Tourism is a very important industry for Ireland.
Ireland remains a popular tourist location with 6.8 million overseas tourist visits in 2013, including 55,000 visitors from Norway. Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors within the Irish economy, which is estimated to be worth almost €4 billion each year.
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, plus fishing, cycling, riding, water sports and other activities.
If you are thinking of visiting Ireland, the following websites will provide you with in-depth information and holiday ideas:
You might also like to read about The Gathering, a tourism initiative focusing on friends of Ireland and the Irish diaspora around the world that took place in 2013.
Wild Atlantic Way now launched!
Ireland's first long-distance touring route, the Wild Atlantic Way was launched in 2014 and covers the untamed west coast of Ireland. To get in the mood for planning your holiday, here's a taste of the Wild Atlantic Way.