Some of Dublin's most well-known buildings are lighting up in red this week to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which falls on Saturday January 25, and welcome the Year of the Rat.
The illumination was organised by the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in conjunction with Dublin City Council.
The buildings that are lighting up are the Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Dublin City Hall, The Mansion House, The Convention Centre Dublin, the Pearse Lyons Distillery, the Westin Hotel, Carmichael House and the Guinness Storehouse. The city's Samuel Beckett Bridge is also being lit up.
"A Gesture Of Genuine Friendship"
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Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons commented, "Tourism Ireland is delighted that Chinese New Year is being celebrated in Dublin once again this year, with some of our historic civic buildings and visitor attractions lighting up in red. The illumination indicates a gesture of genuine friendship and a desire to further enhance the positive relations between China and Ireland.
"China is the largest outbound travel market in the world and one that Tourism Ireland is committed to growing over the coming years. In 2019, Tourism Ireland announced its intention to double its marketing investment in China to €1 million, and to also double its marketing team to 12 to grow Chinese visitor numbers to 200,000 by 2025."
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