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06 Oct 2016

French connection for the island of Ireland

Ten tourism companies from the island of Ireland joined Tourism Ireland at IFTM Top Resa in Paris recently. IFTM (International French Travel Market) is the largest travel trade exhibition in France, attracting more than 30,000 visitors, including influential tour operators and travel agents, as well as business tourism decision-makers and leading French travel media. The key themes on this year’s Ireland stand at IFTM included our connections with Star Wars and Game of Thrones.

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “France is one of our top four markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and we have seen very good growth in French visitor numbers so far again this year, with the most recent CSO figures for June-August showing growth of +7.3% – an extra 12,400 French visitors compared with the same three-month period in 2015. Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotions this autumn – aimed at boosting late season travel to the island of Ireland from France, to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.”

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Caroline Cusack and Melanie Rogé, both Abbey Tours, meeting with Véronique Viale, Plein Vent Voyages, at IFTM Top Resa.

Notes To Editors

The companies from the island of Ireland attending IFTM 2016 included:

  • Abbey Tours
  • Aer Lingus
  • Holiday Ireland Hotels
  • Irish Ferries
  • Irish Welcome Tours
  • Joe O’Reilly Ireland Group
  • Kleemann Voyages
  • National Trust Giant’s Causeway
  • Teeling Whiskey Distillery