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03 May 2016

Monaghan Councillor Seán Conlon lends a hand to boost tourism from Canada

Councillor Seán Conlon, from Monaghan County Council, was in Canada recently, where he met with Tourism Ireland in Toronto.

Cllr Conlon was briefed on Tourism Ireland’s extensive promotional programme, which is in full swing right now, to boost tourism from Canada to the island of Ireland this year.

Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “2015 was the best year ever for Irish tourism from Canada – with visitor numbers increasing by +20% over 2014. Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotional activity again this year – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.

“And the outlook for this year is also positive, with the most recent CSO figures for the first quarter of 2016 showing growth of +24.5% in visitors from North America. Access from Canada to Ireland this year is better than ever before. Aer Lingus and Air Canada rouge fly year-round from Toronto to Dublin. A new Air Canada rouge flight from Vancouver to Dublin will launch in June; and other seasonal services are operated by Air Transat, WestJet and ASL Airlines.''


Councillor Seán Conlon, Monaghan County Council; with Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland, in Toronto.

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.