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26 Sep 2018

French liaison for Ireland

~ Tourism Ireland and partners at travel fair in Paris ~

Ten tourism companies from the island of Ireland joined Tourism Ireland at IFTM Top Resa in Paris, this week. 

IFTM (International French Travel Market) is the largest travel trade exhibition in France attracting more than 32,000 visitors – including influential tour operators and travel agents, as well as business tourism decision-makers and leading French travel journalists. 

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “Our presence at IFTM is another excellent opportunity to spread the word about the many great things to see and do right around the island of Ireland and to encourage French travellers to put the island of Ireland on their holiday ‘wish-list’ for 2019.”

2017 was a record year for Irish tourism from France, when we welcomed 539,000 French visitors.

Monica MacLaverty continued: “France is one of the top four markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and Tourism Ireland is rolling out a busy programme of promotions in France this autumn – aimed at boosting late season travel to Ireland and at positioning us well for 2019.”
  Olivia Duff, Headfort Arms Hotel; Mylène Campalto, Abbey Tours; Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland; Martina Canty, Fáilte Ireland; and Finola O’Mahony and Monica MacLaverty, both Tourism Ireland, at IFTM Paris.

Notes To Editors

Companies from Ireland attending IFTM 2018 include:

  • Abbey Tours
  • Aer Lingus
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Headfort Arms Hotel
  • Holiday Ireland Hotels
  • Irish Ferries
  • Irish Welcome Tours
  • Joe O’Reilly Ireland Group
  • Kleemann Voyages
  • Lyons Bakehouse / Sligo Food Trail