Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Ryanair of a new, three-times daily service between Brussels (Zaventem) and Dublin this winter, which will help boost both leisure and business tourism to Dublin and the island of Ireland.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for tourism to Ireland this year. We already work very closely with Ryanair and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new service 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.”
“We have seen growth of +10.3% in overseas visitors to Ireland for the first half of 2014; and we are determined to ensure that growth continues. More flights during the winter months expands travel options for holidaymakers, helping us to target more shoulder and off-peak business. We will shortly launch an extensive global autumn campaign, which will include working with air and sea carriers, to boost business as we head into the off-peak season and carry the growth momentum into 2015.”
According to official CSO figures, we welcomed some 127,300 visitors from the Benelux countries in the first half of 2014 (+1% on the same six-month period in 2013).
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 almost €4 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.