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25 Sep 2017

Northern Ireland is ‘special’ for Spanish travel professionals

Seven Spanish travel professionals have been exploring Northern Ireland. They work with Special Tours, the largest traditional tour operator in Spain, and were here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI – experiencing at first-hand what the walled city of Derry and Northern Ireland have to offer for holidaymakers from Spain. 

The group’s packed itinerary included a visit to Titanic Belfast and a drive along the Causeway Coastal Route. The group also took park in a walking tour of the historic city of Derry, stopping at the Guildhall, Tower Museum and the Walled City Brewery. 

Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Spain, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these Special Tours representatives to visit Northern Ireland, to show them some of the many great things to see and do here for their clients. 

“Working with the influential travel trade is an important element of Tourism Ireland’s promotional programme in Spain – so fact-finding visits like this are really important. Our aim is that when these travel professionals return home, they will be even more enthusiastic about the destination, helping to secure a greater share of their business for Northern Ireland.”

  Spanish travel professionals in Ebrington Square in Londonderry, with Susie Fitzgibbon, Tourism Ireland (fourth right).

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports 61,300 jobs.
  • In 2016, we welcomed a record 2.1 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of over £543 million. 
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted about 19.37 million visitors in 2016.