Top tour operators from Great Britain, the US, Germany and Norway visited the National Trust property of Castle Coole on a recent fact-finding trip to Co Fermanagh.
Flown in by Tourism Ireland to participate in the annual Meet the Buyer workshop, which took place in the newly-opened Titanic Belfast, the tour operators then travelled to Fermanagh where they also had the opportunity to visit Belleek Pottery, Belle Isle Estate, the Marble Arch Caves and to take a boat trip on the beautiful Lough Erne to Devenish Island.
The tour operators’ visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
International tour operators at the National Trust’s Castle Coole, Co Fermanagh, with tour guide Justin Thompson (left); Karen Van der Horst, Tourism Ireland the Netherlands (fifth left); and Serge Fonseca, Tourism Ireland France (centre).
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Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 40,000 jobs.
• In 2011, 1.5 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland (+4% on 2010), delivering revenue of £368 million.
• 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.