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English Language Training specialists from Spain say ‘Hola’ to Limerick

English Language Training specialists: ELT (English Language Training) with tour guide Cecilia Ferrari (left); and Susan Bolger, Tourism Ireland (second left), during their fact-finding visit to Ireland.

Five English Language Training specialists from Spain who are travel agents have been enjoying a fact-finding visit to Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. The group was made up of ELT (English Language Training) specialists – responsible for putting in place arrangements for Spanish students who wish to travel abroad to improve their English.

They were here to check out our excellent language schools, as well as some of the many things to see and do here which appeal to Spanish students. During their time in Ireland, the agents visited Cork, Kerry and Limerick. One of the highlights of their time here was a visit to Adare Heritage Centre.

Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Spain, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these influential ELT agents to visit Ireland, so they could see for themselves some of our wonderful language facilities and the many attractions on offer here for Spanish students. We have been working hard to promote the island of Ireland in Spain as an attractive host destination for students wishing to improve their English. We know that Ireland appeals to these influential agents and their students, as a dynamic and modern destination with a high standard of education, known for its rich culture and the warm welcome extended to visitors.” 

Tourism Ireland is the organization 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 220,000 people.

In 2015, we welcomed approximately 9.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.7 billion.

Tourism Ireland has 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.

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