New flights from Miami and expanded services from Los Angeles, Chicago and Orlando are good news for Irish tourism for 2017
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Aer Lingus of a significant expansion on its transatlantic services to Ireland for 2017, which includes a new flight from Miami to Dublin (three times weekly, from September 2017) and expanded services on routes from Los Angeles, Chicago and Orlando for next summer. These flights will certainly help boost tourism business from the all-important US market to the island of Ireland next year.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is wonderful news for tourism to the island of Ireland for 2017. We already work very closely with Aer Lingus and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of these new and expanded routes from Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Orlando. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport and other tourism interests, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for these flights to Dublin – as we work with other carriers and partners to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to the island.”
Niall Gibbons continued: “2016 looks set to be another excellent year for Irish tourism from North America, with the latest CSO figures showing almost 1.4 million arrivals from the United States and Canada during the January to September period this year – an increase of +15.4% when compared to the same nine-month period in 2015. Today’s announcement is more good news and augurs well for prospects for tourism from North America to Ireland in 2017 and beyond.”
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 more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.