Commenting on the CSO figures issued today for visitor numbers to Ireland for the May-July period, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:“Today’s figures from the CSO for May to July are very strong. I particularly welcome the growth in visitor numbers from North America (+20.5%) – a record performance from that market. Tourism Ireland believes that we are on course to achieve our best year ever from the United States – even surpassing the previous best year of 2007; this year, we will welcome over one million American visitors, spending about US$1 billion. We are also seeing a record year from our long-haul markets (+11.9%) – with Australia and New Zealand in particular driving that growth. And Mainland Europe (+5%) is also playing a major part in growing tourism business from overseas this year. It is also encouraging to see a return to growth in visitors from Great Britain (+3.3%).
“In the coming weeks, we will roll out our busy autumn campaign – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland from around the globe and keeping this momentum going. The period September to December traditionally yields as much as 30% of overseas tourism business.”
Further media information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland
Tel: 087-685 9027
Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
• In 2012, an estimated 7.27 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.51 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, currently rolling out in 11 different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.
• ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ is Ireland’s biggest ever tourism initiative, consisting of a year-long programme of festivals, events and gatherings in every part of the country; Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotions under way to highlight ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ around the world, working closely with the ‘Gathering’ project team.