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Summer 15 Shone for Tourism

Summer 2015 was a particularly successful season for most Irish tourism businesses, boosted in part by return visitors and 

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favourable exchange rates, according to the findings in the latest Fáilte IrelandTourism Barometer. The Barometer is a survey of tourism businesses which seeks to gauge tourism performance for the year to date and prospects for the year ahead.

Paid serviced accommodation providers recorded an excellent year so far, with a large proportion (78%) of respondents to th

e survey reporting growth. Hotels lead the way, with around four in five (79%) reporting an increase in business, followed by 69% of guesthouses. Even the B&B sector, which has struggled in recent years, is showing very good signs of improvement, with 70% of operators saying that their business is up so far this year.

Accommodation providers were not the only ones who enjoyed a buoyant summer and the majority (79%) of tourist attractions have also seen a boost in the number of visitors welcomed through their doors so far this year – with the overseas markets even stronger - 85% registered growth in visitors from across the waters.

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Gallagher Heads ITIC

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Continental Europe is now the top contriibutor of revenue to Irish Tourism with annual earnings of eur1.38 bn, according to Paul Gallagher, who has been elected as chairman of ITIC for a two year term.

The general manager of Buswells Hotel and former president of IHF was elected at ITIC's agm.

He said that tourism revenue from Continental Europe now exceeds earnings from North America which has surpassed GB as our second most valuable tourism market.

He also called for the early establishment of the  Tourism Leadership Group which will monitor progress on the Government's growth targets.

'Planet' Places Dublin 3rd

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 has  named Dublin as one of the top cities in the world for travellers in 2016. Dublin features third 

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on the list of top cities for 2016, coming in ahead of George Town in Malaysia, Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Mumbai in India. Kotor i
nMontenegro took the top spot on the top ten cities list followed second by Quito, Ecuador.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 is a collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead which highlights the top ten countries, cities and regions to visit in 2016.

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'Thrones' Promo for India

Tourism Ireland has launched a new online campaign in India to promote Northern Ireland and the various locations where the award-winning TV series Game of Thrones is filmed. The four-week social media campaign is targeting Indian fans of the show through Facebook and Twitter. It aims to leverage the incredible success and the huge popularity of Game of Thrones and its strong connections with Northern Ireland.

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Minister Meets Tourism Ireland

Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe TD met the board members of Tourism Ireland at their October board meeting in Dublin last week. They discussed the tourism year to date and the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland has been undertaking around the world this year.
 
Picture shows Minister Paschal Donohoe (front, centre), with Brian Ambrose, chairman of Tourism Ireland (front, second left), Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland (front, second right), and Tourism Ireland board members.
 
txilboardSpeaking after the board meeting, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:
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