TOURISM: Belgian travel agents visit Cork

8 September 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth

Twenty Belgian travel agents have been exploring Cork and Ireland this week – as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Gallia, a leading Belgian tour operator.

The travel agents were here to experience at first-hand the wealth of things to see and do in Cork and Ireland for Belgian holidaymakers. Their action-packed itinerary included a walking tour of Cork. They also enjoyed a site inspection of, and lunch at, the Castle Hotel in Macroom.

Belgian travel agents with tour guide Mia Craig (third right), during their fact-finding visit to Ireland. Pic: Jeff Harvey

During their time in Cork, the group stayed in the Beara Coast Hotel in Castletownbere and in the Fitzgerald’s Vienna Woods Hotel in Glanmire, where they also enjoyed dinner in the Hotel’s Mabel Crawford’s Bistro.

Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland Belgium, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite this group of travel agents to come and discover Cork and Ireland. There really is no substitute for being able to see what Ireland has to offer at first-hand; our aim is that when they return home, the travel agents will be even more enthusiastic about Ireland and better equipped to advise their clients when planning and booking their holidays. Tourism Ireland is rolling out a busy programme of promotions this autumn – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland and to position us well for 2018.”

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