Top Middle Eastern tour operators visit Kildare this week

Tourism

Kim O'Leary

Reporter:

Kim O'Leary

Email:

editor@kildarepost.com

Top Middle Eastern tour operators visit Kildare this week

UAE tour operators pictured at the Irish National Stud and Gardens during their action-packed trip with Tourism Ireland, Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland.

Seven leading tour operators from the Middle East are visiting Kildare and Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

The group’s action-packed itinerary includes an afternoon of shopping at Kildare Village, as well as a guided tour of the Irish National Stud and Gardens and they also stayed in Carton House. 

The aim of the visit is to encourage these influential travel professionals to extend the Ireland content of their programmes and itineraries.

Aisling McDermott, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Asia & Middle East, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these influential travel professionals to visit Kildare and Ireland, to sample some of our top visitor attractions and experiences at first-hand.”

Alison Johnston, Kildare Village (fourth left), welcomes UAE tour operators and Siobhan Naughton, Tourism Ireland (third left) and Peter McMahon, Fáilte Ireland (third right).

In 2018, we welcomed around 71,000 visitors from the Middle East to the island of Ireland. As well as highlighting ease of access to Ireland, a key message for Tourism Ireland is the fact that Ireland is now visa free for UAE nationals.

Aisling McDermott continued: “Seeing is definitely believing – there is really no substitute for being able to come here and experience what Ireland has to offer at first-hand. Our aim is that when these travel professionals return home, they will be better informed and really enthusiastic about the destination, which will in turn help to secure a greater share of their business for the island of Ireland.”