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11 Jun 2019

Ireland says ‘bienvenue’!

~ French luxury travel professionals visit Ireland ~

A group of French travel professionals – including representatives of online travel agencies and traditional tour operators, all specialising in luxury travel – has been visiting Ireland, this week. They were here as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Luxurious Ireland.
The group enjoyed exploring Dublin and Ireland’s Ancient East – taking in a fun musical experience at Windmill Lane Studios, as well as visits to Glendalough, Powerscourt Waterfall and the Irish National Stud. Their itinerary also included a walking tour of Cork, with a stop in the English Market. 
Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “We were delighted to invite these influential French travel professionals to Ireland this week. Their visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase our superb luxury tourism offering. Our aim is that when they return home, they will be even more enthusiastic about the destination, helping to secure a greater share of their luxury travel business for Ireland.”
France is one of the top four markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2018 was another record-breaking year for French visitor numbers to Ireland.
Monica MacLaverty continued: “2018 was the best year ever for tourism from France to Ireland, when we welcomed about 564,800 French arrivals. For 2019, we are rolling out an extensive programme of promotional activity in France to build on that success and, in particular, to encourage more French holidaymakers to explore our regions and less-visited attractions, during the shoulder and off-season months.”
David Wardell (back, left) welcomes French luxury travel agents to the Irish National Stud and Gardens. Also pictured are David Collier (front, right) and Serge Fonseca (front, second right), both Tourism Ireland; Jack Owens, Fáilte Ireland (back, third left); and Tanya Dawson, Luxurious Ireland (back, third right).

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 around 325,000 people across the island.
  • In 2018, we welcomed around 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland (+6% on 2017), delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion (+10%).
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 20+ million visitors in 2018.