Irish visitor numbers rose to more than three million during the peak summer months of June, July and August – 10.8% higher than during the same period last year.
The latest CSO figures show that overseas residents made a total of 3,088,000 trips to Ireland in the three months to the end of August – compared to 2.78 million a year earlier.
Trips by residents of Great Britain increased by 10.5% to 1.13 million, while trips by residents of continental Europe were up 10.8% to 1.09 million.
Visits by residents of North America to Ireland grew by 13.2% to 667,600 while trips from all other parts of the world increased by 4.7% to 191,700.
The number of overseas trips by Irish residents during the period June to August increased by 1.8% to 2.35 million.
The CSO figures show that, during the first eight months of 2016, inward trips to Ireland were up 12.3% to a record 6.55 million. Trips abroad by Irish residents during the same period grew by 4.9%.
The latest figures were welcomed by Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons who said it was the best ever January to August period for Irish tourism, with a record 1,125,000 arrivals during August.