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21 Mar 2018

Highlighting new Air Canada flight from Toronto to Shannon

An event to highlight Air Canada’s new, direct flight from Toronto to Shannon took place in downtown Toronto, yesterday (Tuesday 20 March). The event, organised by Tourism Ireland, was attended by HE Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada; around 100 leading Canadian travel journalists and travel agents; as well as senior representatives of Air Canada and Shannon Airport. The four-times weekly flight begins in June.

Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We’re really excited about the new Air Canada service from Toronto to Shannon. It’s good news for tourism to the West of Ireland – providing Canadian holidaymakers with easier than ever access to the Wild Atlantic Way. 2017 was the best year ever for Irish tourism from Canada – with visitor numbers increasing by around +12% over 2016. We look forward to working closely with Air Canada and Shannon Airport, to maximise the promotion of this new flight and maintain the strong growth momentum.”
  Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland; Virgilio Russi, Air Canada; HE Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada; and Declan Power, Shannon Airport, at the event in Toronto to highlight the new Air Canada flight between Toronto and Shannon.

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.