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Ireland enjoys tourism spike

Ireland enjoys tourism spike
27 Mar 2014

New figures have confirmed that the number of overseas visitors to Ireland has increased by 11 per cent for the December 2013 to February 2014 period.

What's more, a further 79,500 people from Great Britain visited the destination, meaning that there was an overall rise of 14 per cent.

According to Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, the figures represent a very positive start to the year.

"Our promotions received a tremendous boost earlier this month, with our Global Greening initiative for St Patrick’s Day, which was even bigger and better than ever before, truly capturing the imagination of people everywhere," he remarked.

"As we look to the year ahead, we aim to keep the momentum going and build on the success of 2013."

This comes shortly after astronaut Chris Hadfield became the latest figure to throw his support behind a campaign designed to boost tourism numbers in Ireland.

Hadfield is best-known for performing David Bowie classic Space Oddity at the International Space Station.

He recorded four short films that promote Ireland as a top tourism destination, entitled An Astronaut's Guide To The Island Of Ireland - a nod to the title of his book, An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth.

But what is there to do in Ireland if you're heading here on a break for a few days?

Well, one thing that you ought to enjoy on a break here is the beautiful scenery that is on offer.

The coastline is truly spectacular while further inland there is plenty of green space, which provides the ideal destination to relax and unwind.

Alternatively, you could easily try your hand at hurling, one of the popular local sports that is an important part of Irish identity.

Likewise, you may wish to sink a Guinness or two as part of your break.ADNFCR-408-ID-801707429-ADNFCR

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