NISRA reported that the north received 2m overseas tourists in 2015, up 10pc.
The CSO reported overseas visitors up 16pc in February-April 2016. N America is up 20pc, Britain is up 18.6pc and the mainland up 13pc (Italy up 14pc, Spain up 17pc, France up 10pc,, Germany up 7.4pc, Scandinavia up 11.5pc and Benelux up 31pc. Picture is Padraig Dalton of the CSO.
The K Club attendance for the Irish Open was well short of the 120,000 record for the tournament at 81,734, with 25,000 there on Sunday. The tournament saw thunder, lightning, hailstones and torrential rain, the only thing they didn’t have was snow. Picture shows Paul Collins, North and West Coast Links; Simon Wallace, Lough Erne Resort; Áine Mangan, Dublin East Coast Golf Alliance; Joseph Cruise, Tourism Ireland; and Fergus Gannon, G Golf Ireland, at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. They were at the Tourism Ireland stand at the BMW in Wentworth to promote golf in Ireland.
Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna launched Kildare Failte’s new food tourism festival to coincide with Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh Racecourse from June 24th to 26th
Royal Cork Yacht Club is open on Sunday June 5 to families and anyone interested in sailing to come along and try sailing.
Tourism Ireland unveiled the fifth Door of Thrones in Frank Owens Bar in Limavady.
Enniskillen’s new water taxi tours include stops the monastic site of Devenish Island, Crom Castle, Belle Isle Estate and Castle Archdale Forest Park & Marina.
Kathryn Thomas’s sister Linda has joined her bootcamp project which will be homed in Kenmare and Temple Lodge and Spa in Westmeath.
Author Jim O’Malley will talk at the Blackwater School hall in Lismore at the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing on Sunday, June 19th at 7.30pm.
Kite Surfing pioneer Niall Roche will open a new watersports centre, Hooked on Rosslare on June 13.
NI Festival of Cycling takes place June 3 to 19. Events include a foodie cycle tour of Derry, Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails and the Crooked Lake Duathlon. See discovernorthernireland.com.
Sad news, Eckhard Gogsch of PG Tourism Services died earlier this week. The Bodensee native became an acclaimed tour guide in Killarney and co-founded PG Tourism Services with his wife Patricia in 2000.
Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan launched the Wild Atlantic Passport, a promotional souvenir.
City Sightseeing Dublin is offering a free vintage bus tour for Bloomsday, departing The Hugh Lane Gallery at 10.15 and 12.15 on June 16.
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