A group of specialist business tourism planners and journalists from France visited Ireland last week. Carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, the group comprised ten leading meeting, conference and incentive organisers, as well as three top business journalists.
The aim of the trip was to showcase the superb business and conference facilities on offer here, as well as some of the many attractions that delegates can enjoy on the sidelines of their conference or meeting. The group’s itinerary included site inspections of the Merrion, Burlington, Morrison, Radisson Blu, City West, Clontarf Castle and Clarence hotels in Dublin, Number 10 on Ormond Quay, Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse. They also visited Powerscourt House and Gardens and the Ritz-Carlton in Co Wicklow; and Carton House and Killashee House Hotel in Co Kildare.
Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Southern Europe, said: “We are delighted that so many of these key business tourism decision-makers have taken the time to come to Ireland, to see what we have to offer at first-hand. Fact-finding visits like this are extremely important, as they help to build awareness in France of our world-class business and conference facilities, as well as our wonderful tourism product. The superb meetings, incentive and transport infrastructure on offer here, coupled with our distinctive cultural experience, means the island of Ireland is a very attractive destination for the business tourism market here in France. Business tourism is the most lucrative form of tourism, offering significant economic benefits, and Tourism Ireland is working hard to promote the island of Ireland in France as a premier business tourism destination.”
Specialist business tourism planners and journalists from France at Carton House, during a fact-finding visit, with Catherine Bertin, Tourism Ireland France (standing, third from right), and Alison Johnston, Fáilte Ireland (standing, sixth from right).
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 (+6% 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.