Sinn Féin Tourism spokesperson Sandra McLellan TD has welcomed the CSO figures on overseas travel to Ireland which indicate a substantial increase on visits in the previous year.
Deputy McLellan said;
“Tourism is a vitally important sector contributing millions to the Irish economy as well as employing thousands of people in communities the length and breadth of the island.
“Therefore it is very encouraging to see an increase of 6% in the January to July period when compared with last year, and to see a particularly substantial increase in the number of visitors from North America. It is vitally important that we capitalise on this and ensure that our visitors enjoy their stay here, and return to visit again.”
Deputy McLellan also noted an increase in visitors from outside of North America and Europe.
“The figures released today also indicate an increase of 14,800 on the January to July 2012 figures for the ‘Other areas’ category, which includes countries outside of North America and Europe, which is also very welcome.
“Developing our penetration of the Indian, Chinese, and other far eastern markets needs to be a key priority for the Irish Tourism sector over the coming years. We remain very heavily dependent on our traditional markets so it is important to see an increase in this area, and it is essential that we seek further increases in the coming years.”