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Hola Espana !

Tourism Ireland in Spain unveiled its key themes for 2018, at an event in Madrid attended by around 50 top travel and lifestyle journalists – including representatives of Condé 


Nast Traveller, Elle and El País (national daily newspaper) – as well as social influencers and leading Spanish travel professionals.
 Pictured are Barbara Wood and Finola O’Mahony, both Tourism Ireland; HE Síle Maguire, Irish Ambassador to Spain; José Antonio Muñoz, Coloralia.com (travel website); and Alicia González Oliver, Expreso.info (online travel journal). 
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Trip Advisor Campaign Workshop

Making sure tourism businesses are prepared to capitalise fully on an expected upswing in social media searches was the purpose of a series of Fáilte Ireland workshops held 


in Killarney and Limerick this week. 
 Pictured at the workshop were from Finola O’Mahony, Tourism Ireland; Noel Ryan, Marketing Manager, Kerry Airport; Brendan McSweeney, Randles Hotels; Susan Randles, Randles Hotels, Michelle Murphy, Siamsa Tire.
 The workshops were held ahead of an up-coming Tourism Ireland social media initiative with  holiday booking website, TripAdvisor. The Tourism Ireland Spring campaigns for the British and German markets will feature the Wild Atlantic Way and will run for four weeks and have the potential to substantially increase interest in visitor attractions, accommodation provision and activities offered by tourism businesses in the region. The GB campaign will begin on 5th March with the campaign for Germany starting on the 12th March next.
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Paris 'Pure' Promo

Ireland was promoted as a top destination for business tourism yesterday (15 February), at Pure Meetings & Events in Paris. 
Pictured are Hannah Cunningham, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin (centre); and Michelle Blake, The Marker Hotel (right); meeting with a French buyer (left).
 paris Pure Meetings & Events is one of the leading events for business tourism and incentive buyers based in France, who will be booking incentive travel programmes around the world in 2018 and beyond. The B2B workshop – involving pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings – provided an excellent platform for the participating Irish companies to meet, and do business with, the 700+ influential French incentive buyers in attendance.
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Envoys at Nordic Workshop

Ireland was showcased to some 50 top tour operators from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland – at Tourism Ireland’s 2018 Nordic trade workshop in Copenhagen. Irish 


Ambassador to Denmark, Clíona Manahan, and British Ambassador to Denmark, Dominic Schroeder, addressed the guests attending the workshop. 
HE Clíona Manahan, Irish Ambassador to Denmark (ninth left) is oictured with  tourism companies from Ireland and Tourism Ireland representatives.
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Cannon in Qatar

 cannon0218Ciaran Cannon, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has been visiting Qatar. The minister’s schedule included a meeting with Tourism Ireland, when he was briefed on the organisation’s busy programme of promotions in the GCC. Among the GCC countries, Qatar is a growing market for Irish tourism and this received a significant boost in 2017, when Qatar Airways launched its new daily flight between Doha and Dublin.
 Minister Cannon is pictured with Aisling McDermott, Tourism Ireland, in Qatar.


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