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Tourism Summit Kicks off in Dublin

L-R: Florence Gourdon, Brittany Ferries; Minister Varadkar; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.

L-R: Florence Gourdon, Brittany Ferries; Minister Varadkar; Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.

More than 60 influential players from the world of tourism and travel are gathering in Dublin today, to attend a one-day tourism summit organised by Tourism Ireland.

The high-level summit brings together key industry representatives from around the island of Ireland, and from around the world, to discuss and explore areas of opportunity and the key themes for future growth in overseas tourism to Ireland, in 2015 and beyond.

Overseas tourism accounts for almost 60% of all tourism revenue and in 2013 contributed almost €4 billion to the economies north and south.

Today’s summit includes presentations and panel discussions – exploring ideas and listening closely to the views of key overseas tourism operators in relation to their own markets, the opportunities and challenges they see for travel and tourism to the island of Ireland in 2015 and beyond, and the best ways to harness that potential.

Speaking in advance of the summit, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “In 2013, we welcomed 8 million overseas visitors to  Ireland and saw record visitor numbers from markets like North America, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. We are determined to ensure the success continues. We are delighted so many of our key partners are participating in our summit today, generously sharing their knowledge and expertise, so we can build on the growth we saw in 2013.”

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