Ireland Specialists is an e-learning travel trade training programme, run by Tourism Ireland, which educates international travel trade about the island of Ireland.
Agents must study six modules and complete quizzes in an attempt to obtain a perfect score and the prestigious gold Ireland Specialists certificate. This certificate, displayed on the operator’s website, symbolises an expert knowledge on holidays on the island of Ireland.
This week from Friday 19th June to Sunday 28th June, the island of Ireland will host the first ever Ireland Specialists Mega Fam trip. Twelve top performing agents from six markets, Australia, China, India, GCC, South Africa and New Zealand, will travel to Ireland and battle it out in daily challenges to be crowned the world’s top Ireland Specialist 2015.
The challenges will include photo challenges, food challenges and sporting challenges as well as a competitive, high-tech treasure hunt around Dublin City. As well as competing for the title, the agents will experience many of the key visitor attractions that the island of Ireland has to offer. In Northern Ireland they will experience the rich history of the city of Belfast, visit Europe’s number one visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast and stay in Hollywood, the home of one of the world’s best golfer, Rory McIlroy.
Moving onto the Republic of Ireland, they will be part of one of the first groups to explore Ireland’s newest tourist trail, Ireland’s Ancient East. This trail celebrates Ancient Ireland, Early Christian Ireland, Medieval Ireland and Early Anglo Ireland experienced through visits to Newgrange, the Battle of the Boyne Centre and Trim Castle.
Finally, they will experience Dublin, from the delicious food scene and vibrant city life to the surrounding seaside towns of Malahide and Howth.
You can keep up with all the challenges and follow your favourite country on Twitter by following@GoToIrelandOz or get in the conversation by using #IrelandSpecialist.
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