Read our top tourism news stories over the last week!
+11.7% growth in overseas visitors to Ireland for first half of 2015
Figures released this week by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show an increase of almost 12% in the number of overseas visitors to Ireland from January to June when compared to the same period in 2014. Visitors from Britain are up 9.4% and numbers from North America are up almost 15%. Commenting on today’s figures, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am delighted to see that growth has been recorded from all of our markets around the world, with record numbers from North America (up almost +15% on the first half of 2014) and our long-haul markets (+12%). Mainland Europe has also turned in a stellar performance (up +13%), with important markets like Germany (+12%), France (+13%), Italy (+32%), Spain (+15%), the Nordic region (+5%) and Benelux (+11%) all recording fantastic growth. I also welcome the strong increase in British visitors (+9.4%), our largest market for overseas tourism. Today’s figures very much reflect the sentiment expressed by our tourism industry partners overseas, including tour operators and carriers, as well as tourism businesses here at home.”
Read more: Tourism Ireland
Four cruise ships arrive in Dublin this week
Over 13,000 visitors from four luxury cruise ships arrived into Dublin this week, boosting the economy by around €1.3m. The Royal Princess (330m long), Celebrity Silhouette (319m long), MV Horizon (208m long) and Magellan (222m long) arrived into the city on Thursday carrying passengers from the United States of America, France and Great Britain. Dublin Port Company chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly said: “Today is the biggest day ever for our cruise business with four luxury cruise liners bringing over 13,000 visitors to the capital in a single day. Our location at the heart of the city means that passengers can maximise their time in the capital, taking in the city’s sights, shops and attractions with ease.”
Read more: Breakingnews.ie
Disney reveals designs for its upcoming Shanghai Disneyland
The latest Disneyland park which will open in Shanghai in 2016 will feature six themed lands — Mickey Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Adventure Isle, Treasure Cove and Tomorrowland. There will also be new additions to the six classic themed lands that Disney diehards have come to expect in a park. Fantasyland will feature a new version of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the Voyage to the Crystal Grotto ride, which will run underneath the iconic Enchanted Storybook Castle. Tomorrowland will house a new Buzz Lightyear attraction, a jet pack simulator and a fast-paced “Tron” coaster, on which visitors ride futuristic two-wheeled “Lightcycles” under a massive color-shifting canopy. The castle will be bigger than the ones in all of Disney’s other theme parks and the first to include all of the brand’s beloved princesses. Shanghai Disneyland also promises to offer the world’s longest parade route of all the Disney parks, as well as the most collectibles and gifts.
Read more: CNN.com
Top American golf journalists enjoy Ireland’s world-class golf courses
Millions of golfers across the United States and potential holidaymakers for Ireland are set to read or hear all about our world-class golf, following this week’s visit by a group of top American golf journalists. The group were here as guests of Tourism Ireland, Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland and played golf at Portstewart, Ballyliffin, Portsalon, Rosapenna, Rosses Point and Royal Dublin. As well as inviting influential American golf writers to visit Ireland, Tourism Ireland’s golf TV ads aired to millions of golf enthusiasts this spring, on the hugely popular NBC Golf Channel, as well as on Golfchannel.com. A online ad campaign has also been running on various golf websites, directing people to the golf pages on Ireland.com as well as ongoing social media activity. Tourism Ireland is also attending a number of high profile golf events this year including the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts, in September.
Read more: Tourism Ireland
New York Irish pub named best in the world
The Dead Rabbit, an Irish pub in lower Manahattan in New York has been named the world’s best bar at a premier cocktail event, Tales of the Cocktail, in New Orleans. The bar is run by Belfast bar men Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry. The style of the award-winning spot is “the golden age of American drinking” and their list of accolades would suggest they’ve made achieved their goal. The bar is divided into two spaces, the first is an informal pub on the ground floor that serves craft beer, bottled punch and whiskey. The second area is called the Parlor where the story of 19th century clergyman and reformer Lewis Pease is told through a narrative of 64 different cocktails.
Read more: Irishcentral.com