Global landmarks turn green for St Patrick’s Day

By on Friday, March 16, 2018

290 global landmarks are going green this weekend in a burst of publicity worth an estimated €10 million to Irish tourism.

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 the country’s national day.

The annual Global Greening light show has gone from strength to strength – from humble beginnings in 2010.

Landmarks in 48 countries around the world are going green as part of a Tourism Ireland initiative.

The 2018 Global Greening event is being staged to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The 25.2 metre Blue Whale skeleton, in the Natural History Museum, London, also joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the ninth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and it’s bigger and better than ever this year.”

He added: “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.”

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