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 Tourism operators from around Ireland met with the Tourism Ireland team from Mainland Europe, at a networking event in the Osprey Hotel in Naas.


 Danielle Neyts and Aileen Hickey, both Tourism Ireland are pictured with  with Louise McGee, B&B Ireland (centre). 
  At the event, the various tourism operators provided updates and news of interesting developments at their properties and visitor attractions; and Tourism Ireland outlined details of its extensive promotional programme which is under way throughout 2017, to grow tourism from Mainland Europe.
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One Million US visitors in 2016

More than one million US visitors came to Ireland in 2016- thre first time this landmark was exceeded.


The statistic is included in 'Tourism Facts 2016' published by Failte Ireland.
With data from a number of sources, the report provides detail on where tourists came from, where they went in Ireland, why overseas tourists came to Ireland, where they stayed and what they did during last year. 
Britain remains our biggest source market for overseas tourists, representing 41% of all such visits.
The next biggest source market is Mainland Europe, which accounts for 36% of international volume.
Some 17% of overseas tourists come from North America.
The balance, 6%, comes from other long haul markets. 
However, when it comes to holidays, Mainland Europe generates 39% of our overseas holidaymakers, followed by Britain at 32% and North America 24%. 
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Film promotes Irish golf

 Tourism Ireland has created a new online film showcasing  the country's  world-class golf courses, as well as the surprising things that golfers can get up to off the cour


 Titled "Golf on the island of Ireland", the video invites potential visitors discover golf courses, challenging links and off-course activities around the island of Ireland. From Royal Portrush on the Causeway Coastal Route, home of The Open 2019, to the links of Lahinch and the fairways of Portmarnock, the film reminds golfers everywhere that golf on the island of Ireland is a delight. It also features courses like Portstewart, Waterville, Lahinch, Royal County Down and Druid’s Glen. The message is that golf in Ireland is an experience, both on and off the course.
 The film is being promoted through Tourism Ireland’s social platforms, including Facebook (over 3.9 million fans worldwide), Twitter (403,000 followers) and YouTube.


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A delegation of 35 Irish tourism businesses travelled to Paris to take part in a brand new, B2B tourism event for 2015, Irlande à Paris.

The group is pictured with Caroline Phelan, Tourism Ireland (back, fifth right), and Game of Thrones characters (right), outside the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris, where the new B2B tourism event, Irlande à Paris, took place.

Organised by Tourism Ireland, Irlande à Paris took place in the Irish Cultural Centre and involved two simultaneous workshops and networking events – one targeting group tour operators and travel agents, the other business tourism and MICE (meetings, incentive, conferences and events) buyers. It provided the Irish delegation with the opportunity to meet and do business with more than 250 carefully selected French travel professionals – including leading business tourism buyers, group tour operators and travel agents.


Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s head of southern Europe, said: “2014 was a record year for French visitors to Ireland and Tourism Ireland in France is undertaking an extensive programme of promotional activity throughout 2015 – to keep the momentum going and build on that growth. We were delighted that so many influential French travel professionals took the time to come and meet our industry partners at our new event, Irlande à Paris – demonstrating their keen interest in programming the island of Ireland in 2015 and beyond.”



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