Deputy Noel Coonan has welcomed the latest official data on overseas travel from the Central Statistics Office, which has reported an increase of overseas visitor numbers to Ireland up 5.4 per cent for first half of this year, the year of The Gathering.
“These figures confirm what I have been hearing from business owners on the ground in Tipperary. Overseas visitors, as well as Irish people, are rediscovering Ireland as a place to go on holiday. The Gathering has given the tourism industry a shot in the arm and we have seen an increase of more than 15 per cent in visitors from North America,” said Deputy Coonan.
“The tourism industry is vital to Ireland’s economic recovery and the Government is working closely with tourism agencies to promote Ireland both at home and abroad.
“This Government has decreased the rate of VAT on hospitality services to encourage people to spend money and, in doing so, boost employment. Business people I have spoken to locally have been very clear that this measure has had a beneficial effect on local business.
“Other Government measures such as reducing employers’ PRSI and the visa waiver scheme, are helping to restore sustainable growth to the tourism sector,” said the Tipperary North TD.