Nine specialist travel agents from France and Spain enjoyed a fact-finding visit to Ireland last week. They were all EFL (studying English as a Foreign Language) specialists – responsible for putting in place arrangements for French and Spanish students who wish to travel abroad to improve their English.
Their visit was organised by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, to showcase our excellent language schools, as well as some of the many things to see and do here. During their time in Ireland, the agents visited the University of Limerick and the Limerick Language Centre. Their itinerary also included the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare, as well as the medieval banquet at Bunratty and an evening of traditional Irish music at Durty Nelly’s. In Co Kildare, they paid a visit to the Avanti Language Institute in Naas.
Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Southern Europe, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to bring these influential EFL travel agents to Ireland, so they could see for themselves the wonderful language facilities and some of the many attractions on offer here for French and Spanish students. We have been working hard to promote the island of Ireland in Spain and France as an attractive host destination for students wishing to improve their English. We know that Ireland appeals to these influential agents and their students, as a dynamic and modern place with a high standard of education, known for its rich culture and the warm welcome extended to visitors.”
French and Spanish EFL (learning English as a foreign language) agents outside the Limerick Language Centre on Mallow Street, with Susan Bolger, Tourism Ireland (front, left), Catherine McCluskey, Fáilte Ireland (second row, left) and Pat Mackay, Limerick Language Centre (second left).
Further media information:
Jasmine O’Brien, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 01-476 3425
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.
• In 2011, approximately 7.3 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland (+4% on 2010), delivering revenue of approximately €3.4 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 2011, discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.
• ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ will be Ireland’s biggest ever tourism initiative and will consist of a year-long programme of festivals, events and gatherings in every part of the country.
• Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way to highlight ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ around the world this autumn, working closely with the ‘Gathering’ project team.