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03 Jul 2017

Canadian connection for the island of Ireland

A group of top Canadian travel agents is visiting the island of Ireland this week. They flew to Dublin from Halifax in Nova Scotia, on the seasonal ASL Airlines flight and are here as guests of Tourism Ireland, Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland. During their time here, the group celebrated Canada Day (on 1 July), marking the country's 150th birthday.

The group is here on a fact-finding visit, to sample at first-hand the superb experiences on offer for Canadian holidaymakers around the island of Ireland. The aim is to really enthuse them about Ireland, so that when they return home they will be even better informed to advise their clients when planning and booking their holidays.

Following a packed itinerary, the group visited Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Kylemore Abbey and Glen Keen Farm & Visitor Centre, in Mayo. They also enjoyed tours of Titanic Belfast, the Giant's Causeway and the Ulster American Folk Park.

Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager in Canada, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these top Canadian travel agents to visit the island of Ireland, to see and experience some of our many great attractions. It’s also an excellent opportunity to highlight the direct ASL Airlines flight from Halifax to Dublin to these travel professionals.”

2016 was the best year ever for Irish tourism from Canada – with visitor numbers increasing by +16% over 2015. We have also seen very good growth in visitor numbers from North America so far again this year, with the most recent CSO figures for January to May showing an increase of +23.6% – an extra 126,700 US and Canadian visitors compared with the same five-month period last year.

Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotions throughout 2017, to ensure that growth continues. A key element of that programme includes working with the influential Canadian travel trade.
  Kate Smith, Tourism Ireland (left); Brian Nolan, Walking Tours of Galway (fourth left); Letty Cronin, Fáilte Ireland (fifth left), and Canadian travel agents at Katie’s Claddagh Cottage, Galway.

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.