China’s most popular online talk show has picked Ireland as a must-see tourist destination, with whiskey, hurling and The Cranberries on the list of attractions to the emerald isle.
In the latest episodes of Youku TV show Morning Call (晓说 ‘Xiao shuo’ in Chinese) presenter Gao Xiaosong takes a trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, filmed last month on a visit organized by members of Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland.
The video shows Gao tasting whiskey, strolling in Belfast’s St George’s Market and taking in the sights of Dublin’s Trinity College.
Gao’s team also attended an All-Ireland hurling final, went on a Dublin pub crawl and met Irish rock legends the Cranberries in Limerick.
“This is a fantastic coup for Irish tourism and will bring Ireland to the attention of millions of Chinese viewers,” Ciara Sugrue, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of International Publicity told The Irish Times.
“It is hugely important for Ireland to gain greater exposure in the Chinese market place and we were delighted to assist this popular Chinese talk show by showcasing the best Ireland has to offer.”
Ireland is a growing tourist destination for China, with 65,000 Chinese people visiting there last year.
Cathay Pacific recently announced it will run direct flights between Hong Kong and Dublin from June 2018.