A delegation of tourism businesses from the island of Ireland was in Glasgow this week, taking part in a Tourism Ireland B2B workshop and networking event with travel professionals from Scotland and the north of England.
In all, 27 tourism businesses from Ireland – including hotels, visitor attractions, ferry companies and regional tourism organisations – had the opportunity to meet with the local tour operators and travel agents. The annual event provides a platform for the participating companies from Ireland to network and win business for the year ahead.
"Delighted" By The Turnout
Tourism Ireland’s head of Great Britain, Julie Wakley, commented, "I am delighted that so many of our tourism partners from Ireland have joined us in Glasgow this week, highlighting our tourism offering to influential tour operators and travel agents.
"Since the UK referendum on Brexit, Tourism Ireland has been closely monitoring developments in the British outbound travel market. As our nearest neighbour and our largest market for overseas tourism, Britain remains a priority for us. In 2019, we will continue to highlight the wide variety of things to see and do on holiday here, as well as the ease of getting to the island of Ireland, with almost 238,000 seats by air and 46,000 car spaces on ferries from Britain every week. Competitiveness and the value for money message remain important. We are committed to making 2019 another strong year for Irish tourism."
Music And Culture
Tourism Ireland’s workshop and networking event was timed to coincide with Celtic Connections, Scotland’s premier winter music festival.
Julie Wakley added, "Music and culture are key components of the holiday experience in Ireland, so platforms like Celtic Connections help us to spread the word about the island of Ireland as a premier destination with an appealing cultural offering. Our message is that there has never been a better time for British holiday-makers to come and experience that for themselves."
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