The Guinness Storehouse, the Home of Guinness and Ireland’s number one international visitor attraction, has celebrated its 15th anniversary. Since opening its doors in 2000, the Guinness Storehouse, a seven-storey treasure trove of all things Guinness, has welcomed almost 14 million visitors.
Figures from the Ireland’s Central Statistics Office indicate this was the best ever January to June period for overseas visitors to the country, with almost 3.9 million arrivals recorded. Overseas visitor numbers have increased by 11.7 per cent over the first half in 2014 – an additional 407,100 visitors.
One of Europe’s largest airline groups, Air France KLM, is to commence operations from Northern Ireland. George Best Belfast City Airport is the only airport in the UK or Ireland included in expansion plans announced today by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines who will commence a daily service to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from May 2015.
Tourism Ireland has welcomed news that overseas visitor numbers have increased by 11 per cent for the December 2013 to February 2014 period. Contributing to the largest share of growth, an additional 79,500 people from Great Britain visited the Island of Ireland giving a 14 per cent increase.
Officials in the Republic of Ireland have confirmed they will scrap air travel tax from April next year. The move has been welcomed by business leaders who hope it will boost tourism in the country.
Tourism Ireland has launched a new and improved website for its GCC audience with an exclusive competition for one lucky winner to experience a ‘road-trip-of-a-lifetime’ along Northern Ireland’s most famous coastal route. Enhancing Tourism Ireland’s online presence in the region, the new website has been developed in response to growing interest in travel to the island of Ireland from the Middle East market.
Recognised as the World’s Leading Boutique Golf Resort by the World Travel Awards, Adare Manor has carved a niche as one of the finest properties in Ireland. Breaking Travel News tees off for a round on the championship course.
A new Kilkenny Culture Trail has just been launched extending the availability of the city’s cultural entertainment offerings such as heritage venues, theatres, sporting events and food and drink, over the next few months.
Tourism Minister Arlene Foster MLA met with the board members of Tourism Ireland in Belfast last week, ahead of the organisation’s October board meeting. Tourism Ireland’s remit is to promote Northern Ireland across the world, this year focusing primarily on the four main tourism markets of Great Britain, North America, France and Germany.