Winnie Fong, C & I Travel Specialists; with John Healy, Moloney & Kelly at the DMS roadshow in SO/Auckland Winnie Fong, C & I Travel Specialists; with John Healy, Moloney & Kelly at the DMS roadshow in SO/Auckland

Ireland immersion suits Kiws

New Zealand travellers are embracing opportunities to connect with Ireland’s locals more than ever, as well as searching out opportunities in the outdoors, says the managing director of a leading destination management company (DMC) in the country.

Dublin based John Healy, of Moloney & Kelly, says the company works hard to ensure that visitors get plenty of opportunities to engage with the communities while also satisfying their interests along food, history, nature and wildlife trails.

Healy was in Auckland yesterday as part of the DMS (Destination Management Services) roadshow. While the event specifically targets incentive travel and business events, Moloney & Kelly is also prominent in leisure travel (including being a member of Virtuoso).

‘We have local guides everywhere we go and we really encourage people to get full immersion in the destination and take their time. Ireland lends itself to slow tourism.’

Healy adds that New Zealand is a perfect market for this approach, spending on average 12 to 13 nights when they visit the country as opposed to seven or eight by Americans.

‘Kiwis are looking more for experiential travel and activities, like learning how to make a silver cross.

‘A lot of people are also interested in genealogy, trying to figure out where their ancestors came from. We’re providing a lot of services around that.’

He says a number of ‘Green and Blue Roads’ have been developed, typically incorporating old railway lines where people can cycle or walk.

‘We have facilities for people to do a loop or go one way and we can bring them back.’

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