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 the island of Ireland this week. They were here as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI.
The Canadians attended a ‘Canadian Expo’ B2B workshop in Galway, where they met with Irish tourism enterprises to negotiate for their 2017 programmes. They also undertook an action-packed fact-finding visit – taking in Dublin, Ireland’s Ancient East, the Wild Atlantic Way and Northern Ireland.
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 the island of Ireland, to see and experience some of our many great attractions and to encourage them to include Ireland in their programmes for 2017.”
2016 looks set to be another good year for Irish tourism from Canada and the United States, with the latest CSO figures showing almost 1.4 million visitors to Ireland from North America during the January to September period this year – an increase of +15.4% when compared to the same nine-month period in 2015.
Canadian tour operators and travel agents with Kate Smith, Tourism Ireland (front, centre), at Burrishoole Abbey near Newport – getting ready to cycle along the Great Western Greenway.
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.