Record-breaking year for Irish tourism +11% growth ~ 9.6m Visitors

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Welcoming figures published by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland in 2016, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s figures confirm that 2016 was a record-breaking year for overseas tourism to Ireland, with almost 9.6 million people arriving here – an increase of +10.9%, or 941,300 additional overseas visitors, when compared with 2015. I am delighted to report that growth was recorded from all of our markets around the world, with exceptional results from North America (+19.4% on 2015). Ireland now welcomes 10% of all American visitors to Europe – particularly noteworthy given the intense competition from other destinations. We have also seen record numbers arriving here from Mainland Europe (+8.5%); and I also welcome the continued strong performance from Britain (+10.6%), our largest market for overseas tourism.

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