Despite 2011 not boasting the best tourism figures for many European countries, it seems Ireland bucked the trend, announcing a sizeable increase of visitor numbers throughout the year.
Following the publication of figures collated by the Cental Statistics Office, it was revealed that 6.6 million visitors flocked to Ireland during 2011, an increase of 500,000 compared to the year before. While it`s a healthy 7% increase, it isn`t as high as the 6.9 million visitors the country welcomed back in 2009, though it`s a clear indication that tourism is back on the right track after the clear slump during 2010.
The number of nights spent in Ireland also showed a considerable increase, rising from 4.8 million in 2010 to 50.9 million to mark a 6.9% increase. With such a fantastic range of hotels in Dublin
as well as cities such as Cork, Limerick or Waterford, the increase shouldn`t come as much of a surprise.
With a huge marketing campaign launched to tempt tourists to escape the hustle and bustle of the Olympic Games in London this summer, there`s no reason why 2012 can`t be a record breaking year for Irish tourism.
Published on 19/9/2012.Latest Destination News