Irish tourism shows ill effects of Brexit

Published on : Friday, September 8, 2017

Irish tourismAs per Tourism Ireland, the drop in the number of Britain visitors continues to be a major issue. This information comes after today’s CSO release of Travel and Tourism second quarter publishing. Here one gets an idea of the estimates of revenue in second quarter 2017 associated with international visits to Ireland.

As per the CSO release, revenue in the second quarter of overseas trips to Ireland was 11.7% higher than the same time last year when carrier receipts (air fares etc.) were disqualified. These strong returns meant that revenue for the first half of the 2017 was 7.1% leading 2016.

The figures also highlighted that the revenue related to North American visits grew by 16.7% at the same time revenue associated with Mainland Europe visits increased by 6.5%. Revenue associated with visits in terms of long-haul destinations raised by 9.9%
Nonetheless, revenue related with Great Britain visits dropped by 3.7%.

Commenting on the figures, CEO of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons said, “The decline in visitor numbers from Britain continues to be a real concern. The fall in the value of sterling has made holidays and short breaks here more expensive for British visitors and, at the same time, made Britain more affordable for visitors from many of our top markets. While we can see the impact of currency changes in today’s CSO results, which confirm a decline of -6% in British visitors in the first half of the year, revenue from the market has held up somewhat better.”


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