Ten Spanish travel agents have been visiting the island of Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Aer Lingus.
The travel agents all work for Travelplan, a leading tour operator in Spain which programmes the island of Ireland for coach tours and individual travel. The aim of this week’s fact-finding visit is to familiarise the travel agents with the island of Ireland and our superb tourism offering, so that when they return home they will be even better informed to advise their clients when planning and booking their holidays.
The group’s itinerary – designed by Fáilte Ireland – included Newgrange and Dublin, with tours of St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Old Jameson Distillery and the Little Museum of Dublin. They also visited Glendalough and Powerscourt House and Gardens.
In 2014, we welcomed 291,000 Spanish visitors to the island of Ireland, up +11% on the previous year. Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s manager in Spain, said: “Spain is an important market for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2015 looks set to be another strong year for Spanish visitors, with the most recent CSO figures showing an increase of +14% for the June-August period. We are determined to ensure that growth continues. We have a really extensive autumn campaign in full swing right now – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland from Spain. Working with travel agents and tour operators, and inviting them to come and experience what’s on offer here, is a key element of that programme. Our aim is that when they return home, the travel agents will be even more enthusiastic about the destination, helping to secure a greater share of their business for Ireland.”
Susie FitzGibbon, Tourism Ireland (third left), with Spanish travel agents visiting Glendalough.
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, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, Ireland.com attracted about 14.25 million visitors.