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24 Nov 2015

French connection for Ireland

Top French tour operators visit Meath and Dublin tourist attractions

A group of top French tour operators is visiting Ireland this week – as guests of Tourism Ireland.

The tour operators, all specialists in individual travel, are based in Paris, Grenoble, Bordeaux and other cities around France. Their itinerary – designed by Fáilte Ireland – includes the Brú na Bóinne Centre and Newgrange, as well as Trinity College and Teelings Whiskey Distillery in Dublin.

The aim of the tour operators’ visit is to enthuse them about the destination – so they will extend the Ireland content of their programmes, or include Ireland for the first time in their 2016 programmes.

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager of Southern Europe, said: “We are delighted to welcome these French tour operators to Ireland this week. We believe it is extremely important for travel decision-makers such as these to experience for themselves the high standard of our tourism offering and the many things to see and do in Ireland.

“France is one of the top four markets for tourism to Ireland and we have seen really good growth in French visitors numbers again this year, with the most recent CSO figures showing an increase of +10% for January to September. Tourism Ireland has a really extensive programme of promotions under way right now – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland from France and elsewhere around the globe.”

  French tour operators at the Brú na Bóinne Centre, Co Meath, with Rosendo Castellanos, Tourism Ireland (front, centre), and Mary Cosgrave, Fáilte Ireland (third right).

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 www.Ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which will attract more than 16 million visitors in 2015.