An estimated 430 landmarks and sites in 54 different countries around the world will be illuminated in green this weekend, as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2019 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St. Patrick.
From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, a host of buildings and sites around the world are turning a shade of green in celebration. The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and probably the most iconic building in Dubai's skyline, is taking part for the first time in 2019.
Other new sites include Victoria Falls, York’s medieval City Walls, Lord’s Cricket Pavilion in London, Nation Towers in Abu Dhabi, the Atakule Tower in Ankara and the Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA in Japan.
They are joined by by stes which have previously turned green, including the Sydney Opera House, the London Eye, the Colosseum, Burj al Arab, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Since begining in 2010, Tourism Ireland's annual Global Greening initiative has expanded every year - from just the Sydney Opera House in year one to over 400 sites this year.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are using every opportunity to capitalise on Ireland’s heightened profile this weekend; the saturation coverage about the island of Ireland across the global airwaves, in newspapers and digital media, is an invaluable boost for our overall 2019 tourism promotional drive.”