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Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016
The CSO have issued Overseas Travel figures for the period covering October-December 2015. This release contains details of visitor numbers (which include same day visits) to Ireland. See below for a some of the main points included in today’s release.
The main points in the release are as follows:
· Total overseas trips to Ireland for January to December 2015 were up by 14% on 2014.
· British trips increased by 12% for the year while North American visitors were up by 14%.
· Trips to Ireland from Mainland European countries grew by 15% in 2015 with strong growth recorded from France (11%), Germany (13%),Italy (25%) and Spain (18%).
· Visitor numbers from all Other Areas rose by 14% for the year. Visitors from Australian/New Zealand were up by 9% in 2015.
Percentage Change 2015 v 2014
North America +14
Mainland Europe +15
Other Areas +14
Australia/N Zealand +9
Total Overseas +14
Welcoming the figures, Fáilte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn emphasised:
“With double digit growth in all key markets, 2015 was a better than expected year for tourism but we mustn’t let success breed complacency. Fluctuations in currency markets and international incidents can create sudden and significant impacts on world travel which could change the current upbeat narrative very quickly.
“For that reason, the tourism industry must continue its focus on maintaining competitiveness in terms of value and quality throughout 2016. For our part, we in, Fáilte Ireland will be focusing on regionality and seasonality – aiming for greater visitor numbers beyond the usual hotspots and growing activity outside of the summer season. In other words, we will be working to ensure that we have sustained tourism growth throughout the country and throughout the year.”