Tourism in the State goes up in spite of drop in British market

Published on : Wednesday, November 29, 2017

British marketIn the three months up till October of this year, the number of visitors to the Republic kept on increasing in spite of a major drop in the figures coming from Britain, as per the numbers showed by the Central Statistics Office.

Between August and October, the total number of trips to the State grew 2.9 per cent to 2.93 million, a rise of 83,900, same time, last year.

The British market carried on shrinking with trips to the State decreasing 5.8 per cent to less than 1.05 million. The number of UK visitors has been decreasing time after time ever since the choice to leave the EU in 2016’s Brexit referendum and the following drop in sterling value.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, explained that the weak sterling made short breaks to the Republic even more costly for the British while increasing Britain’s attraction as a destination for tourists coming from other markets aimed by the Republic.

Trips of European country residents other than Britain increased by 4.5 percent to 1.02 million while the number of North American tourists increased by 14.8 per cent to 682,500 respectively. Trips from other regions like Asia, Africa and Australia increased by 9.8 per cent to 183,200.


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