Selling Wexford across the water and down under
Monart Spa and the Ferrycarrig Hotel are among a lucky 13 irish tourism companies preparing to undertake a week-long sales mission in Australia and New Zealand next month.
The promotional trip which will take place from November 14 to 21, is being organised by Tourism Ireland which held a briefing in Dublin for the participants including Fiona Hunt representing Monart Spa and Ferrycarrig Hotel.
The sales mission will target 300 influential travel agents, tour operators, airlines and travel journalists in the key cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to promote the island of Ireland and sell it as a holiday destination.
Ireland has seen a growth in visitors from Australia and New Zealand over the past new years with a record 200,000-plus people visiting in 2015.
Meanwhile, leading British coach and group tour operators visited Ireland's Ancient East as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. They stayed in the Ferrycarrig Hotel and attended a workshop in Kilkenny where they met with Irish tourism enterprises.
As part of their fact-finding trip they visited the Kennedy Homestead, the JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum and the National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig.