'New data released by the CSO has revealed that overseas visits to Ireland were up by 7.6% for first five months of this year, compared to the same period in 2017.'
'The data indicates that Ireland welcomed a total of 3.8 million overseas visitors to its shores between January and May 2018, 700,000 of which journeyed from North America (+12.4%) while just over 1.4 million arrived from mainland Europe (+12.3), with the number of German and Italian visitors 26% and 16%, respectively. British visitor numbers also increased by 2.4% to 1.47 million, and visitors from all other areas grew by 0.6%.'
'Welcoming the new statistics, Fáilte Ireland chief executive Paul Kelly said, “Overall, [these] results reflect further significant tourism growth from overseas. Additionally, anecdotal evidence from the industry is telling us that the current good spell of weather is also generating a domestic dividend with increased home holiday activity. All of this is great news in a sector that sustains 235,000 jobs and generates €1.7 billion in exchequer funding - €1,000 for every household in Ireland..." '
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Article published on Jun 28 2018 9:52 am for Hospitality Ireland by Dave Simpson
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