Iberia Express service is good news for tourism to Cork and the South of Ireland
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Iberia Express of its intention to expand its service between Madrid and Cork for summer 2017. The service will operate twice weekly, from the beginning of June until September, helping to boost leisure and business travel from Spain to Cork and the South of Ireland.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The extension of this Iberia Express flight from Madrid to Cork is more good news for Irish tourism in 2017, expanding travel options for Spanish holidaymakers wishing to visit Cork and the South of Ireland. We will continue to work closely with Iberia Express and Cork Airport to maximise the promotion of the service. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in visitor numbers.
“Spain is an important market for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2016 looks set to be another record year for Spanish visitors, with the latest CSO figures showing an increase of +12.4% for January to September. We are determined to ensure that growth continues. We have a busy promotional campaign under way right now – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland from Spain and to position us well for 2017.”
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.