The latest CSO figures show that overseas tourism received modest growth of 1.8% for the period January – December 2019.

Commenting on figures, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The figures from the CSO indicate that overseas arrivals increased by 1.8% in 2019, over 191,000 more than in 2018.

“2019 has presented a mixed picture. We’ve seen a small increase in arrivals from Britain (0.8%), a modest performance from both Mainland Europe (2.6%) and North America (1.2%) and arrivals from long-haul markets up 5.5%.

“However, North America has seen a disappointing decline of 5% for the month of December alone. There’s been a deterioration in air access capacity from North America this year, with a 9% decline for this winter.

“The figures very much reflect feedback from our industry partners on the ground, who’ve seen weaker demand this year. The continued uncertainty around Brexit is giving rise to consumer concern in Britain and some Mainland European markets.”

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