Changing times for Irish tourism

The Open Skies deal should attract more US visitors to Ireland, but they will find a more sophisticated tourism market, writes Business Correspondent Samantha McCaughren.

24th March, 2007

The number of American tourists coming to Ireland could double to two million a year, after the EU and US agreed an Open Skies deal to liberalise trans-atlantic air travel.

The agreement will result in more flights coming into the country, which should bring more US tourists to Ireland and other EU countries. However, sources in the tourism sector said that winning over US visitors would be more complicated than simply providing airline tickets.

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