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22 Nov 2017

Spotlight on the island of Ireland in Qatar

The first ever Ireland travel trade workshop in Doha, Qatar, took place this week. Organised by Tourism Ireland and sponsored by Qatar Airways, the workshop was attended by some 70 influential travel professionals based in Qatar.

Among the GCC countries, Qatar is a growing market for Irish tourism and this received a significant boost earlier this year, when Qatar Airways launched its new daily flight between Doha and Dublin. 

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons is also undertaking a series of engagements with key decision-makers in the travel sector in Doha this week – including Qatar Airways, Al Tawfeeq Travel, Regency Travel and Tours, Overseas Travel Bureau and Orbit Travel. 

“We are delighted to be in Doha this week and to have the opportunity to showcase Ireland to influential travel professionals,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland. “As an island destination, we know that convenient, direct flights are critical to growing inbound tourism, so the Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Dublin is certainly good news for Irish tourism, expanding travel options for holidaymakers and business travellers from Qatar and the Middle East wishing to visit Ireland. We look forward to continued strong co-operation with Qatar Airways, to highlight ease of access to Ireland.”

In 2016, we welcomed approximately 70,000 visitors from the GCC to the island of Ireland, up +7% on 2015. Our world-class horse-racing and golf, as well as screen tourism – and, in particular, our connections with Star Wars and Game of Thrones – have helped raise the profile of the island of Ireland in the GCC in recent years.
  Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Hanan Koura and Samira Darwish, both ST Qatar; and HE Paul Kavanagh, Irish Ambassador-Designate of Qatar, at the Ireland travel trade workshop in Doha.

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.