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    CSO Travel Figures Jan – June 2017

    CSO Travel Figures Jan – June 2017

    The CSO have today issued Overseas Travel figures for the period covering January to June 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 to June 2017 were up by 4% on the corresponding period last year.
    • Visitors from Britain were down by 6% while North American visitors grew by 22%.
    • Mainland European visitor numbers grew by 6% with France and Germany up by 5% and 4% respectively.
    • Overseas visitors from long haul areas increased by 21% in the first half of 2017.
    Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly today said:

    “This growth of 4.2% is to be welcomed and it has certainly been buoyed up by a very impressive North American performance. However, that performance is also masking a worrying trend downwards in the British market as a weakening sterling makes Ireland more expensive for British visitors. It is crucial that tourism businesses now keep a sharp focus on competitiveness. The weakening Sterling also makes Britain a much more competitive destination for many of those future visitors who may be deciding whether to come here or visit our neighbours instead.

    “We will continue to develop compelling tourism experiences on the ground to win back British trade but, in this Brexit environment, market diversification will be important and tourism businesses will need to look to other international markets to sustain growth. To that end, Fáilte Ireland will soon be launching a tailor-made Brexit Response Programme to help businesses recalibrate and diversify in order to tap growth in other markets and offset any Brexit-related repercussions.”

     

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