15 MAR 2019: Dublin captures the attention of the world on St. Patrick’s Day, but with 69 percent of today’s clients seeking an experience that takes them beyond the tourist track, Trafalgar looks at the Emerald Isle to celebrate how tourism can be a force for good and support local communities.

“The tourism sector has immense opportunity and power to stimulate economic activity, which delivers jobs, sense of purpose and participation. By encouraging dispersal and year-round travel, this helps communities outside of the main centres – sites of cultural significance and history – to remain thriving,” says Trafalgar’s Global CEO, Gavin Tollman.

“We pride ourselves on offering unique opportunities for clients to connect with the real Ireland – and they love that when they travel with us, they can see the tangible impact their visits are making in lesser-known destinations while enjoying the richest possible travel experience,” he said.

With 14 unique itineraries and counting, Ireland continues to be one of the brand’s most popular destinations with Canadian guests returning time and time again. While the wild landscapes, energetic cities, characters and plenty of craic fulfil plenty Irish travel dreams, it’s the brand’s inclusion of alternative destinations and experiences that offer a different travel experience Trafalgar constantly seeking out new, immersive experiences that encourage tourism dispersal that benefits local communities.

One such example is the brand new 10-day Shamrocks and Leprechauns family trip launching in April 2019. With experiences like learning from Ireland’s last remaining Leprechaun Whisperer and a hands-on Atlantic sheepdog ‘Be My Guest’ farm experiences on the list, clients immerse in different side of Ireland.

Trafalgar offers a variety of exclusive Irish experiences that enlighten, delight and make a difference. At the Giant’s Causeway, Trafalgar’s visits have helped the National Trust build a world-class Visitor Centre and accessible clifftop walk for families and people with disabilities to be able to enjoy this fantastic destination.

In Killarney, Trafalgar’s visits to Muckross Farms helps sustain the tradition and livelihood of rural farmers, with this hands-on farm and storytelling experience playing important role in sustaining the farmers livelihoods.

Celebrating 10 years of their exclusive Be My Guest experiences in 2019 is another way Trafalgar supports tourism dispersal, where visits help to sustain the upkeep of historic properties, preserve cultures and local stories. This includes the 16th-century grand home and garden Westport House in County Mayo, where clients dine in the Old Kitchens and hear the story of the Pirate Queen of Connacht Grace O’Malley. And on rugged Liscannor Bay near the Cliffs of Moher, guests explore with local horticulturalist, Oonagh, as she shares her extensive knowledge during a foraging walk in the countryside, followed by sustainably sourced gourmet lunch.

Always #AgentsFirst, with Trafalgar, agents can be reassured that customers travel with confidence, enjoying deposit guarantees, definite departures on 2019 Ireland trips, more choice and the world’s best deals.


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