Tourism numbers drop during peak summer period
FEWER tourists visited Ireland during the peak summer period this year - but more of us took trips abroad.
New figures on overseas travel show a disappointing downturn in tourism as 55,000 fewer visitors travelled here from overseas between July and September compared to last summer.
However the bad weather may have pushed more of us overseas in search of sunshine as there was a corresponding increase in the number of trips Irish residents made overseas.
Those rose by 2.1pc to just over two million, whereas the number of trips to Ireland declined by 2.6pc to just under 2.1m.
A downturn in the crucial British market was the major reason for the fall with over 80,000 fewer visitors UK visitors than last summer.
However the number of visitors from Europe and the US grew slightly.
So far this year there has been a 0.7pc drop in tourism with 72,800 fewer visitors coming to Ireland than in the same time last year.