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Published on : Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealed that there was a recent drop in the British visitors was due to the increase in North American travellers.
Between May and July there was a drop of 3.8% as compared to the same period last year and the number of tourists visiting Ireland from Britain continued to fall.
It was reported that during July there was a drop of 1.1% compared to the same period last year.
In the May- July period visit by North America tourists rose by 12.3%, going up by 713,600. Visitors from Europe was also up by 5.4% representing 1,075,500 tourists, excluding the UK.
There was an overall increase in the number of trips to Ireland over the last three months showing an increase of 4.4.% to 2,967,600. It had an overall increase of 124,200.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland said that due to the currency challenges in Ireland and decline in the value of sterling has made holidays and short breaks expensive for the British visitors. The Britishers are not spending in a discretionary manner due to economic uncertainty.
The North America and long-haul markets is performing well with a double-digit growth as noticed in the earlier months of 2107 has gone down.
For January to July the arrival from North America was up by 17.4%. The visitors from Australia and Developing Markets grew by 17.5 for January to July.