Twenty travel agents working for a French company specialising in group travel called Euro Moselle Loisirs, based in the
north-eastern region of Lorraine, have been visiting Ireland. They were here on a fact-finding visit, organised by Tourism Ireland in Paris in conjunction with Irish Welcome Tours.
The group is pictured with tour guide Hubert Servignat (second right) at Glendalough monastic site.
The itinerary for the French travel professionals included some of our popular visitor attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, the Irish Whiskey Museum, the Book of Kells, Glendalough and Powerscourt House & Gardens.
Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s head of southern Europe, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted that these French travel agents have taken the time to visit Ireland, to experience for themselves our fantastic tourism offering and some of the many opportunities for group travel to Ireland. Seeing is believing – so fact-finding visits like this are an invaluable part of our overall promotional programme to build awareness of what the island of Ireland has to offer the group travel sector in France. 2014 was a record year for French visitors to Ireland and Tourism Ireland in France is undertaking an extensive programme of promotional activity throughout 2015 – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.”
According to the most recent CSO figures, visitor numbers from France grew by +28%, or an additional 17,000 French visitors, for the December 2014 to February 2015 period.