Ireland's overseas visitor arrivals grow by 9% in 2014

December 31, 2014 10:28 am 

DUBLIN, Dec. 31 — Ireland's overseas visitor arrivals grew by 9 percent to 7.3 million, the highest number since 2008, according to latest figures on Tuesday.

The figures from the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC) showed that overseas tourists spent over a quarter of a billion euros more in the country in 2014, bringing the total to just over 3.5 billion euros, up 9 percent on the previous year.

In its year-end review for 2014 and outlook for 2015, ITIC attributed the high tourism earnings to the improved economic conditions in source markets, the increase in capacity on air and sea services into Ireland, a stronger U.S. dollar and British sterling, and a more competitive tourism product.

ITIC said United States, Germany, France, and Canada all returned record performances, as ireland gained a larger share of outbound tourism in valuable source markets.

North America and other long haul markets generated over two thirds of the increase in earnings in 2014, while the short haul markets continue to deliver the greater part of the visitor volume, it said.

ITIC believed that targeted growth of 6 percent in visitor arrivals, an additional 400,000, in 2015 is achievable, given the benign state of key source market economies and the strength of the British sterling and the U.S. dollar. (PNA/Xinhua)



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