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20 Sep 2021

Spotlight on the island of Ireland in Arizona

Promoting Ireland to influential North American travel professionals

Four tourism companies from the island of Ireland joined Tourism Ireland virtually over the weekend, at the annual Global Travel Marketplace West (GTM West), in Arizona.

GTM West is a busy two-day event which, this year, involved a programme of bespoke one-to-one in-person appointments, in which Tourism Ireland participated. Four tourism companies from Ireland also engaged in a number of ‘boardroom’ style sessions virtually, to showcase their product to the high-end North American travel advisors in attendance.

Tourism Ireland highlighted the island of Ireland to the influential North American travel advisors, building anticipation for future trips and reminding them about the many reasons for their clients to choose the island of Ireland.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to attend this year’s GTM West in Arizona, in person. The two-day event provided a fantastic platform to showcase the many things to see and do across the island of Ireland. GTM West also provided a valuable opportunity for our partners from Ireland to showcase their product and connect virtually with the North American travel advisors. Our message for these travel advisors was that we cannot wait to welcome back their clients.”
  Hillarie McGuinness and Paul McDonagh, both Tourism Ireland; with Ken Holladay, Ken Holladay Travel (right), at GTM West in Arizona.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • In 2019, we welcomed 11.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of over €5.9 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 33 market sites available in 30 different countries in 11 language versions around the world.