06/03/2015

Tourism Minister Attends All-Ireland Meeting

Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe has attended a North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) Tourism meeting at the NSMC Joint Secretariat Office in County Armagh as part of a strategy to increase and improve tourism throughout the island of Ireland.

The meeting was chaired by Minister Donohoe and attended by Northern Ireland's Tourism and Investment Minister Arlene Foster and Arts Minister Carál Ní Chuilín.

The meeting formally approved Tourism Ireland’s Business Plan for 2015. Minister Donohoe said: "I was delighted to chair my first NSMC Tourism Sectoral meeting today and we had a very useful engagement. Irish tourism has enjoyed a very successful period recently and which we are determined to grow even further. Tourism Ireland’s Business 2015 Plan, as approved at this morning’s meeting, is targeting further growth in overseas visits to Ireland this year of 6% and an increase in the associated revenue of 7%. Thankfully the agency reported that sentiment in our overseas markets is positive and we are very confident that these targets will be achieved. This is good news for everybody involved in Irish tourism as they plan for the peak tourism season."

(IT/CD)

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