Published on : Friday, December 15, 2017
Tourism Ireland is calling 2017 a record year for Irish tourism. Around 10.65 million visitors came to the island this year, contributing some €5.78 billion to the country’s economy. In terms of revenue, that’s a 6.7pc rise on 2016.
“2017 looks set to be another record year for overseas tourism to Ireland,” said Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD. He said that overseas tourism would help to sustain 225,000 jobs in communities around the country.
Growth was recorded in all main markets this year, with the exception of Britain – which has seen visitors drop since the pro-Brexit vote in June 2016.
This boom in Irish tourism is due to several factors, including a global economic upswing, increased air access, and promotion from TV and film exposure in Star Wars and Game of Thrones, both of which feature scenes filmed in Ireland.
Next year, Tourism Ireland plans to grow overseas tourism revenue by a further +5pc.
Lonely Planet has named Belfast and the Causeway Coast the world’s No.1 travel region for 2018, while National Geographic Traveler listed Dublin on a Best of the World 2018 list.
Next year, Cathay Pacific will fly direct from Dublin to Hong Kong, Aer Lingus adds Seattle and Philadelphia, and Irish Ferries launches its new ferry, the WB Yeats, which will double the number of sailings between France and Ireland.
To quote Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s Chief Executive, “We are heading into 2018 in a position of some strength, based on the success of 2017.”
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