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Irish Visitors to Andalucia Continue to Grow

Irish Visitors to Andalucia Continue to Grow

The great dining hall of Trinity College, Dublin, resonated to the traditional music and flamenco of Andalucia as the popular region of Spain held its annual thank you dinner and workshop, ‘Andalucia Clearly Irresistible’, for the Irish travel trade.

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Jose Antonio Linde Diaz, Dauro Hotels, with Gonzalo Ceballos, Spanish Tourist Office, and Ignacio Saez Tejada Romero, also with Dauro Hotels

 

The stunning performance by the flamenco company ACME (A Company Men Entertainment) with dancer Sergio Aranda, flutist Diego Villegas, and guitarist Adriano Lozano, culminated in a standing ovation from an appreciative audience.

The art of flamenco from Sergio Aranda.

The art of flamenco from Sergio Aranda and ACME

Speaking to Irish Travel Trade News, Antonio Martin-Machuca Ales from the Junta de Andalucia said that the region remains very popular with Irish visitors. There was growth of 5%  in 2013 in the numbers of Irish over 2012.

He added that “Ireland is a very friendly market” and that the Irish travel trade is very important to Andalucia as it would be impossibile to achieve the numbers without the support of Irish travel agents. More than 300,000 Irish visitors travel to Andalucia every year.

Antonio Martin -Machuca Ales at the Andalucia event.

Antonio Martin-Machuca Ales at the Andalucia event

H.E. Javier Garrigues Flores, Ambassador of Spain to Ireland, attended the function and paid tribute to the excellent work by Gonzalo Ceballos and his team at the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin. This was of  particular importance in the current economic environment in Spain.

Ian Scott from Hotels Holiday World briefs Sarah Slattery,Skytours.

Ian Scott from Hotels HolidayWorld briefs Sarah Slattery,Skytours.

Martin Skelly, ITAA President, thanked Andalucia for the tremendous support that they provide to the the trade and looked forward to continuing to work with the region in the future.

Martin Skelly,the President of the I.T.A.A.

Martin Skelly, ITAA President

In 2013 Spain attracted 60.6 million visitors, which was the best-ever year for international visitors, while in terms of revenue there was a 9% increase in spend.

Pedro Garcia,Viajes Euroamerica,with Shane Cullen,Lisa Warren and Elaine Massey all from Killiney Travel.

Pedro Garcia, Viajes Euroamerica, with Shane Cullen, Lisa Warren and Elaine Massey, all from Killiney Travel

George Barter from Barter Travel meets with Carlos Bendodo Daunino, TRH Hotels.

George Barter from Barter Travel meets Carlos Bendodo Daunino, TRH Hotels

Mary Denton ,Sunway meets Jose Ramon Boxo fom PYR Hotl in Fuengirola.

Mary Denton, Sunway, meets Jose Ramon Boxo from PYR Hotel in Fuengirola

Grainne Caffrey,Low Cost Beds with Ignacio Saez de Tejada Romero,Dauo Hotels.

Grainne Caffrey, Lowcostbeds, with Ignacio Saez de Tejada Romero, Dauo Hotels

At the Andalucia event wer John Kinnane,Thomas Cook and Con Horgan,Abbey Travel.

John Kinnane, Thomas Cook, and Con Horgan, Abbey Travel

Sara Rivero Lopez, Spanish TO with Martin Skelly,President I.T.A.A.

Sara Rivero Lopez, Spanish Tourist Office, with Martin Skelly, ITAA President

Pablo fernandez-Montes Prieto, arteAULA Private Tours, Rocip Naranjo Molina,Turismo de Sevilla and Jose Ignacio Raposo Benito, Hotel Carmen, Granada.

Pablo Fernandez-Montes Prieto, arteAULA Private Tours, Rocip Naranjo Molina, Turismo de Sevilla, and Jose Ignacio Raposo Benito, Hotel Carmen, Granada

Yolanda Rabanal, OBH Hotels,Sevilla.

Yolanda Rabanal, OBH Hotels, Seville

Kathryn MacDonnell,Spanish TO with Richard Cullen, Killiney Travel.

Kathryn Macdonnell, Spanish Tourist Office, with Richard Cullen, Killiney Travel

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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