The management team of Germany’s largest tour operator was in Killarney this week to meet with local tourism industry representatives. The high-profile tour operator, DerTour, has chosen Killarney as the host destination for the 2009 DerTour Reiseakademie (Travel Academy), an annual global event that will bring approximately 700 travel agents and more than 100 travel industry executives to the South West for training and education, this November.
The DerTour executives were in Killarney to inspect tourism facilities and to brief the local committee on the various requirements and arrangements which need to be put in place for this important event. They inspected the local hotels which will be used during the event – which include the Killarney Towers, Killarney Park, Scotts, Europe, Malton and Killarney Plaza Hotels. They also got a chance to see some of Killarney’s natural beauty and to view some iconic local visitor attractions – including a tour of Muckross House, a stop at Ross Castle and a short trip along the Gap of Dunloe.
Siobhán McManamy, Tourism Ireland Germany, said: "It is a tremendous honour for Killarney and the island of Ireland to have won this prestigious event in the face of considerable overseas competition. Hosting the DerTour Travel Academy allows us to showcase the South West and the island of Ireland as a tourist destination of choice for German visitors. It is important for influential travel agents like these to experience the exceptional beauty of Killarney and Ireland for themselves, so that they can spread the good news and sell more effectively when they return home and entice more German visitors to holiday here.”
The DerTour Travel Academy has a history of significantly increasing visitors to the host destination; last time this event took place here, business from DerTour to the island of Ireland increased by +31% in the following year. The travel agents will participate in interactive workshops and daily sightseeing excursions when they are in Killarney in November. With this practical knowledge and first-hand experience of Killarney and Ireland, they will be in a better position to develop attractive holiday packages and advise future clients effectively to consider Killarney and the island of Ireland as their holiday destination.
Pictured outside the Killarney Plaza Hotel beside a statue of the legendary Kerry musician Johnny O'Leary are (from left) Mary Hartnett, Killarney Plaza Hotel; Erwin Dreiser, DerTour; and Kristina Gauges, Tourism Ireland Germany.
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland tel: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027