North Americans are spending more in Ireland than British

Published on : Thursday, August 10, 2017

BritishAs per the predictions made by Tourism Ireland, North American tourist spending in Ireland is anticipated to exceed British visitors this year. The agency that released its mid-year report on Wednesday, expressed a “stronger than expected” performance in the initial six months of this year with the total number of international tourists to Ireland increasing by 4.2 percent in comparison to the same time last year.

Tourism Ireland explained that Ireland has been recorded with its best-ever first-half performance in European visitor numbers, the region known for its highest spends. In comparison to the first six months of 2016, visitors increased by 6 percent this year.


Besides, North American visitor number increased by 21.6 per cent in the first half of this year with Australia along with other developing markets by 20.6 per cent.

Nonetheless, number of tourists from Britain which is Ireland’s biggest source markets in terms of volume dropped by 6.4 percent mainly due to the decrease in value of sterling ever since the Brexit vote in June last year.

Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons explained that research conducted on behalf of the agency highlighted that consumers from Britain plan to take less number of holidays, investing less time away and emphasizing on spending in the coming years.


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