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20 May 2016

Oh là là! Top French travel bloggers check out Northern Ireland

Tourism Ireland has enlisted the help of three leading travel bloggers to showcase some of our top visitor attractions and experiences to prospective holidaymakers in France.

The bloggers have a large social media audience in France; their blogs alone have a combined monthly readership of about 240,000 and they also have hundreds of thousands of followers on their other social channels, including Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Their packed schedule this week has included the Causeway Coastal Route, with stops at The Gobbins, Glenariff Forest Park, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway. In Belfast, the bloggers visited Titanic Belfast, the SS Nomadic and the Ulster Museum. They will also travel along the Ards Peninsula to check out various Game of Thrones filming locations – including Castle Ward, Audley’s Castle and Tollymore Forest Park. Tourism Ireland worked closely with Tourism NI to design their itinerary.

Tourism Ireland undertakes a busy publicity programme around the world each year to raise the profile of Northern Ireland – and visits by journalists and social influencers like bloggers and vloggers are a key element of that programme.

Elmagh Killeen, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “The blogs and social media accounts of this group are extremely popular, so their visit is a really good opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to a wide audience of prospective French holidaymakers. They are documenting their entire Northern Ireland visit online, sharing their photos and experiences with their followers – inspiring those followers and travellers to come and sample the destination for themselves.”

  French travel bloggers Bruno Maltor, @votretourmonde (with his Steadicam camera mount); Morgane Trussardi, @LittleGypsyBlog; and Alex Villain, @Alexvizeo, at Titanic Belfast.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2015, we welcomed about 1.9 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £454 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2015, attracted about 16.6 million visitors.