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20 Jan 2016

Ireland says ‘bonjour’ in Montpellier

Highlighting ease of access and new Aer Lingus flight from Montpellier to Dublin

A number of Irish and French tourism companies travelled to Montpellier this week, 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 Montpellier Airport, to celebrate and launch the new Aer Lingus flight between Montpellier and Dublin – due to commence on 20 May – and to grow tourist numbers from this part of France.

As well as emphasising ease of access between Montpellier and the island of 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. The French travel agents also took part in a quiz – answering questions all about Ireland to be in with a chance to win Aer Lingus flights to 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 the most recent CSO figures showing an increase of +20% for September to November. Tourism Ireland will roll out an extensive programme of promotional activity throughout 2016 – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.”

  Gilles Fougeron, Premier Travel; Bernadette O’Carroll, Irish Welcome Tours; Serge Fonseca, Tourism Ireland; Anais Leboeuf, Quartier Libre; Fanny Edom, Voyages Internationaux; Alessio Monterosso, Aer Lingus; and Mathieu Brydniak, Montpellier Airport, at the Ireland workshop in Montpellier.

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 8 million overseas visitors to Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.2 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.


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