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On this very special edition of the podcast, Jody is in Chicago to welcome her most distinguished guest yet, Niall Gibbons. Niall is the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Ireland. Listen as they chat about the special initiatives that resulted in the jump to Ireland's tourism numbers as well as more exciting events will draw people to travel in Ireland.
In 2016, 10.5 million people visited Ireland―a 2 million visitor jump from 2015. So Ireland has seen a huge growth in Tourism in just 1 year, in addition to steady growth annually in the previous years.
Initiatives in Ireland that have helped with this jump:
Ireland is no longer thought of as only a “honeymoon” or “retirement” trip. People want to travel there with their for adventure and with their families. There are many great options to entice and get people to get out and experience Ireland through engagement, such as:
Promotions to Entice People to These Initiatives:
Ireland's Ancient East tells the stories of thousands of years of Irish history. The stories of this area and how well they are preserved are what entices people. The government agencies do a good job of maintaining and protecting these areas. Be aware that some allow only a limited number of visitors.
Add These Events to Your Calendar, Sports Fans:
Sports fans will love the over 400 golf courses, many of which are considered the best in the world. Royal Portrush- the Open is coming to Ireland in 2019. Also, Ireland has bid to host the Rugby world cup in 2023.
Ireland Family Vacations is the only online resource dedicated to Ireland family travel.
A treasure trove of information for individuals or groups planning an Ireland holiday, Ireland Family Vacations provides first hand recommendations on where to visit, where to stay, and what to do in Ireland