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08 May 2018

Travel agents from China, India and the Middle East visit Northern Ireland

Eight top-performing travel agents from China, India, Qatar and the UAE 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 of the city, which took in the Guildhall and the Shipquay Hotel. The travel agents also spent time in Belfast and enjoyed a drive along the Causeway Coastal Route, stopping at the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle.

David Boyce, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Asia, Middle East and UK Inbound, said: “We were delighted to invite these travel agents 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 travel agents get to experience at first-hand our superb tourism offering. Our aim is to really enthuse the travel agents 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.”
  Travel agents from China, India and the Middle East visit the Giant’s Causeway.

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 2017, we welcomed a record 2.26 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of over £586 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted about 19.3 million visitors in 2017.