Saturday 21 April 2018

Busy summer as overseas visitors rise 13.5pc to almost 2.8 million

Paschal Donohoe is eager to maintain momentum
Paschal Donohoe is eager to maintain momentum
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

A bumper summer for the tourism sector was confirmed yesterday in figures showing that the number of overseas visitors arriving in Ireland was up year-on-year by 13.5pc.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said the number of trips during July, August and September increased by 330,500 to almost 2.8 million.

More than a million visitors were residents of Britain, an increase of 13.9pc on last year.

Other European countries accounted for 987,000 of the total during the three-month period.

The number of North American visitors increased by 12.3pc to 550,100.

In the first nine months of the year, overseas visitors increased to 6.6 million, up 12.5pc when compared with the same period in 2014.

Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe said the Government aimed to bring the annual total to 10 million by 2025.

He added that he was "determined to maintain this positive momentum".

Mr Donohoe said additional funding that was secured for Tourism in the recent Budget would be used for "key elements of Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland's programmes", which include the 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.

Irish Independent

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