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22 May 2018

French connection for Ireland

Eight top-performing travel agents from France enjoyed an action-packed visit to Ireland last weekend – as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

The group was here on a fact-finding visit, to sample at first-hand the superb experiences on offer in counties Cork and Waterford. The visit was also an excellent opportunity to highlight ease of access from France to Cork – with the travel agents flying to Cork Airport, from Paris, with Aer Lingus. Next weekend sees the launch of a new daily Air France flight from Paris to Cork for summer 2018, which will provide another welcome boost for tourism from the all-important French market to Cork and the South of Ireland.

The travel agents’ action-packed itinerary included a walking tour of Clonakilty and visits to the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, the English Market, the Jameson Experience Midleton and the Waterford Museum of Treasures. They also enjoyed lunch in The Granary Cafe in Waterford city and the Farmgate Café in the English Market in Cork city.

“Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of French travel agents to visit Ireland. We believe it is extremely important for travel decision-makers such as these to experience for themselves the high standard of our tourism offering,” said Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Southern Europe. “Our aim is to enthuse the travel agents about the destination, so that when they return home it will be easier for them to advise their clients when planning and booking holidays in Ireland.”

2017 was the best year ever for Irish tourism from France, when we welcomed almost 550,000 French visitors. Tourism Ireland is rolling out an extensive programme of promotional activity once again in 2018, to build on the success of the past few years and continue to grow French visitor numbers.
  French travel agents with Olivia Monthe, Aer Lingus (fourth left); Viktoria Varecza, Tourism Ireland (fifth left); and tour guide Jessie McDonald (back, right), at the Jameson Experience Midleton, Co Cork.

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 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.65 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.78 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.

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