Taiwanese Delegation to visit County Clare – BREEN

October 2nd, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has welcomed the visit of 15 leading Taiwanese Travel Agents and Newspapers to County Clare which will take place on Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th October 2009 next.

Deputy Breen is a member of the Ireland/Taiwanese Friendship Group and he invited the Group to visit County Clare as part of their Tourism Fact Finding visit. The Trip is being coordinated by Shannon Development and the Irish Hotels Federation.

The Group comprises 12 Travel & Study operators and journalists from the 3 main Newspapers in Taiwan.

The Mayor of Clare Tony Mulcahy will host a visit for the Group to the Cliffs of Moher where they will visit the newly opened visitor centre. The Group will also visit Ballyvaughan, Aillwee Cave, The Burren and prior to their departure from the County they will visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park where they will enjoy a medieval banquet.

Deputy Breen said that “the importance of the Taiwanese tourism cannot be underestimated particularly in light of the recent visa waiver agreement between Ireland and Taiwan which was signed in July. Over 40,000 Taiwanese people visit London each year and if we could capture 10% of the market here in the Mid-West it would be a major boost to our local economy.”

Later on in the month, Deputy Breen is arranging a Meeting for representatives of the Taiwanese Airline Industry and Travel Trade Sectors with Aer Lingus.

“Now that the Shannon/Heathrow Link has been restored and is proving very successful, there is the potential to build on this market. The 40,000 Taiwanese people who visit the UK every year land in Heathrow. I have requested a meeting with Aer Lingus for the Taiwanese Airlines so that they can sit down and discuss any possibilities which may present mutually beneficial opportunities.”