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Global Greening Marks St Patrick’s Day

20th March 2020 - 10:40am

Burj Al Arab (Dubai) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening

Burj Al Arab (Dubai) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening


Ten years ago, Tourism Ireland approached the authorities in New South Wales, Australia, to ask if they’d consider lighting up the Sydney Opera House green on St Patrick’s Day. The occasion was the 200th anniversary of the first reception held for the Irish in Australia, by the then Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie. It was a significant gesture from Australia – which has since been extended by many countries around the globe, in honour of our patron saint.


Tourism Ireland contemplated whether to go ahead this year, given the extremely difficult circumstances faced by our industry. The feedback from around the globe was that supporters of Ireland are still pressing ahead with Global Greening – to mark St Patrick’s Day and to keep Ireland to the fore in a positive light. Hundreds of iconic landmarks and sites in over 50 countries are set to go green over the next couple of days, as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2020 Global Greening initiative. This is helping to bring some positivity and hope to the 70+ million people around the world who claim Irish links as well as those travel and tourism professionals who promote the island of Ireland.


Niall Gibbons (CEO Tourism Ireland) said: “We are deeply grateful to Ireland supporters across the world who, despite unprecedented challenges, are marking St Patrick’s Day and remembering Ireland in a very positive light. We hope our Global Greening will bring a little positivity and hope to people everywhere and remind them that, if we all do the right thing now by following advice of our medical experts, this crisis will pass. And, that is something we can all look forward to. We would like to extend our support and solidarity to everyone affected by Covid-19, especially workers in the hospitality sector”.


From Brussels to Buenos Aires and from Sydney to San Francisco, the world is turning a shade of green. Madison Square Garden in New York, the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, Caerphilly Castle in South Wales and even the Smurf Statue in Brussels will join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative for the first time in 2020. "For the 8th year running, we are pleased to partner with Tourism Ireland on its ‘Global Greening’ initiative by turning our iconic ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign’ green” said Fletch Brunelle (LVCVA).


For the first time this includes: City Hall in Bangkok, Palais du Peuple in Djibouti City, the National Theatre in London and the Palace Bridge in St Petersburg. They are joined by some ‘old favourites’ including the London Eye, Burj al Arab, Niagara Falls, the Chain Bridge in Budapest, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and many others.

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Burj Al Arab (Dubai) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas' sign goes green in honour of St. Patrick's Day
Church Stone Shelter in Kintulammi (Nature Reserve), Tampere (Finland)
Citigroup Tower, Shanghai (China), joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening
Abu Dhabi University joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening
The Gate of the Orient in Suzhou, China
The beautiful Temple of Hercules in Amman (Jordan)
Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening
Japan goes green, Cosmo Clock 21 (giant Ferris wheel) in Yokohama

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