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31 May 2016

Tourism Ireland welcomes announcement by Irish Ferries of new cruise ferry

New cruise ferry is good news for Irish tourism

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Irish Ferries of its planned investment in a new cruise ferry, costing €144 million. The cruise ferry – which is due for delivery in May 2018 – is good news for Irish tourism. It is expected to operate on routes between Holyhead and Dublin and between France and Ireland.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement by Irish Ferries is a real vote of confidence in Irish tourism and good news for future visitors. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct access cannot be overstated – it is absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. We already work very closely with Irish Ferries and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of their services using this new cruise ferry.”


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.