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18 Mar 2019

West of Ireland businesses give green light to new Cologne to Knock flight on St Patrick’s Day

~ Bringing the Wild Atlantic Way to Germany ~

More than 25 tourism businesses joined Tourism Ireland and Ireland West Airport Knock in Cologne over the St Patrick’s weekend, to promote the new Ryanair flight from Cologne to Knock, which begins in June. Their aim was to highlight the new route and to bring a taste of Wild Atlantic Way hospitality to important travel professionals in that part of Germany.
Tourism Ireland arranged for tourism businesses from Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal to meet and do business with over 70 German travel agents at a special St Patrick’s Day business networking event in Cologne Bonn Airport. Representatives of B&B Ireland welcomed guests with a special taste of Wild Atlantic Way hospitality.
Some of the group also attended the ‘greening’ of Cologne’s Lanxess arena, one of the largest arenas in Europe, which took part in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative for the first time. 
Commenting on the visit, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Mainland Europe, Finola O’Mahony said: “We were delighted to work with Ireland West Airport Knock, Fáilte Ireland, B&B Ireland and tourism businesses across six western counties to bring a taste of the Wild Atlantic Way to Cologne on St Patrick’s Day and to highlight this important new service from Cologne to Knock. Germany is an important and growing tourism market, which delivered over 750,000 visitors to Ireland last year. Our aim is to generate further growth in 2019 and years to come and, in particular, to encourage more visitors to explore the regions and less-visited areas. This new service will help us deliver on that objective.”
Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotional activity under way in Germany this spring. Activity has included a major TV campaign on a range of channels including ARD, ZDF, SAT.1, RTL, Super RTL, VOX and Disney – which reached around 17 million viewers. A second TV campaign will run in the autumn. A busy programme of co-operative activity with key partners is under way; and Tourism Ireland’s publicity programme in Germany will generate positive coverage for the island of Ireland this year worth more than €60 million.
Tourism businesses from the West of Ireland with Finola O’Mahony, Tourism Ireland (front, sixth right); and Donal Healy, Ireland West Airport Knock (front, fifth left), at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, which was illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative.

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, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20.3 million visitors in 2018.