Spanish travel professionals say olé to Kilkenny

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Susan Bolger, Tourism Ireland (back, right); and the Spanish travel professionals, during their visit to Kilkenny Castle

One of Spain’s leading tour operators, Tourmundial, and a group of travel agents working with Viajes El Corte Inglés – the tour operating arm of Spanish retailing giant El Corte Inglés – have been exploring Kilkenny and Ireland this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.


The travel professionals were here to experience at first-hand the wealth of things to see and do here for Spanish holidaymakers. Their action-packed itinerary included the Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, an Irish coffee in Kytelers Inn and a guided tour of Kilkenny Castle. They also visited Stoneyford, where they enjoyed a fun ‘pub and hurling experience’ in Malzards. They stayed in the Pembroke Hotel.


Barbara Wood, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Spain, said: “We were delighted to invite these influential Spanish travel professionals to Kilkenny and Ireland this week. Their visit is an excellent opportunity to showcase our superb tourism offering. Seeing is believing – and our aim is that when they return home, they will be even more enthusiastic about the destination, helping to secure a greater share of their business for Ireland.”


In 2018, we welcomed 423,000 Spanish visitors to the island of Ireland.


Barbara Wood continued: “Tourism Ireland has been undertaking an extensive and targeted programme of promotional activity in Spain throughout 2019 – to continue to grow Spanish visitor numbers and, in particular, to encourage more Spaniards to explore our regions and less-visited attractions, during the off-peak season.”

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