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14 Oct 2016

Ireland gets ready to say ‘hola’ to Spanish students

Five specialist travel agents from Spain have been enjoying a fact-finding visit of Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. The group was made up of ELT (English Language Training) specialists – responsible for putting in place arrangements for Spanish students who wish to travel abroad to improve their English.       

They were here to check out our excellent language schools in Cork and Kerry, as well as some of the many things to see and do here which appeal to Spanish students.

Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Spain, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these influential ELT agents to visit Ireland, so they could see for themselves some of our wonderful language facilities and the many attractions on offer here for Spanish students. We have been working hard to promote the island of Ireland in Spain as an attractive host destination for students wishing to improve their English. We know that Ireland appeals to these influential agents and their students, as a dynamic and modern destination with a high standard of education, known for its rich culture and the warm welcome extended to visitors.”
Spanish ELT (English Language Training) agents in UCC, with tour guide Cecilia Ferrari (left); and Susan Bolger, Tourism Ireland (third right).

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 9.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.7 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.