The Tourism Ireland publicity team – based in offices around the world – visited Londonderry last week, when they heard all about the exciting plans for next year’s Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture celebrations.
Emma Gorman, Tourism Ireland’s publicity co-ordinator, said: “2013 promises to be another busy and exciting year for Northern Ireland, with the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture programme, the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast and many other world-class festivals and events right around the province. The Tourism Ireland publicity team was delighted to have this opportunity to find out more about next year’s City of Culture programme, so they can spread the word among their influential media contacts around the world. With accolades like Londonderry’s listing on the prestigious “Lonely Planet, Best in Travel 2013”, we have many wonderful opportunities to promote Derry~Londonderry and Northern Ireland as a ‘must-see’ destination.”
Pictured in the Craft Village in Londonderry, during a walking tour of the city, are Aoife Thomas, Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau (third left), and tour guide Michael Cooper (fourth left), with Tourism Ireland staff, including Emma Gorman (Dublin); Helena Conway (Paris); Charlene Boyle (London); Michael Hanahoe (Dublin); Ruairí Lehmann (Amsterdam); Coman Kenny and Aoife Finnegan (both London).
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Further media information:
Elaine Moore/Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 07766 527719
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 supports approximately 40,000 jobs.
• In 2011, 1.5 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland (+4% on 2010), delivering revenue of £368 million.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent. In 2011, discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.