A group of leading Indian tour operators took time out to enjoy the glorious mid-summer weather in Fermanagh, during a recent three-day action-packed visit to Northern Ireland. Carefully selected and invited here by Tourism Ireland in India, their itinerary was designed by the Northern Ireland Tourism Board.
The Indian visitors enjoyed a city tour and an overnight in Belfast at the Merchant Hotel, before they travelled along the Causeway Coastal Route to stop at the Giant’s Causeway and the Old Bushmills Distillery. The group then moved on to Fermanagh for an overnight at Lough Erne Golf Resort and an early morning cruise on Lough Erne to Devenish Island.
Huzan Fraser, Tourism Ireland India said: “We are delighted to welcome these tour operators to Northern Ireland. It is extremely important for influential decision-makers such as these to come here and experience for themselves at first-hand our scenery, the rich cultural and heritage experiences on offer and, of course, the warm welcome extended to visitors.
“This fact-finding visit will help to raise awareness of what Northern Ireland has to offer potential Indian holidaymakers and will help the tour operators sell the destination more effectively when they return home.”
Tracing their route around Northern Ireland are Indian tour operators with Huzan Fraser, Tourism Ireland (back centre) and James Brown, Lough Erne Golf Resort (front left).
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Elaine Moore / Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland
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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.