First Chinese Tourist Welcome certificates awarded as Ireland gears up for Hong Kong flights

  • ‘Chinese Tourist Welcome’ quality label awarded
  • Seven hotels in Antrim, Cork, Kildare, Mayo and Meath

With the British market still falling, Irish tourism businesses are looking to new markets. With Cathay Pacific set to launch direct flights between Dublin and Hong Kong in 2017, Fáilte Ireland is helping hoteliers and businesses to tap into the Asian market.
The first graduates of a programme to help Irish businesses to compete in China received their ‘Chinese Tourist Welcome’ quality label today at Fáilte Ireland’s HQ in Amiens Street, Dublin.

Catherine McGovern, City North Hotel, Tara Kerry, Failte Ireland, Cyril Laffan, City North Hotel and Sue Fong Gan, Newbridge Silverware, at the graduation ceremony. Photo: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography.

The Irish tourism industry is being urged to ‘Get China Ready’ in advance of the operation of the first direct flights from Hong Kong in June 2018. Fáilte Ireland – in cooperation with Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland – is delivering the programme to educate the industry about the opportunities available from the Chinese tourist market.
The first ‘Chinese Tourist Welcome’ certificates were awarded to:

  • City North Hotel, Gormanston, Co. Meath
  • The Westgrove Hotel, (Clane, Co. Kildare
  • The Select Hotel Group, Antrim
  • The Hastings Group, Antrim
  • Glen Keen Farm in Mayo
  • Cobh Heritage Centre, Cork
  • Newbridge Silverware, Kildare

Tara Kerry, Business Development Manager for Developing Markets at Fáilte Ireland, said: “Successful participants of the programme acquire the ‘Chinese Tourist Welcome’ Quality Label and become certified as a Chinese Tourist Welcome Quality Host for two years, which is renewable with branch-specific Chinese Tourist Welcome training. The pilot programme covers modules such as Cultural Awareness, Routes to Market and Food & Beverage.”
See the photo album of graduates here or on Facebook here.




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