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French and Belgian Journalists Experience Irish Hospitality

Published on Jun 19 2014 10:31 AM in General Industry

French and Belgian Journalists Experience Irish Hospitality

Four leading journalists from France and Belgium visited Wicklow and Dublin this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Luxair. The journalists represent various online and print publications and were here to experience some of the many things to see and do in Ireland. They will hopefully inspire their readers to come and experience Ireland for themselves.

Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland Belgium, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of influential journalists to visit Dublin and Wicklow. Seeing is believing – so fact-finding visits like this are an extremely important element of our publicity and PR programme in Belgium and France; they are a really effective way for us to get positive exposure for Ireland through the media, helping us to showcase the superb tourism experience on offer here to thousands of potential Belgian and French holidaymakers.”

The itinerary included a visit to Powerscourt House and Gardens, followed by a guided tour of the monastic site at Glendalough. They also enjoyed a Viking Splash Tour, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and an evening of Irish music and dance at the Irish House Party in the Lansdowne Hotel, in Dublin. Luxair will operate four direct flights from Luxembourg to Dublin every week this summer and Tourism Ireland will be taking every opportunity to highlight the route. It is important that there are convenient direct flights to Ireland as it has been found that there is a direct correlation between access to Ireland and growth in visitor numbers. Neyts continued: “Luxair’s decision to resume its direct Luxembourg to Dublin service is good news indeed for tourism to the island of Ireland. We look forward to working closely with Luxair and Dublin Airport, to maximise the promotion of this route and to help drive demand for the flights."

Picture: French and Belgian journalists enjoying a tour of the monastic site at Glendalough, with Christian Carbonne, Luxair (second right).

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