A group of top travel and lifestyle journalists from Canada has been enjoying a fact-finding visit in counties Clare and Galway, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
The journalists, representing a number of major Canadian media outlets, including the Huffington Post and Canadian Traveller
magazine, have been checking out some of the many things to see and do along the Wild Atlantic Way. Their itinerary included the Burren National Park, the Aillwee Cave, Cliffs of Moher and a surfing lesson in Lahinch. They also visited Brigit's Garden in Roscahill and went fishing on Lough Inagh, before flying from Connemara Airport across to Inis Mór.
Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We were delighted to invite these influential journalists to visit the Wild Atlantic Way – helping us to spread the good news about this part of Ireland through the media in Canada. The journalists have been impressed by our spectacular scenery, the range of things to see and do, as well as by the friendliness of the people they met. I am confident that their visit will result in lots of positive publicity for the Wild Atlantic Way West in a range of online and print publications.”
2016 was the best year ever for Irish tourism from Canada – with visitor numbers increasing by +16% over 2015. Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotions throughout 2017, to ensure that growth continues. A key element of that programme includes publicity and media visits, to continue to raise the profile of the island of Ireland among Canadian travellers.
John McCarthy, Lahinch Surf School (front), with (from left) Jocelyn Black, Tourism Ireland; Ellen Redmond, Fáilte Ireland; and Canadian journalists Doug O'Neill, Hannah Logan and Dino Harambasic, enjoying a surf lesson at Lahinch.
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 2016, we welcomed approximately 10.5 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.4 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 19.37 million visitors in 2016.