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13 Mar 2018

Tourism event in House of Lords kicks off programme of St Patrick’s 2018 celebrations

Kicking off an extensive programme of St Patrick’s celebrations around the world, Tourism Ireland co-sponsored a special reception in the House of Lords in London today. The event, celebrating British-Irish relations, was attended by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, Tourism Minister Shane Ross, members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, as well as leaders of the Irish community living in London, influential travel trade, business tourism and media contacts. 

Today’s event in the House of Lords marks the start of a packed programme of promotional activity for Tourism Ireland around the world this week. Tourism Ireland’s St Patrick’s 2018 programme will span Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as emerging tourism markets like China and the Middle East. Over the coming days, hundreds of iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated in green – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2018 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, a host of buildings and sites around the world will be turning a shade of green to celebrate our national day.
  Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland; Tourism Minister Shane Ross; Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland; and Conor McGinn, Labour MP, at the St Patrick’s reception in the House of Lords in London co-sponsored by Tourism Ireland.

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.