Direct flights between China and Ireland set to boost tourism

The widely expected introduction of a direct flight between China and Ireland should give Chinese tourism to Ireland a major boost, while the number of Chinese visitors reached 50,000 in 2016, a year earlier than expected.

“Although we haven’t got official figures yet, last year we’re very sure the numbers were over 50,000 and that’s the target we set for 2017,” Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons said at an event at the Irish embassy in Beijing.

“Now we have completed a review of developing markets out to 2025 and we feel there are really good prospects in this market here, so that’s why I’m here for my seventh time in China,” Mr Gibbons told The Irish Times.

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