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06 May 2014

Ready for prime time on Dutch TV show (NI version)

800,000+ potential Dutch holidaymakers to tune in to Belfast and Co Down

One of the most popular travel TV shows in the Netherlands, 3 OP Reis (which means ‘Channel 3 Travels’), visited Belfast and Co Down last week. Invited here by Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam, the crew filmed some of the many unique and wonderful experiences on offer in Northern Ireland for Dutch holidaymakers.

Footage captured here will air this autumn to more than 800,000 people in Holland who have a passion for travel and adventure, on BNN (Bart's Neverending Network), one of the main Dutch TV channels targeting a young audience. It will include Belfast, Downpatrick, Newcastle, the Mournes and Carlingford Lough.

In Belfast, filming took place on the Lisburn Road, at the Ulster Museum, Queen’s University, City Hall, The MAC and Titanic Belfast. The crew also filmed in Co Down, at Down Cathedral and St Patrick’s Grave in Downpatrick, before travelling onto Newcastle and the Mournes, including the Spelga Dam and the Silent Valley. The crew then travelled on to Carlingford via Rostrevor, Warrenpoint and Newry. Their itinerary was designed by NITB.

Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland’s manager for the Netherlands, said: “We are delighted that this popular travel show agreed to film in Northern Ireland, showcasing some of the great experiences Dutch holidaymakers can enjoy here. Lifestyle programmes such as this are an excellent way for Tourism Ireland to get positive exposure for Northern Ireland in the Netherlands. The footage filmed here will be seen by more than 800,000 Dutch holidaymakers – encouraging them to come and experience the destination for themselves.”


Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 40,000 jobs.
  • In 2013, an estimated 1.789 million overseas visitors visited Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately £438 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, which is rolling out in 11 different language versions for 30+ markets around the world this year.


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02 May 2014

Ready for prime time on Dutch TV show