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Tourist traffic on the rise
Tourists arrive by horse-drawn cart at Slievemore Hotel, Dugort, Achill ca. 1900. The recent summer season has seen healthy tourist traffic to Ireland from America, Britain and Europe. Photo: National Library of Ireland, LROY 06798

Tourist traffic on the rise

Published: 15 August 1913

Ireland’s tourism industry is enjoying a remarkably healthy year. Traffic figures from America, Britain and Europe are all strong.

A feature of the current season, according to Messrs Cook’s Dublin Manager, is the number of American family parties who have brought with them their own cars to facilitate travelling around the country. Their numbers have been supplemented by Irish-Americans, many of whom – second class passengers in the main – have been returning for durations of a month or two. 

Ireland’s scenery and its abundant places of historical interest are also proving attractive to cross-channel tourists. As if to underline the country’s appeal, 3,100 passengers crossed from England on a single day last week.

‘Flying visitors’ from the Isle of Man are also reported to be ‘coming in their thousands’, many of them coming for a day and being sufficiently impressed to stay for a longer visit. Contingents have also visited from Germany and Austria, while French visitors to Ireland have also been on the increase.


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