A group of travel professionals working for German tour operator Service-Reisen Giessen visited Ireland recently, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
The aim of their fact-finding visit was to educate and enthuse the travel professionals about some of the things to do and see in Ireland. Their itinerary included Kilkenny, where they visited the Medieval Mile Museum and the Smithwick’s Experience, and enjoyed a bodhrán lesson in Kyteler’s Inn. They also visited the Powerscourt Estate, Glendalough, Blarney Castle, Killarney and Adare.
Germany is the third largest market for tourism to Ireland, with the latest CSO figures indicating growth of around 20% in arrivals from Germany in 2018.
Finola O’Mahony, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Europe, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group from Service-Reisen Giessen to visit Ireland. We believe it’s extremely important for travel professionals such as these to experience for themselves the high standard of our tourism experiences and the many things to see and do here.”
Finola O’Mahony continued: “2018 was the eighth consecutive year of growth for German visitor numbers to the island of Ireland, when we welcomed around 780,000 German visitors.”