Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Ryanair of seven new flights to Dublin Airport this winter, which will include services from France (Nice), Germany (Cologne) and Switzerland (Basel). Tourism Ireland also welcomes the increased frequency on some existing Ryanair routes, including from London Gatwick to Dublin. These new and increased services will help boost tourism business from the French, German and Swiss markets.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for Irish tourism this year. We already work very closely with Ryanair and we look forward to co-operating with them 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 visitor numbers. Tourism from Mainland Europe has been performing well – with record performances recorded in 2013 from the important markets of Germany, France and Spain. We have a busy programme of promotional activity under way for 2014 – to keep the momentum growing and build on that growth.”
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, an estimated 8 million overseas visitors will have come 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.