To mark the start of the tourist season, Fáilte Ireland has published a 'Tourism Impact Bulletin' today highlighting the economic importance of tourism.
Interesting facts include:
Tourism is a €7bn industry with overseas tourists generating almost €5bn
Every €1m of tourist expenditure helps to support 29 more jobs;
Ireland welcomed 8.8m international tourists in 2016 – almost two (1.7) overseas tourists for every member of our population;
Every 1,000 additional tourists support 14 jobs in the tourism sector
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