Latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that Ireland is heading for it’s best ever year of tourism due to the massive increase in the number of visitors taking a vacation in Ireland during the first six months of 2015.
Latest figures just released by the Central Statistics Office have revealed a 11% increase in the number of overseas visitors taking a trip to Ireland between January and June of 2015 when compared to 2014.
3.876,200 visits to Ireland in the first 6 months of the year are a direct result of an increase in the number of American visitors to Ireland. American tourists to Ireland jumped by 659,200 visitors in 2015 an increase of 14.7%.
Next in line were visitors from mainland Europe which jumped by 13% compared to the same period in 2014. The estimated total number of visitors from mainland Europe including countries of Germany, France and Spain is estimated to be at 1,376,900.
Visitors from the UK saw an increase of 9.4% compared to the same period in 2014. Visitors from the UK, hold the biggest share of the market with 1,612,000 visits registered until the end of June.
Minister of Tourism Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring both welcomed the news, highlighting it as an indicator of the vital role the sector is playing in Ireland’s economic recovery and job creation.
“This is excellent news for everybody involved in Irish tourism and reflects the hard work carried out by Government and all those involved in the tourism industry,” Donohoe said Thursday.
“The newly formed Tourism Leadership Group, which I will chair, will meet in the coming weeks to start work on the development of a Tourism Action Plan to specify actions to achieve the ambitious growth targets for Irish tourism set out in the Government’s Tourism Policy,” he added.