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15 Mar 2016

Tourism event in House of Lords kicks off programme of St Patrick’s 2016 celebrations

Kicking off an extensive programme of St Patrick’s celebrations around the world, Tourism Ireland sponsored a special reception in the House of Lords in London today. The event, celebrating British-Irish relations, was attended by members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, as well as leaders of the Irish community living in London, influential travel trade, business tourism and media contacts.

Today’s event in the House of Lords marks the start of a packed programme of promotional activity for Tourism Ireland around the world. Tourism Ireland’s St Patrick’s 2016 programme will span Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as emerging tourism markets like China, India, the Middle East and South Africa. Over the coming days, iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated in green – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, a host of buildings and sites around the world are turning a shade of green to celebrate our national day.

  HE Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Britain; Baroness Harris of Richmond; Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald; and Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland, at the St Patrick’s reception in the House of Lords in London sponsored by 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, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.