Ireland will have to provide even more than a thousand welcomes this St. Patrick’s Day, as figures from Expedia brand sites across the world show that holiday bookings to the country have increased by 50% for the week of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, compared with the same week last year!
So where are tourists going? Dublin is still the number one destination, with 66% more tourists coming to Dublin in 2014, compared to 2013. Galway, which overtook Killarney as the number two county last year, has held its position and has grown at almost the same rate as Dublin, with 46% growth. Cork is holding third place from last year, with a 37% growth rate in tourism.
And who is visiting the Irish this year? As always our friends from America and Britain are our top tourists, with Irish domestic bookings maintaining third place from last year. Germany sits in fourth place, Canada in fifth place and Italy in sixth place – all maintaining their position from last year.
Andy Washington, Managing Director for Expedia.ie said: “It’s great to see from Expedia brand sites across the world that bookings to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day are on the rise.
"At Expedia, we take pride in celebrating this important and historical Irish festival, by actively promoting tourism to Ireland in March, throughout our global website and digital platforms.
"We value the role we play in introducing new tourists to Ireland every single year. We are also going to ‘green’ the Expedia website platforms this St. Patrick’s Day.”
Check out www.expedia.ie for St. Patrick’s Day special deal packages at home and abroad.