A top international delegation visited Ireland and enjoyed a taste of the unique Irish Bed and Breakfast experience.
A group of international tour organisers and journalists from countries all over the world, including amongst others Australia, the United States, Italy and Germany, followed the invitation of B&B Ireland in co-operation with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland.
They were greeted with tailor-made itineraries to give them a taste of the “unique Irish Bed and Breakfast experience”, as a Fáilte Ireland statement describes it.
What makes the Irish B&B experience so unique? For B&B Ireland the special touch lies in the personal service by the B&B host who knows the area and tailors his or her service to the needs of the guest. “Quite often the B&B host will go above and beyond to help out their guests e.g. to help change a flat tyre, to pick up a lost visitor in town or to help them deal with any issues they encounter along their journey,” Ms Joy Harron from B&B Ireland told The Epoch Times in an email interview. But also the Irish mentality of hospitality and kindness is a major factor for tourists to choose Ireland as holiday destination, Ms Ciara Sugrue from Fáilte Ireland said addressing the visitors in the Ashling Hotel Dublin.
The visitors stayed in some of the over 3000 B&Bs and travelled to top tourist attractions throughout the country including Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Glenveagh National Park in Donegal and Muckross House and Gardens in Killarney. “We were keen to ensure that the visiting media got to see what is best about this country and truly enjoy their time here,” Ms Sugrue said.
The delegation enjoyed the visit Ms Joy Harron from B&B Ireland told The Epoch Times. “Especially since the visitors had the inside knowledge from the B&B hosts on the best places to visit locally and where to find favourite local restaurants and pubs with live traditional Irish music.” Also, the Irish cuisine was a highlight for the international guests: “Food was a huge hit with afternoon tea provided in some properties,” Catherine Whelan, from Fáilte Ireland told The Epoch Times.
The high importance of tourism for Ireland’s Economy was proven by the fact that The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, welcomed the guests in Dublin.
The event was aimed at attracting tour organisers for the coming year. “Also we hope that when the journalists return home they will share their stories and experiences,” Fáilte Ireland’s Ciara Sugrue said at an event in the Ashling Hotel Dublin. In fact, the Irish tourism industry is busy in its overseas marketing efforts as B&B Ireland and Fáilte Ireland are already planning a similar tour for 2013.
The efforts to promote Irish tourism internationally appears to be effective according to Ms Surgue: “The calibre of the people is testament to the attractiveness of Ireland as a destination: indeed the representative from Australia’s Flight Centre accounts for 35 per cent of Australian market business.”
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