Almost 4.3m travelled to Ireland during first half of 2014Wednesday 27 August 2014 14.52
Almost 4.3 million people travelled to Ireland during the first half of the year, according to the Central Statistics Office.
That represents a 9.9% increase on the same period of 2013 and is a near-15% improvement on figures for the first six months of 2011.
During the three months to June alone there was an 11.1% increase in the number of trips made to Ireland, according to the figures, with more than 2.3m trips to the country being made during that period.
More than a third of visitors during that time – 836,700 – were British residents, an increase of 8.5% on the same quarter of 2013.
Another third – 833,800 – were residents of another European country, which was an increase of 9.7% on last year.
Meanwhile trips by residents of North America saw the greatest percentage growth, with 488,100 coming to Ireland during the three months – 16.6% more than in the May to July period of 2013.
Trips by Irish residents to other countries fell by 0.7% to 1,985,800 during the three months to July, but was up marginally in the first six months overall.