Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement of new Ryanair flights from Liverpool and Bristol to Shannon, as well as more flights from Manchester to Shannon, for summer 2018. The new and extended services will provide a welcome boost for tourism from the important GB market this year.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is great news for tourism to the west coast of Ireland – expanding the options for holidaymakers from the North West of England and Bristol to experience the wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way. We already work closely with Ryanair and look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of the new flights.
“As our nearest neighbour and our largest market for overseas tourism, Britain remains a priority for us and we have a very busy marketing programme rolling out there right now. As an island, the importance of convenient flights cannot be overstated – they are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”
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 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.65 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.78 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.