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30 Oct 2012

French and Spanish EFL agents Visit

Nine specialist travel agents from France and Spain enjoyed a fact-finding visit to Ireland last week. They were all EFL (studying English as a Foreign Language) specialists – responsible for putting in place arrangements for French and Spanish students who wish to travel abroad to improve their English.

Their visit was organised by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland, to showcase our excellent language schools, as well as some of the many things to see and do here. During their time in Ireland, the agents visited the University of Limerick and the Limerick Language Centre. Their itinerary also included the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare, as well as the medieval banquet at Bunratty and an evening of traditional Irish music at Durty Nelly’s. In Co Kildare, they paid a visit to the Avanti Language Institute in Naas.

Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Southern Europe, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to bring these influential EFL travel agents to Ireland, so they could see for themselves the wonderful language facilities and some of the many attractions on offer here for French and Spanish students. We have been working hard to promote the island of Ireland in Spain and France as an attractive 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, known for its rich culture and the warm welcome extended to visitors.”