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Published on : Thursday, August 10, 2017
The first half of 2017 witnessed more than 182,000 people pouring in Ireland with 22% more Americans.
According to CSO figures, this year, the number of British visitors will drop by more than 100,000.
Side by side, almost 6.4% decrease in UK visitors has been noticed. The UK is Ireland’s largest visitor market, regardless of the fact that more British people are travelling abroad these days.
To quote Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland CEO, “Ireland was always the one that was more likely to be hit hardest because we’re nearest to the UK and we’re more dependant on it than most other european countries.”
According to the statistics, Americans have been found to spend more in Ireland. Hence the harm to tourism regardless of the drop in British numbers possibly won’t affect the scenario that much.
Tourism Minister Shane Ross explains that he will concentrate in more money in the forthcoming budget.
“We will be looking for increased marketing money, we will be looking at substantial amounts, particularly in what happened in the light of Brexit,” he said.