Tourism Ireland Welcomes Growth In Overseas Visitors
Figures published today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicate that overseas arrivals to Ireland increased by +3.7 per cent in the first five months of 2019.
According to the figures, around 140,600 more people visited the Emerald Isle than between January and May in 2018. However, the month of May has shown a continuing weak trend – with a fall of -0.4 per cent.
Commenting on the CSO statistics, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said in a statement: “North America and long-haul markets continue to show consistent growth so far throughout the year. North America grew by +9.1 per cent in the first five months of 2019, an extra 67,700 US and Canadian arrivals. Long-haul markets are also up +7.2 per cent.”
“However, Britain and Mainland Europe have shown a weaker pattern as the year unfolds. Britain is down -4.4 per cent and Mainland Europe down -4.6 per cent for the month of May. This leaves both market areas up slightly for the year overall, with Britain up by +0.8 per cent and Mainland Europe by +3.2 per cent for the January-May period.
Continuing Gibbons noted: “Brexit remains an ongoing challenge, giving rise to consumer concern particularly in Britain and some Mainland European markets. We will continue to monitor the situation closely with industry colleagues.”
The CEO also said Tourism Ireland will continue to roll out its extensive programme of promotional activity in markets around the world as they face into the second half of 2019.