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21 Nov 2014

Scottish travel agents visit Northern Ireland

A group of travel agents working for Barrhead Travel in Glasgow, GB’s leading independent travel company, visited Northern Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland.

Their itinerary, devised by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, included a guided tour of the Games of Thrones locations along the Causeway Coastal route, including the caves at Cushendun, Ballintoy Harbour and the Dark Hedges, Ballymoney. They also spent time in Londonderry and enjoyed a walking tour of the city’s historic walls before travelling onto Belfast for a visit to Titanic Belfast.

Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “Fact-finding visits like this are an important element of our overall promotional effort in Great Britain, providing an excellent opportunity to showcase the many things to see and do in Northern Ireland to key travel decision-makers. Our aim is that when the travel agents return home to Scotland, they will be even more enthusiastic about the destination and better equipped to advise their clients when planning and booking their holidays.”

  Caroline Mulligan, Tourism Ireland (right), with travel agents from Barrhead Travel in Glasgow, at the Dark Hedges, Ballymoney.

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 1.7 million overseas visitors visited Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately £474 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, which is available in ten different language versions for 30+ markets around the world this year.


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