Wexford's Margaret Jeffares in Philadelphia Flower Show visit

By David tucker

Published 26/03/2016 | 00:00

Margaret Jeffares, left, and Alison Metcalfe.
Margaret Jeffares, left, and Alison Metcalfe.

Tourism Ireland, together with tourism companies from around the island of Ireland, including Margaret Jeffares of Good Food Ireland, based in Drinagh, is mounting a major presence at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show, to target the growing number of Americans interested in visiting our gardens.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the world's largest indoor flower and horticultural exhibition, attracting about 265,000 visitors each year - and an ideal platform to showcase Ireland and the wonderful mix of unique gardens to be found here. This year, the centrepiece of the Tourism Ireland stand is a special garden exhibit featuring Newgrange and highlighting Ireland's Ancient East.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland's Head of North America, said: 'Tourism Ireland is delighted to play a major role at the Philadelphia Flower Show once again this year, bringing the unique nature of our gardens, and of a vacation on the island of Ireland, to the attention of thousands of visitors to the show.

'2015 was the third record-breaking year in a row for visitor numbers to Ireland from North America. Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotional activity again this year - to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.

'Our ambition for 2016 is to grow visitor numbers from the United States by a further 7%.'

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