Ir­ish/UK joint visa for Gulf tourists planned

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Plans for a joint visa to UK and Ire­land are be­ing ex­plored, ac­cord­ing to Ir­ish tourism chief, Neil Gib­bons. The chief ex­ec­u­tive of Tourism Ire­land told Zawya that in­bound tourism from the Gulf re­gion to Ire­land stood at 55,000 in 2015, with Emi­rati vis­i­tors ac­count­ing for 20% of the fig­ure.

“We ex­pect a 10% growth in Gulf tourism into Ire­land in 2016. We are keen on keep­ing a sta­ble growth rate of Gulf tourists in the next five years,” he told the news ser­vice. Ire­land is cur­rently co­or­di­nat­ing with the UK on plans to re­lease a joint tourist visa this year, al­low­ing Gulf trav­ellers to visit the two coun­tries.

There are also plans in place to in­crease the an­nual num­ber of Gulf tourists to Ire­land, Gib­bons said, par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing the strong air links be­tween the coun­tries, with both Eti­had and Emi­rates serv­ing the coun­try.

The pop­u­lar se­ries Game of Thrones has film­ing lo­ca­tions in Ire­land and

North­ern Ire­land

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