Commenting on today’s CSO figures for overseas tourism in the first quarter of 2016, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s CSO figures are really strong, confirming that revenue from overseas visitors to Ireland grew by +18% in the first three months of 2016, an additional €102 million for the Irish economy compared with Q1 in 2015. Total overseas visitors grew by +16%. Holiday visitors grew by +28%; and revenue from holidaymakers grew by +29%.”
Niall Gibbons continued: “This was an excellent performance and reflects the sentiment we’ve been hearing from our tourism partners overseas and here at home. As we head into the high season, we are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. We have an extensive programme of promotions under way around the world, reminding prospective visitors everywhere that there has never been a better time to come and discover the island of Ireland.”
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 220,000 people.
- In 2015, we welcomed approximately 9.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.7 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.