Influential German guests visit Co Wicklow gardens
NINE German journalists and bloggers got lost among the blooms as they explored some of Wicklow’s beautiful gardens as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
The visitors represented various print and online publications which have a combined readership of almost three million people.
Among the renowned gardens they visited were Patthana Gardens in Kiltegan, June Blake’s Garden and Hunting Brook Gardens near Blessington, and the world-famous Powerscourt Estate. They also enjoyed dinner and an overnight stay in Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa. This year Tourism Ireland launched a new strategy with a target of attracting 800,000 German visitors each year to Irish shores by 2021.
Zoë Redmond, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Central Europe, said: ‘ Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of influential journalists and bloggers to discover some of the beautiful gardens of Ireland’s Ancient East. Fact-finding visits like this are a really effective way for us to get positive exposure for Ireland through the media in Germany, helping us to showcase the experiences on offer here to almost three million potential German holidaymakers.’
German journalists and bloggers with Judith von Rauchhaupt, Tourism Ireland (centre).