Figures issued by the CSO today show that overseas visitor numbers to Ireland increased by +9.9% for the October-December 2013 period. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, welcomed the figures, saying: “Today’s figures from the CSO show a strong finish to 2013 – with growth of almost +10% in overseas visitors to Ireland for the final quarter, over the same period in 2012. I am delighted to see growth from all of our market areas around the world; and I am particularly pleased to see strong growth in British visitor numbers (+12.5% for the three-month period). 2013 was a record year for visitor numbers from North America (+14% for the final quarter), France, Germany and Spain, as well as from our long-haul markets (+15%), with Australia and New Zealand in particular driving that growth.”
Looking to 2014, Niall Gibbons said: “As we look now to the year ahead, we aim to keep the momentum going and build on the success of 2013. This year, we will place a major focus on promoting the Wild Atlantic Way, as well as on major events like Limerick City of Culture, the ‘Grande Partenza’ of the Giro d’Italia and the Croke Park Classic, when the University of Central Florida takes on Penn State in their college football season opener. We will also build on the legacy of the Gathering, continuing to reach out to the Diaspora across the world.”
Notes To Editors
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
- By the end of 2014, we will have welcomed an estimated 8.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.26 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.