Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland have welcomed new CSO figures for 2017, which reveal a record year for tourism in terms of visitor numbers and revenue.
Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly said:
“Today’s figures confirm that 2017 was a record year both in terms of visitor numbers and revenue - with almost €300 million in additional revenue generated for the country by overseas visitors. We also estimate that, last year, tourism employment grew by an impressive 10,000 jobs. This growth in revenue, and its ability to spur employment, underscores the vital importance of tourism for Ireland. Its importance is even greater when you consider the fact that in this growth in revenue and jobs is generated in many parts of the country where there are not many other major industries and where tourism is absolutely vital to local communities.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s CSO figures are very positive, confirming that revenue from overseas visitors to Ireland grew by +6.5% during 2017, an additional €292 million for the Irish economy compared with 2016. Total overseas visitor numbers increased by +3.5%; and within the total number of overseas visitors to Ireland, holiday visitors grew by +8% during 2017 – 322,000 additional holiday visitors.”