€7M New Year Bonanza

Fáilte Ireland’s New Year’s Festival, which ran on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, attracted an estimated 40,000 visitors to the capital city, generating over €7 million from tourism for the local economy.

Part of Fáilte Ireland’s "Winter in Dublin" programme, the New Year’s Festival aimed to establish Dublin as a must-visit destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve and is an important driver for tourism businesses during the shoulder season.

The two-day festival, which takes place along the North Wall Quay on New Year’s Eve and Meeting House Square, Temple Bar on New Year’s Day, encouraged domestic and international visitors to explore Dublin City, with music and entertainment events that are suitable for all the family running across the weekend.

Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festivals at Fáilte Ireland, said:

"New Year’s Festival was back in full swing this year, with a truly world-class line up of music, entertainment and fun for all the family. Creating new and exciting reasons to visit is a crucial part of supporting tourism businesses during the shoulder season, and Fáilte Ireland has developed the New Year’s Festival to position Dublin as a must-visit destination to ring in the New Year." 

Conor O’Kane, General Manager, Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, added:

"New Year’s Festival Dublin is a really important fixture in the winter events calendar and helps to draw people from at home and abroad to Dublin during the quieter part of the winter season. This year’s event was the biggest yet and has a very positive effect on bookings and footfall for businesses in the Docklands and throughout the city centre."