Commenting on today’s figures from the CSO for overseas visitors to the Republic of Ireland for the first nine months of 2014, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:
“Today’s CSO figures are very strong – confirming growth of +9.3% in overseas visitors to Ireland for the January to September period, more than 500,000 additional visitors when compared with the same nine-month period in 2013. Given that overseas tourism business accounts for almost 60% of all tourism revenue, this is good news indeed, with the increase in visitor numbers from overseas helping to boost employment around the country.
“I am delighted to report that we are seeing growth from all of our market areas around the world this year. I am particularly pleased to see visitor numbers from Great Britain, our largest market, increasing by almost +9% for the first nine months (194,000 additional visitors). 2014 is also set to be another record year for tourism from North America, with almost +14% growth (130,000 additional visitors). And it is also very encouraging to see an increase of +7.4% in visitors from Mainland Europe, with Germany (16%), Spain (+13%) and Italy (+10%) turning in particularly strong performances; and from our long-haul markets of almost +11%.”
Niall Gibbons continued:
“We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. Tourism Ireland has been rolling out an extensive promotional programme throughout 2014, showcasing the island of Ireland around the world to prospective holidaymakers. Upcoming promotions, including a significant presence – with almost 70 tourism partners – at World Travel Market in London next month will help to keep this momentum going and deliver further success in 2015 and beyond. We will also be working hard to promote the new British-Irish Visa Scheme in China and India, with the message that the island of Ireland is very much open for business and visitors are most welcome to our shores.”
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.