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Growing tourism from the United States and Germany

25th May 2017 - 5:00pm

Bronagh Kelleher (Fitzwilliam Hotel), Niall Gibbons (CEO Tourism Ireland) and Yvonne Donohue (The Shelbourne Hotel)

Bronagh Kelleher (Fitzwilliam Hotel), Niall Gibbons (CEO Tourism Ireland) and Yvonne Donohue (The Shelbourne Hotel)

Tourism industry leaders from around the island of Ireland joined Tourism Ireland in Dublin today, to take part in two workshops looking at ways to maximise growth from the US and German markets for Irish tourism over the coming years.   The United States is one of the greatest contributors of visitors and tourism revenue to the island of Ireland.   Tourism revenue from the US grew by 72% and visitors by 48% over the period 2010-2015.   And outbound travel from the US to the island of Ireland has grown faster than many of our competitor destinations, so that today, over one in ten American travellers to Europe now visit Ireland.

Germany is the largest source of visitors and tourism revenue from Mainland Europe to Ireland. After some decline during the economic downturn, the market has returned to strong growth and had its best year ever in 2016 with 650,000 German visitors contributing almost €400 million to the Irish economy.   In fact, German visitor numbers have grown by 58% and revenue by 64% over the period 2010-2015.  Tourism Ireland working closely with the tourism industry and sister agencies is re-assessing opportunities in both of these important tourism markets, particularly in light of Brexit, to ensure that Ireland continues to grow its share of visitors from both countries.


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