A group of specialist tour operators from Spain visited Co Mayo last week, on a fact-finding trip. They were EFL (studying English as a Foreign Language) specialists, who put in place arrangements for Spanish students who wish to travel abroad to improve their English.
Their visit was organised by Tourism Ireland and supported by Fáilte Ireland, to showcase the facilities and language schools in Mayo and the West of Ireland. They overnighted in Westport and looked at a number of potential locations including the Museum of Country Life at Turlough village and the Killala School of English.
Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland Spain, said: “We have been working hard to promote the island of Ireland in Spain, as a potential host destination for students wishing to improve their English. We know that Ireland appeals to these influential agents and their students; as a dynamic and modern place with a high standard of education which is known for its rich culture and of course for the warm welcome extended to visitors.”
The EFL sector is a valuable source of tourism business and Spain is the largest generator of this type of tourism to the island of Ireland.
Susan Bolger (left), Tourism Ireland Spain, with a group of EFL agents visiting the Museum of Country Life at Turlough. Enjoying the visit were Oscar Porras, Elena Tejedor, Marisol Serrona and Celia Castro.
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland t: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027