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21 Oct 2015

Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe meets Tourism Ireland board

Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe TD met the board members of Tourism Ireland at their October board meeting in Dublin today. They discussed the tourism year to date and the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland has been undertaking around the world this year.

Speaking after the board meeting, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We were delighted that Minister Donohoe was able to join us for our October board meeting. It afforded us the opportunity to discuss the busy programme of promotions which Tourism Ireland has been undertaking around the world this year, to continue to grow overseas visitor numbers to Ireland. I am pleased to report that we have seen growth in visitor numbers from all of our market areas around the world this year. In fact, the most recent CSO figures indicate that we are heading for a record year for Irish tourism in 2015. Our priority markets are Great Britain, the United States, Germany and France, but promotions are also under way in 18 other markets across the world – including Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as new and emerging markets like China and India.”

  Minister Paschal Donohoe (front, centre), with Brian Ambrose, chairman of Tourism Ireland (front, second left), Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland (front, second right), and Tourism Ireland board members.

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 about €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.