Canadian TV personality and travel writer Frank Greco spent last week filming around Northern Ireland for his popular show ‘The Travel Guy’. His visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in Toronto, in conjunction with NITB.
The special Northern Ireland episode, which will be seen by an estimated 80 million households around the world, will include footage of many of our top visitor attractions – including the Marble Arch Caves Geopark, Devenish Island, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. In Belfast, Frank tried his hand at set-dancing and experienced the delights of Northern Ireland’s food with local chef Paul Rankin, at his award-winning Cayenne restaurant.
‘The Travel Guy’ series is aired in about 100 countries on The Travel Channel International – across Canada, Europe, Africa, parts of Asia including Hong Kong, Israel and the Middle East and will soon be seen in the United States.
Jayne Shackleford, Tourism Ireland Canada, commented: “We are delighted that Frank Greco has chosen to film in Northern Ireland, giving potential visitors around the world a flavour of a holiday here. The publicity value of a TV programme such as this is incalculable. It is an excellent way of raising the profile of Northern Ireland as a superb holiday destination to a mass audience.”
Pictured enjoying some local produce during the recent filming of ‘The Travel Guy’ for the Travel Channel International are local celebrity chef Paul Rankin and Canadian TV personality Frank Greco.
For press information contact:
Elaine Moore / Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 028 7035 9260 Mob: 077 6652 7719
Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supported approximately 40,000 jobs.
• Over 1.4 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland in 2009, delivering revenue of £271 million.
• 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.