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News : Irish Economy Last Updated: Feb 26, 2014 - 4:35 PM


Irish Economy 2014: Trips to Ireland increased by 8.2% in November-January
By Finfacts Team
Feb 26, 2014 - 4:32 PM

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Irish Economy 2014: In the period November 2013 – January 2014, the total number of trips to Ireland increased by 8.2% to 1,350,800 - -  an overall increase of 102,500 compared to the same period twelve months earlier, according to the CSO.

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.

“As we look to the year ahead, we aim to keep the momentum going and build on the success of 2013. This year, we will place a major focus on promoting the Wild Atlantic Way, as well as on major events like Limerick City of Culture, the ‘Grande Partenza’ of the Giro d’Italia and the Croke Park Classic, when the University of Central Florida takes on Penn State in their college football season opener. We will also build on the legacy of the Gathering, continuing to reach out to the Diaspora across the world.”

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