Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Ryanair of a new flight from Toulouse to Dublin, due to launch at the end of October. The new service will operate four times a week, helping to boost tourism from the important French market during the off-season months.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “A key focus for Tourism Ireland is to grow business in the off-peak and shoulder seasons, so today’s announcement by Ryanair is really good news. We already work closely with Ryanair and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this flight from Toulouse to Dublin Airport, to drive business in the off-peak months.”
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.
Niall Gibbons continued: “2018 was the best year ever for tourism from France to Ireland, when we welcomed about 564,800 French arrivals. For 2019, we are rolling out an extensive programme of promotional activity in France to build on that success and, in particular, to encourage more French holidaymakers to explore our regions and less-visited attractions, during the shoulder and off-season months.”
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 www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20+ million visitors in 2018.