The board members of Tourism Ireland took the opportunity to meet tourism industry leaders from Donegal and the North-West before their April board meeting, which took place in the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh.
Hugh Friel, Chairman of Tourism Ireland, said that the meeting in Rossnowlagh afforded him and the other members of the Tourism Ireland board a valuable opportunity to meet with local people working in tourism around Donegal and the North-West. “We are delighted to hold our board meeting in Donegal and to have this opportunity to meet with representatives from the industry here. We are very much aware that 2010 is proving to be an extremely difficult year for everyone working in the industry, with the lag effect of the world recession on consumer spending as well as the reduction in air access this winter continuing to impact on visitor numbers to Ireland,” said Hugh Friel.
“Tourism Ireland has a comprehensive promotional programme under way right now around the world to restore overseas tourism to growth this year. A range of campaigns is highlighting the great value on offer as well as compelling reasons to visit. The message is that there has never been a better time to visit the island of Ireland. Our global website www.discoverireland.com received a record 13 million visits last year, which is most encouraging and illustrates a continued strong interest in the island of Ireland, despite the challenging environment. We aim to convert that interest to sales in 2010”, said Hugh Friel.
Pictured before the recent Tourism Ireland board meeting, which took place in the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, are (l-r) Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland; Helena Healy, Chief Executive of B&B Ireland; Seán Duffy, Head of School at LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs; Hugh Friel, Chairman of Tourism Ireland; and John O’Connell, Chairman of the Irish Self-Catering Association.
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland, tel: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027