Galway welcomes more overseas visitors than Cork or Kerry, and Longford is Ireland's least-visited county, according to new data from Fáilte Ireland.

Dublin is the county that attracts most overseas visitors and tourist spend, according to the figures published in the Irish Independent, which chart visitor numbers and revenue by region and county in 2017, which was a record-breaking year for Irish tourism.

Ireland welcomed 9 million overseas visitors in 2017, with a combined spend of €4.9 billion.

Dublin is attracting the most overseas visitors, followed by Galway, Cork and Kerry.

In second place, Galway attracted 1 million, 673 thousand overseas visitors last year, with a spend of €589 million.

Mayo was in 7th place on the list, attracting 324,000 overseas visitors which generated revenue of €78 million.

Further down the list are Sligo at 15th place, with 173,000 overseas visitors, and Roscommon is at number 22 on the list, attracting 54,000 overseas visitors.

The figures also show Irish residents took 9.6m trips, spending €1.9 billion last year.

Dublin, Cork and Galway were the most popular spots for domestic trips, with over 1 million Irish people taking a break in Galway, while Mayo was the 6th most popular location, welcoming over half a million domestic visitors last year with a spend of €108 million euro.

 

 

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