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02 Jun 2022

Northern Ireland’s music and culinary delights showcased at Jubilee celebration in Paris

Tourism Ireland attended an event to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in France yesterday (2 June). The event took place at the British Embassy in Paris and was an excellent opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland, our music scene and our fantastic food and drink offering.

Top French travel and lifestyle journalists were invited to attend and heard all about how Belfast’s rich musical heritage led to its recent designation as a UNESCO City of Music. They also heard about some of the many great things to see and do on a holiday in Northern Ireland. Guests were entertained by Belfast-born singer-songwriter Winnie Ama and enjoyed Millbay Oysters prepared and served by chef Paul Cunningham of Mourne Larder.

Guests also had the opportunity to sample other delicious produce from around Northern Ireland at the Tourism Ireland stand, organised in conjunction with Tourism NI – including Smoked Lough Neagh Eel, Irish Black Butter from Portrush, Bushmills Whiskey, gin from the Boatyard Distillery in Enniskillen, Long Meadow Cider from Portadown, Belfast Ginger Ale, NearyNógs Stoneground Chocolate, honeycomb from Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory in Belfast, Glastry Farm Ice Cream and Killowen Distillery Poitín.

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said: “The Jubilee celebration in Paris provides another wonderful platform to shine a spotlight on all the exciting events and opportunities happening in Northern Ireland this year. The opening of the Game of Thrones Studio Tour in Banbridge, the 10th anniversary of Titanic Belfast and the designation of Belfast as a UNESCO City of Music are just some of the many great reasons for French travellers to put Northern Ireland on their holiday wish-list for 2022. We’re also highlighting our superb culinary offering and vibrant music scene. Our message is that Northern Ireland is open for business again and we cannot wait to welcome back our French visitors.”
  Influencer Caroline Ida Ours; Shenda O'Hare, Killowen Distillery; Siobhan McManamy, Acting Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland; and chef Paul Cunningham, Mourne Larder, at an event to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the British Embassy in Paris.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • In 2019, we welcomed 2.24 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of £589 million.
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