Pictured on the Tourism Ireland stand at the recent ‘Salon Européen des Pêches en Mer’, a sea angling fair in Nantes, Yves Guiheneuf chatted with Orla Woods, Fáilte Ireland (centre) and Rosendo Castellanos, Tourism Ireland.
Focusing mainly on sea angling and boating, the fair attracted about 25,000 visitors, including travel agents and tour operators who specialise in angling holidays, as well as many thousands of French fishing enthusiasts, all looking for ideas and suggestions for their next fishing break or holiday destination.
The French market performed well for tourism to the island of Ireland in 2011, delivering about 389,000 visitors, an increase of +13% on 2010. Billy Condon, Tourism Ireland’s Manager in Southern Europe, said: “France is an important source of visitors and tourism revenue for Ireland. Tourism Ireland is currently rolling out an extensive promotional programme for 2012 in France; fishing is just one of the activities we are promoting, highlighting Ireland as a fantastic fishing and holiday destination.”
Further media information:
Jasmine O’Brien, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 01-476 3425
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.
• In 2011, approximately 7.4 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland (+7% on 2010), delivering revenue of approximately €3.4 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.