Twenty travel agents working for a French company specialising in group travel called Euro Moselle Loisirs, based in the north-eastern region of Lorraine, have been visiting Ireland over the weekend. They were here on a fact-finding visit, organised by Tourism Ireland in Paris in conjunction with Irish Welcome Tours.
The itinerary for the French travel professionals included some of our popular visitor attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, the Irish Whiskey Museum, the Book of Kells, Glendalough and Powerscourt House & Gardens.
Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s head of southern Europe, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted that these French travel agents have taken the time to visit Ireland, to experience for themselves our fantastic tourism offering and some of the many opportunities for group travel to Ireland. Seeing is believing – so fact-finding visits like this are an invaluable part of our overall promotional programme to build awareness of what the island of Ireland has to offer the group travel sector in France. 2014 was a record year for French visitors to Ireland and Tourism Ireland in France is undertaking an extensive programme of promotional activity throughout 2015 – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.''
According to the most recent CSO figures, visitor numbers from France grew by +28%, or an additional 17,000 French visitors, for the December 2014 to February 2015 period.
French travel agents with tour guide Hubert Servignat (second right) at Glendalough monastic site.
Notes To Editors
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
- In 2014, we welcomed an estimated 8.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.26 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.Ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, Ireland.com attracted about 14.25 million visitors.