New flights are wonderful news for Irish tourism in 2016
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Aer Lingus of three new transatlantic flights for 2016, which will include services to Dublin from Los Angeles, Hartford (Connecticut) and Newark (New Jersey).
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The expansion of Aer Lingus routes between the United States and Ireland is excellent news for Irish tourism in 2016 and we look forward to working with Aer Lingus to maximise the promotion of these new flights from the all-important American market. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in visitor numbers. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport, as well as other tourism interests, to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to Ireland.
“2015 looks set to be another record year for visitors from North America to Ireland; already, we have seen very strong growth of +14% in North American visitors for January to August 2015, an additional 127,600 American and Canadian visitors compared to the same period in 2014. We are determined to keep the momentum going and ensure that growth continues. Our extensive autumn campaign is now in full swing and aims to take advantage of late booking trends, as there is still plenty of business to play for.”
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 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of €4.1 billion.
- 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.