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A group of top French tour operators is visiting Northern Ireland this week – as guests of Tourism Ireland. They are pictured taking in the view at the Gobbins Cliff Walk, Northern Ireland’s newest visitor attraction along with Rosendo Castellanos, Tourism Ireland France (centre) and Michael Cooper, guide (left).

A group of top French tour operators is visiting Northern Ireland this week – as guests of Tourism Ireland.  They are pictured taking in the view at the Gobbins Cliff Walk, Northern Ireland’s newest visitor attraction along with Rosendo Castellanos, Tourism Ireland France (centre) and Michael Cooper, guide (left).

A group of top French tour operators is visiting Northern Ireland this week – as guests of Tourism Ireland. They are pictured taking in the view at the Gobbins Cliff Walk, Northern Ireland’s newest visitor attraction along with Rosendo Castellanos, Tourism Ireland France (centre) and Michael Cooper, guide (left).

A group of top French tour operators is visiting Northern Ireland this week – as guests of Tourism Ireland.

The tour operators, all specialists in individual travel, are based in Paris, Grenoble, Bordeaux and other cities around France. Their itinerary – designed by Tourism NI – includes a visit to Titanic Belfast, the Gobbins Cliff Walk, Islandmagee and the Giant’s Causeway, as well as a walking tour of the historic walls of the city of Derry.

The aim of the tour operators’ visit is to enthuse them about the destination – so they will extend the Northern Ireland content of their programmes, or include Northern Ireland for the first time in their 2016 programmes.

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager of Southern Europe, said: “We are delighted to welcome these French tour operators to Northern Ireland this week. We believe it is extremely important for travel decision-makers such as these to experience for themselves the high standard of our tourism offering and the many things to see and do in Northern Ireland.”

Monica MacLaverty continued: “The latest NISRA figures confirm that visitors from Mainland Europe to Northern Ireland increased by +14% in the first half of 2015. Tourism Ireland is determined to ensure that growth continues. We have a really extensive programme of promotions under way right now aimed at boosting late-season travel to Northern Ireland from France and elsewhere around the globe.”

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