Minister Martin Heydon lends hand to boost tourism from the United States

Monday, August 22, 2022.
Targeting the Diaspora in Milwaukee
Colleen Kennedy, Milwaukee Irish Fest; Sarah Keating, Irish Acting Consul General to Chicago; Paul McDonagh, Tourism Ireland; Martin Heydon TD, Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; and Juliet Dillon, Tourism Ireland, at the Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Targeting the Diaspora in Milwaukee

The 41st annual Milwaukee Irish Fest – the largest celebration of Irish culture and heritage in the United States – has been taking place on the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. The four-day festival – which has a huge audience of more than 100,000 visitors – was an ideal opportunity for Tourism Ireland to showcase Ireland as a superb holiday destination to our important Diaspora audience and people with an interest in Ireland.

Martin Heydon, Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, attended the festival, where he met with the Tourism Ireland team and the delegation of tourism enterprises from Ireland attending this year’s festival – all highlighting the many things to see and do here for American holidaymakers.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “The Milwaukee Irish Fest provides a really good platform for Tourism Ireland to showcase Ireland, including our rich heritage and culture, to prospective American visitors. It’s a wonderful opportunity to invite some of the many people of Irish descent living and working in the US, as well as those with Irish connections or an affinity for Ireland, to come and visit.

“The United States remains an extremely important market for tourism to Ireland. In 2019, we welcomed 1.7 million American visitors, whose visits delivered €1.6 billion for the economy.”

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