Leading travel agents from Spain enjoyed a visit to Ireland recently, as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Spanish tour operator Travelplan. They were here to check out some of the many things to see and do in Ireland and to find out what’s in store for Spanish holidaymakers during this special year of The Gathering Ireland.
The first stop for the travel agents was Dublin, where they enjoyed a walking tour of the city and visits to the Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College. They continued to the Ballinahown Tea Rooms in Co Westmeath and also enjoyed a guided tour of the monastic site at Clonmacnoise. Then it was on to Galway city and Connemara, where they visited Kylemore Abbey and Clifden. They returned to Dublin, where they visited Malahide Castle before returning home to Spain.
Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s manager in Spain, said: “We are delighted that these travel agents have taken time out from their busy schedules to come and visit Ireland. For many, it was their first time here and they were extremely impressed by our wonderful scenery, the many things to see and do here, as well as by the hospitality and friendliness of the people they met. Familiarisation visits such as these are extremely important as they help the travel agents to know exactly what we have to offer potential Spanish holidaymakers; the aim is to enthuse them about the destination so that when they return to Spain they are better equipped to advise their clients on future travel plans.
“The travel agents’ visit was also a wonderful opportunity to highlight ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ and the fantastic programme of events taking place here this year. Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotions in Spain, and elsewhere around the world, to highlight The Gathering. As well as directly targeting the Diaspora and those with a connection to Ireland, Tourism Ireland is also working closely with influential travel agents, so that they will encourage their clients to come here this year to enjoy the festivals and events of The Gathering.”
Spanish travel agents with tour guide Yamile Mugsi (front right), at the Ballinahown Tea Rooms, Co Westmeath.
Further media information:
Jasmine O’Brien, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 01-476 3425
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 2012, an estimated 7.27 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.51 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, currently rolling out in 11 different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.
• ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ is Ireland’s biggest ever tourism initiative, consisting of a year-long programme of festivals, events and gatherings in every part of the country; Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way to highlight ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ around the world, working closely with the ‘Gathering’ project team.