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Enjoy an Irish welcome online on March 8-9

Ireland attributed for their special relationship with people by welcoming them with their warm friendliness could once again be enjoyed online on 8th and 9th March 2021, when they present their first virtual roadshow with 28 partners from the island of Ireland. Two of the partners share their thoughts about the event. Liz Godfrey – Assistant Director of Sales – Adare Manor, “With temperature screening in place, care packets in all rooms, both employees and guests wearing masks and maintaining 2-meter social distancing we can ensure the safety of every guest. The Middle East is an important market and we are working with travel agents and tour operators in the Middle East to increase awareness of our products through various marketing activities. Our USP is we are Ireland’s leading 5 star Castle Property, proximity to AdareVillage  on 847 acres lots of open spaces, lots of outdoor activities on the property; an award-winning property & Ryder Cup venue 2027.” Mark O’Dwyer – Managing Director and Founder -Secret Ireland Escapes, “Our private day-tour experiences take clients off the beaten track and away from the crowds in private locations.  Only our guests have access to these locations so we are in complete control of all health and hygiene standards and all of our experiences are private, located in the amazing scenery of rural Ireland and the Lakelands region. The Middle East is a key target market for our business model as we are aware of the importance of premium service and standards at all times.  This coupled with all of our experiences being exclusive to our guests allows for an extra level of privacy and being truly authentic. We value the support and …

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Discover the Irish luxury virtually on March 8 & 9

It is time to keep two days free to discover and connect with 28 Irish partners as Tourism Ireland present their maiden virtual roadshow on 8th and 9th March 2021 from 2pm to 6pm UAE time. Ruth Vaughan – Sales Manager – The Savoy Hotel, an esteemed event partner shared about their participation. “The Savoy Hotel has been recently refurbished and boasts 107 guest rooms with a choice of Deluxe, Executive & Junior Suites. Comfort & safety of our guests is paramount and we have been awarded The Failte Ireland Covid 19, Safety Charter. We are privately owned & managers with a small personable team, and are flexible and adaptable and understand guests’ needs & requirements. The Middle East market is an up & coming market for us. We participated in the Tourism Ireland Trade Mission 2019 and also hosted agents from the Middle East in 2020. We are ideally located in the heart of the city centre within easy access to Shannon International Airport making us the ideal destination to explore The Wild Atlantic Way. We work closely with Tourism Ireland and participated in the Tourism Ireland Trade Mission 2019 and also hosted agents from the Middle East in 2020. We work with DMC’s and locally-based Secret Ireland to create unique bespoke experiences.”

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Make Ireland as your top must travel destination

Ireland tourism is setting their groundwork in place to educate the Middle East travel fraternity on their varied offerings from lush beauty coupled with luxurious lifestyle for the discerning traveller as they meet them virtually on March 8-9, 2021 from 2 to 6 pm UAE time. Two days of networking with the trade will provide a plethora of information as there will be 28 partners from the island of Ireland that will discuss with the travel fraternity in the Middle East. David Boyce – Head of New & Emerging Markets – Tourism Ireland shared, “We are actively planning for the restart and it is a three-phased plan which will happen when the time is right, the idea is that we are keeping Ireland top of mind for the travellers at the moment, we will also present the potential traveller with some great opportunities to purchase again when the time is right and deliver a very clear message to create a demand for holidays across the island of Ireland. We would have liked to be with the audience in person as we know that’s not possible but we have been organizing and running a few virtual roadshows end of last year and early this year. It is a one stop shop for buyers in the Middle East to learn all they need to know about the island of Ireland and to meet with key island of Ireland suppliers who can assist them to get the very best programmes their clients need. The roadshow will support tourism recovery and this is both here in the Middle East and in Ireland. It is a great opportunity to engage with the team from Tourism …

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Discover the lush beauty of Ireland virtually on March 8 & 9

Mark your calendars for two days of networking with key partners from 2 – 6 pm UAE time on 8th & 9th March 2021 on Tourism Ireland virtual show. One of the esteemed partners shared what is to be expected at the event. Eoin McGrath – Sales Manager -Hastings Hotels said, “Our demand in 2020, which was short-lived, initiated our plans to reconfigure room categories, to accommodate multi-generational families, a trend which we already see an increase in inquiries for late 2021.  The Middle Eastern market continues to be an emerging market for not only our hotels but Northern Ireland. I usually am in the USA every month for 5-7 days, however, in 2019 and planned for 2020, I had scheduled several visits to the Middle East to further cement relationships created by attending shows in Dubai, Turkey, and Qatar.  I regularly participate in Tourism Ireland-led activities for the Middle East, lately, virtually. I communicate both by telephone and email, on a regular basis with clients that I have met along the way through various programmes.”  

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Belfast Services onboard Tourism Ireland’s virtual roadshow

It will be two days of networking with the travel trade in the Middle East as Tourism Ireland hosts their first-ever virtual roadshow on March 8 and 9, 2021 from 2pm to 6pm UAE time. Over the past few years, Ireland has become one of the most important outbound destinations for travellers from the Middle East. The rich history, its luscious greenery and the natural beauty which captured also the hearts of filmmakers made this an even better irresistible destination. The event will include 28 partners along with the Tourism Ireland national tourism organisation itself and it will entail key features that define the destination and its many offerings to the discerning traveller from the Middle East. Bespoke tours are highly popular with travellers from the Middle East as they always crave that exceptional service which will provide them something more personalized, Azab Ayoub -Managing Director – Belfast Services shares, “We are a bespoke tour and hospitality in Ireland. We follow the health and safety guideline and social destined in our tours and all our cars disinfected before and after use from our guest. As I’m an Arabic speaking tour guide I work only for Arabic speaking guests so the Middle East is a very important market for us. We work very closely with the Irish tourist board who advertise Ireland in the Middle East, letting the market know we have an Arabic company and a tour guide in Ireland. Our USP is the beauty of Ireland the green, wildness, halal food, history and tours in Arabic.”

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Ashford exhibits at Tourism Ireland’s Virtual Roadshow

Tourism Ireland will conduct its maiden roadshow with 27 partners on 8th and 9th March 2021 from 2 to 6 pm UAE time. Ashford Castle will partner at the event and Shane Brett, Sales Executive, Ashford Castle states, “While the Middle East market is a newer market for us it is certainly one of great interest and a market in which we feel we are very well placed to provide an extraordinary experience for travellers coming from the Middle East. We are currently working closely with the team in both Tourism Ireland and Leading Hotels of the World to increase our exposure to travel agents and tour operators in the Middle East and building their knowledge of the Estate therefore enabling them to better serve their clients. Exceptional Heritage – dating back to 1228, Ashford Castle is Ireland’s Oldest Castle Hotel, the first hotel in Ireland to be voted Best of the Best by Virtuoso, and the very first and only Forbes Five Star property in Ireland.  The Ashford Family and longevity of service – with 290 team members working in the Castle with a combined service of 1,700 years, 29 of those team members have over 800 years of service, therefore we have 800 years of history matched with 800 years of service.  An Extraordinary Estate – the expansive 350-acre Estate offers close to 30 activities within a 5/6 minute walk from the front door of the Castle, our guests can try their hand at everything from falconry, shooting, fishing with our Estate Ghillie, tree climbing, zip-lining and so much more.  VIP arrivals guaranteed to all guests of the Castle arriving by private aircraft into Ireland West Airport Knock.”

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Andras Hotels participate in Tourism Ireland’s Virtual Event

The countdown has begun for the Tourism Ireland virtual roadshow which promises to bring in a host of networking opportunities to the travel fraternity. Their maiden roadshow for the Middle East on March 8 & 9, 2021. Vicky Green -Associate Director Business Development – Andras Hotels shared, “Buyers should and can expect the same high-quality welcome, service, and product for their guests. Hygiene has always been a priority but now it is complemented with additional safeguard measures following strict brand guidelines, all delivered safely and sensitively without impacting the guest experience. Buyers can also expect flexibility on terms & conditions as we work to support each other.” She stressed the importance of the Middle East market. “We have been welcoming visitors from the Middle East for a long time across a variety of our properties and for a variety of reasons. I attended the 2020 Tourism Ireland sales mission and travelled out to the market to meet with agents & operators in person. Even though we can’t do that this year being part of this type of event helps demonstrate our commitment to the market.  The diversity of our portfolio, operating multiple brands to suit a range of clients. One point of contact for all properties saving valuable time and energy when searching for options.”  

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Adams & Butler partners with Tourism Ireland for its maiden roadshow

Tourism Ireland is geared up to kick off their maiden Virtual roadshow for the Middle East on 8th and 9th March 2021. Adams and Butler known as the Hallmark of Luxury Travel pledged their support and partnership at the event. Siobhan Byrne Learat, CEO & Private Travel Designer stated that they will be ensuring that all clients will be kept well informed of all developments such as entry requirements especially at this point of time of uncertainty. She reiterated, “We are also getting requests for more off-the-beaten track places and for longer stays.  All the hotels, drivers and guides we work with, are fully Covid compliant and sensitive. We have also changed our cancellation terms.  Since May 2020 we give 100% credit for any postponements and offer commission to the travel agent at time of booking as soon as the deposit hits our account. Travel agents are so important to Adams & Butler. We appreciate and value their business so much, and we know that it is imperative that they get their commission as soon as possible so that all of us in the travel industry survive.” Learat further stated that the Middle East market is a very important one, “The Middle Eastern market is huge for us, especially as we offer a lot of interesting options for families and honeymoons. We get a lot of family bookings whereby the clients want to rent apartments, villas, country houses and estates or castles to stay in.  We have access to about 200 properties that you can rent for a family or couple on an exclusive-use basis, dotted all over Ireland.  We can also supply whatever other services you may require, such …

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Tourism Ireland to launch maiden virtual trade show on March 8 & 9

Inaugural virtual trade show for the Middle East hosted by Tourism Ireland will kick off on March 8-9, 2021 from 2 to 5pm UAE time. Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland shared how the tourism offerings in Ireland has evolved with the covid 19 pandemic and the safety of the destination. “We strongly believe 2021 will see the restart of international travel. Tourism Ireland is actively planning for that restart with a three-phase plan – restart, rebuild and redesign. The priority for 2021 will be to restart tourism to the island of Ireland through a significant kick-start campaign, which will be launched across 12 markets, including the GCC, when the time is right to drive bookings and revenue for tourism businesses. It will deliver a very clear ‘book now’ message to create demand for holidays across the island of Ireland. Tourism suppliers from all sectors across the Island of Ireland have been implementing the newly required health and safety measures without compromising the holiday experience that makes Ireland so special and the great Irish welcome that we’re famous for. Tourism Ireland’s research consistently highlights the island of Ireland as one of the destinations holidaymakers will be most comfortable visiting when international travel resumes.” He further stated the partners and how it will all work out during the two day event. “Twenty-five tourism suppliers from around the island of Ireland will be taking part in Tourism Ireland’s first virtual trade show in the Middle East. The two-day B2B event in partnership with TravTalk Middle East aims to promote the island of Ireland’s exciting holiday experiences and to reassure the travel industry that we are ready to welcome their clients as …

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Join the Ireland Virtual Roadshow for ME on March 8-9

Tourism Ireland is gearing up for their first ever virtual roadshow with the Middle East travel trade on March 8-9, 2021 between 2pm and 5pm UAE time. Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland stated, “Twenty-five tourism suppliers from around the island of Ireland will be taking part in Tourism Ireland’s first virtual trade show in the Middle East. The two-day B2B event in partnership with TravTalk Middle East aims to promote the island of Ireland’s exciting holiday experiences and to reassure the travel industry that we are ready to welcome their clients as soon as possible. This virtual event will highlight Ireland’s boutique hotels, castles and luxury resorts and self-catering accommodation offerings in addition to the wide variety of superb culinary scene, world-class golf, outdoor, soft adventure and screen tourism experiences on offer across the island, which all boast the necessary safety charter measures.” Siobhan Naughton, Trade Executive Middle East & Asia, stated, “Tourism Ireland is looking forward to hosting its first virtual roadshow in association with TravTalk Middle East for GCC travel trade across the region in March on the 8th and 9th March. Over the course of these two days travel trade will have the opportunity to have 1-2-1 meetings with 25 key Island of Ireland industry partners who will showcase the accommodation, attractions and activity offering across the Island. There will also be an opportunity to meet the team from Tourism Ireland who are based here in the region and to discuss how we can all work together to help to promote this exciting destination.”

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