Tourism Ireland welcomes today’s announcement by Chinese airline Juneyao Air of its new twice-weekly flight from Shanghai to Dublin, commencing in March 2020. The new flight will operate on Sundays and Thursdays, with a short stop in Helsinki on each leg of the service.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is good news for Irish tourism in 2020 and beyond, as we continue the roll-out of our market diversification strategy. As an island destination, we know there’s a proven direct correlation between access and growth in visitor numbers, so this new flight will certainly help boost visitor numbers from China. We’re looking forward to working closely with Juneyao Air, Dublin Airport Authority and other tourism interests, to maximise the promotion of this new service.”
“China is the largest outbound travel market in the world and one that Tourism Ireland is committed to growing over the coming years. In 2018, we welcomed an estimated 100,000 Chinese visitors to the island of Ireland.”
Wang Qun, General Manager of Juneyao Air (Dublin branch); Vincent Harrison, Managing Director of Dublin Airport; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Dalton Philips, CEO of daa; Graham Doyle, Secretary General of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport; Zhao Hongliang, President of Juneyao Air; HE Eoin O’Leary, Ambassador of Ireland to China; Jon Woolf, Dublin Airport; Therese Healy, Consul General of Ireland in Shanghai; James Kenny, Tourism Ireland; Zhang Zhewei, IDA Ireland; and Rush Wang, business advisor in China to Dublin Airport, at the announcement of Juneyao Air’s new twice-weekly flight from Shanghai to Dublin.
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.