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06 Sep 2017

Belgian travel agents wowed by Ireland

Twenty (20) Belgian travel agents have been exploring Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way this week – as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Gallia, a leading Belgian tour operator.

The travel agents were here to experience at first-hand the wealth of things to see and do in Ireland for Belgian holidaymakers. Their action-packed itinerary included the Rock of Cashel, a walking tour of Cork, Derreen Gardens and Crag Cave.

Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland Belgium, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of travel agents to come and discover Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way. There really is no substitute for being able to see what Ireland has to offer at first-hand; our aim is that when they return home, the travel agents will be even more enthusiastic about Ireland and better equipped to advise their clients when planning and booking their holidays. Tourism Ireland is rolling out a busy programme of promotions this autumn – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland and to position us well for 2018.”
  Belgian travel agents with tour guide Mia Craig (left), at Carrickcraft (cruiser operator) in Banagher.

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.