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03 May 2017

Influential media group fly in on new BMI Regional flight from London Stansted

A group of top travel writers from GB is visiting Londonderry this week. They flew into the City of Derry Airport on the inaugural BMI Regional flight from London Stansted. 

The journalists – representing media outlets including the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and The Independent, with a combined circulation of more than 9 million readers – are here as guests of Tourism Ireland, Tourism NI and Visit Derry. The aim of the visit is to highlight to their readers the ease of access from London to Londonderry, as well as the many things to see and do on a holiday or short break here. 

Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Deputy Head of Britain, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these leading GB journalists to Londonderry, to experience for themselves some of the many interesting things to see and do here. Visits like this are an invaluable part of our overall promotional programme, helping us to get positive exposure for Northern Ireland through the media in GB.”

The new flight will help boost tourism from the all-important GB market, offering more choice to prospective visitors travelling from London.

Julie Wakley continued: “The introduction of this new BMI Regional flight is wonderful news for tourism to Northern Ireland, and the North West in particular, and will certainly expand travel options for people living in and around London Stansted wishing to visit in 2017. We look forward to working with BMI Regional, to maximise the promotion of this new service. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with BMI Regional and all our airline partners, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for flights to Northern Ireland.”

The journalists’ busy itinerary included a walking tour of the city, as well as visits to the Tower Museum, the Guildhall, the Walled City Brewery, the Museum of Free Derry and the Siege Museum. They also visited the Seamus Heaney HomePlace and Mussenden Temple.
  GB journalists who arrived at the City of Derry airport on the inaugural BMI Regional London Stansted flight, with Odhran Dunne, Visit Derry (back, second left); Roy Devine, City of Derry Airport (back, third left); Ian Woodley, BMI Regional (back, fourth left); and Ciaran Doherty, Tourism Ireland (back, fourth right).

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 approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2016, we welcomed approximately 2.1 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £527 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.