Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by LD Lines of a new passenger car ferry service, which will connect St Nazaire on the west coast of France and Gijón in northern Spain with Rosslare. Commencing in January 2014, the new, weekly service will certainly help boost tourism numbers from the important French and Spanish markets. The announcement comes on the back of the introduction of a new, weekly ferry service from Cherbourg to Dublin, recently announced by Irish Ferries.
Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for tourism to Ireland for 2014. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct access cannot be overstated – it is absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. We look forward to co-operating with LD Lines to maximise the promotion of this new service.
“France and Spain are important markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2013 is shaping up to be a record year for visitor numbers from both countries. This new sailing will help keep the momentum going for 2014 and boost car touring holidays from France and Spain; visitors who bring their car here on holidays tend to stay longer, spend more and are more likely to visit more than one region. And prospects for car touring holidays in 2014 are really good, with the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, as well as the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route – providing additional reasons for overseas holidaymakers to visit.”
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 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 2012, 7.4 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 undertaken an extensive programme of promotions to highlight The Gathering Ireland 2013 around the world, working closely with the Gathering project team.