Today’s figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office) indicate that holiday visitors from overseas grew by +19% in the first nine months of 2015, an additional half a million holiday visitors, with growth recorded from all of our market areas around the world. And, more importantly for the Irish economy, revenue from overseas visitors to Ireland grew by +18% during this period, an additional half a billion euro compared with the first nine months of 2014. Total overseas visitors in the first nine months also grew by +12%, or an additional 659,000 visitors.
Niall Gibbons said: “This was an excellent performance and reflects the sentiment we are hearing from our tourism industry partners overseas and here at home. We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. Just last week we launched our marketing plans for 2016, which will see us build on this year’s growth to deliver €4.4 billion (+5%) in overseas tourism revenue to the Irish economy, by welcoming 8.2 million visitors, making 2016 another record year for tourism.”