Aussies enjoyed hurling and walking

    Australian travel agents Sonja Bomhof, Queensland, Pina Gianfrancesco, Western Australia, Karen Newbury, Australian PacificbvTouring, Emma Atchison, Victoria and Amanda Fricker, South Australia, at Shankill Castle near Paulstown

    A GROUP of Australian travel agents visited Kilkenny last week.

    They were here as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland andAustralian Pacific Touring (APT), a leading tour operator.

    The travel agents all won the opportunity to travel to here to try out the brand new ATP island of Ireland Tour.

    The group experienced ‘The Kilkenny Way’ of hurling and enjoyed a walking tour of our city.

    Their itinerary also included a guided tour of Shankill Castle near Paulstown. The visitors stayed in Mount Juliet Estate during their time here.

    “We were delighted to have the opportunity to showcase Kilkenny to this group of top Australian travel agents,” said Sofia Hansson, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Australia. 

    “There is no substitute for being able to come here and experience what our country to offer.

    “Our aim is that when the travel agents return home, they will be better informed and really enthusiastic about the destination, which will in turn help to secure a greater share of their business for Ireland.”

    In 2017, we welcomed around 208,000 visitors from Australia and New Zealand, an increase of 2% on 2017.

    Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions underway again this year, to ensure that success continues.