New CSO figures released confirm strong growth in revenue figures from overseas visitors for the first three months of 2015.
The Tourism and Travel statistics show that spending in Ireland by overseas visitors (excluding fares) for the first quarter of the year rose by 10.5%, compared with the same period in 2014. The data also shows that the number of trips to Ireland in the key target market of holidaymakers rose by 13.3%, while spending by holidaymakers was up 12.9% for Q1 2015 when compared with the same period in 2014.
The biggest revenue increase came frm visitors from Mainland Europe, whose spend grew by 17.5%. Revenue from North American visitors grew by 16.8%, while those from Great Britain grew by 5.8%.
Commenting on the figures, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe T.D., said: “In the first quarter of 2015 alone, our overseas visitors spent an estimated €590m in Ireland, which is an enormous contribution to our economy and an increase of 10.5% on the corresponding period of 2014. We are not resting on our laurels however, and Tourism Ireland has a strong marketing programme in place for the remainder of 2015 to ensure that this strong economic return is maintained.”