A group of leading travel agents from the Netherlands enjoyed an action-packed visit to Galway and Mayo over the weekend, as part of Tourism Ireland’s European online training programme for travel agents, specially designed to help them sell holidays to the island of Ireland. Each year, the top-performing travel agents on the programme are selected to visit Ireland on completion of their training.
Invited here by Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam, the travel agents’ itinerary was designed by Fáilte Ireland. They kicked off their visit with a tour of the Galway City Museum and enjoyed dinner and an overnight stay at the House Hotel in Galway city. As well as a visit to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, the travel agents went hill-walking at Delphi Mountain Resort in Leenane and enjoyed a tour of the Connemara Heritage and History Centre near Clifden. In Mayo, they cycled along the Great Western Greenway to Achill, where they enjoyed a guided tour of the island, before returning to Westport.
Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland’s manager in the Netherlands, said: “We are delighted that these travel agents have taken time out from their busy schedules to come and visit the west of Ireland. For many, it was their first time here and they were extremely impressed by the spectacular scenery, the range of outdoor activities on offer here, as well as by the hospitality and friendliness of the people they met. Familiarisation visits such as these are extremely important as they help the travel agents to know exactly what we have to offer potential Dutch holidaymakers; the aim is that when they return home to the Netherlands, they are better equipped to advise their clients on future travel plans and trip bookings.
“The agents’ visit was also a wonderful opportunity to highlight the Gathering nd the fantastic programme of events planned for next year. This autumn, Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotions in the Netherlands, and elsewhere around the world, to highlight ‘The Gathering’.”