Specialist tour operators from France visited Wexford and the south-east last weekend on a fact-finding trip. These visiting operators were influential group and school tour operators, who co-ordinate travel arrangements for coach groups and for school and educational trips overseas.
Their visit was organised by Tourism Ireland and supported by Fáilte Ireland to showcase some of the best of what the south-east has to offer potential French visitors. Their itinerary included a walking tour of Wexford town with a stop at the Wexford Opera House; they also visited the Ros Tapestry Project and the Dunbrody Famine Ship.
Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland France, said: “We are delighted to bring this influential group of tour operators to Wexford and the south-east. It is important for decision-makers such as these to experience the superb tourism product on offer here for themselves; it helps them to know exactly what Wexford and the south-east have to offer potential French visitors and to sell more effectively when they return home.
“France is an important market for tourism and last year we welcomed 423,000 French visitors to the island of Ireland. We have a strong promotional programme in place in France for the remainder of 2009 and into 2010, highlighting the island of Ireland as a fantastic 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.”
Influential French group tour operators pictured at the Wexford Opera House last week, during a fact-finding visit to the south-east. They are pictured with Dominique Vasseur, Tourism Ireland France (fifth from right).
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
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