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10 Dec 2015

Tourism Ireland welcomes +18% growth in overseas visitor spend and +19% growth in holiday visitors

Commenting on today’s CSO figures for the nine months to the end of September 2015, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s CSO figures are really strong, confirming that holiday visitors from overseas grew by +19% in the first nine months of 2015 – more than half a million additional holiday visitors. I am pleased to see holidaymaker growth from all market areas and particularly from the important Great Britain, Mainland Europe and North American markets, with growth of +18%, +23% and +17% respectively. And, more importantly for the Irish economy, revenue from overseas visitors to Ireland grew by almost +18% during this period, an additional half a billion euro compared with the first nine months of 2014. Total overseas visitors grew by almost +12% during January-September, or an additional 659,000 visitors.”

Niall Gibbons continued: “This was an excellent performance and reflects the sentiment we are hearing from our tourism industry partners overseas and here at home. We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. Just last week we launched our marketing plans for 2016, which will see us build on this year’s growth to deliver €4.4 billion (+5%) in overseas tourism revenue to the Irish economy, by welcoming 8.2 million visitors, making 2016 another record year for tourism.”


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 2014, we welcomed 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.1 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which will attract more than 16 million visitors in 2015.