Cllr. Cleary welcomes tourism drive

Fine Gael Councillor Michael Cleary has welcomed the 6% increase in overseas visits to Ireland for the first seven months of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012.

Fine Gael Councillor Michael Cleary has welcomed the 6% increase in overseas visits to Ireland for the first seven months of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012.

“The figures are very encouraging for the tourism industry and suggest again that The Gathering is delivering more overseas visitors,” Councillor Cleary stated.

Latest CSO figures on Overseas Travel show shows that overall trips to Ireland for the first seven months of 2013 were up by 6% compared to the corresponding period in 2012.

There were 3,904,400 overseas visits to Ireland during the seven-month period.

Visits from North America were up by 18.6% for the seven months with a total of 671,600 visits.

Visits from Mainland Europe were up by 6% in January–July 2013 compared to the same period in 2012 (1,423,700 visits).

Number of visits from Britain

The number of visits from Britain for the first seven months of 2013 were up by 1.4% compared to the same period in 2012 (1,579,300 visits).

For Other (i.e. long-haul) markets, there was a 6.9% increase in visit numbers in the first seven months of 2013 (229,800 visits).

Cllr. Cleary added: “While our main summer holidays are now over and kids are back to school, we should remember that we still have a lot of exciting festivals and Gathering events coming up”.

“Government actions under the Jobs Initiative, including reducing VAT on certain tourism services to 9% and halving employers’ PRSI for those on modest wages, are paying off,” he said.