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03 Sep 2015

Tourism Ireland welcomes new and extra Ryanair routes

New service from Amsterdam to Dublin is good news for Irish tourism

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement by Ryanair of a new route from Amsterdam, commencing on 27 October, as well as extra flights on routes from other important tourism markets like Germany (Berlin), Spain (Barcelona and Madrid), Italy (Treviso), Belgium (Brussels) and Britain (London Gatwick, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and East Midlands. Working closely with airlines to build demand for routes is a key priority for Tourism Ireland and these new flights will provide a welcome boost for tourism from the Netherlands and elsewhere around Mainland Europe and Britain.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The introduction of the new Ryanair service from Amsterdam to Dublin, as well as extra flights on routes from cities like Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice (Treviso), Brussels, London Gatwick, Manchester and Liverpool is fantastic news; they will certainly expand travel options for European and British holidaymakers who wish to visit Ireland in 2016. We will be working closely with Ryanair and Dublin Airport to maximise the demand for these routes and boost tourism. As an island destination, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”

Niall Gibbons continued: “We have seen very welcome growth of almost +13% in visitors from Mainland Europe and +10% from Britain for the first seven months of 2015. Tourism Ireland is working hard to ensure that the island of Ireland increases its share of the global travel business this autumn, in 2016 and beyond.”

 

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, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, Ireland.com attracted about 14.25 million visitors.

 

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