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    2015 set to be a record-breaker for tourism sector

    The Central Statistics Office (CSO) have today issued Overseas Travel Figures for the period covering January to July 2015.

    The following is a summery of the results which include both staying and same day visits to Ireland and do not include any estimates for those who travel via Northern Ireland.
     

    CSO - January - July 2015           % Change
      2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 14 vs 13
                 
    Britain 1,615 1,557 1,579 1,758 1,953 11.1
    N.America 592 566 672 746 857 14.9
    Mainland Europe 1,322 1,343 1,424 1,520 1,713 12.7
    Other Areas 203 215 230 269 292 8.5
                 
    TOTAL OVERSEAS 3,733 3,682 3,904 4,292 4,815 12.2

    Note :The above figures incude both staying and same day visits to Ireland and do not include any estimates for those who travel via Northern Ireland.
         
    Source: Central Statistics Office - Overseas Travel 26 August 2015

    Welcoming today's impressive figures, Fáilte Ireland's Director of Business Development, Paul Keeley emphasised:

    "As we start to see concrete data regarding visitor numbers this summer, it is now very clear that 2015 is going to be a record-breaker for the tourism sector and, on current trends, we may eventually welcome up to 7.7 million to our shores this year. This growth is testimony to the good value and great quality currently on offer in Ireland.

    "Furthermore, from talking to many tourism businesses in the west, I am aware that the Wild Atlantic Way is significantly strengthening our appeal there. With 'Ireland's Ancient East' also progressing and a rejuvenation of Dublin's consumer appeal under way, Irish tourism is working on all fronts to ensure it is ideally positioned to generate even more visitors, revenue and jobs over the next few years".

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