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Monday, September 29, 2014

Paschal Donohoe, Ireland's Minister for Tourism, Promotes Ireland in Boston

(l-r) Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, Minister Paschal  Donohoe, 
and Alison Metcalfe, head of Tourism Ireland in North America (Photo by Sandi Allen) 

Paschal Donohoe, TD for Dublin Central and Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, was in Massachusetts last weekend to participate in the launch of iFest, a three-day Irish festival that debuted in Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center.

Also there to promote the marketing initiative, Jump Into Ireland and the successful 2014 initiative, the Wild Atlantic Way, Mr. Donohoe met with over 200 Irish tour operators, travel agents, representatives from Boston's key media outlets and Irish-American organizations at the Boston Harbor Hotel, bringing along with him the newly published report that the number of US visitors to Ireland increased by 18% in the first eight months of 2014. 

Furthermore, Donohoe told the Boston audiences, “In 2013 alone, one million US visitors spent $1 billion in the Irish economy.  This demonstrates the importance of further developing  Irish market share of the US tourism market, which is a central policy agenda of (the Irish) government.”

Minister Donohoe also joined members of the Irish AmericanPartnership for lunch at the Boston Harbor Hotel, where he thanked the group and the community-at-large, for their work on behalf of Ireland.

Tourism Ireland was out in force throughout the iFest event, showcasing the cultural, culinary, literary, fashion and sports richness of Ireland

Read more about Minister Donohoe's visit to Boston here. 

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