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The British Tourism & Travel Show Birmingham – March 2017

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Genevieve Le Loup with Caitriona Butler from Irish Ferries at a workshop in Paris

70 group agencies expected in Paris.

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Holiday Ireland’s 35th Celebratory Lunch



Holiday Ireland marks 35 years in business

“35 years in business is no mean achievement in any country and given the recessions and other problems Ireland has experienced over this period, it means so much more.” So said Elizabeth Fahy, Managing Director and founder of Holiday Ireland hotels at a celebratory lunch in the RDS Dublin today (Tuesday).

Many leading tour operators and coach operators flew in from around Europe and the UK to celebrate with her. Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar and Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland also attended.

Addressing the lunch, Minister Varadkar said: “To maintain any business for this length of time is quite an achievement. It’s even more commendable in a sector like tourism which has seen major changes in recent years in how people plan and book their holidays. Holiday Ireland Hotels has an excellent working relationship with Tourism Ireland which is also represented here today. Just as you are celebrating continued success, Irish tourism is also celebrating an excellent year. The most recent figures published by the Central Statistics Office show that virtually all of our main overseas markets are showing growth.”

Elizabeth Fahy went on to say that Holiday Ireland introduced over 900 groups last year to Ireland and generated over €10 million worth of business.

The Group of hotels include Dooley’s Hotel in Waterford, Lawlors Hotel in Dungarvan, The Regency Hotel Dublin, the Central Hotel in Donegal, The Earl of Desmond Hotel in Tralee and The Hydro Hotel in Lisdoonvarna.

She commended the Minister and the Government for their courage and forward thinking in retaining the 9% VAT rate and other tourism incentives. She also congratulated State tourism agencies Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland on the amazing success of The Gathering this year. “

Leo Varadkar
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport