The Guinness Storehouse has released figures showing that 2013 was a record year, with visitor numbers up 7% compared to 2012.
The figure translates to an increase of nearly 70,000 visitors, up from 1,087,000 to 1,156,985. High profile visitors in 2013 included actors Tom Cruise and Chris O’Dowd, as well as popular bands such as The Script, Kodaline and Bell X1.
According to the Storehouse, the location continues to be Ireland’s most popular attraction for international tourists with 93% of visitors coming from overseas. Top ranking nationalities were from the US, UK and continental Europe. The busiest month was August with over 130,000 visitors.
“Not only did we welcome more visitors than ever before at the home of Guinness to coincide with the year of The Gathering, we also hosted an array of high profile guests, unveiled the world’s most unique and innovative Guinness tasting experience ‘The Tasting Rooms’ and redesigned our new flagship retail store, part of our three year €10m investment plan,” said Guinness Storehouse managing director, Paul Carty.
Alex Connolly, head of communications with Fáilte Ireland, said “The Guinness Storehouse’s impressive performance mirrors a stellar year for tourism in general – boosted in particular by Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Gathering’ initiative.”