~ Spotlight on Ireland at travel fair in Rimini ~
The island of Ireland was promoted by Tourism Ireland to thousands of Italian travel professionals attending this week’s TTG Incontri travel fair in Rimini.
Five companies from the island of Ireland and Italy joined Tourism Ireland at TTG Incontri, an important B2B travel exhibition which attracted almost 45,000 visitors − including influential tour operators, travel agents and leading Italian travel journalists and bloggers − in 2018.
Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Italy, said: “Interest in visiting the island of Ireland remains strong among Italian travellers and our presence at TTG Incontri provides an excellent opportunity to spread the word about the many great things to see and do right around the island of Ireland and to enthuse Italian travellers about putting Ireland on their ‘wish-list’ for 2020.
“In 2018, we welcomed 384,000 Italian visitors to the island of Ireland. Our presence at TTG Rimini is just one element of our extensive autumn campaign which is in full swing right now – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland from Italy and at positioning us well for 2020.”
Mary O'Connor, Elena Zenzocchi, Ornella Gamacchio, Eva Dolan and Niamh Kinsella, all Tourism Ireland; Piero Canale, Tailor Made Tours International; Silvia Guglielmini, Fáilte Ireland; Sarah Lee-Fabi, Aer Lingus; Franca Terzano and Mari Mirenda, both Tailor Made Tours International; and Edoardo Bergamo, Tour Guides NI, at TTG Incontri in Rimini.
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.