Targeting the growing number of Americans interested in visiting gardens, Tourism Ireland – together with various tourism and garden partners from around Ireland – mounted a strong presence at this year’s Philadelphia International Flower Show. The world’s largest indoor flower and horticultural exhibition, the Philadelphia International Flower Show attracts about 260,000 visitors each year – providing an invaluable opportunity to spread the word about the wonderful gardens in Ireland to a large audience of potential US holidaymakers.
Tourism Ireland in North America will have a strong presence at a wide range of travel, lifestyle and special interest fairs throughout 2013. Commenting on the busy promotional programme now in full swing in key American cities and gateway areas, Joe Byrne, Tourism Ireland’s Executive Vice President United States and Canada, said: “The United States continues to be one of the most important markets for tourism to the island of Ireland. American visitors stay longer, spend more than the average visitor and tour more extensively around the island. 2012 was one of the strongest years for visitors from the US to Ireland and Tourism Ireland is aiming to make 2013 our best year ever! Given that the Philadelphia Flower Show is such a popular event, it is a really effective platform for Tourism Ireland to highlight the wide range of things to see and do in Ireland for culture seekers and garden lovers.
“Our presence at the Philadelphia Flower Show was also a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about the exciting programme of events taking place in 2013, during this special year of The Gathering Ireland. Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way in North America, and elsewhere around the world, to highlight The Gathering. In our promotions, we promise potential visitors an experience that will be unique, full of engagement and great fun.”
Ruth Moran, Tourism Ireland; Anna Maria Lorang, Sceptre Tours; Carol Hinch, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel; Ally Hill, Titanic Belfast; Trevor Edwards, garden designer from Co Down; Ian Orr, Brown’s Restaurant, derry; Bernadette Freyne, of Ardfield B&B in Ballinhassig, Co Cork; and Ellen McNulty, Lynott Tours, on the Tourism Ireland stand at the Philadelphia Flower Show.
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 2012, an estimated 7.27 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.51 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, currently rolling out in 11 different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.
• ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ is Ireland’s biggest ever tourism initiative, consisting of a year-long programme of festivals, events and gatherings in every part of the country; Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way to highlight ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ around the world, working closely with the ‘Gathering’ project team.