Tánaiste Simon Coveney officially opened the new Tourism Ireland office in Paris. He was in France as part of a "Promote Ireland" programme around St Patrick's Day – helping to promote tourism to Ireland.
France is one of the top four markets for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2018 was another record-breaking year for French visitor numbers to Ireland. Tourism Ireland is rolling out an extensive programme of promotional activity, to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.
Finola O’Mahony, Tourism Ireland; HE Patricia O’Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to France; Tánaiste Simon Coveney; Mark Henry and Monica MacLaverty, both Tourism Ireland, at the official opening of the new Tourism Ireland office in Paris.
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, delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20.3 million visitors in 2018.