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    CSO Tourism and Travel Results for January – March 2017

    CSO Tourism and Travel Results for January – March 2017

    The CSO today issued Tourism and Travel results for January-March 2017 giving details on overseas visitors’ purpose of visit, revenue, nights and accommodation used.

    The following is an outline of the CSO results (which include same day visits) contained in today’s release. In comparing Jan-Mar 2017 against the same period last year it should be noted the Easter fell in March in 2016.

    • There were 1.8 million overseas visitors to Ireland in the first quarter of 2017 - an increase of 1% on the same period in 2016.
    • Total earnings including fares from all visitors to Ireland grew by 1% to €939 million while earnings excluding fares came to €684 million – a decline of 1% on last year.
    • Total overseas nights declined by 4% to 11.1 million nights. Holiday nights were up by 2%.
    • There were 1.57 million staying visitors (at least one overnight) - down 1% on 2016, while same-day visits (224,000) grew by 18%.
                        % change Jan-Mar 2017 vs Jan-Mar 2016
      Visitors Nights Revenue (exc fares)
    Britain -6 -1 -7
    North America +23 +6 +6
    Mainland Europe -1 -14 -4
    Other areas +16 +13 +9
    Total +1 -4 -1
    Holiday nc +2 nc
    Business -4 -8 +2
    VFR -1 -1 -3
    Hotels   nc  
    GH/B&Bs   +4  
    Note:  The CSO statistics for overseas visitors referred to above do not include visitors who arrive/depart via Northern Ireland and spend at least an overnight in the Republic. 

    Commenting on the results, Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly today said: 

    “It’s important to note that, in comparing the results for the first quarter of 2017, Easter occurred in March in 2016 and that may account for some of the softening in comparable revenue figures.  However, the trend from Britain is undeniable and was also reflected in Fáilte Ireland’s most recent Tourism Barometer.

    “In this post-Brexit environment, the tourism sector needs to maintain its competitive edge particularly in terms of a weakening sterling which not only makes Ireland more expensive for British visitors but makes Britain a more competitive destination for those other overseas visitors we are seeking to bring here.

    “Market diversification will also be important and tourism businesses will need to look to other international markets to offset any weakening in British markets. To that end, Fáilte Ireland will be working with tourism businesses throughout the country to help them recalibrate and diversify to tap growth in other markets in order to offset any Brexit-related repercussions.”


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