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24 Sep 2018

800+ million Chinese to see images and videos of Ireland

Tourism Ireland partners with vivo mobile phone and National Geographic in new campaign

A Chinese TV star called Ren Zhong is visiting Ireland this week. His visit is part of a new Tourism Ireland campaign in China – in partnership with vivo (one of the biggest mobile phone brands in China) and National Geographic (China edition) magazine. 

Timed to coincide with the launch of a new vivo mobile phone, Ren Zhong and his crew are capturing footage along the Wild Atlantic Way – using the new phone to create a video all about Ireland. The resulting film, called ‘Be Wild’, will go live in early November and will reach at least 30 million Chinese on social media and on one of China’s most influential video platforms, Youku (similar to YouTube). Mr Zhong’s itinerary was designed by Fáilte Ireland and includes Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Adare Manor, Dingle, the Rock of Cashel and Dublin. 

Mr Zhong’s visit is part of the fifth annual “Images in Cities” campaign, run by vivo and National Geographic, which involves bringing photographers and videographers to a different destination each year. So, a separate group of 16 Chinese journalists and National Geographic photographers is visiting other locations around the island of Ireland – including Belfast, the Causeway Coastal Route, the Dark Hedges and Killarney. They’re also using the new vivo phone to capture images and videos here and will then share their content with their 800 million followers on social media. 

James Kenny, Tourism Ireland’s Manager China, said: “We’re really excited about our partnership with vivo and National Geographic – which will bring wonderful photos and footage of Ireland to an estimated 800 million people around China. 

“Last year, we welcomed an estimated 90,000 Chinese visitors to the island of Ireland in 2017; Tourism Ireland aims to grow Chinese visitor numbers to 175,000 per year, by 2025. There are now two direct flights to Dublin – from Beijing with Hainan Airlines and from Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific. Given that there’s a proven direct correlation between access and growth in visitor numbers, we believe these new flights will be a major game-changer in growing visitor numbers from China.”


The “Images in Cities” campaign also includes:
  • an exhibition of the best photos captured around the island of Ireland during this week’s visit, in three Chinese cities, which will be seen by an estimated 15,000 people;
  • a 30-second Ireland ad on the Travel Channel, one of the top 20 TV stations in China;
  • an Ireland ad on the homepage of the vivo website;
  • microblogging during and after the visit to Ireland – by Ren Zhong, vivo and National Geographic – which will deliver around 80 million impressions; and
  • extensive social media activity – with stories and images of Ireland being shared on the WeChat accounts of both vivo and National Geographic, reaching around 100,000 people.
The two visiting Chinese groups flew to Dublin courtesy of Hainan Airlines, on the new direct flight from Beijing, which was launched this summer. 
  Chinese TV star Ren Zhong (front, third left); Steffi Zhang, Tourism Ireland; (standing, left), with photographers and crew, during filming at Adare Manor.

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 more than 300,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed 10.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.6 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.2 million visitors in 2017.

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