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14 Jul 2016

Strengthening business links between California and Ireland

Members of the California Legislative Irish Caucus are visiting Dublin this week. Tourism Ireland hosted a welcome reception for the group, which was also attended by leading representatives of the tourism industry. After New York, California is now the largest source of American visitors for the island of Ireland. And, with three direct flights from California to Dublin (Aer Lingus flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles and an Ethiopian Airlines service from LA), links between California and Ireland have never been closer.

  Finbar Hill, Honorary Consul General of Ireland, Los Angeles; Assemblyman Bill Brough, Co-Chair of the California Legislative Irish Caucus; Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at a welcome reception in Dublin for the California Legislative Irish Caucus.

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, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.