08 Nov 2011

Tourism Ireland very much welcomes the announcement of the United Continental service from Washington (Dulles) to Dublin, which will commence in June 2012 and will certainly help boost tourism business from the all-important US market to the island of Ireland.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We look forward to working closely with United Continental to maximise the promotion of this new route.  As an island, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.  Tourism Ireland is committed to working with United Continental, Dublin Airport and other tourism interests to drive demand for this new service, and all other services to the island of Ireland, and to help maintain our vital network of routes and services.

Niall Gibbons continued: “The United States is a tremendously important market for us, second only to Britain in terms of delivering visitor numbers and Tourism Ireland has a busy promotional programme in place highlighting Ireland as a fantastic vacation destination.  The recently announced growth in visitor numbers from North America of over +12% for the first eight months of the year is welcome news indeed and is an encouraging basis on which Tourism Ireland, together with our industry partners, will build for the rest of 2011 and into 2012.”


Further information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland  
Tel: 01-476 3493/ 087-685 9027  Email:

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 6.7 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; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent.  In 2010 attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.



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