A group of Canadian travel agents visited Ireland recently, travelling through Mayo and parts of the Wild Atlantic Way.
The group was in Ireland as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada’s largest network of independent travel agents. TPI runs this annual incentive trip, known as the Chairman’s Circle, for its top-performing travel agents, to a destination which has seen an increase in business.
The group’s trip along the Wild Atlantic Way included a sheep-herding demo at Glen Keen Farm and a guided tour of Westport House. They also enjoyed an overnight stay at Ashford Castle.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase Ireland to these top-performing Canadian travel agents,” said Dana Welsh, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada. “There is really no substitute for being able to come here and experience what Ireland has to offer at first-hand. Our aim is that when these travel agents return home, they will be better informed and enthusiastic about the destination – which will, in turn, help to secure a greater share of their business for Ireland.”
CSO figures show that there was an 8.2% increase in Canadian visitors to Ireland in 2018. Tourism Ireland has a programme of promotions underway this year to further build on that growth.