A group of German journalists is visiting Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands this week, cruising on the River Shannon. They are here as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and German cruising tour operator Le Boat.
The visiting journalists – including representatives of popular travel magazines, a regional newspaper, and a radio station – are in Ireland to find out more about cruising holidays on the Shannon, and to experience first-hand the scenery and things to see and do in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.
The group cruised along the River Shannon from Portumna to Killaloe, stopping off in Mountshannon and Scariff, in Co. Clare, and Terryglass, in Co. Tipperary, and then went on to Banagher and Clonmacnoise, in Co. Offaly. During the cruise, the group visited Wilde Irish Chocolates, McKernan Woollen Mills, the Killaloe Farmer’s Market and Athlone.
Statement By Tourism Ireland’s Manager For Germany
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“Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of journalists to visit Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands,” said Nadine Lehmann, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Germany. “Fact-finding visits like this are a really effective way for us to get positive exposure for cruising on the Shannon and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Through their articles and broadcasts, the journalists will encourage their readers and listeners to come and experience this part of Ireland for themselves.”
Germany is the third-largest source of visitors to the island of Ireland, and one of the largest outbound travel markets in the world. In 2019, the island welcomed 749,000 German visitors.
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