The number of non-residents that visited Ireland from abroad during this year’s second quarter rose by 4.2pc on last year’s figures, totalling 1.893 million trips.
These overseas travellers also stayed for more nights this year compared with tourists visiting over the same period in 2012, according to a recent report from the Central Statistics Office.
The length of stay increased by 4.8pc over the months of April to June 2013 compared with last year, up from 12.7 million to 13.3 million.
As a result, the CSO reports that tourism and travel earnings from these overseas visitors saw a year-on-year jump of 5.2pc to €1,103m.
Meanwhile, the number of Irish residents going abroad rose slightly (up 1.4pc), totalling 1.752 million trips.
They are also spending more on their holidays as total tourism and travel expenditure by Irish residents increased by 3.7pc.
After the success of The Gathering, the tourism industry and restaurants can expect their special 9pc VAT rate to rise to at least 10pc and possibly more in today's Budget.