Holiday makers vacationing to the Emerald Isle have shown an increase of almost 8 per cent for the period july-September 2013 according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
New figures released today show that the actual number of inward vacation trips to Ireland increased by 2,261,000. That's an increase of 164, 300 on the same period last year.
According to the CSO figures, trips into the country by people from the USA showed an increase of 13.6 per cent, to a total of 415,000. Trips by residents of other European countries (excluding the UK) rose by 1.2 per cent to 786,200.
Holiday makers traveling to Ireland from the UK saw an increase of 9 per cent, to 904,700.
The total number of overseas trips made by Irish residents during the same July - September 2013 period increased by 1.5 per cent to 2,032,600.
Speaking to the Irish Times newspaper the Minister for Tourism, Leo Varadkar said that 2013 had been a good year for tourism in Ireland. He highlighted points such as The Gathering, better value for money and improvements in air access into the country as contributing factors.
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