Ireland wants share in Indian pie
Representatives from established Irish companies showcased the many offerings and attractions of Ireland to Indian travellers at dedicated events in Mumbai and Delhi.
To position Ireland as one of the most desirable destinations for travellers from India, Tourism Ireland organised India Sales Mission 2019 in Mumbai and Delhi for travel professionals currently selling or those who have the potential to sell the island destination.
Speaking at the occasion, Siobhan McManamy, Director of Markets, Tourism Ireland, said that they were committed to growing visitor numbers to Ireland from India and that the sales mission would play a sig numbers. During the workshops, partners from Ireland met around 200 key tour operators from the Indian travel trade. Stressing on the growing importance of the Indian market for Tourism Ireland, McManamy said that the island received around 38,000 visitors from India in 2017. 15-20 per cent from the data calculated from visits in 2018. 2019 as well. Indian visitors are important for us because they travel throughout on their own and they are increasingly utilising the self-drive service. They also travel, at times, during the off season,” she said. Elaborating on the preferences of Indian travellers in Ireland, really like to discover and get into the heart of Ireland. They like to tour around. Indians traditionally used to travel in groups but with changing trends, we have seen a lot of FIT movement as well. They particularly like self-drive tours as we have a 2500-km coastal road on the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland, considered one of the best driving routes in the world. The cities of Dublin and Belfast are popular for dining and shopping, among Indians.” Recently, Irish locations used helped draw huge numbers to Northern Ireland. McManamy screen tourism around the world, we have partnered with HBO. The popular show is a big theme in India and in our effort to promote it, we have set of 10 intricate doors hung across a variety of locations in Northern Ireland, each telling also have a giant, medievalstyle hand-woven tapestry, which tells the full story of the show from the beginning. We are also working very closely for the upcoming cricket world cup that is going to be held in the UK later this year.” Paul Carty, Managing Director, also in India to promote the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland, which gets around 1.7 million tourists every year. He believes that India is a growing or less, there will be a lot of Indians travelling to Dublin to history and heritage. Tourism Ireland has launched since 2011, known as ‘Fill campaign showcases some of the less-visited regions in The new video shows parts of the country never seen before hidden gems and spreading the success of tourism throughout Ireland,” said McManamy. To the delight of Indian travellers, the British Irish visa scheme allows for travel to and around Ireland and the UK on a single visa. The scheme allows visitors from India to travel freely within Ireland and the United Kingdom using either an Irish or UK visa.
We have created ‘Doors of Thrones’, a set of 10 intricate doors hung across a variety of locations in Northern Ireland, each telling the story of a Game of Thrones episode