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28 May 2018

Lord Mayor of Dublin lends a hand to boost tourism from Canada

Dublin's Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha meets Air Canada and Tourism Ireland in Montreal

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha is in Canada this week – helping to promote tourism to Ireland. His busy programme includes meetings with the Irish Embassy in Canada, members of the Irish Diaspora, the Mayor of Montreal, Tourisme Montréal, as well as senior representatives of Air Canada and Tourism Ireland. 

Later today (Monday, 28 May), Mayor MacDonncha will attend the launch event of the new Air Canada flight between Montreal and Dublin. The flight will commence on 2 June and will operate four times per week, providing a significant boost for both leisure and business tourism from Canada to the island of Ireland.

Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We are delighted that Mayor MacDonncha is here for the launch of the new Air Canada flight from Montreal to Dublin. The new service is more good news for Irish tourism as we head into the peak summer season. 2017 was the best year ever for Irish tourism from Canada – with visitor numbers increasing by around +12% over 2016. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving continued growth in inbound tourism.  We are delighted to work with Air Canada, Dublin Airport, as well as other tourism interests, to maximise the promotion of this new flight and maintain the strong growth momentum.”

  Michael Hurley, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Ireland; Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland; Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha; Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal; David Rheault, Air Canada; and Yves Lalumière, Tourisme Montréal, at City Hall in Montreal.

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.