22 American travel agents explored Ireland last week as guests of Tourism Ireland and Luxury Gold (part of The Travel Corporation). They visited Dublin, Down, Belfast, Derry, Mayo and Galway.
The travel advisors are all specialists in luxury travel and are members of travel agent networks like Virtuoso, Travel Leaders and Signature Travel Network. They design unique, luxury travel itineraries for their US clients. The aim of the visit was to familiarise them with Ireland and its luxury tourism offering, so that when they return home, they will be better informed and more enthusiastic than ever about Ireland when advising their clients about planning and booking their holidays here.
The group's itinerary included the Guinness Storehouse, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, the Little Museum of Dublin, Strangford Lough, Titanic Belfast and the Giant's Causeway. The group also visited Ashford Castle, where they dined at Cullen's at the Cottage and enjoyed a fine dining experience in the George V Dining Room.
Statement By Tourism Ireland's Head Of North America
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Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland's head of North America, said, "Tourism Ireland was delighted to work with Luxury Gold, to invite this group of specialist luxury travel agents to visit Ireland, to experience at first-hand some of our luxury tourism offering, including our boutique hotels and high-end resorts. Seeing is believing - and 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 Ireland in 2023 and beyond."