2016 was a record year for overseas visitors from Mainland Europe to the island of Ireland.
Recent results from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) confirm that arrivals from Switzerland to Ireland increased by +3% and by +9% from Austria in 2016, when compared to 2015. Total arrival numbers were 115,000 Swiss and 62,000 Austrians.
Results for the first nine months of 2016 from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) suggest that visitor revenue from Mainland Europe to Northern Ireland increased by +11% to £80 million when compared to the same period in 2015 and Mainland European visitors to Northern Ireland grew by +14% to over 270,000 during the same period. No breakdown for Switzerland and Austria is currently available.