Tourism industry leaders from Cork and the south of Ireland attended a Tourism Ireland event in the Montenotte Hotel in Cork this week, where they heard about new opportunities to grow visitor numbers from France, Spain and Italy.
Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Southern Europe, said, “France, Spain and Italy are markets of significant potential for tourism to Cork and the south of Ireland. Collectively, they delivered more than 1.3 million visitors to Ireland in 2017 and have grown by 30% since 2014. Now, with over 5,000 airline seats and ferry capacity for 3,900 passengers each week – directly to Cork – the markets of southern Europe offer great potential for further growth.”
There are over 5,000 airline seats and ferry capacity for 3,900 passengers – directly to Cork –available each week this summer. Working closely with airlines, ferry companies, airports and ferry ports to build demand for services is a key priority for Tourism Ireland. Throughout 2018, Tourism Ireland will undertake co-operative campaigns with all the sea and air carriers offering services to Cork.
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MacLaverty continued, “Our message for holidaymakers in France, Spain and Italy is that it has never been easier to get to Cork. We are also highlighting Cork as an important gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East to ‘culturally curious’ travellers.”
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