Tourism Ireland, together with a delegation of eleven tourism companies from Canada and Ireland, took part in a three-city sales blitz in Canada, meeting with travel agents, tour operators, group leaders and tour planners in the cities of Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa.
The meetings involved an Ireland Always in Season workshop in each city, where the participating tourism companies had the opportunity to network with, and sell to, more than 200 Canadian travel professionals. There was also an opportunity to meet with travel and lifestyle journalists in Toronto.
Tourism businesses who took part included CIE Tours International, Crafted Ireland, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, and Specialized Travel Services.
Key messages included Ireland’s Ancient East, Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink, Dublin and Belfast, as well as the Wild Atlantic Way. Tourism Ireland was also highlighting ease of access from Canada to the island of Ireland. Aer Lingus and Air Canada rouge fly from Toronto to Dublin all year round; seasonal services are operated by Air Transat, WestJet and ASL Airlines; and a new Air Canada rouge flight for 2016 will serve visitors from Vancouver.
Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We are delighted that so many key decision-makers from the group travel sector in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa took the time to meet with our tourism partners from Ireland and Canada this week, to hear about our fantastic tourism offering and the many opportunities for group travel to the island of Ireland.”