Journalists from eight different countries – including Great Britain, the US, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, China and India – visited Galway city and county last week. Representing a radio station and various publications which will reach millions of potential holidaymakers around the world, the journalists were here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. The aim of their visit was to showcase some of the many things to see and do here for feature stories they are planning about holidays in Galway and the west of Ireland.
As well as a visit to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, the journalists spent time at Cnoc Suain cultural retreat in Connemara. They sailed to Inishbofin, where they enjoyed a tour of the island before returning to Galway city to soak up the atmosphere of this year’s Arts Festival. Their itinerary also included a walking tour of Galway city, taking in the exhibition for this year’s festival at Galway Shopping Centre and a visit to the Festival Big Top to watch a gig by The Coronas. They stayed at Inishbofin House Hotel and also at the Park House Hotel and the Harbour Hotel in Galway city.
Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these journalists to come and visit Galway and Ireland. They were really impressed by the places they visited and in particular by the fantastic atmosphere around the city during the arts festival, as well as by the spectacular scenery and the friendliness of the people they met.
“Fact-finding visits like this are an important element of Tourism Ireland’s overall promotional effort; they are a really effective way for us to get positive exposure for Ireland through the media around the world. The publicity value of the radio broadcast and the articles these journalists will write is fantastic – they will be seen or read by millions of people in eight different countries, encouraging more people to come here and experience Galway and Ireland for themselves.”
International journalists enjoyed a visit to the open-air market on Churchyard Street during a recent visit to Galway, with tour guide Thérèse Cunningham (right), and Christina Walsh (back, fifth left) and Ellen Redmond (back, third left), both Fáilte Ireland
Further media information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 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.
• 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.