12 September 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
A group of top-producing travel organisers is visiting Cork and Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and leading Dutch tour operator Buro Scanbrit – a tour operator specialising in tours to Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia.
Independent travel organisers – who book travel packages on behalf of their clients through tour operators like Buro Scanbrit – have become increasingly important for Dutch travellers, so the aim of this visit is to showcase this part of Ireland to the travel organisers, so that when they return home they will be even more enthusiastic and better equipped to advise their clients about holidays here.
Their itinerary included Garnish Island, Blarney Castle, Charles Fort, Cobh Heritage Centre and the Jameson Experience in Midleton. They also enjoyed site inspections of the Imperial Hotel Cork, The Metropole Hotel and the Trident Hotel Kinsale. During their time in Cork, they stayed overnight in Actons Hotel Kinsale and dined in Casey’s of Baltimore.
Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland’s manager for the Netherlands, said: “We were delighted that these influential travel professionals have taken time out of their busy schedules to come and visit Cork and Ireland. There is really no substitute for being able to come here and experience what Ireland has to offer at first-hand; our aim is that when they return home, these travel organisers will be even more enthusiastic about the destination, helping to secure a greater share of their business for Ireland.
“The Netherlands is an important market for tourism to the island of Ireland and 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.”