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Belgian travel agents wowed on their visit to Limerick

Belgian travel agents with tour guide Mia Craig (third right), during their fact-finding visit to Ireland. Picture: Jeff Harvey

Belgian travel agents wowed on their visit to Limerick

Twenty Belgian travel agents have been exploring Limerick and Ireland this week – as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Gallia, a leading Belgian tour operator.

The Belgian travel agents were here to experience at first-hand the wealth of things to see and do in Limerick and Ireland for Belgian holidaymakers. One of the highlights of their time in Limerick was an evening of traditional Irish music at Bill Chawke’s Bar in Adare. The group stayed in the Dunraven Arms Hotel and enjoyed dinner in the hotel’s Maigue Restaurant.

 Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland Belgium, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of travel agents to come and discover Limerick and Ireland. There really is no substitute for being able to see what Ireland has to offer at first-hand; our aim is that when they return home, the travel agents will be even more enthusiastic about Ireland and better equipped to advise their clients when planning and booking their holidays. Tourism Ireland is rolling out a busy programme of promotions this autumn – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland and to position us well for 2018.”

Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination. Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 281,000 people across the island. In 2016, we welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.3 billion. Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 19.37 million visitors in 2016.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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