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    Visitor Numbers and Revenue Up in 2016

    Visitor Numbers and Revenue Up in 2016

    The CSO today issued Tourism and Travel results for January-September 2016 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.

    • There were 7.4 million overseas visitors to Ireland in the first nine months of 2016 - an increase of 12% on the same period in 2015.
    • Total earnings including fares from all visitors to Ireland grew by 10% to €4.8 billion while earnings excluding fares came to €3.6 billion - an increase of 9%.
    • Total overseas nights increased by 9% to 52.6 million nights. Holiday nights were up by 8%.
    • There were 6.6 million staying visitors (at least one overnight) - an increase of 10% on 2015, while same-day visits (863,000) grew by 31%.
    Shaun Quinn, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, welcomed today’s figures but advised:

    “These figures continue to reaffirm that 2016 is shaping up to be bumper year for tourism.  As always , we would caution the tourism industry against complacency - unexpected events can cause rapid change for our tourism fortunes which means future growth can never be guaranteed. That is why the tourism sector must remain competitive, continue to offer value and look to markets such as Mainland Europe to ensure that this growth in visitors and revenue can continue.”


                        % change Jan-Sept 2016 vs Jan-Sept 2015

      Visitors Nights Revenue (exc fares)
    Britain 13 8 11
    North America 15 7 6
    Mainland Europe 11 10 10
    Other areas 3 9 12
    All 12 9 9
    Holiday 10 8 8
    Business 12 16 9
    VFR 12 9 9
    Hotels   5  
    GH/B&Bs   20  
    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.  

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