A large group of journalists from the Caravan Writers Guild in Great Britain visited Wicklow earlier this week, as guests of the Irish Caravan and Camping Council and Tourism Ireland.
The journalists travelled here by ferry with Stena Line bringing their own caravans and motorhomes, to experience for themselves the huge variety of things to see and do in Wicklow, and to sample what this part of Ireland has to offer the GB camping and caravan holidaymaker.
They were based in Moat Farm in Donard and took time to explore Wicklow, including some of the county’s key attractions like Russborough House and Avoca. They also checked out the facilities at Hidden Valley Caravan Park in Rathdrum and at River Valley Caravan Park in Redcross village.
Lawrence Bate, Tourism Ireland’s Head of GB, said: “Tourism Ireland has a very strong promotional programme in place right now in Britain, which includes co-operative activity with our key ferry operator partners, encouraging visitors from GB to bring their own cars, caravans and motorhomes. We are emphasising ease of access and the convenience of ferry travel for holidaymakers. We know that visitors who bring their own cars or motorhomes stay longer and tour the regions of Ireland more extensively.
“Camping and caravanning has become increasingly popular with British holidaymakers, as it is considered good value for money, ideal for families and a good way to discover to the ‘great outdoors’.
Journalists from the Caravan Writers Guild pictured at Moat Farm Caravan & Camping Park in Donard, Co Wicklow with Nora Heraty, Irish Caravan & Camping Council and Nuala Allen, Moat Farm (centre).
For further press information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027
Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
• Approximately 7.5 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2009, delivering revenue of €3.5 billion.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 41 different websites, providing information in 19 different languages covering every continent. In 2009 discoverireland.com attracted a record 13+ million unique visitors, a +34% increase in visits on 2008.