Clare Fine Gael Senator, Martin Conway, has described the latest CSO figures as a hugely successful start to the year for tourism.
CSO figures released this week show that in the period January – March 2015, the total number of trips to Ireland increased by 14.1% compared to the same period twelve months earlier.
“Nationally, today’s figures show that the growth in visitor numbers are growing at the strongest rate in over 15 years,” stated Senator Conway.
“In Clare, a bumper year for tourism is expected with numbers visiting the Cliffs of Moher up over 20% at this point. Loop Head opened on Good Friday for the 2015 season and in the first week had close to 1,000 visitors.
“All the various agencies have worked tirelessly to promote the tourism product in Ireland. I was particularly delighted to learn that Tourism Ireland is now the third largest tourism board in the world on Facebook, with almost 3 million fans, and the second largest on Twitter, with more than 270,000 followers.”
“I expect the very positive trend for tourism in Clare will continue throughout 2015 with the Doolin Pier coming to a conclusion and the popularity of the Wild Atlantic Way growing even further,” added Senator Conway.