Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna brought a “taste of Ireland” to Canada yesterday (Wednesday, 6 September). Tourism Ireland invited influential Canadian food bloggers and journalists to attend a fun cookery demo with Clodagh and Justin O’Connor, executive chef at the Guinness Storehouse – helping to spread the word about the superb culinary experience on offer right around the island of Ireland.
Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We are delighted to have Clodagh McKenna with us in Toronto this week – it’s a great way of highlighting the superb culinary experience on offer in Ireland. Food and drink are vital elements of the holiday experience nowadays, so our message here in Canada is that the island of Ireland is a superb choice for ‘foodies’.
“In 2016, we welcomed a record 203,000 Canadian visitors to the island of Ireland. Tourism Ireland is confident of continued strong growth for 2017 and in the years to come. A number of factors are working in our favour, including more airline seats than ever before between Canada and Ireland – with about 8,000 seats on 33 flights now available each week during the summer months, an increase of +26% over summer 2016.”
Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna (right) at the cookery demo in Toronto with (from left) Ian Colgan, Guinness specialist; Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland; and Justin O'Connor, Guinness Storehouse executive chef.
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 www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 19.37 million visitors in 2016.