Fáilte Ireland has released the results of its 2015 Survey of Overseas Travellers, which reveals that Dublin, Cork and Galway are the country's most-visited destinations by overseas tourists while the likes of Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford are the least-visited.
The survey which is based on rolling, three-year averages, shows that nearly 5 million people visited Ireland's capital last year, close to 1.5 million visited Cork while Longford welcomed only 30,000 visitors, reports the Irish Independent.
Tourists generated revenue of €1,726 million for Dublin and €558 million for Cork, with those who visited Longford generating €8 million for the county. The survey results reveal that while Kildare is the thirteenth most visited county it ranks higher in tourist revenue at number seven, and contrarily Kilkenny was the ninth most-visited but the sixteenth highest-earner.
Unfortunately for Longford, the planned 'Center Parcs Longford Forest' development wont open until 2019 but will "have a significant economic impact on County Longford, the wider Midlands region of Ireland as well as on the national economy". The full lists below do not take domestic tourism into account.
Overseas visitors by county for 2015
Laois & Leitrim: 57,000 each
Offally & Roscommon: 50,000 each
Overseas tourist revenue earned by county for 2015
Louth & Westmeath: €36m each