Seven tour operators from the Middle East explored the island of Ireland in September, as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI.
The group’s itinerary included Adare Manor, King John’s Castle, the Irish National Stud and Gardens, Slane Castle, Hillsborough Castle, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Killeavy Castle. The aim of the visit is to encourage the travel professionals to extend the Ireland content of their programmes and itineraries.
Aisling McDermott, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Asia & Middle East, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these travel professionals to visit the island of Ireland, to sample some of our visitor attractions and experiences at first-hand.”
In 2018, around 71,000 visitors from the Middle East travelled to the island of Ireland. As well as highlighting ease of access to Ireland, a key message for Tourism Ireland is the fact that Ireland is now visa free for UAE nationals.