Bumper tourist season for our top attractions
Published 29/07/2016 | 02:30
Ireland's top heritage attractions have hailed a bumper tourist season with visitor numbers increasing by up to 10pc.
The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, the Cliffs of Moher, Fota Wildlife Park, Newgrange/Brú na Bóinne, Blarney Castle, the Rock of Cashel and Loop Head Lighthouse have all variously indicated strong 2016 visitor numbers.
The number of US tourists visiting Ireland is up - though it has fallen back from the remarkable 19pc increase recorded between November and January.
Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports are predicting increased passenger numbers, ranging between 6pc and 10pc, with Cork confirming it will handle 100,000 passengers more than last year.
For the first time ever, Ireland recorded one million visitors over the first two months of the year - and it is expected that overall visitor numbers will increase by about 8pc over the summer.
The boom is being attributed to Ireland's safety as a holiday destination, the legacy of the 2013 'The Gathering' promotion and the incredible success of the Wild Atlantic Way project.