Tourism Eire has welcomed the inaugural Hainan Airways flight from Shenzhen, in south-eastern China, to Dublin.
That is the second service from mainland China to Eire – with Hainan working a service from Beijing since final 12 months.
It’s hoped the brand new flight will assist to considerably enhance tourism from China to the island of Eire.
The airline will function two flights per week between Shenzhen and Dublin.
Tourism Eire will associate with Hainan Airways this spring, to focus on the island of Eire and drive demand for the brand new service.
Exercise will embody Eire adverts operating on well-liked social platforms, in addition to on the Hainan Airways web site, round St Patrick’s Day.
James Kenny, Tourism Eire supervisor, China, stated: “The brand new Hainan Airways service from Shenzhen to Dublin is actually excellent news for Irish tourism in 2019, as we proceed the roll-out of our market diversification technique.
“As an island vacation spot, we all know the significance of direct, continuous flights can’t be overstated; there’s a confirmed correlation between entry and progress in customer numbers, so this new flight shall be an vital think about rising customer numbers from China.
“We look ahead to working intently with Hainan Airways, Dublin Airport Authority and different tourism pursuits, to maximise the promotion of this new service to Dublin.”
He added: “China is a vital rising journey market and one which Tourism Eire is dedicated to rising over the approaching years.
“A key message for Tourism Eire in China is the British-Irish Visa Scheme, which allows Chinese language travellers to go to each Eire and the UK on a single visa of both nation.
“In Could, Tourism Eire will undertake our 2019 gross sales mission to China – after we will meet with high Chinese language journey brokers and tour operators in the important thing cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou.”