Cead mile failte: Tourism up by 240,000 holidaymakers in 2011
Published 23/08/2011 | 12:03
The number of holidaymakers visiting Ireland has risen by 240,000.
Official figures have revealed that more than 1.7 million trips were made to the country between April and June, up 15% on the same period last year.
Visitors from the UK rose by 8.5% to 761,000, while trips by residents from North America went up by 17% to 308,800.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said holidaymakers from across Europe jumped by a quarter to more than 620,000.
Elsewhere the number of overseas trips by Irish residents also increased to just over 1.7 million, a 5.9% rise from 2010 - which had dropped 12% from 2009.
Approximately 6.7 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland in 2010, with almost half coming from Great Britain.