Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Ryanair of three new flights to Ireland West Airport Knock from April 2014, which will include new services from Eindhoven (in the Netherlands) and Glasgow Prestwick. Tourism Ireland also welcomes the increase in flights each week from Luton to Knock. These services will certainly help boost tourism business from the British and Dutch markets to Mayo and the West of Ireland next year.
Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is wonderful news for tourism to Mayo and the West of Ireland. We already work very closely with Ryanair and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of these new flights from Britain and the Netherlands to Knock. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Ryanair, Ireland West Airport Knock and other tourism interests, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for these flights to Knock – as we work with other carriers and partners to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to the island.”
Niall Gibbons continued: “Tourism from Mainland Europe is performing well this year – over +5% for the January-September period, with good increases in visitor numbers from the Benelux countries. We are also pleased to see a return in growth to visitor numbers from GB this year – +3.5% for the January-September period, including +9% for the peak summer months (July-September). And the outlook for 2014 is also positive – particularly in light of these new Ryanair flights, just in time for the summer season, which will help keep the growth momentum going.”
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.