The group which includes representatives from Donegal County Council Tourism, Harvey’s Point, the Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe and Donegal Airport
A team from Donegal Tourism along with representatives from Harvey’s Point, and the Waterfront Hotel, in Dungloe and Donegal Airport are on a trade mission to US.
The delegation is meeting major American Tour Operators and Irish Diaspora in three US states, including the largest Irish ethnic festival in the world in Milwaukee.
The week-long trip takes in the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Milwaukee.
These events will provide the delegation with an opportunity to cement the links that exist between parts of the US and Donegal. Each of the three events will consist of an evening of celebration of ‘all that is Donegal’, with members of the tourism team meeting with some of America’s major tour operators providing them with first-hand accounts and information about Donegal.
In the lead up to this promotional campaign, Donegal Tourism has been working closely with Tourism Ireland in these cities to build connections with tour operators and significant stakeholders within the industry that can open up new routes and packages aimed specifically at people who may wish to visit Donegal over the coming years.
Donegal Tourism has also invite the Irish diaspora living or working in in these regions to participate in the celebrations.
In Milwaukee the delegation will to host an area at the Irish Fest which is a festival to promote and celebrate all aspects of Irish American and Celtic Cultures and attracts over 130,000 attendees.
The Irish Fest is primarily a music festival, but there is also a focus on Irish heritage and culture with a section devoted to travel to Ireland.
The festival features separate areas highlighting travel, genealogy, Irish theatre, culture and heritage. For three days Donegal Tourism will host and area at the festival promoting Donegal and all its glory.
The trip is supported by Tourism Ireland.