Ireland in the Spotlight in Orlando

22 Nov 2010

Pictured at the recent AARP LIFE@50 show in Orlando, Florida are Paul Mockler, Shannon Development (second from left); Hillarie McGuinness, Tourism Ireland; Francis Brennan, Park Hotel Kenmare; and Bob Moony, Hanly Castles hotel group (Lough Rynn and Kilronan Castle).

The AARP – American Association of Retired People – is a huge membership organisation in the US for people aged 50 and over and the life@50 show is an annual lifestyle and travel event attended by over 25,000 of its members, many of whom are looking for ideas and suggestions for their next holiday destination.

Joe Byrne, Tourism Ireland’s Executive Vice President United States and Canada, said: “The AARP life@50 show is a very good opportunity for Tourism Ireland – together with our partners from Ireland – to showcase and describe the wonderful tourism product we have to offer and to encourage more Americans to consider a vacation there.  Tourism Ireland has had a strong promotional programme throughout 2010 in the US, emphasising the convenience and tremendous value of a vacation in Ireland.”


Further information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland t: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027

Note to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
• 7.6 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2009, delivering revenue of €3.46 billion. 
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 20 different languages covering every continent.  In 2009 attracted a record 13+ million unique visitors, a +34% increase in visits on 2008.




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