Figures issued by the CSO today show that overseas visitor numbers to the Republic of Ireland have increased by +7.3% for the January-October period. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, welcomed the figures, saying: “Today’s figures from the CSO for the ten-month period to the end of October are very strong, showing growth from almost all of our markets around the world. We are seeing record growth this year from North America (+14.6% up to the end of October); and from our long-haul markets (+14.4%), with Australia and New Zealand in particular driving that growth. I am particularly pleased to see a good return to growth in British visitor numbers (+5.1%). Mainland Europe is also playing its part in growing tourism business from overseas this year (+5.6%); in fact, 2013 looks set to be the best year ever for visitors from Germany, France and Spain.
“Next week we will launch our marketing plans for 2014 and beyond – when we will announce details of how we will build on the success of 2013 and sustain growth in overseas tourism into the future.”