Teeing up Donegal to attract German golfers

18 May 2009

Donegal and some of its finest golf courses is playing host to a group of Germany’s leading golf writers this week, carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland in Germany.  Their fact-finding visit includes a round of golf at Narin & Portnoo and at Donegal Golf Courses; they also checked out the facilities at Lough Erne Golf Resort in Fermanagh and overnighted at Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel.

Tina Gauges, Tourism Ireland Germany, said: “There is no substitute for being able to come here and experience what Ireland has to offer at first-hand.  The group was hugely impressed by the golf courses they saw, the wonderful scenery in this part of Ireland and the friendliness of the people.  Media visits such as these are very important, in terms of helping to spread the good news about Donegal and the high quality of the golf product available in the North West.  The articles these influential journalists will write will be read by thousands of potential German holidaymakers. 

“Germany is an important source of visitors and tourism revenue for Ireland.  Right now, Tourism Ireland in Germany is pulling out all the stops to win business for this year and to keep the island of Ireland top of mind with the German 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 journalists’ visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in Germany, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland.

                                                                                                                          Leading German golf writers pictured at Solis Lough Eske Hotel in Donegal are (l-r) Rainer Lomen, Golf in Nordhessen; Stefan Nink, freelance golf journalist; Helma Scheffler, Tour Guide; Oskar Brunnthaler, Golftime; Klaus Puchleitner, Foregolf Austria; and Alexander Duethorn, Play Golf & Lifestyle.


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




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