Tourism Ireland is spending €4.6 million on a nine-week advertising blitz of the British market from October to early December to tempt visitors for short breaks.
The tourism marketing agency will launch a campaign encouraging British tourists to press the “green button” and book a visit to Ireland.
It will include a television advertising campaign to reach about 17m people; an outdoor campaign that it says will reach 7.4 million; digital advertising for 21 million people; and a social media campaign it hopes will reach 25 million.
The marketing campaign runs from October 1st to December 5th. Details were revealed on Thursday during a visit to Britain by Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin, who was one her first official overseas trip since taking up her role last summer. due to the pandemic.
Overall in Ireland, North and South, about 4.8 million British visitors visited in 2019, the last full year before the pandemic. British visitors represented 42 per cent of the total number of visitors and were the largest single source market for Irish tourism. They spent a total of €1.5 billion.
Ms Martin noted the success of the domestic tourism season but said: “I am aware that challenges remain for the sector. The greatest of these challenges remains the low level of international tourists compared to pre-pandemic levels.”
Overall, international visitors accounted for more than 75 per cent of the tourism market before the pandemic.
The Minister made the trip to Britain along with several senior Tourism Ireland officials. Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s chief executive, said it would work with British providers to “rebuild tourism”.
“Key priorities to ensure success will include rebuilding consumer confidence, as well as air and sea connectivity, which is vital as an island destination,” he said. More than 90 per cent of arrivals to Ireland are by air.