Ireland West Airport, Knock has the potential to become a hub for Chinese tourists who would have a significant impact on the development of the tourism sector in the midlands & west of Ireland” claims Denis Naughten
Addressing the Taoiseach in the Dáil, Deputy Naughten pointed out that Ireland is presently attracting 110 Chinese tourists per day while New Zealand which is further away from mainland China is attracting 820 tourists per day.
If we were to match the figures for New Zealand this could bring an extra €800m into the economy each year, but this requires a concerted effort by Government.
We need direct flights from China to Ireland, and Ireland West Airport, Knock could become a hub for the development of such flights.
With the first pilgrimage charter from the US earlier this year into Knock, we should also develop the potential of the eastern market, where China has 12m Catholics” Denis Naughten told the Taoiseach.
Responding to Denis Naughten’s proposal the Taoiseach stated that he was confident that direct flights between Ireland and China would become a reality, but that he would not provide a date by which this would happen.
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