Spanish tour operator Catai and some of its top-producing travel agents visited Ireland in late February, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

The travel professionals were visiting in order to experience first-hand the things to see and do here for Spanish holidaymakers. Their itinerary included a guided tour of Malahide Castle & Gardens, the Medieval Mile in Kilkenny, the House of Waterford Crystal, the Jameson Distillery Midleton, the Rock of Cashel and EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum. The group also enjoyed a boat tour of Cork Harbour.

Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Spain, said: “We were delighted to invite representatives of Spanish tour operator, Catai, to visit Ireland. Their visit was an opportunity to showcase our tourism offering. Seeing is believing – and our aim is that when they return home, they will be even more enthusiastic about the destination, helping to secure a greater share of their business for Ireland in 2020.”

In 2019, around 443,000 Spanish tourists visited Ireland.

Barbara Wood continued: “Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of targeted promotional activity, to grow Spanish visitor numbers for 2020 and, in particular, to encourage more holidaymakers to explore our regions and less-visited attractions, during the shoulder and off-season months.”

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