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St Patrick’s celebrations get the green light around the world

An ice swimming lake and swimmers at Rauhaniemi, in the Tampere region of Finland, join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening goes from strength to strength with 190 major landmarks and sites taking part this year – celebrating Ireland and St Patrick

 

Some 190 iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated in green over the coming days – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, a host of buildings and sites around the world are turning a shade of green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. New sites taking part in 2016 include 7 World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Yas Viceroy hotel in Abu Dhabi and the Nelson Mandela statue in Johannesburg. They are joined by some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including the Colosseum in Rome, the Sacré Cœur basilica in Paris, the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative has gone from strength to strength – from its beginning in 2010, with just the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland going green, to this year, with some 190 sites taking part.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the seventh year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and it’s bigger and better than ever this year, with some wonderful new additions like 7 World Trade Center in New York, the Boston Red Sox, the light rail system in Addis Abba and even an opera house in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

“St Patrick’s Day traditionally marks the real start of the tourism season for us; our aim is to bring a smile to the faces of people around the world and to convey the message that Ireland offers the warmest of welcomes and great fun, as well as wonderful scenery and heritage. Our St Patrick’s programme spans Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as emerging tourism markets like China, India, Brazil, the Middle East and South Africa. We are using every opportunity to capitalise on the island of Ireland’s heightened profile this week; the saturation coverage across the global airwaves, in newspapers and digital media, is an invaluable boost for our overall 2016 tourism promotional drive.”

 

The Star Event Centre in Sydney joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The Star Event Centre in Sydney joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

REPRO FREE 16/03/2016, Nairobi, Kenya – Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick, New for 2016, Ahmed the Elephant statue at the Nairobi National Museum joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

New for 2016, Ahmed the Elephant statue at the Nairobi National Museum joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

New for 2016, The Derry~Londonderry~Doire Clipper Race yacht joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative in Qingdao, China, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick – ahead of its return home for the Foyle Maritime Festival.

New for 2016, The Derry / Londonderry / Doire Clipper Race yacht joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative in Qingdao, China, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick – ahead of its return home for the Foyle Maritime Festival.

An ice swimming lake and swimmers at Rauhaniemi, in the Tampere region of Finland, join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

An ice swimming lake and swimmers at Rauhaniemi, in the Tampere region of Finland, join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

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