Scotland’s premier winter music festival and the world’s largest traditional and roots music festival, Celtic Connections, is under way in Glasgow right now. Representatives of the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh joined Tourism Ireland to showcase some of the music and culture of Northern Ireland.
Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland’s newly appointed Head of Britain, said: “Music and culture are vital components of the tourism experience and Northern Ireland is becoming increasingly known for its festivals, including the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh. Platforms such as Celtic Connections help Tourism Ireland to spread the word about Northern Ireland as a premier holiday destination with a fantastic music and cultural offering, particularly with our near neighbours in Scotland.
“The fight to restore growth from Great Britain, our largest and most important market, is under way. We in Tourism Ireland will continue to pull out all the stops, to win business and to keep Northern Ireland ‘top of mind’ with the British consumer. The good news is that interest in visiting Northern Ireland remains high. Our job in 2011 will be to remind people around Britain that this is a friendly and fun place to visit, and to convert that interest into actual travel.”
Pictured outside Glasgow’s iconic Royal Concert Hall is Linda Duncan, Tourism Ireland Scotland (right), with Brian and Eithne Vallely from the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh.
For further information:
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Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supported approximately 40,000 jobs.
• Approximately 1.3 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland in 2010.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 20 different languages covering every continent. In 2010 discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.