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09 Aug 2016

An Indian summer for Ireland – as top tour operators pay a visit

Seven leading tour operators from India have been visiting Ireland, on a fact-finding tour organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland.

The tour operators – based in the cities of New Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad – are here to experience at first-hand what we have to offer Indian holidaymakers. The objective of their visit is to encourage them to extend the Ireland content of their existing programmes or to include Ireland for the first time in their 2017 programmes.

Their action-packed programme included places like the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre, Adare Heritage Centre, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway.

Huzan Fraser, Tourism Ireland India, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these influential tour operators to visit the island of Ireland. Working closely with the travel trade is an important element of Tourism Ireland’s promotional activity in emerging tourism markets like India. Fact-finding visits like this provide an excellent opportunity to showcase some of the many things to see and do in Ireland to key travel decision-makers.”

  Lyandra D’Souza, Tourism Ireland (fourth left), with Indian tour operators at Adare Heritage Centre, Co Limerick.

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 220,000 people.
  • In 2015, we welcomed approximately 9.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.7 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.