New Chicago flight is good news for Irish tourism
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by United Airlines of a new summer flight from Chicago to Dublin, beginning in June next year, which will help boost both leisure and business tourism from the United States to Dublin and the island of Ireland.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement by United Airlines is more good news for Irish tourism for 2015. We look forward to working closely with United to maximise the promotion of their new flight from Chicago, as well as their other services from the US. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.
“2014 is set to be another record year for tourism from the United States – when we will welcome over one million American visitors, spending more than US$1 billion. We are absolutely determined to ensure that growth continues and we look forward to welcoming many more American visitors in 2015 and beyond.”
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.