Tourism growth for Dublin good news for Fin­gal

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - John MAN­NING

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.

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