Irish tourism enjoys best ever month of October
Irish tourism is celebrating its best ever month of October with over 830,000 people visiting the country last month.
Figures release by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) also confirm that Ireland has enjoyed its best ever January – October period with almost 8.3 million arrivals recorded this year – an increase of 12% from this time last year.
Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing around 220,000 people nationwide and the record breaking year has been welcomed by Tourism Ireland, the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas.
“It is clear that 2016 will be another record-breaking year for Irish tourism,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.
“We have seen exceptional results from North America for January to October – up 18% on the same ten-month period in 2015. I also welcome the strong increase in British visitors. And Mainland Europe has also turned in another excellent performance, with important markets like Spain, France, Germany and Benelux all recording good growth.”
Over 3.3 million tourists have arrived from Great Britain since the turn of the year. This represents a growth of almost 12% from last year.
Visitors from Mainland Europe have increased by 10% while arrivals from Australia and other developing markets have increased by 1.4%.
Following this record breaking year for Irish tourism, Tourism Ireland will be launching their promotional plans for 2017 next week in an effort to entice even more visitors to Ireland next year.