Kicking off a week-long programme of St Patrick’s celebrations in London, and elsewhere around the globe, An Taoiseach attended a reception sponsored by Tourism Ireland in the House of Commons today. The event, celebrating British-Irish relations, was attended by members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, as well as leaders of the Irish Tcommunity living in London, influential travel trade, business tourism and media contacts. The event marks the start of a packed week of promotional activity for Tourism Ireland around the globe. Tourism Ireland’s St Patrick’s 2014 programme will span Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as emerging tourism markets like China and South Africa.
Brian Ambrose, Chairman of Tourism Ireland; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD; and Ed Miliband, Leader of the British Labour Party, at a reception sponsored by Tourism Ireland in the House of Commons with the “greened” London Eye in the background.
HE Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; and HE Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Great Britain..
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 2013, we welcomed an estimated 8 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.64 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.