Tourism Ireland today welcomed the announcement by Etihad Airways of its plans to increase its services from Abu Dhabi to Dublin, from July 2014 – increasing the number of flights to double daily, connecting Dublin with numerous markets in the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Today’s news follows last week’s announcement by Emirates that it will also double its services between Dubai and Dublin, from next September. These increases will provide another welcome boost for both leisure and business in 2014 and beyond.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for tourism to Ireland for 2014. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct flights cannot be overstated; we know there is a proven direct correlation between access to Ireland and growth in visitor numbers. We already work very closely with Etihad Airways and we look forward to continuing to co-operate with them to maximise the promotion of their flights to Dublin.
“2013 was a record year for visitor numbers from our long-haul markets to Ireland and Tourism Ireland will roll out an extensive programme of promotional activity throughout 2014 – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with air and sea carriers, airports and other tourism interests to drive demand for all services to Ireland and to help maintain our vital network of routes.”
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.
- By the end of 2014, we will have welcomed an estimated 8.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.26 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.