Friday 23 February 2018

The Gathering draws 250,000 extra tourists

Ayesha Mailey and Janie Doherty with angel Ashlene McFadden at the launch of Dublin's New Year Festival.
Ayesha Mailey and Janie Doherty with angel Ashlene McFadden at the launch of Dublin's New Year Festival.

Eimear Rabbitte

IRELAND has welcomed around 250,000 additional visitors during the past year thanks to The Gathering.

The estimate came as Tourism Minister Leo Varad-kar hailed The Gathering as an "enormous success".

Last year it was forecast that The Gathering would result in a €170m boost for the economy and this target is expected to be met, if not exceeded.

A number of Ultimate Gathering events have been lined up to take place in Dublin over the Christmas period -- including this year's NYE festival, a music and parade event taking place in the city on New Year's Eve.

Irish Independent

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