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Tourist numbers to Louth fall last year but amount they spent increases €5 million

Tourist numbers to Louth fall last year but amount they spent increases €5 million

Tourist numbers to Co Louth fell last year but the money they spent was up dramatically, according to new figures from Fáilte Ireland.

The Regional Surveys Report for 2017 shows there were 172,000 overseas visitors to the Wee County in 2017.

While the number of overseas visitors to the area was down 2.3% from 176,000 in 2016, they spent €55 million in the area last year compared with €50 million 12 months earlier.

Domestic trips, where Louth is factored in alongside neighbouring Monaghan, also fell back from 197,000 in 2016 to 179,000 last year.

Unfortunately this did lead to a drop in revenue for local businesses, who took in just €30 million from these visitors last year compared with €31.3 million the year before.

The results show that tourists, while falling, are spending more so it shows the importance of the county attracting more visitors to the area.

The border counties were the least visited region last year, according to Fáilte Ireland.

The national tourism development agency reports that 746,000 overseas tourists visited counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo last year, spending an estimated €271 million in the region.

This is compared to 2016′s tally of 815,000 international visitors with a combined spend of €286 million.

Of the border counties, Donegal remained the most popular destination with 255,000 tourists generating revenues of €82 million. However, this was down on 2016′s figures of 283,000 visitors and revenues of €90 million.

The least visited border county was Leitrim with 41,000 foreign visitors, down from 49,000 the year before.

Ireland welcomed nine million overseas tourists in 2017, who spent €4.9 billion during their visits. Irish residents also took 9.6 million trips with Ireland, spending €1.9 billion.

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