Eight German journalists visited Wexford and Ireland's Ancient East recently, as guests of Tourism Ireland.
Representing a wide range of regional newspapers in Germany, with a combined circulation of more than 2 million readers - or potential holidaymakers for Wexford and Ireland - the aim of the visit was to showcase the superb gardens in Ireland's Ancient East, as well as some of the many other things to see and do in this part of Ireland.
The journalists' itinerary included a visit to Dunbrody Country House Hotel, where they enjoyed a tasting of the micro and craft beer produced by the new Dunbrody Craft Beer Distillery. They also visited Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens near New Ross, and Johnstown Castle Gardens.
Zoe Redmond, Tourism Ireland's manager for Central Europe, said: 'For many of the group, it was their first time here and they were extremely impressed by the wonderful gardens and scenery, the many things to see and do here, as well as by the hospitality and friendliness of the people they met along the way.'
2014 was the strongest year ever for visitors to Ireland from Germany - and 2015 has also got off to a really positive start.