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11 Oct 2015

Oui love Northern Ireland! French travel professionals pay a visit

Eleven (11) French group travel organisers have been visiting Northern Ireland, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI.

The group – all representatives of tour companies based in Paris and Lyon, responsible for making the travel arrangements for various large French groups – is here to experience at first-hand some of the many things see and do here. Their itinerary includes visits to visits to Titanic Belfast, Belfast City Hall and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, as well Mount Stewart House and Gardens and Strangford Lough in Co Down.

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s manager Southern Europe, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these influential group travel organisers to visit Northern Ireland. We believe it is extremely important for 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 here, so they are better equipped to advise their clients on future travel plans.

“France is an important market for tourism to Northern Ireland and we continue to see good growth in French visitors.  We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. We have a really extensive autumn campaign in full swing right now – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Northern Ireland from France and elsewhere around the globe.”
French group travel organisers with Thomas Fennelly, Tourism Ireland (right), at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra.

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 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2014, we welcomed almost 1.8 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £446 million.
  • 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.

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