DROP IN UK VISITORS
THE number of visitors to Ireland from Britain has fallen by almost 200,000 in the first half of the year, sparking fears about the impact of Brexit on the tourism industry.
Between January and August this year there were 190,400 fewer visitors than in the same period last year, a drop of 7.1%.
New figures from Tourism Ireland released yesterday show a boost to overall visitor numbers between January and August this year, up by 161,800 – an increase of 2.5%.
But there are real concerns the decline of tourists from our nearest neighbours is a sign of things to come once Britain formally exits the European Union.
It comes after reports earlier this week that almost half of Irish pubs and restaurants have experienced a drop in tourists.
Commenting on the figures, Minister Shane Ross stated: ‘While I welcome the overall growth in visit numbers to Ireland during the peak summer months, the persistent decline in the numbers visiting from Great Britain continues to be a concern.’