America Unlocked

Tourism Ireland in the United States launched its marketing plans for 2018 at an event in New York 


attended by leading tour operators, travel agents and journalists from the tri-State area.
The organisation aims to surpass the record-breaking performance of 2017 and to grow revenue from North American visitors by +7% in 2018 i.e. €1.78 billion generated by 1.93 million visitors (+5%).
Pictured are Athar Khan, Delta Air Lines; Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America; Elizabeth Crabill, CIE Tours International; and Joan O'Shaughnessy, Chairman of Tourism Ireland.
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WAW is Top Attraction

The Wild Atlantic Way “has something for everyone. It can be walked, cycled or motored,” you 


added. It boasts “stunning, rugged scenery” and makes “a great walking holiday.', according to readers of the 'Irish Independent'
Judges described the route as a “game-changer”, an initiative that has inspired businesses to up their game, restaurants to revamp menus, and activity providers to introduce a whole new range of things to do.


Sure, it includes already-iconic stops like the Skelligs and Cliffs of Moher, but the route caught our
 readers’ eyes just as much for its smaller moments — be it Clifden’s Sky Road, the Sheep’s Head, or secret beaches stashed away in the folds of Donegal’s coast.
 Other top attractions were
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Kelly's retains 'Favourite' title

Kelly's Hotel Rosslare remains the favourite place to stay among readers od the 'Irish Indepen


dent', but Harvey's Point Hotel in Donagel is 'breathing down its neck', acording to the judges.
“The place is class without a side of pomp,” one reader wrote — offering no less than a 300-word review of Kelly’s Hotel in their comments.
“I seem to be very busy in my life, working all the time and doing ‘stuff’ — that’s why I love Kelly’s so much. They do all the ‘stuff’ for you without causing you bother. All you have to do is make the memories. Bliss.”
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