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21 Aug 2017

3+ million to see promotion for Ireland’s Ancient East in Britain

Tourism Ireland teams up with Stena Line and Rosslare Europort to grow tourist numbers to the South East

Tourism Ireland has teamed up with Stena Line and Rosslare Europort once again, to promote Ireland’s Ancient East and, in particular, counties Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny. A joint campaign – supported by Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny County Councils – is now under way, highlighting ease of access via the Stena Line ferry service from Fishguard to Rosslare. A similar campaign was rolled out this spring.

The campaign is targeting our ‘culturally curious’ audience in Britain and includes:
  • radio ads, reaching some 1.73 million listeners in London, South West England and South Wales, on Classic FM, Smooth Radio and regional radio stations;
  • online ads on popular websites, reaching millions more British travellers; and
  • ads on Facebook.
As well as highlighting ease of access, the ads are encouraging British holidaymakers to “Stir your soul … Drive over to Ireland’s Ancient East”

Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Britain, said: “We are delighted to partner with Stena Line and Rosslare Europort once again, to maximise the promotion of the Stena Line service from Fishguard to Rosslare. Our aim is to boost car touring visitor numbers to the South East and Ireland over the coming months; visitors who bring their car on holidays tend to stay longer, spend more and are more likely to visit more than one region. 

“Great Britain is a vital market for tourism to the island of Ireland. It delivers 47% of all overseas visitors and around 30% of all overseas tourism revenue. However, the decline in the value of sterling is certainly a challenge for Irish tourism from Britain right now, which means that competitiveness and the value for money message are more important than ever. Tourism Ireland is placing a greater focus on our ‘culturally curious’ audience, who are less impacted by currency fluctuations. We are also undertaking an expanded programme with key partners, like this campaign with Stena Line, communicating a strong price-led message.”


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 281,000 people across the island.
  • In 2016, we welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.3 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 19.37 million visitors in 2016.

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