Tourism boom gives strong boost to economy
Oversea visitors to Ireland have provided a strong economic boost for the first half of 2016, according to new CSO figures.
The travel statistics show Irish tourism has grown in both the number of people visiting and the amount of money being spent here.
Revenue from tourism rose by 9.5pc to €1.954bn for the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2015.
Total overseas visitors grew by 11pc to 3.9 million - almost 400,000 extra visitors.
Welcoming the figures, the Minister for Tourism Shane Ross said: "Despite concerns that it would be difficult to grow on the results achieved in 2015, today's data shows that the positive momentum has been maintained."
While revenue from overseas visitors increased, the number of nights spent here by overseas travellers for the first half of the year fell from seven nights to 6.7 nights.
CEO of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons said the figures showed an "excellent first half performance" for the tourism industry here.