Guinness Storehouse Toasts Good Year With Growth In Visitor Numbers
The Guinness Storehouse has seen visitor numbers increase by 10 per cent in 2016 as 1,647,408 guests passed through its doors over the past 12 months. It was previously named Ireland's top visitor attraction for 2015, and consists of seven floors and is home to its famous Gravity Bar where visitors can enjoy a 360 degree view of Dublin city with a drink.
Over the past year, tourists from mainland Europe have made up the majority of visitors to the Guinness Storehouse at 30 per cent, with the United Kingdom and the United States making up 27 per cent and 24 per cent of visitors respectively.
The Netherlands had the highest year-on-year growth with visitor numbers increasing by 41 per cent, mirroring recent CSO figures which saw a 31 per cent growth in visitor numbers to Ireland from the Benelux countries. Other markets that saw growth over the past 12 months include Switzerland (23 per cent), followed by Canada (26 per cent), China (24 per cent) and Spain (21 per cent).
Commenting on the increase in visitor numbers, Aine Kavanagh, media manager of the Guinness Storehouse said: "2016 was an incredibly successful year for us at the Guinness Storehouse, surpassing all previous records. We are very proud of the commitment of our own team at the Guinness Storehouse and all those across the industry who work hard to promote Dublin and Ireland as a world-class destination. Our increase in visitors is certainly supported by increased access, with new flights continually coming into the capital. These make an instant impact on our business and are critical in driving growth in tourism to the capital."