Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Aer Lingus of a new flight between Düsseldorf and Cork, which will commence in May 2016. The service will operate twice per week and will certainly provide a welcome boost for tourism from the important German market to Cork and the South of Ireland.
Working closely with airlines to build demand for routes is a key priority for Tourism Ireland. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The announcement of this new Aer Lingus flight from Düsseldorf is more good news for Cork Airport this week and we look forward to working with Aer Lingus to maximise the promotion of the new flight. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Aer Lingus, Cork Airport, as well as other tourism interests, to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to Ireland.”
Germany is one of our top four tourism markets and the most recent CSO figures show growth of +17% for March to May, more than 23,800 additional German visitors compared with the same three-month period last year. Tourism Ireland is determined to ensure that growth continues and has an extensive programme of promotional activity under way in Germany throughout 2015.
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 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.1 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. In 2014, Ireland.com attracted about 14.25 million visitors.