Overseas visitors to Ireland in 2017 continue to rise with a large increase in the number of North American visitors.
There was a massive 14.8% percent increase in the number of overseas visitors to Ireland from North America this year, with a leap to 682,500 between January and October 2017 compared to the same time period last year.
Ireland is enjoying yet another great year of tourism, despite numbers from the Great Britain having dropped in the first ten months of the year. It is believed, however, that while Brexit may be having a detrimental effect on these numbers, overseas visitors from elsewhere may now choose Ireland over Great Britain because of its continued placement within the EU.
In total, there were 8,531,500 trips to Ireland by overseas visitors between January and October 2017, as opposed to 8,277,500 between January and October in 2016. Between August and October 2017 alone, the total number of trips to Ireland increased by 2.9% to 2,934,400, an overall increase of 83,900 compared to the same period twelve months earlier.
While trips from Great Britain decreased by 5.8%, trips by residents of European countries other than Great Britain, trips by residents of North America, and trips from other areas all increased.
The number of trips made overseas by Irish residents themselves also increased by 7.6%.
In a recent feature with US Today, Nancy Trejos explained just a few of the reasons why Ireland has become a prime destination for North American visitors with cheap airfares, family ties and the country’s pure beauty all playing a part.
“Ireland has become one of the most welcoming European destinations for U.S. citizens, with a currency in favor of the U.S. dollar and residents who appreciate visitors from across the pond,” Trejos writes.
“Ireland is hoping to capitalize on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union by marketing itself as the other English-speaking alternative in the region that still wants to remain part of Europe. Add to it short and cheap flights — and a familiar yet beguiling culture —and visitors are showing up.
“The options are so vast that Tourism Ireland estimates that one in every 10 Americans traveling to Europe are visiting Ireland. From January to September, the number of North American tourists to Ireland jumped 18.6% over the same period last year.”
Herself taking a package deal with Aer Lingus which included flights, accommodation and travel between cities for less than $1,000, she visited the Dublin Docklands which she compares to New York’s Meatpacking District, the EPIC museum, the Dublin Writer’s Museum and the Hugh Lane Gallery. Trejos then travels outside of the capital, dropping into Adare Manor, Limerick and of course, the Cliffs of Moher.
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