New ferry service is good news for tourism from Spain and France
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by LD Lines of a new passenger car ferry service, which will connect St Nazaire on the west coast of France and Gijón in northern Spain with Rosslare. Commencing in January 2014, the new, weekly service will certainly help boost tourism numbers from the important French and Spanish markets. The announcement comes on the back of the introduction of a new, weekly ferry service from Cherbourg to Dublin, recently announced by Irish Ferries.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for tourism to Ireland for 2014. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct access cannot be overstated – it is absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. We look forward to co-operating with LD Lines to maximise the promotion of this new service.
“France and Spain are important markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2013 is shaping up to be a record year for visitor numbers from both countries. This new sailing will help keep the momentum going for 2014 and boost car touring holidays from France and Spain; visitors who bring their car here on holidays tend to stay longer, spend more and are more likely to visit more than one region. And prospects for car touring holidays in 2014 are really good, with the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, as well as the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route – providing additional reasons for overseas holidaymakers to visit.”