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15 Oct 2018

Belgian travel agents check out Northern Ireland

A Belgian tour operator, Belco Travel & Tours, and some of its top-producing travel agents, have been enjoying an action-packed visit around Northern Ireland this week. They were here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI.

Their itinerary included a tour of Belfast, including Titanic Belfast and HMS Caroline, as well as a visit to Hillsborough Castle. The travel agents also spent time in Londonderry, where they took part in a walking tour of the city’s historic walls and visited the Craft Village. The group enjoyed a drive along the Causeway Coastal Route, stopping at the Bushmills Distillery, the Giant’s Causeway and The Gobbins at Islandmagee. They also experienced a ‘Game of Thrones’ themed dinner at Ballygally Castle Hotel.

“We were delighted to invite these travel agents to come and experience some of the many things to see and do in Northern Ireland,” said Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland’s Manager The Netherlands and Belgium.

“Familiarisation trips such as this are an important element of our work with the travel trade in Belgium – as the travel agents 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.”


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, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.

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