UK incoming tour operators get down to business with West Cork tourism trade

(l-r): Barry Handley, Bere Island Holiday Homes, Corlyn Daly, Mizen Head, Hal McElroy, Trident Hotel, Kinsale, Sheila Lucey, Goleen E Centre, Fáilte Ireland Executive, Marie Keane. Pic: Valerie O'Sullivan
(l-r): Barry Handley, Bere Island Holiday Homes, Corlyn Daly, Mizen Head, Hal McElroy, Trident Hotel, Kinsale, Sheila Lucey, Goleen E Centre, Fáilte Ireland Executive, Marie Keane. Pic: Valerie O'Sullivan
(l-r): Barry Handley, Bere Island Holiday Homes, Corlyn Daly, Mizen Head, Hal McElroy, Trident Hotel, Kinsale, Sheila Lucey, Goleen E Centre, Fáilte Ireland Executive, Marie Keane. Pic: Valerie O’Sullivan

A GROUP of over 20 top UK Incoming Tour Operators were in Killarney yesterday to meet and do business with over 60 key Irish tourism businesses from across the country including several representatives from West Cork, at a workshop which took place in The Brehon Hotel.

The workshop, organised by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland, is designed to help attract more overseas visitors from key markets. Among the attendees were representatives from the Celtic Ross Hotel, Glengarriff & Garinish Boat Services, West Cork Hotel, MBA & Ireland’s Choice.

To further showcase what Ireland has to offer, bespoke itineraries were provided by Fáilte Ireland giving an opportunity for the Tour Operators to experience accommodation, dining, entertainment, visitor attractions options in the Cork and Kerry region. The group landed in Cork Airport on Saturday and checked into the Trident Hotel in Kinsale before taking time out to visit the Charles Fort and spend time exploring the town on a walking tour.

Speaking at the workshop, Ciara Sugrue, Head of Trade and Promotions, Fáilte Ireland said, “These influential tour operators have the capacity to deliver significant amounts of visitors to Ireland and their presence here is a testimony to Ireland’s appeal as a destination. To further showcase what Ireland has to offer, bespoke itineraries were provided giving an opportunity for the British buyers to experience Cork during the course of their stay giving them context when meeting with Industry during the workshop.”

The workshop provides a cost and time effective business opportunity for the Irish tourism businesses to meet buyers and engage in one-to-one sales meetings to either make initial contact or maintain already established business relationships.

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