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Cobh plans Chinese welcome

 
Cobh, Co. Cork has has become the first in Ireland to create a specific welcome programme for Chinese visitors, which will be recognised by all tour operators in China.
The town has just been awarded a Chinese Tourist Welcome Certification.
Cobh tourism businesses undertook a ‘Welcome’ training programme with the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI), the world’s leading independent research institute for Chinese outbound tourism, and the Centre for Competitiveness, aimed at attracting and appropriately welcoming Chinese visitors to Cobh.
 Certificates for the completion of this training were presented at a ceremony in the Commodore Hotel , attended by James Kenny, China country manager for Tourism Ireland.
 

Threat to Moher car park

Clare County Council's €7m-a-year car park at the Cliffs of Moher -  is under threat.
A private firm, Diamrem Ltd, has built park-and-ride facilities at Doolin and Liscannor to serve the cliffs, and is taking High Court action seeking the closure of the Council's temporary car-park at the cliffs.
It claims it is an unauthorised development and unlawful.
 A judge has dismissed an application from the Council that Diamrem Ltd lodge costs of the action into court, paving the way for a High Court hearing into the case.
Last year, a record 1.42 million people visited the cliffs.
 

Belturbet Castle Upgrade

Fáilte Ireland marked the completion of improvement works at Castle Saunderson, Belturbet, Co. Cavan which will further enhance the visitor experience on offer.  The 

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project was grant aided with over €60,000 from Fáilte Ireland’s ‘New Ideas in Ancient Spaces’ scheme – a capital investment initiative focused on the development of compelling visitor experiences throughout the Ireland’s Ancient East region.
 
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A delegation of 35 Irish tourism businesses travelled to Paris to take part in a brand new, B2B tourism event for 2015, Irlande à Paris.

The group is pictured with Caroline Phelan, Tourism Ireland (back, fifth right), and Game of Thrones characters (right), outside the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris, where the new B2B tourism event, Irlande à Paris, took place.

Organised by Tourism Ireland, Irlande à Paris took place in the Irish Cultural Centre and involved two simultaneous workshops and networking events – one targeting group tour operators and travel agents, the other business tourism and MICE (meetings, incentive, conferences and events) buyers. It provided the Irish delegation with the opportunity to meet and do business with more than 250 carefully selected French travel professionals – including leading business tourism buyers, group tour operators and travel agents.

  

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s head of southern Europe, said: “2014 was a record year for French visitors to Ireland and Tourism Ireland in France is undertaking an extensive programme of promotional activity throughout 2015 – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth. We were delighted that so many influential French travel professionals took the time to come and meet our industry partners at our new event, Irlande à Paris – demonstrating their keen interest in programming the island of Ireland in 2015 and beyond.”

 

 

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