Tourism Ireland welcomes growth of +7.9% in overseas visitors

for January-February 2018

The latest figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office) confirm that overseas visitor numbers increased by almost +8% in the first two months of 2018, around 84,700 additional overseas arrivals when compared with January-February 2017.


The CSO confirms that arrivals from North America grew by +4.2%. Mainland Europe was up +17.6% on January-February last year, with particularly strong performances from Germany, Italy and Spain.

Arrivals from Britain are up +4% for the first two months of 2018. However, this doesn’t represent a turnaround in the long-term trend. The impact of Brexit on outbound travel from Britain still remains a concern. 

Looking to the upcoming summer season, the air and sea access picture is very positive – with increases in the number of airline seats from Britain, Mainland Europe, North American and long-haul markets and new ferry services coming on stream.


Tourism Ireland’s campaigns are now in full swing around the world. Our aim is to grow overseas tourism revenue in 2018 by +5%, to €6 billion, for the island of Ireland.

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