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25 Oct 2019

Showcasing Galway in Italy

~ Tourism Ireland supports Galway 2020 event in Rome ~

Galway 2020 was in the spotlight in Italy today (25 October) – at an event in the EU Commission building in Rome, organised in conjunction with the Embassy of Ireland.
Tourism Ireland supported the event, as part of its programme of promotions to highlight the island of Ireland to its ‘culturally curious’ audience in Italy.  Leading Italian travel, lifestyle and culture journalists, as well as cultural attach├ęs to EU member states, attended.
Tourism Ireland took the opportunity to remind guests that, earlier this week, Galway was named the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2020 in the prestigious Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020. Tourism Ireland’s message is that Galway 2020 will offer Italian holidaymakers a unique cultural and artistic experience.

Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Italy, said: “We’re delighted to promote Galway 2020 here in Italy and to highlight the city as European Capital of Culture next year. This week’s news that Galway has been named the Number Four City in the world in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 is a truly well-deserved accolade, which provides Tourism Ireland with a great hook to continue to promote Galway and Ireland as a ‘must visit’ destination. Our message for our ‘culturally curious’ audience here in Italy, and elsewhere around the world, is that the island of Ireland offers world-class festivals and cultural experiences.”
Chiara Popplewell, Embassy of Ireland; Fabiana Marraccini, Tourism Ireland; Marilyn Gaughan Reddan and Matti Allam, both Galway 2020, at an event in Rome to highlight Galway 2020.

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, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 20+ million visitors in 2018.