A group of Spanish journalists has arrived in Cork as guests of Fáilte Ireland to visit the many tourist attractions within easy reach of Cork Airport.
A group of Spanish journalists, accompanied by a representative from Iberia Express, has arrived in Cork Airport to sample the pleasures of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East.
The new Iberia Express summer service between Madrid and Cork has opened up new opportunities for Spanish visitors to see the huge range of Irish tourist attractions within easy reach of Cork Airport.
The visit is being hosted by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland.
The media group are experiencing first-hand the huge potential which the airport offers to Spanish visitors to explore the Wild Atlantic Way to the west of Cork and Ireland’s Ancient East to the east.
Ireland welcomed 322,000 Spanish visitors last year – up 17% on 2014 and generating €152 million in revenue. Fáilte Ireland is aiming to further increase that number this year.
Ciara Sugrue, Head of International Publicity at Fáilte Ireland said the press trip would provide fantastic exposure for Cork while seeking to capitalise on the new summer Iberia Express service.
“Regional Airports are key to opening up improved access throughout the country whilst sustaining and distributing economic gain to tourism businesses.
“Cork Airport is a gateway to the South of Ireland showcasing the stunning natural beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way and the rich heritage of Irelands Ancient East. New routes into Cork Airport - such as the Iberia Express service provides visitors an opportunity to experience the strong choices offered in the region.”
Cork Airport Head of Communications Kevin Cullinane said securing the new Madrid route was testament to the hard work of the teams at Cork Airport, Iberia Express and Tourism Ireland.
“Securing new airline partners and expanding our route network to open up new destinations for inbound tourism is at the heart of our growth plans for Cork Airport.”