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21 Sep 2022

French connection for the island of Ireland

Tourism Ireland and partners attend major travel fair in Paris

Fourteen (14) tourism companies from the island of Ireland are joining Tourism Ireland at IFTM Top Resa in Paris this week.

IFTM (International French Travel Market) is the largest travel trade exhibition in France, attracting more than 34,000 visitors – including influential tour operators and travel agents, as well as business tourism decision-makers and leading French travel journalists. The three-day event provides a valuable opportunity for the participating companies from Ireland to meet, and do business with, key players in the French travel trade.

Visitors to the Tourism Ireland stand will enjoy a Jameson whiskey-tasting experience and will be entertained by musicians from the Belfast Traditional Music Trail, highlighting Belfast’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music. 

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “Our presence at IFTM provides a valuable opportunity for our partners from the island of Ireland to showcase their product and connect with leading French travel trade contacts, to negotiate inclusion in their 2023 programmes. 

“France is one of the top four markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and Tourism Ireland is rolling out a busy programme of promotions in France this autumn – aimed at boosting late season travel and positioning us well for 2023.” 


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Anna Mannion, Tourism Ireland; Patricia McKeever and Ciara Creelman, both Roe Park Resort; and Ana Luis, Tourism Ireland, at IFTM Top Resa in Paris. 

Notes To Editors

Tourism businesses from the island of Ireland joining Tourism Ireland at IFTM 2022 include:
•    Abbey Ireland & UK 
•    Aer Lingus 
•    √Ālainn Tours 
•    Atlas Travel Solutions UK & Ireland
•    Brittany Ferries
•    Crindle Stables
•    Holiday Ireland Hotels
•    Irish Ferries
•    Joe O'Reilly Ireland DMC
•    Kleemann Tours
•    MHL Hotel Collection
•    Mussenden Sea Salt – Experience Mussenden
•    Office of Public Works (OPW)
•    Roe Park Resort