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A delegation of Irish tourism businesses were in Glasgow last week, taking part in Tourism Ireland’s first promotion of 2019 in Scotland.

27 tourism businesses from Ireland – including hotels, visitor attractions, ferry companies and regional tourism organisations – had the opportunity to meet with tour operators and travel agents from Scotland and North England. An annual event, the marketing body say the workshop provides a valuable platform for the participating companies from our country to network and win business for the year ahead.

“I am delighted so many of our partners from Ireland have joined us, highlighting our tourism,” said Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain in a statement. “Since the UK referendum on Brexit, Tourism Ireland has been closely monitoring developments in the British outbound travel market. As our nearest neighbour and our largest market for overseas tourism, Britain remains a priority for us.”

“In 2019, we will continue to highlight the wide variety of things to see and do on holiday here, as well as the ease of getting to Ireland, with almost 238,000 seats by air and 46,000 car spaces on ferries from Britain every week. Competitiveness and the value for money message remain important. We are committed to making 2019 another strong year for Irish tourism.”

Tourism Ireland’s workshop and networking event was timed to coincide with Celtic Connections, Scotland’s premier winter music festival. Speaking on this, Julie Wakley continued: “Music and culture are key components of the holiday experience in Ireland, so platforms like Celtic Connections help us to spread the word about the Emerald Isle as a premier destination with an appealing cultural offering. Our message is that there has never been a better time for British holidaymakers to come and experience that for themselves.”

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