Nine French travel professionals are visiting Northern Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland. They are all members of the French Marketing Partnership Group (MPG); the MPG is made up of leading French tour operators, as well as air and sea carriers, and is the official vehicle for consulting with our tourism partners in France.
The group includes representatives of Vacances Transat, Kuoni, Time Tours and Quartier Libre, as well as Aer Lingus, Air France, Brittany Ferries and Irish Ferries.
As well as acting as a fact-finding trip to Northern Ireland, their visit was an excellent opportunity for Tourism Ireland to highlight some of our top attractions and accommodation to senior travel professionals from France. Their programme includes visits to Hillsborough Castle, Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic, as well as a meeting in the Grand Central Hotel Belfast.
Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted that these senior travel professionals have taken the time to come to Northern Ireland. Seeing is believing – so visits like this are extremely important to continue to build awareness of Northern Ireland and our excellent tourism offering among key influencers.
“France is one of the top markets for tourism to Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland has a really extensive autumn campaign in full swing right now – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Northern Ireland from France and elsewhere around the globe.”
Pierre Lumbroso, Time Tours Group; Fiona Dunne, Tourism Ireland; Katy Lomba, TUI France; Francis Gouhier, Brittany Ferries; Barbara Grenier, Kuoni; Andrea Hunter, Aer Lingus; Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland; Richard Carayon, Quartier Libre; Marina Neirotti, Air France-KLM; Finola O'Mahony, Tourism Ireland; Catriona Butler, Irish Ferries; Lénaïg Bouillot Poulain, Brittany Ferries; Serge Fonseca and Monica MacLaverty and Séverine Lecart, all Tourism Ireland, in the Grand Central Hotel Belfast.
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 www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.