The Irish Hotels Federation has annouced figures which show positive figures for the tourism industry in Ireland. More than 6.2mn people stayed in Irish hotels last year, an increase of 7% from 2010.
A spokesperson for the federation said the figures reflect a recovery from the disastrous impact of the volcanic ash cloud in 2010 which wiped out a lot of that year’s tourism revenues.
Tim Fenn, Chief Executive of the Irish Hotels Federation, said that 2011 saw the beginnings of a recovery in the numbers of British visitors to our shores.
He revealed that the number of British visitors who stayed in Irish hotels rose by 3% last year.
But he also said the sector is only recovering in some parts of the country, highlighting Dublin as one of thos areas.
Tourism is as much reliant on the global economy as the domestic one. We see now flashes of light for the tourism industry. Ireland is a country with spectacular beauty and history and it seems that part of brand Ireland may be seeing signs of a positive 2012.