US travel ban boosts Irish tourism

Tourism Ireland said the destinations enjoyed the second-highest growth in tourist arrivals in 2018

Countries that received huge quantities of US tourists hit by the travel ban on visitors from seven Muslim countries have welcomed more tourists in 2018 than in the previous year.

Tourism Ireland said the destinations enjoyed the second-highest growth in tourist arrivals in 2018, continuing a period of strong travel growth. They cited travel agents as claiming that the UK is still the top tourist destination for American visitors.

Tanya Higgins, the head of marketing for Tourism Ireland, said, “The 12 counties that have been named America’s top vacation destination for 2018 represent prime locations for Irish visitors, whether in the visitor centre in GAA grounds or in the heart of the Big Apple. The 11 counties in the top 10 are exactly the same as in the top 10 in 2017, further bolstering Ireland’s claims as the No1 holiday destination for USA visitors in 2018.”

Following the change in visa laws in the US, Ireland overtook Spain to become the largest foreign visitor source market for hotels and bed-and-breakfast accommodation in Ireland.

Tourism Ireland data show around 100,000 people visit Ireland every week, more than other key countries such as France and the US. Travel guidance organisations also revealed that a third of the American buyers at the annual Travel Planners and Agents’ Association of Ireland conference last year (17 February) were exploring destinations in Ireland.

The appeal of Ireland may also be boosted by falling prices. In August it was revealed that Ireland has the smallest inflation rate of the European countries included in the EU.

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