Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, visited Belfast today and met representatives of the tourism industry at the newly opened Grand Central Hotel in Belfast. He also took the opportunity to visit Titanic Belfast, one of the leading tourism attractions on the island of Ireland. He was delighted to meet with representatives of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and attended the Twelfth of July parade.
Minister Brendan Griffin said: “I was pleased to meet leading tourism industry representatives in Belfast today and to visit Titanic Belfast. It was wonderful to hear about the success of tourism and I can see why increasing numbers of tourists are visiting Northern Ireland. Congratulations to colleagues in Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland on the record performance to date.
“I was also pleased to meet representatives of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and attend the 12th July parade in Belfast. I would like to thank everyone for the warm reception I received. It is important that we appreciate and respect the different traditions on the island of Ireland.”
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am delighted that Minister Griffin took the time to visit Belfast to meet key representatives of the tourism industry here. Thanks also to the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland for the warm welcome on 12th July. Days like this send out positive signals which are important for the long-term growth of tourism.”
Spencer Beattie, Grand Master of the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast; Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; and Joan O’Shaughnessy, Chairman of Tourism Ireland, at the Twelfth of July parade in Belfast.
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.