2014 has been another strong year for tourism, with today’s figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office) confirming growth of +9% in overseas visitors to the Republic of Ireland, for January-October 2014 – that’s 532,000 additional visitors when compared with the same ten-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% for January to October – 532,000 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 +14.5% – 150,300 additional visitors.
Great Britain: GB, our largest market, recorded growth of +8% – almost 200,000 extra British visitors.
Mainland Europe: visitor numbers from Mainland Europe grew by +7% – 148,200 extra arrivals.
Australia and Developing Markets (ADM): arrivals from Australia and our other long-haul markets grew by almost +10%, or 36,000 more visitors, when compared with the same ten-month period in 2013.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. We have a number of late-season campaigns under way right now, to kickstart our promotional effort for 2015. The recent announcement of Ireland at number five in the prestigious Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2015 gives Tourism Ireland another wonderful hook in our promotions of the island of Ireland around the world as a ‘must visit’ destination. Next week, we will outline our plans for 2015, when we will be pulling out all the stops to keep this momentum going and ensure that the island of Ireland continues to increase its share of the global travel business.”