Tourism is a very important industry for Ireland.
In 2014 approximately 7.6 million tourists visited the island of Ireland contributing about €3.7 billion to the economy and helping to sustain 240,000 jobs in communities across the island.
Getting to Ireland has never been easier with new air routes and additional seat capacity available in 2015 from the US and Canada, from mainland Europe and Great Britain and from long haul markets via the Gulf.
Ireland's main tourist attractions include its rich cultural heritage, scenery, friendly people and relaxed way of life. It is also a popular location for sporting enthusiasts with numerous golf courses in addition to fishing, cycling, riding, water sports and other activities.
2014 had been another exciting year for visitors to Ireland as they got to experience Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, the Wild Atlantic Way, stretching all the way from the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal to Kinsale in Co. Cork. As some of you may have experienced, the route offers the world’s best driving tours, along 2,500 km of the wildest, most captivating scenery, with lots to do and see along the way.
Among the highlights of 2014 was the ‘Grand Partenza’ or ‘Big Start’ of the famous Giro d’Italia cycle race which brought more than 200 of the world’s top professional cyclists to Belfast, Armagh and Dublin in May.
You can find the experience that’s just waiting for you at www.Ireland.com
The following links can also provide you with more information on Ireland as a tourist destination:
If you want to learn more about Ireland, you can read Ireland in Brief.
Study in Ireland
Ireland is not just a destination for tourists. Increasingly, it is a destination for international students, providing educational excellence in a safe, English-speaking environment.
Ireland combines a long tradition of scholarship with strong links between a dynamic education sector and cutting-edge research and industry.
For information on studying in Ireland, please visit the Education in Ireland website.