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    CSO Overseas Travel - Latest Figures

    CSO Overseas Travel - Latest Figures

    The CSO have today issued Overseas Travel figures for the period covering January to July 2017. This release contains details of visitor numbers (which include same day visits) to Ireland along with Irish trips abroad.

    The main points in today’s release are as follows:

    • Total overseas trips to Ireland for the period January-July 2017 were up 3% on the same period last year.
    • Visitors from Britain were down by 6% while Mainland European visitor numbers increased by 4%.  
    • North American visitor numbers grew by 17% with visitors from other long haul areas up by 18%.
     

                                           2017 vs 2016

    Jan-July   

    Britain     -6
    North America     +17
    Mainland Europe     +4
    Other Areas     +18
    Total Overseas     +3
       
       
     

    Note: The CSO statistics for overseas visitors referred to above do not include visitors who arrive/depart via Northern Ireland.
     
    Responding to today’s figures, Paul Kelly CEO of Fáilte Ireland stated:

    “We are very pleased to see that overall growth is up as the continuing and worrying UK decline has been compensated by a stellar North American performance. While we welcome the growth in US visitors we need to be conscious that, historically, US visitor numbers have been more volatile and can go down more quickly, therefore we need to keep driving growth in the UK and Europe as well as other markets.
     
    “As we plan for 2018, it is imperative that we keep a tight focus on competitiveness. The government has played its part in creating the right conditions for a competitive sector  – particularly in terms of the highly effective VAT rate – but the industry must also step up to the plate and ensure that an Irish visit remains good value. If we were to lose our reputation as a good value destination, it may take us years to recover it.”


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