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20 Apr 2016

Going Dutch in Ireland

Representatives from one of the biggest tour operators in the Netherlands, de Jong Intra Vakanties, together with 16 of its top-producing travel agents, have been visiting Ireland this week. They are here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

The aim of the travel agents’ fact-finding visit is to allow them experience some of Ireland’s superb tourism offering, so that when they return home they will be even more enthusiastic – and better equipped – to advise their clients about holidaying here.

Their action-packed itinerary saw them visit the monastic site of Clonmacnoise in Co Offaly; the Burren Centre, Ailwee Caves and the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare; the Irish National Stud in Kildare and Powerscourt House and Gardens in Enniskerry.

Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland’s Manager the Netherlands, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of Dutch travel agents to visit Ireland this week. Fact-finding visits like this are an important element of our work with the travel trade in the Netherlands, as the travel agents get to experience at first-hand what’s on offer here for Dutch holidaymakers – helping them to sell the destination with more enthusiasm and expertise when they return home.

“2016 looks set to be another good year for tourism from the Netherlands, with the latest CSO figures showing visitor numbers from the Benelux countries up +31% between December 2015 and February 2016 – or more than 18,000 extra visitors compared with the same three-month period last year.”

  Dutch travel agents at the Burren Centre in Kilfenora with Diny Kouwijzer (back, second left) and Linda Veeke (back, left), both de Jong Intra Vakanties.

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 2015, we welcomed more than 9.3 million overseas visitors to Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.7 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.