Irish tourism hosts nine tour operators from UAE at networking night



  • Nine delegates from luxury tour operators
  • Visits to ireland up 17pc says Turkish airlines

Oonagh Kelly, Fáilte Ireland, Nasir Khan, Ciara Hanley, Intercontinental Hotel, David Boyce, Tourism Ireland and Arif Pasha,

Irish hotels and attractions  showcased offerings to visitors from the United Arab Emirates at a networking evening in Dublin.

The event, organised by Fáilte Ireland along with Tourism Ireland, invited the Irish group to meet and build business contacts with a group of top tier tour operators from the UAE market, and representatives from Turkish Airlines, at the InterContinental Hotel in Ballsbridge.

Nicky Logue, GM, Intercontinental Hotel. Marie Chawke, Dromoland Hotel, Arif Pasha, Turkish Airlines and Oonagh Kelly, Fáilte Ireland at the UAE networking night in the InterContinental Hotel, September 2018

Nicky Logue, GM, InterContinental Hotel; Marie Chawke, Dromoland Hotel; Arif Pasha, Turkish Airlines; and Oonagh Kelly, Fáilte Ireland

The nine delegates from luxury tour operators got an opportunity to learn more about Fáilte Ireland’s four major tourism brands: the Wild Atlantic Way; Ireland’s Ancient East, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and Dublin. Fáilte Ireland created a bespoke itinerary for the buyers to the Irish National Stud & Gardens; Ballyfin Demise, Co Laois; Secret Ireland Escapes in Killaloe, Co Clare; Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Killarney; golfing at Ballybunion Golf Club, Kerry; Kildare Village outlet; and the K Club.

Turkish Airlines’ Regional Sales & Marketing Manager for Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Arif Pasha, reported an increase of up to 17pc of passengers heading to Ireland, many of them high-spending Emiratis.

Paul Mockler, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Commercial Development, said: “We want these buyers to be impressed by the truly authentic and exclusive luxury products available for overseas visitors in Ireland and to discover first-hand the many choices for luxurious accommodations whether that be a city-centre, estate or castle property. From our research, we know that the luxury market globally is growing and evolving. More luxury travellers are seeking experiences that offer private and exclusive escapes which are authentic and provide immersion in the local culture. Ireland can deliver this – along with access to stunning landscapes coupled with exceptional and personal service.” 


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