Ireland Meets Mid East

Thirteen tourism companies from Ireland travelled to Dubai this week to join Tourism Ireland at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in a bid to grow tourist numbers from the UAE in 2022 and beyond.

Pictured are John Costelloe, The K Club; Ahmed Wahid, Nirvana Travel; Danielle Murrihy, Hayfield Manor; and Aisling McDermott, Tourism Ireland, at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

Tourism Ireland arranged meetings for the tourism operators from Ireland with key UAE travel professionals and also hosted a networking dinner with influential luxury travel buyers based in the UAE.

ATM is the biggest travel trade event in the UAE, attracting more than 20,000 visitors – including leading tour operators, travel agents, business tourism buyers, airlines, travel media and bloggers – and not just from the UAE, but from all over the world.

Aisling McDermott, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Asia and Middle East, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted that 13 tourism companies from Ireland and many key UAE travel professionals took the time to join us at Arabian Travel Market this week. It provided another important platform for Tourism Ireland to showcase and sell Ireland to influential travel professionals in the UAE. Our message for those travel professionals is that Ireland is open for business again, and we cannot wait to welcome back their clients.”