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Ireland Attracting Chinese Tourists

April 20, 2009

Tourism Ireland in China, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…Just got word that Ireland is a growing destination for Chinese tourists. Last year about 7,000 people visited Ireland from China, and this year experts are projecting 10,000.

Katherine Webster, Director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, just returned from the World Travel Fair in Shanghai.

“Many of the Chinese tour operators I met told me that their most popular Irish itineraries were ones that started in Dublin and finished in Shannon and included a number of nights in the west as well as visit to the Cliffs of Moher,” explained Webster.

What are Chinese visitors to Ireland looking for in their trip? “It’s a very different market from the likes of the USA,” answered Webster. “Obviously the Chinese have thousands of years of history and culture behind them and they are not as impressed with antiquity as the Americans or the Australians. However, they have a great feeling for Irish traditional music – the Chieftains and Riverdance are well-known throughout China.”

“And they love the wild Atlantic coastline – it’s something they are not at all used to in China. They’re far more impressed with our natural attractions than our cities, which seems quite small stuff to them.”

Among these visitors biggest concerns…”Many Chinese are worried about visiting western countries due to their uncertainty about the food. While they may be prepared to try dining on Irish stew or bacon and cabbage or a try big Irish fry for breakfast, they don’t want to be stuck with this type of fare for their entire holiday.”


More information on the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is available on the Cliffs of Moher website

You can also vote for the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s entry in the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, at

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