Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by CityJet of a new flight between London City Airport and Cork, which will commence on 1 October. Working closely with airlines to build demand for routes is a key priority for Tourism Ireland and this new flight will certainly provide a welcome boost for both business and leisure travel to Cork and the South of Ireland from the all-important British market.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The introduction of this new CityJet flight is really good news and will certainly help boost both leisure and business travel from Britain to Cork and the South of Ireland in 2015. We look forward to working closely with CityJet 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.”
Great Britain is our largest tourism market and the most recent CSO figures show growth of +10% for January to May, more than 122,000 additional British visitors compared with the same five-month period last year. Tourism Ireland is determined to ensure that tourism growth continues and the organisation has an extensive programme of promotions under way in Britain 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.