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    CSO data shows slight increase in overseas visitor numbers in 2019

    CSO data shows slight increase in overseas visitor numbers in 2019

    CSO data published today shows that overall trips to Ireland were up by 1.8% in 2019.

    Comparing 2019 to 2018:

    • Overall trips to Ireland were up by 1.8% to 10,807,500 visits;
    • North America was up by 1.2% to 2,412,500 visits;
    • Visits from Mainland Europe were up by 2.6% to 3,910,200 visits;
    • Great Britain was up 0.8% with 3,787,700 visits;
    • Visits from the rest of the world increased by 5.5%, to 697,200 visits.

    Responding to today’s CSO figures, Fáilte Ireland’s CEO, Paul Kelly said:

    “Today’s growth in visitor numbers does not appear to translate directly into tourism sector revenue which has not seen growth across all markets. This is due to a shortened average length of stay and changes in the mix of visitors coming to Ireland. It is important to note that this softening in revenue comes after a number of years of significant growth. As we approach the Brexit deadline and the transition period that follows, Fáilte Ireland remains fully focused on delivering our business supports and mentoring programmes for the tourism industry to help it meet the challenges of Brexit and the many other demand and supply side challenges facing the sector. Brexit certainty for 2020 has offered some short-term clarity that has helped tourism businesses on the ground to plan better, but with a number of challenges on the horizon there is no room for complacency. If we want to maintain and grow employment in the sector, we need to ensure we are as competitive as possible and continue to offer a quality product and value for money.”

     


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