€2.8 Billion Spent by Overseas Visitors in Ireland for the First Nine months of 2014

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Overseas tourists have spent 241 million more from January till September this year compared to the same period last year. This was announced by the Statistics office in Ireland.
The Tourism Minister Paschal Donohue said: “This is a time of great positivity in Irish tourism.”

According to the figures, there’s a 14.1 % increase of tourists from North America, 3.5% from British tourists and a 22.08% from tourists from long-haul destinations. The total spent of €2.8 billion is a 9.3% increase on the same period from 2013.

It’s expected that 2015 will be a record year for Irish tourism – with a record of 7.74 million visitors. In a long term perspective, Ireland aims to attract 10 million overseas visitors, especially people from the UK, America and Europe, also targeting emerging markets of high potential like India and China.

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The Irish Government hopes that this will help to ensure 250,000 jobs.

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