Wooing Indian tourists

Tourism Ireland’s first-ever India seminar took place in Dublin, for the increasing number of Irish tourism enterprises interested in welcoming Indian tourists in 2014 and beyond.

The event was attended by Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar and HE Mrs Radhika Lal Lokesh, Indian ambassador to Ireland, as well as 100 tourism companies from all around Ireland – including Speciality Golf Trips from Tipperary.

Tourism Ireland aims to capitalise on the fact that India is now one of the fastest-growing tourist-generating countries in the world and grow the number of Indian tourists to the island of Ireland from the current estimated 21,000 per year. India is expected to reach 50 million outbound travellers by 2020.

Factors in our favour include increased access to Ireland, particularly the increased services for 2014 by Etihad and Emirates via the Middle East; as well as the Visa Waiver Scheme.

Attendees at the India seminar heard expert advice from business leaders from the Indian travel industry; as well as the latest update on Indian travel trends and lots of practical advice and tips about how to promote effectively and ultimately to grow business from the Indian market.


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