2019 will see the Guinness Storehouse welcome its 20 millionth visitor.
The storehouse at St James's Gate Brewery retains its position as Ireland's number one international visitor attraction, with over 1.7 million visitors passing through its doors in 2018.
Since first opening its doors to the public in 2000, the Guinness Storehouse has welcomed over 19 million visitors.
Last year, tourists from Mainland Europe made up the majority of visitors to the Guinness Storehouse, with 32% of all people travelling from the continent. The highest year on year growth was from Italy, which increased its visitor numbers by over 31% and Germany which was up 22%. The USA continues to show strong performance making up over 30% of all visitors to the Guinness Storehouse in 2018.
Paul Carty, Managing Director of the Guinness Storehouse said 2018 was another incredibly successful year for the Guinness Storehouse. "Our aim is to position Ireland and the Guinness Storehouse as a year-round, 'must visit' destination, to ensure that the contribution of tourism to the economy continues to expand. With a focus on seasonality, this year we heavily internationally promoted key events: International Stout Festival in November and St. Patrick's Festival in March."
"The US continues to show incredible growth over the last number of years. Over the past 5 years, we have seen numbers of US visitors to the Guinness Storehouse effectively double, growing by 196%," Mr Carty said.