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20 Feb 2018

Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin lends a hand to boost tourism from Canada

Sales blitz to boost Canadian visitor numbers to the island of Ireland

Tourism Ireland, together with a delegation of 13 tourism companies from the island of Ireland and Canada, is undertaking a four-city sales blitz in Canada this week – meeting with travel agents, luxury tour operators and group tour planners in the cities of Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria and Toronto. Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin will join the delegation in Toronto, where he will meet with leading travel trade and airline representatives, as well as influential travel journalists. 

The sales blitz involves a workshop in each city, where the participating tourism companies will have the opportunity to network with, and sell to, hundreds of influential Canadian travel professionals – telling them all about the many opportunities the island of Ireland offers for group and luxury travel and highlighting experiences like the Wild Atlantic Way, the Causeway Coastal Route, Ireland’s Ancient East, Belfast and Dublin.

“We are delighted that so many key decision-makers from the group and luxury travel sectors in Canada are taking the time to meet with our tourism partners this week, to hear about the many opportunities for travel to the island of Ireland,” said Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada. “2017 was the best year ever for Irish tourism from Canada – with visitor numbers increasing by around +12% over 2016. We will be pulling out all the stops in 2018, to keep the momentum going and ensure that growth continues.”
  Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland; Francis Brennan, Park Hotel Kenmare; Jonathan Sargeant, Royal Irish Tours; Michelle Maguire, Ireland’s Blue Book; Katie Daly, Specialized Travel Services; Siobhan Byrne Learat, Adams & Butler; Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland; Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin; Rebecca Seeds, CIE Tours International; Brian Nevin, Shannon Heritage; Dervla O’Neill, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum; Tabatha Bradley, Transat; John Higgins, National Trust Giant’s Causeway; Alison Deegan, Manor House Hotels & Irish Country Hotels; Hektor Kaczuga, Globus; Karissa Boyd, Transat; and John Callely, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, on day four of the sales blitz in Toronto.

Notes To Editors

Tourism businesses taking part in the Ireland workshops in Canada include:
•    Adams & Butler
•    CIE Tours International
•    EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
•    Giant’s Causeway
•    Globus
•    Ireland's Blue Book
•    Manor House Hotels & Irish Country Hotels
•    Park Hotel Kenmare
•    Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
•    Royal Irish Tours
•    Shannon Heritage
•    Specialized Travel Services 
•    Transat