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16 Feb 2015

Fishing for French tourists for Ireland

Specialist Irish fishing and tourism businesses joined Tourism Ireland in the north-western French city of Nantes over the weekend, for this year’s ‘Salon Européen des Pêches en Mer’ sea angling fair.

Focusing mainly on sea angling and boating, the fair attracted about 18,000 visitors, including travel agents and tour operators who specialise in angling holidays, as well as many thousands of French fishing enthusiasts, all looking for ideas and suggestions for their next fishing break or holiday destination.

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s head of southern Europe, said: “2014 was a record year for French visitors to Ireland and Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotional activity throughout 2015 – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth. Fishing is very popular here in France and is just one of the activities we are promoting, highlighting Ireland as a fantastic fishing and holiday destination.”

According to CSO figures, visitor numbers from France grew by +5% in 2014, an extra 22,000 French visitors compared to 2013.  

  The Ireland stand at the Salon Européen des Pêches en Mer in Nantes.

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 2014, we 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, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.