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The North American markets of the US and Canada are among the most important for tourism to the island of Ireland. Visitors from these markets tend to stay longer and travel more widely around the island than some others.
2014 was a record year for tourism from North America, with new air access services helping to build on a steady pattern of growth in recent years.
Latest available data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) suggests visitor numbers from Northern America to Ireland increased by +11% in 2014. Figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency indicate that North American visitors to Northern Ireland grew by +23% in the nine months from January to September 2014.
Steady growth continues in 2015 and recent results from the CSO suggest that North American visitors to Ireland are up almost +15% in the period January to July compared to the same period in 2014 – an additional 85,000 US and Canadian visitors. Results for Q1 2015 for Northern Ireland will be published shortly by NISRA.
Ireland now welcomes 10% of all American visitors to Europe – despite intense competition from other destinations.