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25 Feb 2020

Spanish travel professionals say ‘Olé’ to Ireland

A leading Spanish tour operator, Catai, and some of its top-producing travel agents, have been visiting Ireland – 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 Malahide Castle & Gardens, the Medieval Mile in Kilkenny, the House of Waterford Crystal, the Jameson Distillery Midleton, the Rock of Cashel and EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum. The group also enjoyed a boat tour of Cork Harbour.

Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Spain, said: “We were delighted to invite representatives of leading Spanish tour operator, Catai, to visit Ireland. Their visit was 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 2020.”

In 2019, we welcomed 443,000 Spanish arrivals to Ireland.
 
Barbara Wood continued: “Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of targeted promotional activity, to grow Spanish visitor numbers for 2020 and, in particular, to encourage more holidaymakers to explore our regions and less-visited attractions, during the shoulder and off-season months.”
 
Top-producing travel agents from leading Spanish tour operator, Catai, with Susan Bolger, Tourism Ireland (second left); and Peter McMahon, Fáilte Ireland (left), during their guided tour of the Jameson Distillery Midleton.

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 2019, we welcomed almost 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €5.8 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 23+ million visitors in 2019.

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