The number of UK visitors flocking to the Irish National Stud on the outskirts of Kildare town has soared by 28 percent when compared to last year.
The figures, which cover January to August 7, also show a 7 percent increase in tourists from Germany, France and Australia/New Zealand. The North American and Canadian figures rose by 1 percent.
Spokesperson Frieda O’Connell is thrilled with the summer so far.
“The UK market used to be very good for us but it had dropped off and we are delighted to see it come back strong again. We would be expecting long haul figures to increase next year, especially from commonwealth countries in response to the queen’s visit,” she outlined.
“Certainly our domestic figures are good for July and August. They are on a par with last year.”
Frieda explained that coach tour operator, Joe O’Reilly has set up a special four/five day tour featuring the places visited by Queen Elizabeth. The tours are planned for next year and it takes in the National Stud, the Garden of Remembrance and the Rock of Cashel.
The Irish National Stud website traffic has trebled since the royal visit and enquiries have been flooding in, indicating interest is strong for next year.
With Irish visitor numbers up 15 percent overall, figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 1.8 million overseas visitors came to our shores between April and June. The increase is partially due to last year’s disruption caused by volcanic ash cloud.
Visits from the UK increased by almost 60,000 (8.5 per cent) to 761,000, while the number of tourists from North America (308,800) and other areas (91,200) increased by 17 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.