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    CSO Data Shows Strong Growth in Tourism Revenue for First Quarter of 2018

    CSO Data Shows Strong Growth in Tourism Revenue for First Quarter of 2018

    CSO has today released its Tourism and Travel statistics for the first quarter of 2018.


    The figures show that spending in Ireland by overseas visitors (excluding carrier fares) was €795m, up 16.2% on the corresponding period in 2017.

    Welcoming today’s figures, Fáilte Ireland Chief Executive Paul Kelly said:

    “Following a record year in 2017, it looks like this year has already got off to a strong start – particularly helped by spectacular growth in the North American and European markets. Obviously, these figures are just for the first quarter, but all indications are that we will enjoy another year of robust growth in 2018. The key is being able to sustain and continue these levels of growth. Central to this is continuing to develop tourism in a strategic and planned fashion. From Fáilte Ireland’s perspective, we’re very much focused on stimulating growth in those regions which have the potential to cater for more visitors and can help us ensure a more equitable spread of activity across the country. We also need to drive greater growth during off-season months where there is also capacity within the tourism sector to absorb more visitors. In this respect, today’s first quarter figures are very much welcome.”

    Overseas Tourism January to March 2018 
    % change
      Visitors Nights Revenue (exc fares)
    Britain 0.3 -2.5 4.0
    North America 13.0 16.9 27.6
    Mainland Europe 13.8 21.7 20.9
    Other areas 1.5 8.8 12.1
    Total 6.9 12.0 16.2
    Holiday 15.2 20.8 23.7
    Business 0.0 17.8 11.9
    VFR -3.5 -7.6 -2.2
    Hotels   12.4  
    GH/B&Bs   42.1  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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