Tourism Mourns Queen's Passing

Many professionals  involved in the Irish Tourism Industry will mourn the passing of HM Elizabeth II, remembering with great fondness her State Visit to Ireland in 2011 which attracted worldwide media attention.

While the visit was notable for being the first by the Queen to the Republic, she had visited the island of Ireland on many occasions during her reign. These visits were always confined to Northern Ireland. She had also been visited in London by President Mary Robinson in May 1993 and then several times by President McAleese since 1997.

The 2011 visit was seen as a symbolic normalisation of Republic of Ireland–United Kingdom relations following the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, and it did much to promote a positive image of this country among UK tourists. Indeed, visitor arrivals from the UK in subsequent years grew annually until the advent of Covid 19.

Queen Elizabeth also had cordial relations with Irish tourism executives, and her children, King Charles and Princess Anne, were regular visitors to this country.

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