Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin is in Scotland this week, as part of a ‘Promote Ireland’ programme around St Patrick’s Day. The minister’s busy schedule included a networking lunch event, organised by Tourism Ireland and attended by leading Scottish travel professionals. He also met tourism companies from Ireland, who are at the St Patrick’s Festival in Glasgow’s busy Merchant Square, promoting Ireland to potential Scottish holidaymakers this weekend.
Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, said: “We are delighted that Minister Griffin is with us in Scotland for the important St Patrick’s period, to help us deliver the message about the many great reasons to visit the island of Ireland this year. St Patrick’s Day traditionally marks the real start of the tourism season for us, when we take every opportunity to capitalise on the heightened profile of the island of Ireland. Tourism Ireland’s message here in Scotland is that the island of Ireland is a superb choice for a holiday or long weekend break in 2019.”
Joy McChlery, David Urquhart Travel; Ann McDonald, Glenton Holidays; Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin; Chris Hendrie, McKinlay Kidd; Kevin Miller, Eclipse Breaks; and Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland, at a networking lunch event in Glasgow attended by leading Scottish travel professionals.
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.