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02 Jul 2019

Tourism Ireland welcomes inaugural American Airlines flight from Dallas to Dublin

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s arrival of the inaugural American Airlines flight from Dallas to Dublin. The service will help boost tourism from the all-important US market this year, offering more choice to prospective American visitors living in Texas.
 
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “We are delighted to welcome the launch by American Airlines of its new non-stop Dallas to Dublin B787 Dreamliner service, which will provide a major boost for both leisure and business tourism from Texas to the island of Ireland. As an island, the importance of frequent, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. We wish American every success with the new route and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new service from Dallas.
 
“Tourism Ireland has prioritised North America as a market which offers a strong return on investment, in terms of holiday visitors and expenditure. Last year, an estimated 2 million North Americans visited the island of Ireland and we look forward to welcoming more US travellers in 2019 – either directly from, or connecting via, Dallas.”
 
Aer Lingus crew members with Brian O’Brien, Consul General of Ireland to Chicago; Bill Byrne, Aer Lingus Vice President North America; Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America; and Brian Ryks and Rick King, both Metropolitan Airports Commission, in Minneapolis-St Paul at the launch of the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Minneapolis-St Paul to Dublin.

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 around 325,000 people across the island.
  • In 2018, we welcomed around 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland (+6% on 2017), delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion (+10%).
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is Ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20+ million visitors in 2018.