The Governor of the US State of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, and members of his economic development team, met with representatives of the tourism industry on the island of Ireland, as part of a visit to Dublin. Tourism Ireland has been targeting the southern states of the US for a number of years, including Nashville with its growing Music City Irish Festival each March, and Sister Cities’ connection to Belfast.
Brenda Willis, The Willis Family; Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, who led a promotional visit to Nashville for Tourism Ireland in autumn 2015; Bill Haslam, Governor of the US State of Tennessee; Ruth Andrews, CEO of Incoming Tour Operators Association; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.
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.