Tourism figures boosted by Obama and Queen Visits – BREEN.

August 26th, 2011 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs & Trade Committee and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today (Friday) that last weeks figures published by the CSO showing that more than 1.7 million trips were made to Ireland in the April-June period with 761,000 of these visitors coming from the UK, an increase of 8.5 p.c. on the same period last year with US visitors to Ireland up by 308,800 visits to Ireland during this period, a 17 per cent increase since last year indicate that the visits of US President Barrack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II’s visits to Ireland were very successful and have encouraged visitors to come to Ireland.

“The bad weather and the ash cloud crisis to some extent distort the figures for 2010, but there is no doubting that these latest figures confirm that the visits of US President Barrack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II had a very positive impact on our tourism industry. While I acknowledge that there is no room for complacency these figures confirm what we have witnessed here on the ground that we are moving in the right direction.”

“Over the summer months many tourism providers which I have spoken to have reported a more positive picture that this time last year. In spite of the uncertain weather we have an excellent tourism product to offer here in this Country, what we need to do is develop the product we have and place more emphasis on marketing. Take the Loop Head lighthouses opening for instance, during the initial trial opening period, over 12,000 visitors have visited Loop Head, resulting in the decision to extend the owith US visitors to Ireland up by 308,800 visits to Ireland during this period, a 17 per cent increase since last year indicate that the visits of US President Barrack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II’s visits to Ireland were very successful and have encouraged visitors to come to Ireland.

“The bad weather and the ash cloud crisis to some extent distort the figures for 2010, but there is no doubting that these latest figures confirm that the visits of US President Barrack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II had a very positive impact on our tourism industry. While I acknowledge that there is no room for complacency these figures confirm what we have witnessed here on the ground that we are moving in the right direction.”

“Over the summer months many tourism providers which I have spoken to have reported a more positive picture that this time last year. In spite of the uncertain weather we have an excellent tourism product to offer here in this Country, what we need to do is develop the product we have and place more emphasis on marketing. Take the Loop Head lighthouses opening for instance, during the initial trial opening period, over 12,000 visitors have visited Loop Head, resulting in the decision to extend the opening period until 2nd October, a decision which I very much welcome. The spin off for the local economy has been tremendous and everybody is benf US President Barrack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II’s visits to Ireland were very successful and have encouraged visitors to come to Ireland.

“The bad weather and the ash cloud crisis to some extent distort the figures for 2010, but there is no doubting that these latest figures confirm that the visits of US President Barrack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II had a very positive impact on our tourism industry. While I acknowledge that there is no room for complacency these figures confirm what we have witnessed here on the ground that we are moving in the right direction.”

“Over the summer months many tourism providers which I have spoken to have reported a more positive