A group of influential journalists from France was in Mayo last week, on a fact-finding trip. The journalists, carefully selected by Tourism Ireland in France, were here to experience at first-hand the spectacular countryside and the variety and quality of angling available in this part of the island. One of the highlights of their visit, organised in conjunction with Brittany Ferries and Fáilte Ireland, was learning to fish on the Carrowniskey River.
Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland France, said: “Visits by journalists such as these are extremely important to help spread the good news about Mayo and the island of Ireland. The articles these influential journalists will write will be read by thousands of potential French holidaymakers.
“France is an important market for tourism and we in Tourism Ireland are pulling out all the stops to win business and to keep Ireland and Mayo ‘top of mind’ with the French consumer this year. We have an extensive promotional programme in place for 2009; fishing is just one of the activities we are promoting, highlighting Mayo as a fantastic fishing and holiday destination. It is absolutely essential that we convey the message that there has never been a better time for French people to visit the island of Ireland.”
French journalists learn the art of fishing on the Carrowniskey River, Louisburgh with ghillie Eric Houalet. Pictured are Bruno Barbier, Gaelle Lebrigant (Brittany Ferries), Anne Zemmour (Tourism Ireland Paris), Eric Houalet (ghillie), Frederie Barille, Gerard Class and Christian Goupi.
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland t: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027