Dáil Éireann - Volume 597 - 15 February, 2005

Written Answers - Tourism Revenue.

  174. Mr. Hogan asked the Taoiseach the value of inward bound tourism to Ireland each year for the past five years [4559/05]

  Mr. Kitt: The latest Central Statistics Office figures on expenditure by overseas visitors relate to the period ending 30 September 2004.

Estimated number of overseas visits to Ireland and expenditure by overseas visitors to Ireland: 1999-2003.

Visits ’000

Expenditure €m

1999

6,068

2,280

2000

6,310

2,617

2001

5,990

2,893

2002

6,065

3,045

2003

6,369

3,198

Figures for the first nine months of 2004 show that there were 5,147,000 overseas visits to Ireland with an estimated expenditure of €2,555 million. This compares to 5,009,000 overseas visits in the first nine months of 2003 with an estimated expenditure of €2,542 million. Expenditure figures for the fourth quarter of 2004 will be published before the end of March.