Commenting on figures published today by the CSO for overseas arrivals to Ireland for January and February 2019, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:
“Arrivals from North America grew by almost +11% in the first two months of 2019, an extra 18,700 US and Canadian visitors. We’ve also seen good results from Mainland Europe, up almost +8%, with particularly strong performances from France, Spain and Germany. Visitor numbers from Australia and emerging tourism markets increased by almost +15%. While we welcome the fact that arrivals from Britain are up +4% for January-February 2019, we’re very much aware of the continued uncertainty about Brexit and its impact on outbound travel from Britain – and that remains a concern.
“Looking to the upcoming summer season, the air and sea access picture is very positive – with increases in the number of airline seats from Britain, Mainland Europe, North America and long-haul markets. Tourism Ireland’s new ‘Fill Your Heart with Ireland’ campaign is rolling out around the world. Our aim is to grow overseas tourism revenue this year to €6.5 billion, for 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 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.