Today’s figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office) indicate that this was the best ever January to July period for overseas visitors to Ireland, with more than 4.8 million arrivals recorded. Overseas visitor numbers have increased by +12% over the first seven months of 2014 – an additional 522,200 visitors. This is good news indeed, with the increase in visitor numbers from overseas helping to boost economic recovery around the country.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s figures indicate that this was the best ever January to July period for overseas visitors to Ireland, with more than 4.8 million arrivals recorded. Our aim is to ensure that 2015 is the best year ever for Irish tourism. I am delighted to see that growth has been recorded from all of our markets around the world, with record numbers coming here from North America (almost +15%), Mainland Europe (almost +13%) and long-haul markets (+8.5%). I also welcome the strong increase in British visitors (+11%), our largest market for overseas tourism.”
Overseas visitor numbers are up +12% between January and July 2015 – 522,200 additional visitors.
Great Britain: Almost 2 million arrivals were recorded from GB, our largest market, representing growth of +11%, 195,200 extra British visitors compared with the first seven months of 2014.
North America: visitor numbers from the United States and Canada are up almost +15%, about 111,200 extra American and Canadian visitors. Ireland now welcomes 10% of all American visitors to Europe – particularly noteworthy given the intense competition from other destinations.
Mainland Europe: it’s been another stellar performance from Mainland Europe (up almost 13% or 193,000 extra arrivals) – with markets like Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Benelux and the Nordic countries all recording fantastic growth.
Australia and Developing Markets (ADM): it’s also been another record performance for arrivals from Australia and developing markets – up +8.5% or 23,000 additional visitors.
Niall Gibbons continued: “This was a strong performance and reflects the sentiment we are hearing from our tourism industry partners overseas, including tour operators and carriers, as well as tourism businesses here at home. We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. We will shortly launch our extensive autumn campaign – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland from around the globe and keeping this momentum going. The period September to December traditionally yields as much as 30% of our annual overseas tourism business.”