Welcoming the news that Royal Portrush will host The Open in 2019, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “It is wonderful news that The Open will return to Northern Ireland in 2019, after an absence of 68 years. The staging of golf’s oldest major tournament at Royal Portrush, one of the world’s top links courses, will present Tourism Ireland with an invaluable opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to golfers and prospective visitors around the world. We will be pulling out all the stops – in Great Britain, the US and in all our important golf markets – to capitalise on the potential of this prestigious sporting event.”
Tourism Ireland undertakes an extensive programme of promotions each year, to boost the number of golf holidaymakers to Northern Ireland. Key international golf journalists are regularly invited to visit, to experience our fantastic golf for themselves. Tourism Ireland also has a presence at various high profile golf events and tournaments across the world, most recently at the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston golf club in the US, profiling our world-class golf and encouraging people everywhere to consider a golf break or holiday in Northern Ireland.
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 £446 million.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.Ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which will attract more than 16 million visitors in 2015.