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Tourist boost

MORE than 1.9 million business tourists visited Ireland last year, spending almost €1,000 each in addition to their official outlay.

The figures, revealed by Failte Ireland, outlined that conference delegates spent €980 each along with conference fees, accommodation and other items which were paid for by their companies.

And in a boost for business tourism, 90pc of those interviewed said that they were "very satisfied with their experience and would recommend Ireland as a conference destination".

Some 75pc said they would probably return to the country on a holiday or break.