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Overseas visitor numbers to Louth increases by 85,000 since 2010

Overseas visitor numbers to Louth increases by 85,000 since 2010

Louth has seen the number of overseas visitors visiting the Wee County increase by 85,000 since 2010.

That’s according to new figures released today by Fine Gael which shows visitors numbers to the ‘Land of Legends’ has nearly doubled since 2010.

The new data revealed that over 5.5 million visitors travelled to Ireland from abroad in the first seven months of the year with trips to Ireland up 3.1% on the same period of 2016.

The tourist numbers were welcomed by local TD Peter Fitzpatrick, who spoke of the importance of them to the local and national economy.

“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,” he said.

“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.

“Regionally, the numbers employed in tourism continue to grow with an increase of almost 7,000 in the Border Region since 2011. These jobs are vital to our economy and communities.

“We have seen a number of great successes in tourism over the last number of years with Ireland’s Ancient East proving enormously successful here in our area.

“The Government has also directed Fáilte Ireland to develop the ‘Ireland’s Lakelands’ brand as a separate proposition. To assist with sustainability of tourist accommodation and small tourism ventures, a support scheme will be introduced for businesses operating along these routes,” said Deputy Fitzpatrick.