Travel Professionals Discover Ireland
Four top British travel professionals are on a fact-finding visit in Ireland this week. The tour operators and an airline representative were invited here by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI.
Pictured are Maebh Rafferty, Tourism Ireland; Marcia Samuel, Loganair; Laura Hanley, Fáilte Ireland; Laura Gelder, Charitable Travel; Karin Gidlund, Rabbie's Tours; Louise Fitzpatrick, Albatross Travel; and Michael Fay, Fáilte Ireland, at the Arigna Mining Experience.
The aim of the visit is to familiarise the travel professionals with Ireland and our superb tourism offering, to encourage them to feature the destination in their holiday and tour programmes. Their action-packed itinerary included Titanic Belfast and the new Game of Thrones Studio Tour in Banbridge, as well as a water taxi tour on Lough Erne. The group also enjoyed a visit to the Arigna Mining Experience in Roscommon, a guided tour of The Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo and boat tour of Howth Head.
Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said:
"We were delighted to invite these travel professionals to visit the island of Ireland this week. Working with the travel trade is an important element of Tourism Ireland’s promotional programme in Britain – so fact-finding visits for groups like this are really important. Our aim is that when they return home, they will be even more enthusiastic about the destination, helping to secure a greater share of their business for the island of Ireland in 2022 and beyond.”