Positive News for Tourism Continues –
Overseas Visitors up +8.2% for November 2013-January 2014 

Today’s figures from the CSO for overseas visitors to the Republic of Ireland show growth of +8.2% for November 2013 to January 2014, over the same three-month period last year. The figures represent a very positive start to 2014, as we roll out our promotional programme around the world.

  • Overseas visitor numbers are up +8.2% for November to January – or 100,000 additional visitors.
  • North America: following a record year in 2013, visitor numbers from the United States and Canada have increased by almost +15% – an additional 24,000 visitors. 
  • Mainland Europe: visitor numbers from Mainland Europe grew more modestly, at +2%, or an additional 7,000 visitors. Arrivals from Germany (+18.6%), Spain (+10%) and the Benelux countries (+9.1%) were particularly strong. Mainland Europe now delivers more holidaymakers for Ireland than any other market area. 
  • Great Britain: it is particularly encouraging to see strong growth from GB, with an +8.5% increase in visitors from that market and GB contributing almost half of all the additional visitors (50,000+). 
  • Australia and Developing Markets (ADM): arrivals from Australia and our other long-haul markets grew by +28.5%, or almost 23,000 more visitors than in the same three-month period last year.

Click here to read the statement by Tourism Ireland’s CEO, Niall Gibbons, welcoming today’s figures from the CSO.

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