A group of Germany’s leading tour operators was in Northern Ireland this week, as part of a five-day trip here. The visit was organised by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Aer Lingus and Aer Arann.
All of the tour operators are interested in featuring Northern Ireland in their 2009 programmes and were delighted with what they saw. Their visit included a tour of the Marble Arch Caves and an overnight in the new Lough Erne Golf Resort and Spa.
Siobhán McManamy, Tourism Ireland Germany, said: “Last year we welcomed almost 60,000 German visitors to Northern Ireland, an increase of +46% on the previous year. With the new service from Aer Lingus operating between Munich and Belfast this autumn, we are looking forward to growing visitor numbers from this market.”
“It is 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.”
Visiting the Marble Arch Caves are (l-r front) Ulrike Rohrbacher, Tourism Ireland; Julia Howe, Aer Lingus; Anna Stiebing, Eberhardt Travel; Thomas Kolb, Cultural Connections; (l -r back) Margaret Brady, Fáilte Ireland; Ansgar Krämer, Troll Tours; Silke Beckert, Conti Reisen; Peter Skudelny, Highländer Reisen; and Andreas Schmittdiel, Tour Vital.
Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland, tel: 028 7035 9260/ 0776 652 7719
Stephen McGrath, Weber Shandwick, tel: 028 9034 7300/ 077 7088 6920