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Operators on NI Food Tour

International tour operators have been visiting County Down, where they sampled local food produce, as part of a fact-finding trip to Northern Ireland.
 Pictured  the top at Clandeboye Estate with Linda Duncan, Tourism Ireland (left); Bryan Boggs, Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt  (4th left) and Jonathan Sargeant, Tourism Ireland (right).
 tourops416Invited here by Tourism Ireland to participate in the annual Meet the Buyer workshop in Belfast, the tour operators enjoyed a post-workshop tour which was themed all around Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink.
 
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Italian agents on tour

 Representatives from one of Italy’s biggest tour operators, Francorosso, together with 15 of its top-producing travel agents, are visiting Ireland this week. They are here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
 The agents are pictured at Kilbeggan Distillery. 
 italagentsw416 Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland’s Manager in Italy, said: “Fact-finding visits like this are very important, as the travel agents get to experience at first-hand the wealth of things to see and do here for Italian holidaymakers. Our aim is to enthuse them about the destination and ensure that when they return home, they are better equipped to advise their clients about Ireland, when planning and booking their holidays.
 
 
 

Mission to China

Tourism Ireland, together with 14 Irish tourism companies, is preparing to blitz four major cities in China next month, as part of its 2016 sales mission to grow tourism from China. The organisation held a briefingin Dublin, for the Irish tourism operators who will participate in the 2016 China sales mission.
 The sales mission – which takes place 15-20 May – will target top Chinese travel agents and tour operators in the key cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. And, for the first time ever, this year’s sales mission will include Hong Kong, to begin exploring the potential of the market there.
 The objective is to engage with Chinese travel professionals who are currently selling the island of Ireland, or who have strong potential to sell the destination – and to encourage them to extend their Ireland offering, or to include Ireland for the first time, in their brochures and programmes. Business links between the Irish tourism companies and the influential Chinese travel professionals will be strengthened during the sales mission, through a busy programme of workshops, presentations and networking events.
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WAW 'Gallows' signs raise hackles

Metal signs erected by Failte Ireland at Wild Atlantic Way 'Discovery Points' have met with a mixed reaction with some critics comparing them to 'gallows'.
 A county councillor is now seeking clarification on whether the signs required planning permission before they were erected. 
 Fianna Fáil’s Michael O’Shea  told the 'Irish Examiner' that he had received a number of complaints from residents in west Kerry complaining about what they see as “eyesores” that obscure their view of the Blasket Islands.
 He is raising the issue at a meeting of the South and West Kerry Municipal District.
 There has also been criticism of the structures in other parts of the country reported in local papers and in negative commentary on social media.
 Fáilte Ireland has spent more than €400,000 on the steel structures that have been erected at 134 of the 188 ‘discovery points’ identified along the route for which interpretation panels and photo points have also been developed.
 It says the photo panels were developed as “bespoke artistic installations in line with international best practice” and were being installed at locations that captured the dramatic view.
 wawsignFáilte Ireland said the locations for each of the discovery points were chosen with due consideration to all environmental factors and the materials were chosen after a detailed process to ensure durability and resilience.
 
 
 
 
 

Coppers celebrates 20 Years

Copper Faced |Jack, Ireland's most successful night club  celebrated its 20th anniversary last night with a lavish party.
Singer Damien Dempsey performed at a ticketed event with two places on the Coppers ski trip up for grabs, while revellers were offered  free entry and drinks before midnight.
Owned by former garda Cathal Jackson, the nightclub which reported profits of nearly €5m last year.
 
With strong ties to our GAA culture, the nightclub has played host to many sporting teams over the years and a host of Dublin stars, including Bernard Brogan, are among the VIP regulars. 
 
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