• Cyril McAree

American Tour Operators Check Out Ireland

A group of top American tour operators – all specialists in group tours and responsible for making the travel arrangements for a diverse range of large groups, including alumni groups – is visiting Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI. The visiting group is undertaking an action-packed fact-finding visit, which includes the Foynes Flying Boat Maritime Museum, Bunratty Castle, Lissadell House, Castle Coole and the Ulster American Folk Park. “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these top American tour operators to visit Ireland. We believe it is extremely important for travel decision-makers such as these to experience for themselves the high standard of our tourism offering and the many things to see and do here, so they are better equipped to advise their clients on future travel plans,” said Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America.

Alison Metcalfe continued: “Tourism Ireland has prioritised North America as a market which offers a strong return on investment, in terms of holiday visitors and expenditure. In 2019, Tourism Ireland aims to surpass the record-breaking performance of 2018 and to grow revenue from North American visitors by +8% to €1.99 billion, generated by 2.17 million visitors.”

PIC SHOWS: US group tour operators with Paul McDonagh, Tourism Ireland (third left), at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

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