Increase in tourist figures
INCREASING numbers of tourists flooding into the country is good news for Fingal, according to a local TD who said the region is in 'prime position' for growing tourism business.
Fine Gael TD for the area, Deputy Alan Farrell, has said the increasing number of overseas visitors to Ireland is encouraging news and it highlights the important role of tourism in the Irish economy following the publication of Tourism Ireland's July Situation and Outlook Analysis Report 2014.
'The fact that tourism trends continue to increase will be very welcome news to businesses throughout Fingal.
'Overseas visitors to the Ireland grew by ten per cent for the first six months of this year when compared to the same period in 2013. In addition to this, the number of visitors from each of our overseas markets also increased.'
Deputy Farrell added: 'Tourism Ireland estimate that there are over 450,000 one-way, direct flights into Ireland for the 2014 peak summer season.
'The last time such a volume of seats was available was in 2008. The fact that airlines are increasing the number of seats available on flights to Ireland highlights their confidence in the country as a leading tourism destination.
'Towns throughout Dublin Fingal are in a prime position to directly benefit from these increasing tourism trends due to the presence of Dublin Airport in the constituency.'
He concluded: 'Given the constituency's beautiful scenery and attractions, the North County has a great deal to offer tourists during their time in Ireland and, for this reason; it is a leading destination for tourists visiting the country.
'The increase in visitor numbers is testament to the hard work of Tourism Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.'
The latest tourism figures show a growth in visitors from Great Britain by some 14 per cent; from Mainland Europe by six per cent; from North America by 11 per cent; and from the rest of the world and developing markets by 13 per cent for the first six months of 2014 in comparison with the same period from 2013.