Tourism Ireland research points to growth potential in visitors from China

With its new Chinese investors heavily working towards promoting Ireland as a destination to Chinese tourists, research out today can only be great news for the Fota Island Resort, Cork’s finest 5 Star hotel.

Millward Brown, the global research agency, was commissioned by Tourism Ireland to carry out an online survey of 1,000 Chinese adults living in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou & Chengdu. during March and April of this year. The survey participants had all visited Europe at least once before, and/or intend to travel on a holiday to Europe in the next ten years.

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Two new baby giraffes unveiled at Fota Wildlife Park

A few summers ago we in 2012 we noted how the impromptu birth of a baby giraffe later named Aoibheann stole the spotlight from what was to be the first public appearance of another baby giraffe Casey to the adoring public.

In August 2012 resident Rothschild giraffe Blaithin presenting for the first time her three week old calf, Casey, looked set to be the star attraction for visitors to Fota Wildlife Parks African Savannah that is until another giraffe Sapphire decided to give birth to Aoibheann in front of the assorted crowds, somewhat stealing the limelight from the original stars Blaithin and Casey.

Switch to present day and the same two adult giraffes involved in that dramatic day, Blaithin and Sapphire, are mothers again both having recently unveiled their latest assorted offspring (born within days of each other) to the crowds at the Fota Island based wildlife park last week. And unlike last time there were no surprises for the visitors to the popular park with the calves a male and a female having been born to their respective mothers Blaithin and Sapphire within 2 days of each other in late January.

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