The land of luck and welcomes…
I have made my journey to Dublin in the land of luck where I attended TBEX, the world’s largest conference for travel bloggers. What you may not know is that Ireland is not just the “land of luck”, it is the land of warm welcomes, exceptional hospitality, and the passion to create an unforgettable experience for its visitors.
I didn’t know what to expect from TBEX or Failte Ireland other than the obvious information that was posted on TBEX schedules, and that there would be a pretty kick ass opening night at the Guiness Storehouse. I never imagined the entire town would be in on welcoming us to Ireland, and then I realized that they weren’t. It was becoming more and more obvious to me that this city, this country as a whole, was emanating hospitality because it is ingrained in the very culture of the Irish to welcome visitors.
From a stranger in the street offering to walk me several blocks with his umbrella in the rain, a cabby offering me a free ride when the ATM wouldn’t read my card, and right to Mr. John Concannon, Director of Market Development for Failte Ireland literally giving me his hotel room when the convention hotel was totally sold out, the Irish are embracing visitors like family, welcoming us into their home and it is awesome. I had some time to speak with John, to hear him out and really get an idea of where this passion for wowing visitors comes from. All arrows pointed to tradition.
I firmly believe that the truly passionate people in the hospitality industry are that way because they absolutely adore impressing people. They are not just willing to go above and beyond the needs of the guest, but they are dying to. This is a tradition that you don’t just see in commercial hospitality, but in the very homes of the Irish. It is part of the culture, part of the namesake, and the reason why everyone should commit to memory that Ireland is more than just a destination, it is home away from home.
Céad míle fáilte means “one hundred thousand welcomes”. Ireland is waiting for you with open arms… what are you waiting for? Check out Ireland’s Visitors Bureau