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    CSO Travel and Tourism Estimates Jan - June 2017

    CSO Travel and Tourism Estimates Jan - June 2017

    The CSO today published its Travel and Tourism estimates of revenue associated with overseas visits to Ireland in for the first half of 2017 (January – June 2017).
    The figures are based on detailed surveys of overseas visitors and the CSO release also contains detailed information on expenditure, purpose of visit, and bednights. 
    The latest figures indicate that revenue from overseas trips to Ireland for the period January – June 2017 was 11.7% higher than the corresponding period in 2016, when carrier receipts (air fares etc.) are excluded. These strong returns for this period meant that revenue for the first half of the year was 7.1% ahead of 2016.
    In terms of revenue (excluding carrier receipts) associated with overseas visits for Ireland’s main markets in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016:

    • Revenue associated with visits from North America grew by 16.7%
    • Revenue associated with visits from Mainland Europe grew by 6.5%
    • Revenue associated with visits from long-haul destinations grew by 9.9%
    • Revenue associated with visits from Great Britain fell by 3.7%
    Responding to today’s figures, Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly said:

    “We are very pleased to see overall growth in arrivals is up 4%, with very strong growth in North America (+22%) and other long haul market (+21%). This, together with overall revenue growth (excluding fares) of 7%, reflects a strong performance so far.  

    “While we welcome the strong growth, Britain continues to be a challenge. With overall British figures down 6% (and particularly with British holidaymakers down 9%), we cannot just assume that the drop in British holidaymakers will continue to be compensated by better performances in other markets.  We have to ensure that we all work together to have the best plan to mitigate this risk. To that end, Fáilte Ireland will shortly be launching a Brexit programme to assist tourism operators to diversify and reposition their business models in order to sustain growth."


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