Action Packed Month for Tourism

October 07, 2015

 

As well as announcing the shortlist for Ireland’s Top 10 Tourism Towns, we launched an exciting new phase of the Wild Atlantic Way. The release of the latest CSO figures point to a very strong summer and confirm that 2015 is shaping up to be a record year for Irish tourism. We kicked off our Autumn sales blitz and began using Google Trekker to put Dublin on the map by capturing many of it’s hidden beauty spots with a specialised camera. Ireland’s food appeal was demonstrated to Italian media at EXPO Milan held last week and speaking of food -have you heard about ‘Food on the Edge’ – a two day symposium for chefs and food enthusiasts all around the world taking place in Galway the 19th and 20th of October.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with international media starting off with the Wild Atlantic Way which was showcased to some of the most influential travel media in the world. Eight major US group tour buyers were here to learn more about our new tourism initiative, Ireland’s Ancient East . Top lifestyle media experienced the year of Irish design and finally, we hosted a top-level international media group to showcase and document Ireland’s LGBT tourism experience.

Deadlines: The closing date for applications for the National Festivals and Participate Events 2016 closes on Monday October 12th at 12.00 noon. October 15th is the deadline for statutory accommodation sectors to renew their Fáilte Ireland Quality Assurance for 2016.

As always check out our Friday Favourites – a round-up of some of our favourite tourism stories each week as well as our Monday Morning Memo where we share a host of insights from at home and abroad. You can catch these on our website at www.failteireland.ie on LinkedIn or why not follow us on Twitter @Failte_Ireland. 

 

New Phase of Wild Atlantic Way Launched

A new phase of The Wild Atlantic Way was recently launched by Minister Michael Ring. A 3.5 million programme of works with photo-friendly marker points and internpretation panels will improve visitor experience along the route.

Read on for more information. 

Fáilte Ireland to ‘Trek’ Down Dublin

We are quite literally putting some of Dublin’s more remote spots on the map as begin to use the ‘Google Trekker’ specialised camera to capture some of Dublin’s many beauty spots which haven’t yet been captured by Google Street View. Our Dublin team are gathering images of some of Dublin’s magnificent views and hidden gems over the next number of weeks which will be made available via Google Maps.

To find out more about this click here.


International Journalists were in Ireland to Learn about LGBT Tourism

Following global media coverage of the recent referendum on same-sex marriage, a top level international media group, including The Guardian, BuzzFeed UK and The Huffington Post arrived in Ireland to document the Irish LGBT tourism experience. The group also attended ‘The Outing Lisdoonvarna’ – the world’s first and only LGBT matchmaking and music festival, and took in some of the west coast’s most iconic experiences.

For more information on this click here.

Global Audience for Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way was awash with some of the most influential travel media from across the globe, as they undertook tailored itineraries in an overseas media blitz, designed, hosted and managed by Fáilte Ireland, in collaboration with Tourism Ireland.

For more information on these trips click here. 

Food on the Edge – A Two Day Symposium for Chefs and Food Enthusiasts

Fáilte Ireland are supporting ‘Food on the Edge’ – a two day symposium taking place 19th and 20th October in Galway. The event is a coming together of chefs and food enthusiasts to listen, talk, debate and network over two days on the conversational theme: ‘The Future of Food’.

For more information on this event click here.

Autumn Sales Blitz Begins for Tourism
Over the next six weeks Irish tourism businesses will engage in almost 8,500 one-to-one sales meetings with 275 key international tour operators. This is all part of our Autumn Sales Blitz – a series of six regional events designed to allow Irish tourism businesses to pitch to overseas tour operators.
To find out more click here.

Ireland’s Food Tourism Appeal on the Menu at EXPO Milan

The four Irish finalists of the 2015 European Destination of Excellence (EDEN Awards) joined Fáilte Ireland to demonstrate Ireland’s food appeal to the Italian media at the EXPO Milan.

For more information on this event click here. 

Top Lifestyle Media in Ireland to Experience Year of Irish Design

Eleven travel and lifestyle journalists with a combined reach of over 6 million were in Ireland to explore our rich heritage of craft and design in this very special year of Irish design. The international media undertook a bespoke itinerary, designed by Fáilte Ireland, showcasing the highlights of contemporary Irish design in Kilkenny and Dublin.

Read on for more information. 

Major US Group Tour Buyers to Put Ireland’s Ancient East on ‘Must-Visit’ Itinerary.

Eight major US group tour buyers including arrived in Ireland to learn more about our new tourism initiative, Ireland’s Ancient East. This is just one of a number of events designed, hosted and managed by Fáilte Ireland, in collaboration with Tourism Ireland, to promote our newest tourism initiative.

For more information click here.

Closing Date for National Festivals and Participate Events 2016

The application process for the National Festivals and Participate Events programme opened in September and the closing date for submission of applications is Monday 12th October at 12.00 noon. Only application forms submitted via the online system will be accepted.
For more information on this click here.

 

 

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