Published on : Saturday, January 28, 2017
In 2016, the total number of trips to Ireland was about 9,584,400. Between the period of October and December last year, the total number of trips here was more than 2.1 million that marks a rise f 7.2% as compared to the same time frame in 2015.
Visitors from Great Britain continue to be the most frequent travellers to this part of the world.
Figures show that the visits of people from Great Britain increased by as much as 10.6% in 2016 to 3,924,100. Trips by the inhabitants of European nations had risen by 8.5%. The number of tourists from North America arriving in Ireland increased by 19.4% to 1,808,000.
The revenue that was generated from these visits amounted to an estimated €5.4 billion.
He said that Ireland at present welcomes 10% of all American tourists to Europe. What is noteworthy is the fact that many other destinations offer a stiff competition to Ireland. Niall Gibbons, the CEO of Tourism Ireland said that 2016 has been a record breaking year in terms of its tourism sector.
He feels that Tourism Ireland would create a ‘stand out’ for Ireland all across the world throughout 2017.
Some of the most iconic experiences would be highlighted here including the Causeway Coastal Route, Titanic Belfast, Ancient East and Wild Atlantic Way.
He has also highlighted the challenges that face the company in 2017 including Brexit. However, he also added that access from Britain to Ireland continues to be quite strong. There are 237,000 airline seats and 45,000 car spaces available every week.
He added that they would work with their industry partners at Britain and also at home with an aim to focus on the ease of travelling to the island of Ireland.