Tourism Ireland has welcomed today’s announcement by Finnair that it will expand its service between Helsinki and Dublin for summer 2016, from a daily service to nine flights a week. This will mean an additional 1,800 seats between the two cities for next summer – helping to boost leisure and business travel from Finland to Dublin and Ireland. It is also good news for tourism from our longer-haul markets, as Finnair offers excellent connections from Asia – including from Hong Kong and from cities like Beijing and Shanghai in China and Delhi in India – bringing even greater connectivity to Ireland for prospective holidaymakers in those markets.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement by Finnair is more good news for Irish tourism, as we kick off our 2016 promotional drive. Not only will it help grow visitor numbers from Finland, but this expanded service will offer greater connectivity from other important tourism markets, including Asia and the Middle East. We will continue to co-operate with Finnair to maximise the promotion of their service from Helsinki to Dublin. As an island, the importance of convenient and competitive 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 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 www.Ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which will attract about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.