Figures issued by the CSO today show that overseas visitor numbers to Ireland increased by +9% for the first five months of 2014. Welcoming the figures, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am really pleased to see continued growth in overseas visitors to Ireland for the five-month period January to May 2014, with an overall increase of +9% – or 228,000 additional visitors. I particularly welcome the strong increase in British visitor numbers of +13% (140,000 additional visitors). 2014 is also set to be another record year for tourism from North America, with growth of +8% (30,000 additional visitors) recorded for the first five months of this year. And it is very encouraging to see growth from other important tourism markets – including Germany, Spain, the Nordic region and our long-haul markets. This reflects the sentiment expressed by our industry partners, including carriers and tour operators overseas, as well as tourism enterprises here at home.
Niall Gibbons continued: “We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. We are undertaking an extensive programme of promotions around the world throughout 2014, to build on the success of 2013. This year, we are placing a major focus on promoting the Wild Atlantic Way, as well as on major events like Limerick City of Culture and the Croke Park Classic, when the University of Central Florida takes on Penn State in their college football season opener, on 30 August.”
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.
- In 2013, we welcomed an estimated 8 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.64 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, which appears in 11 different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.