One of Spain’s leading tour operators, Tourmundial, and a group of travel agents working with Viajes El Corte Inglés – the tour operating arm of Spanish retailing giant El Corte Inglés – have been exploring Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
The travel professionals were here to experience at first-hand the wealth of things to see and do here for Spanish holidaymakers. Their action-packed itinerary included a guided tour of Russborough House, the Irish National Stud and Gardens, Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, the Rock of Cashel, Doolin and Clonmacnoise.
Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Spain, said: “We were delighted to invite these influential Spanish travel professionals to Ireland this week. Their visit is an excellent opportunity to showcase our superb tourism offering. Seeing is believing – and 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 business for Ireland.”
In 2018, we welcomed 423,000 Spanish visitors to the island of Ireland.
Susan Bolger, Tourism Ireland (back, left); tour guide Cecilia Ferrari (front, right); and the Spanish travel professionals, during their visit to Russborough House.
Barbara Wood continued: “Tourism Ireland has been undertaking an extensive and targeted programme of promotional activity in Spain throughout 2019 – to continue to grow Spanish visitor numbers and, in particular, to encourage more Spaniards to explore our regions and less-visited attractions, during the off-peak season.”
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.