Fly from Belfast and have a Gin

Michael Jackson Head of Commercial at Belfast City Airport James Richardson Owner of Basalt Distillery and Gillian ONeill Store Manager at World Duty Free at Belfast City Airport | eTurboNews | eTN
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The bottle resemble the hexagonal stones of the Giant’s Causeway, and yiou can buy it at Belfast Duty Free airport.

Lighthouse Communication is a multi-award-winning PR agency based outside Belfast in Northern Ireland. Junior Client Executive Caitlin Ball was hired to get tourists flying from Northern Ireland’s Belfast Airport to purchase some gin in the airport World Duty-Free shop- after all, anyone can shop there, regardless of destination.

Media stories are free- so let’s sell some Gin

For any PR professional, the cheapest way to do this is to get the media to write a free story about it, which is called earned media but means earning for Lighthouse Communication. In today’s release, Caitlin managed to do a two-for-one and not only promoted Giants Basalt Rock Gin but also Belfast Airport as the UK’s and Ireland’s Most Convenient Airport.

Unfortunately, so far no media picked up this story, but eTurboNews is helping out.

The Lighthouse Communication press release commissioned by Basalt Distillery and Belfast Airport explains

The gin, which is inspired by the dramatic coastline of Northern Ireland and will be available for purchase to all passengers, represents World Duty-Free’s commitment to championing local producers.

Martha Garbe, Director at Basalt Distillery, commented: 

“We are excited to work with Belfast City Airport and World Duty-Free to deliver our products to a global audience and are greatly encouraged by the positive feedback we have received since the products landed on the shelves.

Showcasing Giant Basalt Rock Gin

“By showcasing Giants Basalt Rock Gin at Belfast City Airport, Basalt Distillery will capture the attention of a diverse audience, including tourists who are eager to experience the essence of Northern Ireland.

“The bottle itself is a work of art, designed to resemble the hexagonal stones of the Giant’s Causeway, and it is this attention to detail and innovation that helps set us apart.

“The airport’s prime location and high footfall make it an attractive destination for showcasing this unique gin, and by strategically positioning Giants Basalt Rock Gin at Belfast City Airport, we can effectively capture the interest of both gin enthusiasts and curious travelers.”

Giants Basalt Rock Gin is produced by Basalt Distillery, which was established in 2020 with an emphasis on creating a sustainable distilling process through state-of-the-art technology.

Michael Jackson, Head of Commercial at Belfast City Airport, said:

Welcome Basalt Distillery to Belfast Airport

“We are thrilled to welcome Basalt Distillery to Belfast City Airport’s World Duty-Free as we continue to respond to the demand from passengers for premium local brands.

“As we step into 2024, we are expecting a large footfall of passengers for both winter getaways and well-deserved summer breaks that will be eager to take a piece of Northern Ireland with them.

“We are dedicated to exceeding the wants of our passengers and this latest addition to our selection of quality Northern Irish products will further enhance our reputation for providing an exceptional departure experience for all.”

Aisha Dad, World Duty-Free’s Category Manager for Liquor in the UK, added:

“We are pleased to welcome Basalt Distillery to World Duty-Free, further exemplifying our commitment to supporting local brands and giving our customers a wide range of premium options.

“Giants Basalt Rock Gin encapsulates the spirit and beauty of Northern Ireland, in particular the Giants Causeway, and we are confident that the iconic bottle design will be a favorite with the thousands of passengers that shop at World Duty Free every day.

“Like all products in Belfast City Airport, Giants Basalt Rock Gin will be available to purchase by all passengers, regardless of destination, and we are confident it will prove to be a popular purchase with the many travelers using the airport for their business trips, weekend breaks, or well-deserved holidays.”

Belfast City Airport is five minutes from the city center

Located only five minutes from Belfast city center and boasting an average security processing time of only six minutes, Belfast City Airport was named the UK and Ireland’s Most Convenient Airport.

To find out more about Giants Basalt Rock Gin, visit

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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