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11 Sep 2015

East meets West – as Indian travel agents pay a visit

Seven travel agents from India have been sampling some of the sights and culinary delights of Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland.

The travel agents – from various Indian cities including Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad – are here to experience 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.

Their itinerary – designed by Fáilte Ireland – included the Little Museum of Dublin, Trinity College and Malahide Castle in Dublin; Galway city and Connemara; as well as the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin Cave in Co Clare and the Irish National Stud in Kildare.

Amanda Burns, Tourism Ireland’s manager Asia, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of Indian travel agents to visit Ireland this week. Fact-finding visits such as this an important element of our work with the travel trade in India, as they get to experience at first-hand what’s on offer here for Indian holidaymakers. Our aim is to enthuse the travel agents about the destination, so that when they return home they will be even better informed to advise their clients when planning and booking their trip to Ireland.”

A key message for Tourism Ireland in India this year is the British-Irish Visa Scheme, which enables visitors from India and China to visit both Ireland and the UK on a single visa of either country. Amanda Burns continued: “The introduction of the British-Irish Visa Scheme is really good news, making it easier than ever before for visitors from India and China to visit the island of Ireland. Given that visitors from these markets are travelling a considerable distance, and often want to include more than one destination on their itinerary, it makes sense to make it as easy as possible for them to visit both Ireland and the UK on a single visa. We continue to work closely with our colleagues in VisitBritain, to leverage the benefits of the new scheme.”

  Indian travel agents at the Spanish Arch in Galway, with Kavya Chawla, Tourism Ireland (centre), and tour guide Maura O’Reilly (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 an estimated 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.