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Minister Flanagan encourages stay-at-home holidaymakers to consider Northern Ireland visit


The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD is encouraging holidaymakers to include a visit to Northern Ireland as part of their holiday plans this bank holiday weekend and throughout the coming holiday period.

Minister Flanagan said:

“On my many visits to Northern Ireland I have been struck by its beauty– from Belfast to Derry, from Fermanagh to the Antrim coast – which is helping to attract large numbers of overseas visitors to the island.

“Many Northern Ireland holidaymakers choose to come South during the holiday period. This is helping to ensure that 2015 will be a record year for tourism.

“Equally, many visitors entering the island via the South also visit Northern Ireland as part of their holidays, including some availing of UK-Ireland visa arrangements. I am often surprised though at how many in the South have not recently visited Northern Ireland and I would encourage even more stay-at-home holidaymakers to make Northern Ireland a part of their holiday plans this year.”

“Positive North-South engagement, at all levels of society and politics, has been key to building steadfast relationships over the years for the benefit of all people on the island. Cross-border tourism has a role to play in building relationships, supporting the all-island economy and building ever stronger North/South relations.”

Press Office
31 July 2015

Notes for Editors:

  • Recent figures from Tourism Ireland indicate that January-June 2015 was the best ever period for overseas visitors to Ireland, with almost 3.9 million arrivals recorded. Overseas visitor numbers have increased by +11.7% over the first half in 2014.
  • Recent figures from Tourism Northern Ireland indicate that there were approximately 389,000 visitors from the South to Northern Ireland in 2014, down from 430,000 in 2012.