As the DERTOUR Reiseakademie came to a close, the ceremonial planting of a yew tree took place on Friday (27th November) in Killarney’s National Park, to mark the town’s hosting of this prestigious event. Pictured planting the yew tree beside Arthur Vincent’s house in the National Park are Kevin Keogh and Nadine Lehmann, DERTOUR (right) with Pat Foley, OPW; Judith van Rauchhaupt and Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland; Jerry O’Grady, Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce; and Tom Randles, President Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce.
After a very successful two weeks, the 900 travel professionals who took part in the DERTOUR Reiseakademie have bid farewell to Killarney and the south-west and have returned home to Germany. Despite the inclement weather, the event has been deemed a huge success by both DERTOUR and Tourism Ireland.
Praising the people of Killarney and the tourism product on offer here, Kevin Keogh, DERTOUR’s Vice President of Marketing & Sales, said: "The whole experience in Killarney has been amazing for the participants of our 2009 Reiseakademie. The German travel agents are returning home as ambassadors for tourism to Killarney and Ireland. As an Irishman, I myself shall be returning to Germany very proud of Kerry, the people here and everyone involved in tourism around the island. The Killarney tourism community is a perfect example of what unity really means. No amount of rain could quench the spirit and enthusiasm of the people in the tourism industry in Ireland.”
Commenting on the legacy of the DERTOUR Reiseakademie for Killarney and the potential for generating future tourism business, Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s Chief Executive, said: “Tourism Ireland will exploit all opportunities following our hosting of the DERTOUR Reiseakademie. Travel agents continue to be the primary booking channel for German holidaymakers and Tourism Ireland will be increasing and intensifying its engagement with the travel trade in Germany, on and offline, next year. Our marketing message will be on the unique 'stand-out' features of the island of Ireland, including the delights of Kerry.
“Germany is the third largest tourism generating market for the island of Ireland and I am confident that Killarney and the south-west will reap the rewards of the Reiseakademie in years to come, with a significant increase in German visitors”, said Niall Gibbons.
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
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