Top tour operators from Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden visited Mount Stewart House and Gardens on a fact-finding trip to Co Down.
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 to Co Down, where they stopped at the FE McWilliams Gallery before travelling on to explore the Silent Valley and the Mountains of Mourne. The following day saw the group visit the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick before embarking on a sea safari of Strangford Lough and a tour of Mount Stewart House and Gardens.
The visit of the international tour operators was organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Leading international tour operators at Mount Stewart House and Gardens with tour guide Dee Morgan (left) and the National Trust’s head gardener Neil Porteous (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.