Tourism Ireland enjoyed a ‘sneak preview’ of The Convention Centre Dublin, due to officially open in September, when the organisation’s board meeting took place there earlier today. Minister for Tourism Culture & Sport, Mary Hanafin T.D., addressed the meeting. She discussed the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland has in place right now across the globe, which is working hard to restore our all-important tourism industry to growth and helping to keep the island of Ireland ‘top of mind’ with potential holidaymakers.
Business Tourism is top of the agenda for Tourism Ireland and the excitement surrounding the opening of The CCD, as well as investment in other venues like the new Aviva Stadium, the Grand Canal Theatre, the Ulster Museum and Belfast City Hall, add weight to the organisation’s promotions of Ireland overseas as a professional conference destination.
Pictured after the Tourism Ireland board meeting is Minister Hanafin with Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland (left) and Hugh Friel, Tourism Ireland Chairman.
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Notes 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.
• Approximately 7.5 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2009, delivering revenue of €3.5 billion.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 41 different websites, providing information in 19 different languages covering every continent. In 2009 discoverireland.com attracted a record 13+ million unique visitors, a +34% increase in visits on 2008.