Chinese travellers had the highest average spend on hotel rooms in the first six months of the year, according to research by Hotels.com.
The accommodation website found that Chinese visitors spent an average of €161 per night on hotel rooms in Ireland, while visitors from India spent the second highest on average at €143. People coming from the US and Mexico spent €137.
The Chinese outgoing tourist market continues to boom as they spent 27 per cent more than in the same period in 2014. Tourism Ireland aims to increase Chinese visitor numbers to 50,000 by 2017.
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Hotels.com put the growing spend down to fluctuating currency markets and the fact that long-haul visitors spend more on accommodation.
Rounding out the Top 10 spenders were Singapore, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan and Finland with visitors from these countries spending between €122 and €133 a night.