Cathay Pacific leaders discuss direct Dublin service with Irish delegation

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Tourism Ireland and DAA have met senior Cathay Pacific personnel, including Chairman John Slosar and CEO Rupert Hogg, in Hong Kong to discuss the impending direct service to Dublin.

The route, which starts in June, is the first ever direct scheduled service from the Asia-Pacific region to Ireland.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; John Slosar, Chairman of Cathay Pacific; Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State at the Department of Finance; and Rupert Hogg, CEO of Cathay Pacific, at a meeting in Hong Kong to discuss the airline’s new flight to Dublin

Tourism Ireland said it will work closely with Cathay Pacific and Dublin Airport over the coming months to drive demand for the new flight.

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Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “As an island destination, we know that convenient, direct flights are critical to growing inbound tourism, so this new service is certainly good news for Irish tourism, helping to open up important new tourism and business opportunities for Ireland in Hong Kong and China, as well as further afield in Australia, New Zealand and across the Asia-Pacific region.

Dalton Philips, CEO of the DAA, said: “Connectivity to fast-growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond will help increase visitor numbers to Ireland and stimulate trade in both directions. At present about 40,000 people per year travel between Dublin and Hong Kong and we’ll be working closely with Cathay Pacific, Tourism Ireland and other stakeholders to grow this new service.”

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Tourism Ireland is also undertaking a series of engagements with key travel decision-makers in Hong Kong this week – including the Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents, the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, Jet Tours and Flight Centre. 

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