Eight tourism companies from around the island of Ireland travelled to Kent in Great Britain last week, to join Tourism Ireland for a roadshow aimed at raising awareness of Ireland as a fantastic holiday and short break destination.
The roadshow involved a workshop event hosted by Albatross Travel – a leading tour operator specialising in group and coach travel to Ireland. The business-to-business workshop sessions provided a valuable opportunity for the participating companies to present their product to the sales and operations staff of Albatross Travel and to communicate what is unique about the island of Ireland as a holiday destination. The roadshow also took in the busy Bluewater shopping centre in Kent over three days, targeting shoppers and potential holidaymakers with messages about the many things to see and do on holiday here as well as the ease of access from GB to Ireland.
Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland’s head of Great Britain, said: “This type of roadshow, where we talk directly to prospective holidaymakers in GB, as well as to members of the influential travel trade like Albatross Travel, provides us with an excellent opportunity to spread the word about all the great things to see and do on a holiday or short break in Ireland. It is a really effective platform for our tourism partners from around Ireland to showcase their product direct to consumers and to the travel trade, helping to position Ireland as a ‘must see’ destination and grow tourism business for the rest of 2012 and beyond.”
Great Britain is our largest and most important tourism market, accounting for over 50% of all visitors from overseas. Tourism Ireland has an extremely busy promotional programme under way in GB right throughout 2012.
Debbie Moran, Tourism Ireland; Marcia Gibson, Albatross Travel; Fiona Delahunty, Griffin Hotel Group and representing the South East branch of the Irish Hotels Federation; Anja Krucoski, Albatross Travel; and Frieda O’Connell, The Irish National Stud, at a workshop event during a tourism roadshow to Kent in GB.
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.