It’s hoped that there will be a significant increase in Canadian visitors to Donegal after a delegation of group tour specialists visited the county.
The delegation, all of whom are responsible for making the travel arrangements for a diverse range of large groups attended a Failte Ireland ‘Canadian Expo’ workshop in Cavan, before spending some time in Donegal.
After attending the event in Cavan, the Canadian delegation travelled to Donegal, where they were taken to Glenveagh National Park and Arranmore Island.
The group also inspected Lough Eske Castle, and stayed at the Mill Park Hotel.
Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager in Canada, said its important that top Canadian tour operators and travel agents visit Donegal, and the hope is their experience will see Donegal and Ireland included Ireland in their programmes for 2018 and beyond.
Meanwhile, Tourism Ireland says 2017 looks set to be another good year for Irish tourism from Canada and the United States, with the latest CSO figures showing over 1.6 million visitors to Ireland from North America during the January to September period this year, that’s an increase of almost 19% on lat year.
Tourism Ireland says it is rolling out an extensive programme of promotions in Canada this autumn, generating positive coverage for the island of Ireland worth more than €7.5 million.