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Change of Senior Management at Tourism Ireland

Tourism Ireland has announced a number of senior management appointments to strengthen its Northern Ireland and Emerging Markets teams, and align with future growth opportunities ahead of the development of its next three year corporate plan (2020-22).

Aubrey Irwin has been appointed to the new post of Manager – Emerging Markets, where he will concentrate on opportunities in emerging markets like China, India and the Middle East. He will work with tourism businesses across the island of Ireland to increase industry awareness of, and engagement in, these increasingly important markets. A further post of Manager – Asia will be advertised in the coming weeks.

Shane Clarke has assumed strategic responsibility for Northern Ireland, as Director of Corporate Services, Policy & Northern Ireland. He will be responsible for evolving and building on Tourism Ireland’s ambition in relation to overseas tourism to Northern Ireland. Also in support of these objectives, a further post of Stakeholder Liaison Manager – Northern Ireland will be recruited shortly.

Commenting on the new arrangements, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: I am delighted to announce these changes in our Emerging Markets and Northern Ireland teams as we align the organisation for further sustained growth into the future. Overseas tourism to the island of Ireland has enjoyed record levels of growth in recent years. Our objective now is to ensure we are positioned strongly to capitalise on accelerating growth opportunities in emerging markets like China, India and the Middle East, and to strengthen our delivery for Northern Ireland and exploit the many exciting tourism developments coming on stream.”


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