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Tourism Ireland promotes the island of Ireland in nine Mainland European market areas - Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the Nordic region, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.
Mainland Europe markets have performed strongly in recent years and 2014 was another extremely positive year. Latest available data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) suggests visitor numbers from Mainland Europe to Ireland increased by +6% in 2014. Figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency indicate that visitors from Mainland Europe to Northern Ireland grew by +5% in the nine months from January to September 2014.
Steady growth continues in 2015 and recent results from the CSO suggest that Mainland Europe visitors to Ireland are up almost +13% in the period January to July 2015. Results for Q1 2015 for Northern Ireland will be published shortly by NISRA.