Ashford Castle has been confirmed as the venue for the prestigious Travel Classics International writers’ conference in 2023. The announcement was made at the Travel Classics West conference, which took place in Colorado.

It’s considered a major coup for Irish tourism that the 2023 Travel Classics International conference will take place here. It brings together celebrated editors from a range of high-profile publications – including titles like Condé Nast TravelerNational Geographic Traveler and AFAR magazine.

The 2023 conference will take place in Ashford Castle over four days (24-27 April), during which American freelance travel writers will have the opportunity to hold individual meetings with assigning editors from the top travel and lifestyle publications in the US.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, says it will bring huge exposure for both Mayo and Ireland to show what’s on offer to American holidaymakers.

The Travel Classics International writers’ conference has taken place around the island of Ireland previously – at the Lyrath Hotel in Co. Kilkenny (2017), Ballymaloe House in Co Cork (2013), Conrad Dublin (2011), Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast (2009), The g Hotel in Galway (2007) and the Park Hotel Kenmare (2005).


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