25/02/2016

CSO Tourism Figures Show Increase In Visits To Ireland

The latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures have revealed an 18.4% increase in the number of overseas visits to Ireland between November 2015 to January 2016.

Welcoming the figures, which show 2015 was a "record year" for overseas visitors to Ireland, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe said: "I welcome today's statistics which show that the number of overseas visitors coming to Ireland continues to grow. 2015 saw the highest ever number of overseas visits to Ireland and we are aiming for even further growth in visit numbers and associated revenue in 2016.

"As part of the overseas marketing drive, I recently announced details of Tourism Ireland's unique Global Greening initiative which will see some of the world's most famous attractions and sites going green to mark St Patrick's Day at a key holiday-planning time for potential tourists."

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, added: "Job creation has been this Government's number one priority and the tourism sector provides jobs in every part of Ireland. Today's data confirms that the measures we introduced to help the tourism sector continue to deliver results. Furthermore, another CSO release earlier this week showed that the numbers employed in the Accommodation and Food Services Sector also rose in the final quarter of 2015 which is excellent news for everybody involved in Irish tourism."

(MH)

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