Record year for Irish tourism as 9.5 million visited the country in 2016

Arrivals: Almost 10 million visited Ireland from overseas last year. © File Photo
Arrivals: Almost 10 million visited Ireland from overseas last year. © File Photo

Almost 10 million people visited Ireland from overseas last year according to figures released today by the Central Statistics Office.

The exact total of 9,584,400 people is a 10.9% increase on last year.

The following is the breakdown of where tourists arrived from:

  • UK: Up 10.6% to 3.9 million
  • Europe: Up 8.5% to 3.3 million
  • North America:  Up 9.4% to 1.8 million
  • Rest of the World: Up 2.2% to 550,000

Tourism chiefs aim to build on these numbers next year through aggressive marketing of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, as well as benefiting from the popularity of Star Wars and Game of Thrones.

However, uncertainty around Brexit and the weakening value of sterling mean that the numbers visiting from the UK may be under pressure this year.

Tourism Ireland CEO, Niall Gibbons said: "Tourism Ireland believes that the adverse impact of Brexit can be mitigated through a combination of aggressive overseas marketing and the continuation of existing successful wider policy initiatives".

Irish residents made a total of 7,404,600 trips overseas, an increase of 440,000 on last year.

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