The Central Statistics Office (CSO) today issued Tourism and Travel results for Quarter 1 2015 giving details on overseas visitors’ purpose of visit, revenue, nights and accommodation used. The following is an outline of the CSO results (which include same day visits) contained in today’s release.
There were 1.5 million overseas visitors to Ireland in the first quarter of 2015 - an increase of 14% on the same quarter in 2014. The number of holiday visitors increased by 13%, with business up by 27% and those visiting friends & relatives up by 5%.
Total earnings from all visitors to Ireland in the first quarter grew by 12% to €780 million
Total overseas nights increased by 13% to just over 10 million nights. Holiday nights were up by 10% - business nights grew by 28%, while visiting friends/relatives nights were down by 4%.
There were 1.38 million staying visitors (at least one overnight) - an increase of 14% on 2013, while same-day visits (154,000) grew by 20%.
Staying visitors (at least one overnight) by market show that British visitors were up by 14% and Mainland European visitors were up by 16%, with American visitors up by 7% and visitors from other long haul areas up by 8%.
Noting today’s figures, Fáilte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn emphasised:
“Tourism’s strong growth continues and, on current trends, we may be looking at a record year for overseas visitors in 2015. Tourism businesses around the country are certainly upbeat with eight out of ten of them telling us in Fáilte Ireland that they expect their business to grow this year.
“Our key objective now will be to ensure we can sustain this growth. Whether it is through new exciting propositions such as the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East or via the latest innovations in digital and social media, Fáilte Ireland will be using every opportunity it can to maximise tourism growth and to ensure the sector delivers the additional revenue and jobs which it is more than capable of doing.”