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03 Mar 2020

The island of Ireland ‘on par’ – at Rheingolf in Düsseldorf

Our world-class golf was highlighted over the weekend at Rheingolf in Düsseldorf – Europe’s largest exhibition for golf travel and equipment which attracts golf professionals and enthusiasts from around Germany. Six golf and tourism operators from the island of Ireland joined Tourism Ireland at Rheingolf, to promote and sell our world-class golf.

Germany is our third-largest source of visitors and in 2019 we welcomed an estimated 764,000 tourists from Germany to the island of Ireland, who spent around €469 million during their time here.

“Our presence at Rheingolf was an excellent opportunity to promote our world-class golf in Germany,” said Peter Nash, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for Central Europe. “Golf is the world’s largest sports-related travel market and Tourism Ireland is working hard to drive home the message that a golfing holiday on the island of Ireland is about much more than a round of 18 holes – the combination of our world-class golf and our unique brand of hospitality plays a key role in attracting German golfers to visit.” 
(back, l-r) John Martin, Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort; Deirdre Devine, Curran Gate Portrush; Frances Galbraith, Glenara Elite Travel & Tours; John Callely, Whiskey Island; Becca Kerr, Tourism NI; Denise Maes, Lough Erne Resort; Larry Byrne, Club Choice Ireland; (front, l-r) Kristina Gauges, Tourism Ireland; Tommy Pierce, SWING (South West Ireland Golf); and Swetlana Gorski, Tourism Ireland, at Rheingolf in Düsseldorf.

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 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.