Today’s figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office) for overseas visitors to the Republic of Ireland confirm strong growth of +9.4% for January-August 2014, almost 450,000 additional visitors when compared with the same eight-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 helping to boost employment around the country.
Overseas visitor numbers are up +9.4% for January to August – almost 450,000 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 +13% – almost 110,000 additional visitors.
Great Britain: GB, our largest market, recorded growth of +9% – 171,100 extra British visitors.
Mainland Europe: visitor numbers from Mainland Europe grew by +7% – 126,000 extra arrivals.
Australia and Developing Markets (ADM): arrivals from Australia and our other long-haul markets grew by +15%, or 42,000 more visitors, when compared with the same eight-month period in 2013.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This was a strong 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. We have a really extensive autumn campaign in full swing right now – aimed at boosting late-season travel to the island of 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.”