Ireland has attracted a record number of visitors this summer, new figures show.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has announced that over 3,000,000 visitors came to Ireland between June and August, an increase of 10.8%.
The highest increase by percentage was from North America, which saw a 13.2% increase to 667,600 visitors.
Meanwhile, the number of holiday-makers from both mainland Europe and Great Britain, our main tourism market, increased by over 10%, to 1,096,200 and 1,132,500 respectively.
The total number of trips made to Ireland over the first eight months of 2016 has now risen to 6,552,800, an increase of more than 12% on the same time period during 2015.
During these first eight months, the total number of overseas trips made by Irish residents has also risen by 7% compared to the same time period last year to 5,445,600.
Fáilte Ireland has also recently released figures showing that 84% of hotels and 76% of guesthouses had seen an increase in business since last summer, corresponding with the CSO analysis.
Revenue generated by overseas visitors is up 9% to €1.93 billion, boosting the Irish economy by €165m.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said that these figures represented a “strong performance” from the Irish tourism industry, calling August the “best ever month for Irish tourism.”