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26 Feb 2020

Tourism Ireland comments on overseas arrival figures for January 2020 indicating slight increase of +0.5%

Commenting on figures published today by the CSO for overseas arrivals to Ireland for January 2020, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s figures from the CSO indicate that overseas arrivals increased slightly by +0.5% in January 2020, when compared to January of last year. However, it is early days yet – arrivals in the month of January represent around 6% of total annual arrivals.
“Arrivals from North America grew by +2.9% in January, an extra 3,100 US and Canadian visitors. Arrivals from both Mainland Europe (+0.2%) and Britain (+0.1%) were flat on January last year; and arrivals from long-haul markets declined by -1%.
“Some of the challenges facing Irish tourism over the coming months include the outbreak of Covid-19 (coronavirus), the continued uncertainty around Brexit, as well as global economic unease. There’s also been a deterioration in air access capacity, with a -4% decline this winter.
“Tourism Ireland continues to roll out an extensive first-half programme of promotions, which includes our ‘Fill Your Heart With Ireland’ campaign, to highlight the island of Ireland around the world; however, we will keep our programme under review. We are monitoring the outbreak of Covid-19 very closely and will respond, together with industry partners, to its impact on travel to 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 2019, we welcomed almost 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €5.8 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 23+ million visitors in 2019.