Tourism Ireland’s Vice-Chairman and Director of Corporate Services, Policy & Northern Ireland met local tourism operators in Fermanagh today (5 October). They discussed overseas tourism so far this year and the extensive programme of promotions which Tourism Ireland is undertaking to highlight Fermanagh and Northern Ireland around the world.
Speaking after the meeting, Shane Clarke, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Corporate Services, Policy & Northern Ireland, said: “We were delighted to be in Fermanagh and to have the chance to meet with representatives of the local tourism industry and to hear how their business is doing this year. It also afforded us the opportunity to discuss the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland is undertaking around the world, to continue to grow overseas visitor numbers to Fermanagh and Northern Ireland. I am pleased to report that sentiment in general for 2018 from our tourism partners overseas (including tour operators and carriers), as well as our industry partners here at home (including hoteliers and visitor attractions), is largely optimistic.
“In 2018, Tourism Ireland continues to create ‘stand out’ for Northern Ireland around the world, highlighting wonderful experiences like the Fermanagh Lakelands, Causeway Coastal Route, the walled city of Derry and Titanic Belfast. We continue to leverage our connection with Game of Thrones and we are also promoting Northern Ireland as a top golf destination, in particular the fact that the 148th Open is set to take place at Royal Portrush in 2019. We are committed to ensuring that Northern Ireland continues to increase its share of the global travel business.”
Shane Clarke, Tourism Ireland; Nicky Cassidy, Westville Hotel; Lord Hamilton; Sighle FitzGerald, North South Ministerial Council; Nuala Crossin, Department for the Economy; Arthur Goan, Belleek Pottery; Christopher Brooke, Vice-Chairman of Tourism Ireland; Terry McCartney, Belmore Court and Motel; Cllr Howard Thornton, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council; Jim Chestnut, National Trust; Donna Barton, Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism; Michael Beare, Finn Lough Resort; Rosemarie McHugh, Tourism NI; Brian Ambrose, Belfast City Airport; Paddy Matthews, Fáilte Ireland; Dawn Livingstone, Waterways Ireland; Alison McCullagh, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council; and Viscount Brookeborough.
Notes To Editors
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 61,300 jobs.
- In 2017, we welcomed 2.175 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of £566 million.
- 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.