Garden county at big hol­i­day show in north

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Martina Hill, Tourism Of­fi­cer at the Wicklow Tourism stand in Belfast WICKLOW County Tourism were present pro­mot­ing the Garden County as an at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion at the Hol­i­day World Show held in Belfast last week­end.

Martina Hill, Tourism Of­fi­cer with Wicklow Tourism, at­tended all three days of North­ern Ire­land’s largest tourism show.

‘Be­cause of the ex­treme weather on Fri­day, at­ten­dance was slightly lower than nor­mal but on Satur­day and Sun­day they turned out in large num­bers. Wicklow is an ex­tremely pop­u­lar County for the North­ern Ir­ish mar­ket and it was im­por­tant to show po­ten­tial vis­i­tors how great Wicklow is as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion,’ says Martina.

Tom For­tune, Chair­man of Wicklow County Tourism, also felt the show was worth­while at­tend­ing and helped to push Wicklow for­ward as an ideal county to visit.

‘Over the past two years, there has been an in­crease in peo­ple choos­ing to stay in Ire­land for their hol­i­days.

Wicklow Tourism is very keen to re­mind peo­ple in Ire­land how great of a des­ti­na­tion we are.”

Wicklow County Tourism had pre­vi­ously ne­go­ti­ated with the or­gan­is­ers to have a ded­i­cated area for the County. The area was shared with Bray Tourism, who at­tended their first Belfast show, and the Strand­wood Ho­tels in Wicklow.

Part of Wicklow County Tourism’s ob­jec­tive for 2013 will be to in­crease Wicklow’s ex­po­sure to the domestic mar­ket.

Tourism is one of the main­stays of the county econ­omy.

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