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President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins lends a hand to promote tourism to Ireland

October 24, 2017 Tourist Boards No Comments Email Email

The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins is currently undertaking a State Visit to Australia & New Zealand.  The State Visit to Australia is focusing on deepening and expanding Ireland’s long-standing bilateral ties with Australia, highlighting aspects of the two countries’ shared history and it is aimed at strengthening economic, tourism, cultural and political links between the two nations. 

Photo caption – Left to Right – Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons, Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, Sabina Higgins, Alison Metcalfe Tourism Ireland Head of Australia, New Zealand & North America

Since the President’s arrival in Australia, he has met with Irish communities in Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane; and also met with key representatives of the worlds of business, tourism, sport, academia, culture and the arts.

Today President Higgins and Sabina Higgins were the guests of honour at a business luncheon hosted by Tourism Ireland in the stunning Calyx, Botanic Gardens, Sydney.  The President met with leading figures of the Australian travel industry including travel trade, airline representatives, and travel journalists.  The President delivered an inspirational speech highlighting the deep historical connection between Australia and Ireland. He spoke about Ireland’s tourism industry and the relationship between the visitor and the visited and how Ireland is ensuring to take care to look after both – efficiency should never defeat hospitality.

The President also mentioned that Ireland is a big contender to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. Rugby has emerged in recent decades as one of Ireland’s most successful and most popular sports, and should the bid be successful, the tournament will be played across the island of Ireland.

Guests were entertained by up and coming Irish band Ye Vagabonds. Ye Vagabonds are comprised of Carlow brothers Diarmuid and Brian MacGloinn who are heavily influenced by folk and and Irish traditional music.

Sofia Hansson, Tourism Ireland Manager Australia and New Zealand, said: We were delighted to host the President of Ireland Mr. Michael D. Higgins at this special event to help us deliver the message about the many great reasons to visit the island of Ireland this yearThe Presidents visit highlights Irelands ancestral and cultural ties to Australia. Australia offers significant potential for tourism to the island of IrelandRecent data from the CSO confirms that visitor numbers from Australia/New Zealand and developing markets are up by +17.5% in the eight months JanAugust, over the same period last year.”


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