Ireland Welcomes Record US Visitors

Tourism has always been important to Ireland and it’s one area of the economy which has always provided consistent revenue to the country.   Even during the recession, visitors continued to both visit and spend money in the Irish economy despite the rising prices.  Thankfully things have improved in the Irish economy and tourism is bringing in positive benefits.

Over one million North Americans visited Ireland during 2016, initially that the landmark has been broken. The statistics were revealed in this week’s preliminary Tourism Truth 2016 – a record of Irish tourism findings released by Fáilte Ireland.

Ireland clocked a record number of people this past year, the record says – up 8.8 to 8.742 million. Dublin was the very popular port of call, with 5.69m visits. 64pc of tourists were first-time guests. Britain stays Ireland’s largest source market for foreign tourists, according to the report, representing 41pc of such visits.

Both Fáilte and Tourism Ireland have made attempts to diversify economies in the past few decades, with Brexit along with the sterling/euro market taking a toll on British visitor numbers, that have dropped over 10pc in the first quarter of 2017. But British people don’t spend up to the North American counterparts – accounting for a whole earnings of $1.11bn at 2016, versus $1.34bn.   It may be due to the proximity and of course they can still access local entertainment such as the BBC iPlayer in Ireland using this.

This, regardless of the fact that North Americans create a far smaller proportion of traffic, at 17pc. Later Britain, Ireland’s second-biggest supply marketplace is Mainland Europe, which accounts for 36pc of global volume, based on Fáilte Ireland. Ireland brought a entire tourism sales of $8.31 billion in 2016. “While we’ve known for a while that 2016 had been a record year for tourism, this week’s statement adds more layers to our comprehension of the operation, stated Caeman Wall, Head of Research in the National Tourism Development Agency.

Fáilte Ireland draws on a vast assortment of sources in compiling the yearly report, such as the Central Statistics Office and its visitor surveys.

 

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