June in Singapore

I’m continuing my attempts to bring tourists to Ireland from other parts of the world and am just back from a successful week in Singapore, where I met with some of their most influencial travel companies.

It has been an extremely busy few months and I’m far from finished but I’m hoping that all the effort I am putting in now will start to pay dividends and whether it is in a year or 2 years or more that the White Hotel Group and Irish Tourist Industry will reap the rewards of June 2012!

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Chinese Tourism Event

I, along with approx. 120 others, attended a hugely successful seminar organised by the Shannon Chamber of Commerce in relation to tourism opportunities with China, on 29th May, 2012.

The event was entitled “Chinese Tourism on the Move”

This was an excellent event and the speakers shared a wealth of invaluable information with attendees.

The speakers included Jim Paul from Tourism Ireland, Professor Fan Hong, Director of School of Asian Studies, Irish Institute of Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute, UCC; Dr Lu, School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, NUI Maynooth; Professor Lin Xu, Visiting Lecturer in the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies, and Deirdre Hunt, Emeritus Professor, Management School of Asian Studies, UCC.

I would like to congratulate Shannon Chamber of Commerce and all involved in organising the event.  Although I have recently returned from meeting with tour operators and officials in China, I know that the information shared on the day will be of huge benefit to us when taking the next steps to promote the White Hotel Group to the Chinese Market.

Full details of the event can be found on the Shannon Chamber of Commerce website.

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Hitting the Local Headlines

A local newspaper in Co. Clare (The Clare People) wrote an article about my recent trips to Russia and China.

It is great to see that when someone takes steps to generate business that it is acknowledged and recognised by local journalists.

Hopefully we’ll have some good news in relation to tourism numbers for them to print in the near future!

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Lisdoonvarna to China

It’s been a very busy but very exciting few months. A few weeks after I returned from initial meetings with Pegas Touristik in Russia, I flew out to China for meetings with top level representatives from a Chinese tour operator, CITS.

We trip to China was amazing, and even though I only got to spend a few days there I know that the Chinese market would be an enormous coup for the White Hotel Group. The few days I had were jam packed with meetings so hopefully they will pay off.

It was a great benefit to me at the meetings that the Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping had recently visited Ireland. I think there is great potential for Ireland with the Chinese market, especially with the recent granting of planning permission for the Chinese Hub in Athlone.

I have 1 or 2 more trips to make to other countries in the coming weeks to build relationships and increase our share of the tourist market so hopefully they will be successful! I’ll keep you posted.

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Russian Trip

I spent a few days in Russia in April meeting with tour group operators, and specifically Pegas Touristik who are one of Russia’s main tour operators.  

Pegas is a well known tour operator that brings hundreds of thousands of Russian tourists on holidays around the world each year.

I am hoping that we will be able to forge a relationship with Pegas which will result in Ireland becoming one of the many destinations that is offered to the Russian market.

I would appreciate any assistance from anyone who can help strengthen the ties between Ireland and the Russian tourist market so please contact me if you have any suggestions or tips!

My contact details are:
Marcus White
White Hotel Group
Co. Clare

email: hydrohotel@eircom.net

I’ll keep the blog updated with progress!

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Students & Summer work

If you know any students looking for work for the Summer, have a look at our www.summerjobsireland.com page.  There may be positions that suit them in our various Hotels around the country.

They can send cvs to hydrohotel@eircom.net or by post to Marcus White, Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

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Matchmaker Website

The Matchmaker website has been updated for the 2012 season.  Have a look and let us know what you think.

We’ve added a counter that shows how many days to go until the festival kicks off.

Visit the site at www.matchmakerireland.com where you’ll see details of what is happening this year.

Marcus White

(Organiser of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival)

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