New China and Ireland air link expected to increase tourism

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Nathan Morley Travel Gazette

TRAVEL GAZETTE – A new link between China and Ireland is expected to increase tourism between the two countries.

Direct flights between Dublin and Beijing will be begin on June 12 – with four non-stop flights and four flights with a stopover in Edinburgh each week.

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the first-ever direct route to China is a major achievement which will prove transformational to China-Ireland ties.

“This is a hugely significant announcement for the Irish economy,” said Vincent Harrison, managing director of the Dublin airport. The new Dublin-Beijing route “links not just our two capital cities, but also our two countries.”

Tourism Ireland records that approximately 70,000 Chinese visited the island of Ireland in 2017, up nearly 17 percent from some 60,000 in 2016. More than 127 million Chinese people travelling overseas each year, spending over 292 billion U.S. dollars.

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