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    CSO Data Shows Increase in Overseas Visitors for Early 2018

    CSO Data Shows Increase in Overseas Visitors for Early 2018

    The CSO has today released tourism data for the first two months of 2018


    The data shows that the number of overseas visits to Ireland for the first two months of 2018 increased by 7.9%, compared to the corresponding period in 2017.

    A breakdown of today’s data shows that visits from Mainland Europe were up by 17.6%, compared to the same period last year, while visits from North America and Britain were up by 4.2% and 4% respectively. Visits from the rest of the world (long-haul) were down by 3.8%.

    Commenting on today’s CSO data, Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly said:

    “Today we have another set of robust figures which reflect the strength of the tourism sector, but obviously it is too early in the year to draw hard and fast conclusions from the data we have to date. In Fáilte Ireland, we still anticipate that the British market may be down this year. We are working with hundreds of businesses across the country through our ‘Get Brexit Ready Programme’ to prepare for further consequences from the Brexit effect, and to minimise any exposure to our nearest overseas market. Fáilte Ireland is particularly helping businesses to diversify into other markets and to ensure their customer mix is balanced. Indeed we saw the first businesses who participated in the Fáilte Ireland ‘China Ready Programme’ graduate this week.

    “Tourism sustains 235,000 jobs and generates revenue of €6.7bn, of which an estimated €1.6bn goes to the Exchequer. The key to maintaining this vital contribution to the Irish economy, and safeguarding it from fluctuations in overseas markets, is to build a compelling visitor experience which can compete globally.”


    % change
     

     

    All Visitors (Overnight & Day trips)
     (000)

     

    Jan-Feb 2017

    Jan-Feb 2018

    % Change

    Britain

    486

    505

    4.0

    North America

    167

    174

    4.2

    Mainland Europe

    347

    409

    17.6

    France

    66

    57

    -13.4

    Germany

    56

    74

    30.5

    Italy

    31

    44

    40.2

    Spain

    43

    45

    6.1

    Other  Europe

    152

    190

    25.0

    Other Areas

    77

    74

    -3.8

    Australia/New Zealand

    25

    24

    -4.0

    Other long haul areas

    52

    50

    -3.8

    Total Visitors

    1,076

    1,161

    7.9

    CSO Overseas visitor numbers January-February 2018


     

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