An Indian summer for Athlone – as top tour operators pay a visit

Indian tour operators with Kavya Chawla, Tourism Ireland (fourth left), outside The Left Bank Bistro in Athlone. Photo: Corin Bishop

Indian tour operators with Kavya Chawla, Tourism Ireland (fourth left), outside The Left Bank Bistro in Athlone. Photo: Corin Bishop

Seven leading tour operators from India have been visiting Westmeath this week on a fact-finding tour organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI.

The tour operators – based in the cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Chandigarh – are here to experience at first hand what Westmeath has to offer Indian holidaymakers. The objective of their visit is to encourage them to extend the Ireland content of their existing programmes or to include Ireland for the first time in their 2018 programmes.

During their time here, the group visited Athlone town, where they enjoyed dinner in the Left Bank Bistro and an overnight stay in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone.

Huzan Fraser, Tourism Ireland India, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these influential tour operators to visit Westmeath and Ireland. Working closely with the travel trade is an important element of Tourism Ireland’s promotional activity in emerging tourism markets like India. Fact-finding visits like this provide an excellent opportunity to showcase some of the many things to see and do in Ireland to key travel decision-makers.”

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