Top tour operators from Great Britain, the US, France, Denmark and Austria visited Belleek Pottery on a fact-finding trip to Fermanagh.
Flown in by Tourism Ireland to participate in the annual Meet the Buyer workshop, which took place in The Venue, on the Ebrington site in Londonderry last week, the tour operators then travelled on to counties Tyrone and Fermanagh, where they stopped at the Ulster American Folk Park, Lusty Beg island and Caldragh cemetery before reaching Belleek. The following day saw the group visit Florence Court and Belle Isle, before embarking on a boat tour of the lough. The day concluded with a stop at Blessingbourne Estate and the Ranfurly House visitor centre.
The visit of the international tour operators was organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
International tour operators at Belleek Pottery, with Patricia McAuley (front, left) and Maeve Cleary (second row, left), both Belleek Pottery; and Gillian Spratt, NITB (front, second left).
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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, delivering revenue of £368 million.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is ireland.com, which is rolling out in 11 different language versions for 30+ markets around the world this year.