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Ireland boosted by ‘best’ overseas tourism figures

The Ring of Kerry helped bring tourists to Ireland.

IRELAND saw an increase in tourists from Britain in the first quarter of this year, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Ireland.

A growth of 1.4 per cent in visitors from Britain was reported, its best performance in four years.

The CSO data, counts overseas visitor numbers to Ireland in the three-month period covering January to March 2013, showed an overall global increase of 7.4 per cent on last year.

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Tourism to Ireland was boosted by strong figures from Australia, North America and other developing markets such as China and India.

Tourism Ireland’s chief executive Niall Gibbons was encouraged by the strong start to the year, and looked to the future.

“Great Britain continues to be challenging… our aim is to grow British holidaymakers by 20 per cent, i.e. an additional 200,000 holiday visitors per year by 2016,” he said.

Overseas tourism accounts for 59 per cent of all tourism revenue to Ireland, worth an estimated €3.5 billion.

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3 comments on “Ireland boosted by ‘best’ overseas tourism figures”

  1. John Murphy

    Hi there

    Would somebody at the Irish Tourist Board please show a degree of integrity. I am an Irish man living in London. I have three children aged 8,6 and 4. I have been back to Ireland 5 times so far this year, twice with all my family. Therefore our trips to date account for 13 trips.
    Is it any wonder that tourism from Britain is up in the first three months of this year when tens of thousands of Irish people have been forced to immigrate?
    To be counted as a tourist statistic is offensive. And for the Irish Tourist Board to turn forced immigration into a jolly tourist statistic and to attempt to take credit for a job well done is insulting.
    Yours sincerely
    John Murphy

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  2. gagan dua

    I am a Indian staying in Delhi with love for everything Deltic I am a member of many Celtic org Druid of Breton order given to me in 1983 by Mona Coarer Archdruidess
    I also am doing business wiith Bill Hadnett in Donegal County Kerry

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  3. John lehman

    Well there are various factors behind this boosted tourism figures. One of them is excellent service of Ireland car rental agencies and the most notably Dan-dooley car rental. No matter in which country tourists visit, there are reports that they were victim of hidden charges etc etc. But that's not the case in Ireland. Love you Ireland.

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