Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

French visitors find the write stuff here

French journalist Michele Berzosa with Heather Walton from Eden Pottery and Anne Zemmou from Tourism Ireland in France

A group of travel and lifestyle journalists from France visited the Ards Peninsula on their tour of Northern Ireland last week.

The writers, invited by Tourism Ireland in Paris, represented a variety of publications — including luxury magazine Voyage de Luxe, online publication lemagazine.info and a daily, Breton newspaper Le Telegramme.

Their itinerary, which focused on food and crafts and the creative industries, included Eden Pottery in Millisle.

Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Southern Europe, said: “We were delighted to welcome this group of French journalists for their first ever visit to Northern Ireland.

“They were really impressed by the range of things to see and do here, the diverse scenery, and of course by the friendliness of the people they met.”

He added: “Fact-finding visits like this are extremely important to help us get positive |exposure for Northern Ireland, through both online and print media in France.

“This is an excellent way of promoting the wonderful tourism product on offer here, as the articles these influential journalists write will be read by thousands of potential French holidaymakers.”

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