Friday 23 March 2018

Numbers of overseas trips to Ireland up 10pc

Trinity College
Trinity College

Donal O’Donovan

The total number of overseas trips to Ireland has increased by almost 10pc, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The figures have been welcomed by the tourism industry. 

In the period June to August the number of trips made to the country increased by 9.7pc to 2,484,000 - an overall increase of 219,200 compared to the same period twelve months earlier.

The number of visitors from North America rose 18pc to 516,700 while visitor numbers from the UK were up 3.5pc to 910,500.

European visitor numbers increased by 11.2pc to 883,700, with a 13.4pc increase in visitors from elsewhere, including Asia, to 173,100.

In contrast, the number of overseas trips made by Irish residents was up just 1.9pc to 2,180,700, after rising rapidly earlier in the year.

The chief executive Tourism Ireland of Niall Gibbons said: “Today’s CSO figures are very strong – confirming growth of 9.4pc in overseas visitors to Ireland for the January to August period, almost 450,000 additional visitors when compared with the same eight-month period in 2013. Given that overseas tourism business accounts for almost 60pc of all tourism revenue, this is good news indeed, with the increase in visitor numbers from overseas helping to boost employment around the country.”

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