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Canadian holiday makers visiting Ireland has increased by 80% since 2010

Tourism Ireland reports that the number of Canadian holiday-makers visiting Ireland has increased dramatically in recent years, growing by 80% since 2010. 

The North American market reached new record levels in 2013 and again in 2014, and is now Ireland’s second largest source market, behind Continental Europe, with Britain in third spot.  This growth is expected to continue, with the North American figures looking set to increase dramatically again this year and set another new record in 2015.

Among the reasons for this increase in traffic is the significantly improved air access between Canada and Ireland.  This has increased by 100% over the past two years, with WestJet, Air Transat, and Europe Airpost all establishing new direct routes.  Along with Aer Lingus and Air Canada, this brings the number of carriers operating between Ireland and Canada to five.  Travelling between the two countries has never been easier.

Ireland has become significantly more price competitive in recent years and it remains a popular destination for North American visitors.  Tourism Ireland is confident that growth in the figures from Canada will continue beyond 2016.