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 www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.