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24 Nov 2016

Tourism Ireland welcomes superb +11.6% growth in overseas visitors for January-October 2016

Best ever month of October and best ever January-October period for Irish tourism

Commenting on today’s figures from the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland for January to October, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s figures indicate that this was the best ever month of October for Irish tourism, with more than 830,000 arrivals recorded. It was also the best ever January to October period for overseas visitors to Ireland, with almost 8.3 million arrivals, representing an increase of almost +12% – 858,000 additional overseas visitors when compared with the first ten months of 2015. It is clear that 2016 will be another record-breaking year for Irish tourism.” 

Niall Gibbons continued: “We have seen exceptional results from North America for January to October – up +18% on the same ten-month period in 2015. I also welcome the strong increase in British visitors (almost +12%). And Mainland Europe has also turned in another excellent performance (almost +10%), with important markets like Spain, France, Germany and Benelux all recording good growth.

“Tourism Ireland has a number of late-season campaigns under way right now, to kick-start our promotional effort for 2017. Next week, we will outline our plans for 2017, when we will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that the island of Ireland continues to increase its share of the global travel 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 220,000 people.
  • In 2015, we welcomed approximately 9.5 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.9 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.