Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has welcomed the publication of the CSO’s Tourism and Travel statistics which confirm strong growth in the revenue generated from overseas visitors in the first half of 2015.
“I am delighted that the strong growth in the revenue generated from overseas visitors coming to Ireland has been confirmed by the Travel and Tourism statistics published by the CSO. The level of spending by overseas visitors in Ireland increased by 16.2% in the first six months of this year, compared with the correlating period in 2014, this excludes expenditure on fares.
“In tandem with the increase in spending by overseas visitors, the number of trips to Ireland in the key market target of holidaymakers grew by 20.3% in the first half of this year and, when the expenditure of these holidaymakers was examined, it was found that it increased by 34.5% between January and June 2015, when compared against the same period last year.
“These figures confirm that the Government’s policy of promoting tourism to spur economic growth is continuing to work and it is now the Government’s ambition that the revenue generated by overseas visits will reach €5 billion by 2025.
“The fact that the expenditure of overseas visitors and holidaymakers has increased significantly will have a positive impact on the local economy on the North County. With the presence of Dublin Airport and many great tourist attractions, small and medium sized businesses in towns and villages across Dublin Fingal are in an optimal position to benefit from growing levels of spending by visitors coming to Ireland.”