The Inbound Tourism Operators Association of Ireland (ITOA) consists of over 30 leading companies that operate inbound travel and tours to the island of Ireland. Our members package and promote various elements of the Irish tourism product for marketing overseas, and provide value-add professional services that require expert knowledge, marketing know-how and excellent project management.

Our members are responsible for handling over 420,000 holiday and business visitors each year, and have relationships with over 4,000 overseas tour operators and others in the incentive, events and conference sectors. (see ITOA Members Business Performance Report here)

ITOA and its members are the recognized inbound tour operators of the Irish tourism authorities (Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board). Our membership comprises of:

Ground Handler or Handling Agencies, provide full and comprehensive land arrangements or specific partial services of an overall land programme for group tours, individual travel and other large movements of passengers such as cruise ships and also act as direct representatives to the international  market suppliers’/partners brief

Destination Management Companies (DMCs), provide total management services for corporate meetings and incentive programmes in a destination. A DMC will be involved in designing, planning and delivering a programme to meet the client’s objectives

Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs), who through their comprehensive understanding of the conference industry have the necessary skills, experience and technology to successfully manage all aspects of large international conferences and congresses

Services Provided to International Travel Trade:

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  • Inbound Tourism Operators Association members provide services for overseas tour operators and business tourism partners in several ways:
  • Creatively packaging the Irish tourism product – groups, free independent travelers (FITs) and business tourism
  • Assisting the overseas tour operating partner company in developing brochure content, marketing programmes, training and familiarization visits
  • Providing competitively priced land arrangements which in the majority of cases will be in the local tour operator’s language
  • Full on-the-ground backup services to your clients


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