Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Aer Lingus of two new transatlantic services to Dublin – from Minneapolis-St Paul in the US and Montreal in Canada. These flights will commence in summer 2019 and will help boost tourism from the all-important US and Canadian markets, offering more choice to prospective visitors living in Minnesota and Québec.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is more good news for tourism to the island of Ireland as we prepare for 2019. We work very closely with Aer Lingus and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of these new flights from Minneapolis and Montreal. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.
“2018 looks set to be another record year for Irish tourism from North America, with the latest CSO figures showing more than 1.3 million arrivals from the United States and Canada during the January-July period – an increase of +13.5% when compared to the same seven-month period in 2017. Today’s announcement is really positive and augurs well for prospects for tourism from North America to Ireland in 2019 and beyond.”
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 300,000 people across the island.
- In 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.3 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.