Kicking off an extensive programme of St Patrick’s celebrations around the world, Tourism Ireland co-sponsored a special reception in the House of Lords in London today. The event, celebrating British-Irish relations, was attended by Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley, members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, as well as leaders of the Irish community living in London, influential travel trade, business tourism and media contacts.
Today’s event in the House of Lords marks the start of a packed programme of promotional activity for Tourism Ireland around the world this week. Tourism Ireland’s St Patrick’s 2019 programme will span Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as emerging tourism markets like China and the Middle East. Over the coming days, hundreds of iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated in green – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2019 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, a host of buildings and sites around the world will be turning a shade of green to celebrate our national day.
Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland; Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; The Baroness Harris of Richmond; Senator Frank Feighan; and Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland, at the St Patrick’s reception in the House of Lords in London co-sponsored by Tourism Ireland.
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.