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Irish Travel Journalists Discover What Wales Has To Offer

Ferry company Stena Line and Visit Wales host fam trip to boost visitor numbers

(21 May 2019) NORTH WALES is set to feature prominently in the travel pages of some of Ireland’s highest profile media publications and websites following a three-day familiarisation trip hosted by leading ferry company Stena Line, in partnership with Visit Wales.

A group of seven journalists from popular titles such as the Irish Examiner, The Herald and Independent.ie, The Irish Sun, Women’s Way, Irish Daily Star, Sunday World and Travel Extra boarded the Stena Adventurer from Dublin to Holyhead to embark on a whistle stop tour of some of North Wales’s best visitor attractions.

After a very relaxing 3hr 15m sailing across the Irish Sea, in which the group were treated to breakfast and an exclusive bridge tour with Senior Master John Hambley-Jones, the journalists arrived in Holyhead and were greeted by representatives from Visit Wales and tour operator Adventure Tours UK before embarking on an action-packed few days.

The itinerary included a thrilling speed-boat trip and coast-line foraging experience on the Menai Strait, trying out the local food and accommodation in Beaumaris and visiting the World Heritage site of Beaumaris Castle.

Penryn Quarry in Bethesda was next on the list where journalists ziplined at a speed of over 100mph across a mile-long wire at Zip World before changing the pace with a peaceful walk through Snowdonia National Park and overnight stay in the unique village of Portmeirion.

Pictured at Zip World are Ciara Kinkead (Duffy Rafferty Communications), Jill Kelleher (Stena Line), Fiona Kelly (Irish Daily Star) and Jacinta McGlynn (Travel Extra).

“Wales is a stunning and wonderful place only three to four hours away from Ireland and with Stena Line’s regular crossings and top-class customer service it has never been easier to visit,” said Diane Poole OBE, Travel Commercial Manager Irish Sea South, Stena Line

“Partnering up with Visit Wales for this campaign has allowed us to show influential Irish journalists why their readers must make the trip and experience all that Wales has to offer,” she added.

Michael Price, Visit Wales’s Media Manager, said: “Visit Wales was delighted to host these influential Irish journalists on their visit North Wales, and enable them to experience first-hand a selection of amazing things visitors can do here.  Their articles and social media posts will be seen and shared by many across Ireland which will inspire others to experience Wales for themselves.”

For Irish holidaymakers travelling with Stena Line to Wales, the holiday experience starts as soon as they board the ferry with quick and simple check-in and excellent facilities on board, including free movies in the ship’s cinema, free Wi-Fi, great dining and bar options with great value meals deals, and onboard shopping – offering up to 50% savings compared to the high street.  Passengers wanting to spoil themselves can upgrade to the Stena Plus Lounge, relax in the Hygge Lounge~ or simply book a cabin and chill in total tranquillity.

Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain and Ireland including Holyhead to Dublin, Fishguard to Rosslare, Liverpool to Belfast, Heysham to Belfast, and Cairnryan to Belfast, a total of 232 weekly sailing options.  The company also offers the only direct service from Rosslare to Cherbourg with three return crossings a week.

For further information on Stena Line routes, services, prices etc, or to make a booking, click on www.stenaline.co.uk or call 08447 70 70 70.  For more details on what Wales has to offer, visit www.visitwales.com.

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES: For further information, please contact Ciara Kinkead of Duffy Rafferty Communications on +44 (0) 28 9073 0880.