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ITIC analysis of Tourism Growth

Overseas visitor numbers hit a new high in 2015, surpassing the previous record year of 2007, according to a new analysis of tourism statistics undertaken by ITIC.
 The most comprehensive analysis published for some time shows that the number of arrivals was up 14% year on year while revenue increased by a remarkable 19%.
 The results for 2015, which far exceeded official forecasts, benefitted from a favourable external environment including improved economic and consumer confidence in the main source markets coupled with the strength of the US dollar and the pound sterling. The competitive positioning of the Ireland offering continued to be good, although under rising cost pressures, while the carriers embarked on a bullish expansionist strategy with increased capacity and highly competitive fares.
 The degree to which pent up demand in the marketplace contributed to the double digit growth is unknown. Ironically the fillip in demand follows a number of years of a decline in state investment in destination marketing, which over time is bound to have an adverse impact on growth – already there is evidence of Ireland losing share of voice in key markets.
The growth in arrivals was driven largely by a 20% increase in holiday visitors with a 28% increase in their associated expenditure in the country. This is especially heartening as it is this segment of the market which is the primary target of the state funded destination marketing campaigns. Private investment by tourism businesses in online and in market promotions is also reported to have expanded in scale and effectiveness in recent years as trading improved.


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NYT Loves Galway

Galway’s tourism offering has been given a ringing endorsement by the New York Times, which spent 36 hours in the city.
 “Welcoming and walkable and filled to the brim with old-fashioned pubs and excellent seafood restaurants, scenic Galway may be Ireland’s most charming city,” wrote reviewer Nell McShane Wulfhart.
 “Cosy, old-fashioned pubs showcase the city’s ever-growing selection of craft beers, chefs serve up west- of-Ireland ingredients in creative new ways, and almost every building housing a modern cafe or new atelier has a centuries-old story behind it.”
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New plan for Ormond Hotel

Monteco, a property development company, has applied for permission to build a 121 bedroom hotel on the site of the Ormond Hotel in Dublin. The application follows a refusal to build  a 170 bedroom hotel on the site.
The proposal involves the demolition of the existing building and its replacement with a five storey hotel. The Ormond Hotel features in the Cyclops episode of 'Ulysses'

Karate Event worth €500m.

Fáilte Ireland today welcomed a €500k revenue boost for Dublin as participants from across Europe arrive in the city for the Japan Karate Association European Championship. The event, taking place in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, will host teams from 24 countries and is due to attract almost 1000 overseas attendees.
 Welcoming the news and speaking about the event, Miriam Kennedy from Fáilte Ireland said that Fáilte Ireland, through its Event Ireland team, is supporting the Japan Karate Association’s bid to host the World Championships in Ireland in 2018 with a potential revenue boost of €1.25 million. Event Ireland is a new team set up as part of the Business Tourism and Events department within the tourism authority – its role is to identify, bid for and win events for Ireland.

Killarney House Reopens

Killarney House and Gardens re-openesd to the public yesterday following a €7m. restoration project.
 The restoration of the house and grounds, once home to the earls of Kenmare, and latterly to the American McShain family, got underway after an outcry about its condition since being left to the State in 1998.
 The project, which opens the national park to the town centre, got strong support in 2011 from then minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Minister Jimmy Deenihan.
 killarney15Almost two years of work have so far gone into restoring the gardens to reflect the house’s diverse gardening history.


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