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Italian shoot in Kilkenny

 The most popular travel TV show in Italy, Kilimangiaro, which has more than 1.2 million viewers per episode, is filming in Ireland’s Ancient East this week.

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Pictured are  Julie Calder-Potts (left) with TV presenter Annapia Chico, during filming at Highbank Orchards and Distillery in Cuffesgrange, Co Kilkenny.
 Tourism Ireland in Milan, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, invited camerawoman Annapia Chico to come and explore Ireland’s Ancient East for the Kilimangiaro show, which airs on the national TV station, RAI Tre.
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Asford 'Fairytale' on world list

A  “fairytale” experience at Ashford Castle has been listed as one of the 25 best travel experiences in the world.

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The listing was compiled by US travel advisor Chad Clark, who is aiming to certify travel “experiences” to create an annual list similar to what the Michelin Guide
 is for restaurants.
 Ireland’s sole ewntry on the list of 25 is the “Ashford Castle Fairytale experience”. It includes private chauffeur transfers from the airport; two nights in a Stateroom; afternoon tea in the Connaught Room; falconry; a private showing of The Quiet Man in the 32-seat cinema at the hotel, with Champagne and popcorn of course; dinners in the Dungeon and George V restaurants; wine tasting; and meeting the estate’s Irish Wolfhounds. The price of your fairytale? From €4,350 in low season to €6,350 in high season.
 
 

Value drive NI tourism

More people from the Republic are visiting Northern Ireland because of weak sterling.
Figures for Q1 of 2017 show visitors from the State took 105,000 trips to the North and spent £19 million (€21 million) – nearly 80 per cent more than they did the over same period in 2016.
The majority of these trips – 58,000 – were to visit friends and family but some 26,000 made the journey purely for holiday reasons and there was also a 194 per cent jump to 12,000 in the number of people from the Republic making business trips.
Overall the latest quarterly tourism figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) show a record one million overnight trips were taken in the North by both visitors and local residents during the three months to March.
This in turn delivered a record visitor spend of £170 million which equated to an average spend each day of about £1.9 million.
 

New rooms hit Fitzpatrick

Two New York hotels owned by John Fitzpatrick achieved record occupancy levels last year but profits and revenue declined as the company was forced to lower its rates as 6,000 new hotel bedrooms were added in the city.
Latest accounts for Fitzpatrick Hotels Ltd for the year to the end of September 2016 show that its turnover declined by 2.5 per cent to $25.8 million while its pretax profit fell by 16 per cent to $2.3 million.
The two Manhattan hotels achieved a record average occupancy level of 91 per cent but had to lower their room rates (from an average $285 to $270 night) as competition from new hotels and about 40,000 Airbnb units impacted the market.
The hotel group was also hit by increased labour costs and property taxes. Its wages and salaries bill rose by 3 per cent to just more than $11 million.
 

'Think Digital' says Bord Bia

 Bord Bia has announced a partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute to offer Irish food and drink companies an opportunity to grow and develop their online presence with 

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a view to increasing brand awareness and sales. ‘Think Digital’ is a 6-month digital marketing programme available to all Irish food and drink companies designed specifically to address the digital skills gap in the industry. 
 
According to Indecon*, Irish consumers spend €850,000 per hour online, a 20% increase since 2012 which is expected to grow by a quarter in next 3 to 5 years. While the numbers purchasing food and groceries remain relatively low at 8%, CSO data* shows that 86% of people use the internet to find information on goods and services.  
 
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