Ireland sees rise in tourism figures

Ireland sees rise in tourism figures

The Central Statistics Office (CSO), have published figures which show an increase of 8.8% in overseas visits to Ireland for the first ten months of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe said: "The figures published by the CSO today confirm that the strong tourism performance from overseas markets has continued into the latter part of the year.

"All of our main markets are showing impressive growth levels and the figures are further evidence that the measures this Government introduced to help the tourism sector continue to deliver."

The CSO figures show there were 6.5 million visits to Ireland.

For the three-month period from August to October 2014, overseas trips to Ireland increased by 6.7%.

Visits from Mainland Europe grew by 6.9% for January to October 2014, to 2,306,900 visits and by 7.1% for the August to October period.

North America registered an increase of 14.5% for January to October 2014 (1,185,800 visits) and of 20.9% in the August to October 2014 period;

Visits from Great Britain were up by 8% for January to October 2014 (2,678,000 visits) and by 2.2% for the three months from August to October 2014 compared to the corresponding period of 2013.

Visits from the rest of the world (mostly long-haul and developing markets) totalled 406,400 for the first ten months of 2014 (representing an increase of 9.6%) but decreased by 2.7% for the three months from August to October alone.

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