Tourism to Ireland for the period January to September 2015 up 12%
The CSO have today issued Overseas Travel figures for the period covering July -September 2015. This release contains details of visitor numbers (which include same day visits) to Ireland along with Irish trips abroad.
The main points in today’s release are as follows:
· Total overseas trips to Ireland for the period January to September 2015 were up by 12% on the corresponding period in 2014.
· British trips increased by 11% from January to September while North American visitors were up by 14%.
· Trips to Ireland from Mainland European countries grew by 14% in the nine month period; with France up 10%, Germany up 12%, Italy up 26% and Spain up 18%.
· Visitor numbers from all other long haul areas rose by 11% for the year to September. Visitors from Australia/New Zealand increased by 7%.
Percentage change 2015 vs. 2014
North America +14
Mainland Europe +14
Other Areas +11
Australia/N Zealand +7
Total Overseas +12
Fáilte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn emphasised:
“These latest CSO figures indicate that tourism is firing on all cylinders particularly in our key markets – North America, Mainland Europe and Britain. We have been particularly blessed this year by favourable currency rates but these aren’t steadfast and it will be important for tourism businesses to ensure they are ready should these conditions change. We must focus on continuing to provide visitors with unique experiences and value for money in order to ensure tourism growth continues into 2016.
Note: The CSO statistics for overseas visitors referred to above do not include visitors who arrive/depart via Northern Ireland and spend at least an overnight in the Republic. – See more at: http://www.failteireland.ie/Utility/News-Features/News-Library/Overseas-Travel-Figures-July-September-2015.aspx#sthash.7yc5mCNe.dpuf