Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has stated that, with CSO data showing the number of overseas visits to Ireland has increased by over 12% in the first five months of 2015; Ireland is on track to have a record year for tourism.
“I am pleased that the number of overseas visitors to Ireland has risen by 12.1% in the first five months of this year, when compared with the corresponding period in 2014. We are now in our fifth year of continued tourism growth which is positive news for local communities in Dublin Fingal and for the country as a whole.
“The increase of 12.1% has now brought the total figure of overseas visitors to just over three million with visits from our biggest market, the UK, increasing by 10%, and one in every ten American visitors to Europe coming to Ireland.
“This sustained level of growth in tourism figures will greatly boost local communities and provide support to small and medium sized businesses throughout Dublin Fingal, particularly as we enter the peak months of our tourism season. With so many tourist attractions in the North County, and with the advantageous position the presence of Dublin Airport provides to the constituency, the local economy in Dublin Fingal will undoubtedly benefit from the continued growth in tourism levels.
“Our Blue Flag beaches in Donabate, Portrane, and Portmarnock in addition to heritage properties such as Malahide Castle, Newbridge and Argillian, will be some of the foremost attractions encouraging tourists to visit the North County this summer.”