A group of leading Italian journalists flew to Cork last week on the Ryanair flight from Pisa. Their fact-finding visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Ryanair.
Representing various print and online publications with a combined circulation of over 1.2 million readers – or potential Italian holidaymakers – the journalists were here to experience at first-hand some of the many things to see and do in this part of Ireland for feature stories they are researching about holidays here. It was also a wonderful opportunity to highlight the excellent connectivity between Italy and the south of Ireland.
During their action-packed visit to Cork, the journalists visited the Jameson Whiskey Experience at Midleton and enjoyed a tour of Cork city by coach. Their itinerary also included a visit to Fota House and Gardens; the Titanic Experience Cobh and the Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Centre. They travelled to Kinsale, where they visited Charles Fort and Desmond Castle and also stopped off for a spot of lunch at Fishy Fishy restaurant. They stayed at the Clarion Hotel in Cork city; the WatersEdge in Cobh; and the Old Bank House in Kinsale.
Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland’s manager in Italy, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to welcome this group of Italian travel writers to Cork. They were hugely impressed by the wonderful scenery here, the high quality of the cuisine and local food produce, as well as by the friendliness of the people they met. Visits like this are very important as they are a really effective way for us to get positive exposure for Ireland through the media in Italy. The articles these journalists will write about Cork will reach over 1.2 million Italians, helping us to showcase the superb tourism product on offer in Cork to a wide audience of potential holidaymakers.”