Tourism growth for Dublin good news for Fingal
DUBLIN’S increasing tourist numbers is good news for Fingal, according to a local Fine Gael senator.
Senator James Reilly has welcomed the latest tourism figures from the Central Statistics Office which show tourism in Dublin i sstill growing.
Senator Reilly said: ‘Dublin has seen an increase in overseas visitor numbers of 2,275,000 since 2010 this is great news for the county. The first seven months of this year have seen over five and a half million visitors to our shores. Overall trips to Ireland were up 3.1% compared to the same period in 2016.
‘The tourism sector has played a crucial role in the Irish economic recovery. Measures such as the retention of the 9% VAT rate on tourism services have been significant in helping our tourism sector weather the recession. The figures show that the number of North American and European visitors continues to surge ahead, despite a slight drop in numbers from the UK.’
Senator Reilly added: ‘Fingal has a €18m tourism strategy to boost the 20,000 jobs already employed in tourism related business in Fingal . Tourism in Fingal is estimated to produce €500m revenue annually. There are 800 tourism businesses in Fingal that are benefiting from the Governments proactive tourism plans said Senator James Reilly.
‘Fingal has great potential for figure growth in the tourism sector , providing local jobs and income into local households.’
Senator Dr James Reilly.