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16 Jan 2018

New York showcase for Galway International Arts Festival

The Galway International Arts Festival was highlighted in Brooklyn, New York, at an event hosted by Tourism Ireland. 

The event – which was an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on Galway and the International Arts Festival – was attended by influential American arts and lifestyle journalists, as well as representatives of the travel trade in New York. Afterwards, guests attended Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk

The Galway International Arts Festival is one of the many festivals being promoted by Tourism Ireland around the world this year, particularly to our important ‘culturally curious’ audience.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America said: “We were delighted to host a showcase of the Galway International Arts Festival here in New York. Events and festivals like the Galway International Arts Festival are a really important part of our overall tourism offering and are a key message in our promotions – particularly to our ‘culturally curious’ audience.
“2017 was the fifth record year in a row for visitor numbers to the island of Ireland from North America – when we welcomed around 1.83 million American and Canadian visitors, delivering revenue of €1.67 billion for the economy. Tourism Ireland is determined to ensure that growth continues and we will roll out an extensive programme of promotions again in 2018, to highlight Galway and the island of Ireland here in the United States and elsewhere around the world.”

  Ruth Moran, Tourism Ireland; Nicholas DeRenzo, Hemispheres (United Airlines inflight magazine); Cat Jordan, Travelzoo; Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland; Jim Higgins, United Stations Radio Networks; and John Crumlish, Galway International Arts Festival, at a showcase event in NYC for the Galway International Arts Festival.

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, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.

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