Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Canadian airline Westjet of a new daily summer service between St John’s in Newfoundland and Dublin, beginning in June 2014 – which will certainly help boost tourism from Canada to the island of Ireland next year.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement by Westjet of a new daily flight from Newfoundland to Dublin for summer 2014 is more good news for tourism to the island of Ireland. There are strong Diaspora links between Ireland and Newfoundland and we look forward to working with Westjet and Dublin Airport, to maximise the promotion of this new service. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights to Ireland cannot be overstated; we know there is a proven direct correlation between access to Ireland and growth in visitor numbers.”
With more than 4 million people throughout Canada claiming ancestral links or affiliations with the island of Ireland, Canada is an important market for tourism.
Further media information:
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.