Fewer British tourists visit Ireland following Brexit vote

Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

irelandTourism authorities are anxious about the impact of Brexit on the rate of growth of British travellers visiting the Republic in the months following Britain’s decision to quit the European Union. The latest figures from CSO or Central Statistics Office mentioned that the trips by the inhabitants of Britain have increased by 9.3% to 11,48,500 between July and September this year.


But then, this growth rate is less than 10% year-on-year certainly seems less positive if it is compared with an increase of 14.4% in numbers coming from Britain to Ireland in the first quarter of 2016.


Sterling’s value against the euro has slumped by 20% ever since the summer season.


This has made the Republic more expensive for British tourists who comprise about 40% of the tourists making trips to this part of the world. The country of Ireland seems all geared up to witness yet another record period of growth this year as the number of visitors have risen by at least 12% in the initial nine months of 2016. This includes a 15% rise in visitors from North American market.


The latest statistics state that September was the best month for Irish tourism.


But then, the period between July and September was the best period in this regard as it ushered in many visitors from overseas with as many as 7 and a half million arrivals. Shaun Quinn, chief executive, Failte Ireland said that the figures go on to indicate that Irish tourism has had a fabulous year 2016. But then, he also added that Ireland should continue its efforts to draw in maximum number of overseas tourists.


Quinn said that the tourism sector of Ireland was quite competitive but then the businesses depend on the British market to a great extent.


Patrick O’ Donovan, the Minister of State for Tourism said that Brexit’s impact would continue both at official and political level and therefore Ireland should be geared up for the challenges that might be posed to the Irish tourism sector.


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