One in seven Amer­i­cans will visit Gar­den County

Bray People - - NEWS -

ONE IN SEVEN Amer­i­cans plan­ning to visit Ire­land this year will end up in Wick­low.

The monthly Amárach Re­search/Irish­cen­ sur­vey of Ir­ish Amer­i­can at­ti­tudes, (the Ir­ish Di­as­pora Om­nibus) - pub­lished to co­in­cide with St Pa­trick’s Day – shows that while one in five plan to visit Ire­land this year al­most two thirds hope to make the trip in 2012, pro­vid­ing a much needed boost to the Ir­ish tourist sec­tor.

The sur­vey of 1,100 was car­ried out on the week­end pre­ced­ing St. Pa­trick’s Day, with 15 per cent of those sur­veyed in­tend­ing to visit the Gar­den County when they next visit Ire­land. One in five in­tend to make the trip to Ir­ish shores this year and two thirds hope to make the trip in 2012. 7 in 10 have al­ready vis­ited at some point.

The main rea­son for trav­el­ling to Ire­land is the ‘ op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the coun­try and see the sights’ (70 per cent), while 51 per cent will visit rel­a­tives.

Of those vis­it­ing Ire­land this year 65 per cent will go to Dublin, 55 per cent Gal­way, 44 per cent Cork, 31 per cent Done­gal. Lim­er­ick also ranks high on the visi­tor list with 23 per cent of those trav­el­ling to Ire­land in the next 12 months say­ing they will stop in the county.

Nine out of 10 Ir­ish Amer­i­cans cel­e­brate St. Pa­trick’s Day, 47 per cent with a mix of fam­ily and friends and 70 per cent with a spe­cial din­ner among fam­ily and friends. 25 per cent at­tend mass on the day, with 39 per cent head­ing out for drinks to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion.

A new sur­vey re­ports that one in seven Amer­i­can tourists will visit County Wick­low.

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