Since our last member newsletter we’ve been busy attending trade shows, bringing in fam groups, TV crews, cruise ships and more!
Here’s what we’ve been up to recently:
10 May – DDE Irish Open Launch, Dublin
We attended the official launch of the Dubai Duty Free in Dublin last month. The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open takes place next month in Portstewart from 6-9 July. The full field European Tour event will see the leading 156 European Tour professionals compete.
More info on www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com
15 May – KBS Film Crew
We had a great day taking producers and film crew from the Korean Broadcasting Service (KBS) around the city. The channel are producing a travel-music documentary series to include Derry~Londonderry. Some of the great places we showed them included the Siege Museum and Brickwork, and they also enjoyed tours with City Sightseeing and Bogside History Tours – we’ll be sure to include the footage in our next update!
17 May – GoWay Travel, US Fam Trip
One of North America’s largest travel companies to the South Pacific, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, visited the City last month on a familiarisation trip in conjunction with Tourism NI. The Goway Travel agents explored the Walled City and visited our attractions, restaurants and hotels.
18 May – NI Tourism Conference and NI Tourism Awards 2017, Enniskillen
The Visit Derry Team attended the annual Tourism NI Conference in the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Spa in Enniskillen on 18th May. The annual event included an inspirational keynote address from Munster, Ireland and British & Ireland Lions rugby legend Paul O’Connell & current Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt. Later that evening, we attended the glittering NI Tourism Awards in Enniskillen Castle, in which we were shortlisted and commended for Customer Service Excellence. You can read about the local businesses that picked up an award on the night here
19 May – North West Business Awards, Everglades Hotel
We also attended the annual North West Business Awards, hosted by the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and CCI Derry, which took place this year in the Everglades Hotel. The annual awards ceremony is a recognition and celebration of the achievements of businesses in the North West region. Read all about our winning members here!
24 May – Tourism Ireland German Market Review
Visit Derry attended the Tourism Ireland German Market Review Workshop in Dublin last month. As Germany is the largest provider of tourism revenue and visitors from Mainland Europe to the island of Ireland, Tourism Ireland is taking the opportunity to reassess the German market, working with sister agencies and the tourism industry to identify the key strategic imperatives and specific actions required to ensure we sustain and build on this success into the future.
25 May – Dunmore Gardens, site visit
On 25th May, we took a familiarisation trip to Carrigans, County Donegal, to visit one of our members – Dunmore Gardens. Dunmore House and Gardens, with its rich and colourful history, is the home of Sir John & Lady McFarland and their family. We had a great time checking out the fantastic facilities and amenities of the house and gardens. This spectacular venue also includes a barn which can host up to 150 people!
Learn more on www.dunmoregardens.ie
1 June – BMI Regional Breakfast Morning
We were delighted to host a Membership event in conjunction with the City of Derry Airport to profile BMI Regional as the new carrier from London Stansted. Frank Merten, Head of Marketing, informed our members of BMI Regional’s services and stated that they were very pleased with their performance to date. It was also a great opportunity for Visit Derry and our members to network with Frank and to meet with Susie Green, Planning & Business Development Manager.
1 – 5 June – Bloom 2017
Visit Derry took to the stand with Discover Northern Ireland at Ireland’s largest garden festival – Bloom – in Phoenix Park, Dublin from 1st-5th June. This gave us a great opportunity to engage with the ROI market, and we received great interest in the City from potential visitors!