Tourism Ireland has welcomed today’s announcement by Ryanair of a new flight between East Midlands and Cork, commencing 1 September, which will provide a welcome boost for both business and leisure travel to Cork and the south of Ireland from the all-important British market.
Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “The introduction of this new Ryanair flight is good news for tourism to Cork and the south of Ireland and will expand travel options for British holidaymakers who wish to visit this part of Ireland. As part of our ongoing co-operation with key carriers and airports, Tourism Ireland will undertake promotions in GB together with Ryanair, to maximise the demand for this route and boost tourism to Cork and the south of Ireland. As an island destination, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with air and sea carriers, airports and other tourism interests to drive demand for this flight to Cork Airport, and all other services to Ireland, and to help maintain our vital network of routes and services.”
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.
• In 2011, approximately 7.3 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland (+6% 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 2011, discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.