Number of overseas tourists rise (despite the awful weather)
Visitor numbers rise 11.7pc
Published 06/08/2015 | 12:41
The first six months of 2015 have seen a significant increase in the number of tourists landing on our fair shores.
Over 400,000 more visitors came to Ireland in the first half of this year compared to the first six months of 2014.
A mid-year review of oversees tourism figures by the Department of Transport and Tourism have been published.
There's been an increase of 11.7pc in the number of tourists visiting the country compared to the same period in 2014.
Ireland is the destination for 10pc of all American visitors to Europe.
This is despite what industry insiders have described as 'intense competition' from other destinations.
Tourists visiting Ireland from Britain, Germany, Italy, France and Spain have all increased in number.
Meanwhile, Minister for Transport and Tourism Paschal Donohoe said that the government's low tax rates in the tourism sector is enabling strong growth in the industry.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland said that they are determined to continue the pattern on growth.
"We are undertaking an extensive programme of promotions around the world throughout 2015 which includes a focus on the Wild Atlantic Way
"The strong growth is a springboard for further success," he said.