Last year tourism was worth more than €6 billion, a 10 per cent increase on the previous year, while the number of visitors climbed above 11 million, a 6 percent jump on 2017, with growth recorded from all markets.
2019 is set to be another record year for Irish tourism, surpassing all previous records and coming on the back of a number of years of strong growth.
For the self-catering industry, legislative changes aimed at tempering the level of accommodation available is coming down the tracks and could hit availability, causing prices to climb and making the island less attractive for visitors.
The most thunderous black cloud is Brexit. In terms of revenue, the largest market for Ireland is north America – the US and Canada – which generates almost €1.8 billion each year. Britain is responsible for €1.45 billion in revenue compared with about €1.2 billion from mainland Europe.
The following are statistics posted by Failte Ireland for 2019: