Tourism numbers continue to grow.

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has stated that he is encouraged by the growth in numbers of overseas visitors. CSO figures released yesterday (Thursday) have shown that the number of trips to Ireland by overseas visitors has increased by 7.5% in comparison with the same period last year.

“I am delighted to see that the number of overseas visitors has significantly increased. With tourism having a fundamental importance to the local economy in Fingal, an increase in visits from overseas will undoubtedly bring money into the economy and provide support for small businesses throughout the constituency.”

“Improving trends in tourism numbers show that the Government’s tourism sector initiatives, such as the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sector, are working and are contributing to the economic recovery. It is now projected that over 7 million people will visit Ireland this year and, as Minister Varadkar stated, 2014 looks set to be the fourth year of consecutive growth in relation to the number of overseas visitors. This year on year increase highlights how we have captured the momentum following on from the ‘Gathering’ last year. The international promotion being pursued by businesses, Tourism Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is keeping that momentum going.”

“Events like the Giro D’Italia are working to promote Ireland as a tourist destination, and with Dublin Airport in Fingal, towns throughout the area are in the prime position to benefit from increased tourism numbers. We should use this opportunity to further showcase Fingal as the wonderful tourist destination it is.”