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31 Aug 2017

Tourism Ireland welcomes new Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Dublin

First ever flight from Hong Kong is good news for Irish tourism

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Cathay Pacific of new flights from Hong Kong to Dublin, commencing in June 2018. These new flights will help to boost leisure and business travel from Hong Kong, as well offering excellent connections on Cathay Pacific services from tourism markets like Australia, New Zealand and China and countries in South East Asia – making it easier for prospective holidaymakers to get to Ireland.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is good news for Irish tourism as we plan for 2018 and beyond, continue the roll-out of our market diversification strategy in light of the UK’s decision to exit the EU and seek to implement the findings of our recent Developing Markets review. The new Cathay Pacific service will help to further open up important tourism and business opportunities for Ireland in Hong Kong and China, in Australia and New Zealand and across the Asia Pacific region.  

“We look forward to working closely with Cathay Pacific, Dublin Airport Authority and other tourism interests, to maximise the promotion of this new service to Dublin. As an island, the importance of air and sea access cannot be overstated – they are critical to achieving growth in visitor numbers. 

“In 2016, over 600,000 visitors from Australia and Developing Markets came to the island of Ireland, an increase of +4% on the previous year. Recent CSO data confirms that tourism from this region is performing very strongly, with growth of +17.5% recorded for the first seven months of 2017. Next week, we will launch our extensive autumn campaign – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland from around the world and teeing up travel in the early part of 2018.”

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.