Commenting on figures published today by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland for January-June 2019, Shane Clarke, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Corporate Services, Policy & Northern Ireland, said: “Today’s figures from the CSO indicate that overseas arrivals increased by +3.6% in the first half of 2019, around 176,000 more than in January-June 2018.
“The figures indicate a very mixed picture – with a modest performance and some continuing underlying weakness from Britain (+0.5%) and Mainland Europe (almost +3%), but with North America (+9.1%) and long-haul markets (+8.1%) continuing to show consistent growth so far this year. Feedback from industry partners on the ground suggests weaker demand and a late booking pattern, with concern being expressed for the second half of 2019.
“The summer air access picture is still positive, with +2.5% more seats available. However, Brexit remains an ongoing challenge, giving rise to consumer concern, particularly in Britain and some Mainland European markets. We will continue to monitor the situation closely with our industry colleagues.
“Tourism Ireland will continue to roll out its extensive programme of promotional activity in markets around the world as we face into the second half of 2019 – highlighting compelling reasons to visit for the remainder of the summer and into the off-peak months, showing how easy it is to get here and the great value available from our industry partners.”
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 around 325,000 people across the island.
- In 2018, we welcomed around 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland (+6% on 2017), delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion (+10%).
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20+ million visitors in 2018.