Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the arrival of the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Philadelphia to Dublin. The four times weekly service will help boost tourism from the all-important US market this year, offering more choice to prospective American visitors living in Philadelphia.
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “The new Aer Lingus service between Philadelphia and Dublin is good news for tourism to the island of Ireland. We already work very closely with Aer Lingus and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new service from Philadelphia. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.
“In 2017, we welcomed a record 1.83 million North American visitors to the island of Ireland. In 2018, we are confident that our strategy – combined with more airline seats than ever before from the US, as well as the strength and competitiveness of the vacation experience right around the island of Ireland – will deliver further growth. Our aim is to deliver a +5% increase in visitor numbers and +7% increase in revenue from North America in 2018.”
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland (centre), in Philadelphia Airport, before the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Philadelphia took off for Dublin.
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.