Jerpoint Glass pitches to international buyers at Ireland’s biggest trade event for the tourism industry

Jerpoint Glass Studio was amongst a host of local Kilkenny tourism businesses that took part in 'Meitheal', Ireland's longest established travel trade event, which took place on the 2nd and 3rd of April at CityWest Hotel in Dublin.

Running since 1975, Meitheal is Fáilte Ireland’s flagship trade event, which is organised in conjunction with Tourism Ireland. Staged over two days, the event enables businesses in the Irish tourism industry to pitch their products, face-to-face, to influential international buyers and showcase the best of what they offer with the aim of being included on the itineraries of global tour operators.

 First time attendees, Jerpoint Glass Studio are set to launch a range of experiences aimed at the tourism market. Home to the magic of mouth-blown and hand-finished glassware at Jerpoint Glass guests see skilled craftsmen turn flowing red-hot molten glass into the beautiful Jerpoint shapes.  From September, the local craft company will introduce formal tours of the studio along with bespoke glassblowing experiences for families with its ‘Family Heirloom Masterclass’ and ‘Create a Piece of Ireland’ workshops. The company will continue to offer free daily glassblowing demos which are available at the studio Monday to Friday.

Speaking at the event Rory Leadbetter, Master Glassblower and Director of Jerpoint Glass Studio said,

“As Jerpoint Glass celebrates its 40th anniversary, it is very exciting to open this new chapter with the support of Fáilte Ireland. We have worked hard to create exciting new visitor experiences at the studio. We believe that Indigenous craft is such a unique and integral part of Irish culture and we were delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response from the international tourism buyers that we met with at Meitheal.”

More than 13,500 appointments or ‘pitch meetings’ were scheduled and deals worth millions of euro to the Irish economy signed over the two day event. Meitheal brings together over 600 Irish tourism businesses and 300 international buyers and tour operators from more than 22 countries including Britain, Germany, France, the US, the Middle East, China and India.

Kilkenny was well represented at Meitheal with businesses from all sectors of the tourism industry including Mount Juliet Estate, Nicholas Mosse Pottery, Ballykeefe Distillery, Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel, Shenanigans Walking Tour of Kilkenny City, Lyrath Estate Hotel and Malzard’s Pub and Hurling Experience amongst the local contingent.