New VIP Whiskey Tour Experience on Lambay Island
Lambay Whiskey is offering private groups (min 2 and max 12) a chance to experience a VIP Lambay Whiskey Tour on the private island owned by the Baring family. Groups can visit the island from April to October. The tour begins at Malahide Marina where guests are brought by a brand ambassador to the island via private boat transfer. The guests partake in a walking tour of the island learning about the history and lineage of the island. After which, they will take part in a whiskey tasting masterclass.
CSO 2019 December Arrivals
In December 2019, 779k overseas direct arrivals were welcomed to the Republic of Ireland, resulting in an increase of +5.5% (+41k volume) arrivals compared to December 2018.
• Great Britain has increased in arrivals by +7% accounting for an extra +20k arrivals over December 2018
• Mainland Europe also saw significant growth of +10% (+26k volume)
• North America arrivals saw a decline of -5% (-7k fewer) arrivals
• Other Areas arrivals grew by +5% (+2.4k volume)
Ireland West Airport Reports 2019 as best ever year!
Ireland West Airport recorded it’s busiest year ever it was revealed with more than 800,000 passengers using the airport in 2019.
Passenger numbers climbed by almost 5% to a staggering 807,000 for the first time in the airport’s history, surpassing the previous record of 772,000 passengers in 2018.
2019 marks the fourth consecutive year of record passenger growth at the air travel hub.
CSO Direct Arrivals - November 2019
The CSO have published ‘November 2019’ direct arrivals to the Republic of Ireland.
The figures show a decrease of -7% or -52k fewer arrivals compared to November 2018.
Over 10m arrivals were reported for January to November of 2019 (11 months). This is a new record for the Republic of Ireland a modest increase of +1.5% when compared to the same period in 2018.
Launch of Púca 2019
The Púca Halloween festival kicked off today in Athboy, Drogheda and Trim Castle. It will run from the 31st October and to the 2nd November. Púca features a range of exciting events including interactive light shows, innovative storytelling performances, as well as a soundtrack that includes everything from chamber music to electronica, performed by talented musicians in venues around Drogheda and Trim.
NISRA Quarter 1 2019 Tourism & Travel results
NISRA have released their Quarter 1 2019 Tourism & Travel results which provides us with the total Q1 overnight visitors to Northern Ireland.
409k overseas visitors overnighted in Northern Ireland in Quarter 1 in 2019, representing an increase of +8% or almost +31k more for 2019 when compared to the same period in 2018. Of those visitors recorded for Q1 2019, the main purpose of visit was Visiting Friends/Relatives. However, Holidaymakers are driving growth in Northern Ireland, accounting for an extra +25k or over 80% of growth There was also an increase of +12k or +19% in business visitors.
Ireland to host Ryder Cup 2026
To top off a great week for golf on the island of Ireland, Adare Manor has been announced as the host for the Ryder Cup in 2026. The five-star property is located in Co. Limerick, approximately 30 minutes from Shannon airport. The hotel has 104 guest rooms and offers a range of activities on site including falconry, archery and of course, golf.
CSO Direct Arrivals - June 2019
The CSO have published ‘June 2019’ direct arrivals to the Republic of Ireland.
The figures show an increase of +3.6% in the first half of 2019, which is around 176,000 more than in January - June 2018. Arrivals from North America and other long-haul markets show consitent growth this year at +9.1% and +8.1% respectively.
WestJet Launch New Direct Route
WestJet have become the only airline to operate a direct service between Calgary and Dublin. The flight will run 3 times weekly from June to October, with 320 seats per flight. The launch of this flight will lead to greater convenient access to the island of Ireland from Canada.