Tourism Ireland Welcomes 11.2% Increase In Overseas Visitors To Ireland
Commenting on new figures published by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland for January 2019, Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said, "[These new] CSO figures represent a very positive start to 2019, as we roll out our promotional programme around the world. I am pleased to see that overseas visitor numbers increased by 11.2% in January 2019 - almost 66,000 additional overseas arrivals when compared with January 2018. However, it is early days yet - arrivals in the month of January represent around 6% of total annual arrivals.
"Arrivals from North America grew by 12.3% in January, an extra 11,500 US and Canadian visitors. We’ve also seen very good results from Mainland Europe, up 12.2% on January last year, with particularly strong performances from France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Visitor numbers from Britain grew by 10.4%, and from Australia and emerging markets by 9.4%.
Gibbons added, "Tourism Ireland’s campaigns are in full swing around the world to build on the success of 2018. 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. Our aim is to grow overseas tourism revenue this year to €6.5 billion for the island of Ireland."
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