Minister of State for the Diaspora Joe McHugh attended a networking event in Glasgow, during a recent trade visit to Scotland. Tourism, trade and investment links between Glasgow and Donegal were discussed at the event. Minister McHugh was also briefed on Tourism Ireland’s promotional programme, which is in full swing right now, to boost tourism from the Scotland to the island of Ireland during the off-season months and into 2017.
Amy Riddell, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Scotland, said: “We were delighted to welcome Minister McHugh to Glasgow, to help us deliver the message about the many great reasons to visit Donegal and the island of Ireland. Tourism Ireland has a busy promotional programme under way right now – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Donegal and the island of Ireland from Scotland and to position us well for 2017.”
Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council and Donegal Tourism Ltd; Michael Tunney, Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Donegal; Liam Ward, Donegal County Council; Pauline Sweeney, Donegal Airport; Cllr Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council; Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State for the Diaspora; Caroline Mulligan, Tourism Ireland; Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council and Donegal Tourism Ltd; and Mark Hanniffy, Consul-General of Ireland, at a networking event in Glasgow.
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 9.5 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of €4.9 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.