A Taste of Portlaoise at ‘Flavours’ Event in London

Tourism organisations from around the island of Ireland – including the Killeshin Hotel – travelled to London recently to participate in Flavours of Ireland 2012. The B2B tourism workshop, organised by Tourism Ireland, saw 100 representatives of the top GB-based inbound tour operators come together to do business with 40 Irish tourism organisations.   Now […]

Targeting Middle Eastern Tourists for Ballyfin and Co Laois

A delegation led by Tourism Ireland took part in a travel trade mission to the Middle East last week. Fifteen tourism organisations – including Ballyfin Demesne – took part in the three-day mission, visiting Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Kuwait, where they met with key tour operators and travel agents in the region. This was the largest-ever tourism mission to the […]

Tourism Ireland Comment on CSO Figures for 2011

Commenting on the CSO figures issued today for overseas visitor numbers to Ireland for 2011, Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said:“Today’s figures show that, despite the challenges and uncertainty which faced the global economy last year, visitor numbers from overseas for 2011 are almost 8% ahead of 2010. While the final quarter showed a […]

Irish Tourism to Target Brazil and Russia

Tourism Ireland announces new strategy to attract more high-spending BRIC visitors Tourism Ireland has announced a new strategy to attract more high-spending visitors from the emerging tourism markets of Brazil and Russia. The organisation will target potential holidaymakers in these markets by working closely with airlines and tour operators to increase exposure and demand for holidays […]

Tourism Ireland Offers Chinese Tourists a Cead Mile Failte to Ring in The Year of The Dragon

Five groups of Chinese tourists arrive in Ireland this week, to ring in the ‘Year of the Dragon’ Irish-style. They will be travelling around the island of Ireland – from the Cliffs of Moher, to Dublin, to the Giant’s Causeway – to celebrate the Chinese New Year here. It is estimated that approximately 10,000 Chinese […]

Tourism Ireland Comment On CSO Figures For The January-November 2011 Period

Commenting on the CSO figures issued today for overseas visitor numbers to Ireland for the period January-November 2011, Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said:<em>“Today’s figures show that visitor numbers for the period January-November 2011 are almost +7% ahead of the same eleven-month period in 2010. However, the economic turmoil of recent months has […]

Laois exhibitors to promote the county at the Holiday World Show 2012

Whether your dream holiday is the delights of Turkey, an African Safari, the excitement of South America, the luxury of Dubai, the fun of the Mediterranean or the warm welcome of a home holiday, The Holiday World Show Dublin 2012  (www.holidayworldshow.com) at the RDS Simmonscourt from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th is the place to […]

Tourism Ireland’s Review Of 2011

2011: The Year When Overseas Tourism Returned to Growth –   Following some of the most difficult years for travel and tourism, the island of Ireland has seen signs of a welcome return to growth in overseas visitors in 2011. By the end of this year, Tourism Ireland expects that almost 7.4 million people will […]