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US tourism companies visit Clare

American business tourism company representatives have been taking part in a fact-finding visit of Clare and Ireland, as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Dublin-based destination management company, Event Partners. The group includes senior representatives of companies involved in the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) industry, who are responsible for organising large-scale events all over the world, They are here to discover more about the world-class facilities and accommodation on offer in Clare and Ireland, as well as the great experiences business delegates can on the sidelines of their conference or meeting. The group’s itinerary included a cruise from Doolin Pier to the Cliffs of Moher, an overnight stay at Dromoland Castle and a cruise in Killaloe. Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, said, “We are delighted that so many of these American business tourism buyers have taken the time to visit Clare and Ireland, to experience for themselves some of the superb facilities on offer …

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Access and connectivity key

In a week dominated by aviation-related headlines, Shannon Chamber hosted a luncheon seminar where two key players in the tourism and travel sectors – Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland and Suzanne Boda, senior vice president Asia, Canada, Europe and Cargo, American Airlines – were guest speakers. The lunch, sponsored by American Airlines, was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick and attended by representatives from the business, tourism and hospitality sectors. Chamber president Kevin Thompstone said in his introductory remarks that access and connectivity is the key to increasing visitor numbers to the West of Ireland. “With just over 5% of international traffic to Ireland, Shannon delivers 15% of the West’s, 37% of Shannon’s and 12% of the South-West’s overseas holidaymaker bed nights. This demonstrates the link between access to Shannon and tourism activity in Shannon and the surrounding regions. The West has the product and the amenities and is proactively creating awareness, through Tourism Ireland, in international …

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Lisdoonvarna says I do

Lisdoonvarna is set to benefit from a massive tourism campaign, launched by Tourism Ireland just hours after the yes vote in the marriage referendum was announced. The campaign, ‘Ireland says I do’ which features a short video of The Outing LGBT festival in Lisdoonvarna, is being rolled out to nine markets, including Britain, the United States, Canada, the Nordic Region, Australia, France, Spain, Italy and Germany. Lisdoonvarna voted a resounding yes to the marriage equality referendum, polling just over 59% in favour. According to the tally taken at Ennis Courthouse on Saturday, 419 yes votes were counted in the Lisdoonvarna National School polling station, compared with 286 no votes; thirteen were spoiled. Of the valid votes, 59.4% were in favour of changing the constitution to allow marriage between two people regardless of sex. Marcus White, from the White Hotel Group said, “Bookings have already been flooding in – it is going to be one of the busiest on record. Publicity …

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Council hears of Tourism Ireland’s work in US

Representatives of Clare County Council, who are in New York for the St Patrick’s Day period, met with senior executives from Tourism Ireland this week. They were briefed on Tourism Ireland’s extensive promotional programme for 2015, which is in full swing right now. Tourism Ireland aims to build on the success of 2014, which was the best year ever for tourism from the United States, with visitor numbers increasing by +13% over 2013 – 134,000 additional American visitors during the year. Tourism Ireland’s Alison Metcalfe said, “Our ambition for 2015 is to grow visitor numbers from the US by a further +6% and we look forward to working closely with our valuable industry partners, in both the US and Ireland, to achieve that target. The outlook for 2015 is very positive, particularly given that the number of airline seats from the United States to Ireland is set to grow by +14% in the peak summer season months, making it that much …

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It’s a wrap for Cliffs of Moher

Tourism Ireland kicked off its promotional drive for 2015 this week with a campaign that includes ‘wrapping’ the Daily Telegraph with images of Ireland, including one of the Cliffs of Moher. The wrap was seen by more than 1.2 million readers and potential holidaymakers for Ireland, across Britain. This is the first time ever that Tourism Ireland has ‘wrapped’ the Daily Telegraph in Britain. The four-page wrap also features Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow, Eyries (on the Beara Peninsula) and Dublin. The Tourism Ireland campaign, which is being rolled out in Great Britain, the United States and Mainland Europe, has been timed to coincide with the Christmas holiday period and aims to grab the attention of travellers everywhere, as they begin looking at potential destinations and planning their holidays for the year ahead. Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s CEO, said, “Our end-of-year campaign has been specially designed to highlight short breaks and holidays in Ireland and to appeal to our key …

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A Canadian perspective on Clare

Canadian TV personality and travel writer, Frank Greco travelled to Ireland before Christmas to film for his popular show The Travel Guy. The special Ireland episode, which will be seen in millions of households in Canada and elsewhere around the world, will include footage from the Cliffs of Moher, Loop Head Lighthouse, the Music Makers of West Clare in Miltown Malbay, and a traditional Irish music session at McGann’s Pub in Doolin. During their time here, the crew stayed at Crotty’s Pub and B&B in Kilrush and Hotel Doolin. They were in Ireland as guests of Tourism Ireland in Toronto. The Travel Guy series is broadcast on many networks across the world including Discovery World HD (Canada), the Back9 Lifestyle Network (United States), Asia Television Network, Japan Television and U7 (Russia) – reaching millions of potential holidaymakers for Ireland. “We are delighted that Frank Greco has chosen to film in Ireland, giving potential visitors in Canada and elsewhere around the …

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Canadian TV Show ‘The Travel Guy’ Films in Clare

Canadian TV personality and travel writer Frank Greco has been visiting Clare and Ireland, to film for his popular show ‘The Travel Guy’, as a guest of Tourism Ireland in Toronto. The special Ireland episode, which will be seen in millions of households in Canada and elsewhere around the world, will include footage of many of the county’s top visitor attractions – including the Cliffs of Moher, Loop Head Lighthouse, the Music Makers of West Clare in Miltown Malbay, and a traditional Irish music session at McGann’s Pub in Doolin. During their time here, the crew stayed at Crotty’s Pub and B&B in Kilrush and Hotel Doolin. ‘The Travel Guy’ series is broadcast on many networks across the world including Discovery World HD (Canada), the Back9 Lifestyle Network (United States), Asia Television Network, Japan Television and U7 (Russia) – reaching millions of potential holidaymakers for Ireland. Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Canada, said: “We are delighted that Frank Greco …

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Tourism drive in New Zealand and Oz

Dromoland Castle and the Cliffs of Moher are among 12 Irish businesses touring New Zealand and Australia this week. During the eight-day sales blitz, they will meet hundreds of influential travel agents, tour operators and journalists, during specially tailored business-to-business workshop sessions and networking events – telling them all about what the island of Ireland has to offer holidaymakers. Tourism Ireland’s final overseas trade mission of 2014 takes in the cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Jim Paul, Tourism Ireland’s head of Australia and developing markets, said: “Australia and New Zealand are important markets for tourism to the island of Ireland, delivering a record 206,000 visitors last year, representing growth of 16% over 2012. Visitors from these markets are important, as they tend to stay longer than other holidaymakers, typically six to eight nights, they travel right around the island and many of them come here in the off-season. According to the latest CSO figures, visitor numbers from …

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