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25 Sep 2018

Ireland is ‘eccellente’ for Italian travel agents

Some 14,500 travel agents around Italy are seeing promotions for the island of Ireland right now. Tourism Ireland is partnering with Albatravel (a leading packaging platform for the travel trade), in a new campaign aimed specifically at travel agents. 

The campaign aims to increase bookings for city break packages to Dublin and Belfast – with ads running in the Italian travel trade press and on the Albatravel website. 

2017 was the best year ever for tourism from Italy to the island of Ireland, when we welcomed around 352,000 Italian visitors, up +5% on 2016. 

Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Italy, said: “Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way in Italy this autumn, to continue to grow Italian visitor numbers to the island of Ireland and to position us well for 2019. An important element of that programme involves working with influential intermediaries, including travel agents and tour operators. Our campaign with Albatravel will reach 14,500 travel agents around Italy, reminding them why Dublin and Belfast are a great choice of city break destination for their clients.”
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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 more than 300,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed 10.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.6 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.2 million visitors in 2017.