A group of leading American travel professionals has been visiting the island of Ireland with Europe Express – a US tour operator which specialises in high quality, affordable travel and which has been selling Ireland since its establishment in 1990. They were here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
As well as attending a B2B networking dinner in Dublin, where they met with a number of Irish tourism companies, the visiting group also undertook an action-packed fact-finding visit – taking in Dublin, Roscommon, Sligo, Donegal and Northern Ireland.
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite Europe Express and its top agency representatives to visit the island of Ireland. We believe it is extremely important for travel decision-makers such as these to experience for themselves the high standard of our tourism offering and the many things to see and do here, so they are better equipped to advise their clients on future travel plans.”
2016 looks set to be another excellent year for Irish tourism from North America, with the latest CSO figures showing almost 1.4 million arrivals from the United States and Canada during the January to September period this year – an increase of +15.4% when compared to the same nine-month period in 2015.
Europe Express travel professionals with Virginia Goff, Tourism Ireland (centre), and Karen Goggin, Fáilte Ireland (fourth right), at Strokestown Park House, Roscommon.
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 9.5 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.9 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.