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30 Apr 2015

Tourism Ireland welcomes news that Belfast will host the prestigious Routes Europe conference in 2017

Welcoming the news that Belfast will host the prestigious Routes Europe conference in 2017, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am delighted to learn that Belfast has been successful in its bid to host the Routes Europe conference in 2017. Enhanced air connectivity is hugely important to Tourism Ireland in driving additional visitor numbers to Northern Ireland. It is against this backdrop that Tourism Ireland was delighted to play its part in the bidding process to bring the conference to Belfast.

"Working with relevant partners to attract new and additional direct air access services, and continuing to highlight ease of access to Northern Ireland from key markets on existing routes, are major priorities for Tourism Ireland. Northern Ireland will benefit from a +10% increase in capacity on air services for the peak summer 2015 months – including new routes like KLM from Amsterdam and Vueling from Barcelona. We look forward to welcoming our many airline partners from around the world to Belfast in 2017."

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2014, we welcomed an estimated 1.8 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £508 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, attracted about 14.25 million visitors.