A group of Spanish journalists arrived in Cork on June 14th on an Iberia Express flight from Madrid, to find out what the Ireland’s Ancient East region can offer Spanish visitors when they arrive at the gateway to the South of Ireland.

The group of online and print media enjoys a total circulation of over 3.5m, and are visiting as guests of Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. Part of their visit is to help highlight summer services from Madrid to Cork.

For the travelling media on this trip, a bespoke itinerary was put together by Fáilte Ireland based around Ireland’s Ancient East. The tour includes stops at Cobh, the Titanic Experience tour and Mitchelstown Cave, ahead of touring counties Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny and Tipperary.

Ciara Sugrue, Head of International Publicity with Fáilte Ireland, said: “New routes into Cork Airport – such as the Iberia Express service – provide visitors with an opportunity to arrive directly to experience the strong choices offered in the region. Regional Airports are key to opening up improved access throughout the country whilst sustaining and distributing economic gain to the regions.”

Cork Airport’s Head of Communications Kevin Cullinane said: “The additional connectivity and frequency of Iberia Express’ Madrid service means that we have ample opportunity to showcase all that the South of Ireland has to offer. The route to and from the Spanish capital operates twice weekly, every Saturday and Wednesday commencing on June 18th and will fly right through the summer months until September.”

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