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29 Jun 2017

Icelanders chill out in Northern Ireland!

Influential travel agents and journalists fly in on new Icelandair flight

A group of travel agents and travel writers from Iceland is visiting Northern Ireland this week as guests of Tourism Ireland, Tourism NI and Icelandair. They flew in to Belfast City Airport on the new Icelandair flight from Reykjavik.

Aileen Hickey, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for the Nordic Region, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite representatives of Icelandair, as well as influential Icelandic travel agents and travel writers to Northern Ireland, so they could sample and see for themselves what we have on offer for future Icelandic holidaymakers.

“The new Icelandair flight is really good news for tourism to Northern Ireland. Not only will it help grow visitor numbers from Iceland, but this new service also offers connectivity between North America and Belfast. We are delighted to co-operate with Icelandair and Belfast City Airport, to maximise the promotion of this new flight. As an island destination, the importance of convenient flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”

The Icelanders’ busy itinerary included a visit to Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic, as well as visits to Queen’s University, the Ulster Museum, the Cathedral Quarter and the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre in Belfast. They also visited Royal Belfast Golf Club at Craigavad.
  Peter Nash (back left) and Deirdre Quinn (front right), both Tourism Ireland; Ellie McGimpsey, Belfast City Airport (back, 2nd left); and the Icelandic travel agents and journalists, during their visit to the Titanic Quarter.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports 61,300 jobs.
  • In 2016, we welcomed a record 2.1 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of over £543 million. 
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted about 19.37 million visitors in 2016.