World Travel Fair focus on Waterford

Brendan Keane Reports

WATERFORD’S tourism attractions were highlighted last week at the world’s largest travel fair which was held in London.
Representatives of Dooley’s Hotel and the Granville Hotel were among a Tourism Ireland delegation representing 70 Irish tourism businesses at the World Travel Market (WTM) event.
The three-day fair saw the Irish delegates participating in a large number of meetings with British and international tour operators. The organisers estimated that around €3bn worth of business was done at last year’s WTM.

Pictured at the World Travel Market in London last week were, from left: Tina Darrer (Dooley’s Hotel), Richard Hurley (Granville Hotel), Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin, Joan O’Shaughnessy (Chairman of Tourism Ireland) and Niall Gibbons (CEO of Tourism Ireland).

Pictured at the World Travel Market in London last week were, from left: Tina Darrer (Dooley’s Hotel), Richard Hurley (Granville Hotel), Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin, Joan O’Shaughnessy (Chairman of Tourism Ireland) and Niall Gibbons (CEO of Tourism Ireland).


With around 182 countries and regions represented Tourism Ireland highlighted Ireland’s Ancient East among the attractions on offer here for tourists.
Over 3,000 international media reps were in attendance so the potential to showcase what Waterford, and Ireland, have to offer was immense and speaking about the event, Tourism Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer, Niall Gibbons, welcomed the large number of Irish delegates in attendance.
He said his organisation has been closely monitoring developments in the British outbound travel market in the wake of the Brexit referendum.
“As our nearest neighbour and our largest market for overseas tourism, Britain will remain a priority for us,” said Mr. Gibbons.
With almost 230,000 air seats and 44,000 car spaces on ferries travelling from Britain each week, Mr. Gibbons said competitiveness and value-for-money remains is very important.
“We are committed to making 2018 another strong year for Irish tourism,” he said.

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