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16 Jul 2020

Tourism Ireland board meets in Dublin and Belfast

Board meeting takes place in two venues, as tourism industry begins to reopen

The Clayton Hotel Charlemont in Dublin and the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast were the venues for the July board meeting of Tourism Ireland, which took place today (16 July). 

This was the first time that the board members had met face-to-face since the outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this year. However, it was a board meeting with a difference – with the board meeting taking place in two different hotels for the first time ever, connected by video conferencing. 

The board members discussed the scale of the challenge facing overseas tourism to the island of Ireland right now and the organisation’s plans to implement a robust recovery programme of promotions, when the time is right. 

Speaking after the board meeting, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Our tourism industry is gradually reopening, following an extremely challenging period. So, we were delighted to be able to hold this month’s board meeting in the Clayton Hotel Charlemont in Dublin and the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast. The board meeting gave us the opportunity to discuss the scale of the challenge facing overseas tourism to the island of Ireland. 

“The board heard about industry sentiment on the ground around the island of Ireland, from both Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI. Overseas market sentiment was also discussed, including the findings of Tourism Ireland’s latest research. The board also considered the progress to date with the Tourism Recovery Taskforce in Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourism Recovery Steering Group. Collaboration will be the key to success when overseas tourism returns.” 

  (Clockwise from left) Shane Clarke, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Corporate Services, Policy & Northern Ireland; Christopher Brooke, Vice Chairman of Tourism Ireland; board members John McGrillen, Harry Connolly, Trevor Clarke, Kathryn Thomson and Graham Keddie, during the Tourism Ireland board meeting in Belfast. On the screen are Joan O’Shaughnessy, Chair of Tourism Ireland; board member Nóirín Hegarty; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the meeting in Dublin.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • In 2019, we welcomed almost 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €5.8 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 23+ million visitors in 2019.