Fáilte Ireland says top international buyers set sights on Donegal ahead of major trade fair

Top international buyers have toured Ireland’s ancient east ahead of attending an influential travel event.

Tourism buyers from 23 countries, including key markets like GB, the US and mainland Europe, have undertaken several fact-finding tours across Ireland this weekend, ahead of attending Meitheal, Ireland’s largest tourism trade fair, according to Fáilte Ireland.

Top international buyers tour Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

A spokeswoman said: "Meitheal 2018 will take place in Citywest Hotel in Dublin today and is organised by Fáilte Ireland, the national tourism development authority, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland.

"During their tour of Donegal, the buyers enjoyed a visit to Glenveagh Castle in the Glenveagh National Park, Irish coffee demonstration and a traditional music session at Leo’s Tavern at Burtonport Harbour; they headed to Arranmore Island to enjoy a cookery demonstration and tasting at Muldowney’s B&B; followed back on mainland with a visit to the Donegal design makers in Ardara; and a trip via the Glen Gesh Pass to Sliabh Liag Distillery and the visitor centre at Sliabh Liag."

Fáilte Ireland’s marketing director Niall Tracey added: “Through tailored trips like this one to Donegal, we can show top international buyers different parts of the country, all with their own unique flavour of Ireland.

"This gives them first-hand experience of our cultural riches and tourism offerings, which they can then sell on to their customers around the world – ensuring Ireland is on everybody’s map and itinerary for 2019 and beyond.”

Photographer Clive Wasson provided images from the tour of Donegal:

Sarah Schmid, Catriona Thurbon visting Arranmore Sea Safari /Maritime Heritage Tour.

Twila Fortner visting Arranmore and Sea Safari /Maritime Heritage Tour.

Sarah Schmid visting Arranmore and Sea Safari /Maritime Heritage Tour.

Noreen Muldowney of Muldowney B&B with the top international buyers. 

Maria McCarthy and Noreen Muldowney. 

Top international buyers tour Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. 

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