Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, is visiting Australia as part of the "Promote Ireland" programme around St Patrick's Day – helping to grow tourism to Ireland. He attended a special St Patrick’s breakfast event in Sydney, organised by Tourism Ireland and attended by 30 key Australian travel trade and journalists. The event took place in a restaurant called Pony Dining, where Irish-born head chef Neil Nolan cooked a traditional Irish breakfast with a modern twist, to highlight Ireland’s wonderful food and culinary experiences.
Tim Harrowell, Emirates; Minister Charlie Flanagan; Karen Deveson, Insight Vacations; and Sofia Hansson, Tourism Ireland, at Tourism Ireland’s St Patrick’s breakfast event in Sydney.
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.