists, pictured at Burrishoole Abbey near Newport, were welcomed to Co Mayo by Brian Quinn and Jane Stokes, Fáilte Ireland (centre).



Further media information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland  t:  087 685 9027
                                                         e: sgrace@tourismireland.com

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.


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