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09 Mar 2020

Spanish travel agents discover the island of Ireland

A group of Spanish travel agents has been exploring the island of Ireland this week – as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI. They work with Special Tours, one of the largest traditional tour operators in Spain.

The aim of the visit was to familiarise the travel agents with the island of Ireland and our superb tourism offering, so that when they return home they will be even better informed to advise their clients when planning and booking their holidays. The group’s action-packed itinerary included Slane Castle and Slane Distillery, Newgrange, EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum, Titanic Belfast and the walled city of Derry.

“We were delighted to invite these Spanish travel agents to explore the island of Ireland this week,” said Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Spain. “Working with the travel trade is an important element of Tourism Ireland’s promotional programme in Spain – so fact-finding visits for groups like this are really important. 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 the island of Ireland in 2020 and beyond.”  

  Spanish travel agents pictured with Susan Bolger, Tourism Ireland (front, right), during their visit to Slane Castle, Co Meath.

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, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 23+ million visitors in 2019.