Eleven Spanish travel agents have been visiting Ireland over the weekend – as guests of Tourism Ireland, Aer Lingus and Special Tours, an important coach tour operator in Spain.
The travel agents all sell the Ireland programmes of Special Tours – and the aim of their visit was to familiarise them with 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 a walking tour of Dublin, a visit to Muckross House and Gardens in Killarney and a trip by jaunting car around the Killarney National Park. The group took a boat trip around Dingle Bay, in search of Fungi the dolphin, and drove around Slea Head, taking in the Blasket Centre in Dunquin. The group also visited Adare Heritage Centre and King John’s Castle in Limerick.
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 growth of +10% for the May-July period, about 9,300 additional visitors from Spain over the same three-month period in 2014.
“Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotions in Spain throughout 2015, to ensure this growth continues. Working with travel agents and tour operators, and inviting them to come and experience what’s on offer in Ireland 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.”
Spanish travel agents with Pura Gimenez, Tourism Ireland (third right), visit Muckross House in Killarney.
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.