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22 Feb 2016

Ireland says ‘bonjour’ in Nice

Highlighting ease of access from the South of France to Ireland

A group of Irish tourism companies travelled to Nice recently, to meet and do business with some 40 French travel agents based in and around the southern French city. The workshop was organised by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with Aer Lingus and Nice Airport, to promote ease of access from Nice to the island of Ireland and to grow tourist numbers from this part of France. Aer Lingus currently operates ten flights per week between Nice and Dublin – with a second Saturday flight from Nice scheduled for this summer.

As well as emphasising ease of access between Nice and Ireland, the event was also an excellent opportunity for Tourism Ireland to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way, the Causeway Coastal Route and The Gobbins Cliff Path, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin.

Elmagh Killeen, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for southern Europe, said: “We are delighted that so many of the influential travel agents in this part of France took the time to come and hear about our wonderful tourism offering and the many things to see and do on a holiday on the island of Ireland. 2015 was the best year ever for French visitors to Ireland, with official CSO figures showing an increase of +11% – an additional 49,000 visitors over 2014. Tourism Ireland is rolling out an extensive programme of promotional activity throughout 2016 – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.”

France is one of the top four markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2015 was the third record-breaking year in a row for French visitors to Ireland. In fact, last year we welcomed more than half a million French visitors for the first time ever.

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Véronique Campion, JAC Travel; Alessio Monterosso, Aer Lingus; Bernadette O'Carroll, Irish Welcome Tours; Amélie Quenson, L’Irlande à la Carte; Serge Fonseca, Tourism Ireland; Lise Meunier, Voyages Internationaux; Elisa Souchard, Atlas Travel Solutions; and Alessandra del Buono, Nice Airport, at the Ireland workshop in Nice.

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 2015, we welcomed more than 9.3 million overseas visitors to 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 more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.