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09 Oct 2019

Spotlight on Galway in Belgium

~ Tourism Ireland supports launch of Galway 2020 in Brussels ~

Galway 2020 was launched in Belgium yesterday (8 October) – at an event in Brussels, which was attended by members of the diaspora, partners from cities and regions attending this week’s European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels, as well as leading Belgian travel professionals and journalists.
The launch of Galway 2020 in Belgium was supported by Tourism Ireland, as part of its programme of promotions to highlight the island of Ireland to its ‘culturally curious’ audience in Belgium. Tourism Ireland’s message is that Galway 2020 will offer Belgian holidaymakers a unique cultural and artistic experience.
Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland Belgium, said: “We’re delighted to announce Galway 2020 here in Belgium and to highlight the city as European Capital of Culture next year. Tourism Ireland’s message for our ‘culturally curious’ audience is that the island of Ireland offers world-class festivals and cultural experiences. ‘Culturally curious’ travellers are typically independent, active sightseers, looking to visit new places and expand their experience by exploring culture, history and landscapes. Our aim is to encourage this important demographic to travel to Galway and the island of Ireland.”
Mike Cubbard, Mayor of Galway; Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland; Patricia Philbin, CEO OF Galway 2020; Cllr Declan McDonnell, Northern and Western Regional Assembly; HE Helena Nolan, Irish Ambassador to Belgium; Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner; and Cllr Jimmy McClearn, Galway County Council, at the launch of Galway 2020 in Brussels.

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.