Irish tourism grew by 6.7% in the first half of this year

Published on : Friday, July 27, 2018

Irish tourismIn the first half of this year, Irish tourism grew by 6.7 percent as per data, with British visitors starting to shrug off a weak pound that has made trips to the euro zone more expensive since the vote to leave the European Union in June 2016.

Ireland, considered the remaining EU member with most to lose from Brexit, shares a border with Northern Ireland, part of Britain. The country’s tourism industry depends heavily on its near neighbor which accounts for more than one-in-three visitors.

The number of trips to Ireland from Britain increased by 2.3 percent from January to June, partly reversing a 6.4 percent fall compared to the same period last year.

“While we welcome the fact that arrivals from Britain are up, it’s too early to say if this represents a turnaround in the long-term trend,” said Niall Gibbons, the chief executive of Tourism Ireland.

The pound plunged in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, discouraging Britons from traveling; however, at the same time, it made the country cheaper to visit.

The increase in overall visitors to Ireland, which witnessed a record high last year, was propelled by a 10.7 percent increase in tourism from North America, with newly opened air routes making the country more accessible for vacations.


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