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Fiona Buckley Kitt The Armada Hotel Spanish Point , Oonagh Kelly Fáilte Ireland, Joan Reilly Doolin 2 Aran Ferries and Paula Hawes Cliff of Moher Visitor Experience pictured at the second in a series of targeted 2015 sales drive of international tourism workshops.

Clare in the vanguard of tourism drive

A number of Clare tourism enterprises were in the vanguard of a major tourism sales drive when the Irish tourism sector met with top overseas travel buyers this week.

The second in a series of targeted 2015 sales drive of international tourism workshops focused on the British coach tour sector, with Clare businesses such as The Armada Hotel, the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin2 Aran Ferries pitching directly to agents from the British market.

The workshop saw a total of 86 Irish tourism trade meet with 18 GB Coach and Group Operators who were very keen to develop business contacts and business relationships with Ireland.

Martina Bromley, head of sales with Fáilte Ireland, stressed the importance of hosting events like these and the benefits for the Irish trade involved.

“We are delighted to welcome these important GB Coach and Group Operators to our shore as they plan their 2015 packages. These overseas agents have the capacity to deliver significant amounts of visitors to Ireland and their presence at the workshop is testimony to our enduring strong appeal as a destination and the variety and attractiveness of the Irish holiday.

“Hopefully the deals made over the next few weeks will assist ongoing growth in tourism in Ireland for 2015.”
The British Coach Tour Operators Workshop will be followed by a New Markets Workshop on October 16 and the North American Expo on October 21.

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