Tourism in Ireland
Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in Ireland.
From the social point-of-view, the tourist industry is valuable
because it can promote economic growth throughout the country,
including the most rural areas.
Tourism Ireland was
established as one of the six areas of cooperation under the Good
Friday Agreement for the purpose of marketing the entire island of
Ireland as an international tourist destination.
Tourism attracts almost 7.7 million overseas visitors each year,
about 14% from the U.S. In 2007 it is estimated that the number of
visitors grew by 4% with the North American Market growing by over
There has been a great improvement in recent years in the standard
and volume of accommodation for visitors enabling the industry to
respond to Ireland’s growing popularity A substantial investment
program to develop the range and quality of year-round attractions
has yielded visible results.
In addition, in 2003, the Government established Failte Ireland as the new
National Tourism Development Authority. Failte Ireland, working
closely with the tourism industry provides a one-stop-shop for
strategic and practical support to develop and sustain Ireland as a
high quality and competitive tourist destination.
Ireland’s main tourist attractions are its scenery, people
historical, musical and literary heritage, and way of life. The
country offers excellent facilities for activity-based holidays
such as walking, cycling, golfing, riding, water sports, fishing
and cruising as well as a wide range of other leisure activities.