Commenting on today’s CSO figures for the first half of 2015, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s CSO figures are really strong, confirming that holiday visitors from overseas grew by +20% in the first half of 2015, with growth recorded from all of our market areas around the world. And, more importantly for the Irish economy, revenue from overseas visitors to Ireland grew by +17% during this period, an additional €253 million compared with the first six months of 2014. Total overseas visitors in the first half of 2015 also grew by +12%, or an additional 378,000 visitors.”
Niall Gibbons continued: “This was an excellent first half 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. We are rolling out a really extensive autumn campaign – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland from around the globe and keeping this momentum going. The period September to December usually yields as much as 30% of our annual overseas tourism business.”
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 €4.1 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.Ireland.com, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, Ireland.com attracted about 14.25 million visitors.