Trips by residents of North America to Ireland increased by 14.8% to 182,800 and trips by residents of Great Britain increased by 8.5% to 633,900. Trips by residents of European Countries other than Great Britain (Other Europe) increased by 1.6% to 432,200 while trips to Ireland from Other Areas increased by 28.5% to 102,000. The total number of overseas trips made by Irish residents during the period November 2013 - January 2014 increased by 1.4% to 1,197,300.
The total number of trips (Irish residents’ trips overseas plus trips to Ireland) in the period November 2013 - January 2014 increased by 4.9% to 2,548,100 when compared with the same period twelve months earlier. For the period November 2012 - January 2013, there was an annual increase of 2.7% in the total number of trips taken when compared to the previous corresponding period.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland,
said: “I am delighted to see an increase in overseas
visitor numbers of +8.2% for the three-month period November 2013 to January
2014, with growth recorded from all of our market areas around the world. I
particularly welcome the growth of +8.5% from Britain for that three-month
period. Today’s figures represent a very positive start to 2014, as we roll out
our promotional programme around the world. Our promotions will receive a
tremendous boost next month, with our Global Greening initiative for St
Patrick’s Day set to be even bigger and better than ever before. St Patrick’s
Day traditionally marks the real start of the tourism season for us and we will
be taking every opportunity to capitalise on Ireland’s heightened profile.
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