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Published on : Friday, December 11, 2015
The following points feature .
· There were 6.6 million overseas visitors to Ireland in the first nine months of 2015 – an increase of 12% on the same period in 2014.
· The number of holiday visitors increased by 20%, with business up by 10% and those visiting friends & relatives up by 2%.
· Total earnings (including fares) from all visitors to Ireland during this period grew by 16% to €4.38 billion.
· Total overseas nights increased by 11% to 48.4 million nights. Holiday nights were up by 18% – business nights grew by 11%, while visiting friends/relatives nights were unchanged.
· There were 6 million staying visitors (at least one overnight) – an increase of 12% on 2014, while same-day visits grew by 14%.
· Staying visitors (at least one overnight) by market show that British visitors were up by 11% and Mainland European visitors were up by 14%, with American visitors up by 13% and visitors from other long haul areas up by 9%.
Total visitors +12
Staying visitors +12
Same day visits +14
Total overseas earnings +16
Total overseas nights +11
Holiday visitors +20
Holiday nights +18
Overseas nights in Hotels +18
Overseas nights in GH/B&Bs +30
The CEO of Fáilte Ireland Shaun Quinn, welcoming today’s figures, said:
“Clearly, 2015 has been the year that tourism bounced back. This year’s growth is only the beginning as Fáilte Ireland initiatives – such as the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and our new Brand for Dublin – are only just beginning to take effect. With these initiatives in the field, we are now properly positioned for accelerated growth over the next few years – but only if we maintain our competitiveness and keep our focus on what works.
“Tourism has been through a boom and bust cycle and we are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past. With an emphasis on competitiveness, compelling experiences on the ground and a greater online impact, Fáilte Ireland will continue to work with our many partners in the sector to ensure growth is sustained and evergreen – in all parts of the country and all year round.”