Some of Ireland’s top travel providers visited Mumbai and New Delhi from January 29 to February 1 2020 in order to promote the top reasons why Indian travellers should take a trip to the island of Ireland.
The Indian travel trade and media welcomed 11 companies from Ireland. The objective of the India Sales Mission is for the Irish industry to engage with Indian travel professionals who are currently selling the island of Ireland, or who have strong potential to sell the destination and to position Ireland as one of the most desirable destinations for travellers from India. Business links between the tourism companies from Ireland and the influential travel professionals in India were strengthened during the sales mission, through a busy programme of workshops, presentations and networking events.
Siobhan McManamy, Director of Markets, Tourism Ireland said, “It is a very exciting time for the island of Ireland, with record visitor numbers travelling to our beautiful corner of the world. ln 2018 Ireland welcomed 40,000 visitors from India. We estimate it has grown by 15 per cent in 2019 and expect this trend to continue. Our sales mission is a key element of our promotional programme in India. It will give our tourism partners a platform to inform and influence the Indian travel trade about what the island of Ireland has to offer and, importantly, encourage them to include the destination in their brochures and programmes.”
The workshop took place in Mumbai on ThursdayJanuary 30 and in Delhi on Friday January 31, with over 100 leading travel agents and tour operators attending the workshops.
A look at the Irish companies who were represented at Tourism Ireland’s dedicated events in Mumbai and New Delhi
- Fáilte Ireland (www.failteireland.ie)
Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority. Fáilte Ireland’s role is to support the tourism industry and work to sustain Ireland as a high-quality and competitive tourism destination. Fáilte Ireland provides a range of practical business supports to help tourism businesses better manage and market their products and services.
Fáilte Ireland promotes Ireland as a holiday destination through their domestic marketing campaign (DiscoverIreland.ie) and manages a network of nationwide tourist information centres that provide help and advice for visitors to Ireland.
- Stena Line (www.stenaline.co.uk)
Stena Line is one of the world’s largest ferry companies operating Europe’s most comprehensive route network with 21 ferry routes and 38 ships. Every year nearly 7.5 million passengers travel with Stena Line between Ireland, UK, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Poland and Latvia. All of Stena Lines passenger ferries are modern with very high quality on-board facilities and carry cars, coaches and freight vehicles.
- Hotel Solutions (www.hotel-solutions.ie)
Established in 2002, Hotel Solutions is one of Ireland’s leading and most respected Destination Management Companies. A family run specialist “one stop shop” for Event Management and Travel solutions in Ireland, for businesses large and small. They provide a creative and innovative approach to the management and delivery of your business events and travel on the island and are always focused on thorough attention to detail for every client.
- Andras House Group (www.andrashouse.co.uk)
The Andras Hotel Group is proud to be at the forefront of hospitality in Northern Ireland and is Belfast’s largest hotel group, approaching 1000 bedrooms, with a portfolio of 6 hotels and serviced apartments in Belfast including world renowned brands IHG, Accor and Hilton.
Founded by Lord Diljit Rana, the Andras Hotel Group is proud to showcase its Indian roots through the Exclusive Spice Club Indian Restaurant located within the Crowne Plaza offering classic, modern and fusion dishes.
- Aran Island Ferries (www.aranislandferries.com)
Owned and operated by the O’Brien family, Aran Island Ferries is Ireland’s largest domestic ferry company. It offers year-round sailings there and back from Ros a’ Mhíl port in Connemara via four state-of-the-art vessels with a capacity for up to 297 passengers. Prepare for a warm Irish welcome as you board the luxury vessels, and enjoy bar service and refreshments, while admiring the rugged landscape and views of Galway Bay.
The three Islands offer visitors a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of the world. Filled with traditional Irish culture including native speakers of the Irish language, the islands offer breath-taking scenery, ecclesiastical ruins, medieval castles and prehistoric stone forts such as the world-renowned, DúnAonghasa.
- Causey Farm(www.causey.ie)
Causey Farm in Meath is a fun based activity venue with a variety of activity programmes for both children and adults throughout the year, as well as hosting seasonal events Causey Farm provide interactive cultural experiences in a friendly atmosphere, as well as fantastic seasonal events for families. They also cater for school tours.
Their educational programs have an interactive, ‘Hands-On’ focus and visitors get to participate in all activities. You will also learn about live Irish culture in a fun-filled day of Irish activities. Bog Visit and Traditional Turf Cutting, Tractor Trailer Ride, Bodhrán Session, Make Soda Bread, see a sheepdog at work and more!
- Kildare Village (www.kildarevillage.com)
Kildare Village, a member of the Bicester Village Shopping Collection, is less than one hour from Dublin city centre. The Village is Ireland’s leading luxury outlet shopping experience and is open seven days a week. 100 boutiques offer authentic previous seasons’ collections from a unique selection of Irish and international brands with savings of up to 60 per cent off the recommended retail price, along with tax free shopping.
Kildare Village offers an elevated shopping experience for our guests with a VIP Lounge that can cater for groups of up to 60 people, events, and individual guests who are looking for a shopping experience with a difference.
- City Sightseeing Belfast (Website: www.belfastcitysightseeing.com)
CitySightseeing Belfast is the leading tour operator in Belfast. They offer the only city tour with a quality accreditation from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. They also add value with discounts to all major attractions.
Departures are every 30 minutes and each tour lasts 1 hour 45 minutes.
They are the only tour company in Northern Ireland to hold a 5-star quality accreditation from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for their Game of Thrones Film Locations tour and their daily Giant’s Causeway tour. Their day tours are inclusive of all attraction admission charges.
- G Golf Ireland (www.ggolfireland.org)
G Golf Ireland is a VIP golf tour operator offering bespoke luxury golf tours. G Golf’s Ireland’s USP is that every group is accompanied by an elite golfer who has played the game to the highest level and acts as an on and off course guide.
In addition, G Golf Ireland is a full service tour operator offering a wide range of expertise in accommodation booking, itinerary planning, transportation services, and excursions for non-golfers (spouses/partners) and on non-golf days, Corporate golf, Tournaments and conferences among other services.
- Titanic (www.titanicvenuesbelfast.com)
Titanic Belfast is a world leading tourist attraction, located on the exact spot where Titanic was designed, built and launched in 1912. The iconic six-floor building features nine interpretive and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic.
Groups of visitors can walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the legend of the world’s most famous ship. The highlights of the tour include the shipyard ride, individuals with stories to tell, experience the reality of the ship’s interiors and the discovery of the wreck.
- Fascinating Ireland Holidays (www.fascinatingireland.ie)
Fascinating Ireland Holidays Ltd. part of Gateways Group of Destination management companies with our own offices in Dublin, London, New Delhi, Sydney and Copenhagen is an inbound tour operator helping you create customized holidays to Ireland and whole of Europe.
Apart from this, Irish Visa Office and Visit Britain were also present.