Published on : Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The September to December period usually yields as much as 30% of Ireland’s annual overseas tourism business. As part of the campaign, Richard E Grant arrived in Dublin today – to film two new online videos for a promotion with Smooth Radio in Britain, which will reach about 5.5 million potential holidaymakers.
The campaign will highlight the many festivals and events taking place right around the island this autumn and winter – from the Dublin Theatre Festival to the Bram Stoker Festival and Culture Night, Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, Galway International Oyster Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, Sligo Live, Cork Jazz Festival, Wexford Festival Opera and New Year Festival (NYF) Dublin.
Minister Ross said: “I’m pleased to support the launch of Tourism Ireland’s autumn campaign and wish to acknowledge the role of accomplished actor Richard E Grant, whose involvement will add impact to the campaign in the important British market. I am committed to ensuring that Ireland’s strong tourism performance to date in 2016 continues during the autumn-winter period and into 2017. I am confident that Tourism Ireland’s autumn campaign will continue the agency’s effective work in marketing Ireland as a visitor destination around the world and will help to ensure continued growth in tourism earnings and employment in communities all over Ireland.”
Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said: “We have seen very strong growth of almost +13% in overseas visitors to Ireland for the first seven months of 2016. Our autumn campaign aims to take advantage of late booking trends in our markets around the world, as there is still plenty of business to play for. Many people are opting for shorter holiday breaks and autumn is a good opportunity with many world-class festivals and events happening around the island.”
Niall Gibbons continued: “Tourism Ireland’s publicity drive continues this autumn, targeting print, broadcast and online media around the world, with lots of positive stories about Ireland. We will promote the island of Ireland through our sales missions to the Middle East, India, Australia and New Zealand. We will work hard to maximise the success of winter air routes, to grow tourism in the shoulder and off-seasons. In addition, Tourism Ireland will bring top overseas travel agents and tour operators to the island of Ireland this autumn, to meet with hundreds of tourism businesses here and negotiate inclusion in their 2017 brochures and programmes.”
The campaign – which is being rolled out in Great Britain, North America, Mainland Europe, Australia and emerging markets – will incorporate a major focus on city breaks, as well as on attracting visitors to more rural areas over the coming months. Highlights of the activity include co-operative promotions with Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Stena Line, transatlantic and long-haul airlines like Delta, American and Ethiopian Airlines; extensive online advertising; as well as a busy programme of digital, PR and social media activity.
Source:- Tourism Ireland