A group of top Canadian tour operators and travel agents – all specialists in group tours and responsible for making the travel arrangements for a diverse range of large groups – have been visiting Northern Ireland. They were here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI.
The Canadians undertook an action-packed fact-finding visit – taking in Fermanagh, Tyrone and Belfast. Their programme included a cookery demo and lunch at Belle Isle Estate, a cruise on Lough Erne, as well as a guided tour of Blessingbourne Country Estate. They also visited the Ulster Museum and Titanic Belfast.
Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager in Canada, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these top Canadian tour operators and travel agents to visit Northern Ireland, to see and experience some of our many great attractions and to encourage them to include Northern Ireland in their programmes for 2017.”
Assumpta O’Neill (right) welcomes Canadian tour operators and travel agents and Kate Smith, Tourism Ireland (left), to 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 almost 2 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £484 million.
- 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.