7.9% Increase in Overseas Visitors to Ireland in Jan – Feb 2018

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The CSO has released tourism data for the first two months of 2018 showing that the number of overseas visits to Ireland for the first two months of 2018 increased by 7.9%, compared to the corresponding period in 2017. A breakdown of today’s data shows that visits from Mainland Europe were up by 17.6%, compared to the same period last year, while visits from North America and Britain were up by 4.2% and 4% respectively. Visits from the rest of the world (long-haul) were down by 3.8%. Visits from the rest of the world (long-haul) were down by 3.8%.

Commenting on the CSO data, Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly said: “Today we have another set of robust figures which reflect the strength of the tourism sector, but obviously it is too early in the year to draw hard and fast conclusions from the data we have to date. Tourism sustains 235,000 jobs and generates revenue of €6.7bn, of which an estimated €1.6bn goes to the Exchequer. The key to maintaining this vital contribution to the Irish economy, and safeguarding it from fluctuations in overseas markets, is to build a compelling visitor experience which can compete globally.”

Fáilte Ireland still anticipates that the British market may be down this year. They are working with hundreds of businesses across the country through their ‘Get Brexit Ready Programme’ to prepare for further consequences of the Brexit effect and to minimise any exposure to our nearest overseas market.

You can read Fáilte Ireland’s Business Supports Guide here.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:

“Looking to the upcoming summer season, the air and sea access picture is very positive – with increases in the number of airline seats from Britain, Mainland Europe, North American and long-haul markets. We particularly look forward to seeing the impact of new long-haul flights on Irish tourism this summer – including the Hainan Airlines flight from Beijing and the Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong, both due to begin in June. In terms of ferry services, there will be an almost doubling of the number of sailings and capacity between Mainland Europe and Ireland this year.

Tourism Ireland’s campaigns are now in full swing around the world. Our aim is to grow overseas tourism revenue in 2018 by +5%, to €6 billion, for the island of Ireland.”








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