More UK tourists visit Ireland, despite Brexit impact

Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

irelandAbout 3,00,000 additional trips were made to Ireland between the period of July and September 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015. A majority of the visitors have been arriving from Britain despite the fears associated with Brexit. The sterling continues to fall following the decision of the UK voters to exit the European Union.


This has caused a warning to be issued to several tourism operators across Ireland about the threat that Brexit has posed to the tourism industry.


During August, the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation lobby had warned about the challenges that were posed by the Brexit. But then, this challenge has made UK cheaper and Ireland more expensive for British travellers.


There had been fears that the American vacationers would choose to travel to places like Scotland and London instead of opting for Ireland with the fall of the sterling. Also, it was feared that the UK tourists would not spend their holidays in Ireland as it was quite expensive.


But then, the latest statistics released by the Central Statistics Office indicates that the trips by the residents from Britain increased by 9.3% to 11,48,500 between the months July and September 2016.


During this period, over 3 million trips had been made to Ireland that marks a notable increase from 27,70,900.

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