International Tourism Buyers Take an ‘Enlightening’ Tour of Northern Ireland

25 May 2010

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.


Further information:
Elaine Moore / Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland
Tel:   028 7035 9260 / 07766 527719


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