A new survey reveals that over half of Britons are interested in visiting the island of Ireland in 2020.
The survey, undertaken last month by YouGov, on behalf of Tourism Ireland, shows that 52% of British people planning to take a short break this year said that they are interested in visiting Ireland. The majority cited scenery (68%) as a great reason to visit, as well as culture (47%) and the craic (44%). One-third (33.4%) of respondents said they think that they would have the most fun with locals in Ireland, compared with the locals in other destinations.
However, only 50% of those surveyed were aware of the Common Travel Area (CTA) agreement; the CTA, signed in 1923, is set to remain in place, despite Brexit – allowing British citizens to travel freely to Ireland, without restrictions.
Tourism Ireland’s CEO, Niall Gibbons, is visiting London this week – undertaking a series of interviews with various media outlets, including Sky News, Talk Radio, Travelmole, Breaking Travel News and The Sunday Times, to deliver a message of reassurance to prospective British visitors and to remind them why 2020 is a great year to visit the island of Ireland. The key message is that the Common Travel Area (CTA) between Britain and Ireland will continue after Brexit – which means no travel restrictions for our British visitors.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This time of year is a key holiday planning period for British travellers, so we’re taking the opportunity to remind them about the Common Travel Area and ease of access between Britain and Ireland. Brexit won’t change how easy it is to get to Ireland, with no change or restriction for British visitors.
“Our message for 2020 is very simple. Whatever happens with Brexit, our welcome will continue to be as genuinely warm as ever; our people will continue to be funny and full of chat; and our landscapes will continue to take your breath away. We will be marketing hard in Britain to deliver that message – right through 2020 – and to provide the reassurance that potential British visitors need to hear.”