One in seven Americans will visit Garden County
ONE IN SEVEN Americans planning to visit Ireland this year will end up in Wicklow.
The monthly Amárach Research/Irishcentral.com 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.