New flights and expanded services from Toronto and Vancouver to Dublin are good news for Irish tourism
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Air Canada of new flights from Toronto to Shannon and from Montreal to Dublin. The new services will operate four times per week, commencing next June for summer 2018. Tourism Ireland also welcomes the increased frequency on Air Canada flights from Toronto to Dublin (from this winter) and from Vancouver to Dublin (next summer). These new and increased services will certainly provide a significant boost for both leisure and business tourism from Canada to the island of Ireland.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Air Canada’s announcement today of new flights from Toronto to Shannon and from Montreal to Dublin, as well as the expansion of existing routes, is more good news for Irish tourism as we plan for 2018 and beyond. Last year, Canada delivered a record 203,000 visitors to the island of Ireland, an increase of +11% on the previous year. In fact, visitor numbers from Canada have grown by almost +28% since 2014. Canadian visitors tend to stay longer and explore more extensively around the island than the average visitor, sampling our unique holiday experiences.
“As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving continued growth in inbound tourism. We look forward to working closely with Air Canada, Shannon and Dublin Airports, as well as other tourism interests, to maximise the promotion of these flights and maintain the strong growth momentum.”
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.