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06 May 2019

Canadian travel agents discover Mayo and the Wild Atlantic Way

A group of influential Canadian travel agents has been visiting Ireland. They are here as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada’s largest network of independent travel agents. TPI runs this annual incentive trip – known as the Chairman’s Circle – for its top-performing travel agents, to a destination which has seen an increase in business. 

The group’s action-packed trip along the Wild Atlantic Way included a sheep-herding demo at Glen Keen Farm and a guided tour of Westport House. They also enjoyed an overnight stay at Ashford Castle.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase Ireland to these top-performing Canadian travel agents,” said Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada. “There is really no substitute for being able to come here and experience what Ireland has to offer at first-hand. Our aim is that when these travel agents return home, they will be better informed and really enthusiastic about the destination – which will, in turn, help to secure a greater share of their business for Ireland.”

2018 was the best year ever for Irish tourism from Canada – with CSO figures indicating growth of +8.2% over 2017. Tourism Ireland is rolling out an extensive and targeted programme of activity throughout 2019 – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.
  Canadian travel agents with tour guide Liam Silke (right), visiting Westport House.

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, delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20.3 million visitors in 2018.