David Wood, trade and industry manager for Tourism Ireland, on what the Emerald Isle can offer groups in the future and how they can explore the country safely (this comment appeared in the 2021 edition of Who’s Who in Group Leisure. To access the digital edition click here.)

The Coast of Antrim, Ireland

Northern Ireland has plenty of dramatic scenery such as the Coast of Antrim.

David Wood, trade and industry manager for Tourism Ireland

David Wood.

Tourism Ireland and the island’s tourism industry would like to thank you for your ongoing support over the past year. We very much value your business and we look forward to working with you to rebuild it in the months and years ahead.

We will be thrilled to welcome you and your clients back to Ireland soon and want to reassure you that a great deal of work has been undertaken to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday experience. You can also rest assured that the island’s famously warm welcome hasn’t changed one bit!

In the Republic of Ireland, the Covid-19 Safety Charter has been designed to reassure visitors that Government approved hygiene and safety procedures are in place. Tourism Ireland has also welcomed the approval in the Republic of Ireland of a new ‘traffic-light’ system for travel by the EU, which is an important step on the road to re-starting overseas travel.

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, the tourism and hospitality industry has adopted the “Good to Go” policy which presents certified evidence that a business has adhered to Government guidelines and is safe to open. For our clients and customers in Great Britain, travel into Northern Ireland will be permitted in line with UK Government guidelines.

“Ireland will continue to be the perfect destination for group travel with its fantastic range of group friendly attractions and accommodation.”

The island is ready and waiting to capture your clients’ hearts with its stunningly beautiful landscapes, dramatic coastlines, picturesque villages, vibrant cities and unforgettable experiences.

We look forward to inspiring you and your groups with the rugged, untouched beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, the intriguing history of Ireland’s Ancient East, the natural splendour of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, the vibrant culture in and around Dublin and all of the giant experiences on offer across Northern Ireland.

We look forward to seeing you and your clients on the island of Ireland very soon.

For more information visit www.trade.ireland.com