Tourism Ireland Welcomes New Ryanair Flights to Shannon Airport

24 Oct 2013

Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Ryanair of eight new flights to Shannon Airport from April 2014, which will include year-round services to Shannon from Berlin, Munich, Paris and Nice. These new services will certainly help boost tourism business from the all-important German and French markets to Shannon and the West of Ireland next year.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is wonderful news for tourism to the West of Ireland. We already work very closely with Ryanair and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of these new flights from Germany and France to Shannon. As an island, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Ryanair, Shannon Airport and other tourism interests, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for these flights to Shannon – as we work with other carriers and partners to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to the island.”

Niall Gibbons continued: “Tourism from Mainland Europe is performing well this year – almost +5% for the January-August period, with good increases in visitor numbers in particular from markets like Germany, the Nordic countries and Benelux. And the outlook for 2014 is also positive – particularly in light of these new Ryanair flights, just in time for the summer season, which will help keep the growth momentum going.”

-ENDS-

Further information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland  
Tel: 087-685 9027  

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 approximately 200,000 people.
• In 2012, 7.4 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.51 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, currently rolling out in 11 different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.
• ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ is Ireland’s biggest ever tourism initiative, consisting of a year-long programme of festivals, events and gatherings in every part of the country; Tourism Ireland has undertaken an extensive programme of promotions to highlight The Gathering Ireland 2013 around the world, working closely with the Gathering project team.

 

 

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