New access routes to the island of Ireland
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes today’s announcement by Lufthansa of a new flight from Frankfurt to Belfast City Airport. The four times weekly service will commence in April 2023 and will certainly help boost tourism business from Germany to Northern Ireland.
Niall Gibbons to step down from Tourism Ireland
Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, has announced that he will be stepping down from the role after 21 years with the company, 14 years as Chief Executive. Niall has played a part in every aspect of the promotion of the island of Ireland as a tourism destination overseas, since the set-up of Tourism Ireland after the Belfast Agreement of Good Friday 1998.
Tourism Ireland launches new global campaign
Tourism Ireland outlines strategy to rebuild overseas tourism - with €78 mililon marketing budget for 2023. Actress Sharon Horgan fronts Tourism Ireland's new global campaign.
Tourism Ireland’s new global campaign – ‘Fill your heart with Ireland’ features new ads featuring actresses Sharon Horgan, from Bad Sisters, and Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, from Derry Girls. The campaign is all about dialling up what differentiates the island of Ireland from other destinations – communicated through various celebrities, who share what fills their hearts with Ireland.
The new campaign will go live from St Patrick’s Day in our top four tourism markets – Great Britain, the United States, Germany and France – and will then be rolled out in nine other important tourism markets around the world.
Travel Restrictions to the island of Ireland
From March 6th 2022 all COVID-19 travel restrictions were removed for travelling to the Republic of Ireland, and from March 18th 2022 all COVID-19 travel restrictions were removed for travelling to Northern Ireland. Visitors no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form, nor will they need proof of vaccination or recovery, or a COVID-19 test.
For the Republic of Ireland please check the latest travel advice
For Northern Ireland please check the latest travel advice
Aer Lingus Summer Schedule 2022
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement by Aer Lingus of its extensive new schedule for summer 2022. This schedule includes 71 routes in total, including 16 transatlantic routes.
Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said "The announcement by Aer Lingus of its extensive new schedule for summer 2022 is excellent news and a significant milestone on the road to recovery for our sector. As we restart tourism to Ireland from overseas after what has been a devastating time, this announcement of the restoration of many Aer Lingus routes is very much a vote of confidence in the future of our industry". Read more
Lonely Planet lists Dublin in top 10 cities to visit in 2022
The much-anticipated Lonely Planet Best Travel Destinations for 2022 has listed Dublin in its top 10 cities to visit.
The best-selling guide describes Dublin as "one of Europe's most down-to-earth and friendly cities" adding that its "long-established highlights are now complemented by new layers of community and diversity that add to the capital's contemporary appeal"
Brexit and travel to the island of Ireland
If you’re wondering how Brexit may affect travel arrangements to the island of Ireland from 1 January 2021:
Please click here if travelling from Great Britain
Please click here if travelling from Europe
Please click here if travelling from the Rest of the World
Recommencement of flights from Dublin to Kerry and Donegal
The Irish Government has announced the return of air services on the Dublin to Kerry and Donegal routes. The Kerry route will be operated by Ryanair, and Amapola Flyg AB will operate the Dublin to Donegal route.
Island of Ireland Safety Marks
Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland have worked closely with the tourism industry to put safety marks in place in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. These marks are designed to reassure you and your clients that the industry partner has committed to adhering to the correct safety measures and hygiene protocols, while also ensuring a very enjoyable experience and warm welcome for all visitors. The health and safety of all our visitors is the priority, and we will ensure that they are protected alongside a very warm Irish welcome.
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