CSO Figures Reveal 17.5% Rise In Irish Tourism

New figures have revealed tourism spending in Ireland rose by 17.5% in the first nine months of the year compared to 2014.

The data, published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), also shows the number of trips in the key target market of holiday makers rose by 19.6% in comparison to last year.

Between January and September, total overseas visitors grew by almost 12% (659,000).

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe said a rise in overseas tourism revenue provides a continued boost to the economy.

"We were already aware of the strong visit numbers, but today's revenue figures show the associated economic impact," he said.

"The total expenditure in the nine month period amounted to over €3.3 billion which is a highly significant contribution to the Irish economy benefitting every part of the country.

"2015 is now on course to be a record year for both visit numbers to Ireland and for associated expenditure."

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, added: "Today’s CSO figures are really strong, confirming that holiday visitors from overseas grew by +19% in the first nine months of 2015 – more than half a million additional holiday visitors.

"We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. Just last week we launched our marketing plans for 2016, which will see us build on this year's growth to deliver €4.4 billion (+5%) in overseas tourism revenue to the Irish economy, by welcoming 8.2 million visitors, making 2016 another record year for tourism."


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