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26 Jun 2019

President Michael D Higgins meets World Tourism Organization

President Michael D Higgins met with the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and his officials at Áras an Uachtaráin today (Wednesday, 26 June), who are visiting Ireland this week. They discussed the vision and priorities of the UNWTO, which include social, cultural and environmental sustainability.
During their time here, the UNWTO delegation will also visit some of our top attractions, including Titanic Belfast, the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to welcome the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, and his officials to Ireland. The visit is an excellent opportunity to explore a range of global tourism issues, to reflect on Ireland’s tourism success in recent years and to discuss sustainability as we look to the future.”
President Michael D Higgins with Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the UNWTO (left); and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland (right), at Áras an Uachtaráin.

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, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 20+ million visitors in 2018.

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