2016 was a record year for overseas visitors from France to the island of Ireland.
Recent results published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) confirm that visitor revenue from France to Ireland grew by +16% in 2016 to €272 million, delivering an additional €37 million to the economy when compared to 2015. French visitors to Ireland grew by +5% to 490,000 in 2016 – 21,000 additional French visitors when compared to the previous year.
France is the fourth largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland.
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 French visitors is currently available.