Tourism Village 2012 has been officially launched, taking place in Dublin's RDS on November 24th and 25th.

The initiative which is supported by Fáilte Ireland aims to boost the group tourism market by bringing together the three interested parties in any group touring decision: the club or society, their local coach company, and Ireland’s array of tourist attractions.

The event is organised by the Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC), the umbrella group that represents Ireland’s coach tourism companies. Its members will provide free coach services to the event so clubs and societies can meet with the hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions who will be exhibiting.

The event is free to Ireland’s group leaders; be they heads of gardening clubs, music societies, or school teachers.

CTTC Chief Executive Gerry Mullins said: “Almost every club or group will take a trip in the coming year. If they had planned a day trip, the Tourism Village will encourage them to make it an overnight one. If they had planned one night away, the Tourism Village will encourage them make it two nights.”

Seventy tourist attractions have already booked stands. They include: Avoca, Carlton Hotels, Cliffs of Moher, Dalata Hotels, Dalkey Castle, Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Fáilte Ireland, Fermanagh Tourism, Four Seasons Hotels, Foxford Woollen Mills, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Hodson Bay Hotels, Irish Greyhound Board, Jack’s Coastguard Restaurant, National Museums of Northern Ireland, National Wax Museum, Northern Ireland Tourism Board, Nuremore Hotel, Russborough, Titanic Belfast, Waterford Crystal, Tower Hotel, Youghal Tourism.

At Tourism Village 2012 there will be a special emphasis on The Gathering 2013 – next year’s biggest tourism event.

Further information on Tourism Village 2012 www.tourismvillage.ie.

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