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10 Oct 2016

Middle East meets West! Influential journalists visit the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East

Journalists from the Middle East have been visiting the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, including some of our historic castles, as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Etihad Airways.

The journalists – from Al Bayan newspaper and Condé Nast Traveller magazine – followed an action-packed itinerary, which included a walking tour of Galway city, visits to Ashford Castle, Gregans Castle and Dromoland Castle, as well as the Burren and the Poulnabrone Dolmen. They also visited Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Birr Castle.

Aisling McDermott, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Asia, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these journalists to visit Ireland. They were really impressed by the places they visited, our wonderful scenery and the friendliness of the people they met along the way. Fact-finding visits like this are an important element of our annual programme of promotions, helping us to spread the good news about holidays on the island of Ireland through the media in the Gulf States.”

  Asaad Masri, Tourism Ireland; Vibha Dania Dhawan, Condé Nast Traveller magazine; Adrienne O’Flynn, Shannon Heritage; and Ghassan Kharoub, editor of Al Bayan newspaper, at Bunratty Castle.

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.