The magnificent Dining Hall at Trinity College Dublin with portraits of Past Presidents of the college was the venue for the ‘Let’s Talk Andalucia’ roadshow. Antonio Martin-Machuca Ales was, as usual, a most gracious host and the event was supported by the Spanish Tourist Office, Dublin.
‘Let’s Talk Andalucia’ was the theme for the workshop and representatives from tourist boards, hotels and attractions from all over Andalucia were present to inform Irish trade and media of the numerous and varied attractions available in their area.
Teresa Gancedo, Director, Spanish Tourist Office, thanked Antonio and everyone from Andalucia for bringing the sun to Ireland all the way from Andalucia, which was warmly welcomed by all the guests.
More than two million visitors from Ireland holidayed in Spain in 2017 and half a million of those were to Andalucia, making Spain and Andalucia the most popular destination for Irish tourists.
Antonio Martin-Machuca Ales thanked the Spanish Tourist Office for the organisation of the evening, which was the seventh occasion that the event has taken place in Dublin. Antonio also thanked the ITAA for its support.
Responding, John Spollen, newly installed ITAA President, said that there was no doubting the popularity of Spain and Andalucia with Irish holidaymakers and this will continue for the foreseeable future, as both Spain and Andalucia are considered to be the ‘Perfect Break’.
The evening concluded with an amazing Flamenco pianist Jorge Bedoya – brother of Borja from the Spanish TO, Dublin, who gave a wonderful, dramatic and intense performance and drew several standing ovations from the very appreciative audience.