At a reception in the House of Lords to mark St Patrick’s Day were Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland; Irish designer Louise Kennedy; British Prime Minister David Cameron; and Joan Burton T.D., Minister for Social Protection. Leaders of the Irish Community living in London, as well as influential travel trade, business tourism and media contacts were invited by Tourism Ireland to attend the reception in the House of Lords, to celebrate St Patricks Day.
Further media 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.
• Approximately 6.6 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2010, delivering revenue of approximately €3 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 45 different websites, providing information in 19 different languages covering every continent. In 2010 discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.