News from the Ireland Travel Industry December 27 2015

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belmond1Images of Belmond Grand Hibernian were released. The luxury sleeper train will commence service in August 2016 with 2, 4 and 6-night itineraries available.Ireland

CSO figures showed that visits to Ireland was up 14pc for the first 11 months of 2015 with 8m visitors, above Tourism Ireland’s estimate of 7.9m. Visits from Europe were up 15.9pc, North America up 14.1pc, Britain up 12.5pc and ROW up 13.3pc.

STARRING ROLE FOR CASTLETOWN HOUSE IN TOURISM IRELAND’S NEW GLOBAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNTourism Ireland will roll out its Ireland’s Ancient East online ad campaign in January, targeting all 23 markets. A TV ad was filmed a few months ago at Castletown House, Glendalough, Newgrange, Kilkenny Castle, Waterford city and the Rock of Cashel. Picture shows Brian Twomey of Tourism Ireland, actor Zeff Lawless, make-up artist Shirley Talbot, cameraman Piers McGrail and director Stevie Russell during filming at Castletown House.

An article on Kilkenny appeared in Australia’s Traveller magazine.

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