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31 Jul 2017

An Indian summer for the island of Ireland – as top tour operators pay a visit

Seven leading tour operators from India have been visiting the island of Ireland this week, on a fact-finding tour organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI.

The tour operators – based in the cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh – are here to experience at first-hand what we have to offer Indian holidaymakers. The objective of their visit is to encourage them to extend the Ireland content of their existing programmes or to include Ireland for the first time in their 2018 programmes.

Their action-packed programme included attractions like the Rock of Cashel, the Irish National Stud & Gardens, the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway and Titanic Belfast.

Huzan Fraser, Tourism Ireland India, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these influential tour operators to visit the island of Ireland. Working closely with the travel trade is an important element of Tourism Ireland’s promotional activity in emerging tourism markets like India. Fact-finding visits like this provide an excellent opportunity to showcase some of the many things to see and do in Ireland to key travel decision-makers.” 
  Indian tour operators with Kavya Chawla, Tourism Ireland (fourth left), outside The Left Bank Bistro in Athlone.

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 281,000 people across the island.
  •  In 2016, we welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.3 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.