Top tour operators from the US, France, Germany, Australia and Spain visited Londonderry on a recent fact-finding trip to Northern Ireland.
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 walked across the Peace Bridge, visited St Columb’s Cathedral and had a tour of Derry’s city walls. Before arriving in the City, the group had travelled along the Causeway Coastal route to the Giant’s Causeway where they had a ‘sneak peek’ of the new visitor centre, due to open at the beginning of the summer. They also took in the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede and Dunluce Castle.
The visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
International tour operators explored the newly-refurbished St Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry, accompanied by Siobhán Wright, Tourism Ireland Italy (back right); tour guide Ken McElroy (front, second right); and Karen Henderson, Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau (front, third right).
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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.