Top international tour operators discovered some of Northern Ireland’s Christian heritage along with culinary delights on a recent fact-finding trip themed ‘Ecclesiastical Connections and Seafood of the Mournes’.
Flown in by Tourism Ireland to participate in the Meet the Buyer workshop, the tour operators had a chance to visit Saint Patrick’s Trian, Armagh Public Library and the Navan Centre. The group then travelled to the Mourne Seafood Cookery School for a two-hour demonstration and a lesson in how to buy, handle and cook seafood correctly. The itinerary finished with a tour of Down Cathedral and the Saint Patrick Centre.
The fact-finding visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
International tour operators pictured taking in the natural beauty of Kilkeel Harbour before enjoying a lesson in how to prepare seafood at Mourne Seafood Cookery School. Included is (from left) Ken McElroy, guide; Rikke Aagaard Petersen, Tourism Ireland; Dawn Hewitt and Gillian Spratt, NITB; Marianne Lund, Adam Jorgensen and Michelle Burden, overseas operators. Front row – Pamela Houston; Wayne Carville and Dominic Girbbon, Mourne Seafood Cookery School; and Natalie Burden.
Elaine Moore / Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland
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