2016 was a record year for overseas visitors from Italy to the island of Ireland.
Recent results published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) confirm that Italian visitor revenue to Ireland grew by +15% in 2016 to €175 million – delivering an additional €22 million to the Irish economy when compared with 2015. Italian visitors to Ireland grew by +7% to 323,000 – an additional 20,000 visitors when compared to the previous year.
Italy is an increasingly important 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 Italian visitors is currently available.