Tourism Ireland marked the recent inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Munich to Belfast by inviting a group of top tour operators from the Bavaria region in Germany to visit Northern Ireland. The trip, which had a strong historical theme, included the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Derry City Walls and the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. The visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Siobhán McManamy, Tourism Ireland Germany, said: “We are very excited about this new route between Munich and Belfast as people in Bavaria have always had a strong interest in Northern Ireland.
The German market is very important for tourism and last year we welcomed almost 60,000 German visitors to Northern Ireland, an increase of +46% on the previous year. German visitors enjoy good food, Christian Heritage, sightseeing and angling – so there is a good ‘fit’ in terms of what Northern Ireland has to offer. It is also important for tour operators like these to experience the exceptional beauty of Northern Ireland for themselves, so that they can spread the good news and sell more effectively when they return home and entice even greater numbers of German visitors to come and holiday here.”
Pictured on one of the vintage vehicles at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum are (l-r) Ulrike Rohrbacker, Tourism Ireland Germany; driver; Anna Eggert, tour guide; Christina Tolkes, German tour operator; and Gotz Heberlein, Aer Lingus Germany.
For further press information:
Elaine Moore, Tourism Ireland tel: 028 7035 9260 / 07766 527719
Sonya Cassidy, Weber Shandwick tel: 028 9034 7300