To Irish economy, tourism industry worth €8.7bn

Published on : Friday, December 29, 2017

indexThe Irish Tourism Industry Confederation or ITIC has stated that international visitors expend almost €5bn in the country in 2016 which was an increase of 6 percent.
The Irish tourism interests represented by umbrella body forecasted additional growth in 2018. However, the committee warned against complacency with Brexit keeping on throwing dark shadow in the coming years.

Eoghan O’Mara Walshe, ITIC chief executive, mentioned that the number of overseas visitors is rising with greater spending while they are here. To quote him, “2017 has been a very strong year for Irish tourism, I mean overall the sector is worth €8.7bn. We had 8.9 million international visitors to our shores this year, that is 3% up in terms of volume – in terms of footfall – and 6% up in terms of revenue. So, it is a really important sector for Ireland at the moment; it employs 230,000 people right around the country.”

He said on an average, American tourists spend over €700 while in Ireland: “Spending is up 6% compared to last year,” he said.

“Overall, international visitors spent just shy of €5bn in the country – €4.9bn.
“The markets that are further afield spent that bit more because they tend to spend longer in the country.

“So for example, the average American spent about €730 when they were here on holiday whereas the average British person spent under €300.”


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