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27 Sep 2018

Tourism Ireland announces management changes as it prepares for future growth

Tourism Ireland today announced a number of senior management appointments to strengthen its Northern Ireland and Emerging Markets teams and align with future growth opportunities ahead of the development of its next three-year corporate plan (2020-22).

In support of accelerating opportunities in Emerging Markets like China, India and the Middle East, Aubrey Irwin has been appointed to the new post of Manager – Emerging Markets. He will work with tourism businesses across the island of Ireland to increase industry awareness of, and engagement in, these increasingly important markets. A further post of Manager – Asia will be advertised in the coming weeks.

Shane Clarke assumes strategic responsibility for Northern Ireland, as Director of Corporate Services, Policy & Northern Ireland. He will be responsible for evolving and building on Tourism Ireland’s ambition in relation to overseas tourism to Northern Ireland. Also in support of these objectives, a further post of Stakeholder Liaison Manager – Northern Ireland will be recruited shortly.

Commenting on the new arrangements, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:
“I am delighted to announce these changes in our Emerging Markets and Northern Ireland teams as we align the organisation for further sustained growth into the future. Overseas tourism to the island of Ireland has enjoyed record levels of growth in recent years. Our objective now is to ensure we are positioned strongly to capitalise on accelerating growth opportunities in emerging markets like China, India and the Middle East, and to strengthen our delivery for Northern Ireland and exploit the many exciting tourism developments coming on stream.” 

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 €5.6 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.2 million visitors in 2017.

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