St Patrick’s Celebrations Get the Green Light Around the World

17 Mar 2014

In a major coup for Irish tourism, the Great Wall of China became the ‘Green Wall of China’ at midnight last night, joining a host of other sites around the world for Tourism Ireland’s 2014 Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick this weekend.

Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative has gone from strength to strength – from its beginning in 2010, with just the Sydney Opera House going green, to this year, when more than 100 landmark buildings and iconic sites will turn a shade of green for our national day.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the fifth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and each year I am delighted to see even more well-known attractions and landmark sites wishing to get involved and join our St Patrick’s celebrations. The addition of another UNESCO World Heritage site – the Great Wall of China – as well as the Treasury in the ancient city of Petra and the Tower of Hércules in Galicia, in Spain – is a major triumph this year.

“St Patrick’s Day traditionally marks the real start of the tourism season for us; our aim is to bring a smile to the faces of people around the world, while also showcasing our wonderful tourism offering to a huge global audience. Our message is that there has never been a better time to plan a visit to the island of Ireland.”

The Great Wall of China joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2014.


Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
087-685 9027

Notes to editors


Note: first time ‘greenings’ marked *

Great Britain

  • London Eye
  • Selfridges, London
  • Selfridges, Birmingham
  • Selfridges, Manchester *
  • Town Hall, Manchester
  • Clyde Auditorium, affectionately known as the ‘Armadillo’ (SECC), Glasgow
  • The SSE Hydro, Glasgow *
  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport *
  • Abbey Road, St John's Wood, London (publicity stunt)*

North America
- United States

  • Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
  • ‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
  • Empire State Building, New York
  • City Hall, San Francisco
  • Massachusetts State House, Boston
  • City Hall, Savannah *
  • Downtown Disney®, Orlando (including the DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park; a ‘Mighty St Patrick’s Festival at Downtown Disney®’ on 16 March; and a special ‘Glow with the Show’ on 16 March, when visitors will light up with their ‘greened’ Disney ears!)
  • Chicago River
  • Chicago MYSTERY GREENING Old St Patrick's Church 17 March *
  • Chicago “Taking it to the Streets” on 10 March
    - Congress Parkway *
    - State Street *
  • Chicago “Tall Buildings and Chicago Icons” on 11 March
    - 311 South Wacker Drive “White Castle Building” (65-storey skyscraper) *
    - Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower *
    - Chicago Board of Trade *
    - Millennium Park /Jay Pritzker Pavilion *
    - Soldier Field stadium (home to the famous Chicago Bears team) *
    - Trump International Hotel & Tower *
    - Wrigley Building *
  • Chicago “Eating Green Around the City” on 12 March *
  • Chicago “Broadway in Chicago Goes Green” on 13 March
    - Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University *
    - Bank of America Theatre *
    - Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place *
    - Cadillac Palace Theatre *
    - Oriental Theatre *
  • Chicago “Northside Goes Green” on 14 March
    - State Bank of Countryside *
  • Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
  • Four iconic skyscrapers in Philadelphia, including
    - Cira Center (29-storey skyscraper in west Philadelphia)
    - One Liberty Place (61-storey skyscraper) and Two Liberty Place (58-storey skyscraper)
    - BNY Mellon Center (54-storey skyscraper)
- Canada
  • Whistler, Canada’s famous ski resort in British Columbia *
  • City Hall, Toronto
  • City Hall, Montreal *
  • Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador *
  • City Hall, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador *
  • Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights - Tower of Hope, Winnipeg *

Mainland Europe

- Austria

  • Burgtheater (City Hall), Vienna
  • Kaprun Castle, Zell-am-See region *
  • Skiwelt Söll (ski resort) *
  • Giant Ferris Wheel (or Wiener Riesenrad), Vienna *
- Belgium
  • Grand Place, Brussels*
  • Manneken Pis statue, Belgium (“dressed” in Irish costume)
- Czech Republic
  • Petřín Lookout Tower, Prague *
  • City Hall Viewing Tower, Ostrava *
- Denmark
  • Little Mermaid, Copenhagen
- France
  • Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland® Paris
  • Euronext Paris *
  • Moulin Rouge, Paris
  • Irish Embassy, Paris *
  • Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), Lorient *
- Germany
  • TV tower, Berlin
  • Allianz Arena, Munich
  • BMW Welt, Munich *
  • Amerikahaus, Munich *
  • ‘Lighthouse’ building in Düsseldorf
  • Neumünster church (built over the tomb of St Kilian), Würzburg
  • Town Hall, Würzburg
  • Olympic Tower in the Olympic Park, Munich *
  • Town Hall, Hannover *
  • Aer Lingus check-in desks at Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich Airports *
  • AVIAREPS building, Frankfurt *
- Italy
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Porta San Giacomo, Bergamo (the imposing entrance to the Città Alta) *
  • Fountain of Piazza dei Martiri, Reggio Emilia *
  • Virgin Active fitness centres in Milan (green their spinning classes) *
- Luxembourg
  • Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), Place Guillaume II, Luxembourg city *
- Malta
  • Porte des Bombes, Floriana *
- Monaco
  • Prince’s Palace
- the Netherlands
  • Evoluon Eindhoven *
  • Splendor, Amsterdam *
- Norway
  • Holmenkollen ski jump, Oslo *
- Portugal
  • Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Caiscais *
- Slovakia
  • Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava *
- Slovenia
  • Ljubljana Castle *
  • Triple Bridge, Ljubljana *
- Spain
  • Cibeles Fountain and Palace, Madrid
  • Tower of Hércules, Galicia
  • Town Hall, Salamanca
- Switzerland
  • Rhine Falls, Neuhausen *

Australia and New Zealand

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Old Parliament House, Canberra *
  • State Library of New South Wales, Sydney *
  • Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
  • Pitt Street Mall, Sydney *
  • Council House, Perth
  • Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand

Emerging markets

  • The Great Wall of China *
  • Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower, Shanghai, China
  • Canton Tower, Guangzhou, China
  • Pudong Shangri-La Hotel old and new towers, Shanghai, China *
  • Derry~Londonderry~Doire Clipper Race yacht, Qingdao, China
  • Taj Mahal Palace hotel tower wing, Mumbai, India *
  • Gateway of India, Mumbai (publicity stunt) *
  • Burj Al Arab, Dubai
  • Christ the Redeemer statue, Brazil
  • Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
  • The Treasury in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan *
  • The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx, Egypt      
  • El Monumento a la Carta Magna y las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas (known as the ‘Spanish Monument’), Buenos Aires, Argentina *
  • Galileo Galilei Planetarium, Buenos Aires, Argentina *
  • N Seoul Tower, South Korea *
  • El Ángel de la Independencia, Mexico City *
  • Kingdom Tower, Saudi Arabia
  • Scott Base, Antartica



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