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Record Visitation Growth To Ireland From Australia

November 7, 2013 Tourist Boards No Comments Email Email

Australia and New Zealand have driven record grown this year from Ireland’s long-haul markets for the period July to September, 2013, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) for overseas visitors to the Republic of Ireland. 

The figures reveal an additional 326,000 overseas visitors during the January to September period.  In fact, figures for the first nine months show that Tourism Ireland is having the best year ever from Australia and New Zealand.

Commenting on the CSO figures, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The figures from the CSO for the high season months of July to September are very strong, showing growth from almost all of our markets around the world. We are seeing record growth this year from our long-haul markets (+24.5%) – with Australia and New Zealand (+22.5%) in particular driving that growth.

“We have a really extensive program in place between now and the end of the year, targeting late-season travellers around the world, to keep this momentum going.”

The Gathering Ireland 2013 has been a key driver in bringing Ireland’s dispora ‘home’.  There are still hundreds of events and initiatives taking place before the end of the year.

As the UK’s City of Culture 2013, Derry-Londonderry will host The Turner Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for the visual and contemporary arts, from 23 October 2013 to 5 January 2014.  This is the first time the prize has been held outside England and the second time it has been shown at a venue other than the Tate.

Also in the City of Culture 2013 from 28 November to 1 December, Lumiere will transform Derry-Londonderry’s familiar city landmarks, buildings, hidden spaces, parks and waterways into a spectacular nocturnal landscape of stunning artworks made from light.

New Year’s Eve Festival in Dublin, 31 January, will continue the lumination theme.  Dublin, recently voted one of the top 5 places to ring in the New Year by Lonely Planet, will be the place to see hundreds of candles afloat on the River Liffey, the city will sparkle as participants and performers illuminate Dublin with dazzling light displays, music and dance.  The Big Brunch will take care of recovery with a delicious food market at Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square the following morning.

Diane Butler, Manager – Australia & New Zealand, Tourism Ireland, said “we are really excited as next year poses to be just as big with the Wild Atlantic Way officially opening in March and events including St Patricks Day celebrations, Giro d’Italia Big Start in Belfast in May, the World Flower Show and Bloom in Dublin in June, Waterford’s 1100 anniversary and Limerick named the Irish City of Culture for 2014”.

For further information visit www.ireland.com.

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