Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Aer Lingus of new flights to Dublin Airport, from April 2014, which will include a new service from Hanover in northern Germany. Tourism Ireland also welcomes the decision by Aer Lingus to increase frequency on some of its existing routes – in particular on services from Paris, Lyons, Munich and Copenhagen. These new and increased services will certainly provide a significant boost for Irish tourism from the German, French and Danish markets in 2014.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for Irish tourism for 2014. We already work very closely with Aer Lingus and our teams in Germany, France and Scandinavia are looking forward to co-operating with Aer Lingus, to maximise the promotion of these new and expanded services to Dublin. 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 Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport and other tourism interests, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for these flights – 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 – up over +5% for the January-September period, with record performances from Germany and France. We have also seen good increases from markets like the Nordic countries. And the outlook for 2014 is also positive – particularly in light of these new Aer Lingus services, as well as the new and extended Ryanair services to Dublin, Shannon and Knock Airports, launching just in time for the busy 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.