Dominic Hannigan TD met with senior executives of Tourism Ireland at the organisation’s office in Coleraine recently. Mr Hannigan is Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Tourism Ireland was established under the framework of the Good Friday Agreement and is responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas.
During the meeting, they discussed Tourism Ireland’s ambitious programme to grow tourism to the island of Ireland in 2011 and beyond, including the organisation’s extensive autumn promotional programme which is in full swing right now across the globe.
Dominic Hannigan TD, Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement (centre), with Aubrey Irwin and Mark Henry, both of Tourism Ireland, at Tourism Ireland’s office in Coleraine.
Further media information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland t: 087-685 9027
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 6.9 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 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent. In 2010 discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.