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British Travel Professionals Discover Ireland

By Dave Simpson
British Travel Professionals Discover Ireland

Four British travel professionals are on a fact-finding visit in Ireland this week. The tour operators and an airline representative were invited to Ireland by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI.


The aim of the visit is to familiarise the travel professionals with Ireland and its tourism offering, to encourage them to feature the destination in their holiday and tour programmes. Their 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 a boat tour of Howth Head.

Statement By Tourism Ireland's Head Of Great Britain

Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland's head of Great Britain, stated, "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."

Additional Information

According to a separate statement published on, the group also partook in a tour of some of Belfast's other well-known attractions and travelled to Fermanagh for a tour of Lough Erne and a visit to Florence Court House and Estate.

Additional Statement By Tourism Ireland's Head Of Great Britain

In the separate statement published on, Wakley also stated, "Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way in GB right throughout 2022. We are taking every opportunity to leverage the many good news stories about Northern Ireland tourism this year - including the opening of the new Game of Thrones Studio Tour, the designation of Belfast as a UNESCO City of Music, the 10th anniversary of Titanic Belfast and the fact that The Open will return to Royal Portrush in 2025. Our message is that Northern Ireland is open for business again and we cannot wait to welcome back visitors from GB and around the world."

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