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30 Nov 2015

Belgian travel agents wowed by Ireland’s Ancient East

Twenty (20) Belgian travel agents have been exploring Ireland’s Ancient East over the weekend – as guests of Tourism Ireland and leading Belgian tour operator, Gallia. They were here to experience at first-hand the wealth of things to see and do in this part of Ireland for Belgian holidaymakers.

Their itinerary – designed by Fáilte Ireland – included visits to Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford, the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross and the Viking Triangle in Waterford.

Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland Belgium, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of travel agents to come and discover our newest visitor experience, Ireland’s Ancient East. There really is no substitute for being able to come and see what Ireland has to offer at first-hand; our aim is that when they return home, the travel agents will be even more enthusiastic about Ireland and better equipped to advise their clients when planning and booking their holidays.”
“We have seen very good growth of +12% in visitors from the Benelux countries to Ireland for January to September 2015. Tourism Ireland has a really extensive programme of promotions under way right now – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland from the Benelux countries and to position us well for 2016.”

  Belgian travel agents with Philippe Bellemans, Gallia (left) and Donnchadh Ó Ceallacháin, Waterford Museum of Treasures (fifth left), exploring Waterford’s Viking Triangle.

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 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.1 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which will attract more than 16 million visitors in 2015.