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Sunil Ghai, executive chef at Ananda Restaurant in Dublin, offers Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar a taste of India as a delegation, led by Tourism Ireland, prepared to depart for Bangalore to participate in Destination Britain & Ireland(DEBI), the biggest B2B travel trade event in the region. They are pictured with Niall Gibbons, CEO, Tourism Ireland(right).

Tourism Ireland was able to capitalise on the new visa waiver scheme during its tourism trade mission to Bangalore this month, where it took part in Destination Britain & Ireland, the biggest business to business travel trade event in the Asia-Pacific region. There Irish tourism representatives met with 120 top-producing tour operators, travel agents and travel media from 15 emerging markets including Indiam Chinam Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

‘With the Governments’s recently announced imaginative tourist visa waiver scheme making it easier for tourists from emerging economies to visit Ireland, the time is right to step up promotion in markets in the Asia-Pacific region,’ said Tourism Ireland CEO, Niall Gibbons. ‘The Asia-Pacific region offers exciting possibilities for tourism to the island of Ireland in the medium to long-term. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation(UNWTO) has forecast that the Asia-Pacific region will be one of the fastest-growing regions for outbound travel in the next 10 years.’