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India is one of the world’s fastest growing outbound travel markets in the world. The UNWTO report that India will have over 50 million outbound visitors by 2020. The World Travel & Tourism Council rank India 7th largest travel & tourism economy in the world. In the past five years, Ireland has recorded a sizeable increase in tourist arrivals from India. Tourism Ireland estimates there were 38,000 visitors from India to the island of Ireland in 2017, a 16% year-on-year growth. MICE business from India to the island of Ireland has grown significantly with Ireland experiencing a 28% year on year increase in MICE visitors in 2018.

The British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS) allows visitors from India to visit both Ireland and the UK on a single visa. BIVS has been an important factor influencing growth in tourism from India to Ireland. Great Britain receives over 400,000 tourists from India each year; BIVS makes it easy for these visitors to travel to Ireland without the need for an additional visa.

Air access to the island of Ireland from India has also improved significantly. Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines have flights to Dublin which offer great connectivity to key and secondary cities in India.

Don’t just take our word for it, here is feedback from MyHolidayIreland and The Orchard Centre on working with Indian tour operators.

“MyHolidayIreland, part of Limerick Travel group, has been working in the Indian market since 2012. It has been a wonderful journey since first visiting the country and numerous occasions since, meeting with many trade partners. The market has grown year on year for us since we first programmed tours to Indian travel trade – Tour operators and travel agents and MICE corporations. The incentive business has been buoyant throughout this time. The sales mission we have joined over the years has been absolutely excellent from the minute we land in Mumbai to depart in New Delhi. The platform and opportunities it provides to Irish participants to meet India’s top travel companies is second to none. We have made wonderful connections throughout these sales missions and continue to look forward to make many more.” - Peter Brazil – MyHolidayIreland

“Since The Baileys Farm visitor centre was founded in 1999 we have continued to develop not just the services we offer but also a large range of facilities to compliment these services. As Ireland's most unique and authentic venue we create key programmes for many of Ireland's top companies, leading multinational firms and public bodies, The Baileys Farm is now widely recognised as Ireland's next generation events centre. Over the past 6 years our market expansion plans have taken us east and to India in particular. Our flexible approach and love of a new destination challenge has allowed us to become a ‘must visit’ for group tours from India. We identified the Indian travellers love of authentic cultural experiences coupled with an Irish appreciation of adapting our cuisine as a key selling point to this market. We look forward to a bright future of east meeting west on our beautiful farm and we assure a warm welcome to all from our family and the beautiful ‘Baileys Ladies’.” - Joe Hayden, The Orchard Centre, Baileys Farm

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