The Clayton Hotel Charlemont in Dublin and the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast were the venues for the July board meeting of Tourism Ireland, which took place on July 16.
This was the first time that the board members met face-to-face since the outbreak of COVID-19. However, the board meeting took place at two different hotels for the first time ever, connected by video conferencing.
The board members discussed the scale of the challenge facing overseas tourism to the island of Ireland right now and the organisation's plans to implement a robust recovery programme of promotions, when the time is right.
"An Extremely Challenging Period"
Speaking after the board meeting, Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said, "Our tourism industry is gradually reopening, following an extremely challenging period. So we were delighted to be able to hold this month's board meeting in the Clayton Hotel Charlemont in Dublin and the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast. The board meeting gave us the opportunity to discuss the scale of the challenge facing overseas tourism to the island of Ireland.
"The board heard about industry sentiment on the ground around the island of Ireland from both Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI. Overseas market sentiment was also discussed, including the findings of Tourism Ireland's latest research. The board also considered the progress to date with the Tourism Recovery Taskforce in Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourism Recovery Steering Group. Collaboration will be the key to success when overseas tourism returns."
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