Nineteen (19) top-producing Canadian travel agents – from British Columbia, Alberta, Québec, Nova Scotia and Ontario – are travelling around the island of Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland, Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland.
They’re here to attend a B2B workshop in the Johnstown Estate in Enfield and a networking event in the Beech Hill Country House Hotel in Londonderry – organised by Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI – meeting and doing business for 2020 with local tourism providers.
During their time here, they’re also taking part in an extensive fact-finding visit – to inform and enthuse them about some of the many great things to see and do here for their clients. Their itinerary is focusing on our ancient history and culinary offering, as well as opportunities to drive business in the off-season months. They’re visiting some of our top visitor attractions – including Titanic Belfast, The Gobbins Cliff Path, Donegal Castle, Yeats’ Grave and Knowth.
Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these influential Canadian travel professionals to visit the island of Ireland, to see and experience some of the many great things to see and do here and to encourage them to extend the Ireland content of their existing programmes and itineraries, or to include the island of Ireland for the first time in their 2020 programmes.”
In 2018, we welcomed 244,000 Canadian visitors to the island of Ireland. Tourism Ireland is rolling out an extensive programme of promotions again throughout 2019, to continue to grow Canadian visitor numbers.
Dana Welch continued: “Fact-finding visits such as this are extremely important, so that influential travel professionals get to experience for themselves the high standard of our tourism offering. Our aim is to really enthuse them about the destination, helping to ensure that the island of Ireland is ‘top of mind’ for them when they’re putting together itineraries for their clients.”
Canadian travel agents with Sandra Moffatt, Tourism Ireland (front, right) during a guided stroll on Strandhill Beach.
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 almost 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland (+5% on 2017), delivering revenue of approximately €5.86 billion (+5%).
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 20+ million visitors in 2018.