Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by KLM of a new daily flight from Amsterdam to Cork, commencing at the end of March 2020. The new service will provide a welcome boost for tourism from the Dutch market to Cork and the South of Ireland next year.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is really good news for tourism to Cork and the South of Ireland for 2020. It will certainly expand travel options for Dutch holidaymakers wishing to visit this part of Ireland. We already work very closely with KLM and we look forward to co-operating with them, and with Cork Airport and other tourism interests, to maximise the promotion of this new service from Amsterdam. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.
“In 2018, we welcomed 247,000 Dutch visitors to the island of Ireland, whose visits generated around €122 million in revenue. Next week, we will outline our plans for 2020, when we will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that Cork and the island of Ireland continues to increase its share of travel business from the Netherlands and our other international markets.”
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 almost 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland (+5% on 2017), delivering revenue of approximately €5.86 billion (+5%).
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 20+ million visitors in 2018.