Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the introduction today of Canadian airline WestJet’s new daily summer service between St John’s in Newfoundland and Dublin, which is set to boost tourism from Canada to the island of Ireland. This is the first transatlantic service offered by WestJet.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The arrival today of WestJet’s new daily service from Newfoundland to Dublin is more good news for tourism to the island of Ireland. There are strong Diaspora links between Ireland and Newfoundland and we are working with WestJet and Dublin Airport, to maximise the promotion of this welcome new service. Canada is one of our top ten markets and with a +70% increase in air capacity this year, it is a market that is set to develop further in the years ahead. Following a strong performance last year, with +11% growth in visitors to the island of Ireland, our tourism partners in Canada are reporting good forward bookings for 2014.”
Canada is an important market for tourism to the island of Ireland, with more than 4 million people in Canada claiming ancestral links or affiliations with Ireland.
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 approximately €3.64 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, which appears in 11 different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.