Seven top tour operators from India have been enjoying an action-packed visit around Northern Ireland this week. They are here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI.
Their itinerary included the walled city of Derry, where they enjoyed a walking tour which took in the Guildhall and the Peace Bridge, as well as Ballyscullion Park in Co Tyrone. The group also spent time in Belfast and enjoyed a drive along the Causeway Coastal Route, stopping at Glenarm, the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Bushmills Distillery and the Giant’s Causeway.
David Boyce, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Asia, Middle East and UK Inbound, said: “We were delighted to invite these tour operators to come and experience some of the many things to see and do in Northern Ireland. Familiarisation trips such as this are an important element of our work with the travel trade in emerging tourism markets – as the tour operators get to experience at first-hand our superb tourism offering. Our aim is to really enthuse them about Northern Ireland, so that when they return home they will be even better informed to advise their clients when planning and booking their holidays.”
Franco Patil, Tourism Ireland; Maitreyee Patel, Pathfinders Holidays; Rahul Sharma, Holiday Boosters; Aneri Shah, Kulin Kumar Holidays; Rohit Chhibber, PL Worldways; Mayur Nerurkar, Veena World; Shibani Phadkar, Goomo Holiday; and Ruchita Kadam, Travel Tours, during a tour of Belfast City Hall.
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 approximately 61,300 jobs.
- In 2017, we welcomed 2.175 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of £566 million.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.