Influential Aussie Travel Agents put Westmeath on the Map

18 May 2009

A group of top Australian travel agents - from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane - arrived in Ireland over the weekend.  One of the highlights of their fact-finding visit was a tour of Lockes Distillery in Kilbeggan.  The group of influential travel agents had to complete a quiz devised by Tourism Ireland in Australia, testing their knowledge about the island of Ireland, to win a place on the trip to come and experience at first-hand our wonderful landscape and visitor attractions.  

Orla Saul, Tourism Ireland Australia, said: “We are delighted to welcome these influential travel agents to Co Westmeath.  The agents in this group collectively bring thousands of Australian tourists to Ireland each year, so this is an excellent opportunity for them to experience at first-hand what makes the island of Ireland unique.”

“Right now in Australia, Tourism Ireland is pulling out all the stops to win business for this year and to keep the island of Ireland top of mind with the Australian consumer.  Our promotional activity is in full swing, highlighting that the island of Ireland is a great place to visit, is easily accessible and offers the consumer tremendous value for money.”

The travel agents’ visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in Australia, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland.

                                                                                                                               Pictured at Lockes Distillery in Kilbeggan are travel agents (l-r) Paul Diamond - New Zealand; Donna Campbell - Tourism Ireland Australia; Olga Shrewsbury – Perth; Dale Watkins Napier - New Zealand; Neona Connolly - Why Not Travel, Melbourne; Danielle Wolfe - Flight Centre, Queensland; Beth Peyton - Harvey World, Queensland; Glenda Tam - Ethiad Airways; Debbie Chandler – Melbourne; and Lars Kenny - Everything Travel, Sydney.


Further information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland, tel: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027



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