Eight travel agents from France visited Ireland recently, taking part in a fact finding tour in counties Cork and Waterford.
The group were here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. The visit was an opportunity to highlight air access from France to Cork, with the travel agents flying to Cork Airport, from Paris, with Aer Lingus.
Next weekend sees the launch of a new daily Air France flight from Paris to Cork for summer 2018, which will provide another boost for tourism from the French market to Cork and the South of Ireland.
The travel agents’ itinerary included a walking tour of Clonakilty and visits to the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, the English Market, the Jameson Experience Midleton and the Waterford Museum of Treasures. They also had lunch in The Granary Cafe in Waterford city and the Farmgate Café in the English Market in Cork city.
“Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of French travel agents to visit Ireland. We believe it is extremely important for travel decision makers such as these to experience for themselves the high standard of our tourism offering,” said Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Southern Europe.
2017 was the best year ever for Irish tourism from France, when we welcomed almost 550,000 French visitors. Tourism Ireland is rolling out a programme of promotional activity once again in 2018, to build on the success of the past few years and continue to grow French visitor numbers.