Oui Love Galway - A boost for Galway tourism as leading French journalists arrive for board meeting

18 May 2009

Galway was chosen as the venue for the board meeting of a prestigious association of French journalists who arrived here over the weekend.  Invited by Tourism Ireland in France, the group (Groupement des Grands Regionaux - GGR) comprises editors from all the major regional newspapers in France.  This is a huge coup for Galway and for the tourism industry here, as it is only the second time that the association has held a board meeting outside France.

The meeting took place in the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Clifden.  The journalists took some time out to enjoy a tour of the spectacular gardens at Kylemore Abbey and also had the chance to sample some local fare at Moran’s Oyster Cottage in Kilcolgan.  While they were here, the journalists held informal meetings with their media counterparts in Galway.  They also met with Deputy Lord Mayor of Galway, Councillor Catherine Connolly.

Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland France, said: “We are delighted to have secured the visit of this important group, which includes some of the most influential writers in France; collectively they reach an audience of over 3 million French consumers, so this visit provides us with an invaluable opportunity to showcase Galway and the island of Ireland as a premier holiday destination.

“France is an important source of visitors and tourism revenue for Ireland.  Right now in France, Tourism Ireland is pulling out all the stops to win business for this year and to keep Galway and the island of Ireland top of mind with the French 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 French consumer tremendous value for money.”

The journalists’ visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in France, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland.

                                                                                                                                       Pictured in Galway are editors of major French regional newspapers with Cllr. Catherine Connolly, Deputy Lord Mayor of Galway and Anne Zemmour, Tourism Ireland France (7th from left).


Further information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland tel:  01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027                                                 email: sgrace@tourismireland.com




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