Highlighting Cork city and county for business and leisure tourists
Cork was in the spotlight in London recently, at an event hosted by the Irish Ambassador to Great Britain, Daniel Mulhall.
The event – which was supported by Tourism Ireland – was attended by more than 30 leading British business tourism and leisure travel professionals, who heard all about the many things to see and do for visitors to Cork city and county. Also in attendance was a delegation from Cork – which included local hoteliers, Cork Airport, Cork City and County Councils, Cork Chamber and the Cork Convention Bureau.
A key message for guests was the ease of access from London to Cork – with Cork now served by London’s four main airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and, more recently, London City Airport). Launched last October, the new CityJet service connects London City Airport with Cork 18 times per week – providing a welcome boost for both business and leisure travel to Cork and the South of Ireland from the all-important British market.
David Boyce, Tourism Ireland’s Deputy Head of Great Britain, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to support this event, highlighting Cork to influential business tourism and leisure travel professionals here in London. As a key part of two of our most important visitor experiences, the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, Cork has so much to offer. Great Britain is our largest tourism market and we were delighted to see visitor numbers to Ireland increase by +12% in 2015, an extra 383,000 British visitors compared with 2014. We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues.”
Séamus Heaney, Chairman of the Cork Convention Bureau, said: “This is a collective approach, where all our tourism stakeholders have come together to ensure Cork is ideally positioned to compete on the international stage. Route support is an integral part of ensuring connectivity is maintained between Cork and international markets. Such supports will ensure Cork is ideally positioned when competing for the overseas visitor against other global destinations. Equally, such activity complements the goals laid out in the recent strategic plan for Visit Cork.”
David Boyce, Tourism Ireland; Michael Magner, Fitzgeralds Vienna Woods Hotel and Chairman of the Irish Hotels Federation Cork branch; Hannah Wilkinson, Zibrant London (event management company); and Séamus Heaney, Cork Convention Bureau, at an event in the Irish Embassy in London to promote Cork.
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.