Tourism Ireland invited ten leading tour operators from India to visit Clare this week, in advance of attending a B2B workshop with Irish tourism enterprises in Dublin on Thursday (16 October).
The visit is being organised in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, to encourage the visiting tour operators to extend the Ireland content of their existing programmes or to include Ireland for the first time in their 2015 programmes.
The group’s itinerary included lunch at The Tea & Garden Rooms in Ballyvaughan, a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, a site inspection at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, as well as an evening at the medieval banquet in Bunratty Castle. They group stayed at the Bunratty Castle Hotel.
Jim Paul, Tourism Ireland’s head of Australia and developing markets, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to bring these influential tour operators to Ireland for the annual New Markets Workshop – which provides such an important opportunity for our Irish tourism partners. Fact-finding visits like this are a valuable element of Tourism Ireland’s overall promotional effort in emerging tourism markets like India; they provide an excellent opportunity for us to position Co Clare and Ireland as a ‘must-see’ destination.
The visit of the group is particularly timely following the launch of the new British-Irish Visa Scheme last week. Jim Paul continued: “The introduction of the British-Irish Visa Scheme is really good news, making it easier than ever before for visitors from India and China to visit the island of Ireland. Given that visitors from these markets are travelling a considerable distance, and often want to include more than one destination on their itinerary, it makes sense to make it as easy as possible for them to visit both Ireland and the UK on a single visa. We will be working closely with our colleagues in VisitBritain, to leverage the benefits of the new scheme in both India and China.”