The number of tourists coming to Ireland increased by 10% for the first half of this year.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show there was an additional 324,000 visitors when compared to the same period last year.

The number of tourists from the UK grew by 14% and there was an 11% rise in the number of visitors from North America.

The figures also show there was a 6% increase in tourists from mainland Europe.

Tourism Ireland Chief Executive Niall Gibbons said he was delighted with the growth.

Mr Gibbons said 2014 looks set to be another record year for tourism from North America.

Tourism Ireland said it expects its global advertising to reach 200 million people this year.

It said the organisation has a strong online and social media presence.