Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has stated that the release of tourism figures by the CSO this morning (Tuesday) shows that Ireland’s attractiveness as a tourist destination continues to grow which will be welcome news for businesses and local communities throughout Dublin Fingal.
“Figures released by the CSO have shown that the number of overseas visitors coming to Ireland between January and September has increased by 9.3% in comparison with the same period last year. Ireland continues to be a prime destination for international visitors and it is clear the country’s appeal is increasing with Lonely Planet becoming the most recent publication to include Ireland its list of the most attractive tourist destinations.”
“With the proximity of Dublin Airport, towns throughout Dublin Fingal are in the prime position to benefit from increased visitor numbers. While visitor numbers were strong last year, this 9.3% growth is testament to the people throughout the country, the beautiful views and attractions, and the determination of the Government in promoting tourism as a means of economic growth, which is evident through the retention of the 9% VAT rate for the tourism industry.”
“There were over 5.9 million visits to Ireland in the first 9 months of this year. Over the period from July to September, visits from the USA grew by 18.1%, from Mainland Europe by 9.5% and from long-haul and developing markets by 7.5%. It is clear that much potential exists to increase the amount spent in the local economy in Dublin Fingal through attracting more visitors into the local area. While the figures for 2014 are terrific thus far, I am certain that we can further improve upon them in 2015.”