Today’s figures from the CSO for overseas visitors to the Republic of Ireland show strong growth of +9.9% for January-July 2014, and additional 387,900 visitors when compared with the same seven-month period last year. Given that overseas tourism business accounts for almost 60% of all tourism revenue, this is good news indeed, with the increase in visitor numbers from overseas helping to boost employment around the country.
Overseas visitor numbers are up +9.9% for January to July – or 387,900 additional visitors.
North America: 2014 looks set to be another record year for tourism from North America, with visitor numbers from the United States and Canada up +11.1% – an additional 74,300 visitors.
Great Britain: the GB market recorded growth of +11.3% – 178,200 extra British visitors.
Mainland Europe: visitor numbers from Mainland Europe grew by +6.8% – 96,100 extra arrivals.
Australia and Developing Markets (ADM): arrivals from Australia and our other long-haul markets grew by +17.1%, or 39,300 more visitors, than in the same seven-month period last year.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. In the coming weeks, we will roll out an 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 overseas tourism business.”