Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement by daa of its plans to deliver a new runway for Dublin Airport in 2020.
As an island destination, connectivity is hugely important for Irish tourism; and working closely with our airports – including daa – and the airlines, to build demand for routes, is a key priority for Tourism Ireland. Some 89% of all overseas visitors arrive here by air; and Dublin Airport welcomes 82% of these visitors.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement by daa is very good news for Irish tourism. Dublin Airport is our largest gateway, so the increased capacity will certainly help deliver on the ambitious targets set out in the Government’s Tourism Action Plan, of €5 billion in overseas tourism revenue and 250,000 jobs in the tourism sector, underpinned by ten million overseas visits per year by 2025. As an island, the importance of excellent connectivity and convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”
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 220,000 people.
- In 2015, we welcomed approximately 9.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.7 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.