Ireland, the country of low-lying mountains, is one of the most favorite tourist spots around the world and it makes a huge contribution to the economy. Irish tourism is one of the biggest sources of solving the unemployment problem since the government has employed more than 200,000 people in this sector since 2014. Ireland got the recognition of ‘Favorite holiday destination in the world’ in 2011. It’s known as one of the world’s friendliest countries and Cork City along with Dublin City is one of the top ten cities in the world! Most of the tourists that visit Ireland come from Germany, France, UK and the United states.
Irish Tourism: Contribution to the Economy
Statistics found that nearly 7.5 million people have visited Ireland by the end of 2015. The number is 11% greater than 2014’s and it has made a huge contribution to the economy thanks to international visitors. The net increase in revenue generation was 16% as recorded in 2015. 2015 was the best year for Irish tourism as stated by the CEO of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons. Lots of visitors from North America, Europe, Australia, and other developing countries around the world have made a remarkable contribution to the economy of Ireland and it has layed the way to attract more and more tourists in the upcoming years. It is estimated that the reviews and positive messages coming from the tourists worth €320 million investment in the advertising of Ireland’s tourist spots! Tourism Ireland is expecting 8.2 million tourists by the end of 2016 representing a growth rate of 4% to 2015.They are aiming to bring Dublin under the limelight and focus on the Wild Atlantic Way. Besides, they will be consistently working with the department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to showcase its major attractions and signature events of the year so that people can hardly think of another country to pay a visit!
Irelands top 5 major attractions 2015-
Cliffs of Moher
The 702 feet tall Cliffs of Moher is one of the most popular attractions for Irish tourists. The cliffs are directed vertically having unanticipated cliff edges. The portions that are permitted for the tourists are with wall and safety is highly maintained there. Avoid cloudy or rainy days because the best view is mostly found on a clear day. The view from the cliff edge is Truly Amazing!
If you want to see the traditional Irish culture, Aran Islands will be the perfect place for you! The villages in this island are totally different comparing to the well-developed mainland of Ireland. The natives speak in Gaelic and depend on farming for their livelihood. Aran islands are famous for the ‘Aran sweaters’ that are widely sold in the UK.
The Giant’s Causeway
The route to the Giant’s Causeway gives a great number of visitors the opportunity to enjoy a very weird and peculiar pathway towards this place. It is a very famous and the only UNESCO World Heritage listed tourist site in the history of Irish tourism. The Giant’s Causeway is a wonder of mother nature which is made of as many as 40 thousands basalt rock columns! The stone arrangement looks like a giant’s footstep along the coastline.
Though Kylemore Abbey was founded in the Kylemore Castle as a home to the nuns, it actually was a private property of Mitchell Henry’s wife as her husband built it for her. Unfortunately, the lady died at her early age for an unknown reason. After her death, Henry made a cathedral in the castle in her memory. It’s an absolute pleasure to enjoy the enchanting beauty of this place!
Ring of Kerry
Ring of Kerry is famous for its scenic beauty as it runs through some jaw-dropping landscapes of southwestern Ireland. It’s 120 miles in length and includes vast meadows, glacial lakes, and the heather-topped mountains. It’s a home to a herd of red deer which are hardly available throughout the world.