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01 Sep 2016

Tourism Ireland welcomes +9% growth in overseas visitor spend to €1.93 billion and +12% growth in holiday visitors for H1 2016

Commenting on today’s CSO figures for overseas tourism in the first half 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 +9% in the first six months of 2016, to €1.93 billion – an additional €165 million for the Irish economy compared with H1 in 2015. Total overseas visitors grew by +11%, to 3.9 million – almost 400,000 additional visitors. Holiday visitors grew by +12%; and revenue from holidaymakers grew by +9%.”

Niall Gibbons continued: “This was an excellent first half 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. Next week, we will launch our extensive autumn campaign – aimed at boosting late-season travel from around the globe, 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 200,000 people.
  • In 2015, we welcomed more than 9.3 million overseas visitors to Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.7 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which attracted more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.


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