Commenting on figures published today by the CSO for overseas arrivals to Ireland for January-April 2019, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s figures from the CSO indicate that overseas arrival numbers increased by +5.1% in the first four months of 2019, around 144,500 more than in January-April 2018. However, anecdotal reports suggest that this growth is not being felt evenly across the industry. It is also important to bear in mind that the first four months represent around 27% of total annual arrivals.
“Today’s figures indicate a solid performance from our source markets. Arrivals from North America grew by +8.3% in the first four months of 2019, an extra 42,300 US and Canadian arrivals. We’ve also seen good results from Mainland Europe, up +6.1%, with strong performances in particular from France and Spain. Arrival numbers from the rest of the world increased by +7.3%.
“Britain remains our most challenging market for the upcoming peak season. While we welcome the fact that arrival numbers are up +2.4% for January-April, we know that currency fluctuations and the Brexit extension will continue to cause uncertainty for the summer season and may affect travel demand. Next week, we will launch a new strategy for the British market; we will also continue to monitor the market closely, working in conjunction with our British-based Brexit Taskforce. Our aim is to continue to grow overseas arrival numbers and revenue this year despite the uncertainty around Brexit and some slippage in planned air services from North America and Britain.”
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.