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02 Dec 2018

Tourism Ireland highlights the island of Ireland at prestigious travel writers’ conference

Tourism Ireland in the US is attending this week’s Travel Classics West 2018 – a prestigious travel writers’ conference taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The conference brings together influential editors and writers from a wide range of high profile publications – including titles like National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, Delta Sky magazine and AFAR magazine – all of which reach hundreds of thousands of readers across North America, as well as globally. It’s an important networking event and a valuable opportunity for Tourism Ireland to network with the participating journalists and to highlight to them all that is new and exciting for 2019 around the island of Ireland.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “We’re delighted to be part of Travel Classics West once again. With some of the most influential and prominent American travel and lifestyle journalists in attendance, it’s an excellent opportunity for Tourism Ireland to network and highlight what makes the island of Ireland unique.”

North America is an important market for tourism to the island of Ireland. Last year, we welcomed a record 1.8 million visitors from North America to the island of Ireland. And, the growth momentum continues in 2018, with latest CSO figures indicating an increase of almost +14% in arrivals from the US and Canada for the January to October period.
  Patrick Perry, The Saturday Evening Post; journalist and author Sarah Rose; and Ruth Moran, Tourism Ireland, at the Travel Classics West conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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 around 325,000 people across the island.
  • By the end of 2018, we will have welcomed around 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.2 million visitors in 2017.